- Tri- Diocesan Gathering – Beginning
- Tri- Diocesan Gathering – Kyrenia and Bella Paix
|On Monday we travelled south to collect the Larnaca group and then west to Limassol. We had a remarkable guide, who was with us for the next three days, who had the history, geology, archaeology, mythology, politics and even some theology of Cyprus at her fingertips, never referring to a written note once. We stopped off for a presentation in St Barnabas Church, Limassol given by Derek Smith the Chaplain and several lively and active lay people in the church and it was good to see the recently opened extension to the church. After coffee and cake and a half hour delay due to the breakdown of the bus, we were on our way to Paphos, where we arrived in Tala to a warm welcome and a splendid lunch in the local taverna adjacent to the converted taverna that is St Stephen’s Church in the foothills above Paphos. There was obvious pride in their church community.
With time pressing, we made a quick tourist visit to the remarkable mosaics with our intrepid guide before we made our way on foot to Ayia Kyriaki Chrysopolitissa, the stunning setting for the Paphos Anglican Church, adjacent to St Paul’s Pillar, where Paul allegedly received a flogging during his and Barnabas’ visit to Paphos (recorded in Acts 13), though there is no mention of the flogging. After a period of uncertainty, it was good to hear that the church community in Paphos is looking forward hopefully.
On our return we transferred back into the now repaired coach outside Limassol for the return journey to Nicosia via Larnaca.