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Dear friends,

Yesterday, Thursday 8th February, the Church o England commemorated Scholastica, sister of Benedict, Abbess of Plombariola (in Italy), who died in about the year 543. She founded, a joined, a community of sisters in Plombariola, near Monte Cassino where her brother had founded a monastery which we have learned to know as Benedictines.

It is often said that the Church of England is founded on Benedictine Rule. There might be various intepretations to this, starting from the fact that The Rule ordains the calling of the brothers to council upon all affairs of importance to the community. But it goes on to encourage those who follow the rule, to order their life so that daily work is paced with prayer. At the very end it acknowledges that the Rule is not perfect but a means towards good Christian life – a handbook for beginners!

This is an encouraging view. We are not a community for experts and professionals but for beginners.

O God,
you know us to be set
in the midst of so many and great dangers,
that by reason of the frailty of our nature
we cannot always stand upright:
grant to us such strength and protection
as may support us in all dangers
and carry us through all temptations;
through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

In Christ,


All of our Services can be viewed live on Facebook, or you can click this link to
watch on our website: Worship With Us

10am Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: Tuomas Mäkipää
Click here for Order of Service

Jeremiah 17.5-10
1 Corinthians 15.12-20
Luke 6.17-26
Image: Sermon on the Mount, Jen Norton
Vieno Kennedy
It is with sadness we learned that Vieno Kennedy
died on Wednesday evening, 9 February 2022.
We keep Reg, and all who mourn for Vieno, in our prayers.

Support us, O Lord,
all the day long of this troublous life,
until the shadows lengthen and the evening comes,
the busy world is hushed,
the fever of life is over
and our work is done.
Then, Lord, in your mercy grant us a safe lodging,
a holy rest, and peace at the last;
through Christ our Lord.

(A prayer by John Henry Newman)


See you on Zoom!

Our last online Sunday School takes place this Sunday at 10am on zoom, led by the Youth Group. There will be no sessions during Ski Week (20th & 26th February). We resume on 6th March in the crypt at Mikael Agricola church to start our Lent journey.

Last Sunday we talked about what it means to be fishers of men and the importance of sharing the love of Christ to people around us. Even though it might seem difficult to do this alone, we learned how easy it is to spread this love with the help of God. We had a ‘magic milk’ demonstration as we thought about God’s love spreading across the world Thanks to Jayawin’s family for the fishy craft and for making a short video of the demonstration https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hwbk8wFxiWU


You are welcome to sing in the choir on Sunday mornings at 10:00 AM, preceded by a rehearsal at 9:00 AM, at Mikael Agricolan kirkko. For more information about our Choir please contact Erik at erik.riekko@anglican.fi


Lent Discussion Group

The group will meet over coffee after the Sunday Service for 6 consecutive weeks, starting on March 6th and ending on April 10th. Each week we will discuss a chapter/story from 'Women of Holy Week: An Easter Journey in Nine Stories' by Paula Gooder. The book retells the events of the Crucifixion, Resurrection and Ascension through the eyes of nine female characters which the author imagines accompanying Jesus during these momentous days.
Here is a description from the publisher: 'Accompanied by nine colour illustrations, each story brings to life the tension, drama and shock of the events of Holy Week, helping readers enter into the Passion narrative in a deeper, more meaningful way. Originally given as a series of addresses at Southward Cathedral during Holy Week 2021, these nine stories are for all who long to encounter Jesus afresh through the Easter Story.'
Please let us know if you would like to be part of our Lent discussion group!

We have ordered 20 copies of the book; you can email Sarah at office@anglican.fi to reserve one. The cost will be approximately 15 euros, including tax and delivery.

More details about the discussion group will be shared nearer the time!

Did you know ...

that St Nicholas Helsinki is twinned with St. George’s Anglican Church, Taormina, Sicily!
This October the congregation will be celebrating the centenary of their church building. St. George’s Anglican Church was built in the early 1920s on the initiative of a small group of English people who used to spend most of the year in Taormina. The cornerstone of St. George’s Church was laid in March of 1922, and the first service in the building was conducted on December 17, 1922. The church was designed by Sir Harry Triggs, an English architect and the son-in-law of Sir Edward Hill. Worship had been previously conducted in hotels and private residences for many years, including the private chapel in the villa of the Hill family, but now the Anglican Community finally had a gathering place of its own. The present congregation is made up of English speakers from all places and denominations, and they warmly receive visitors. They do not have a chaplain, so instead they receive a steady stream of locum priests.

If you are happen to be planning an Autumn break to Sicily in October then you would be welcome to join in their centenary celebrations on the 14th! Thank you to David Bullivant for informing us about the celebration and for keeping in touch with members of the community there!

Have you ever visited St George's? Please do get in touch with your stories or photos!
St George's church

Hyvää Ystävänpäivää! 14.2.22

In Finland, Valentines Day is 'Friend's Day'. We thank God for our friends at St Nicholas', old and new, and for the love and support which friendship manifests in times of joy and sadness.

Anglican Treasures

A reminder that you can still join some of the zoom lectures hosted by St Alban's Copenhagen.

Here is the link to a recording of Bishop David Hamid's lecture on Anglican Identity


1976 State Visit

Did you know Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II has visited over 40 locations in the Diocese on State Visits and Commonwealth Visits during her reign? The Diocese in Europe is inviting everyone across the diocese and beyond to commemorate the connections between the monarch and the countries and territory of the diocese.
If you, or someone you know, has memories and photos they would like to share of the State Visit to Finland in 1976, then please get in touch with us or contact communications@europe.anglican.org. Please kindly mark "Platinum Jubilee" in the subject line. The Diocese in Europe wishes to gather contributions by 29 April. You can read more here: Europe Anglican Jubilee Post
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Can you help us organise a Platinum Jubilee party on the weekend of June 4th? If you have ideas to share, or are willing to bake, decorate, entertain... then please get in touch with Sarah or Linda. We want to make this a fun and fitting event for everyone in our church and in the wider community!

Joan Eriksson's Memorial Plate

Thank you to everyone who has made a donation so far. So far we have raised nearly 300 euros towards the cost of a beautiful collection plate in memory of Joan. We still need to raise another 500 euros so If you would like to make a donation then you can do so using Mobile Pay number 58785 (Anglican Church’s Memorial gifts) or via the following account number below. Please include the reference/message "Joan Eriksson memorial plate" so that we can identify what the donation is for: FI19 3131 1000 3283 06
(Anglican Church in Finland, Handelsbanken)

Please send in any contributions or ideas for the newsletter to office@anglican.fi!


Sunday 27th February
Choral Evensong
6pm at Töölön Kirkko
Wednesday 2nd March
Holy Eucharist and the Imposition of Ashes
6pm in the Chapel of Mikael Agricola Church
Sunday 13th March
Choral Evensong
6pm at Töölön Kirkko
Sunday 27th March
Mothering Sunday
10am Eucharist at Mikael Agricola Church


Your continued support is greatly appreciated, please consider donating towards our ongoing costs via our Donate buttons on our website or by means of a bank transfer using the details below:

The Anglican Church in Finland
FI19 3131 1000 3283 06

You can also use Mobile Pay to make a donation, using number 95789.


Eternal God,
whose Son went among the crowds
and brought healing with his touch:
help us to show his love, in your Church as we gather together,
and by our lives as they are transformed
into the image of Christ our Lord. Amen

Porvoo Prayer Calendar

Church of Ireland: Diocese of Tuam, Limerick and Killaloe, vacant
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark: Diocese of Roskilde, Bishop Peter Fischer-Moeller


Father Tuomas Mäkipää (050-3099132)

Urdu Language Ministry: parvez.gill@anglican.fi
Father Gill Parvez

Arne Laitinen
Johnson Samuel

Lara McCoy
Ameena Noel
Ron Peake
Henry Rawstorne

Director of Music: erik.riekko@anglican.fi
Erik Johannes Riekko
Sunday School Team: office@anglican.fi
Jane Mayhew-Smith
Jayawin & Tino Jayapal
Sarah Tahvanainen

Safeguarding officer:safeguarding@anglican.fi
Arne Laitinen
Sarah Tahvanainen ( Safeguarding Assistant)

Office Manager: office@anglican.fi
Sarah Tahvanainen

Deanery Synod reps:
Linda Jämsen
Humaira John

[Please use the contact emails provided]

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