HTB News

Oecumenical Prayer at Holy Cross Church

Oecumenical prayer with songs of Taizé in  Holy Cross Church on Tuesday 3rd February  Following on the Oecumenical Week of Prayer for Christian Unity of the  18 till 25 January an oecumenical prayer with songs of Taizé is being organised on Tuesday 3rd  February at 20:30 (rehearsal of the songs from 19:30) with the collaboration of Mgr. Jean Kockerols, auxiliary Bishop for Brussels, of Pastor Jean-Claude Thienpont, United Protestant Church in Belgium, Parish Ixelles – Rue du Champ de Mars, Reverend John Wilkinson, pastor of the Anglican Holy Trinity parish Ixelles, Reverend Andrew Gardner of  Saint Andrews Church Ixelles, Reverend Father Milad Abou-Diwan of the parish of Our Lady of Lebanon Ixelles and Reverend Luc Terlinden, pastor of the Holy Cross parish.  Info: henk.goorden@employment.belgium.be

Community Help Service

CHS is a Brussels based non-profit organisation that provides a Help Line service to anyone who prefers to speak English.  www.chsbelgium.org  Our Help Line service is anonymous, free of charge and is available 24/7.  It provides callers with immediate and relevant information and support in English.  The Help Line is for children, adolescents and adults.  It is operated by volunteers who are trained , supported and supervised by professionals.  You can call the Help Line on 02 648 40 14. CHS also provides longer term mental health services by professional therapists at a clinic in Brussels.  To make an appointment with a therapist, you can call 02 647 67 80.

The FCJ Centre of Spirituality

FCJ Centre of Spirituality 211 Ave. Winston Churchill, 1180, Brussels announces its current programme:  continuing on Monday evenings (19.00-22.00) Jan. 19, Feb. 2, 23, Mar. 9, 23, Apr. 20: May 4, 11/18:  Mess’AJE (Threshold 2: Exile and Prophets): Adult faith formation programme.  To start 2015: Saturday 31st January 2015: 10.00-16.45 Workshop: Stop Standing in your own Way led by Susan Armstrong Venue: St John’s International School, Waterloo.  This session explores ways in which we can learn how to stop our negative thinking and self-limiting beliefs from standing in the way of growth into our true selves by touching more deeply into the spiritual dimension of our lives with positive outcomes for our relationships in, and outside of the workplace.  For further information, visit www.fcjcentre.be or email fcj@fcjcentre.be  (GSM 0477 734551).

Alpha Marriage course

Many of you are familiar with “The Marriage Course” from the developers of “Alpha."  In 2014 Vineyard Brussels had the privilege of hosting 15 couples for the course, all of whom expressed their enthusiasm for the program.  Following last year’s success they’ve decided to do it again.   See the poster on the board in the lobby for details.  Do pass on this information to anyone you think might be interested.

Terrorist attacks in France

Attached to this notice is a pdf of  a press release by the Flemish Inter-Faith Dialogue.   The official version is in Flemish.

The website of the Diocese in Europe has further reflections at http://europe.anglican.org/  including a statement by Bishop Robert.

We continue to pray and work for peace, reconciliation and justice in God's world.

RIP Andrew Moat

Those of you who remember Andrew Moat, an active member of the congregation for over thirty years, will be sorry to hear that he passed away peacefully on January 2nd. He was for 35 years an active and colourful member of Holy Trinity, until advancing years led him to move to England. The term “singular” might have been invented for Andrew. Lean and angular, latterly rather stooped, he delighted in individuality of dress - whether his hard hat, his kilt or his amazing gaiters. Andrew was untroubled by holding a minority view. As befits a history exhibitioner, he would argue his position with persistence. Having listened attentively and graciously, he would not hesitate to let his interlocutors know that they did not convince him. In July, he would parade in the Ommegang among the arquebusiers. At church socials he was a long-suffering teacher of Scottish country dances. He was a highly skilled fencer. Cooking enabled him to show hospitality. His house and his table were a refuge, especially to those who were alone or vulnerable. A woman and her young children, travelling from Ruanda to the UK to join her husband, found themselves blocked in Brussels over Christmas, due to a visa problem. Andrew took them in, cared for them and then led the assault on the consulate. In face of his persistence, justice was done and the family were happily reunited. As an unlikely chair of the staff representative committee at the Commission, his sense of justice and his zeal in defence of the underdog made him the scourge of insensitive administration. Having started his career with John Harvey & Sons of Bristol, he was attentive to the fine accompaniments of food. Nor did he hesitate to explain his Christian beliefs, both clearly and with respect for others. Behind the singularity was a considerate and caring man, with a well-considered Christian faith that fired up his sense of justice, who spread kindness in his own very particular manner. We who knew him well felt great affection for him. May he rest in peace and rise in glory.

Memorial service for Joanne Jordan

There will be a memorial service for Joanne Jordan in church on Friday 16th January at 11h.  Joanne was a member of Holy Trinity and died on 19th December in the UK.  All who knew her are invited to attend.

Week of Prayer for christian unity

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place from the 18th to 25th January.  There will be an Ecumenical prayer vigil at the Cathedral of St Michel and Ste Gudule on Thursday January 22nd at 20.00.

The Intl. Christian Women's Club

The International Christian Women’s Club of Brussels invites you to their first Brunch of the New Year “Resolutions?” on Tuesday January 13th 9.45-12 noon at ‘Terry’s café’, Christian Center, 47, Chaussée de Waterloo, 1640 Rhode-St-Genese.  Special music organised by Pam Clements, and hear a message from Charlane Maryns.  Full details on poster in the lobby, or visit the Churches Together events website: http://churchestogether.be/events-4/

Candlemas Messiah

Candlemas Messiah 2015  is taking place at 4.00 p.m. this coming Saturday afternoon, 31st January: - Fund-raising Concert in aid  of Church House Redevelopment and Great Ormond Street Childrens' Hospital. Come along, bring your friends,and bring your music if you'd like to join in with the Halleluia Chorus. No need to book - Entrance Free : Suggested donation - 10 euros.  Doors open 3.30.   The Bar will be open! It's not too late to join the Chorus - rehearse with Church Choir 7.30 p.m. Tuesday evening (27th) and Sat. morning 9.30 - 12.00.  String players email Pam at pamela.clements@telenet.be  for rehearsal details.

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