The Anglican Church of St Thomas is a unique place of worship. Currently it is the only dedicated space for Anglican worship on the island of Crete. It consists of two main structures
A beautiful stone chapel dedicated to St. Thomas, and which is used for small services.The chapel was officially dedicated by Bishop Geoffrey Rowell, Third Bishop in Europe, in 2008.
Next to it is an area covered by canvas and known as “The Tabernacle”. The Tabernacle is named after the moveable structure built by Moses and Aaron while the people of Israel travelled from slavery in Egypt to the Promised Land. Sometimes called the Tent of Meeting, it contained the Ark of the Covenant, and before which sacrifices were made.
Our Tabernacle is our principle worship space. It is built around an old threshing floor (αλώνι,“aloni”) which is surrounded by a low stone wall. The seating consists of simple patiochairs, allowing for a flexibility in set up and orientation of the worship space.
In the winter the side panels are lowered, making it a cosy enclosed area. Through these clear panels we can still see the beautiful White Mountains beyond.
In the summer the sides are rolled up,enabling us to hear the cicadas, birds, sheep and goats all joining us in worship!
The Church of St Thomas is for all Christians of whatever background. Our doors are open to everyone who wishes to come and share in our worship. As the congregation is part of The Diocesein Europe in The Church of England, we follow the orders of worship found in Common Worship
(modern language services) and, occasionally, The Book of Common Prayer (last revised in 1662,and using the Tudor-era language from the 1550s).
We are part of The Anglican Church in Greece,which has been recognized by an act of the Hellenic Legislature. For historical reasonscongregations in The Diocese in Europe are called chaplaincies, not parishes, and so our priest is
not a “rector” or a “vicar”, but a “chaplain”.
Holy Communion is celebrated every Sunday, accompanied by hymns.
We also meet on the major feasts and Holy Days of the year.
On Tuesday mornings the clergy (chaplain and curate) gather to
say Morning Prayer in the chapel and all are welcome to join them.
We typically have about twenty-five people in worship each
Sunday, although that can swell to eighty on special occasions. Our
congregation is made up of a core group who live here year-round, and who are
mostly expatriate UK citizens from England. We also have regular attendees from
Ireland, Scotland, Canada, the United States, Norway (and sometimes even from
Greece)! These are supplemented by a large number of people who live here part-time
- for anything from one to ten months.
We are especially privileged to have visitors come and share
in our worship, especially in the summer months.
Our clergy are very happy to officiate at baptisms, the blessing
of marriages, and at the sadder times such as funerals.
The clergy regularly visit people in their homes and can be
found in various cafés having coffee with members – please consider extending
an invitation! As well if anyone is sick and would appreciate a visit, please
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
12 October, 2018
We are priviledged to welcome our new Priest in Charge, the Reverend Canon Bruce Bryant-Scott and his wife Frances to our Church Community' in Kefalas
You will always be welcome at
the Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas
30 June, 2019
Ordination of our Assistant Curate
to the Diaconate by the Right Reverend David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop in Europe