March 8th marked the 15th anniversary of the dedication of Christ Church, Jebel Ali, located southwest of Dubai in the diocese of Cyprus and the Gulf.
The foundation stone for Christ Church, Jebel Ali, was laid in November 2000 and the Church was consecrated on the 8th March 2002 by Bishop Clive Handford. Representatives from other parts of the diocese came as well as hundreds of people from the Chaplaincy to a joyful ceremony of thanksgiving.
The congregation was small at first - Jebel Ali was in the middle of the desert, far from everywhere except Jebel Ali Village itself!
The leadership of the church was initially from the wider Chaplaincy, including Revd. Denis Gurney from Holy Trinity Church, Dubai and Revd. Bill Atkins from St. Martin’s Church, Sharjah, until the first resident priest could take up office in Jebel Ali, Revd. Jim Wakerley who was appointed at the end of 2002.
Revd. Canon Stephen Wright arrived in January 2004 and with the growth of Dubai outwards, came the growth too of the church. Revd. Tim Heaney became Parish Priest in January 2015.