FROM THE DEAN

The Dean has decided that in the current circumstances of the coronavirus pandemic, the 2020 Annual General Meeting has gained approval from the Diocese to be extended to 21 June 2020 following the Sunday morning service and the associated events due to be held In April and May 2020 have now been postponed .

May fayre will now be planned for 19 September 2020 from 11:00 to 15:00

The Electoral roll Members should therefore be aware of the following:

The Annual Accounts for 2019 are now available here.  They have been agreed by Council and audited and recommended to the membership for acceptance.

Anyone who has a comment or question is asked to send it to the Treasurer, David Hardacre (jocelyn200@gmail.com) with a copy to stpauls@spidernet.com.cy    Council will respond as required.

If there are no comments, or all have been resolved to the satisfaction of the enquirer, by 31 May 2020, Accounts will deem to have been accepted.

The members of Council will be extended until the next Annual General Meeting with the exception of Ben Chia and Nelson Ogbodo.  They are thanked for their time served.

COMING WEEK notices at St. Paul’s Cathedral

Thursday 07 May  Evening prayer with reflection at 19:00 this is a reoccurring meeting so we will use this same Zoom link each Thursday.

Saturday 09 May 19:00 Cathedral Quiz:  Host Nigel Ramsbottom with Zoom

This Sunday’s theme will be VE75 (Zoom invitation still to follow)

  • The Cathedral is open for private prayer
  • The Cathedral expects to be fully open from 1st June
  • The next PCC is planned for late June. TBC
  • We will continue to provide hot food and food parcels until restrictions are lifted on 21 May, if you know of any folk who need help in Nicosia, please let Helen in the Office 22 445221 know. We will then return to the 1st Monday monthly meal from June 2020.

Message from the Dean

Welcome to the website of St Paul’s Cathedral in the heart of Nicosia. It is an international community drawn from all the continents of the world: a diverse mix of people of many nationalities, ages and backgrounds.

Dear All

Message from Dean Jeremy

Currently I am self-isolating in the Deanery.  I am however available by telephone 22677897 or email jeremy.crocker@live.co.uk

I have received a communication from Archbishop Michael.  The main points of which are detailed below.   I fully concur with his decision and especially the sentiments expressed.  As you will understand this decision has not been made lightly.  As always it is important that we all pull together as the Anglican community.  We are of course keeping the situation under review and will pass on any further information as and when we have it.

The regular daily offices of the church, as normally advertised, will still be said by a priest in the Cathedral.

I am very sorry to do this but hope to return to normal in the near future.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION REGARDING CATHEDRAL SERVICES

Archbishop Michael

The Archbishop has taken the decision with great reluctance to suspend public worship with immediate effect until 10 April, which will be Western Good Friday in all Anglican churches in Cyprus.

He had been hoping that the previous request, that assemblies including church services with over 75 people should not take place but that therefore ones with 75 or fewer were acceptable, would continue.  But when the Archbishop of Cyprus announced suspension of (publicly attended) Orthodox worship until that date, responding the government’s clear request, it was judged that it is discourteous and wrong for us not to do the same.

This has been done with very great pain, because organic communal public worship is the Anglican and Christian norm. Not celebrating the mass together is a serious deprivation.

For other countries in our diocese, we have so far advised to carry on worshipping publicly until officially and formally told to suspend activities.  But now (a) the government of this Republic in which we live requires it and (b) our senior and host Church has made a pronouncement.

Two further points.  We don’t know whether that date of 10 April will be varied; and quiet saying of the offices in church seems reasonable whatever happens. 

The Very Reverend Jeremy Crocker