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John de Wit RIP

Dear Friends in Christ, It is with great sadness that I inform you that John de Wit died peacefully on the morning of Sunday 17th June, only a few weeks after learning he had cancer. John is remembered with much fondness and gratitude for all that he gave so freely and generously to our church and to the Archdeaconry during his time as chaplain at Holy Trinity Utrecht from 2005 to 2012.  In particular our prayers and thoughts go out at this time to Pam. John’s funeral will…

Charitable giving in July

This month Charitable Giving focuses on the Mission to Seafarers in Rotterdam and Vlissingen and the Kigama School Feeding Program in Kenya.   No matter what problem a seafarer is facing, be it injury, abandonment, non-payment of wages or personal difficulties, they know they can turn to the local Mission for help, advice and support. Chaplains and volunteers offer practical and financial support, advocacy services, family liaison or simply a space to talk in a…

Important things are not rational

There is the funny story of two scientists who meet at the house of one of them. The visitor notices a horseshoe on the wall and says: “Surely you aren’t superstitious?”, whereupon the other replies: “No, but I’ve been told that it works even for people who don’t believe in it.” I like this joke, because it puzzles me. Does this scientist now believe in horseshoes or not? I think his actions betray that he…

Charitable Giving in June

This month we are supporting the mission at Schiphol airport and Noah’s Ark in Uganda The mission for OCAAM is for all employees, visitors and travellers at Schiphol Airport, to experience the presence of pastoral care and help through the involvement of the Old Catholic and Anglican Churches; the aim is for there to be a place for reflection, where everyone who wishes can pray, meditate and get help. http://www.aam-schiphol.nl/ Founded by a Dutch couple,…

Gospel Band Holy Trinity Utrecht seeks new members

This message was submitted by Brian Fink-Jensen, member of the HTC worship band.  Dear brothers and sisters, Four years ago I received a Facebook message from Maria van Oordt. She felt a desire to start a worship group in Amersfoort, which I was happy to join. We started rehearsing a couple of times and some members were added to the band. Little did we know that a some months later, father David asked us to…

Exploring Anglican Church Music

On Wednesday 18th April, the Zwolle Anglican Church held the first of two evenings focused on understanding the riches and development of Anglican Church Music! It was a special, informative and participative evening. It was led by Christiaan Winter, who had served for over 20 years at the Oude Kerk in Amsterdam. He was assisted by Bob van der Linde (one of the organists who serves at services in Zwolle), and the Dutch Church Music Choir…

Charitable Giving May

This month Charitable Giving is supporting the Stiltecentrum in Utrecht and Window of Hope in Malawi. The ecumenical Meditation Centre in Hoog Catherijne, supported by Utrecht churches, is a place of silence, reflection, inspiration and encounter amid the hustle and bustle of modern society. Window Of Hope Foundation is involved in various projects in the field of health, education, community empowerment, and development in Malawi. Projects include: a book about Community Empowerment; supporting orphans to…

‘Thy Kingdom Come’ (May 10th to 20th)

This article was written by the Rev Grant Crowe, Amersfoort chaplain The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is inviting Christians around the world to pray as one for people to know Jesus Christ. These days of prayer between Ascension and Pentecost, have been given the name ”Thy Kingdom Come.” It has grown from the Church of England into a prayer movement across the globe, including not only other parts of the Anglican Communion, but also…

Wait patiently for the Lord

Wait patiently for the Lord. Be brave and courageous. Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.(Ps. 27:14)
Hope deferred makes the heart sick, but a desire fulfilled is a tree of life. (Proverbs 13:12)

“Wait patiently for the Lord”: It is a recurring theme in the psalms, as for example in Psalm 27 quoted above. It reminds me of moral stories, that we tell children to teach them that honesty will eventually be rewarded, although that may take long. But how long? At what point will we conclude that perhaps God’s plans are different, and opt for second-best? Will our hearts become sick by the deferred hope, as explained in Proverbs 13:12? How will we find the promised life?

Charitable Givings Update

This was submitted by Sheila Kooijman I want to thank you and through you Holy Trinity Church for your unwavering and faithful support to the school feeding program. Our estimates are that it costs USD 5 to feed a child for a year, your donations last year helped to feed 220 children, who got breakfast every single day they went to school. The donations from Holy Trinity Church were a life line. Last year we…