This week at St Helena’s
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
- Eternal Father,who at the baptism of Jesusrevealed him to be your Son,anointing him with the Holy Spirit:grant to us, who are born again by water and the Spirit,that we may be faithful to our calling as your adopted children;through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,who is alive and reigns with you,in the unity of the Holy Spirit,one God, now and for ever.
Charity Shops (Update)
Due to the new restrictions announced early in January, both charity shops will be closed until at least the end of the month.
Thank you for your support during a difficult year and we look forward to welcoming you, and your donations, later in the year.
New restrictions came into operation on December 11th, which mean that congregations are unable to attend worship in church buildings.
All our Sunday services from St Helena’s are streamed, so we will continue with that as the clergy are permitted to be in the church to lead worship.
We hope to be able to design the Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 20 December at 6.00pm so that a number of voices take part.
As we will not be able to meet face to face at church, please do keep in touch with us and with each other by phone and email, and make a daily time to pray for each other.
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.