The Society of Friends has published the Olive Branch for Winter 2016-2017. Please share the news of the Diocese in your parishes.
All Hallows by the Tower, London, Friends AGM and Diocese Celebration Eucharist 1st August 2016
The Annual Meeting of the Friends of our Diocese and the Diocese Celebration Eucharist
All Hallows by the Tower 11.15am 1st August 2016
A great opportunity to meet with other supporters of our Diocese and to hear what is going on around our Diocese. Then Celebrate the Eucharist together. Bishop Michael will Preside, Archdeacon of the Gulf Bill Schwartz will be with us and Assistant Bishop of London Stephen Platten will preach.
All are welcome.
Download Invitation for full details and how to sign up.
We record the deaths of Brigadier Nigel Speller and Mr Peter Bushe, friends of the diocese.
Nigel Speller was 88 and died at Colyton in Devon, where, after his army career, he had been churchwarden and served as licensed Reader, leading worship and preaching in a variety of other local churches too. He had often in past years represented the Diocese of Exeter at synods of Cyprus and the Gulf and was an unfailingly courteous and energetic friend for whom nothing was too much trouble. A thanksgiving service for him is arranged for Saturday 14 May at 1230 at Colyton parish church.
Peter Bushe had in the past been a key member of the congregation of St Andrew Abu Dhabi, serving as on the church council and in particular as chairman of the building committee. He served a period as Chairman of the Association of Friends of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf in the UK.
As we extend condolences to their families we give God great thanks for their lives.
We are delighted to publish the Summer 2015 Edition of the Olive Branch. We hope that we can post copies out to those who requested hard copies. Just click on the button below to download the PDF.
2016 is here and we would welcome your contributions from across the Diocese for the next edition. Snap a picture on your smart phone and send together with a few paragraphs to our editor firstname.lastname@example.org
Jenny and I wish you every blessing during Advent and the joy of Christmas. We look forward to meeting you in 2015
Chairman, Association of Friends
We extend a warm invitation for you to join us at the Association of Friends Annual Meeting and Celebration Eucharist which will be held this year at All Hallows by the Tower on Monday 3 August.
This is always a well attended event and it is particularly wonderful to welcome new people who have lived in the diocese or are currently residing within it, to join us. The Eucharist is preceded by the AGM and followed by an enjoyable lunch (for which there is a small charge and you need to contact the Secretary in advance to book!).
Please download the invitation and circulate it among your congregation, or pass it on to anyone that you feel may be interested.
Thank you – and we look forward to seeing you!
Join the Friends!
Mrs Sally Milner, Honorary Secretary
Association of Friends of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
123 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead
Surrey KT21 2LR
Don’t forget, if you are UK taxpayer your subscription to the Association of Friends is eligible for Gift Aid – the declaration is included on the membership form!
Following the success of last year we will be holding another Northern Gathering in the autumn – details to be published shortly.