Association of Friends Annual Meeting and Celebration Eucharist 2015

Dear 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!

John Worton-Griffiths

Sally Milner
Honorary Secretary

Join the Friends!

Annual membership of the Association of Friends is only £22 per couple or £15 for one person. To join download and complete the membership form, then send it with a cheque for your membership fee to:

Mrs Sally Milner, Honorary Secretary
Association of Friends of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
123 Barnett Wood Lane, Ashtead
Surrey KT21 2LR

Download the Membership Form

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!

friends-northern-gathering-2014Following the success of last year we will be holding another Northern Gathering in the autumn – details to be published shortly.

The Friends’ Retreat at Launde Abbey

Launde Abbey 20 Apr 2015

Penny Caulder sends this report of the Friends Retreat held at Launde Abbey during May:

Tuesday was a real stormy April day – but in May, we all arrived with tales of hail, torrential rain, gusty winds and bright clear sunshine. Tea and cake was very welcome, as we settled in and dried out. We renewed many acquaintances and began making new friends. I am always amazed and humbled by the range of experiences and talents brought together in these gatherings.

After evening prayer and dinner Bishop Michael took us on a tour of the highs and lows of our diocese, with many new ventures to celebrate, but also a few concerns—–Iraq, Yemen and Dubai. He left us with much to think about.

On Wednesday Paul Burt the Mission to Seafarers chaplain based in Dubai talked to us about the journey of faith that brought him there. We broke into small groups (our group got the comfy chairs!) where we talked about our own special experiences in the context of multi faith environments. We focused on the contrast between countries, which had lead to small house groups in one and large enthusiastic celebrations in another.

In the next session Bishop Michael had us all riveted as he put Jonah in context, a remarkable exposition. None of us will read Jonah in quite the same way again!

In the evening Paul gave us a fascinating glimpse into the very varied work at the Mission to Seafarers where some crew can find themselves stranded without pay for months and even without food and water.

Thursday started with Communion and Breakfast, then we said our goodbyes and headed out into a perfect English day of flowers, green fields and sunshine—much refreshed.

Our thanks go to Sally Milner and everyone who made the gathering possible.

If you would like to become a member of the Association of Friends please CLICK HERE.

Olive Branch Winter 2014

Dear friends,

At the beginning of Advent we are delighted to publish the Winter 2014 edition of the Olive Branch. We hope that we can post copies out to those who requested hard copies to be received in time for Christmas. Just click on the button below to download the PDF.

2015 approaches 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

Jenny and I wish you every blessing during Advent and the joy of Christmas. We look forward to meeting you in 2015

John Worton-Griffiths
Chairman, Association of Friends

Olive Branch Winter 2014

Olive Branch Summer 2014

The Olive Branch - Summer 2014

Click the image above or the button below to download the latest edition of the Olive Branch, the magazine produced by the Friends of the Diocese.

Olive Branch Summer 2014

And some information from the Friends


A few Subscriptions are still outstanding if you have not yet been able to send your subscription to Sally Milner please do so now.

AGM and Celebration Eucharist, Monday 4 August at All Hallows by the Tower, London

We look forward to seeing many Friends at this annual event, please remember that your lunch needs to be booked and paid for in advance. Please send bookings to Sally Milner

Autumn Gathering, York, Wednesday 22 October

Full details of this event will be sent out shortly, please put the date in your diary.

Spring Gathering, Launde Abbey, Tuesday 19 May to Thursday 21 May

Following this years successful event at Launde Abbey we have booked to return next year, at a slightly later date. Please put the date into your diary now, full details and booking forms will be sent out nearer the time.

For more details or any other requests for information about the Friends please contact:

Sally Milner, Honorary Secretary
Association of Friends of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf
123 Barnett Wood Lane
Ashtead, Surrey KT21 2LR

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