Until 2014, organisation of the necessary tasks required for ensuring the smooth running of services at the church and elsewhere, had fallen very much on the shoulders of a few willing individuals, and at times just one person. To ease the load, a small committee was formed in May 2014. The initial topic for discussion was the development of our own St Lazarus website, which came to fruition on 17 November 2014. We hope you find it informative and inviting. Since then the committee has met to plan services and social activities and make ongoing changes to the website.
Parish priest: Vacancy during interregnum
On 31st July 2017, after 8 years as our Parish Priest, Rev Canon Derek Smith retired, and with his wife Sue, has returned to the UK.
They will be fondly remembered for their love, warmth and hospitality in the Parish, and to quote Bishop Michael, “they are immersed in the faith of Christ and the love of God for his people, with a passionate burden for justice, and I believe that St Barnabas, St Lazarus, and the whole Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf can give profound thanks for their time amongst us”
Stanley Hooper: Church Warden
Stanley is the first warden of St Lazarus, and he is also the first chancellor of the diocese; he writes …
“I am married to Sue, and we have had a home in Pissouri since 1983, and have lived here full time since 2008. Sue and I helped set up what is now St Lazarus – initially called PAnG, (the Pissouri Anglican Group) – in 2010, after conversations with Derek Smith, who became Anglican Chaplain of Limassol in 2009.”
Denise Weaver: Treasurer and Secretary
Denise took on the role of Treasurer for St Lazarus, having been assured that, “There was nothing to do”! Since then she has also become Secretary; she says …
“In 2013, my husband Tim and I set up home in Pissouri, having been casual visitors to Cyprus for a few years. I was so pleased to find a small church, (in a rather unconventional setting – a room under the village amphitheatre), so close to home. It may not have the frills of other purpose-built churches, but from the start, I was made to feel very welcome. This has encouraged me to become more involved in church activities as time goes by.”
Linda Rowell: Committee Member
As well as being on the PCC at St Barnabas as Treasurer, Linda also serves as a committee member at St Lazarus; she writes …
“My husband, Gordon, and I had been coming to Pissouri for many years, and when we began spending a bit more time here, I prayed that we might be able to have Anglican services in the Village. It was, literally, the answer to a prayer, when the Pissouri Anglican Group was formed, and services were held in the Amphitheatre. It was very special when Bishop Michael dedicated us as a church congregation in 2013 and we became St Lazarus.”
Beryl Price: Committee Member
Beryl has been involved in church activities for some time, and was welcomed onto the small St Lazarus committee with alacrity; she says …
“I am a Committee member of the St Lazarus congregation. I retired with my husband to Cyprus in 2005, and became a member of St Barnabas and then St Lazarus from our arrival. I participate in the worship by being on the Lesson Reader Rota.”