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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.…

Easter Garden

Every year the Sunday school children used to making an Easter garden.Because this is not possible now we invite you to make one for yourself. Accept the challenge whether you are a child or an adult! You can also use this PDF of the video to help you with making your garden.

Bishop Robert’s Lent Appeal

2021 Bishop’s Lent Appeal for the English Church of Liège (Belgium) My Lent Appeal this year is concerned with restarting ordained ministry in a chaplaincy that has gone through tough times but where there is great potential. The new chaplain is one of the (very few) stipendiary, trained curates from our own diocese. The Reverend Guy Diakese trained for the priesthood in Nigeria and Rome. He speaks French, English and Italian fluently and we are…

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…

Annual General Meeting 2021

The Annual Chaplaincy Meeting will be held at Holy Trinity Church at 14.00hrs on Sunday 21 March 2021 This ACM will be held by Zoom For election of Chaplaincy Representatives of the laity as follows – To the Chaplaincy Council 8 representatives. For membership of the Charitable Giving Committee 4 members For the appointment of the Independent Examiners. For the consideration of: (a) a report on changes to the Electoral Roll since the last annual Chaplaincy…

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…