Bell of Hope in Twente: Bell ringing for the Corona virus also in our Chapel on Wednesday 18 Mar 2020 - sound file - click image above, see also Article from TC/Tubantia newspaper
Forthcoming Dates and Special Services
All Public Worship Services and other meetings are cancelled until further notice due to Covid-19 Virus. An Audio or Video recording of service, without congregation, will be put on the Services Web page a.s.a.p. on Sunday.
Public worship suspended in the Church of England
In light of the UK Government's guidance around non-essential contact, the Archbishops of Canterbury and York have issued advice that public worship is suspended until further notice. This advice was addressed in the first instance to churches in England, but it also applies to us here in Twente. Therefore, until further notice, there will be no meetings in the Hut and no services of public worship in the chapel. We will of course be looking for other creative ways of providing worship, teaching and inspiration on-line or in other ways. One of these ways is a Spiritual Communion card, which is being sent to everyone by post. It gives us prayers we can all say on our own, but together in spirit, at our usual worship time when normally we would be at St. Mary’s.
As suggested by the Archbishops, prayers can be said by clergy and ministers on behalf of everyone. Therefore, this coming Sunday we will record a service, without congregation, and it will be put on-line as we did last week.
22 March - Cancelled - today's recording will become available on Sunday morning
29 March - Cancelled pending further notice
9 April 2020 20:00 hrs Maundy Thursday, Eucharist and washing of feet - Cancelled pending further notice
10 April 2020 20:00 hrs Good Friday - Cancelled pending further notice
11 April 2020 Church cleaning and decorating for Easter- Cancelled pending further notice
12 April 2020 Easter Sunday- Cancelled pending further notice
26 April 2020 Annual General Meeting (AGM) shortly after the Service - pending further notice
10 May 2020 Visiting choir: Sutton Chorale from the UK (for 75th anniversary VE day)
26 April 2020 Annual General Meeting
This is an advance notice about our Annual General meeting. It is still quite far away, but the date has been set for Sunday 26 April. At that meeting all those of you on the Electoral Roll will have the opportunity to elect your representatives on the chaplaincy council. You might also wish to think about whether you would like to stand yourself for election to council.
In a few weeks we will also be updating the Electoral Roll, so if you are not already on there will be an opportunity to join.
Thursday Open Morning for Coffee, Chat, and Fellowship. Suspended until further notice
The Hut will be open for friends and visitors for a chat, some company, and coffee.
How and if this is going to continue, depends greatly on how welcoming we prove to be.
The council supports this outreach challenge and is lending a hand.
By being open every Thursday, we hope to create a habit among church members, their friends, and passers-by, to come in for a bit of good company.
These mornings will be hosted by council members and anybody else in the congregation who feels tempted to host one of the mornings and lend an ear. [please let Jeanet know if you want to give it a go.]
The opening time will be from 10:00 till 12:00 hrs
At this is the start of this trial period, we hope many of you will feel the need to take part in this new adventure of fellowship and outreach. How the mornings will be filled depends on what needs and wishes we will encounter.
The first Thursday, Vivian and her crafts group will be present to advise you on any problems you may have regarding needlework.
Hoping for a wonderful, fruitful time together in a friendly and open atmosphere.
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 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
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 April 11th 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.
Next dates will be 30 May, 22 August, 3 October.
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
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”