25 June - Choral Evensong, Sion Abbey, Diepenveen - 19:30 hrs
2 September - Castle Fair, Weldam Castle
24 September - Choral Evensong, Sion Abbey
29 October - Choral Evensong, Sion Abbey
26 November - Choral Evensong, Sion Abbey
09 December - Service of Nine Lesson and Carols, Sion Abbey
As of the 1 January 2017, the Anglican Chaplaincy of Twente is in Interregnum (literally, 'between kings'!). It is also a time when your wardens and council members actually start to appreciate just how much work the chaplain does in running a chaplaincy. Probably the reason the Church of England appears to encourage interregnums.
For a start, there is a requirement to continue holding regular worship in the chaplaincy while the council progress through the procedure of finding and appointing a new chaplain. In general, there appear to be more vacancies for both locums and chaplains than candidates. However, regarding locums, (a temporary priest), and arranging services, we have been reasonably successful. Having our own, Lay Reader in training, Simone Yallop, has been a great help. Not only is she a walking encyclopaedia on everything connected with the Church of England, but she is also willing, and able, to conduct a monthly Service of Morning Prayer.
On a serious note, during the interregnum, Locums will provide limited pastoral cover. If any members of the congregation have, an urgent need for a priest, in the first instance, phone one of the wardens. Our contact details are on the website and in the magazine. We can, if need be, contact Sam van Leer, as Area Dean, for advice and help.
During the interregnum, the wardens and council will appreciate your continuing support, your understanding if there are occasional mistakes and your help in keeping St Mary's the usual friendly, spiritual haven we all enjoy so much.
Charities Feedback - Joanne Foundation.
A new waterpump has been installed following our donation, more see Charities
Mineke Foundation (feedback)
For several years, Mineke Foundation has received requests to offer their vocational courses in other communities. Due to the (financial) challenges involved with doing so - a training space, a secure storage area, additional staff - we haven't been able to respond positively to these requests. This year, that's set to change as Mineke Foundation partners with the Bangladeshi NGO, BRAC, to provide vocational training to 100+ adolescents and young adults in four (of fifteen) counties in Liberia during 2017. We'll be using BRAC's offices and hope to expand to all the counties as time goes on. Strangely, registration for vocational courses at our own office is lagging. We're unsure why but think insufficient publicity might be the cause, and we're working hard to address that.
Meanwhile, our social and educational clubs for children, teenagers and women are flourishing. Up to 75 kids and 30 teenagers attend our weekly club meetings, while 30 women participate in our monthly Women's Club. We unfortunately have to refuse new members for all clubs due to financial constraints. Our entrepreneurs - about 60% of our vocational graduates have started businesses so far - are doing well too, with nine women and one young man now managing growing businesses.
Mineke Foundation also works with partners on other projects. Last year, we partnered with Mercy Corps to provide Career Readiness Training to young adults in our projects, and this year, we've started a "Digital Storytelling" project with UNFPA Liberia. This project, which sees teens interview their peers, will showcase what it means to be young in Liberia; addressing both the good (teenage voices for democracy and children's rights) and the bad (teenage pregnancies, high unemployment). It also helps our teens gain valuable communication, interview and presentation skills. ©Tonia Dabwe
Bishop Robert's Easter message 2017
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
“Purity of heart is to will one thing”, said the Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard. I write these words near the beginning of Lent, a season in which we try even more seriously than usual to order our desires under the overarching desire for God. Since our desires are continually stimulated, manipulated and exploited by powerful forces in the world, Lenten disciplines of even moderate asceticism are strongly counter-cultural and have seldom been more valuable in promoting true spiritual life. Full document .....
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.
Bishop Robert's Pastoral letter on Brexit.
Complete letter is accessible on our webpage see: More .......