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Newsletter from the USRK and the Salvation Army Utrecht

This newsletter (in Dutch) gives us an update about the efforts of a refugee project group, initiated by the Utrechtse Stedelijke Raad van Kerken (USRK), the Diaconal Platform in Utrecht and the Salvation Army in 2015. This initiative originated after the refugee influx into Europe in September 2015 and was aimed at supporting the refugees in Utrecht through various works and organisations.  Holy Trinity Utrecht has financially supported these efforts through USRK.

Book Reviews

Ruth Alkema has contributed these three book reviews – all three are highly recommended reading! Confessions By Saint Augustine Wow! What a wonderful book was this! I am so glad that I read it! Everything that I had heard about Augustine was proven false. I really love this man, he is so open and sensitive and honest, and very intelligent and broad minded! For a long time I had wanted to read this book, but…

Our Lord all Radiant

This submission is from a member of the congregation at Holy Trintiy Utrecht, who was encouraged to share her experience during worship, and who wishes to remain anonymous. November 2016, All Souls On that Sunday I went to Church especially because I had an appointment with my cousin. We had arranged for both of us to go to our own churches and, at exactly eleven o’clock, to pray for the souls of our deceased family…

Kerkennacht 2017

At Holy Trinity Church, for Kerkennacht, we will sing (as in Job 35 and Acts 16) Psalms through the Night.  The choir of our church, with the cooperation of others, will be singing all the Psalms in the great variety of ways we know in the Netherlands during the 12 hours after opening the doors on Saturday evening at 19:00. Undoubtedly, Jesus himself also sang psalms in the synagogue and at home.

Godly Play

“The desert is a dangerous place. There is no food. There is no water. People die without food and water. Nothing grows there, so when the wind blows, the shape of the desert changes. People lose their way ….” This is the beginning of the first story (from Exodus) that I heard at the Godly Play course in Sheffield, UK, which I attended in March 2017. Father David thought it a good idea to have…

Faith Thoughts: The God of Small Things

Faith Thoughts are sent in by Dr Elisabeth Leembruggen from Holy Trinity Utrecht. It hung there. I did need it and it was on sale. This high tech, 21st century wonder, cost more than average. It was a good deal by any reckoning. I debated, perhaps too long. What were pros? What were the cons? Did I really need this? Was I just buying another ‘unnecessary thing’ to clutter the cupboards? In the end, having weighed…

Coming up: Christian Classics Study Group “The Abolition of Man”

WHAT: “The Abolition of Man” by C.S. Lewis (a short work, which you can download by clicking here.) WHEN:  THIS FRIDAY 26th MAY 6:30pm  Dinner 8:00pm  Presentation and Discussion (let Hannah know if you are attending dinner, so we can plan: office@holytrinityutrecht.nl) WHERE:  Parsonage Hall, Holy Trinity – van Hogendorpstraat 26, 3581 KE Utrecht WHO:  David Dodds will lead us through the text. This is David Dodds’ description…  On 20 February 1955, several years into a…

Bishops Blog on visit to the Netherlands

There has been an English chaplaincy in Utrecht in one form or another since at least the 17th century. The present church building was consecrated in 1913. It is cosy, traditional in style and frequently packed. Utrecht is, at least as far as the railway is concerned, at the centre of the Netherlands. Holy Trinity Utrecht is likewise at the centre of Anglican ministry to a big area that includes Zwolle, Arnhem and Groningen. The…