A new Church Electoral Roll: Every sixth year, the Church of England requires us to form a new Electoral Roll. Even if you are on the current Roll you will need to apply to join the new one. Please see “Form of Notice of Preparation of New Roll” on the noticeboard outside the Chapel for further information. Church Council members will be staffing a sign-up table in the coffee room after the 11.00 am service today, and on Sundays 24 February, 3 and 17 March. You can apply until up to two weeks before the AGM when the Roll will close. Application to join will then reopen again after the AGM. Forms are also available on our website.
The Council met on Tuesday, 12 February. Agenda items included: a report on the recent Arts Festival; plans for the upcoming Fun & Sports day; and understanding Evelyn’s transition to become a curate in a training post here. There was also an update on our lead role in planning a major series of events with Conseil des Cultes Conventionées and LSRS (May 13-14) with Prof Grace Davie on the role of religion in society (seminar at Uni, public lecture, workshop for religious leaders, working breakfast for national politicians). There will be a Council Away Morning on Saturday, 2 March to focus on our Mission Action Planning process.
No more single-use plastic! The Council has decided to phase out the use of plastic cups for coffee after the service. While we look into the feasibility of washing up and storing ceramic mugs, please bring your own mugs for coffee/tea/juice and take them home again with you. A green aluminium coffee cup was left behind last Sunday and has been put in the Junior Church cupboard for safekeeping.
Come and watch Six Nations rugby on TV with others: After a victory for England v France, the next game will be Wales v England on Saturday, 23 February, at Chris and Anna Vaudrey’s in Useldange. You can just turn up, bring drinks and snacks to share, but by emailing it helps planning and maybe lifts too. Other games are
- Sunday, 10 March, 4.00 pm cheer on Ireland v France in Lux-Ville at Gerry Aiken’s (email@example.com).
- Round things off by heading out to Hellange on Saturday, 16 March at 6.00 pm for England v Scotland hosted by Ralph Birch (offer of lift from Bettembourg station) (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Lent Lunches: The period of Lent this year runs from Ash Wednesday, 6 March, until Maundy Thursday, 18 April. This year, as in previous years, we would like to organise some Lent Lunches, hosted by different members of our congregation, either on a weekday or at a weekend, whichever is easier for the hosts. This is a simple meal of soup, bread and cheese, for which guests make a donation towards our Bishop’s Lent Appeal. It is also an opportunity to invite non-church friends to share part of our Lent tradition. Please contact Elaine Birch in the Church office (email@example.com) if you would like to host a lunch, so that we can publicise dates.
Wellsprings meets in Limpertsberg, fortnightly at 8.00 pm on Thursday evenings, for shared Bible-based meditation, devotion and prayer. The next meeting will take place on Thursday, 21 February. For further information and to get address details, please contact Cheryl Fisher (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Simon Norcross (email@example.com.)
Book Group The next meeting will be on 27 February at Lauren and Tristan’s home in Merl, starting at 7.30 pm for soup and conversation. The book Assimilate or Go Home: Notes from a failed missionary on rediscovering faith by D.L. Mayfield will be discussed. To RSVP/get directions or for more information please email Lauren at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Youth Group visit to Synagogue on 3 March: We will eat a picnic lunch after church and go to the synagogue after that. This trip is open to members of the hotel Youth Group and confirmation candidates plus interested parents (one per family please). Unaccompanied children will be in the care of the Youth Group leaders. For details and to sign up (this is essential) please write to email@example.com.
The power of invitation – Michael Harvey (originator of Back to Church Sunday, author of Unlocking the Growth) is leading a day seminar in Brussels for our Archdeaconry on Saturday, 9 March 2019. We plan to take part via an internet link based at Centre Jean XXIII. If you would like to take part or just know more about how we can use personal invitation as a church, contact Victoria Hodgson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
A Week of Guided Prayer in the midst of daily life: Growing in awareness of Jesus’ presence in daily life lies at the heart of moving from knowing about Jesus to knowing Him. For centuries Christians have benefitted from the help of an accompanier to help them discern His presence. We are invited to join an initiative from the English-speaking Roman Catholic Community, organised by Steve McCarthy, to benefit from the visit of two experienced Spiritual Guides. Meeting for a short time with one of them each day over the space of a week, at lunchtime or in the evening, with their help you will become more aware and sensitised to Jesus’ presence in your 24/7 life. This will take place during the week of 10 – 16 March. For more details contact Geoff or Steve (email@example.com).
“Prayer is first of all listening to God. It’s openness. God is always speaking; he’s always doing something”. Henri Nouwen
Give thanks …
- for God’s action in our world and in your life: how day by day He pours out His love and mercy on us, inviting us into ever deeper relationship with Him.
- for our Wardens, Philippa and Simon. How might you encourage them in their role?
- the people of Venezuela and the precarious political situation and increasing poverty for ordinary people. Many are practising Catholics. What is God doing there for them and through them?
- Other Churches in our Archdeaconry of North West Europe: Archdeacon Paul and Area Dean Stephen; this week please pray for the chaplaincy in Brugge (Chaplain: The Rev’d Augustine Nwaekwe) and Holy Trinity Brussels (Chaplain and Archdeacon Paul Vrolijk).