Reverse Advent has Started
Our Reverse Advent has started but it’s never too late to join in! Collect items and bring them to church on Sunday, 10 December – every little helps! Details can be found on flyers at the back of the church. We are donating the items to Fondation Maison de la Porte Ouverte, which supports families in need in Luxembourg.
If you are new to Luxembourg, or find yourself at a loose end after the service, or are an old-timer who simply fancies getting together for some nice food and a chat after the service on Sunday 19 November, we will be having lunch at 1.15 pm at a restaurant in town – probably the Greek and Mediterranean restaurant Ambrosia, depending on numbers. Everyone is welcome – if you would like to come, please speak with Catriona Gillham.
Healing service next Wednesday, 22 November at 7.30 pm: Iona Community Service of Prayers for Healing with Laying-on of Hands. All welcome to attend and to send prayer requests to Evelyn Sweerts on firstname.lastname@example.org. Suggested topics include but are not limited to: health issues, suffering in mind and spirit, addiction and abuse, bereavement, and hurting places and issues in the world that are particularly on our hearts.
Why I am a Christian
Recently our Locum, Canon John Philpott gave a talk called “Why I Am Still A Christian”. A number of people requested that it be posted on the web, so you can now find it on the Meeting Minutes & Reports page.
Christian Classics Book Group
Christian Classics Book Group meets at 8 pm, one Thursday evening a month at the home of a member of our congregation to discuss a classic of Christian spirituality. All are welcome. The next meetings will be held on 14 December and 18 January. Our October book is Henri Nouwen, The Return of the Prodigal Son. To RSVP and get directions please email Evelyn (email@example.com) or Amanda Taylor Aiken (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Prayers for the Chaplaincy
On the last Sunday of each month we meet to pray for the Chaplaincy, its ministries, and anything else we are asked to pray about. All are welcome to join in, once, occasionally or regularly. No need to RSVP – just come to the Crèche room at 10am on the last Sunday of each month.
Let my prayer be counted as incense before you (Ps 142.2)
Looking for sewing help!
Lisa Dishman is in the process of creating fuzzy felt activity boards on both Christmas and Easter themes, and would very much appreciate some help with the sewing. She will parcel up the parts for individual pieces and you can volunteer to do as many as you like, from just one to lots. Please contact Evelyn if you are able to help with this exciting project: email@example.com. Thank you very much!
The Christmas Tree Singers
The Christmas Tree Singers are rehearsing on Mondays at the Waldorf School on Limpertsberg at 8.00 pm. For further details please email Stuart Alexander (firstname.lastname@example.org). All are welcome to come and sing some well known and not so well known carols and songs.
Healing of Memories Workshop
Michael Lapsley will lead another Healing of Memories workshop from 1 to 3 December in Hosingen. See email@example.com. Short film about Michael Lapsley: www.youtube.com/watch?v=tef2AwcIZsw.
Charity Arts Festival
Our next charity fundraising Arts Festival will be held on Sunday, 4 February 2018 in the Konvikt Centre from 12.30 pm to 7.30 pm. There will be musical, theatrical and dance performances, workshops for adults and children and food, drink, books to buy and various amusements. We have a nearly full programme of performances but would welcome suggestions for workshops, particularly for adults. Offers of help on the day will also be welcome. Contact Philippa Seymour.
Appeal for New Singers
We are keen to encourage new singers with some musical experience to participate in our choir in order to enjoy a growing variety of choral church music. If you would like to join the Choir or an instrumental group for the occasional Sunday service (First Sunday Group – pop and rock band and Evensong – a monthly special service, with rewarding and challenging music), please contact Ovidiu Dragan – Music Director. More details here.
Cookies for Christmas
Your Christmas baking sorted! Syrian refugee women in Luxembourg are making biscuits and cakes, and these will be on sale at coffee time on 3, 10 and 17 December. The money raised will go directly to the women, helping them to support their families. Prices start at EUR 4 for 8 biscuits in simple packaging or EUR 5 for 8 biscuits or cakes in decorative boxes. They will also take orders for biscuits, baklava and other pastries. Contact Erica Worsley-Gwynne to place an order and organise collection/delivery.
Christmas in a Bag
Refugees Luxembourg are organising ‘Christmas in a Bag’ again this year and will be collecting and delivering Christmas gifts for residents in the refugee hostels here. Participants are allocated a room number in one of the hostels to purchase Christmas gifts for the residents in that room – a family, couple, or individual. See leaflet at the back of the church for details or contact Erica Worsley-Gwynne.
The International Bazar is taking place at the Luxexpo on Kirchberg from 11.00 am to 7.00 pm on Saturday, 25 November and 10.00 am until 6.00 pm on Sunday, 26th. Organized for 55 years by the Association du Bazar International de Luxembourg asbl, this fundraising event takes place in a warm atmosphere of multiculturalism. More than 73 stands are run by volunteers who come from more than 60 different countries. Typical products from these countries are on sale, the proceeds of which go towards financing social and humanitarian projects of the International Bazar.
See http://www.bazar-international.lu for more information.
Following the disastrous recent floods in South Asia, Friendship Luxembourg, whom we are already supporting through our normal charitable giving, contacted us asking for donations to support their work amongst those directly affected in Bangladesh. Our Charities Committee and churchwardens support this request and invite you to consider donating towards this appeal. The account number of donations is LU63 0080 2121 6830 2001 (Friendship Luxembourg) at Banque de Luxembourg, BLUXLULL. Friendship have not indicated a specific text to be communicated, but we suggest “Don pour les victimes des inondations”. Donations to Friendship Luxembourg are tax-deductible in line with the usual legal conditions and limits.
Recruitment of our next Chaplain
Thank you to all who participated in the consultation phase of this process. Summaries of the results of the consultation activities are available now (questionnaire, vision day). Our Chaplaincy Profile is also available here.
Our Churchwardens Philippa Seymour and Simon Norcross participated, together with Bishop Robert Innes and Archdeacon Paul Vrolijk, in shortlisting in Brussels and then interviews of the shortlisted candidates here in Luxembourg. This means that if all goes well the recruitment will very soon be finalised. Once again, your prayers for a successful outcome would be much appreciated.
Contact Forms and Electoral Roll Application Forms
The forms are available at the back of the church or can be downloaded here. Please put completed forms in the box at the back of the Church or return them to the Anglican Church Office,
Centre Jean XXIII, 52, rue Jules Wilhelm, L-2728 Luxembourg.