Early in 2008 the same group asked if I could do a Sunday service every now and again, so I approached Bishop Anthilochios of the Greek Orthodox church. In the early days of his priesthood he had ministered to a Greek community in South Wales so speaks good English and happily gave his blessing for us to hold church services in a local churchyard near to our house and also to use the Chapel when the weather was inclement.

It was agreed by our congregation not to have a denominational identity. We are a fellowship of Christian believers gathering as the Church of Christ and so we would be known as CHRISTCHURCH.

We agreed to hold services twice a month and our first service took place on 13th July 2008 when 23 people attended. This arrangement continued, with additional services for Easter, Harvest and Christmas, until 22nd July 2012 since which time we now hold weekly services every Sunday at 10.30am by popular request.

Our services are held at The Church of The Holy Trinity, Tebla, Tavronitis.

The History of Our Church

By Reverend David Lancaster-Smith … December 2012

When my wife Brenda and I arrived in Crete in May 2007 the only church we could find was a Greek Pentecostal Church 20 miles away in Chania city. This filled a void for us so we attended for some time. I made enquiries at the local Greek Orthodox training centre only to learn that there were no English speaking churches anywhere in North-West Crete. As I was leaving the lady on the enquiry desk called out, ‘perhaps you’ve been sent here to start one!’

Several local ex-pats who realised we were ‘church people’ asked if I would organise a carol service for Christmas. We borrowed a local beach taverna closed for the winter and 60 people turned up. For the last three years the Carol Service has been held in the Black Lantern restaurant owned by an Englishman called Graham and attendance figures have continued to grow.

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