The Anglican Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas

The Anglican Church of St. Thomas, Kefalas.

We are the only Anglican church on Crete. However, all Christian denominations are welcome at our services. We are situated within the Apokoronas area of Crete, east of Chania, in the picturesque rural village of Kefalas.


We hope that this website will guide you around the Parish - our worship, events and organisations and contact points for any further information.

Resources for Prayer and Worship at Home on 

Passion Sunday (Fifth Sunday of Lent), March 29, 2020

Revd.Canon D. Bruce-Bryant Scott has posted a Sermon for Passion Sunday 

on The Island Parson Blog which can be viewed from this link


http://theislandparson.com/2020/03/29/passion-in-exile/


Additional resources for Passion Sunday can be viewed from this link


https://theislandparson.com/2020/03/28/prayer-resources-for-passion-sunday-in-the-great-pandemic-march-29-2020/


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SUSPENSION OF SERVICES AT ST.THOMAS KEFALAS

From the Rev Canon Bruce Bryant-Scott, Assistant Chaplain at St Thomas Anglican Church, Kefalas

The Greek government has suspended all religious services until further notice, in order to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

The Anglican Church of St Thomas the Apostle is complying with this directive, and so will not be gathering on Sunday March 22, 2020, or the Sundays following.

The church is not a building, but it is the people. Being obliged to stay at home and practising social distancing runs against our usual Christian desire to be with one another. Our normal practice is to worship together, to study and pray together, and to meet in meetings together. How are we to be church without being "two or three gathered together"?

We are not alone in facing this problem, of course. The whole of the Church of England in England and in the Diocese of Europe has suspended services, whether or not mandated by the local authorities. This is being paralleled by other denominations across Europe and North America. This action is being done by the church not out of fear but as an act of love and concern for the most vulnerable among us.

Many clergy and pastors are learning how to live stream services. My own thought is to continue to write my sermons for the Sundays and post them on my blog at http://theislandparson.com. If I do wind up streaming anything, it will most likely be something short, such as the Great Litany, or one of the appointed biblical readings with a brief reflection and some prayers. 

As well, I will be regularly calling all the people on our congregational list, just to check in and see how folks are doing, and whether there is anything we can do (Julia Bradshaw, our deacon, will join me in this).

Our Annual Meeting was set for Sunday, March 29. As we cannot meet in person, we are awaiting directives from the diocesan authorities as to what we might do as an alternative. 

Mary Hurley, our treasurer, would like to thank all those contributing financially by direct debit to the chaplaincy, and encourages others to sign up to do so (you can contact her by sending an message through email at [email protected]).

Weddings are suspended for the time being, but funerals may still take place, but only at the graveside, and with immediate members of the family.

I close with a poem by the American Catholic writer Laura Kelly Fanucci. 

God be with you all.



SAFEGUARDING NOTICE

The safety and well-being of our members and those whom we seek to serve, especially the most vulnerable among us, is a prerequisite to proclaiming the good news.‚Äč


If you have a complaint about the behaviour of any of our clergy or volunteers you may speak in confidence with our Safeguarding Officer, Jo Cheslyn-Hall, at +30 69415 52981 or [email protected] 

Alternatively, you may contact the Safeguarding Team of the Diocese in Europe directly at +44 (0)207 898 1163, or visit their page at https://europe.anglican.org/safeguarding/who-to-contact for more ways to contact them. 

Our monthly newsletter is now available by clicking the clink on the CHURCH NEWS page

St. Thomas is one of many churches in the rapidly growing Diocese in Europe which, in itself, is part of The Church of England. You can visit the Diocese website at http://europe.anglican.org/homepage/