News & Future Events
Forthcoming Dates and Special Services
09 March Introduction to Lente course / watching the film Chocolat
10 Mar - Bring in your Books for our annual booksale - poc Lub
17 Mar - Bring in your Books for our annual booksale - poc Lub
24 Mar - Book Sale after the service - poc Lub
31 Mar - Book Sale after the service - poc Lub
31 Mar - Mothering Sunday
07 Apr - Annual General Meeting 12:30 (pls read Electoral Roll Renewal)
14 Apr - Palm Sunday
18 Apr - Maundy Thursday
19 Apr - Good Friday
21 Apr - Easter Sunday
This year we will have a Lent course with a film, like we have done in the past. This year we have Hilary Brand’s course from in 2002 called Christ and the Chocolaterie, which is based on the film Chocolat. The film is used as a starting point for exploring issues about God, the world, and what it means to be human. There are five group sessions. Each session includes extracts from the film, group discussion, exercises and meditations, readings and related Bible passages.
The sessions will be on Saturday mornings from 10:00 until 12:00. Those taking part need to have seen the film, so on the first Saturday, we will watch the film.
The themes will be as follows:
9 March Introduction to the course and watching the film
16 March Giving up - the prelude to change
23 March Giving out - the power of a gift
30 March Getting wise - the possibility of change
6 April Getting real - the power of acceptance
13 April Growing up - the process of change.
Chocolat tells the story of Vianne (Juliette Binoche) when she arrives in a tranquil, old-fashioned French town. In her very unusual chocolate shop, she creates mouth-watering confections that almost magically inspire the straitlaced villagers to abandon themselves to temptation and happiness. When a handsome Irish Gypsy (Johnny Depp) arrives in town, Vianne is finally able to recognize her own desires.
Link to trailer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=692hOJq1KJE
Information Evening of the Mineke Foundation Jan 31st, Deventer
The Mineke Foundation is one of the Charities the Anglican Church Twente supports. We did receive an invitation to a Relationship Evening in Deventer.
For more information see the report on our Charities Page
Electoral Roll Renewal
The Electoral Roll is the official listing of the members of our Chaplaincy. People who are on the Electoral Roll are entitled to vote at our Annual General Meeting. Anyone who is not yet on the Electoral Roll and who wishes to have their name included may request and fill in an application form.
In order to be on the Electoral Roll you need to be baptized, at least 16 years of age and to be a member of the Church of England, a Church in communion with the Church of England, or a member of another Church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity. Also, if you are not a member of the Church of England, you need to have been attending St Mary’s Weldam for at least six months.
Names can be added to the Electoral Roll at any time during the year but it has to be brought up to date and frozen two weeks before the date of the Annual General Meeting. This year our AGM will be 7 April. Therefore, our Secretary needs to receive any new forms by 24 March at the latest, so that the updated roll can be published in the AGM papers. If you would like to be on the Electoral Roll, please see me for an application form.
Please note that being on the Electoral Roll does not involve any financial commitment on your part. As already mentioned, being on the Electoral Roll entitles you to vote at the AGM. This enables you to take part in the election of those who represent you on the Church Council and gives you a say in any decisions taken at the AGM. Anyone standing for election to the Church Council must have been on the Electoral Roll for at least six months prior to election.
The Electoral Roll is completely renewed every six years. If your name was not added last year, please give some thought to having your name included this year on the Electoral Roll of the Anglican Church Twente.
Brexit: A European Voice - The Bishop in Europe writes …
Rt Revd Dr Robert Innes writes on Brexit:
In the 1960s, it was said UK entry to the “Common Market” would mark the end of a thousand years of British history. Fast-forwarding to 2019, the clock is now ticking rapidly towards the end of British membership of the European Union. Where are we, and where are we going on Brexit? ..... click here ..
On the x.x.x.x.x.* the Chapel and the Hut will be cleaned. If you can operate a vacuum cleaner then your chapel needs you. Cleaning, polishing and decorating days are not only necessary, they are great social events. By the end of the day all the volunteers should be exhausted and content. All of this activity is accompanied with coffee, chat and the warm feeling of having a shiny clean chapel at the end of the day.
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After the service everyone is always invited to Coffee/Tea. This is a nice and important part of our fellowship at St. Mary's. Regular members of our community can meet and have a chat about what is on their mind. Also guests are very welcome to join in. It is a joint effort of our community and it also needs people willing to spend some time before the service preparing coffee. So if you are able to contribute please add your name to the rota sheet which is on the notice board.
General Data Protection Regulation
A new regulation regarding the general data protection has been implemented in our Diocese. If you are interested please read this document in our Information section. (more ......)
Actie4Kids (Shoeboxes) 2018 - Thank you very much.
A great success, 20 of the 25 provide shoeboxes were returned filled with a lot of nice and useful presents for children in less fortunate situations than us in Weldam. The boxes have been delivered Monday November 12th to the collection point in Ambt-Delden for shipping to the central depot.
A big thank you to Everyone who did contribute to this years collection.
Collection point for our region.
Church Service Decorum
Over the years there has been much comment about the atmosphere in the chapel before the service begins. Due to the scattered nature of the chaplaincy, some take the opportunity to greet each other, and maybe, even catch up on the news. Meanwhile, there are those who prefer to sit in quiet contemplation and prayer. As a compromise, the first group were given freedom to socialise up to about five minutes before the service, before our organist rang a bell for silence. Lately, the bell has been increasingly ignored, much to the irritation of some in the second group. Our chaplain has suggested placing cards on the pews reading:
Before the Service - Speak to God / After the Service - Speak to Everyone else
Maybe, if you have to discuss something, for example, a request for the intercessions, a planned celebration, keep one’s voice as low as possible. If you see someone sitting or kneeling quietly, respect their desire not to be disturbed. Then....when you get to the Hut, calm and spiritually fulfilled, finish off a wonderful morning with a good chat over coffee, or tea, and cakes.
Items are now being collected on a permanent basis for the food bank in Goor. There is a large plastic box in the hut where you can put items of non-perishable food. The plan is to take the box to the food bank about once a month or more frequently depending on how quickly it is filled.
FYI: Coffee is most welcome
Bishop Robert's Christmas Message 2018
Travelling over to London on the Eurostar in mid-November, I saw my first Christmas tree of the season. It was a giant silver variety placed prominently on the concourse of St. Pancras Station. And I was reminded that ‘the Christmas season’ starts earlier in the UK than in most of mainland Europe. And to be sure, this year, the Christmas spirit is sorely needed to boost flagging High Street revenues and give some cheer to those depressed by a seemingly endless Brexit. For full message click here
Bishop Robert's Easter message 2018 full message
Diocese of Europe finances update. video update
Brexit Negotiations: The State of Play - January 18, 2018 More .......
Bishop Robert's Easter message 2017 More ....
Bishop Robert's Pastoral letter on Brexit (July 1st 2016). More .......
Dicocese in Europe Environmental policy “Diocesan Policies and Guidelines”