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We are the only Anglican church on Crete. However, all Christian denominations are welcome at our services. We are situated within the Apokoronas area of Crete, east of Chania, in the picturesque rural village of Kefalas.

 

We hope that this website will guide you around the Parish - our worship, events and organisations and contact points for any further information.

The Anglican Church of

St. Thomas, Kefalas.

 

 

 

"They were like sheep without a shepherd." - John 6.35"  

Good Saturday morning! 

I am back from my English sojourn, having enjoyed the hospitality of western Yorkshire, Huddersfield, York, Buckinghamshire, and London.

It was an eventful time - while there I experienced an election, traffic jams created by the State Opening of Parliament  and, most important, a football game in Berlin.

However, as lovely and cool as England is, it was high time for me to be home. Now, my plane left Heathrow first thing in the morning yesterday, Friday, which means I was up at 3:00 am BST trying to take public transport out of Westminster when most of the buses and the Underground don't run; so I am a little sleep deprived. I trust I will have recovered sufficiently tomorrow so that I will be sufficiently awake to preside and preach.

While there were many disruptions yesterday due to the Crowdsource-Windows IT disaster, it did not affect the airline I was on, and, in retrospect, getting out of London so early may have been a good thing!

 

My thanks to the Rev'd Ruth Wooster for taking the services the past Sundays.

In the gospel readings starting tomorrow and through to the last Sunday in August we will be reading portions of the Gospel according to John, Chapter Six. This is the chapter which has John's version of the the feeding of the multitude, after which Jesus describes himself as the Bread of Life.

 

The readings for tomorrow focus on Jesus as a shepherd; they are below, with links, and you can download a PDF of the psalm and hymns. We gather every Sunday at 11:00 am in the Tabernacle, the tent-like structure next to the Chapel of St Thomas. Join us in person or via Zoom by clicking here or, in your Zoom application, by entering the following: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927; PassCode: 253235.

21 JulyThe Eighth Sunday after Trinity

The Psalm and the Hymns 
Jeremiah 23:1-6
Psalm 23
Mark 6:30-34, 53-56  


 

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I Spoke At General Synod!

 


The primary reason I was in England was to attend the General Synod of the Church of England; General Synod is the main legislative body of the C of E and it met over five days at the University of York.

While I did not put in any written request to speak on any matter at General Synod in York, I did get up twice and was called to speak. The first time was in a debate about the new guidelines for Safeguarding, which were approved overwhelmingly.  

The second time I spoke was in the midst of a discussion on an amendment to the Redress Measure, which is a scheme to voluntarily give monies and other forms of redress to individuals who have been abused by the church. The measure, after revision, is eighteen pages long, and over 85 pages of suggested changes were considered by the Revision Committee, on which I sat in May and June via Zoom. The amendment was defeated, the second reading was passed, and it will return for final reading in February, after which it will go to Parliament for approval.

. . . and I Played With Art On My Retreat!

 

As you may recall from my last regular email, I spent seven nights at St Michael's Convent in Gerrards Cross, Buckinghamshire. I have been an Associate of the Community of the Sisters of the Church for over twenty years, and I thought it was time to get to know the original English branch; they have sisters in Australia, Canada, England, and Melanesia. I met with Sr Hilda Mary daily for an hour, attended the four regular church services, and went on meditative walks and read. The time went quickly! Sr Hilda Mary encouraged me to play with art a bit, perhaps even using my left hand to challenge my dependence on left-brain thinking.



 

Small Group Bible Study 

  • The Wednesday night online group meets at 7:30 PM EEST using the same Zoom meeting as we do for worship: click here, or enter the following into your Zoom application: Meeting ID: 850 4483 9927 Password: 010209. Having completed The Lectio Course, we will now use Lectio Divina (an ancient practice of reading and meditating on Holy Scripture) on July 17th, to reflect on and pray through The First Letter of John. Newcomers are most welcome!

    I hope and pray that all of you are well, and I trust I will see many of you tomorrow.

  • God be with you!

  • Bruce +

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Safeguarding

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the Anglican Church of St Thomas, Kefalas, Crete


If you see something that you think may be a safeguarding issue, you should speak to the
Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer here on Crete or the Diocesan Safeguarding Team:

Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer:
Jan Lovell +30 69791 64716 jand.lovell@yahoo.com

and/or

Diocesan Safeguarding Team:

 For urgent enquiries during operational hours (9 am to 5 pm UK time, Monday to
Friday), please call: +44 (0)207 898 1159
For non-urgent enquiries contact: +44 (0) 7464 544715
For urgent enquiries outside operational hours call our
partners  Thirtyone:eight  on +44 (0) 303 003 1111. 
Email: europe.safeguarding@churchofengland.org
https://www.europe.anglican.org/resources/safeguarding-diocese-europe

St. Thomas is one of many churches in the rapidly growing Diocese in Europe which, in itself, is part of The Church of England. You can visit the Diocese website at http://europe.anglican.org/homepage/

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