News & Future Events
Forthcoming Dates and Special Services
28 October - Choral Evensong, New Sion Abbey, Diepenveen
04 November - All Saints / All Souls
07 November - Coffee and Chat Morning (p.o.c. Vivian)
11 November - Remembrance Sunday (100 years)
16 December - Nine Lessons and Carols
23 December - Nine Lessons and Carols (New Sion Abbey, Diepenveen)
24 December - Eucharist of Christmas Midnight
Actie4Kids (Shoeboxes) 2018
Next Sunday 21 October, shoeboxes and instructions for filling and returning will be available at St. Mary's. Please join all in to make this year's campaign again a big success. The aim is to have the shoeboxes returned to St. Mary's Sunday November 11th for shipping to the national collection point. This will give you three weeks to prepare a very nice present for kids in either: Zambia, Sierra Leone, Togo, Moldavia, Romania, Ukraine or the refugee camps at Lesbos (Greece). Ultimately November 12th the boxes will have to be delivered to the collection point.
Castle Fair 2018
This years' Castle Fair, that took take place on September 15th 2018 was again a huge success. Lots of new stalls, good music, interesting people and a superb Tea room with the well known home baked cakes and a wonderful garden. The Castle Fair committee would like to thank Countess Solms for allowing the use of the Castle grounds for the event. Also the many volunteers and not in the least all visitors which made this once again a very big success for our congregation. (see: Castle Fair 2018)
Remembrance Service 2018 (100 Years commemoration of First World War End)
St. Mary's will observe a special remembrance service on 11-11-2018.
Image: Lub Gringhuis
On Monday 11 November 1918, the treaty known as the Armistice of Compiègne came into effect, ending hostilities between the Allies and their last opponent, Germany. The agreement ended four years of conflict which had mobilised 70 million military personnel worldwide, at a cost of more than 18 million lives and over 20 million casualties.
One hundred years later, civic remembrance services in the UK’s churches and cathedrals will take on additional significance.
The Bishop at Lambeth, Tim Thornton, the Bishop to the Armed Forces, said: “There are, of course, very few people now left to tell first hand stories of the First World War. As we commemorate its centenary, remembering those who gave their lives, it is important therefore also to pause and commemorate those who have lived with the memory of war, and the manifold challenges that brings.
“These resources offer an excellent way for churches, groups, families and individuals to connect with a generation whose lives were inexorably altered by desperate conflict.
“The season of remembrance each year sees churches and cathedrals come to the fore as communities bring to mind those lost and affected in any way in conflicts, give thanks for the sacrifices of our armed forces, and pray for peace.
“By connecting with ancestors or those locally who served in the First World War, our prayer in their names is above all for a peace which is lasting."
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.
The next Chapel Cleaning morning is scheduled for the Dec 15th. Everyone is welcome to have a go at cleaning windows, vacuuming the carpets, polishing brass, shining pews and pulpits and a range of other exciting tasks. 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.
(Following session is: Jan 8th)
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
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