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Chaplains’ AGM Addresses

This month, in place of the Chaplain’s Letter, we have the addresses that the chaplains gave at the AGM. This means that this page is very long. We start with the report on Groningen and then continue with Amersfoort, followed by Zwolle and ending with Utrecht. Chaplain’s Report on Groningen for Chaplaincy Annual Meeting 2018 The Reverend Sam Van Leer  ‘There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.’ (Ecclesiastes…

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,…

Christian Classics Study Group – The second night on Polycarp

29th June The Martyrdom of Polycarp Friday, Dinner at 6:30pm, talk at 8:00pm After the first evening on Polycarp’s Letter to the Philippians, Christian Classics, continues in June with the second evening on the great 2nd bishop Polycarp (in Smyrna, modern day Izmir, Turkey). Polycarp is among the earliest Christians whose writings survived. His name ‘Polycarp’ means ‘much fruit’ in Greek. It is recorded by Irenaeus, who heard him speak in his youth, and by Tertullian, that…

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…

LUKE

Broadway actor Bruce Kuhn is coming to Utrecht! Bruce will perform the Gospel of Luke in the Anglican Church at the Van Limburg Stirumplein on Friday 8th of June. His coming to Utrecht is an excellent opportunity for you to hear one of the most inspiring and influential stories of all time for the first time or again. We look forward to welcoming you at this occasion! Bruce Kuhn performed on Broadway in the musical…

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…

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…

‘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…