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GANC’s Chairman’s Report April 2018

GUSTAF ADOLF NORDIC CONGREGATIOIN
CHAIRMAN’S REPORT APRIL 2018

Since last year’s AGM we have had 29 Sunday services, 15 of which were services of holy communion. Due to ill health, Lars Ruden has been unable to take any midweek services; this is a pity, but we are grateful to him for his contribution to our spiritual life and hope he and Liv will continue to join us occasionally.
Our pastor-in-charge, Jo Jan Vandenheede, returned to his native Belgium in August, to take up a full-time post in Brussels. We hope he found his time with us interesting, and wish him every success. Following this development, the church council decided that it would be advisable to reduce the number of monthly services from three to two: a communion service (if possible) on the first Sunday and morning prayer on the third. However, whenever we are fortunate enough to have an ordained minister visiting, we should make it a communion service. There have not been many such visits during the last year: Lasse Eriksson came twice, including Christmas Eve, Kristina Andreasson came once again for “julgransplundring” and Thomas Grunnesjö came once. Canon Neville Black has yet again been our saviour on more than one occasion. We have had offers of assistance from Scandinavia and look forward to meeting a retired Swedish priest on 3rd June, when we will also have a Swedish choir. The Danish church has also been in contact and this may yet lead to a positive outcome.
We have had no baptisms, confirmations or weddings lately, but several couples have been in touch to express a wish to be married in our beautiful church.
All the traditional events were commemorated, including Valborg, midsommar, the Nordic national days – and Lucia, which went well both at the Anglican cathedral and at “GA” (thanks in no small measure to the usual stalwarts). We hosted Reformation Day and were impressed by the number who came from the German church to join us.
Last year was the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “event” at Wittenberg and there were many events to mark it, including a service at the Anglican cathedral and, finally, at Westminster Abbey, where our bishop Martin read one of the lessons.
On 25th February we welcomed Bishop Martin, who led the service together with Reverend James (“Jim”) Matarazzo, a recently-ordained Lutheran minister, originally from Boston Massachusetts but now based in Oxford. At a meeting with the church council after the service, it was decided that James would come and take a service of holy communion once a month, the first Sunday in the month if possible. James is very positive and has shown great willingness to be flexible (already!) Bishop Martin is due to retire shortly, so we may not see him in Liverpool again.
Ours is an ageing congregation and in the last twelve months we have lost Peter and Ingalill Owens from the Swedish community; in October 2017 we lost our last Norwegian war veteran, Otto Strønstad and in February of this year Dagfinn Kvamme passed away. He loved this church and it was fitting that his memorial service should take place here. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those who are mourning the loss of loved ones.
We may be few in number, but we are fortunate to have reliable and dedicated people where they are needed most:
Organist Phil Benzie, who hasn’t missed a service yet; Ole and Vernissa who keep the church neat and tidy; Mette who does a great job with the altar flowers; Harriet, who looks after our (modest) finances; Helen, who does the secretarial work; and the other members of the church council: Joan, Katrine and Ulfar. The post-service lunch is always appreciated, so thanks to those who “get on with the job” without any fuss.
Michael Phoenix, who puts on several concerts in the church every year, asked if the piano could be moved from the coffee-lounge and placed in the church – at his expense. After some discussion, we decided to give it a try and we think it has worked well. We hope you agree. It has created some much-needed space by the entrance to the lounge as well.
It is worth noting that our congregation has collectively joined the Anglican-Lutheran society. We are somewhat passive in our membership, but we receive copies of their magazine, “The Window”; if anyone would like to read it (it contains some interesting articles), please ask me or Harriet .
On 5th February this year, the Norwegian Consulate was closed down; Peter Copland had retired after more than thirty years and it was decided not to replace him. He has always supported our church, aided by his assistant Liz Murphy, and it was sad news. Peter very generously offered to buy the church something concrete as a parting gift from the consulate and it just so happened that we needed a new storage cupboard in the coffee-lounge. It’s already in place! Thanks, Peter.
Thanks also to LiNC, for their generous financial – and indeed moral – support.
It’s been a busy, sometimes hectic year- but never dull!

God bless

Stan Royden

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LiNC Chairman’s Report

March 2018     LINC     Newsletter                 Roger G Metcalf , chairman                                                      

We are already in the early spring and I hope everyone enjoyed the festive season over Christmas and New Year.

I can say that the Bazaar in November was a great success, yet again raising a new record income, so I thank all those involved in helping in preparations and those working on the day. The Lucia in the Cathedral also raised more money than previous years, however we do need to try to get more people to attend but weather plays a big role in attendance numbers, especially so on our own Lucia event, which we unfortunately encountered. But thank you for all those who arranged it with singing and costumes, to sing in the choir and to enjoy the choir’s efforts, very beautiful ones as per always!

We have not had any significant repairs to carry out and the funds of the company remain very much the same, as I set out in the last newsletter. These funds do rely heavily on the income we generate from the LiNC Operations running the catering side of our activities. The well attended and pleasant Wednesday Coffee Morning takings contribute a substantial amount of the catering income. The rest of this money comes from providing coffee and cakes at concerts and other events, for instance the Heritage Groups visiting the church. This work is carried out by a very small list of our volunteers, to whom I am very grateful.

We must be aware that this is potentially a declining market and we need to consider other methods of increasing income. It would be very welcome if some more of our members can volunteer to help at the events we hold and perhaps think up new ones.

There has been much speculation in the news recently about charities. This is a suitable point to tell you about the work we have been doing, over a long period of time, to consolidate our position in the Church:

The ownership of the old 1883 Trust has been reconfigured to be in the control of the new Liverpool Nordic Church 1883 Trust Company, which now owns the freehold of the church and the land on which it is built.

In turn, LiNC now has an official 25-year, renewable, lease from the new 1883 Trust Company. Both these arrangements are recorded officially at the Land Registry. This lease gives LiNC the complete responsibility for all the running of the building, maintenance and activities.

The LiNC Company has, in turn, agreed a Licence with the Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company to carry out all the religious aspects of our overall responsibility to ensure that the building is used as a church, which is required by the original 1883 Trust Indenture. Thus, the congregation members can be assured that they can stay as long as they want in the building.

With this lease behind us, LiNC Company can now legally ask for grants for the building, something we have not been able to do until now.    We are now able to start to consider what work is required to repair the church leaded light windows, which is urgently required, particularly on one of the south-east facing windows. We will also be obtaining costs for the installation of a lift and at the same time obtain the requirements of the listed building heritage bodies to make such a change to the building.

Please note, the new General Data Protection Regulations, GDPR, tells us we must have your permission to keep data about you, postal and email addresses. If you are a member of LiNC company and GANC company, you have already agreed when you joined us, to be informed by post or email. Anyone else will get an email asking you to agree to us keeping your personal information. We do not hand out out to any other organisation and only send you matter or info about  “Nordic” events. . You can also sign a document at church if you have no email address, with the same permission.

Please do respond, or we must delete your details altogether

As I have said in earlier newsletters, more volunteers are needed, so if you can help, please inform me or any of the members of the board at the church or by email.

As always, thank you to all the people who give so generously to our charity in terms of membership, directorship, money and time to help at our events. Thank you also for coming to our events and “using” the building. This is what it is all about – the building should not be a “museum piece” – but should be visited and loved by as many people as possible.

 

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