REPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF GANC Newsletter March 2020
The Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company should in May have called for a General Annual Meeting for our members.
This will take place as soon as possible after the church building can open again. Members will be notified.
We still have not finalized the contract with Pastor Maris, but he has every intention of becoming, officially, our pastor-in-charge. He is keen to develop the congregation and has already set up a small confirmation class, meeting on Saturday evenings at the church on the weekends when there is a service. It had been hoped to incorporate the candidates’ confirmation in the Easter service, but sadly this will have to be postponed, much to our disappointment. Maris would, however, be delighted to have more candidates, so do please inform him if you know of anyone who might be interested.
On Sunday 22nd March Maris led an “on-line” service. It was very much an experiment, but those of us who were privileged to take part, were impressed. Perhaps this is the way forward? Watch this space…
Meanwhile, life has been going on as usual. Our Advent Sunday service was taken by our old friend Lasse, greatly appreciated by all. Having Lucia on two separate weekends worked well and both were a great success. “Our” version was graced by the presence of our new bishop, Tor, and his wife. They were both most impressed (rightly – well done yet again, Cinna!) and were also able to meet Thomas Grunnesjö, a long-time supporter of Gustaf Adolf – his father was incumbent here in the 1960s, when large-scale alterations were being made.
On 5 January we celebrated Epiphany with Teresia Derlen from Swedish Church in London. We traditionally also threw out the Christmas tree the Swedish way with parish children and grown-ups dancing around the tree with real gusto!
The Sunday after, on 12th January, we welcomed Martha Linnea into our church family; she behaved beautifully at her baptism.
At the other end of the spectrum on 15th February we had a memorial service for Anders Malm, a Swedish seaman who had done quite a lot of work for the church in the 1980s. The service was led by his son Andrew, who had been baptized in the church. Several Swedes came over for the occasion and they all expressed great satisfaction for its continued existence.
One of the casualties of the present situation is the LCiGB synod, due to take place in Leeds on 25th April. No doubt it will take place much later!
From time to time we receive requests for weddings (difficult for legal reasons) or wedding blessings and we are due to have one of the latter at the end of June. Keep your fingers crossed.
We lost one of the last links with the Norwegian church in Aigburth, which closed in 1992, when Andrea Fraser died in mid-March, just a few days after her 100th birthday. Our condolences to Rob and all the family.
Thanks yet again to Phil, still to miss a trick on the organ, to Ole and Vernissa for keeping the church looking ship-shape, to Mette for taking care of the flowers, and last but not least, the loyal member of the church council.
Finally, please don’t forget that we like to have fresh flowers on the altar. If you would like to donate a floral tribute in memory of a loved one, please let Mette or a member of the church council know.
Look after one another and stay safe – there is light at the end of the tunnel! God bless us all.
Chairman, Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation