Rev Andrew Ashdown, who is conducting doctoral research in Christian-Muslim relations in Syria, witnessed the final battle for east Aleppo in December 2016, and was the first British person to enter the district and the Old City of Aleppo just hours after the last snipers were removed.
He will attend 10.30am worship at the church with his wife Victoria on Sunday, May 13, before giving his talk – Signs of hope? Christian-Muslim relations in Syria, historical and contemporary dynamics, in peace and conflict – at a “bring and share” lunch in the church hall.
Meanwhile St Andrew’s is organising a six-week Lent course, starting immediately after Thursday's 10am Holy Communion service. Entitled “Broken”, based on a BBC TV series of the same name, it focuses on the life and ministry of Father Michael Kerrigan, a Roman Catholic priest played by Sean Bean, who despite past trauma and anxiety about his own inadequacies, “attempts to bring the light of Christ into the lives of the people amongst whom he ministers”.
The start of Lent will be marked on Wednesday by Holy Communion with imposition of Ashes at 10am.
For more details of the events, call (0392) 815 4329, or visit www.standrewskyrenia.org.
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