Sunday 12 April - Low Sunday
18u30: Holy Communion (Jack will lead and Milla will preach.)
Sunday 19 April - Easter III
18u30: Holy Communion (Jack will lead and Jane will preach.)
- The AGM (annual general meeting) of the PCC and the Kerkfabriek will take place on Sunday 26 April at 17u in church. All vacant places on the two parish councils are now taken.
- Advance Notice #1, reminder: 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, reminder: 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:
- An interesting explanation of why going to university in Benelux is becoming so popular with Anglo-Saxons: www.theguardian.com/education/2015/apr/01/six-ways-the-dutch-are-nailing-student-life
- I was very struck by these images of the ways in which humankind is a very poor steward of the planet God has given us to cherish: www.theguardian.com/global-development-professionals-network/gallery/2015/apr/01/over-population-over-consumption-in-pictures
- This Guardian editorial shows how the Christian faith still triggers major mainstream comment in the UK: www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2015/apr/02/guardian-view-easter-david-cameron-wonky-cross
- The Archbishop of Canterbury's Easter message is attached.
Love from Jack
Daily Anglican prayer:
Jeremy Heuslein's blog (former member of M&Ms, now on the staff of Holy Trinity Brussels):