Angsecyp http://angsecyp.org Just another WordPress site Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:37:35 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8.3 Baptisms http://angsecyp.org/baptisms/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 15:36:37 +0000 http://angsecyp.org/?p=27 We are pleased to receive couples who wish to have a Church Wedding here in South East Cyprus. It is an increasingly popular place to celebrate with family and friends.
The whole area (Ayia Napa and Protaras resorts) lends itself well to family holidays and many come each year in support of the ‘Bride and Groom. It seems that a religious ceremony is becoming very popular again; the ‘Registry office’ weddings, although perfectly legal, are just not the same. Comments such as,’ I wouldn’t feel married’, or, ‘Just a few minutes in a small room does not mean the same’.
We have noticed a tendancy for some couples to attempt to save money by having such a wedding (in the town hall or other venue). They are often then tempted to spend this money on other ‘celebrations’ (pony and trap rides, trimmings at the reception etc. etc.)
It is useful to note that the fees charged by the church are very similar to those charged by the churches in the UK. We believe the fees to be very reasonable even in these days of financial difficulty. Weddings in Cyprus are, as many have said, much cheaper than ‘back home’ for a whole host of reasons.
We would want to encourage all couples to consider the difference between a ‘civil’ and a ‘Church wedding’, and to think about what THEY want, not what is often offered.
DO think about what the ceremony means; vows (life long) made between you, family gathered, witnesses… it is a very important day and we are here to encourage you.
Call our chaplain, Michael, to discuss any of these issues.
Here are a few FAQ’s (frequently asked questions) to guide you. However for all the details (and there are quite a few!) you need to contact our central wedding office in Nicosia. (Address below)

Weddings FAQ’s

1. Where are the weddings conducted?
We are pleased to announce that from this June (2010) we can offer two NEW wedding venues.
The first is a beautiful Orthodox Chapel in the village of Deryneia called Agia Constantinos. See pictures below. The Chapel is a traditionally built ancient church used still by the Orthodox community and we have been given permission to use it for Anglican (Church of England) services including weddings. It is very reasonably priced for weddings and can, by arrangement, be decorated for a wedding celebration. Nearby in the village there are many facilities including photographers, hairdressers, florists etc. There are also some lovely venues for receptions and wedding parties. Get in touch with our wedding office for more details. Tel: 00357 23811045.
Agios Konstantinos Chapel 2Agios Kinastaninos Chapel 3

The second venue is called ‘Blue Palm beach’ in Ayia Napa (try GOOGLE), a magnificent situation with a wonderful view. Again contact our office for more details. 00357 23811045.
Also we use a number of beautiful ‘Wedding Chapels’ attached to certain hotels in the area. a).The Golden Coast Hotel in Protaras, b). The Adams Beach Hotel in Agia Napa, c). The Grecian Sands Hotel in Agia Napa and d). The Atlantica Aeneas Hotel in Agia Napa (brand new and beautiful – recommended for large weddings).
We also conduct weddings in suitable ‘garden’ venues or ‘resort’ areas when requested, not only in the ‘Chapels’. One such is the beautiful ‘Garden of Eden’ venue (Agia Napa) which we particularly recommend both for cost and suitability.This delightful, cool venue is chosen by many bridal couples (00357 23724810).

2. What if the hotel where I am staying does not have a Chapel?
You could use our own church in Deryneia, Agia Constantinos. (See above) Or you have two further, more expensive options… firstly you could make arrangements through our wedding office or your wedding company (tour operator) to book one of the hotel chapels above. There will, of course, be a charge for this and it may well be already booked. These charges can be substantially reduced if you book facilities in the hotel such as a reception or cocktail party (or better still .. stay there!).
Secondly, if the facilities in the hotel are suitable, we would be pleased to conduct the church ceremony where you are staying. We would not consider a ceremony ‘poolside’ or ‘on the beach’ however, many hotels have ‘Wedding Gardens’ or places set aside for just this purpose and many are beautiful. Enquire, again through our office or your tour company.
3. Can we be married in any other churches in the area?
No… these churches belong to the Orthodox Church of Cyprus, with the one exception, the Chapel in Deryneia. See above.
4. Is there a ‘dress code’ for church weddings?
Very definitely… respectful and dignified as for any wedding in the UK. But of course because of the climate (very warm) it would be a good idea not to wear a 3-piece serge suit! Ladies (and gentleman) will be expected not to wear ‘skimpy clothing’ or ‘beachwear’ (including shorts).
5. What about music?
At some hotels, ‘Here Comes the bride’ and ‘The Wedding March’ are played at appropriate moments in the ceremony. The Ministers have access to a range of suitable music played on a sound system. You may like to bring your own, but you will need to discuss it with the Minister as some music is not appropriate. Hymn singing can be arranged.
6. Who may be married in Church in Cyprus?
It used to be the case that one or both of the couple should produce a baptism certificate. The rule has now changed. If you have been baptized (Christened) by all means bring your certificate but it is no longer a condition. Telephone the minister if you are unsure.

Adherents of other faiths marrying a Christian partner must be prepared to take Christian vows in the Name of the Trinity. I cannot conduct the marriage of people who belong to organisations such as the Mormons, the Jehovah’s Witnesses, Spiritualist Church or other sects.
You will be asked to provide the name and address of your local Minister back home in the UK. Also the name of the Church. If you are Roman Catholic it might be a good idea and a courtesy, to let your priest know your plans. He will no doubt let you know of any ‘Blessing’ available to you upon your return.
We write to your local minister to let him or her know you were married here and to ask that they care for you in the local context.
All other “rules and regulations’ will be explained to you either by your agent or our wedding office.(Tel: 00357 23811045)
7. What about marriage preparation?
Not compulsory, but we certainly recommend it. Here are two suggestions. And you could always speak to your local Minister!

 

Engagement Encounter Weekend www.marriageencounter.freeserve.co.uk

Other counselling, see www.2-in-2-1.co.uk or www.marriageresource.org.uk
8. What are the CHURCH fees for weddings?
Church weddings through wedding agents or tour companies have been reduced for 2010 to 500 euros. (If we handle all the arrangements regarding venues and bookings etc. we ask for a further 100 euros to cover the extra costs).
Finally, any and all questions will be answered for you if you contact our central office in Nicosia. Pat Baulch is our expert and looks after all our couples wonderfully well!
Contact her at weddings@spidernet.com.cy

Renewal of Marriage Vows and Blessings of a Civil Marriage.
Renewal of Vows.
We conduct a growing number of these ceremonies in church. We do so where couples wish to give thanks to God on the occasion of an anniversary or for his help and encouragement through difficult times. The reasons for renewing vows are often very personal and you may wish to share these with the Minister. These are very worthwhile occasions.
Blessings after a civil wedding.
Where appropriate we are willing to offer a blessing in church for those who have been married in a registry office very recently or years ago. Our minister, Michael recently conducted a blessing after a civil wedding where the couple had been married 50 years!
Fees…….390 euros.
If for some reason you have a ‘Civil wedding’ at the town hall or elsewhere, but wish a ‘Church Blessing’ immediately afterwards, the fee reduces to 250 euros.
Please contact our wedding office in Nicosia for booking, but call Reverend Michael for advice. Tel. 357 23811045

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Church Activities http://angsecyp.org/church-activities/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:35:56 +0000 http://angsecyp.org/?p=25 To find out more about any of our activites, contact the church office on:
Tel: 357 23811045
Fax: 357 23811046
E-mail: anglicanchurch.se.cyprus.com.cy

Christianity Explored
There is an ongoing program of Christian Basics where anyone can discover (or importantly re-discover!) the central theme of the Gospel of Jesus.
It is usually held in small groups and in a very modern context.
Highly recommended! Seven one hour sessions. Starting Saturday 30th January 2010 from 11 – 12 am at No 39.
Men’s Breakfast (See calendar)
Meeting each 1st Friday in the month (except July and August).
A good breakfast in a well known local restaurant, good conversation and often a visiting speaker. Visitors especially welcome!
Ladies Lunch (See Calendar).
Meeting each 1st Friday in the month (except July and August).
A very pleasant atmosphere in a range of local quality restaurants.
Visitors especially welcome!
Thursday Pool Afternoon
Not swimming! The game you play with a cue.
The venue of choice is ‘The Corner Pocket’ in Kapparis.
Come and see if you are any good… the regulars are not all that!
Visitors especially welcome!
Music Making
Opportunities exist for members to participate in enhancing Sunday Worship through music.
We are always on the lookout for musicians willing to play on Sunday and/or on other occasions.
We have no choir, however at Christmas time (and perhaps on other occasions in the future) we come together to celebrate in seasonal song.
Coffee Morning (see calendar and social events).
Come yourself and bring a friend.
Home Visiting
Our Chaplain, Michael, and his wife Jacqueline make regular and special visits to members homes for fellowship and if appropriate, prayer. Home communions can be arranged.
Social Events.( Also see calendar)
15th August: Picnic, Boat trip (After Church).
3rd September: Men’s breakfast and ladies lunch.
Forthcoming events.( Also see calendar)
2nd September: Joint Prayer and Praise at the Scandinavian church at 7pm.
11th October: Discipleship Course start 6-7.30pm. each Monday except Christmas, Ash Wednesday and Easter. Study, fellowship and tea/coffee included.

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Meetings http://angsecyp.org/meetings/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:29:27 +0000 http://angsecyp.org/?p=21 Sunday Services at 11am.
Our usual pattern of worship is 1st,
3rd and 4th Sunday –Holy Communion (1st
Sunday usually sung and in a generally
‘formal style’). 2nd Sunday – an informal
‘Service of the Word’, and 5th Sunday – an
informal ‘Service of songs of Praise’.

House Groups
Some of our members meet regularly in
each others homes for fellowship and Bible Study.
We plan more groups and venues.

Praise and Prayer Hour
Each Tuesday morning (10.00 – 11.00am) and Thursday morning (9.00 – 10.00am) Church members meet to praise God and to pray…
thanksgiving, intercession and the needs of individuals, the Church and the world.
A quiet hour in the busyness of the week. We plan a third meeting soon – details to follow.
We hold a joint meeting each 6 weeks – details on ‘This weeks events’.

For information on venues, times etc on any of these meetings, please contact the church

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This week sevents http://angsecyp.org/this-week-sevents/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:27:06 +0000 http://angsecyp.org/?p=19 Tuesday: 10.00am. ‘Praise and Prayer’ at the home of Peter and Joy Day.

Thursday: 9.00am. ‘Praise and Prayer at the home of Denis and Lesley Cummings.
Michael and Jacqueline return from leave.
Service next Sunday, 8th August, will be at the Scandinavian church, off Nissi Avenue, near Macdonalds. Children’s activities are provided.
10.10am. Prayers before Church.
11.00am. Holy Communion.
Galations chapter 4 verses 4 to 7.
St.Luke chapter 1 verses 46 – 55.
The Blessed Virgin Mary.
Contact the church office for venues and times.

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Our mission and vision http://angsecyp.org/our-mission-and-vision/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:22:54 +0000 http://angsecyp.org/?p=17 The following is a picture of the future here in South East Cyprus – a picture given to us, we believe by God. All our members share this Vision and have resolved to be a part of it.

  • Every single English speaking person in our area will know that the Church is here.
  • and… that the Church is made up of God fearing people… 
  • and… that these people can be trusted and relied upon.
  • and… that attendance at a Church meeting of any kind is a joy.
  • and… will have all our social events on their calendar. 
  • The municipalities will know about us, will tell the people about us and support our efforts. 
  • There will be two, full-time ministers serving this fellowship. 
  • The wedding ministry will be served by part-time or locum ministers thereby releasing the full-time ministers for full-time Gospel work. 
  • There will be three services on a Sunday in one central location. 
  • There will be a Sunday service in each and every village in our area. 
  • There will be at least 3 major ‘outreach’ services (eg. carol service) each year. 
  • This Church fellowship will grow to 450 in number in 5 years time. 
  • If we have a central building of our own it will be a ‘7 days a week’ building with programs and facilities for service and Christian learning. 
  • Each and every member will have a personal ministry whereby they head up at least one program. 
  • People’s lives will change as a result of the activity of the Church in this place. 
  • Many will gives themselves to the Lord… we shall baptize and help many to become disciples of Christ. 
  • So strong will be the influence of this Gospel spoken out by this church that Ayia Napa will gain a reputation as a ‘Family Holiday’ resort as word of the Church and God’s work within it moves back to the UK.  
  • God’s name will be raised up in a way we would never think possible.
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what we believe http://angsecyp.org/what-we-believe/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:15:49 +0000 http://angsecyp.org/?p=15 The Bible is the infallible Word of God, inspired by the Holy Spirit, and contains every answer to man’s problems. 2 Timothy 3:16,17; 2 Peter 1:20,21
There is one God, existing eternally in three persons: God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit. John 10:30; John 14:26; Philippians 2:5-7
God is Love and He loves all people. It is His desire to reach out to those who are poor, oppressed, widowed or orphaned, and to heal the brokenhearted. Psalm 68:5,6; 1 John 4:16
Man is created in the image of God but separated from God by sin. Without Jesus we cannot have a relationship with God. Genesis 1:26; 1 Timothy 2:5
We can have a personal relationship with God through salvation, God’s free gift to man. It is not a result of what we do, but it is only available through God’s unearned favor. By admitting we have sinned and believing in the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, and accepting Him as Lord, we can spend eternity with God. Ephesians 2:8,9; Romans 5:1; Romans 3:24
We believe in water baptism, as taught and demonstrated by Jesus, as the way for believers to identify with the death, burial and resurrection of Jesus. Matthew 28:19; Romans 6:4; Matthew 3:13-17
The Baptism of the Holy Spirit is a gift from God. He helps empower the believer to develop the character of Christ and live every day in God’s will. Matthew 3:11; Acts 2:4
God gives all believers spiritual gifts. They are for the strengthening of God’s people (the Church) and proof of God’s existence and power to unbelievers. The gifts of the Spirit are active and relevant today. 1 Corinthians 12:4-11; 1 Peter 4:10
Sanctification is the ongoing process of allowing God’s character to be developed in us. Romans 6:19; Galatians 5:22-25
Divine healing is active in the lives of people today through Jesus, who is the Healer. Healing includes physical, mental, emotional and spiritual restoration. Luke 9:11; Matthew 9:35; Acts 10:38; Matthew 10:1
The Bible describes hell as a real place. It is a place of suffering and a place of permanent separation from God for those who die without accepting Christ. God’s desire is that no one be separated from Him for eternity, which is why He sent His Son, Jesus Christ, to earth. Hebrews 9:27; Revelation 20:12-15; John 3:16-18
Jesus will return and take all those who have accepted Him as Saviour to heaven for eternity. Acts 1:11; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17; Hebrews 9:28
There are two Sacraments given to us by the Lord Jesus and attested to in Scripture – Baptism and Holy Communion. Matthew 28:16-end, Matthew 26:26-29, Mark 14:22-24, Luke 22:19f, 1 Corinthians 11:23-26.

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Aboutus http://angsecyp.org/aboutus/ Thu, 09 Nov 2017 14:03:19 +0000 http://angsecyp.org/?p=13 What sort of Church?

An Anglican Church in the Evangelical tradition. Founded some 10 years ago as a Holiday Chaplaincy serving visitors to the resort of Ayia Napa.

What style of Church?

We maintain a ‘mixed style’ of worship and practice, although we are orthodox in our beliefs and doctrines. Because of this we have now grown into a fellowship of numerous denominations, Baptist, Methodist, Roman Catholic, Pentecostal, Presbyterian, Salvationist and other Free Churches. All are welcome and all feel welcome.

Although we are a mixed family, worshipping and serving the Gospel we maintain our ‘Anglican’ identity by adhering to the ‘Church of England Rules of Representation’. That means that our system of church government and church order are based on the principal of ‘Episcopal Oversight’ i.e. The Bishop appoints the Chaplain and the Chaplain consults with the elected Church Council.

A bit of History!

Why ‘Chaplain?’ Why not Vicar, Priest, Minister? That’s our little bit of history. When the British Army took over Cyprus at the end of the Ottoman Empire, the Army brought their ‘Chaplains’ with them. The title has stuck! But because we have so many from different backgrounds, we are content with any title. (Definitely not ‘Father’ – for your Father is in heaven!)

What happens on Sundays?

At all our services the proclamation of the Gospel and Bible teaching feature. Whilst following the lectionary as we are able, teaching will often be though a ‘series’ – a Book of the Bible or a Discipleship theme.

and the other six days?

We hold a range of midweek activities, ranging from home based groups (cells) to Men’s Breakfast. We also feature ‘Christian Basics’ (see ‘The Five Stages of Effective Discipleship’).

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