Social Outreach: Achieving Connectivity

The latest Social Outreach Forum in the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf was held in Nicosia Cyprus on September 19th. Over thirty participants met at the Home for Cooperation in the Green Zone of the capital. Every Island Anglican  Church was represented together with many of those organisations – faith based and secular – with which the churches partner to fulfil their social outreach mandate. This was the second such gathering, called together by Bishop Michael Lewis who said that he was pleased to hear so many positive accounts of doing good. The aim of the occasion was to inform, encourage and enable. Groups working with, and supporting work amongst: refugees, the poor, trafficked women and other vulnerable people shared their experience.
The Bishop (pictured here with some participants) described a major achievement of the day in terms of the connectivity it had brought about. A clear need for strategies to care for the carers was identified, and new partnerships were planned in this whole island event. One contributor summed up her feelings about the day. “Social outreach is often a lonely and frustrating business,” she said. “It’s great to realise just how much good work is being done. It’s an inspiration for us all.”

Ordinations – Christ Church, Jebel Ali

Ordination Service – Saturday, 23 September at Christ Church, Jebel Ali

The ordinations of Rev’d Harry Ching as Priest & Mrs Charlie Lloyd-Evans as Deacon will take place at Christ Church, Jebel Ali on Saturday, 23 September led by Bishop Michael Lewis and attended by local officials, guests and clergy from across the Diocese.

Refreshments will be served between 2.30 – 3.20 pm

All guests are requested to arrive by 3.30 pm at the very latest

Please note the underground car park will not be available

Everyone will be most welcome

 

Location:

https://goo.gl/maps/tvqVZVqSWVN2

New Chapter for Ministry Training

The Diocese has now entered a new training relationship with Queens College Newfoundland, Canada. At a ceremony which included members of the Theological Faculty of this Anglican Foundation, Archdeacon John signed a Memorandum of Understanding which signals the beginning of the new partnership. Queens will accredit and administer the Exploring Faith course which the Diocese has been using for the last five years. Fifteen students from the Diocese have now been enrolled, and it is hoped that another nine may be enrolled in January. College Provost Dr Rick Singleton, the other signatory, said that this was an exciting day for the College, making a positive statement about partnership within the Anglican Communion. Rt Rev Dr Geoff Peddle, Bishop of Eastern Newfoundland and Labrador, also present welcomed this innovative link with “the most fascinating Diocese in the Anglican World.”

New Member of Staff – Diocesan Office

Helen Perry – Administration Officer

The Diocesan Office has a new member of staff. Helen Perry will be working alongside Anetta Stylianou as Administration Officer, and learning from Anetta’s encyclopaedic knowledge of the Diocese and its workings. Helen brings a wide palate of skills and experiences to complement those already in evidence in our office, and is hugely looking forward to this new task. “I am really happy to be joining such a fascinating and unique organisation,” she said. “I am looking forward to Synod particularly as an opportunity to meet more people and learn more about the work of the Church in our region.”

Helen’s email is helen.perry@cypgulf.org

RIP – Mrs Fawzia Ghais Malek

Mrs Fawzia Ghais Malek

My dear friends,

I would like to inform you that Mrs Fawzia Ghais Malek, the wife of the late Bishop Ghais Malek, passed away yesterday evening, 29 August 2017.

She has been a faithful servant of the Lord, a very supportive wife, and a great mother. She will be greatly missed by the whole church here in Egypt. Please pray for the family and her many friends.

The thanksgiving service will be held at All Saints Cathedral, Zamalek, Cairo at 2pm on Friday 1 September.

Yours in Christ

+ Mouneer Egypt

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