Posts by David Phillips

New Growth Course: The Road to Maturity. ( Mary Pytches)

An opportunity to grow in our faith and transformation into the image of Christ! The Holy Spirit is always at work to help us to bring about this transformation. But it is vital that we play our part too. God works wholeness in our lives and we have to work it out in our lives. As Christians we are all on the road to maturity but sometimes the journey is made harder by unresolved issues…

Chaplain’s Letter

  What a beautiful thing to attend the baptism of a child. On September 1 we witnessed the baptism of Pauline Wolters. In her life new life in Christ, her parents and godparents and the wider Church are called to help her as she grows up to distinguish good from evil and to choose the good, and to nurture her spiritual life so she comes to a living faith. By our baptism and faith we are…

Christian Classics Study Group: St Basil on Fasting – THIS FRIDAY 14 June

Saint Basil the Great (also called Basil of Caesarea) lived from 330 to 379 AD.  He was born into a wealthy family and with four siblings, all of whom were later declared saints in the Orthodox Church.  He, his brother, Gregory of Nyssa, and his lifelong friend Gregory of Nazianzus, were declared 3 of the 4 “Doctors of the Church” by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Basil was influential in the development of the doctrine of the…

Chaplain’s Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: As I write this, we are preparing ourselves for the culmination of Lent with Holy Week, the pilgrimage with Jesus to Jerusalem and to the Cross, before we can celebrate with joy on Easter Eve and Easter Day Christ’s resurrection. I have been leading a series of classes for students preparing for confirmation and we are looking through the Catechism of the Anglican Church, found on p. 289 of…

Chaplain’s Letter

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: In 2015 our Chaplaincy made the formal decision to establish a congregation in Amersfoort on the basis of the Vision Document prepared at the time. In 2017 our Chaplaincy Annual General Meeting (AGM) approved a roadmap to bring about that Vision. Over the last year the congregation of Amersfoort has demonstrated to the Bishop that it can be a viable independent chaplaincy. We are almost there! We are in…

Confirmation Preparation begins 27 February

Our next Confirmation will happen, God willing, in Holy Trinity Chaplaincy on Sunday 19 May AD 2019 with the visit of Rt Rev Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe. Please contact the Chaplain if you or your son or daughter are interested in being prepared for Confirmation. In Confirmation Preparation we look through the Catechism in the Book of Common Prayer. Preparation for 2019 will happen on the following topics on the following days…

Christian Classics Study Group: Learning the Gospel by Heart

  On Friday 7 December Anna van Laere has been invited to speak about the tradition of learning the bible by heart – in her case the Gospel According to Mark.  She will tell something about the group she is a part of that learns to memorize the texts together and to music. And she will sing a little part of Marc’s Gospel.  The evening will be in Dutch and English.   Anna will share with…

Chaplain’s Letter: With Angels and Archangels

“They overcame [Satan] by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.” At this stage in Trinity season, we are being encouraged to lift our hearts and minds to the contemplation of God – that is, to a loving beholding of God. So it is most appropriate that we celebrate this Feast of St. Michael and All Angels on 29 September. Why?…

Chaplain’s Letter: The Word creates space….

The following article was written by David Phillips for the Zwolle ecumenical magazine Gaandeweg (april/mei/juni 2018 edition) on the subject above, which was the theme of this edition. They asked for 350-400 words. The Dutch translation, which follows, is what appears in the magazine.   Through the Word, God created heaven and earth. But we cannot see heaven until God opens our eyes by steps. The created order itself can begin to open our eyes to…