For the past week Churches in the Algarve have been open for their Congregations but one church - All Saints Anglican ChurchAlgarve in Almancil , who traditionally worship at ASCA (Associacao Social e Cultural de Almancil) have decided to continue their worship services live and on - line for the time being.
Thursday 12th March 2020 will always be remembered as “LD Day”! Lock Down day in Portugal. All of a sudden ( or so it seemed ) shops closed, Bars and Restaurants closed, Borders closed, Schools and Universities closed and Churches were shut as the Government introduced measures designed at stopping or slowing down the spread of the deadly Coronavirus or COVID19.
For the congregation of All Saints Anglican Church in Almancil it meant that their worship space for over 12 years - ASCA Associacao Social e Cultural de Almancil was closed in order to protect their most vulnerable residents and All Saints weekly Wednesday and Sunday worship Services were temporarily suspended.
On Sunday 11th November it was standing room only at the Remembrance Day service at St. Luke's Church Palhagueira, where more than 200 people honoured the memory of those who gave their lives for peace and freedom.
The exact minute marking the 100th Anniversary of the Armistice in 1918 was marked at St. Luke's by the Last Post, the two-minute silence and Reveille.
St Luke´s Church, Palhagueira, is the only consecrated Church of England church in the Algarve. It was built by Mrs Mary Cornelius-Reid to serve all who live in the Eastern Algarve, and its circular shape embodies the all embracing warmth of the welcome to everyone, of whatever denomination.
St. Vincent's Church, Praia da Luz (Church of England Diocese in Europe) is here to serve the needs of the resident English speaking community. Services are in English but all nationalities welcome.
We provide church services, pastoral care, wedding blessings, baptisms and funerals. Services are held in Igreja Nossa Senhora da Luz (the church on the beach), Praia da Luz and a warm welcome is extended to all residents and visitors.
There is a new catholic mass in English in Tavira (there are a few others, in Lagos, Alvor and Almancil). The Parishes of Tavira, more precisely the Parish of Santa Maria, will have a Mass in English at 12:15 every Sunday.
This eucharist, celebrated precisely in the Church of Santa Maria by the Parish Priest Miguel Neto, aims to provide a better welcome to all the foreign tourists who visit that locality and neighboring towns.
Tavira Christian Centre, Algarve: services in English every Sunday at 10.30am, in a villa situated in the road leading to Santa Margarida, off the Sail roundabout, very near the GNR police station.
The charity shop will reopen on June 3rd in its new venue, Rua Almirante Cândido dos Reis, 134. It will be opened on Saturday and Monday mornings and Monday afternoons. Charity Shop donations welcomed.
For further information please contact:
Else Derrick: 912 467 792
Welcome! All Nations is a community church on the Algarve, in Southern Portugal. We meet together on Sundays at 10.30am at the Carvoeiro Tennis Club (map).