Dec 14, 2014


Is there a volunteer organist out there for our Christmas Eve Service at 7pm at Christ Church?

Our regular musician will be away.

If so, please phone Ian at 0555-8101010.

Dec 10, 2014

Small Projects Istanbul

The Charity Dinner for Syrian projects was held at The Crimean Memorial. Congratulations to the organisers and Sri Lankan chefs! Small Projects raised over 2,000 TL.

Dec 8, 2014

Christmas Services

The Christmas Eve Eucharist (Holy Communion)
will be sung with Carols
at Christ Church (The Crimean Memorial, Serdar Ekrem Sokak 52, Galata)
at 7 PM on Wednesday 24th December

Christmas Morning Service ("said" Holy Communion)
at St Helena's Chapel (through street gate next to Rixos Pera Hotel in Tepebasi)
at 10 AM on Thursday 25th December

Dec 3, 2014

All Saints Moda and The Pope of Rome

It was an honour for the leader of the community at All Saints Moda, The Revd Turgay Ucal, the Chaplain, Canon Ian Sherwood, and The Revd Engin Yildirim, to be invited to the Papal Mass at St Esprit Cathedral on Saturday 29th November 2014. The cathedral was packed to the gills!

Many years ago, when Bishop John Hind welcomed Turgay Ucal and his congregation to All Saints Moda, it was a gesture of ecumenism and cordial trust of two communities (Anglican and Turkish) working within the Household (OEcumene) of faith. It was specially relevant for the three clergy of both communities to be invited on this special day for the Latin Church's community celebration.

Recently a reputable Turkish music label - Mega Muzik - has released a double album of Christian music composed in the Sufi mystical tradition by Turgay and sung by Sibel Ucal. The songs are from the Psalter, the Hebrew Prophets, the Greek Testament, and general Christian devotional  hymnody. Instruments include the Ney (Turkish flute), Kanun (Zither), Kemence (Fiddle), and a bendir (hand-drum). The album is entitled Haykir Yuregim or Cry Out, My Heart and forms a "Magnificat" sung out of the Turkish tradition and heart.

Turgay and the community at All Saints Moda have done so much to conserve and beautify All Saints since its sad neglected days. Not only has the garden been planted, the roof and guttering been repaired, re-painting well done, new floors laid, but most recently a new heating system has been installed. There is much to be thankful for on Sundays in this well-attended church where not so long ago only "two or three gathered in his name" faithfully but once a month. Deo Gratias!

On top of all these blessings, there is now the publication of this commendable musical feat with words in Turkish, and in English - with a CD of the recordings in both languages!

As we set out through the season of Advent, we gathered for our monthly joint Service at All Saints. The world does seem bleak as horrendous realities knock at our door in Turkey. Yet we thank God for all the goodness and the loving kindness, brought together not only on one great festive day at St Esprit Cathedral for the Pope's visit, but faithfully every day in the deep fellowship and lovely music of All Saints Moda.

Nov 21, 2014

DOBAG carpets 2014

Ulrike Boehmer, the daughter of Dr Harald and Renata Boehmer and Dr Şerife Atlıhan of Marmara University will be on hand to answer questions and do a dye demonstration on Saturday, December 6th from 09:30 to 16:00, and on Sunday, December 7th, from 12:00 to 16:00, at the Crimean Memorial Church.

DOBAG, a Turkish acronym for Natural Dye Research and Development Project, is responsible for weaving some of the finest carpets in the world today. Started in 1982 by Dr Harald and Renata Bohmer in the villages south of Istanbul, Turkey, the DOBAG project has restored the integrity of the ancient folk art of hand weaving carpets and established in these villages the first woman's rug-weaving cooperative in the Islamic world.

Since its inception, The DOBAG Project has produced superior carpets with natural plant dyes and traditional Turkish motifs. The women use only the finest sheep's wool gathered during the spring shearing when the wool is most resilient and lustrous. The wool is then hand-carded and hand-spun before it is vegetable dyed with locally cultivated plant matter.

DOBAG Weavers
Each woman creates a carpet in her own home using the motifs and symbols of her ancestors, and then she sells her carpet to the cooperative. The cooperative is under the supervision of the University of Marmara in Istanbul. Each carpet must be superior in color, construction and overall design before receiving the DOBAG stamp of approval

Nov 14, 2014

Pre-Christmas Concert

A Pre-Christmas Concert will be held before many of our community return 'home' for the holiday.

It will be held at Christ Church, The Crimean Memorial, on December 12th, 2014, at 7:00 PM

It will include choir music, a short ballet performance, carols, and wine and snacks will be served.

Donation of 50TL requested for tickets

Tickets will be available on Sunday mornings at Christ Church or from chaplaincy friends.