News & Events

News and Future Events

Farewell presents Brian

On Sunday 27 December 2020 Revd. Canon Brian Rodford did conduct his last service in St. Marys Chapel.

At the end of the Service a few Council Members present did surprise Brian with a number of presents.

If you want to see the complete cycle of these presentations you may watch the video from the Service as it is on line and reachable via this link

Dear Members of the Congregation of St. Mary's,


In view of the rapidly changing pattern of Covid infections, the hard lockdown, and the message from the Dutch Minister of Justice (see this link), it has been decided that our services tomorrow and on Sunday will go ahead only on line without congregation.

This decision has been taken after much deliberation between the Chaplain, the wardens and myself. It is heart-breaking to have to do this, but we feel that it is both sensible and responsible.


The services from St. Mary’s will be available on-line via the usual links and the service sheets will be sent to you by Simone by email.

Part time Chaplain for the Anglican Church Twente

The Anglican Church Twente in Markelo, in the East Netherlands, has a vacancy as from January 2021 for a Part-time Chaplain, who will have a strong liturgical sense, a pastoral heart and a passion for rural ministry. We hope to engage someone with enthusiasm to lead us forward, who is a good communicator and willing to learn some Dutch.

He or she will move to a beautiful part of the Netherlands, to work with a lively, welcoming, all-inclusive congregation. Ideally you are a priest who loves parish ministry, people and preaching, and are seeking a part time post to give you time to enjoy the peace and quiet of the countryside as well as being eager to start a new adventure.  More ............

Advert for a part-Time Chaplain

Profile Anglican Church Twente

Video presentation about St. Mary's

Protocol regarding the restart of public worship at St. Mary Chapel, from July 5th, 2020 onwards.  This comes with hygiene practices for individuals attending church. Please see details for attending the services and hygiene on the COVID-19 Protocol Page

Bell of Hope in Twente: Bell ringing for the Corona virus also in our Chapel on Wednesday - sound file - click image above, see also Article from TC/Tubantia newspaper

Information of the Mineke Foundation Nov 11th 2020

COVID-19 treft ook Liberia in het hart - Er is veel nieuws te vertellen
COVID-19 in Liberia 

COVID-19 en het Mineke Foundation-team

We schorten een deel van onze activiteiten op

We veranderen onze strategie

We houden vast aan onze visie

See the full newsletter from Tonia

Thursday Open Morning for Coffee, Chat, and Fellowship. Suspended until further notice

Information of the Joanne Foundation

Inleiding Het is ongelofelijk hoeveel we u iedere keer weer te vertellen hebben! Elke keer is er weer mooi nieuws te melden. Deze keer leest u veel over zelfvoorzienendheid en gezondheidszorg. Dankzij u als sponsoren en de energieke inzet van de plaatselijke bevolking worden de levensomstandigheden voor de inwoners van Ndegeya steeds beter. Daar kunnen we met elkaar blij om zijn! More see the newsletter

Information Evening of the Mineke Foundation 2019 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

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 ..

Chapel Cleaning Suspended until further notice

On the 3 October as of 10:00 hrs 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.

Coffee Rota

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.

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.

Food bank

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 2019 full message

Bishop Robert's Christmas Message 2018 full message

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”