You are most welcome to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Anglican Church in Finland in the Crypt of Mikael Agricola Church.
The day starts with Mattins and continues with what we are good at: good food and good company! Enjoy tastes of the world, representing the mix of people in our community. A small exhibition is set up to give a look into the past & present of the Church.
Good food, good music, good company!
Please come as you are! We are a transient community of people, our doors are always open.
And of course, we celebrate #Suomi100 #Finland100
The Anglican Church in Finland was originally founded by members of the Anglican Chaplaincy in St. Petersburg, fleeing the Russian Revolution. It is likely that they first stayed in Viipuri before moving further West to Helsinki. The Chaplaincy records, titled “Chaplaincy in St Petersburg including Riga, Reval and Helsingfors. Petersburg – 1917 – Helsingfors – North of Moscow” mention that The English Church in Helsingfors received a donation of 30.000 Finnish Marks from Alice Borgström Fund in 1917. Another note mentions a “Silver Jubilee Fund” in 1940, indicating that there was an English Church in Finland already 1915.
Chaplains were linked with the British Embassies in Helsinki and Moscow until 1993. They were based in Helsinki and traveled once a month in to Moscow and once a year to Ulan Bataar. Currently, the Anglican Church in Finland also encompasses work done in Estonia, and annual trips are made to foster our relationship with Revd Gustav Piir and his congregation.
Over the years, services have been held in a multitude of locations. Members who have been with the St. Nicholas Chaplaincy for fifty years remember celebrating the Eucharist in the Chaplain’s personal flat. St. Nicholas Chaplaincy currently worships at Agricola Church as part of our common service with the Finnish Lutheran Church.