On 6 February 2022, the seventieth anniversary of her accession, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II became the first British Monarch to celebrate a Platinum Jubilee. Celebrations are taking place across the UK, the Commonwealth and the Diocese in Europe to mark 70 years of service. Churches are at the heart of bringing communities together to celebrate this historic occasion. Her Majesty has visited over 40 locations in the Diocese on State Visits and Commonwealth Visits during her reign – including, of course, Finland! For our Church and many others, the Queen’s devotion to service and her steadfast faith, are a source of inspiration and cause for celebration.
We invite you to join us in marking this historic anniversary at Helsinki Cathedral on Friday 3rd June! Come and enjoy a wonderful selection of music, paying tribute to HM the Queen’s coronation and some of her favourite hymns. A rousing rendition of ‘Zadok the Priest’ promises to be a high point in the service. This event is kindly supported by the British Embassy and we look forward to hearing an address by The Ambassador of the United Kingdom, Mrs Theresa Bubbear OBE. We are also delighted and honoured to be welcoming representatives from Commonwealth countries, as we celebrate our many connections and shared values.
At the service we will be giving away a beautifully illustrated book ‘Our Faithful Queen’ as a lasting memento of the Platinum Jubilee! The service is followed by a small reception in the Cathedral Crypt – please join us for a glass of prosecco to celebrate with one another! Places are limited so vouchers will be handed out to the first hundred guests at the Cathedral.
We are grateful to St Nicholas’ Foundation for funding this special event. A charitable organisation, the foundation seeks to raise funds for/distribute grants to local Anglican congregations or other organisations that support Anglican worship and ministry in Finland. To find out more about the work of St Nicholas’ Foundation please visit their website: https://www.stnicholasfoundation.fi/
The service lasts approximately 45 minutes and takes place in Helsinki Cathedral, by kind permission of the Dean of Helsinki.
We also have an informal Platinum Jubilee Tea Party starting at 11.30am on Sunday 5th June! Weather permitting we intend to be in the courtyard of Mikael Agricola Church. Come and enjoy some traditional finger food, cakes, scones and tea! You can also head to our ‘Selfie Station’ and make the most of our fun props to create a memorable photo! We have some musical entertainment starting around 12 noon and there will be garden games and activities for children, including origami and face painting. The event is FREE and all are welcome!
HELP FOR ALL THOSE FLEEING FROM UKRAINE
Finnish Immigration Service: https://migri.fi/en/faq-ukraine#assistance
Embassy of Ukraine in Finland:
+358 9 228 9000 /firstname.lastname@example.org
The Chaplain of St Nicholas’ Anglican Church, The Revd Tuomas Mäkipää, is also available for further advice, assistance, or pastoral support:
+358 50 309 9132
ARRIVALS TO FINLAND FROM RUSSIA
List of Embassies in Finland: https://um.fi/finland-s-representation-abroad-by-country
If you need advice, assistance or pastoral support then please contact the Chaplain of St Nicholas’ Anglican Church, The Revd Tuomas Mäkipää:
+358 50 309 9132
HOW CAN I HELP?
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The Chaplain has invited The Revd Dr Mika Pajunen to be an Assistant Chaplain of St Nicholas, Helsinki
The Revd Dr Mika Pajunen was ordained in 2001 and served his “title” as an Assistant Curate in the Chaplaincy. He then moved to other tasks and was made an Assistant Chaplain, a post he held until he was appointed as a Theological Advisor to the Archbishop of Finland.
He is currently working as a Liturgical Consultant in Kirkkotila Oy (Church Space Ltd), assisting churches in creating and adapting their liturgical spaces and worship to present day demands. He was awarderd the degree of Doctor of Theology from Helsinki University in 2009.
Dr Pajunen has accepted the Chaplain’s invitation to minister as a part-time, non-stipendiary Assistant Chaplain. He will start this ministry on Sunday 15th May and the licensing service, led by Archdeacon Leslie Nathaniel, takes place at Mikael Agricola Church on Sunday 7th August 2022 at 10 a.m.