Posts by David Phillips

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…

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…

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…

Chaplain’s Letter

“You are a chosen people, a royal priesthood… that you may proclaim the excellencies of him! “ This month we begin the new Church Year. We’ve travelled one more time on earth around the sun. And the Son of God has shone on us. We’ve placed before our eyes, Sunday by Sunday, and hopefully more and more during the week, during our every waking hour and even in our sleep, the vision of God, seen in the…

New Growth Course: The Road to Maturity. ( Mary Pytches)

An opportunity to grow in our faith and transformation into the image of Christ! The Holy Spirit is always at work to help us to bring about this transformation. But it is vital that we play our part too. God works wholeness in our lives and we have to work it out in our lives. As Christians we are all on the road to maturity but sometimes the journey is made harder by unresolved issues…

Chaplain’s Letter

  What a beautiful thing to attend the baptism of a child. On September 1 we witnessed the baptism of Pauline Wolters. In her life new life in Christ, her parents and godparents and the wider Church are called to help her as she grows up to distinguish good from evil and to choose the good, and to nurture her spiritual life so she comes to a living faith. By our baptism and faith we are…

Christian Classics Study Group: St Basil on Fasting – THIS FRIDAY 14 June

Saint Basil the Great (also called Basil of Caesarea) lived from 330 to 379 AD.  He was born into a wealthy family and with four siblings, all of whom were later declared saints in the Orthodox Church.  He, his brother, Gregory of Nyssa, and his lifelong friend Gregory of Nazianzus, were declared 3 of the 4 “Doctors of the Church” by the Eastern Orthodox Church. Basil was influential in the development of the doctrine of the…