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

Friends – Celebration Eucharist and 2014 AGM

You are invited to join us at All Hallows to celebrate the life of the Diocese and for the Annual General Meeting of the Friends. We would also welcome any of your friends who might be interested in the work of our unique Diocese and would like to learn more about us. Bishop Michael will be giving a report on each of our chaplaincies at the AGM.

Lunch including wine or juice will cost: £9 for members and £12 for non-members. As usual the buffet lunch must be prebooked. To make a booking please download the form by clicking the button below, completing it and sending it to the Secretary before July 18th 2014.

Secretary’s Address

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

Subscriptions to the Friends for the year 2014/15 are now due and will are £22 per couple or £15 single. If you have not yet sent your cheque please send it with your booking for All Hallows.

The timings for Monday 4 August are as follows:

10.00 – Sign-in and coffee
10.45 – Annual General Meeting
12.00 – Sung Eucharist
13.15 – Buffet Lunch (approx)

Download the AGM booking form

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