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New Year is often associated with new beginnings. Or, at least, in people’s minds there is the possibility of starting afresh, even if, in reality, little changes, and what does change doesn’t seem to last for long.

We look back at what has been, perhaps with nostalgia, or perhaps with relief that some particular event is over. The current queen of the United Kingdom referred to one particularly difficult year as an “Annus Horribilis” (“horrible year” in Latin). We probably all have such episodes in our lives.

After much prayer and reflection, Bishop Mouneer has announced a new area bishop-elect for North Africa. He writes:

“I am happy to let you know that I have appointed The Very Reverend Dr Samy Fawzy Shehata, the Dean of St Mark Pro-Cathedral Alexandria, as the new Area Bishop of North Africa.

He will be based in Alexandria and will travel to the churches in North Africa when needed. Dean Samy is a very experienced priest who is well acquainted with the Diocese, its churches and institutions, the Province, and the whole Anglican Communion.

We are nearing the end of the Church’s year (this year 20th November), and we finish with a great celebration: the last Sunday of the year is called “Christ the King”. It brings to a fitting conclusion the full cycle, which started with the earnest looking forward to the One long awaited, who would be the King of kings. Through the seasons we have followed his life, death, resurrection and ascension into heaven in glory. And we finish by celebrating and acknowledging that this King who came (Jesus), is also the one who is to come again, and is the King before whom every knee will bow.

Meanwhile, as we wait for the fulfillment of these things, we live in expectation, as Christ’s body, the church – part of that ongoing and growing group of people, past and present, who have acknowledged Jesus as Lord and Saviour.

At the Annual Church Meeting earlier in the year, our attention was drawn to the precarious state of our church finances. The situation has improved only a little since.

One of the functions of the church is to reach out to those around us. Indeed, it has been said that the church exists primarily for the benefit of its non-members. Whilst many initiatives may not not need a lot of cash, we still need some money which can be used for reaching our neighbours. Given our current situation, how can we make that provision?

St Cyprian Centre News Updates 5th October, 2015:

Thank you for prayers! The architect has produced some redesigns that are acceptable to us. He needs to get approval for them, plus for the facades of the new buildings, from the Institute for National Patrinomy and the Committee for the Protection of the Medina. The needed demolition of the toilets/shops site involves us in negotiations about the status of tenants in the two shops and apartment. Our lawyer is involved with us in these negotiations. All interaction with the Tunis authorities necessarily involves liaising with personnel at the British Embassy—because the title deed of the property is in the name of the British Crown—and that necessity involves us in diplomatic protocols for how things are done when foreign nations are involved! Please continue to pray for miraculous SPEED to a successful outcome:

· design of buildings and of facades to be acceptable to us and to local authorities;

· swift and peaceful negotiations to end of tenancy of shops, one of them illegally sub-let; acceptance by illegal occupant of apartment of the court's decision in our favour;

· completion of dossier for "request to demolish" and acceptance by the relevant local and city authorities of that dossier;

· completion of dossier for "request to build" and acceptance by the relevant local and city authorities of that dossier;

· practical help from British Embassy personnel in all relating to the local/city authorities;

· SWIFT conclusion to above so that our architect can produce detailed drawings ready for seeking tenders from appropriate contractors;

· patience for us and miraculous intervention from the Lord in all aspects of the St Cyprian Centre development.


St Cyprian Centre News Updates 21st September, 2014 :

Thank you for prayers for the current meetings of members of our building committee with the architect involved in (re)designing the St Cyprian Centre. Together we are preparing dossiers requesting demolition of the building where the current toilets are situated. We then need to submit revised drawings for the new build, both on that site and on the Annexe site. Those revised drawings will need to be approved by various local authorities before they can be submitted again to the Municipality. Please continue to pray, especially for our architect. Unfortunately, because the British Government is named on the title deed to the property on which the church stands, all submissions for demolition and rebuilding have to go via the British Embassy to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to the Municipality. You can imagine what this level of bureaucratic, protocol niceties, etc means in terms of time taken. Please pray for miraculous SPEED to a successful outcome.


St Cyprian Centre News Updates 10th September, 2014:

Thank you for prayers for the recent meeting of Bishop Bill, Pastor Kwame, Balqis and our architect with the two officials at the Central Tunis municipality concerning our proposed designs for the new builds on the church site.

Some misunderstandings were cleared up and clear guidelines were given to us—especially to our architect—about documents needed for inclusion, after consultation with various authorities, plus restrictions about where on our site we may build what.

It means that there is considerable more work to do, including some redesign, but we sense that we are being helped to be on the right track in order to gain permission to build. Please continue to pray, especially for our architect.

The year moves on – sometimes faster than we realise or care to admit. With Easter being early this year, Lent starts soon. Ash Wednesday, which marks the beginning of Lent, will be on 10th February. As usual, we will mark the occasion with a service of Holy Communion (at 19:00) which will include the traditional act of the imposition of ashes as a sign of our penitence.

Lent is often the time for some extra personal prayer and Bible study, perhaps accompanied by fasting, to prepare our hearts and minds for the annual remembrance of Jesus's suffering and death,

Introducing Peter and Christine Knight!

Peter and Christine Knight have been looking forward to arriving in Tunis and being part of St Georges Church for a year or so. Until recently they have been serving in five parishes in the Norwich Diocese in the east of England. The past few months have been busy, packing up and making all the arrangements for the move, while also continuing ministry in the parishes and involvement in the life of the diocese.

Consider, my beloved, how the All-holy Spirit filled the entire house where the divine Apostles were sitting and praying when the Holy Spirit descended into the upper room in the form of fiery tongues like a violent wind and thunder (Acts 2:2); and how the Holy Spirit made the house into something like a baptismal font, as Gregory of Thessaloniki says, in order to baptize the Apostles with His divine grace,

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