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It was disappointing to read that COVID restrictions in the Helsinki area remain almost unchanged in June. It was also very disappointing to learn that we are unable to arrange an outdoor Pentecost service this coming Sunday. However the safety of everyone attending services and other events is imperative and we continue to follow instructions from the Government, City of Helsinki and the Diocese in Europe. We are looking for new people to take up various responsibilities in the church. Please contact Sarah if you would be interested in contributing your time and talents for the good of the Church.

Many of you are looking ahead to summer and will be making holiday plans. The Church continues to offer prayers and support for those in need. We have a modest stock of dry food available and both myself and Fr Parvez are available for pastoral support. Please find our contact details at the end of this newsletter.

Some of you remember Bishop Michael Manktelow and his wife Roz. They were great friends of the Chaplaincy and visited here many times as Bishop Michael served as a locum. They were a great support to me personally. It was with great sadness that I received news of the death of Roz last night. Bishop Michael died a few years ago and they are survived by their children who remain in our prayers.

May she rest in peace.

In Christ
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 23RD MAY - PENTECOST ALL-AGE SERVICE ONLINE

We have had to move our service online due to extended restrictions on organized gatherings.
Please join us on Facebook and YouTube as we celebrate the birth of the Church! Our thanks to Arthur for providing the music and to the families from Sunday School and Youth Group for their contributions to the service. Look out for the Lord's Prayer in 7 languages!

We hope to find another date for an outdoor service and picnic during the Summer!
PENTECOST ALL-AGE SERVICE (insta final
THURSDAY 27TH MAY - EVENING PRAYER

Join us for a calm and reflective moment in the week, every Thursday at 6.00pm. Click here to join us on zoom: Thursday Evening Prayer
Meeting ID: 853 6618 2957
View Order of Service
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NEWS

Sunday School & Youth Group:

Today at online Sunday School we learnt about Jesus’ ascension into heaven and what he said to his disciples before he left. We talked about what we would say to our friends and loved ones. For our craft we made these spirals which ‘ascend’ when you pull up the centre! We then practiced saying the Lord’s Prayer in sign language. Thank you to the children for their beautiful spirals!
Online Sunday School & Youth Group meets on Zoom at 10am every Sunday

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Card Making Leader needed!

David and myself wonder if there is anyone willing to take over the card making group leadership role. It involves organising a card making event at the church roughly every 3 months, buying supplies that can be delivered to Tuomas, arranging the card trolley to be out after Sunday service and leading a stall at the bazaar. You could be the leader and organise others to do the roles and of course you could make changes to suit your style or ideas. It is a lovely, social way to be involved in the church community. Any questions, just ask. Many thanks, Katrina

Church Survey!

Please look out for an email about our Church Survey this coming week! There are 10 short multiple choice questions to answer, giving you the chance to share your views and ideas on our worship and community life. We hope to get as many responses as possible!
Gardeners Corner (2)

Gardening tips from Peter J and Peter K continue next week. Watch this space!

Reminder about the Annual Chaplaincy Meeting

Coronavirus restrictions on worship have been extended until the end of May and therefore the Church Council has decided to POSTPONE the Annual Chaplaincy Meeting (formerly known as the AGM) until it is safe for us to meet in person. We have many members who would be unable to join a purely online meeting and it was felt that this would be both unfair and undesirable. In the interest of the whole Church community we will wait until there is a greater opportunity to gather physically, as the restrictions ease later on. In the meantime you can read our Annual Report here: Annual Report 2020
We are working to make it a hybrid event so that people can attend either physically or online.

You can ask Sarah for the relevant nomination form or find it here at https://www.anglican.fi/registration-forms/

SAVE THE DATE!

Sunday 30th May
Choral Evensong
online at 18.00 from Töölön kirkko
Sunday 22nd August
Back to School All-Age Service
Sunday 3rd October
Harvest Festival
Sunday 14th November
Remembrance Sunday
Saturday 4th December
Annual Bazaar!
Do you have some news to share with the congregation? Please email office@anglican.fi

PRAY WITH US

Holy Spirit, sent by the Father,
ignite in us your holy fire;
strengthen your children with the gift of faith,
revive your Church with the breath of love,
and renew the face of the earth,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen

Porvoo Prayer Calendar
Church of England: Diocese of Exeter, Bishop Robert Atwell, Bishop Nicholas McKinnel,
Bishop Jackie Searle
Church of Norway: Diocese of Nord-Hålogaland, Bishop Olav Øygard

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
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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 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

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