Posts by David Phillips

Chaplain’s Report to AGM 2021

Beloved in Christ of Utrecht, Zwolle and Groningen, As human beings we desire first and foremost – communion – communion with God, communion with one another and a certain communion with God’s Creation.  Everything we do in our churches is to help in the reestablishing of communion on these levels – it undoes the loneliness and alienation we feel at the deepest level of our hearts and recalls us to our true purpose.  In communion…

Survey Results of Holy Trinity Chaplaincy December 2020

In November/December of 2020 we took a survey of members of the congregations in Utrecht and Zwolle. Requests were sent out to about 150 people on our email list and we had responses from 64 individuals, sometimes responding on behalf of their family. We did this to understand better, during the corona pandemic, how people were thinking about worship, spiritual health, pastoral care, education and opportunities for fellowship. Below are the results of the survey.…

Godly Play

‘Godly Play’ is a very specific way of telling religious or Bible stories to children and adults. In Godly Play the text of the story is reduced to a bare minimum – leaving a lot of room for the individual imagination of the listener – and visuals are used to support the story. Madeleine de Boer is our Godly Play Story teller: “When watching and listening to a Godly Play story/parable, it feels like entering…

The Pre-Marriage Course at HTU

This week we begin The Pre-Marriage Course Online at Holy Trinity Utrecht.  The Pre-Marriage Course is from Alpha and has just last year been completely re-filmed.   There are five sessions and they will need to be via Zoom, at least for the first few sessions, because of corona restrictions.  My wife, Daniëlle, and I will host the evenings.  Each couple will receive a Guest Journal with the course materials and, beforehand, a survey via email from me, designed to help…

Hope which does not disappoint

The Rev’d Dr Robert Crouse Summary Fundamental to any genuine renewal of Christian life in our church and in ourselves must be a renewal in the essential Christian virtues of faith, hope and charity, ‘a trinity of virtues and a unity of grace,’ whereby our souls are conformed to the life of God the Holy Trinity.  These virtues are gifts of God by his Word and Holy Spirit for our salvation, and they are nurtured…

AGM Reports & Elections

Our Annual General Meeting (AGM) was held on 25 October by Zoom because of the restrictions on gatherings of more than 30 people and to help the Government’s efforts to minimize the transmission of the corona virus. The meeting had around 35 participants at the maximum and lasted for just over two hours. If you are interested in following up on the presentations given at the AGM, you can download the reports here: The Chaplain’s…

HTU Covid 19 Provisions

8 May 2020 (versie in het Nederlands hieronder) Holy Trinity Church has begun to allow worshippers, by invitation, in conformity with the new Diocesan guidelines and well within what is recommended under Dutch Government guidelines.   We will continue to Live-Stream our Sunday morning service also, so you can still participate from home. The link is here: www.holytrinityutrecht.nl/daily-prayer/  Sunday, Wednesday and Thursday Holy Communion Services: At each Service we have only 5 places for individuals and…

Daily Meditations on Old and New Testament readings

As part of our ministry to stay connected during this corona virus pandemic and to grow as disciples of Jesus, we have begun to offer daily meditations on the Old and New Testament readings from Morning prayer. You will find the meditations BY CLICKING HERE. Daleen Bakker, has offered to give us daily mediations on the Gospel according to John. She has training in theology and is currently studying agriculture. Daleen has recently returned to…

Response to Corona Virus at HTC

Bishop Robert Innes has released a video message to the Diocese (Friday March 20) which you can see by clicking here… The Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued a joint response to Church of England clergy, the latest on 24 March 2020. They have called for the temporary suspension of all public worship and private worship in churches until further notice. Our Bishops in the Diocese in Europe are commending these steps and asking…