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ICS invites you to come closer

At Holy Trinity, each month you can find the prayer update leaflet of the Intercontinental Church Society. Of course during this pandemic, it has become harder to reach people in this way. That is why the ICS invites you to come closer, by visiting their website and signing up for their newsletter. If you are interested, you can find the Come Closer page here. Or go to the hompage of ICS by clicking on the…

Chaplain Leaving Utrecht end of August

On Rogation Sunday, 9 May 2021, the Chaplain made the following announcement at the end of the service: Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ: There is no easy way to say this. Last Monday (3 May), I spoke with Bishop Robert and offered my resignation as Chaplain of Utrecht Chaplaincy as of 31st of August this year.  The Bishop has accepted my resignation, and I have informed the wardens prior to speaking with you today. …

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.…

Life Groups at HTU

Dear Brothers and Sisters,  This new year we are still in lockdown. It is almost a year since we last had a ‘normal’, full Sunday service together. Most of us miss the regular worship and fellowship.  To find a way to connect with others and grow together, we want to start Life Groups. The idea is to form small groups of 4 people that meet every two weeks, first online, but later hopefully in peoples’ homes.  It…

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…

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

This year the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is from Sunday January 17th and continues until Sunday 24th January. In Utrecht the USRK and PIKU (Platform Intercultural Churches Utrecht) are cooperating with an opening service for Utrecht from the St Rafael’s Church in Overvecht on Saturday 16th January at 7.00 pm. This service will be live-streamed. For more information about (live-streaming) services in Utrecht click here.For more information on the background click here.For the…