Jane is back with us at M&Ms and writes this about her experiences in the Anglican parish in Gent:
'My month in Gent was an intense introduction to a mainly African congregation of families, as disparate a bunch of Anglicans as we are at m&ms but a different demographic. I felt very welcomed and many of them asked me to send greetings to all of you in Leuven and to be sure and come back soon. The liturgy I helped plan there continues now I've gone but the big challenge for the 100-strong congregation is adapting to the new, vast and very cold space of the beautiful ancient church building of Ste Elisabeth which they have just moved into. It's worth a visit if you're ever in Gent: the warmth of the welcome outweighs the cold of the surroundings. I've learned a lot about how a different priest works and how a different congregation worships and I'm grateful for the experience and also grateful to be back with all of you.'
Tuesday 8 March
19u30: Philosophy café at STUKcafé (Naamsestraat 96). This week, led by Josh Roe, we'll be continuing to look at Soren Kierkegaard (Danes still extra welcome!). The text for discussion is attached.
Wednesday 9 March
19u30: Homegroup at Sarah's. We will meet to discuss Bob's sermon. Please bring something tasty to eat or drink.
Thursday 10 March
8u30: Morning Prayer in the Prayer-room, Faculteit Theologie KU Leuven. This is a book-free zone and we use this app from the Church of England: https://www.churchofengland.org/prayer-worship/join-us-in-daily-prayer.aspx
(Bible Study at Bob's home will from now on take place on the first Thursday evening of each month, so not today.)
Friday 11 March
from 12u: SAINTS coffee and soup in the Student-room, Faculteit Theologie KU Leuven. A good time to catch up: money raised from the soup will go to the Saints' charities.
Sunday 13 March - Passion Sunday
17u: Choir practice
17u30: Confirmation class, looking today at the Holy Spirit (chapter 5 of the Confirmation book Faith Confirmed).
18u30: Holy Communion. Jack will lead the service and the sermon will take the form of an interview with Damien Picard, confirmed in the Anglican Church last year, on Intellectual struggles in Christian faith. We will continue to cover our Lent cross with prayers during the intercessions.
- The Annual General Meeting of M&Ms will take place on Sunday 3 April at 17u30, with the doors closing at 17u35 to prevent the chapel becoming over-full. So far, two members of our PCC (our parochial church council, which is the council which relates to the diocese, whereas the kerkfabriek relates to the State), David & Mary Ketch, are resigning because they are set to return to the USA in the summer Anyone who is a regular attendee at M&Ms and is committed to supporting the parish for at least the next year is invited to speak to Jack about standing for election to the PCC. You do not have to be an Anglican but you do have to be baptized and a committed Christian.
- To give us strength for the AGM, we are going on pilgrimage to Canterbury, the epicentre of the worldwide Anglican Communion, the third largest Christian denomination after Roman Catholicism and Orthodoxy. You can get a flavour of Canterbury Cathedral here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DLirdU0QIdM We leave (no joke) at 4u on Easter Monday, 28 March, and return at about 3u (no joke) on Easter Wednesday, 30 March. We will stay in a local B&B in Canterbury, join ourselves to the magnificent worship of the cathedral, and explore local parts of Kent. If you are from Yorkshire, Kent is basically part of France, but it's not too bad. The cost should not be more than 100 EUR per person. There are 10 places, so please talk to Jack now to book your place. Last year's pilgrimage was great fun and full of spiritual nourishment.
- This week's articles:
- Archbishop Justin is spearheading this initiative for prayer throughout the Anglican Communion at Pentcost, 15 May this year: http://thykingdom.co.uk/
- Although one or two of us have been heard to say: "Please can we return to my favourite topic: me", this article warns that modern European culture is becoming obsessively narcissistic: http://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2016/mar/02/narcissism-epidemic-self-obsession-attention-seeking-oversharing
- Americans are invited to comment on this article: http://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/belief/2016/mar/03/donald-trump-success-shows-many-americans-believe-only-in-america
- For those reluctant to self-identify as British or American in the light of the last two articles, this article shows that the future is existentialist, the future is French: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2016/mar/04/ten-reasons-to-be-an-existentialist
- This animation reminds us of the travesty of faith and the betrayal of God practised by the unspeakable ISIS: http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35728424
Have a good week!
Daily Anglican prayer:
This year's Anglican lectionary of Bible readings:
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