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All Saints Anglican Church, part of the Diocese of Europe.
All Saints seeks to be a church of Up, In, Out. At our core we have the importance of Up – Worship and Prayer, In – Deep Community and Life Long Discipleship, and OUT – (local and global) Service and Evangelism.
Next Sunday 12th February Holy Communion. There will be Sunday School and crèche provided.
Last Sunday we welcomed the Dutch part of Compassion International – Nienke and Jurrien – who were available after the service to talk about the holistic work among children this Christian charity seeks to accomplish through local churches. We also warmly welcomed the Rt Reverend Dr Laurent Mbanda, the Anglican Bishop of the Diocese of Shyira in Rwanda. Bishop Mbanda preached and presided at our Communion. His sermon is now available in our sermon section on this website. There are some photos in this post of this visit.
As part of OUT as a church, we want to serve and proclaim the faith not only locally but globally for we part of one global body of Christ. Compassion is an organization we would like to commend to you, our members, as a way as a church we can be and do OUT. Bishop Laurent worked with Compassion for 18 years before he was consecrated an Anglican Bishop. And he continues to maintain close links with the organisation.
The Compassion (UK) website – for English speakers is: https://www.compassionuk.org/
Compassion Netherlands website – https://www.compassion.nl/
Giving on a Sunday
From this coming Sunday – 12th February – during our offertory hymn only our chaplaincy offertory will be taken. There will be no collection for charitable giving. Instead, members are invited to place any charitable donations in a basket which will be located beside the inner doors, as you enter the sanctuary, before the Sunday service. You will be invited to place your charitable donation when you arrive or during the service or during the Peace, and then in the offertory hymn, this basket along with the chaplaincy offertory will be brought and offered to the Lord. To know more about why we have changed, do speak to Edwin or to Patrick.
Between now and end of February, every Thursday from 8pm – 9pm we will hold a Holy Communion service. It will be said (no music), have a short – 5 minute address – and include 15-20 of intercession for All Saints. Our primary focus will be praying for a new building, for God’s leading, bringing new issues to him as they arise, as well as praying for our city and other church plans (such as our church family away day). There will be space to pray silently or outloud. It is important we gather to pray for that new building and God’s direction, to lift our need before him and ask for his wisdom for those seeking that new home. I’d like to invite you to come and pray with us. It will be held in the day chapel here in Heilige Geest Kerk.
Church Family Away Day
Saturday 18th February, 9.30am arrival ends 4.30pm. To be held at the Roode Schuur in Nijkerk. No cost to attend. Hannah Koolstra has the sign up sheet. We have 40 adults going, with nearly 20 children. We have help running our crèche and there will be a full children (4-12 year old) programme during the morning and afternoon sessions. Unfortunately there will be no teenage work provided. If you have not yet signed up, please let Hannah Koolstra know as we finalise numbers of the venue. This Sunday – 12th February – will be the last opportunity to sign up to attend as we need to confirm numbers to the venue next week.
Lent begins this year on 1st March – our Ash Wednesday service will take place at 8pm. An hour long service with an opportunity to receive the imposition of ashes, a Lenten tradition. To be held in the day chapel here at Heilige Geest Kerk.
As a chaplaincy we are dividing the electoral roll into an Amersfoort, an Utrecht and a Zwolle list. In the past it was one long list covering the three churches. This is part of the work needed towards All Saints becoming an independent Anglican church in 2019. The roll will be at church this month. Do check if your name and details are correct – as some of us have moved homes etc and it is important to have correct information. Also would you like to be on the electoral roll – this states that you are a member of All Saints and want to be associated and engaged with All Saints. You need to be on the roll to vote at annual church meetings. It does NOT stop you holding a membership at another church – such as a Protestant or Evangelical church. And to be on the electoral roll at All Saints does not stop you serving or being involved at Utrecht. Empty Electoral Roll forms available in church.
After a meeting with Sunday School leaders, we have changed the way we will run our groups: our younger Sunday School class will be for children who are in Groups 1-4 at school; our older Sunday School class will be for those in Groups 5-8 at school. This will apply from this Sunday onwards.
Our next Confirmation Service will be held on Saturday 25th March led by Bishop Robert. At 3.30pm.
Supporting All Saints financially.
For those who would like to give electronically to All Saints. You can do this by transferring money to bank account number NL84INGB0000132950 (t.n.v. Holy Trinity Church te Utrecht) and mark it Amersfoort or All Saints. Can we ask – if you have not already indicated to which church your giving goes, could you please indicate through your bank, to which church you would like your offerings to go? Thank you for your giving.