This week at St Helena’s
Sunday 22nd November – 9.30am Readings: Hymns: Sunday 29th November
** Important: please remember to wear a mask! **
Ezekiel 34: 11 – 16
Ephesians 1: 15 – end
Matthew 25: 31 – end
306 Immortal, invisible
634 The king of love
48 At the name of Jesus
726 When I needed a neighbour
240 Guide me O Thou great Redeemer
9.30am – Holy Communion
Sunday 22nd November – 9.30am
Sunday 29th November
Who we are
St Helena’s is an English language church in the centre of Larnaca in Cyprus. Since 1907 Christian worship has been offered from our premises.
We are part of the worldwide Anglican communion. Members come from many backgrounds and countries. Our primary work at St Helena’s is ministry to English speakers locally.
Besides Sunday services, there are Bible studies, prayer times and pastoral care. Social and fundraising events take place through the year.
We provide wedding preparation and ceremonies for many couples each year, both local and from the UK. Our weddings are in the Anglican style, either at the church or at one of the several local hotels. The weddings page has more information.
St Helena’s can provide a full funeral service for churchgoers and non-churghgoers alike. This is part of the pastoral mission of the church.
Prayer of the Week
whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven
that he might rule over all things as Lord and King:
keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit
and in the bond of peace,
and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
This annual service will take place on Sunday 6th December at 6.00pm in St Helena’s. Numbers will be limited in church to 28, so we hope that many will also join us online. The service will be available in the usual way and a link will be on the church website and also on the St Helena’s Church Facebook page.
To join in fully at home, be ready to construct your own Christingle during the service.
You will need: an orange fruit, a red felt-tip pen, a candle (this could be as for a birthday cake in a holder) or tape a couple of cocktail sticks to it so you can stick it on top of the orange, four cocktail sticks with sweets or dried fruit on them. You will also need matches or a lighter.
Please also have a donation ready for when you can bring it to church, which will be to support a children’s charity.
Those of you who attended our service in St Helena’s or who joined us online on 15th November will have observed that while he was presiding at the service Geoff Graham became unwell.
What you will not have been able to see is that, after moving to sit in the porch, he was attended by paramedics. By this time he was already feeling much better and was able to stay at church for refreshments after the service and then go out to lunch before going home.
Geoff is going to take some sick leave for a while to recover his strength and we look forward to seeing him back behind the lectern and altar before long.
Maggie LeRoy’s latest newsletter, about the crisis and our response to it, is here.
Safeguarding Mission Statement
St Helena’s Anglican Church makes full commitment to the ongoing welfare and safekeeping of vulnerable children and adults attending this Church at all times.
We undertake the responsibility of all within our Church to protect them as far as is practically possible from abuse of any kind. We will ensure that all proper procedures and guidelines are followed, and that the appropriate person will be assigned to conduct any required investigations. A mentoring system will be in place.
As part of policy and good practice, the following people have been trained to the appropriate level and have been appointed as shown:
Protection Officer (PO): Mrs Marina Peters
Deputy Protection Officer (DPO): Fr Geoff GrahamKatafiyio Retreat House
Latest information about the retreat house at Katafiyio can be found here.
Anne and Christopher Futcher
We look forward to welcoming you to St. Helena’s
St Helena’s Church is part of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
The diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf is one of four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and includes Cyprus, the Gulf States, Iraq and Yemen. In every part of the diocese, except in Cyprus, the congregations are expatriate, with many Christians from Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and the African continent.
You can also visit the Facebook page for Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
Katafiyio Retreat House
This has been a valued place for people to come and spend some time out of regular life, resting and listening to God. The Katafiyio website has more information, if you are interested in visiting.
Bible Lands magazine
This magazine about our Province is produced twice a year and gives helpful insights into Anglican churches and ministries in the Middle East. Consider subscribing to The Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association (JMECA) and become a Friend of our Province.
You can request a copy of the magazine from the JMECA website.