The second-hand Charity Shop of St Helena’s Anglican Church celebrates its first birthday on Saturday, and has had a successful year raising funds for the church and its charitable activities.
The shop – which is located next door to the church, close to the American Academy – is managed by Liz Taylor on a voluntary basis, and is open every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am – 1pm.
The items sold consist of various second-hand good such as clothes, bags, books, DVDs, toys and other bric-a-brac, and are donated by church members and friends. The shop always welcomes any unwanted second-hand goods that are in a reasonable condition.
Whilst the main portion of the funds raised goes back into the church, 10% goes to the charities that the church supports, which include St George’s Home, St George’s School and SSAFA Forces Help Cancer Nurses in Larnaca, and St John the Merciful Home Hospice in Limassol.
Parish Priest, John Holdsworth, says that the shop has become a valuable part of the church: “The shop has exceeded all our expectations in its first year and has provided a handy drop-in centre at times when the church is closed.”
St Helena’s Anglican Church is an English-language church that has been running since 1907. It is part of the Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, which is one of four dioceses in the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East, and includes Cyprus, the Gulf States, Iraq and Yemen.
The church holds weekly services - including a celebration of the Holy Communion every Sunday at 9.30am - bible studies, prayer times, pastoral care, events and fundraisers. It also provides wedding preparation and ceremonies in the Anglican style, which can be conducted both at the church and at one of the local hotels, as well as funeral services.
You can contact the Charity Shop on: 99487562, or the church on: 24626824.