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Dear subscriber,

Thank you for your continuing support for the ongoing mission of the Chaplaincy. We have been back in Mikael Agricola Church since early June. The service are arragned according to the guidelines from both the Finnish authorities and the Anglican diocese. Currently, we are investigating rules and regulation around streaming services on line. What we aim to do, is to have a simple link on through which you may follow our Sunday service.

Remembrance Sunday 8th November 2020 at 10 a.m.
Sung Eucharist in Mikael Agricola will include a short Act of Remembrance to commemorate all those who have been lost or injured in wars and conflicts.

Please note that this year the Armistice Day service on 11th November is by invitation only due to COVID-19 restrictions.

The Annual Bazaar
Due to COVID-19 situation the Chaplaincy Council has agreed to cancel the Bazaar. However, we making plans to open a webshop through which you could make an order. Orders would be ready for pick-up from the Church office in December. There are currently no prodcuts available, please check the above-mentioned webpage soon again.

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols, Wednesday 16th December 2020 at 7 p.m.
This year the Cathedral is able to seat only 170 persons due to COVID-19 restrictions (save any new regulations which might be introduced nearer to date). This number includes the choir, clergy and other personnel. YLE is recording the service to be shown on TV1 on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, 20th December 2020.

This means that the number of seats available will be heavily restricted. We are not able to receive any requests for seat reservations at the moment. Once we now the size of the Choir and TV crew, we are making plans to allocate seats for the members of the congregation.

As this is going to be the nation-wide service on the Fourth Sunday of Advent, many parts of the service must be in Finnish. For this reason we are looking for readers who are able to read a Bible passage in Finnish language.

Important information on Brexit - All UK citizens living in Finland must apply for a right of residence under the withdrawal agreement

From the Ministry of the Interior's press release:

The European Commission has pointed out that the EU-UK withdrawal agreement has been partially misinterpreted in Finland. Under the withdrawal agreement, all UK citizens, including those who have a document certifying a permanent right of EU residence in Finland, must exchange that document for a residence permit card.
The withdrawal agreement states that these persons have the right to exchange their previous right of residence for a new one. In Finland, this right was initially interpreted as a recommendation rather than an obligation. However, the Commission has sent a clear message that all UK citizens must apply for a new status under the withdrawal agreement in order to retain their rights under the agreement in Finland.

Full statement here:
I look forward to seeing you in the Church on Sunday. Please do contact me if you would like to speak to a priest or if you have any questions

Tuomas Mäkipää, Anglican Chaplain 050-3099132