Thursday 2 April - Maundy Thursday (celebrates the Last Supper and Jesus' arrest)
20u: Maundy Thursday Communion - joint service at M&Ms with JLC Catholic Community: Father Reimund will preach.
Friday 3 April - Good Friday (celebrates Jesus' death)
M&Ms Quiet Day (all events take place in M&Ms or in the refectory next door)
(During this day, the "palm-prayers" written by us on Palm Sunday will be attached to the cross.)
13u30: Simple lunch
14u15: Walk to the Mariapark
15u: Stations of the Cross led by Scott
18u30: Simple supper
19u15: Prepare for Good Friday Service
20u: Good Friday Service; Jack will lead, Jane will preach
For catering purposes, please let Jack know if you're coming to the Quiet Day.
Sunday 5 April - Easter Day (celebrates Jesus' resurrection)
18u30: Easter Communion and Baptism of Sébastien Carre
(During this service, the "palm-prayers" will be burnt as a sign of all our desires and needs being taken up into the glory of Jesus Christ's resurrection.)
M&Ms Easter Pilgrimage to Canterbury (all places on this trip are now taken)
- The AGM (annual general meeting) of the PCC and the Kerkfabriek will take place on Sunday 26 April at 17u in church. If you feel called to stand as a church councillor, please talk to Jack about it. There is one vacancy on the Kerkfabriek and one remaining vacancy on the PCC.
- Advance Notice #1: Bicentenary of the Battle of Waterloo. The weekend of 18-20 June 2015 will see a number of spectacular commemorations of the great Anglo-Dutch-German victory at Waterloo. The Anglican parish in Waterloo, All Saints (www.allsaints.be/site/index.html), has invited us to camp in the church grounds, which are adjacent to the battle-site, during this weekend to have a prime view of the re-enactments and to attend the televised service of worship led by the Christian Churches in Belgium, at which Jack will preach. Please let Jack know if you're interested. (Yes, this does occur towards the end of the KU Leuven examination period) More information on the bicentenary is here: www.waterloo2015.org/fr
- Advance Notice #2: Church of England Ministry Experience Scheme (CEMES). One of the Archbishop of Canterbury's priorities is to increase the number of clergy being ordained in the Church of England each year from 500 to 750 by 2020, following the recent report Resourcing Ministerial Education (www.churchofengland.org/media/2140023/gs%201979%20-%20resourcing%20ministerial%20education%20task%20group%20report.pdf). Part of the strategy includes the CEMES scheme, encouraging young people to spend a year exploring their future within the context of a salaried post covering full involvement in a parish together with formal theological study. The Diocese in Europe has just received approval from the Church of England Ministry Division ("MinDiv") to recruit at least two such students in two parishes: Holy Trinity Brussels (www.holytrinity.be/) and St Philip and St John, Den Haag (www.stjohn-stphilip.org/), with formal theological input from Jack at M&Ms. An edited document is attached giving some details of the scheme. If you are below 30, exploring a future which might involve ordained ministry, and interested in spending a year with a salary and accommodation provided by the church and thoroughly immersing yourself in parish life and theological study, please speak to Jack. There is likely to be strong competition for places for 2015 and 2016.
- This week's articles:
- For those who remember Liisa Zondervan (ETF and M&Ms until a couple of years ago), her latest newsletter from South Africa is attached. Her account of introducing some church leaders to the fact that evolution and a biblical account of creation are compatible makes fascinating reading.
- These videos of a conference organised recently by St Mellitus College London (www.stmellitus.org/, the largest Anglican ministerial training college) about the theology of adoption and family I found very helpful: www.homeforgood.org.uk/adoptiontheology
- I love this article by the Revd Giles Fraser, arguing that the current Anglican bishops (both men and women) are too much like school prefects, and hoping that candidates with real religious anarchic zeal will be appointed soon: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2015/mar/27/both-excited-frightened-anarchic-religious-energy
- This week of all weeks, the attached video of the Matthäus-Passion is right and fitting: www.youtube.com/watch?v=jm1os4VzTgA
Daily Anglican prayer:
Jeremy Heuslein's blog (former member of M&Ms, now at Holy Trinity Brussels):