Our Archdeacon, Colin Williams, has asked all members of the Archdeaconry Synod, to write a report on the activities of the Chaplaincy over the past year.
Here is our report – and what a busy year it has been! We hope you enjoy reading it and that it will encourage you to come and join us for a service, or one of our bazaars or a concert.
Report from the Anglican Church in Greece
(St. Andrew’s Corfu and St. Thomas’s Crete will present their own reports as they have Synod Members)
Note: The legalization of the Church in Greece was completed towards the time of Synod 2017. The new procedures required of us have been put to the test with the appointment of a new Assistant Chaplain to Crete, further complicated by the fact that he is from outside the EU. The Board of the Anglican Church in Greece is due to meet later in the Autumn for its required annual meeting.
The order in which the following are placed has no bearing on their relative importance!
St. Paul’s Athens
We continue to have a Sunday Liturgy at 10.15am every Sunday. As there is only one priest available, occasionally this service has to be a Liturgy of the Word, conducted either by Deacon Christine Saccali, or Reader Sherry Angelis. Our attendances at the 10.15am Liturgy are gradually increasing, which is very pleasing. The congregation is a mix of British women married to Greeks, individuals or families in Athens for short periods of work or teaching/study time, Africans (currently from South Africa, Nigeria, Sierra Leone, Uganda, Kenya) and their families, occasional refugees (from Iran, Syria, China, and political refugees from Turkey), some Greeks who are generally disaffected with the Greek Orthodox Church, and a constant stream of tourists, pilgrims and visitors. Apart from holiday times the congregation numbers are often in the 90’s.
The Choir of the Chapel of Queens’ College Cambridge will be performing at St Paul’s on Friday 20th July 2018 at 20.30 hrs. Admission free.
Queens’ College Choir
Queens’ College Choir is one of the leading mixed-voice choirs in Cambridge. While twentieth-century music forms the core of the choir’s repertoire, the choir increasingly performs Baroque and contemporary music, reflecting the specialisms of the Director of Music. The choir is regularly joined by a group of student instrumentalists, the Queens’ Chapel Players, enabling the liturgical performance of concerted music. The Choir’s CD recordings have attracted widespread critical acclaim. Their most recent disc, ‘For the Wings of a Dove: Music of Supplication and Hope’, is based on settings of the psalms and includes Mendelssohn’s famous setting of Psalm 51, ‘Hear my prayer’. In recent years the Choir has performed in Hong Kong, Switzerland, France, Germany, Southern Italy, Belgium, Hungary and the USA.
The Chaplaincy Council (CC) of St Paul’s Anglican Church Athens
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Our annual Spring Bazaar will be held in the grounds of St Paul’s on Saturday 26th May between 1100 -1500 hrs
Stock up on your reading books for your beach holiday, or find the dvd of the movie you keep missing. Peruse our bric a brac stall for bargains and take a look at the beautiful jewellery on sale. Good quality nearly new clothes, Jams & preserves and British Tea and Commemorative items will be available.
when you have finished shopping, take the weight off your feet with our delicious refreshments and have a beer or a soft drink or even a glass of Sangria!
Do come along and support St Paul’s. All proceeds go towards supporting the Chaplaincy and its outreach.
On the morning before the last concert of our very successful 15th Spring Organ Series, we were delighted to welcome Hannu Niemelä, baritone, accompanied by Pauli Pietiläinen on the Organ, who sung the beautiful ‘Finnish prayer’ by Taneli Kuusisto, at the end of our morning worship. Roughly translated, the Finnish Prayer means: “Bless and preserve us by your Hand. Lead us on the right way, give us strength. You have all the Power and Spirit.”
The congregation sat spellbound as Hannu’s beautiful voice filled the church to the rafters and at the end they received a well-deserved round of applause.
We are very grateful to the Finnish Institute for their support for our final concert of the Series, and we hope that all visitors to our Website will keep a look out next year for details of our 16th Spring Organ Series.