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Anglican Church of Luxembourg
 
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CHURCH CALENDAR

CHURCH EVENTS
- CURRENT or COMING SOON
- REGULAR EVENTS
- ARCHIVE

CHURCH INFORMATION
- NEWS/INFORMATION
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- AT CHURCH
- GIVING

- APPEALS
- ADMINISTRATION

. CHORAL & MUSIC NEWS

NON-CHURCH CHARITY EVENTS



CHURCH EVENTS

Forthcoming Services - see CALENDAR OF SERVICES

For Lent and Easter Services - see here

EVENTS - CURRENT or COMING SOON

Lent Study Groups
The Lent Course will run for five consecutive weeks throughout Lent o­n Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8pm. The theme will be "The Bible and Life Basics - Land, Blood, Sex and Food". Please contact the Assistant Chaplain or see here for further information.

Lent Lunches
This year, as in previous years, we would like to organise some Lent Lunches (see CALENDAR), hosted by different members of our congregation, either o­n a weekday or at a weekend, whichever is easier for the hosts. For details o­n how to hold a Lent Lunch see here. Please contact Elaine Birch in the Church office if you would like to host a lunch, so that we can publicise dates.

Easter Day Sunrise Service

There will be a dawn vigil service o­n Easter morning at 6.30 am just outside Munsbach. The Paschal Candle will be lit as dawn breaks during this shortened vigil service. Later o­n the Paschal Candle will be brought into Church in procession at the 11.00 am service.

The Sunrise service will be followed by breakfast at the home of the Boelens. Full details are here. All are warmly welcome! For catering purposes, please let Susan know (621 199 350; email s.bolen@me.com) if you wish to join for breakfast.

Children and Communion
Any children who would like to receive communion or who already do, are invited to a three part preparation course. Please contact our Assistant Chaplain or see here for further information.

Environmental Footprint Group meeting
Sustainable happiness, working with nature, feeding the world:
Recently in Luxembourg three public lectures have aimed to answer some current challenges and questions: What political and economic changes are needed to strengthen the planet's resilience? How can agriculture produce enough to feed the world without destroying it? Could less focus o­n growth add to our happiness and increase sustainability? o­n 14 April 2014 we will discuss the conclusions of these lectures, and Simon Norcross will also report o­n some specific action which will be of interest to everyone who wants to reduce their carbon footprint. All welcome, whether or not you have been able to attend the above lectures. Monday, 14 April, 8.00 pm, 4 rue du Pont, L-5355 Oetrange. Please contact pseymour@pt.lu if you can come or would like public transport information.

Anglican Church of Luxembourg – Notice of Annual General Meeting 2014
This year’s AGM will take place at 8pm o­n Tuesday, 29 April in the Salle Feschmaart, Soeurs Franciscaines, 50 avenue Gaston Diderich, L-1420 Belair. Please try to attend. For further information please see here. Draft Minutes of the 2013 AGM to be approved at this meeting can be read here.

Young Adults Group
The Young Adults Group (YAG) in principle meets midweek twice a month - see CALENDAR - and will be following the Emmaus course which can be joined at any time. To learn more or for directions contact Paul Townend or John and Victoria. Food will be shared as usual.

Annual General Meeting 2013
The 2013 AGM took place at 8pm o­n Tuesday, 9 April 2013 in the Salle Feschmaart, Soeur Franciscaines, 50 avenue Gaston Diderich,
L-1420 Luxembourg. Activity reports for the AGM can be read here and the Draft AGM Minutes are here.

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REGULAR EVENTS

Prayer Groups

>>> The Prayer Group "Wellsprings" meets fortnightly - see CALENDAR - and here for an invitation. Please contact Susan or Cheryl for more information. Contact details for the next meeting are o­n the pewsheet o­n Sunday.

>>> The Prayer Group "Mothers' Prayers" meets regularly - see CALENDAR for dates. This is a group that is always ready to welcome mothers of any age.
For general information or directions to their homes, please email Rani or call her o­n 621 181 848, or Carol or call her o­n 2651 0309. Contact details for the next meeting are o­n the pewsheet o­n Sunday.


Youth Group

The Youth Group will meet every second and fourth Sunday - see CALENDAR - at 11am in the lounge of the Hotel Parc Bellevue (next to the church) for people aged between 12 and 16. Please contact Andy (26 48 08 23), Caroline or Evelyn (691 110 082) to find out more or to ask any questions.

"Lions and Lambs" Group (formerly Parents, Tinies and Toddlers Group)
This Group will meet o­n Tuesday mornings from 9.30am to 11am - see CALENDAR. It will meet alternately in Hassel and Strassen during Luxembourgish school term times. It is open to all parents and children from 0 - 4 (i.e. baby to pre-school). We will sing some songs, read a Bible story and do a simple craft or other activity with the children. Parents have the opportunity to chat over coffee while the children play. For more information and directions interested parents can email Evelyn Sweerts. The group is open to all Mums, Dads and Carers and members are encouraged to bring along anyone they know who may be interested.

Young Adults' Group
The Young Adults' Group meets regularly at different venues for a mix of discussion, worship and socialising, with socials and themed discussion meetings normally o­n Wednesday - see CALENDAR and EVENTS. Any new members are very welcome - age range roughly 20s & 30s. Lifts are usually available from Luxembourg centre. Please contact Paul Townend (621 295 928) for further details.

Environmental Footprint Group
This group holds periodic meetings (see
CALENDAR) to explore how best as a church, collectively and individually, we could reduce our carbon footprint in line with the policy of our Diocese. The group is open to everyone and you are invited to contribute any relevant information, ideas or suggestions to the group coordinator Philippa Seymour. See INFORMATION for meeting reports and studies.

End of Month Congregational Lunch

Normally o­n the last Sunday in most months a Parish Lunch takes place at a nearby restaurant at 1pm. All are welcome, particularly newcomers, and children under 11 eat free! Details are given in the Notices at the 11am service. Speak to the Chaplain to know more and see CALENDAR for the next occasion.

Child Protection Training
Child Protection Training is a regular event in the life of our church and will be shown o­n the
CALENDAR. All adults and older teenagers who work with children under the age of 18 in any kind of church activity are legally required by the Church of England to undertake Child Protection Training. If you would like to attend this training just to find out more, whether or not you are actually involved with children at the moment, you are very welcome to join in. In particular, it would be good to have the growing group of dads who often stay with their own children in the Sunday morning crèche and in so doing, help out with some of the other tinies. If you would like to be able to help o­n a regular or even occasional basis as a crèche or Junior Church helper, please speak to the Chaplain. Please email the office or speak to the Chaplain if you are interested in coming.


EVENTS ARCHIVE - see DOCUMENTS / G

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CHURCH INFORMATION

Forthcoming Services - see CALENDAR OF SERVICES

For Lent and Easter Services - see here

NEWS/INFORMATION - LATEST


Flower arranging workshop 18 Jan 2014
Judging by the beautiful results, a very successful flower arranging workshop was organised by Lesley Stevenson o­n Saturday, 18 Jan 2014. A report of the event with photos is here and a list of tips for general guidance in arranging flowers in the Konvikt Chapel is here.

Photos for Church Video
The Church Council has asked Michael Sweerts to prepare a short video of the life of our Church using photographs of our activities. If you have high resolution photos from the last three years that you would be willing to share, could you please send them to him at michael.sweerts@gmail.com. He is also interested in pictures which are more than 20 years old, if anyone has any. These can be scanned if necessary, and will be returned as soon as possible. Please be aware that these pictures may be used publicly.

Harvest Festival 2013 photos
A selection of photos of the Harvest Festival decorations, submitted by Isabel Page, are in PHOTOGALLERY/Harvest Festival 2013 and of the Pot Luck Lunch, submitted by Rani Roloff, in PHOTOGALLERY/Harvest Lunch 2013.

Church Fair June 2013
Wort.lu published this article o­n 17 June 2013 which includes some photos. More photos of the Church Fair, taken by Rani Roloff, are in the PHOTOGALLERY/Church Fair 2013. Net proceeds from this year's Church Fair were €10,769 which will be distributed to charity.

Confirmation April 2013
Bishop Geoffrey Rowell made his last official visit to Luxembourg before his retirement later in 2013 to confirm six candidates o­n Sunday 28th April.
Photos (of which nos 1 & 2 by G. Thompson) are in the PHOTOGALLERY/Confirmation April 2013. Bishop Geoffrey was presented with a retirement gift from our chaplaincy by Catherine Allen, churchwarden.

Electoral Roll Application Forms and Contact Forms
Church law requires that we update our Electoral Roll Register every five years. We also need to renew our Contact Register. We are therefore asking you to complete, sign and resubmit the relevant forms. The new Electoral Roll Forms and Contact Forms are available at the back of the Church, o­n this website and by contacting the Church Office (office@anglican.lu). Please put completed forms in the box at the back of the Church or return them to the Church Office, 89 rue de Muhlenbach, L-2168 Luxembourg, as soon as possible.

Environmental Footprint Group
(see REGULAR EVENTS for a description of this group)

Meeting reports and studies:

- Initial recommendations and the Church Council's response - Notes from a subsequent meeting.
- A relevant
Advent Calendar from the Aquitaine Chaplaincy website
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The Environment, the Bible and Christian morality - Simon Norcross
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How to rediscover the Good Life - in the face of Climate Change and Environmental Degradation.
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Climate Change and the Christian response report o­n a meeting hosted in January 2011 by the Seymours and attended by some 25 people.
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Living lightly - report of the meeting o­n 21 March 2011.
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Report of the meeting o­n 23 May 2011
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Policy Choices and Freedom - report of the meeting o­n 7 May 2012

- Sustainable Economy - report of the meeting o­n 21 January 2013.

Government Report o­n relations between Church and State
In 2012 the Luxembourg government requested a group of experts to report o­n relations between the Church and the State. The Report is long and in French, but its conclusions, kindly translated into English by Philippa Seymour, are here.


"Dying in Luxembourg"
The Church Council of the Anglican Church of Luxembourg has commissioned a booklet entitled “Dying in Luxembourg”.
We have discovered, through personal experience and through the work of the chaplains, that few people know what practical steps to take in the event of the death of someone close to them. Lack of knowledge can add considerably to the distress of a bereavement.
This booklet has been written to give a clear guide to the practical and legal procedures to be followed in Luxembourg. We recommend that you read this booklet before such a situation arises as it contains useful information about e.g. funeral arrangements, which should be known to next of kin living in other countries. Each country has its own procedures and we cannot assume that what happens in another country will be the case in Luxembourg.
“Dying in Luxembourg” has been distributed to various organisations throughout Luxembourg and further copies may be downloaded from this website here.
The Chaplain and Church Council are greatly indebted to Jacqui Spence and Pam Lyon, members of our congregation, who have assiduously and meticulously put together the information in this booklet.
If the Chaplain, Reverend Chris Lyon, may be of assistance in this kind of situation, please do not hesitate to get in touch with him at office@anglican.lu.


Donation Envelopes

Donation Envelopes dated weekly are available at the back of the Church for those unable to come to Church o­n a regular basis but who would still like to make an offering - see GIVING for more information.

Children's activities and coffee after the service - please read
here

Who's who in Church - at a glance
A compilation of photos of
church officials - see also PHOTO GALLERY

NEWS/INFORMATION ARCHIVE - see DOCUMENTS / G


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AT CHURCH

First Sunday of the Month Music
At the 11am service o­n the first Sunday of the month, when the choir are present o­nly at Evensong, there will be new music and readings chosen round themes which follow the liturgical calendar and offer a wide scope for faith development. As with Choral Evensong, there will be no "First Sunday" music in January and August.

Junior Church
0–3 'Sparklers'
meet in the crèche (upstairs) for the duration of the 11.00 am service. Parents please take them there immediately before the service starts and collect them immediately after the end of the service, before you go downstairs for coffee. If you wish to have your child blessed you may collect them as communion commences.

3-5 'All Stars', 6-8 'Comets', 9+ 'Galaxies': These three groups start in the chapel with their families and then go downstairs to the hall with the Junior Church Leaders and Helpers. The Leaders and Helpers bring them back into the chapel to join their families in time for communion. At this point the children are the responsibility of their parents.

Junior Church Library
Please encourage your child to continue their Christian Education at home with you by helping them select books from our Junior Church Library. It is available every Sunday morning downstairs during the refreshment time.

Tea, coffee and juice are served after the main 11am service. Please join us. For some time now we have been serving Fair Trade coffee and tea. It is obtained through Traidcraft, which is the UK’s leading organisation dedicated to fighting poverty through trade.
For people o­n the coffee rota, here are the instructions.

Contact Forms are available at the back of the church, mainly for newcomers so that we can keep in touch. An explanation is given o­n the form.
A printable copy of this form and explanation is also available o­n the DOCUMENTS page of this website.
Completed forms should be placed in the box at the back of the church or sent to the vicarage.

Electoral Roll Enrolment Forms are also available at the back of the church for people who wish to vote at the Annual General Meeting and be eligible for appointment to any of the official positions within our congregation. An explanation and form containing full details of eligibility are available o­n the DOCUMENTS page of this website.
Completed forms should be returned to the Anglican Office by the end of February to be entitled to vote at the following AGM.

Crèche and Junior Church children
A reminder to all parents that they are responsible for their children after the 11am service is finished. This is part of our Child Protection policy which has the safety of your child as its priority.

Crèche Helpers
Help is needed in our crèche! If you feel able to help out in our crèche o­n an occasional basis with our babies and tinies during the 11.00 am service, please contact Eyi' Geers-Faderin as our list of helpers reduces regularly due to teenage helpers moving o­n and other mums away o­n maternity leave. This is an important facility to offer young families – please think of helping out – any age (over 14) accepted! Details are here.

Church Safeguarding Policy
A Safeguarding Policy Document has been drawn up by the Church of England, including the Diocese in Europe to which this Chaplaincy belongs. Full details can be found o­n the Diocesan website here.

Readers / Sidespersons
Any member of the congregation who would like to read a lesson or act as a sidesperson from time to time should get in touch with Jane Wickens who organises the rota.
Readers / Sidespersons are responsible o­n their Sunday for handing out the books and taking the collection. Instructions for these tasks can be found
here.

Flu epidemics
The Chaplain has received guidelines from the Diocesan Office for the giving of communion should flu rise to pandemic conditions within Luxembourg.
Should any people receiving communion prefer to receive in o­ne kind (i.e. bread o­nly), they are free to choose to do so.
While communion in both kinds is the norm in the Church of England, when it is received in o­ne kind o­nly the fullness of the Sacrament is nonetheless received.
The full guidelines issued for swine flu are available to read
here.



GIVING

Church Money
Apart from the state-paid salaries of the Chaplains, all expenses of running our church here in Luxembourg are supported entirely by the generosity of the congregation. Without this support we would not have an Anglican Church in Luxembourg.

Day-to-day finances are managed by the treasurer o­n behalf of the Church Council, about 12 people elected by the congregation. All significant payments are authorised in advance by the Church Council. Annual Accounts are prepared and audited.

Church expenses are roughly €120,000 a year, or an average of €10,000 a month to be collected in o­ne way or another from the congregation. That works out at an average of €40 a month, or €10 every week, for each of the 250 adults who are currently coming to church. Some people can afford more, which compensates for those who can afford less.

There are four main ways to give: one-off donation (anonymous or not); monthly donation by bank standing order (only the treasurer knows); weekly envelopes (fill at home, put in collection); offertory (cash collections) during services. The choice of method and amount is entirely yours, although, particularly if you cannot be in church very often, a bank standing order is the easiest way to pay your share.

Flower Fund
Contributions to the Flower Fund will be gratefully received by Liz Alexander. There is a box at the back of the Church for your donations.

Charitable Giving
It is our policy to give at least 10 per cent of our Church income to charity each year, including the entire proceeds of our annual Church Fair, in addition to occasional special appeals for particular causes. The charities we supported in 2012 are here. If you would like to nominate a charity, please speak to or email the Church office or the churchwardens.

Children and Charity
Every week the children contribute their collection during Junior Church and this goes into the general church funds along with all the other offerings given by the congregation. At least 10% of this is distributed each year to different charities.


APPEALS

Bishop’s Lent Appeal
Details of this year’s Bishop’s Lent Appeal can be found o­n the noticeboard o­n the landing outside the Chapel, or see www.europe.anglican.org. A collection box for your donations will be available at the back of the Church.

ACATAction des Chrétiens pour l’Abolition de la Torture.
ACAT in Luxembourg proposes:
- a
monthly appeal to state authorities to end torture situations.
- when necessary, an urgent appeal o­n behalf of victims of injustice in imminent danger of torture or unlawful killing.
Copies of ACAT appeals are also at the back of the Church.



ADMINISTRATION

Anglican Office hours and Chaplain's day off

The Anglican Office is open as follows:
Tuesday 09:00 - 13:00
Wednesday 09:00 - 13:00
Thursday 09:00 - 16:00
The Rev'd Chris Lyon's day off is Friday.
The Rev'd Andy Markey's day off is Monday.

Minutes of Church meetings
Abridged Minutes of Church Council meetings and Draft Minutes of the last Annual General Meeting are posted o­n the
Documents page when available.

Konvikt Magazine
Please send your contributions (articles, information and anything you would like to share) - in electronic form o­nly please - to the Church Office (office@anglican.lu)
- see CALENDAR for the deadline for the next issue.
Some past issues of the Konvikt magazine are available o­nline o­n the
MAGAZINE page. Everyone who has registered their contact details with the Anglican Office receives a copy by post.

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CALENDAR


Forthcoming Services - see CALENDAR OF SERVICES

For Lent and Easter Services - see here

2014

APRIL

Monday 14th April 2014
- Environmental Footprint Group meeting
at 8pm in Oetrange - see EVENTS for details

Sunday 20th April 2014
- Easter Sunrise Service at 6.30am in Munsbach - see EVENTS
- Easter Sunday - see here for services

Tuesday 22nd April 2014
- "Lions and Lambs" Group meeting
from 9.30am to 11am in Hassel - see REGULAR EVENTS

Wednesday 23rd April 2014
- "Mothers Prayers" Prayer Group meeting
at 9.30am - see REGULAR EVENTS

Thursday 24th April 2014
- "Wellsprings" Prayer Group meeting
at 8pm in Limpertsberg - see REGULAR EVENTS

Tuesday 29th April 2014
- Annual General Meeting
from 8pm to 10pm in the Salle Feschmaart, Soeurs Franciscaines, 50 avenue Gaston Diderich, Luxembourg - see EVENTS

MAY

Wednesday 14th May 2014
- Church Council meeting at 7.30pm in the Vicarage

JUNE

Sunday 15th June 2014
- Church Fair at 12.30pm in Useldange

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NON-CHURCH CHARITY EVENTS

- to be announced here


CHORAL AND MUSIC NEWS

Hymns for the Easter period

Palm Sunday

NEH 509 All glory, laud and honour

NEH 92 There is a green hill far away

NEH 86 My song is love unknown (omit verses 4 and 6)

NEH 95 When I survey the wondrous Cross

Maundy Thursday

NEH 288 God everlasting, wonderful and holy

NEH 315 Word of the Father, source of all things living

LP 152 Great God, your love has called us here

NEH 302 O thou, who at thy Eucharist didst pray

Good Friday (Noon)

NEH 92 There is a green hill far away

Sing Praise 63 A time to watch, a time to pray

NEH 90 O sacred head, sore wounded

NEH 95 When I survey the wondrous Cross

Easter Day

NEH 110 Jesus Christ is risen to-day, Alleluya!

NEH 115 Now the green blade riseth

NEH 119 The strife is o’er, the battle done

NEH 120 Thine be the glory, risen, conquering Son


Chapel Organ
Our Johannus Monarke organ was purchased in 2010 and installed in the Konvikt chapel beside the existing organ which remains in place. The new organ (see PHOTO GALLERY), although apparently a fixture, can in fact be relocated to another building without great difficulty should that ever become necessary. An article written about it for "352" by Alan Carlisle, former Director of Music, is here

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Senior Choir
Join the Choir Do you like to sing? Do you have Thursday nights free from 8-9:30 pm (most of the time)? Then we would love for you to join the choir! Little known fact... you do not need to know how to read music to be in the Choir. We all have different abilities and experiences with choral music. We share a love of singing.
Second little known fact... You do not need to be there every Thursday and Sunday. We understand that you need to be away sometimes. We hope you can be there at least two weeks a month. Please speak with or email Dana Luccock if you would like more information.

Youth Choir
Are you between the ages of 10-18? Do you like to sing? Then come and join the Youth Choir! We will be practising from 12:15 to 1:00 pm o­n Sundays. If you have any friends ages 10-18 who like to sing, please invite them to join us. For more information, please contact Dana Luccock

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