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The Bishop’s Easter Greeting

“I know the plans I have for you”, declares the Lord, “to give you a future and a hope. You will seek me and you will find me when you seek me with all your heart.” (Jer. 29:11).
Having read God’s promise to Jeremiah as part of the Lenten Bible Lessons, and by reflecting upon the example of Jesus’ disciples facing uncertainties before and after the Lord’s Resurrection, Bishop Robert draws courage and faith from these, especially in regard to the changing circumstances which lie before us in Europe.

Faith Thoughts: Led Towards The Future

We find ourselves at the evaluation stage, halfway between what was and what is to come. Life, of course, is this very issue. We are born, in between we live, then we die. We live at the junction between life and death. At this midway-point, we make our decisions day to day, year to year. Our lives have been shaped by our past; are continuously moulded in the present for what we will become in…

Innocence

Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. (Matthew 5:8) Spring has come. For me this is always a time of exuberant joy when there is so much more light, and the fresh leaves are coming out, and all the little flowers with their freshness that is in such sharp contrast with the surroundings that still remind of winter. It is the time with all the cute young animals, soft lambs, calves…

Heroes of the Faith- John Venn (B. 1759 D.1813)

John Venn had come from a smaller church to a large, educated, wealthy parish. He was advised to be careful else parishioners would feel he’d come to change everything. He was also advised to be careful in case his wealthy parishioners become offended! There was also advice from another quarter – from William Wilberforce – a member of that congregation at Clapham. Wilberforce advised him to challenge his congregation right from the start!

New Wine Nederland Summer Conference 2017

 What do you have planned for this summer? We wanted to share with you about this year’s New Wine Netherlands Summer Conference. New Wine? New Wine is a church movement in which we encourage,inspire and equip each other to witness to the breaking in of God’s Kingdom, in the power of the Spirit. New Wine has its historical roots in the charismatic renewal within the Church of England and was established in 1989 by Bishop…

Wonderful Creatures

A few months ago, I went to the movie ‘Fantastic Beasts and where to find them’. It was tremendously inspiring. Such a wonderful world, with such diversity, magic, and a beautiful display of openness for others and tenderness and eccentricity and loads of humor! There was a dark side too. Without spoiling too much, I think I can say that it seems to me a very apt description of what dark sides always do: oppress differences, make…

Fasting and Feasting in Lent

Why would we do this? We know what the garden looks like after a winter of silence – the ground is a little more compacted than last year, and perhaps the nutrients have been diminished from the previous year’s growth.  In the same way, if we are not changing our routine, or thinking about growth in the spiritual life consciously, we can become a little complacent, compacted and dry.  Lent can be a time to…

Heroes of the Faith: Saint Willibrord

“As a supplement to our year long focus on Anglicanism: A Gift in Christ we are consider- ing important figures in the history of Anglicanism and especially those who are inspiration to us in their lives given to mission. The Rev Grant Crowe, Chaplain in Amersfoort, has prepared these reflections on Heroes of the Faith.” ____________________________________________________ “Ardently missionary with a strong focus upon scripture and personal piety, the Celtic movement had a major impact on…

The Anglican Church in Zwolle – Its establishment and development over the years

This contribution is from John and Frances Murphy During the 1939-45 war many Dutch civilians and Servicemen crossed the North Sea to join the Allied Forces in Britain. Once there they joined the various branches of the Allied Services including The Princess Irene Brigade. Naturally many men formed relationships with British women and after the war ended these men brought their brides back with them to the Netherlands. It was obvious that many men moved back…

Chaplaincy article: Reconciliation

The chaplaincy article is written by the Rev Sam van Leer, Groningen chaplain. 2017 is a momentous year. Lots of referenda and elections have taken place and will do, and community, political and international relations seem under particular strain in these uncertain times. So the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in late January this year has had special poignancy, not least too because this year is the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s effective launching…