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 ............
Protocol regarding public worship at St. Mary Chapel. This comes with hygiene practices for individuals attending church. Please see details for attending the services and hygiene on the COVID-19 Protocol Page
Thursday Open Morning for Coffee, Chat, and Fellowship. Suspended until further notice
Chapel Cleaning Suspended until further notice
On the 3 April 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.
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.
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
Information of the Mineke Foundation Nov 11th 2020 (full newsletter from Tonia)
Information Evening of the Mineke Foundation 2019 Deventer see the report
Information of the Joanne Foundation See: the newsletter
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”