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Charitable giving in May

In May we aim to help migrant churches in the Netherlands who have been hit especially hard by corona virus restrictions often to the point of losing their buildings or even going bankrupt. This is a major problem, because all research shows how important the contribution of migrant churches is to society. They also reach people who are not reached by official bodies and it is precisely in these uncertain times that these people can…

Charitable giving in April

The two charities we support this month are Tikani Peru  and  the Kigama School Feeding Program. The recent photographs of the work of Tikani are courtesy of Debby van Rotterdam. Tikani is a Peruvian development organization specializing in social development projects aimed at the weakest in society. Debby van Rotterdam’s brother resides there and bears witness to the effectiveness of this organization. Corona virus has also hit this area and, as you can see, Tikani are…

Chaplain’s letter

This Chaplain’s letter is written by the Rev. Grant Crowe, Amersfoort chaplain. The focus for this chaplain’s letter I’d like to make, is upon the Persecuted Christians in our One Holy Catholic Apostolic Church. As Lent draws to a close in the days of Holy Week, we hear Jesus say to his followers, on the Mount of Olives. ‘’…you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death.’’ (Matthew 24:9). The persecution of his followers…

Electoral Positions

Every year each chaplaincy has elections for wardens and for members of Council. To be able to stand in the elections for a warden or a member of Council, you need to have been on the Electoral Roll for at least six months, and you need to be nominated by two people. The nomination forms can be obtained at our churches, ask the stewards or wardens. The form has a place for the signatures of…

Lent & Charitable Giving

Lent started on Ash Wednesday with a service of Holy Communion with imposition of ashes. A season of preparation and penitence is upon us, a time to attempt to be more attentive to hear the voice of God inwardly and to be more ready to obey. As we head towards the second Sunday in Lent, we would like to let you know a little more about our charitable giving during this time. Bishop Robert’s Lent…

Church membership and the Electoral Roll 2020

The Chaplaincy Electoral Roll was renewed in 2019 so this year only new members need to fill in forms. All church members are allowed to vote at the Annual Church Meeting, offer themselves for election to Council or various formal committees or as an officer, such as Churchwarden. An important caveat:  you must have been on the Roll for 6 months to stand as a representative to Archdeaconry Synod or for Council. (Representation Rules, Part 9 M8).…

Christian Classics: Early Church Persecution accounts (Part 1)

On Friday 21st February, we will have our first evening on persecution accounts from the early church. The Reverend Dr Jos Strengholt will be leading in study. The first evening on this subject, we will read and discuss the following together: The Martyrdom of Stephen – Luke, Acts of the Apostles 6:1-7:59 Persecution of Christians in Rome by Nero – Tacitus, Annals 15.38-44 Persecution of Christians in the provinces  -Pliny the Younger, Letters 10.96-97 It promises to be another interesting evening,…

Christian Classics: Sharing the Good News!

Next week Friday, January 31st, the first Christian Classics Study Group of the year will take place. We will be looking at the role of translation in our Church life. Translation is at the heart of all missionary work.  Dr Joseph had a Fulbright Fellowship to study what happens to the Bible and to the language when it is translated for the first time into a new language, in this case, Wolof, a language of…

First Choral Evensong of the New Year

After our All Age worship on the Eve of Epiphany, this Sunday sees the first Choral Evensong of the new decade take place at 2.30 pm. There is also the opportunity to taste the first home-made cakes of this year along with a taste of the fellowship on offer from our congregation. If Choral Evensong is not an occasion for you, there are two other services this Sunday: the nine o’ clock service in Dutch…

Bishop’s Christmas Message

The Bishop in Europe:  The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Innes  During August I was fortunate to take part in a pilgrimage to the Holy Land, and to see, again, the places associated with the life of Jesus Christ. Nazareth, where Jesus grew up, is now a sprawling Arab town, but in the first century was only a village of perhaps 500 people. Capernaum and the places around Lake Galilee have retained their peacefulness and beauty…