The congregation of St George's Church, Baghdad - February 2012

The congregation from the pulpit

Surrounded by blast walls and guarded by 35 soldiers, all worshippers are frisked on the way in, to detect and deter suicide bombers. A bus collects most members and brings them to the church, hoping to avoid kidnap. These are, however, preventative measures; the reality of violence remains. The congregation takes enormous risks, simply by coming here to worship.

One Sunday, a would-be suicide bomber managed to get into the church building. Mercifully, they were removed by security before they could detonate their explosives.

And yet, every week, several hundred local Iraqis do make the journey to St George’s Church. Its vibrant services, are full to overflowing. Its Sunday school is bursting at the seams.


Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the GulfSt George’s Church in Baghdad is part of the Anglican Diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf, with sister churches in Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Abu Dhabi and the Northern Emirates of the UAE, Aden, Qatar and all over Cyprus.


Jerusalem and Middle East Church AssociationThe ministry and work of St George’s is also supported by the Jerusalem and Middle East Church Association (JMECA), a registered UK charity, that supports the churches throughout the Province of Jerusalem and the Middle East.

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