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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.

"With many such parables he spoke the word to them." Mark 4.33

Good Saturday morning!

I hope you are all staying reasonably cool and hydrated in this hot weather. As the recent tragic death of Dr Michael Mosley shows, it is all too easy to overestimate our abilities to deal with extreme heat. I found myself quite concerned with his disappearance and death, as I had used his book The 8-Week Blood Sugar Diet to lose some 11 kg last autumn, and so felt a connection of gratitude to the man.

Jesus did not tell parables about extreme heat, but he did talk about wheat and mustard plants, as we shall hear in this Sunday's gospel reading, and in this he was following the tradition established by passages like our first reading from the prophet Ezekiel.

 

The readings for tomorrow, the Third Sunday after Trinity, June 16, 2024, can be found below, with hyperlinks to a lectionary website for The Episcopal Church of the United States (the Episcopal Church, which is the part of the Anglican Communion in America, uses more of less the same set of readings, only with American spellings). You can download a PDF of the hymns and the psalm by clicking on that hyperlink.

16 June

The Third Sunday after Trinity

The Hymns and the Psalm
Ezekiel 17:22-24
Psalm 92:1-4,12-end
Mark 4:26-34  

 

We gather tomorrow 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.


 

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I will be away next Sunday, June 23rd, in attendance at the licensing service of Fr Benjamin Drury as Senior Chaplain of the Greater Athens Chaplaincy and incumbent of the Anglican Church of St Paul's, Athens. I am grateful that the Rev'd Dr Steven Smith will be taking the service then.

More announcements are below.

God be with you and yours this week,
 

Bruce+

You Just Spent Four Days at Diocesan Synod - What Happened?

I am a member of the Synod of the Diocese in Europe twice over, although, oddly enough, I do not get two votes; I won an election to it three years ago from the Archdeaconry of the East, and then, when elected to the General synod of the Church of England, I became ex officio a member again. So, being a member in two different ways, I really felt obliged to attend.

We met from last Monday afternoon to Thursday morning at a Roman Catholic Conference centre just outside Cologne (formerly a seminary, but now renovated to very high standards). As one can imagine, it deals with many of the sort of things that a Parish Church Council might, only at a diocesan level: safeguarding, EcoChurch, finances, training for mission and ministry, and so forth. It is usually not very political or contentious, but is more about the building up of community. Thus, for me at least, it is important to meet in person, so that conversations take place not only in session, but also over meals, over coffee, and in the pub (conveniently located in the cellar of the conference centre). We are a diocese of almost 300 congregations scattered from Iceland to Turkey and Russia to Morocco, and it is all to easy to be isolated; these events contribute considerably to my sense of being part of something larger.

Membership comes mainly from the eight archdeaconries, depending on the number of congregations in them; all four archdeacons attend, as well as laity and clergy who have been elected. The Bishop is there, of course, as well as the Chancellor and the Registrar (who deal with judicial and legal issues), and various appointees and guests. In attendance but without a vote, are diocesan staff, including the Diocesan Secretary/Chief Operating Officer, the Safeguarding Officer. All told, we were probably about sixty person. Surrounding all our meetings was prayer - we met in the chapel for Morning Prayer, Holy Eucharist at noon, Evening Prayer, and Compline. 

Of note are the following:

  • We discussed at length clergy well-being. While your chaplain is a happy camper, this is not necessarily so for all the others in the diocese, especially as they deal with the stresses of low remuneration, a lack of understanding of what "part-time" might mean, cost of living increases, and dealing with conflict. While bullying seems to be less of a concern than it was a few years ago, perhaps due to the implementation of the revise Anti-Bullying Policy (in which I had a hand), it is still present in a few places.

  • The diocesan finances are in good shape - for 2024 we had a deficit of £27,961 on a total budget of £2,365,832, or around 1.2%, which is pretty good as we are still coming out of the pandemic. 

  • Our movement towards being carbon neutral by 2030 is making progress, but much work is still to be done.

  • Safeguarding is in good shape, and the percentage of people in chaplaincies who have been checked for criminal records and who have been trained is growing.

  • We heard from Christina Laschenko, Churchwarden of Christ Church in Kyiv, about how their congregations continues to survive in the midst of war

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A Couple of Announcements

 

The Patronal Festival of St Thomas the Apostle:

Sunday, 30 June 2024, 11:00 am


Our regular Holy Communion service will have the readings appointed for the Feast of St Thomas, and our guest preacher will be the Rev’d Craig Watson, a Church of England priest who is Director of the Kathmandu International Study Centre, who has visited us here in Crete.

Following the Holy Communion Service  light refreshments will be served at St. Thomas in celebration of this special occasion. If anyone would like to contribute towards the refreshments (finger food) a sign up sheet will be available on the refreshment table  on the next couple of Sundays in June. We look forward to seeing you!
THE CHURCHWARDENS & CHAPLAINCY COUNCIL OF THE ANGLICAN CHURCH OF ST. THOMAS, KEFALAS, CRETE.

Study Groups


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.

 

We continue this Wednesday June 19th with the second session of The Lectio Course. Lectio Divina is an ancient practice of reading and meditating on Holy Scripture. There will be five sessions, and then after that we will use this method as we study The First Letter of John.

GREEK CONVERSATION & STUDY GROUP

at The Anglican Church of St Thomas, Kefalas

MONDAYS 

11AM – 12 PM

 

St Thomas’ Anglican Church in Kefalas, Apokoronas will be hosting a weekly Greek study and conversation group for beginners.

 

This started on Monday 8 April 2024 from 11:00 am to 12:00 pm and then every Monday for ten weeks, excluding Greek public holidays.

 

The cost will be 5 euro per person each session.

 

We will be using the book ‘ΚΛΙΚ στα ελληνικά, επίπεδο Α1 για εφήβους και ενηλίκους’ (level A1 for teenagers and adults). There are more details about this book on the website klikstaellinika.com. It can also be ordered from the book shop/stationers in Vryses.

 

Please contact Jan at + 30 69791 64716 if you are interested in attending or for further information.

SAFEGUARDING NOTICE

The safety and well-being of our members and those whom we seek to serve, especially the most vulnerable among us, is a prerequisite to proclaiming the good news.​

 

If you have a complaint about the behaviour of any of our clergy or volunteers you may speak in confidence with our Safeguarding Officer, Jan Lovell, at

 +30 28250 22756 or jand.lovell@yahoo.com

Alternatively, you may contact the Safeguarding Team of the Diocese in Europe directly at +44 (0)207 898 1163, or visit their page at https://europe.anglican.org/safeguarding/who-to-contact for more ways to contact them. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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/ . 

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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