Chaplain General’s Visit Hits the Heights at St George’s

L to R – The Revd Dr David Coulter, Chaplain General to the Forces, Bishop Michael and Mrs Julia Lewis, Major General James Illingworth, Commander British Forces Cyprus, and Mr Matthew Kidd, British High Commissioner

In the church which Bishop Michael described as ‘the highest in my Diocese’ a special gathering took place on October 1st. St George’s in the Forest, 6000 feet above sea level, hosted a celebration of Evensong according to the 1662 Book of Common Prayer to mark the visit of the Chaplain General to the Forces, the Revd Dr David Coulter. The service was attended by the Commander of British Forces on the Island, Major General James Illingworth and the British High Commissioner, Mr Matthew Kidd, as well as by clergy with a link to Forces Chaplaincy on the Island, and their families. In a packed church, hymns were accompanied by a small brass ensemble, to great effect, and the service was led by Padre Peter King; the Introduction, Invitation, Absolution and Blessing being contributed by the Bishop.

In his sermon, Dr Coulter observed the five hundredth anniversary of the reformation, and the centenary of the Battle of Passchendaele. Noting the Biblical imperative to speak a public word both to church and nation, he sketched the challenges facing those who today would interpret the word of God in the public domain. The Bishop described the event as “a great occasion,” and a wonderful opportunity to showcase one of the Diocese’s most beautiful churches, after recent upgrading work there.

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  1. I had never been to the Troodos mountain before or seen the Church of St. George in the Forest.
    The long journey from Kyrenia was well worth it and I found the service both moving and uplifting.
    It took me back to my service in Queen Alexandra’s Royal Army Nursing Corps when I met many interesting Army Chaplains.

    It was nice to chat to the Chaplain General over coffee after the service.
    Sandi Richardson

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