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
God our Creator,
who laid the foundations of the earth
and stretched out the heavens as a tent cloth;
how glorious is your name in all the world.
Give us grace to wonder at your gift,
to treasure the earth
and to work for its protection and renewal;
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.
Season of Creation
This is the third week of the Season of Creation during which we recognise that the earth is God’s gift; and that we, ourselves, are called to care for this fragile planet earth, to share its resources justly and to protect the life it sustains, in all its variety.
During September and the first week of October we are focussing on a different theme of creation as follows:
5th September: Wonder
12th September: Abundance
19th September: Desolation
26th September: Restoration
3rd October: Harvest
Maggie LeRoy’s latest newsletter is here.
You can find the current Diocesan prayer guide here.
Both charity shops have now re-opened with their usual hours. The Larnaca charity shop would welcome any bric-a-brac.
On Monday 10 May we came out of lockdown.
The usual requirements to use hand gel entering and leaving the church, wearing a face mask covering nose and mouth, and observing physical distancing, continue to apply. Additionally, in order to come to church each person will need to have with them a SafePass. Each person must carry proof of one of:
A negative PCR or rapid test, taken within the last 72 hours
Vaccination of at least one dose received at least 3 weeks ago
Having contracted coronavirus in the past 6 months.
The responsibility for this lies with each person. We do not have to check this as you arrive. If the church is subject to a surprise police check, anyone without the one of the three proofs listed above will be responsible for any fine imposed.
Most of us will have no difficulty fulfilling this and many people have had both vaccination doses by now. I hope you will come to church so that we can worship together physically as a community.
With my prayers and all good wishes,
A Listening Ear
If you are a Cyprus resident and would like an opportunity to share where you are; how you are in this season, a trained Spiritual Director is available to listen confidentially. Information 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.