Monday, May 31, 2010

An Orthodox home for Anglican worshippers

From Cyprus-

ANGLICAN parishioners’ dreams of using a local church have finally come true after nearly a decade of worshipping at a converted shop in Ayia Napa.

In a remarkable gesture of good-will by the Orthadox Church, the Bishop of Constantia and Famagusta has granted the full use of a tiny chapel in Dherinya to the Anglican Church until they have the funds and backing to build their own premises.

A colourful ceremony to mark the occasion was attended by parishioners and representatives from the Orthodox Church last week.

The tiny whitewashed church of Ayios Helena and Constantine has a capacity of just 50 and will be used for Bible readings, services, weddings and other events.

“It is a beautiful little church and we are very thankful that we have been granted use of it. Considerable amounts of money have been spent by the Church authorities in renovation of the building and surrounding land to a very high standard,” said Reverend Michael Crawford.
After losing the use of a small chapel in Ayia Napa five years ago, the Anglicans have been borrowing the Scandinavian Church on Nissi Avenue for Sunday worship, but their ultimate goal remains a church of their own.

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