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Dear all,

There are several ways to look into the life of a church. We have modelled our life, and reflect the church’s activities, according to the Five Marks of Mission. These have been drafted by the Anglican Communion to help Churches shape their lives. When we talk about the “mission of the Church” we are actually speaking about the mission of Christ – the mission of the Church should never be different from the mission of Christ. The five marks are...

'The mission of the Church is the mission of Christ'
  1. To proclaim the Good News of the Kingdom
  2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
  3. To respond to human need by loving service
  4. To transform unjust structures of society, to challenge violence of every kind and pursue peace and reconciliation
  5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation, and sustain and renew the life of the earth
The following are just some of the ways in which we are fulfilling our mission: Sunday School & Youth Group, raising awareness of Environmental issues, the Eucharist, baptism, confirmation, working with the Finnish Ecumenical Council, charity fundraising, safeguarding, home visits, hospital visits, pastoral phone calls, co-operation of religions, inclusivity, food bank collection, women’s group, remembrance...

One of the signs of a healthy church is that people are called to discern their vocation. During the years, several people have been supported in their journey to explore what God has prepared for them. Currently we have one person waiting for reader training and one new enquirer who is considering ordained ministry. Joel Gillin, who is considering ordained ministry, is preaching this coming Sunday. This is to give him an opportunity experience some aspects of life of a priest.

Some of you might have heard that the Lutheran Church in Helsinki has introduced a programme which aims to create 20% savings by 2030. We do not no exactly how this is going to affect us but I think it is realistic to say it will have an impact on our use of Mikael Agricola Church (including office and sacristy facilities) and, on the grants we received. We have been told that next year, 2022, will be along the same line as previous years but after that there are no guarantees. The Chaplaincy Council, together with myself and the Churchwardens, are monitoring the situation closely. My intention, together with the Churchwardens, is to work so that the above mentioned Five Marks of Mission remain at the very core of what we do. The Church of England’s Strategy has suddenly become very topical for us:

'Simpler, Humbler, Bolder
A Church for the whole nation which is Christ centred and shaped by the Five Marks of Mission'

A Service of Remembrance, arranged together with the British Embassy, is on Armistice Day, Thursday 11th November at 10:30 in St Henry’s Cathedral (Pyhän Henrikin aukio 1). A short act of remembrance is also included in our Sung Eucharist on Sunday 14th November.

Please note that the services in Tapiola will resume after a long pause and some hiccups in getting them going again. My apologies for the earlier miscommunication. The first Eucharist in Virsu (Tapiontori 3B) is on Sunday, 14th November at 12:30.

In Christ
Tuomas

SERVICES

Most of our Services can be viewed live on Facebook, or you can click this link to
watch on our website: Worship With Us
SUNDAY 7th NOVEMBER- 3rd Sunday before Advent
10am Eucharist. Organist: Paul Dillingham
Coffee is served in the crypt afterwards.
Order of Service

Readings:
Jonah 3.1-5, 10
Hebrews 9.24-end
Gospel:
Mark 1.14-20

Calling of the Apostles
The Calling of the Apostles Peter and Andrew, 1308-1311
As the COP26 negotiations continue, please join us in praying...

To our God
Who made and can move mountains
Who created people and can touch hearts and minds, Who declared that the world was very good and can make it to be so again, Who has the world in his hands, Be praise and glory.

We lift before you the COP climate talks and the future of the planet.
We are sorry for the damage that has been done, But we come before you knowing that you are a God of mercy and miracles.
We pray for the world leaders gathering in Glasgow, That they would do what is right and fair.
May the common desire to protect the world enable good conversations, Positive actions and bring about unity.

We pray for those joining from countries on the frontline of climate change, Who are experiencing the worst impacts, having contributed the least, We pray that their voices would carry weight and power, and that you, God Would protect their place at the negotiating table.

Lord, help the UK to host with humility, compassion and generosity.
You are a God for whom nothing is impossible or too late.
In the face of this climate crisis, we hold on to the hope found in you.
Hear the cries of your people, O God,
Amen.

Tearfund’s prayer for COP 26

FEATURES & NEWS

Unicef Fundraiser at Coffee this Sunday


Please come and support the young people of St Nicholas who have been busy bees preparing for our fundraiser this week! We have a wonderful connection to UNICEF through Pirjo Dillingham, who has supplied beautiful hand made dolls for us to sell on behalf of the Charity. The children have also made beeswax candles which would be perfect for Itsenäisyysy päivä, Fathers Day and Christmas! We also have accessories as well as delicious home made cakes and biscuits for you to enjoy!

Thank you to Frances for her brilliant poster!
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The Web Shop is open! You can now stock up on lots of British treats and collect them at the Bazaar on December 4th!


www.anglican.fi/shop

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Poppies

Poppies are available as you enter the Church. Donations to the work of the British legion are gratefully accepted. Please note that any donations need to be in cash not by card.
REMEMBRANCE DAY

Christmas Bazaar 4.12.21

Please get in touch if you can help with our biggest fundraiser of the year! We still need lots of volunteers!

Tombola Prizes
As the Bazaar gets nearer we need to start collecting prizes for the tombola! Please consider donating a prize or asking local companies/shops if they would be willing to donate something by Sunday 30th November. Any donations can be handed to the Church Wardens or Sarah. (As children can buy tickets we are unable to accept donations of alcohol)

Whats App Baking Group
If you are willing to bake something for the Bazaar then please let us know and we can add you to the WhatsApp Group.

Stalls
If you are able to run or help at one of the stalls please let a member of the Council know or email office@anglican.fi. In particular we need helpers for the following:
  • Cafe
  • Christmas Cards Stall
  • Tombola
  • British Food Stall
Setting Up
We also need helpers to..
  • Set up on Friday evening or Saturday morning
  • Package pre-orders the week before the Bazaar with Rebecca
CAR FOR SALE - David Bullivant

MERCEDES-BENZ W 202 C 280 4-door saloon. A Finnish engineer working in the USA ordered and took delivery of this fully American specification car in 1995. The car is fully factory-fitted with just
about everything then known, such as power-assisted steering & brakes, push-button controlled heating and air-conditioning adjustable by temperature degrees, radio/casette player plus remotely controlled
multi-deck CD player, central locking, electrically controlled retractable glazed sun roof with tilt facility, full leather and timbr interior, both front seats electically push button controlled and
head-rests, electrically controlled exterior mirrors, cruise control . . . the list is endless!

The odometer shows 118,000 miles. The engine is a fuel-injected 2.8 litre six cylinder unit driving through an automatic transmission, all in very sound condition.

When the first owner returned to Finland he brought this Mercedes-Benz with him. The car was then partially dismantled and the bodywork was repainted with the original Mercedes-Benz factory finish - a silvery bronze. It was registered in Finland, all duties paid, and necessary changes made to meet E.U. regulations.

The second owner purchased the car in 2019 but it was then laid up out of use thanks the Conrona virus and the resultant movement restrictions. It was taken into use in April 2021 and passed
'katsastus' with no referrals - valid until April 2022.

The car comes with 9 official Mercedes-Benz year/model correct cast aluminim wheels, 5 fitted with 'summer tyres' and four with very little used 'winter tyres'. There is also the original factory supplied
zippered leather wallet containing the owner's handbooks & service record - up to date - all in English. The external brightwork is as new and the side windows have been etched with the car's Finnish
registration details as a security measure. The boot/trunk will easily accept two sets of golf clubs, and in the season skis can be carried internally.

There is a history file with the car going back to the factory build certificate as she went down the production line. In four years' time it will be possible to apply for 'museo registration' with all the benefits that that will bring. The entire vehicle is well presented.

The asking price is €6,900.00. A donation will be made to your church. Please contact THOMAS BULLIVANT who is selling this car on behalf of his father. Thomas Bullivant - mobile: 0400 709 545

SUNDAY SCHOOL & YOUTH GROUP

At Sunday School/Youth Group we talked about the origins of Halloween and All Hallows’ Eve. Using a great resource from the Bible Reading Fellowship, we read the story of God’s people during times of darkness and light, switching on/off our torches at the right moments! We talked about what it means to share God’s light with others, bringing comfort and hope where there is darkness. The craft activity was rolling our own beeswax candles to sell in aid of UNICEF this Sunday! UNICEF is a charity that does so much to shine a light on children in need all over the world. Please come and support our young people raising money at coffee after the service, 7th November!
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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.

CHOIR

Please contact Erik at erik.riekko@anglican.fi if you have any questions about the choir. We need singers for Sunday services, Evensong, Concerts and the Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols!

Evensong
takes place on the following Sundays at 18.00, Töölön Kirkko
21.11.2021, 5.12.2021, 16.1.2022

SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday 7th November
Youth Fundraising Event after the Service for Unicef!
21st November
Evensong at Tööloön Kirkko
Thursday 11th November
Remembrance Service at 10.30am, Roman Catholic Cathedral Church of St Henry
Sunday 14th November
Remembrance Sunday
Saturday 4th December
Annual Bazaar!
Wednesday 15th December
Service of Nine Lessons & Carols

SUPPORTING US

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
Ref:1009

PRAY WITH US

Heavenly Father,
whose blessed Son was revealed
to destroy the works of the devil
and to make us the children of God and heirs of eternal life:
grant that we, having this hope,
may purify ourselves even as he is pure;
that when he shall appear in power and great glory
we may be made like him in his eternal and glorious kingdom;
where he is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.
Amen.

Porvoo Prayer Calendar
Church of England: Diocese of Norwich, Bishop Graham Usher, Bishop Alan Winton,
Bishop Jonathan Meyrick
Church of Sweden: Diocese of Luleå, Bishop Åsa Nyström

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
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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