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Dear Friends,

You will find in this newsletter a prayer request for Afghanistan and her people. The development in recent days has raised many questions and concerns to which there seems to be no good answers now. Much help and prayers are needed while also restrain in making judgements in haste. Peace-loving people who have good will need to be protected and brought to safety. Perpetrators must be held accountable for their actions. Prayers should be offered for all. I think we can learn from history demonization, or unhelpful victimization, are not helpful tools when seeking justice and peace. We pray that Afghanistan, as with every nation, can be governed in peace with justice and mercy.

O God our heavenly Father, whose love sets no boundaries and whose strength is in service; grant to the leaders of the nations wisdom, courage and insight at this time of change and uncertainty. Give to all who exercise authority determination to defend the principles of freedom, love and tolerance, strength to protect and safeguard the innocent and clarity of vision to guide the world into the paths of justice and peace. This we ask through Jesus Christ our Lord.

The Annual Chaplaincy meeting is on 29th August. I hope that many of you are able to attend in person. Information about on-line participation will be sent separately. I wish to take this opportunity to express my thanks to the current council, and the Churchwardens, for their work.
Last Sunday we had the third baptism so far this year. This Sunday, 22nd August, will be the fourth baptismal service of the year. Please do consider attending, in person or on-line, to pray for the candidate and their family.

In Christ


Most of our Services can be viewed live on Facebook, or you can click this link to
watch on our website: Worship With Us
10am Sung Eucharist with Baptism followed by refreshments in the crypt.

Joshua 24.1-2a,14-18
Ephesians 6.10-20

John 6.56-69
bread of life
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!


Help for Haiti and Afghanistan

The Red Cross and Unicef in Finland are among the charities raising money for much needed humanitarian aid in Haiti and Afghanistan. If you would like to make a donation please click on the links below:

Red Cross:https://www.redcross.fi/donate/
'The number of casualties of the recent earthquake in Haiti has been growing rapidly, with the death toll now (18 August 2021) being 1,900 and almost 10,000 injured. The earthquake continues to affect the lives of a million Haitians. The approximately one thousand volunteers of the Haitian Red Cross started providing aid immediately following the earthquake. The International Red Cross and the Afghan Red Crescent Society are also present in Afghanistan and will continue to respond to the immense humanitarian needs. The Finnish Red Cross has supported aid work in Afghanistan over many decades.
You can support aid work by donating to the Disaster Relief Fund of the Finnish Red Cross, which makes it possible to send rapid aid to locations around the world. Thank you'
Unicef: Unicef Donation
'UNICEF is shocked by the rapid escalation in violence and multiple violations against children’s rights in Afghanistan over recent weeks. Hundreds of children have been killed and over 1,000 injured, with more and more being left in urgent need of food, water and medical supplies. Afghanistan’s children should not pay for this crisis with their childhoods. UNICEF is on the ground reaching vulnerable children and families with essential life-saving supplies. Please donate to protect children in Afghanistan.'


to Wesley on his Baptism day last Sunday, and grateful thanks to the Gillin family and friends for providing delicious treats after the service.

The beautiful poem below was chosen by the family to be read at the service:
Baptism August 2021.3
"Baptism" By Malcom Guite
Love’s hidden thread has drawn us to the font,
A wide womb floating on the breath of God,
Feathered with seraph wings, lit with the swift
Lightening of praise, with thunder over-spread,
And under-girded with an unheard song,
Calling through water, fire, darkness, pain,
Calling us to the life for which we long,
Yearning to bring us to our birth again.
Again the breath of God is on the waters
In whose reflecting face our candles shine,
Again he draws from death the sons and daughters
For whom he bid the elements combine.
As living stones around a font today,
Rejoice with those who roll the stone away.

Pakistan Independence Day

Photos from celebrations at Kauklahti Chapel in Espoo, with Father Parvez. A service of Holy Communion was followed by raising the flag, singing & delicious food! The children organised a fun quiz & play.
Pakistan Independence August 2021
Pakistan Independence Cake

Calling all knitters!

With just over 3 months to go until the start of Advent, we are looking for some keen crafters to make knitted figures of Mary and Joseph! If we have enough volunteers we could add a donkey and perhaps a flock of sheep! Originating in Hispanic countries to celebrate the nativity story, Posada is a period of time during Advent when figures from the nativity story travel around different households! We will be asking our families with young children to host the holy family for one or more nights during Advent before passing them on to the next family. The knitted figures will then reach the stable for Christmas Day at Church. If you can help then please contact Sarah in the office!

Seaside Dining

If the mention of Christmas has inspired you to cling on to Summer for just a bit longer then you could try one of these seaside restaurants in Helsinki After all the rain this week you might need to do a sun dance first!
Mary icons


Last Sunday children made their own icons for the Feast of Mary. They also joined the service to see the baptism that was taking place, and enjoyed getting sprinkled with water by Father Tuomas to recall their own baptism!

Sunday School takes place on Sundays at 10am 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.


Youth Group for ages 11 and above meets on the following dates:

29.8 Youth group: our response to climate change
12.9 Youth group: Taming our tongues: James 3:1-12
26.9 Joint Youth group and Sunday school session: preparing for Harvest festival

31.10: Joint Youth group and Sunday school session: preparing for charity fundraiser

We will also have All Age church services on 19.9 and 3.10 when the children and young people will participate in the service.


Please contact Erik at erik.riekko@anglican.fi 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.

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 - Next Sunday, 29th August!

There is only 1 week to go 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


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.


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!
Wednesday 15th December
Service of Nine Lessons & Carols


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


For those who are fleeing: sanctuary
For those who are staying: safety
For those who are fighting: peace
For those whose hearts are breaking: comfort
For those who see no future: hope

Please keep in your prayers the people of Afghanistan & Haiti

Porvoo Prayer Calendar
Evangelical Lutheran Church in Finland: Diocese of Espoo, Bishop Kaisamari Hintikka
Scottish Episcopal Church: Diocese of Edinburgh, Bishop John Armes


Father Tuomas Mäkipää (050-3099132)

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

Arne Laitinen
Johnson Samuel

Henry Rawstorne
Daniel Jack

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:

[Please use the contact emails provided]

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