News from St Barnabas’ Anglican Church, Limassol and St Lazarus’ Church, Pissouri – April 2023

We start this month with our Palm Sunday service on 2nd April , the Sunday before Easter, on which Christ’s entry into Jerusalem is celebrated in many Christian churches by processions in which branches of palms are carried. We will be blessing crosses made by members of the congregation and handing them out during the service.

At 6.00pm on 5th April, the fifth day of Holy Week, we have our Maundy Thursday service. It gets its name from the Latin word ‘mandare’, from which we get the word ‘command’. Christians remember Jesus’s command: “Love one another as I have loved you.” This is the day when Christians remember Jesus sharing the Last Supper with his disciples before his death on Good Friday.

The Lenten season is a 40-day period of prayer, fasting and self-discipline for Christians ending on the evening of Holy Thursday. According to the Christian faith Good Friday comes after Lent ends, this service commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus. This is a sombre service, held at 10.00am during which the church is stripped of all crosses and artifacts.

On Easter Saturday from 1.00pm-4.00pm you are invited to take part in a series of prayers and meditations as we follow the Stations of the Cross. This has formed part of Christian devotion at Passiontide for many centuries because they enable us to engage actively with the path of suffering walked by Jesus. This will take place in the Chaplaincy garden.

Easter Sunday is the most important holiday in the Christian calendar (next to the birth of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ), this is the day we celebrate His resurrection . Jesus Christ is the Son of God He was crucified and rose three days later. This is a service of celebration a time of great joy, the church will be decorated, we greet each other with the words CHRIST IS RISEN and we all say together HE IS RISEN INDEED, ALLELUIA.

Please make a note of all the services and dates, you are welcome to join us.

Palm Sunday 2nd April 10.00am
Maundy Thursday 5th April 6.00pm
Good Friday 7th April 10.00am
Stations of the cross 8th April 1-4pm in Chaplain’s garden
Easter Sunday 9th April 10.00am St Barnabas Church
Easter Sunday 9th April 1.00pm Beach service in Pissouri

On 16th April we will be holding our Annual Meeting, if you are on the Electoral Roll please come along. It will be held in the church hall following the morning service. We are looking for members to join the Church Council and it is also an opportunity to learn more about our church, our finances and our future plans.

Bishop Michael Lewis will be retiring from our diocese, after 17 years dedicated service, on 8th June 2023. As a farewell from members of our Parish, we will be having a special service followed by drinks and finger foods on Sunday 23rd April. We hope you can join us, please let the churchwardens know if you wish to attend.

The next Tabletop Sale will be on Saturday 7th May. These sales at St Barnabas Church will continue to be held throughout 2023. Cost is €12.50 for a pitch the length of one long table. A limited number of tables are available for hire at an additional cost of €5 per table. These must be pre-booked. Please contact Nora 99356451 or email [email protected] if you would like to reserve a pitch.

Join us to celebrate the Coronation of King Charles lll
Friday 12th May from 6.30pm To be held in the church grounds. We will provide tables and chairs. Bring your own picnic. DJ Andy will play the music. Enjoy an evening of singing and dancing.. Raffle tickets available on the night. As well as an evening of fun and fellowship we hope to raise funds for our church. Tickets €6 each. For further details please contact Christine Taylor 99 339175.

Regular Events at St Barnabas Church Limassol
Tuesday Prayer Meeting 9.30am
Wednesday Communion 9.30am
Ladies Wednesday Craft Group 10-12 noon
Friday coffee time via ZOOM 3.00pm
Sunday Eucharist 10.00am – also available via Zoom

Sunday Eucharist at St Lazarus’ in Pissouri
2nd Sunday of each month at 6.00pm, usually in the room underneath the Amphitheatre.
The next services will be: – April 9th (Easter Sunday, 1pm on the beach, Pissouri) and May 14th.

If you are visiting us for the first time, please make yourself known to our Chaplain or sides persons. Refreshments will be available in the church hall after the service.

For further information please contact:
Fr. Ian Nicholson 96 612371
[email protected]

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