chaplain's log

  • Dominic writes:

    It is fair to say that many of us were looking to 2021 with eager anticipation, hoping and praying that it would be a different kind of year. For us I think it lasted just two days before we had to change our tentative plans as rules about travel, schools and returns to university began to change. Yet we are all well, were actually able to spend time together as a family over Christmas, and whilst logistics of who is where when change constantly, it is manageable. We know others, as I'm sure you all do, who have had to face much more trying and difficult times over the last year, and will continue to do so in the weeks and months to come.

    I've found Romans 8 a real comfort at the beginning of this year. Verses 19 to 22 talk of the whole of creation groaning, eagerly longing to be set free for what is to come. That so resonates doesn't it with a world that is struggling to know how to throw off the shackles of this costly virus, which has really brought home our human fragility.

    Yet chapter 8 says so much more. Verses 26 and 27 reflect what so many of us have experienced: "how do we pray into this current situation?" It's so wonderful to read that the Spirit knows and understands these longings and groaning that we have, and turns them into intercessions before the throne of God above. It is why God gives us his Spirit, so that we can do things we could not otherwise do.

    This leads us to the point of confidence in verse 31: if God is for us, who can be against us? Of course, it's a rhetorical question. It is clear, that there are many challenges to our human existence, many obstacles put in the way of walking faithfully and obediently with the Lord. Yet Paul wants us to see that these are as nothing compared to the wonder of knowing God in us and God for us. We are not alone or powerless in our struggles.

    Which is why we can rejoice in the confidence of verse 37: "in all things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us." God's promise that we are secure in him, and that whatever comes our way, whether it be trouble or illness, even death itself, we will rise victorious with Christ, and overcome. It is such a wonderful hope, that we also see in lots of little ways in our daily lives and in the world around us.

    So my hope and prayer is that as we enter this new year, despite, perhaps even because of the challenges ahead, we do so full of hope and love of the God who enables us to overcome, the God who is with us in all of this; Emanuel.

  • Dominic Writes... 14th July 2020

    On Sunday we will be meeting together at Sint Katharina church in Duisburg again. This is where we will be throughout the summer. It was really good to be able to meet together last week, so a big thank you to those who navigated their way through ChurchSuite successfully. Thank you too for those who tried but without success. We do need to do this for every Sunday to ensure that we can seat people safely, so please continue using My ChurchSuite or by using the link on our 'Services & Meetings' Page

    We will be starting a Sunday school for children aged 5 to 11 during the service. The children will be dropped off at Pachthof Stroykens, Merenstraat, Duisburg (150m down the road) before the service and they will be walked back up to the church for the end of the service.

    If you have children aged 4 and under they may attend the session if accompanied by one of their parents. There is a separate registration for the Sunday School and it appears as a separate event in MyChurchSuite. The children's registration is only visible to people who are parents, so if you are a parent and can't see it please do let us know

    When you sign up the children you will notice that there are three types of ticket - one for children aged 5 to 11, another type of ticket for accompanied younger children, and another type of ticket for the adult accompanying those children. Please make sure that everyone attending has a ticket. If you are not on Churchsuite and would like to register a child then you can do this via this page

    We are all having to learn Church Suite very fast. It is very important as it allows us to ensure that we can meet safely, that we have a record of who attended a service if we need to do contact tracing, and allows us to register and keep our children safe in their groups.

    We do understand that not being able to learn how to use it with someone showing us how is very difficult for some. Please don't hesitate or feel embarrassed to call or ask for help. We are very willing to take the time to show it to you if that would help you. So do call Helen, Nathan or Dominic, and we'd be delighted to help you with it.

  • Online Worship

    So we are unable to gather together in any form (see explanation in the post below.) During this time we will continue to be the church using as many different forms of communication as we can. First of all please look at our Online Worship page and to keep up to date and connect in other ways follow us on social media.