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Dear Friends,

It was great to have some time off after a very strange beginning of the year.

We are now heading to what apparently is the new normal: every day life is returning to its place, defined by safety measures which are more permissive than restrictive.
This autumn will be quite busy with all events and meetings taking place together with many church services and feasts. Please follow closely these newsletters to learn what is going on.

The Annual Chaplaincy Meeting is approaching, giving us an opportunity to look back to year 2020 but also to plan for the future.

Today the Church remembers Florence Nightingale (b 1820). She was a nurse and social reformer who revolutionised nursing care. She made nursing a modern profession as we understand it today. My prayers today are with nurses and all who work in medical field.

Best wishes,
Tuomas

SERVICES

All of our Services can be viewed live on Facebook, or you can click this link to
watch on our website: Worship With Us
SUNDAY 15th AUGUST- 11th SUNDAY AFTER TRINITY
10am Sung Eucharist with Baptism followed by coffee in the courtyard (weather permitting).
Order of Service

Readings:
Isaiah 61.10-end
Galatians 4.4-7

Gospel:
Luke 1.46-55

Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary (2)
We need greeters, readers, intercessors and technical assistants each week for our Sunday Services. Please email Sarah at office@anglican.fi with the date(s) you can volunteer and preferred role. If you are willing to organise one of these rotas then please get in touch!

FEATURES

Climate Update

By Henry Rawstorne, St Nicholas' Environmental Officer

‘’If one member suffers, all suffer together with it;
if one member is honoured, all rejoice together with it.’’
– 1 Corinthians 12:26

'The latest evaluation from the UN's Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) makes it clear that we are on the edge of a cliff of our own making concerning global warming if greenhouse-gas emissions continue and clarifies that the eventual fate of the planet depends, in no small part, on the decisions that mankind makes today. Modern society’s dependence on fossil fuels is warming the world at a pace that is unparalleled in the past two millennia, and its effects are already apparent as record droughts, wildfires and floods devastate communities worldwide, according to this landmark report. Anyone turning on the news this summer cannot be unaware of these events occurring globally with increasing frequency and severity...'

Henry's article can be read in full on our website blog here, including tips on how we can mkae positive changes for the benefit of people and planet Climate Update by Henry Rawstorne

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Wishing our Pakistani friends a very Happy Independence Day for tomorrow! Father Parvez tells us it is a big celebration with children wearing green outfits, waving flags, & singing national songs. The festivities begin at midnight tonight with firework displays! Our thoughts and prayers are especially with Father Parvez and his congregation in Kauklahti, and their families in Pakistan.

Picking Corn

Now is the best time to pick your own corn on the cob instead of the plastic wrapped version at the Supermarket! Head for Pickala (on the way to Inkoo) this weekend if you can! Children will love the experience too. http://maissia.fi/ Opening times: Thurs-Fri 15-19 / Sat-Sun 11-18
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After picking your corn why not visit the nearby medieval Church of Ingå. The oldest parts of the church date back to the 13th century. It's rare C16th wall paintings depict the breath of the black death! The church is open weekdays 10.6-20.8. 10.00-16.00. https://www.inga.fi/sv/in_english/churches/the_church_of_inga
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SUNDAY SCHOOL & YOUTH GROUP

Sunday School and Youth Group are back this Sunday (15th) in the crypt!
Young people aged 11 and above are kindly asked to wear a mask, as are parents accompanying their children. Please wash and sanitize hands on arrival. Sunday School meets at the far end of the crypt and Youth Group meets near the crypt entrance. As usual we start at 10am and re-join the service in time to see the baptism. This Sunday we will be learning about Mary, mother of Jesus. We can't wait to see you!
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Food for thought...Yesterday was UN Youth Day and the focus this year is on making better food choices for ourselves and the planet! One of our youth group members, Edie, writes....
'Food not only plays a big part in our everyday lives, but also in the world-wide phenomenon known as climate change. Eating sustainably and making good food choices can benefit everyone, and all it takes are a few simple steps. Eating less meat and more plants, growing your own food, avoiding excess food waste, eating in season and steering clear of plastic food packing are all footsteps towards making a big leap for a better planet. Are you with us?'

Thanks Edie, and great photo too!

CHOIR

Please contact Erik if you would like to sing in the choir. All are welcome!

Rehearsals for the Sunday Service
take place every Thursday from 18.00-19.30, starting on Thursday 19.8.2021.

Evensong
takes place on the following Sundays at 18.00
5.9.2021, 3.10.2021, 21.11.2021, 5.12.2021, 16.1.2022

ANNUAL CHAPLAINCY MEETING - Sunday 29th August 2021

There are only 2 weeks until the ACM! Please remember that in order to stand for election or to vote at the meeting you need to be on the Electoral Roll. If you added your name to the electoral roll back in 2019 then you don't need to put your name down again until 2025, but if you are unsure or would like to check then please don't hesitate to get in touch with Sarah in the office.

To be added to the Electoral Roll and/or to stand for one of our lay roles then please fill out the relevant form and return it before the ACM. You can pick up nomination and electoral roll forms at the back of Church or download them from our website: https://www.anglican.fi/registration-forms/

Our Annual Report is available here: Annual Report 2020

COVID guidelines when coming to worship at St Nicholas

https://www.anglican.fi/coronavirus-update/


We continue to practice social distancing at Church and masks and hand sanitizer are available on arrival. Those with symptoms of Covid-19 or other respiratory or flu-like illness, or an elevated temperature, or who are particularly vulnerable to infection should not attend public services.
Please wear a mask on entering the Church and wait to be directed by the Verger to your seat.

SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday 15th August
Baptism Service, Feast of Mary
Sunday 22nd August
Baptism & Back to School Service
Sunday 29th August
Annual Chaplaincy Meeting after the service
Sunday 5th September
Choral Evensong
18.00 from Töölön kirkko
Sunday 3rd October
Harvest Festival
Sunday 10th October
Bishop's visit, Confirmation Service, & 'Pot luck' lunch
Sunday 14th November
Remembrance Sunday
Saturday 4th December
Annual Bazaar!

SUPPORTING US

In these difficult times your continued support is greatly appreciated and if possible we would ask you to consider donating towards our ongoing costs by clicking here to be directed to our easy Donate buttons or by means of a bank transfer using the details below:

Suomen Anglikaaninen Kirkko (The Anglican Church in Finland)
IBAN: F173 3131 1000 3282 07
Ref:1009

PRAY WITH US

Almighty God,
who looked upon the lowliness of the Blessed Virgin Mary
and chose her to be the mother of your only Son:
grant that we who are redeemed by his blood
may share with her in the glory of your eternal kingdom;
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. Amen

Please keep in your prayers the people of Afghanistan at this time, especially those who have fled from their homes in fear and whose future is filled with uncertainty.

Porvoo Prayer Calendar
Church of Ireland: Diocese of Kilmore, Elphin and Ardagh, Bishop Ferran Glenfield
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Denmark: Diocese of Aarhus, Bishop Henrik Wigh-Poulsen

CONTACT US

Chaplain:tuomas.makipaa@anglican.fi
Father Tuomas Mäkipää (050-3099132)

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

Churchwardens:churchwardens@anglican.fi
Arne Laitinen
Johnson Samuel

Council:council@anglican.fi
Henry Rawstorne
Daniel Jack
Vacant
Vacant

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

Office Manager: office@anglican.fi
Sarah Tahvanainen

Deanery Synod reps:
Vacant
Vacant

[Please use the contact emails provided]


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