Sri Lankan Christian Fellowship Cyprus and Israel
The Church started originally in Nicosia (Cyprus) as an International (English speaking) Church in 1993, serving foreign workers in Cyprus.
In 1996 the Church was developed as a Sri Lankan Church with the name 'Sri Lankan Christian Fellowship Cyprus.' It was the first Sri Lankan Church in Cyprus.
Sri Lankans and other people from Asia come to work in Cyprus as temporary workers for a limited time (usually 4 years). Most of these people are women working as house-maids. This is the kind of people that our Church mainly serves.
Today our Church serves Sri Lankans, as well as people from other nations. In Cyprus we have Churches in Nicosia, Paphos, Larnaca, Limassol and Klirou.
Additionally, a Sri Lankan Christian Fellowship started in Tel Aviv, Israel, and gradually three congregations were established in Israel (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem, Haifa, and Holon).
The work and the working conditions for the Sri Lankans in Israel are similar to Cyprus.
About 80% of the persons attending our Church meetings have started a personal relationship with our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ here in our Churches.
Our vision as a Church is to prepare Christian workers to serve our Lord. So we are running a Bible School in all our Churches. There are courses of different levels and different languages (Sinhala, Tamil and English). The lessons are simple and practical. We encourage everybody to attend a class and grow spiritually in Christ.
To go and make disciples, in obedience to the call of our Lord Jesus Christ, "Go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19), and to demonstrate the love and the care of our Lord Jesus to every person who comes to our Church, making real the words of our Lord "A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. By this all men will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another" (John 13:34-35).
Evangelise, Disciple, Train, Send.
We welcome you to the Sri Lankan Christian Fellowship Cyprus and Israel.
With love in Christ,
Pastor George and Isabel Hadjiyiannis
Statement of Faith
We are a New Testament Church and our basic beliefs are described in the “Nicene” Creed:
We believe in one God, the Father, the Almighty, maker of heaven and earth, of all that is, seen and unseen.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, true God from true God, begotten, not made, of one being with the Father. Through him all things were made. For us and for our salvation he came down from heaven: by the power of the Holy Spirit he became incarnate from the Virgin Mary, and was made man. For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate; he suffered death and was buried. On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures; he ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of life, who proceeds from the Father. With the Father and the Son he is worshipped and glorified. He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic (universal) and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come.
We also emphasise that:
The Bible (Old Testament and New Testament) is the inspired Word of God and is God’s infallible Word. It gives us whatever is needed for our faith and for the way we must live our lives as Christians.
On the cross Jesus Christ took our place, died in our place and took on Him our sin. Based on this, God forgives every person who comes to Him in repentance and faith in Christ.
When a person believes in Christ with all his/her heart, the Holy Spirit indwells in him/her and helps him/her to live a holy life and produce spiritual fruit in his/her life. Then, when the Holy Spirit fills (baptises) a person, He gives him/her power in the form of spiritual gifts, which are to be used for evangelism (witnessing), for the common good and for building up the Church.
The Lord Jesus Christ is the Head of the Church.
The Church has a responsibility to evangelise and disciple. Love among each other is essential in the Church. The behaviour of the Church towards everybody must be holy and blameless.
Persons who have served in the Church and we honour them
Pastor Steve and Ros Critchlow
They started the Church in Cyprus in 1993 and served until 1996.
Pastor Jim and Polly Majer
They served as Pastors of the Church in Limassol (Cyprus) from 1995 until 2005. They also keep helping with the Church.
Pastor Dwight and Ruth Gidney
They served as Pastors of the Church in Paphos (Cyprus) from 1999 until 2007.
Persons who practically support our ministry and we thank them
Pastor Andreas and Andri Panayiotou
They have been helping with our Church in Larnaca (Cyprus) since 2008.
Pastor Rajah Selvarajah
He has been helping with our Church in Limassol (Cyprus) and our Churches in Israel (Tel Aviv, Jerusalem and Haifa) since 2007.