HTB News and upcoming events

Christmas Market at Intl. Baptist Church

The International Baptist Church of Brussels invites everyone to their International Christmas Market on Saturday 21st and Sunday 22nd November. See poster in lobby.

Talks on Edith Cavell's life and work

On Wednesday 25th November at 20h at Holy Trinity, there will be an evening where Edith Cavell's life and work will be discussed in the light of her faith. The evening is organised by the Ecumenical Group from Chant d'Oiseau. All are welcome.

The FCJ Centre of Spirituality

The FCJ Centre of Spirituality 211 Ave. Winston Churchill, 1180, Brussels announces the following events: Monday 2 November: 19.00-22.00 Jesus and the coming of the Kingdom: Adult biblical faith formation (Mess’AJE 3). Monday 1 December: 19.00-21.00 How my contact with the Jewish world and my discovery of Judaism has enriched my Christian life (in French and English). Presenter: Sr. Michèle Debrouwer NDS (Our Lady of Sion) biblical Hebrew scholar well known for work in Jewish/Christian relations. Saturday 5 December: 10.30-12.30 Oscar Romero: Prophet and Martyr of a church for the poor. Presenter FR.MARTIN MAIER SJ (JESC (Jesuit European Social Centre), who lived and worked in El Salvador for many years).

Have a Heart campaign

Have a Heart campaign starts next week! During the last few years we have provided presents for children in a local children’s home and in a centre for victimised women in Brussels. These presents are distributed on December 6th, the Feast of St Nicolas, so we need to buy and wrap them during the month of November. Catherine will have the red ‘hearts’ with her from Sunday Nov 8th and on each heart there is the name of a child with a suggestion of a suitable gift which the child would love to receive ‘from St Nicholas’. Please will you be as generous as you have been in past years - take a heart, buy a present / presents (total value maximum €20) and return the wrapped, labelled present(s) to church on the following Sunday if possible, or at the very latest on Sunday November 29th. Look for Catherine (and an unseasonably early Christmas tree) down in the hall after the morning service on the 8th or see her at the 7pm service. Otherwise contact her on or on 0496 139 281.

Men's Retreat

The HTB Men’s Retreat 2015 will take place at the Benedictine Abbey of Maredsous in the Ardennes, and will run from 18.00h on Friday 27 November to 14.00h on Sunday 29 November. It will be led by our Senior Chaplain, Paul Vrolijk. As always, the purpose of our Retreat is to develop community, fellowship and spirituality. Our specific study theme this year will be ‘Practical (?) PRAYER’ (punctuation and font size deliberate!). There are 27 available places and they will be allocated on a ‘first paid-first booked’ basis. A leaflet giving full details of the Retreat, including registration details, is available in the lobby area of the Church. A small reserve fund has been set aside to subsidise any male members of the church who would like to join the Retreat but who cannot afford the registration fee. Before signing up, please note that you will need to leave Brussels by around 15h30 on Friday 27 November in order to avoid the Friday evening traffic and to arrive at the Abbey in good time for the start of the Retreat. We are aiming to get everyone there and back by pooling the available cars. For any questions, please contact Armin Kummer or Richard Simpson (0494 578 278) at

Ladies Retreats

Ladies' Save the Dates. There are two opportunities for Ladies, young, old and in between to take time out and have a time to reflect on our walk with God. The usual Advent one-day recharge your batteries for the Christmas season this year is on Saturday 23rd January. We may do a little reflecting on the aftermath of the Christmas season and refocusing of our direction. It will be at the FCJ in Uccle and led by Sisters Margaret and Joan. For more information contact Bailey Douqué ( or Jane Brown (
On Friday 26th February there is the Brussels wide Ecumenical overnight retreat held at the abbey in Kortenberg. The leader is Janet Anderson who will guide us to explore worship through our senses. Speak to or contact Ann Milton (

The Intl. Christian Women's Club

The monthly International Christian Women’s' Club Brunch will take place on Tuesday November 10th at 9.45 a.m., at Terry's Cafe, Christian Centre, Ch. de Waterloo 47, Rhode St. Genese. The theme is 'Thanksgiving Revisited – the 5Ws' led by Carol Piquemal. The special speaker will be Albert Walsweer presenting ‘Convoy of Hope Europe’ and the music will go from Holland to the US and back again! Book with Yuri Cardozo on 0468 37 66 80 or Flyers available in the lobby. Everyone welcome.

Alpha Course

Start of an Alpha Course in January: We hope to start an Alpha Course at HTB in January. Alpha provides an informal way to explore questions of faith/Christianity. It can also be very helpful to those who want to investigate their faith in more depth, or those who seek renewal. Also a great opportunity to invite friends, neighbours and colleagues! If you are interested to find out more, or help, or lead a small group, please contact Matt Harpur:

Alternatives pregnancy crisis centre

Alternatives pregnancy crisis centre near Merode works with a large number of women and their babies, many of whom have major financial difficulties. If you have clothes for babies up to 2 or 3 years old or baby equipment, especially a buggy that would fit into a tram, which you no longer need and are willing to give to us, please contact Laure Millerot ( or Catherine Roberts ( who both help as volunteers at the centre. Gifts of disposable nappies would also be greatly appreciated! If you would like to support us in prayer please let us know at and we can send you our monthly prayer letter. Thank you.

The FCJ Centre of Spirituality

The FCJ Centre of Spirituality 211 Ave. Winston Churchill, 1180, Brussels announces the following events: Sunday 18 October: 15.00-16.30 Ignatian Group Retreat (2) Newcomers welcome. Monday 19 October: 19.00-22.00 (and every following 2nd Monday) Jesus and the coming of the Kingdom: Adult biblical faith formation (Mess’AJE 3).