For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith – and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God – not by works, so that no one can boast. For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.’ (Ephesians 2:8-10).

Christmas Greetings from +Robert

Bishop Robert’s Christmas Message Travelling over to London on the Eurostar in mid-November, I saw my first Christmas tree of the season. It was a giant silver variety placed prominently on the concourse of St. Pancras Station. And I was reminded that ‘the Christmas season’ starts earlier in the UK than in most of mainland […]

Calling all singers: Christmas Carol Choir!

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols 2017: Calling All Singers! The Festival of Nine Lessons & Carols is a beloved tradition in the Anglican Church worldwide and has been long regarded as an essential part of preparation for Christmas. Well-known Christmas Carols, sung by choir and congregation, combined with Scripture readings telling the tale […]

Grace Church Annual Meeting 25 June 2017

Grace Church Annual Membership Meeting 2nd Sunday after Trinity Sunday, June 25th 2016, after the service at about 12:15 Old Catholic Church, Witte de Withstraat 2, Groningen Join us on June 25th after the service at 12:15 at the Old Catholic Church, Witte de Withstraat 2, Groningen, as we hear about what’s been going on […]

Easter Message of Hope from +Robert

BISHOP’S EASTER MESSAGE 2017 “Purity of heart is to will one thing”, said the Danish theologian Soren Kierkegaard. I write these words near the beginning of Lent, a season in which we try even more seriously than usual to order our desires under the overarching desire for God. Since our desires are continually stimulated, manipulated […]

Creative Offerings

On Friday 18 March, I was kindly invited by a student organization in Groningen to give a talk about Easter. I’ve worked in international chaplaincies in university towns all my ministry, so I’ve slowly grown accustomed to the fact that academic calendars and people travelling ‘home’ for major holidays often mean we, the churches in […]

Grace Church Weekend

The first weekend of June, 11 members and friends of Grace Church met for a weekend at the Loryann in Bakkeveen, to relax and spend time together, to get to know each other better and to share about our faith. Derek, Josué, Maaike and myself went in a small group by bike. We met up […]

A personal perspective

Today’s service was just a little bit special, as we focused on the day of Pentecost. Our chaplain Sam came up with a very unusual way to share our first reading (Acts 2:1-21) amongst the congregation, choosing 19 different speakers. In itself this would have been quite remarkable, but what made it really special was […]