Now of course this is not for everyone, and we are certainly not asking you all to sign up for facebook! But, a significant number of our congregation ARE involved in social media in one way or another – photographers and photo enthusiasts have accounts with Picasa and Flickr; lots of people like YouTube and have favourites or even upload their own videos; some are even exploring the new Google+ social media idea (part of Google’s plan to rule the world) and of course there is Facebook and LinkedIn too. read on
From the Bishop’s Office
On 1 August 2011 the Bishop in Cyprus and the Gulf, the Rt Revd Michael Lewis, announced the appointment of a new lay canon and a new clerical canon of St Christopher’s Cathedral, Manama, Bahrain.
Mr John Banfield is a co-opted member of Diocesan Synod’s Standing and Finance Committee, which is also the Bishop’s Council. For some time now he has had special responsibilities in the oversight and planning of the diocese’s finances. He also supervises the coordination of its representation in the United Kingdom. Through his life in business John has had a long residential and travelling association with the region and the diocese, both Cyprus and the Gulf. He has been particularly instrumental in maintaining and developing the diocese’s major mission and service project of Christ Church and its clinics in Aden, where he is a member of the Council of Reference.
The Reverend Andrew Thompson MBE is Chaplain of St Andrew’s in Abu Dhabi and Diocesan Director of Ordinands, as well as Vocations Training and Ordination Officer for the Gulf Archdeaconry specifically. Until his appointment to Abu Dhabi he served as Chaplain of St Paul’s in Kuwait, and both before and since ordination has lived and worked in a variety of Middle Eastern locations including the United Arab Emirates.
Please pray for John and Mary and for Andy and Navina and their families.
It was later (30 August) confirmed that the installation will be held at the cathedral during the evening eucharist on Sunday 4 December 2011. Any who will be in Bahrain then are cordially invited to attend.
All of us in the St Andrew’s congregation and community join the Bishop and the other churches of the Diocese in congratulating Andy Thompson on being made a member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in Her Majesty the Queen’s New Year’s Honours List 2011 (you can download the original announcement by Bishop Michael here). read on