Anglican Church 130 year anniversary

Yesterday, 11 May 2019, the Anglican Church of the Epiphany in Port Said, Egypt celebrated 130 years since its establishment in 1889. The celebration was attended by the governor of Port Said; Bishop Mouneer Anis, the Diocesan Bishop; Bishop Samy Fawzy, of North Africa; and many others from around the Diocese. The former rector of the church, Rev. Dr. Rajkumar Sathyaraj “Rev. Raj” came from Ireland specially to celebrate with the congregation. Rev. Andrew Bowerman, representing the Mission to the Seafarers, also attended. The celebration began with a thanksgiving service led by the Dean Hany Shenouda, the current rector of the Church of the Epiphany. This service was followed by another celebration in which a film about the story of the church since its establishment.
When it began, the church was committed to serving the English-speaking workers in the Suez Canal company and the seafarers who came to the port. In 1956, when all the British were asked to leave the country, the church became empty. The ministry of the church was resumed after that, but it was neither stable nor consistent, with a very small mixed (Arabic and English) congregation. In the 1980’s, the late Rev. Dr. John Coleman and his wife Audrey served in the church and invested more in the local Egyptians. Beginning in 2001, Rev. Rajkumar and his wife, Premilla, worked hard to reach out to local Egyptians and disciple them. Many people, who had lost interest in the Church, were drawn to the Church of the Epiphany by the warm pastoral care of Rev. Raj and Premilla. Amazingly, large numbers of people started to come to the church!
In 2011, the Very Rev. Hany Shenouda took over and the church continued to grow. Now, the church looks after 55 families—around 300 people. Because of this great growth, the space available is not enough. “We hope to resume the ministry to seafarers” said Bishop Mouneer in response to Rev. Andrew Bowerman, the director of the Middle East region of the Mission to Seafarers. “We would love to start a community service centre attached to our church” added Bishop Mouneer.

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