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Dear Friends,

This week has been busy! Deanery Synod arrangements are taking much time.
I met with the new British Ambassador Ms Theresa Bubbear on Wednesday and brought greetings from the church to her. We discussed upcoming events and also opportunities for possible cooperation.
On Friday, I visited the Bishop of Tampere together with The Revd Mayvor Wärn-Rancken, she is a Methodist pastor currently working as the Secretary General of the Finnish Ecumenical Council. The visit was related to topical issues in the Finnish Ecumenical Council and the Forum for Co-operation of Religions in Finland (CORE). I am a board member of CORE, representing the Ecumenical Council.
This Sunday I am due to visit Tampere to attend a Service of Rededication of Vanha kirkko. This is a home church for the Anglican community in Tampere, the International Congregation of Christ the King.
The Season of Creation has started and you may be interested in reading a Joint Statement from Pope Francis, Patriarch Bartholomew and Archbishop Justin here https://seasonofcreation.org/2021/09/08/urge-care-for-future-of-the-planet/

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 followed by refreshments in the crypt
Order of Service

Isaiah 50.4-9a
James 3.1-12

Mark 8.27-end

(picture credit: 'Get thee behind me, Satan! By James Tissot)
We need greeters, readers, intercessors and technical assistants each week for our Sunday Services. Please email office@anglican.fi with the date(s) you can volunteer and preferred role. If you are willing to join a new WhatsApp Group of volunteers then please email Sarah with your phone number.


Annual Chaplaincy Meeting

If you were unable to make the Annual Chaplaincy Meeting then you can read a brief summary here: ACM Minutes 2021

Join us for the Season of Creation: 1st September - 3rd October

Please join us next Sunday 19th October for our All Age Service which is dedicated to the theme of creation and the renewal of God's world as a home for all! The children have been busy preparing something special to show you!
Gardeners Corner (2)
Happy autumnal greetings from Puistola! Twas a pleasant turnaround in our horticultural fortunes from the Sahara days of July -a mere 7mm of rain until the 28th - through the stimulating 177mm of August and now a kind of Indian summer with night temps of c.15c. I promised you your lawns would recover without irrigation and so they have ..with knobs!! Us horticulturalists are often misunderstood.... like over global worming!
On the veggie front you should now be enjoying der fruits of your labours. Now is the time to lift maincrop spuds/varastoperunatand store them in a dry dark frost-free cellar/store. I can report that Nicola has outcropped Siikli significantly and tastes good. Despite adding an extra layer of needles/compost in early July along the rows a few are touched with green skin and these I can save as 'seed' for 2022. Er..trowel and error! Did you get those onions nicely cured during the balmy August days with their bums turned up to the sun? Then when the tops have withered you can move them to trays in a cool shed until the real winter starts. I hope you had fun with courgettes! Forget them for a few days and you have a whopper...like a footstool or shalalie! Never mind if that happens you can always make an excellent marrow soup using Koskenlaskija cheese. and crushed coriander seeds. See Pimma's recipe...coming soon.
Regarding Brassicas, we have had and still have kale to enjoy. The Brussel sprouts are thinking now about making their florets All of these are fenced off like Stalag Luft from four legged nibblers. Incidentally why did the cabbage win the race? Answer: cos it was ahead! As for carrots they decided to be temperamental germinators..a characteristic of the Umbelliferae family. For 2021 I decided to try 'pelleted' seed where each seed is coated in a soluble shell thereby making it easier for you to sow them thinly. It didn't go well hoho! So sow again! But I do now have a hearty but late crop and it currently needs watering. Cannot take your eye off the ball! On the salad side of things the New Zealand spinach performed very well in a 30cms deep box/ex-cupboard. Remember they always take time to get going but become very prolific especially when you use the tips first.
You probably want to tidy up your gardens/balconies at this time. Try to make good use of all compostable matter. It's well worth having a composter/digester/compostori to gobble up all your garden litter and also kitchen waste. As George Michael used to say: 'Rake me up before you hoe hoe' !!!
Next time I'll return to fruity subjects such as strawberries and raspberries. Before I go (!!) let me just say be very careful about your precious secrets in your garden because potatoes have eyes and sweetcorn has ears!
Au revoir
Peter K
Soups to warm the Soul

Our recipe feature is back! This time we are sharing some wonderfully healthy and warming soups for the Season of Creation.

If you have a recipe to share then please email Sarah at office@anglican.fi
Thank you to Linda for sharing her mother's recipe for pumpkin soup, an autumn family favourite!

Pumpkin Soup - Linda Jämsen

3 cups vegetable stock/broth1 medium onion, finely chopped1 large tomato, coarsely chopped1 bay leaf2 cups pureéd cooked pumpkin*1/2 teaspoon ground ginger1/4 teaspoon freshly ground white pepper1/4 teaspoon salt1 cup low-fat milk or milk substitute like coconut milk1/3 cup of low-fat plain yogurt for serving1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley for garnish/handful cashews (optional)

*In the States, you can buy canned pumpkin pureé, but it's not a regular item in Finland. Instead, cut a whole pumpkin into pieces, removing the skin and seeds, and either bake or boil until soft. Cool before mixing in blender or food processor.

Combine the stock, onion, tomato, and bay leaf in a large saucepan.
Cover and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.
Reduce the heat and simmer until vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes.
Remove the saucepan from the heat and allow the mixture to cool slightly.
Remove the bay leaf and discard, then transfer the mixture to a blender or food processor.
Blend until smooth. Clean out the saucepan and pour in the broth.
Stir in the pumpkin pureé, ginger, pepper, and salt.
Bring to a boil over medium heat, stirring constantly.
Stir in the milk or dairy substitute, bring back to a boil, and remove from the heat.
Ladle the soup into bowls, adding a few teaspoons of yogurt to the center of each, and top with parsley or cashew nuts.
Photo Competition

A Fruitful Harvest

Camera's at the ready! It's time for our annual photography challenge and this time we are looking for photos which capture a 'fruitful harvest'. Think berries, mushrooms as well as vegetables and fields of crops!

Entrants should send photos as JPEGs or similar files to henry.rawstorne@gmail.com by 30.9.21.
Henry will be making a YouTube video using the best images as in previous years!
(Henry is our Environmental Officer on the Council)

SyysMatin Autumn Market

18-19th September, 10am-4pm at Espoo Cathedral, Kirkkopuisto 5

A wonderful Autumnal event with craft stalls, food, music, fun activities for children such as archery & making hobby horses, animals and more! https://www.espoonseurakunnat.fi/syysmatinmarkkinat

Season of Creation Events:

Sunday 19th September - All Age Service for the Season of Creation at St Nicholas' with involvement from the children and young people of our Sunday School and Youth Group. Hymns and prayers will reflect the theme of Earth being a home for all.

Thursday 23rd September - Interfaith Peace Walk for climate action. Respect for the environment and nature is a unifying factor for all religions, and combating climate change is a common cause for all. The Peace Walk is part of the Youth Peace Week’s program. The walk starts at the synagogue of the Helsinki Jewish Parish (Malminkatu 26), continues via the Islamic Society of Finland Mosque (Lönnrotinkatu 22) and ends at the steps of the Old Church (Helsinki Cathedral Parish, Lönnrotinkatu 6). At the stops, speeches will be heard about the role of religions in halting climate change. All representatives of religions and world views as well as non-religious people are warmly welcome to join!

Sunday 26th September- Parish Walk after the service (tbc - more details nearer the time!)

3rd October -St Nicholas' All Age Harvest Festival

For more details you can email Sarah in the office, and please get in touch with your own ideas too!


Sunday School went outdoors last week, as we put up 'Abraham’s tent' for the Season of Creation! Like Abraham and Sarah we need to be generous and hospitable so that all God’s creatures have food and shelter in our common home, Earth.
Children & Young people are invited to join activities based on creation and climate change throughout September.

Children at Coffee Morning: Children are welcome to sit at a table with their family or play at the far end of the crypt with parent supervision. Please avoid letting children run between tables near where coffee is being served - this is to aid social distancing and avoiding close contact with vulnerable groups. Thank you!

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 meets this Sunday at 10am in the crypt.
There will be joint sessions with Sunday School on 26.9 & 31.10. 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 have any questions about the choir.
All are welcome!

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

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 19th September
All Age Service for the Season of Creation
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


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:

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


God, who in generous mercy sent the Holy Spirit
upon your Church in the burning fire of your love:
grant that your people may be fervent
in the fellowship of the gospel
that, always abiding in you,
they may be found steadfast in faith and active in service,
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.

Please continue to keep in your prayers the troubled places of our world

Porvoo Prayer Calendar
Church of Ireland: Diocese of Tuam, Killala and Achonry, Bishop Patrick Rooke
Church of England: Diocese of Bath and Wells, Bishop Peter Hancock, Bishop Ruth Worsley


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

Office Manager: office@anglican.fi
Sarah Tahvanainen

Deanery Synod reps:
Linda Jämsen
Humaira John

[Please use the contact emails provided]

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