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On 20 January 2019 the Antwerpse Raad van Kerken (ARK) held their service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity at St Boniface. This was attended by representatives from Antwerp churches, including Bishop Bonny from the Roman Catholic diocese of Antwerpen.
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity takes place each year on 18-25 January. The theme this year is “Justice, and only justice, you shall pursue …” (and thus “Recht voor ogen”) inspired by Deuteronomy 16:18-20.
The worship took the form of Anglican Evensong and included prayers from the organizing group in Indonesia. The music was sung by a mixed choir – the St Boniface choir, and singers from other churches. We practiced together in the afternoon before the service.
There were over 100 people present and they enjoyed the fellowship of a reception afterwards.
There are photos here.
16 December was a joyful morning – there were three baptisms!
Here are more photos.
The annual Christmas Fayre takes place this year on Saturday 24 November, 11:00-16:00. All proceeds go to Friends of St Boniface Anglican Church vzw. Do come, and bring your friends!
There are more details in the poster.
The Mission to Seafarers Christmas Bazaar takes pace this year on 1 December. The details are here.
Kwa Hilda is a day centre near Durban S.A. founded 20 years ago to help black children who are AIDS orphans, many of the children are infected with the virus.
The project is the Shrine of Walsingham’s designated charity and they are appealing for help. They say it would be good to be able to feed 50 extra children each day- currently they only have funding to feed 17. Breakfast and dinner cost €1 a day so €5 will feed a child Monday-Friday.
Every cent donated goes to the project and is much appreciated as the situation is desperate since the government withdrew its funding. The project- a registered charity- is run by the local parish with the Mothers’ Union playing a lead role.
Fr Andrew is familiar with the facilities as he preached at the local church in 2006 whilst on a visit to South Africa.
Please give what you can and if you wish to pay directly to Friends of St Boniface vzw please mark your donation KWA Hilda (BE 87 2200 7812 9694: Friends of St Boniface).
If we can raise €650 then we can guarantee one extra child food for a year.
(Photo by Les Anderson on Unsplash)
We enjoyed a very special harvest lunch last Sunday after the 10:30 service. The photos are here. The proceeds amounted to €330.
The tombola was drawn during the lunch and the total income to date is €1645. Thank you to all who supported these fund-raising activities!
We were saddened to hear of the death of Canon Chad Coussmaker, for 16 years chaplain in Antwerp. Prior to that he served in Turkey and Malta, also in Diocese in Europe. Following his time in Antwerp Chad, with his wife Jean, moved to Moscow, where they took on the heavy responsibility of re-opening the Anglican Church and vicarage during the initial post-communist years.
His service must be one of the longest, and most distinguished, in the Diocese in Europe. His wisdom and cheerfulness will be sorely missed. Our condolences to his wife Jean, and children Michael and Claire.
He last visited St Boniface in 2011, for the re-dedication of the west window after its restoration. There are some photos here.