The Anglican Church of St Thomas is a
unique place of worship. It has a beautiful stone chapel for small services.
Next to it is the Tabernacle, which holds larger services. It is built around
an old threshing floor (aloni) and has a stone floor and a small wall surrounds
it. You will see from the photographs that in the winter the plastic sides are
unwound making it cosy. Through the clear plastic we can still see the
beautiful White Mountains beyond. In the summer the sides are rolled up and so
we hear the cicadas, the birds and the sheep and goats joining us in
The Church of St Thomas is for all
Christians of whatever background. Our doors are always open to everyone who
wishes to come and share in our worship. The Church is part of the Diocese of
Europe and forms part of the Greater Athens Chaplaincy, which also includes
Corfu and various other churches within Greece.
Our services are based on Holy
Communion every Sunday and we also have other forms of services such as Taize
and also the quiet and meditative Morning Prayer during the week which is held
in the beautiful chapel of St Thomas.
We are very pleased to have visitors
come and share in our worship.We are also very happy to officiate at the happy
events of life such as the blessing of marriages and at the sadder times such
We are very honoured to be situated
in such a Christian country as Greece and in particular Crete. The Orthodox
Church has many riches which also enriches our Western brand of
We are also a part of Cretan
community and so we are in the name of Christ very keen to support our
community especially the poor. We give a high proportion of our money to
support these local charities which care for the homeless, the disabled and
very poor families and the elderly. Our Cretan community welcomes our sharing
together in supporting each other.
We look forward to you joining
For more details of our Services and
forthcoming events please go to our "Services" page.
To contact us please go to our
"Finding/Contact us" page. Please also visit our "Facebook"
The History of St Thomas
The Church of St. Thomas was born out
of prayer. In 2003 a small group of people began meeting regularly in the home
of Tony and Suzanne Lane to pray and worship God. Numbers increased as the
local ex-pat community grew
Early in 2007, Tony Lane, realising the need for a more suitable worship
space, and inspired by the typical Cretan mountain chapels, designed and built
the Chapel of St Thomas. In July that year, the ministry of the Church of St
Thomas officially commenced with the naming and blessing of this newly built
Church by Canon Mike Peters.
The Church was officially dedicated by Bishop
Geoffrey in 2008. At the same service Tony Lane was Licensed as a Reader within
the Anglican Church. Later that year the covered Tabernacle was erected by
Tony, creating an area for over 100 worshippers to be seated in all weathers.
In October 2009 he was ordained Deacon, and in July 2010 ordained as Priest. He
is now serving as an Assistant (Retired) Priest as part of St Thomas's Ministry Team.
The Revd Terry Wilcock was the priest in charge until he completed his
term in January 2014.
The Revd Canon Philip Lambert who arrived in July 2014 was the priest in charge until his retirement in May 2017
The Revd Tony Lane (retired) is our assistant chaplain until a new chaplain is appointed
You will always be welcome at
the Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas