Bazaar Blog

St Paul’s Annual Christmas Bazaar

St. Paul’s Anglican Church invites you to its 2023 Christmas Bazaar at the War Museum, Rizari 4 (Vasillis Sofias Avenue) Athens.

Saturday 3rd December 2023 11.00 am – 4.30pm

Come along for a fun day out and browse our lovely stalls.  Stock up on Home-made preserves, and delicious cakes.  Find a Toy or a piece of jewellery for Christmas presents and don’t forget the Crackers for the Christmas Table.  Also on sale will be nearly-new clothing, beautiful gifts and much more.  Win a prize in our exciting Christmas Raffle, then take the weight off your feet and relax in our cafeteria with a glass of wine or an Irish Coffee.

All proceeds support our church and the charitable organisations we work with here in Athens.


Please note the Church will be open between 10.00 hrs and 12.00 hrs during the week prior to the bazaar, 27th November – 2nd December,  for the collection of goods; We will not be able to accept donation on the day.




Save the Date

We have several exciting new concerts coming up at St Paul’s.  Check out our website Calendar for more details.


Friday 20th October – the Athens Singers






Friday October 27 @ 18:00 – 19:00


Monday 30th October – Church Sessions 7 by Radio Pepper 96.6FM – “Alkyone”


Harvest Blog

St Paul’s Harvest Festival – Kokotos Winery Sunday 22nd October 2023

Join us on Sunday 22nd October to celebrate the Harvest in the beautiful surroundings of the Kokotos Estate, 1 Ktima G. Kokotou, Stamata, 145 75.

Starting at 11.00 hrs with the Harvest Service, followed by Wine Tasting and a Harvest Lunch.

To book seats on the St. Paul’s coach contact Lynn Stavrou on 211 183 8414 / 6938 325 088 /   Depart St. Paul’s 10 a.m. prompt. Depart from vineyard 4.30 p.m. Please note that numbers are limited.


For event tickets and further information contact :

Lynn Stavrou (see above) OR Shirley Poulakis – 210 934 2830 /

Europe Blog (1)

Bishop of Europe’s Advent Appeal 2023

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As the Diocese in and for Europe, we are deeply aware of our international context; perhaps we’re also well-placed, then, to think internationally outside Europe itself. I’m delighted to say that we will be supporting this Advent the Anglican Communion Fund of the Archbishop of Canterbury. It exists to make small investments across the church; in the right hands, these can have great impact.

The focus of this year’s work is South Asia, with which I now myself feel a special link, after my sabbatical in that part of the world in early 2023.


Women in Pakistan regularly experience domestic violence, sexual abuse, forced marriages, kidnappings, acid attacks and more. Christian women and girls in Muslim Punjab face discrimination due to their gender, faith, and low position. They are the poorest of the poor, and often illiterate. At risk of forced conversions and false charges under blasphemy laws, they are often unable to stand up against these offences; they often don’t know their constitutional rights.

The Diocese of Sialkot, in Punjab Province, is supporting women and girls. The Bishop’s wife there is leading in teaching women about their rights and protection, for them to pass on to younger women: it is all born of the insight that God has made them wonderfully and fearfully, and it hopes to erase what is often the experienced shame of being female. Sessions on the law of Pakistan educate women about domestic violence and harassment; girls are given strength and confidence to recognise the protections they need.


Young Women in South India

The Covid pandemic took its toll on the economy and the health care industry in South India. The economy is still struggling to recover from the severe lockdown measures. The costs of essential goods has increased, and unemployment is high, with young women particularly vulnerable. At the same time, the need for nursing-at-home and health care support increased further, while the pandemic meant that skilled and educated young people migrated for work opportunities elsewhere.

The Church of South India is responding to these issues by starting a programme for young women aged 18 to 28, particularly from rural areas, to study home care nursing and health care. After completing a basic training course, some will go on to higher level training, and others will work in some of the CSI Mission hospitals. Not only will these  young women gain skills and employment, bringing benefit to themselves and their families, but the pool of nursing and health care staff will also increase.

Hpa-An Diocese, Myanmar

A rat plague hit two parishes in the Diocese of Hpa-An, Myanmar in 2022, destroying seed sown and causing a loss of the following year’s harvest. A religious minority, Christians in Myanmar are more vulnerable to poverty, and government structures cannot be relied upon to offer a safety net to struggling families. A grant from the Fund helped the Church to purchase and distribute rice – both to Christian families and to the very poor of other faiths, feeding the hungry and serving as a witness to God’s love in this area touched by conflict, natural disaster and other maladies.



To donate to the ACF Appeal please see the notes below.

Yours sincerely in Christ,


+Robert Gibraltar in Europe


How you can donate to the Bishop in Europe’s Advent Appeal 2023:
By cheque to:  Diocese in Europe (Advent Appeal 2023).

Diocese in Europe Board of Finance

14, Tufton St

London SW1P 3QZ


By bank transfer:

Account number: 40317039

Sort code: 20-06-13

IBAN: GB16 BUKB 2006 1340 3170 39

Swiftbic: BUKBGB22

On the Diocese in Europe Just Giving page: Or: via your Chaplaincy Treasurer to Nick Wraight in the Diocesan Office – Please add a reference to “Advent appeal 2023” to bank transfers and Justgiving.


Bible Study Blog

Michaelmas Edition of St Paul’s Magazine

The Michaelmas Edition of the Parish Magazine is now availabe to view and download  here

Please note that due to difficulty in obtaining contributions for this edition the magazine will only be published quarterly in future in the hope that more people will feel inspired v to send in an article, comment or even a recipe.  Any comments should be sent to Oliver Knight or to the website.


Community Connect Coffee Morning


Time with friends Blog


St.Paul`s Anglican Church

Invites you to our Coffee morning
On Thursday October 12th
From 10:30 until 12:30pm
In St.Paul’s Church Gardens
Fillinon 27 & Amalias Ave.
On sale will be Books, Jigsaws,
Good quality second-hand clothing,
Handmade Greeting cards for all occasions,

Preserves & Mini Bingo.

Come along to meet or make new friends.


Walking Together in Faith

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To chaplains, clergy, churchwardens, Readers and Readers in training

Dear colleagues in the Diocese in Europe

The Diocese in Europe’s lay learning course ‘Walking Together in Faith’ is back for a second year, starting in mid-September.

Initially launched in September 2022, the course was offered last year in an online version on Zoom. In addition, a small number of groups met in person locally and drew on the course material that has been made available. It was clear from the response during this first year that the course has both met a need in the diocese and has been well received. We will be building on our experience of last year to make it even better for this coming one!

I, myself led most of the ‘Zoom’ sessions (drawing in other colleagues and friends as appropriate). It was a stimulating experience. The group of about 25 people who joined us regularly came from different parts of our diverse and fascinating diocese. Part of the enjoyment and learning was the way that participants were able to share their different geographical and cultural insights.

There are four ‘Modules’ for the course, and each Module has five Units.

Module One: Knowing God looks at prayer, and focuses on the Lord’s Prayer, and the context in which Jesus taught it to his disciples

Module Two: Growing in Christ explores what Christians over the centuries have wanted to say about Jesus Christ and what he did.

Module Three: Building Community looks at our common life as part of the People of God, and how it is expressed, for example in our worship.

Module Four: Living beyond Ourselves asks about how our Christian faith should affect our responses to key issues of our time such as the care for creation and migration.

This year’s online version of the course will start on Tuesday 26 September, and will then happen more-or-less fortnightly over the coming year. Module One will run before

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Christmas, and Module Two will start as soon as possible in the New Year. The online sessions will last for 90 minutes, and they will begin at 18.30 (UK time).



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St. Paul’s Church Council Meeting – 29th April, 2023

The meeting was the first following the March Annual meeting and opened with a prayer at 10 a.m. Archdeaconry representatives James Papageorgiou and Vassilis Kotsikogiannis were welcomed at the beginning of their three year appointment, along with Dr. Judy Triandafillou, co-opted for one year.

Appointments: Lynn Stavrou (Vice-chair and Safeguarding Officer); Jean Mertzanakis (Hon. Secretary); Nelly Paraskevopoulou (Hon. Treasurer); James Papageorgiou (Local Environmental Officer/LEO).

Secretarial Report: Annual Statistics for Mission re: attendance numbers, type and regularity of services etc. had been completed by Father Leonard and sent to the Diocesan office; Jean had updated the St. Paul’s information published on the “A Church near You” website.

Chairman’s Report: The Bishop of Truro’s visit had included many official meetings re: his report on Freedom of Religion and Belief for the British government and it was hoped that a committee consisting of ourselves and other churches in Athens could be formed to promote this work. Bishop Philip had conducted a baptism, a confirmation and two receptions into the Anglican Church and said that his visit had reminded him of the diversity he so much appreciated when he was posted in Europe.  Treasurer Nelly reported that insurance claim paperwork had been submitted re: the flooding of the Vicarage that had occurred whilst Father Leonard and Lynne were in Scotland. The Ministerial Team (Father Leonard, Father Bjorn, Deacon Chris, Nelly and Angelos) would take place before Father Leonard’s end of tenure on July 23rd in order to arrange services during the interregnum period that would follow his retirement.

Financial Report:  A legacy of €28,000 had been received from the estate of the late Sylvia Hill, last member of the Hill family, who had served the church as Council members and Officers for many years. €8,000 would be donated to Greek charities and the remainder would support St. Paul’s. Sylvia’s legacy had been gratefully acknowledged.

Re: online fundraisers, it was decided that there would be one  per year during the Christmas season.

Safeguarding Report: New council members must complete Level 1 online Safeguarding training – any member of the congregation could do this if they wished – no cost was involved and a certificate would be issued.

Fundraising/Social Events: The 2023 date would shortly be booked and relations with the War Museum were good. The renting of two tables to “Paidiki Trauma” had been successful and the possibility of renting to other charitable organizations (including our partners) would be considered. Preparations for the Summer Coronation Bazaar were in hand. €2,818 had been raised from book sales between April 2022-2023 and Father Leonard was thanked for his donation of theological works. Books were also sold at Newcomers meetings, attended by Assistant Chaplain Deacon Chris. Sales of the church guide “Opening the Doors” were going well.  Coffee mornings and quiz evenings had restarted and were popular fundraising events.

Website / Facebook / Instagram / Twitter: In accordance with Diocesan best practice, more than one person should be involved in the running of our online communications and teams were currently being formed, involving Caroline Daniels, Churchwarden Trevor, Treasurer Nelly and Chloe Smith.

Council meeting dates: 8th July / 10th September / 12th November.

The meeting closed at 11.30.

Jean Mertzanakis (Hon. Secretary)

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Farewell and thank you!

This Sunday Fr Leonard will celebrate his final service at St Paul’s prior to his retirement

During his term of office we have been privileged to receive, at his invitation visits from many eminent religious leaders – former Archbishop Rowan Williams, Bishops Robert and David from the Diocese in Europe, ex Archdeacon the Ven. Colin Williams and our current Archdeacon the Revd. Canon Dr Leslie Nathaniel.  He has forged a close relationship with the Greek Orthodox Church and several eminent Orthodox priests have been invited to preach at St Paul’s since he took over.  He has also maintained and developed a close relationship with the British Embassy and the British Ambassadors here in Athens, in particular the former Ambassador John Kittmer with whom he has cooperated on the book “Opening The Doors”, an exciting new church history and guide book which is now available at the cost of €10,00. It is a lasting legacy to the presence of the Anglican Church here in Athens.

The Swedish Church has become a close friend to St Paul’s and it’s pastor Fr Bjorn is now licensed to take services for the Anglican Congregation at the Church.

Fr Leonard has a great sense of humour and fun.  Who could forget Pontius Parrot or the enthusiastic way in which he conducted “The Twelve Days of Christmas” at our Christmas Singalong?! He and his wife, Lynne, thoroughly enjoyed our Harvest Festival trips to the Kokotos Winery and were eager participants on the dance floor.  Off duty Fr Leonard could be found sipping a pint of Stella at his local Cafe.

His wife, Lynne, has also proved invaluable to the Church Community.  She resurrected the Sunday School for the children of the Congregation providing colouring pages, word search puzzles and children’s bibles.  A talented chef she baked a cake and assisted with the Community Connect Coffee Mornings each month. . She provided home-made savoury offerings for the Food Stall and created the Tea Stall for the Christmas Bazaar which was very attractive and successful.  Her home-made fudge became legendary as did her Christmas Cakes which she baked, iced and decorated beautifully.  Orders for  these and for the boxes of home-made fudge came from far and wide!

We would like to send our heartfelt thanks to Fr Leonard and Lynne for their service to St Paul’s over the last six years and to wish them every happiness in their retirement over in Aegina and we hope you enjoy the picture gallery below which brings back some of the memories of Fr Leonard’s tenure at St Paul’s.