Monthly Archives: December 2023

GANC report April 2023

AGM MAY 2023: CHAIRMAN’S REPORT

Things have been returning to normal, slowly but surely, but they will never be quite the same again. Our membership is fairly steady, but attendance at Sunday services has not recovered yet Our finances , too, have taken a hit and we have had to dip into them. However, We have managed to celebrate the “important” occasions, so a few thankyous are in order: to Cinna for organizing the Lucia choir, to Ulfar for holding the fort on Christmas Eve, to Ulfar and Susan for taking care of the altar flowers, to Phil for always being there when we needed an organist, to Ole and Vernissa for looking after the church, to Katrine and Joan for their input on the church council, to LiNC and everyone who supports us, and to Pastor Maris for not letting strikes, sickness or anything else prevent him from coming twice a month to take communion services.
On 6th November the German church congregation joined us for a joint Reformation Sunday service; we were heavily outnumbered, even though we were hosting.
Shortly before Christmas we lost Karen Ramsden, one of our Norwegian community. Our condolences to David and all Karen’s family and friends.
On a more positive note, Maris confirmed a brother and sister from the Faroes; their grandfather read the lesson – in Faroese, of course. If you know of anyone who would like to be confirmed, please let Maris (or me) know.
Harriet and I went to London on 22nd April for the LCiGB synod. It was a long, but eventful session, the most important item being the election of a new bishop, as Bishop Tor was retiring. After one (or was it two?) unsuccessful attempts, Rev. Dr. Jaakko Rusama was elected. He is an interesting character: when he is not lecturing at the university of Helsinki, he referees football matches. He has preached in our church and is fluent in English and Swedish, as well as Finnish. We look forward to welcoming him to “Gustaf Adolf” again before too long. I would like to make it known that Harriet has been helping LCiGB with their accounts for several years, and was warmly thanked for all her work.
In order to fit in with Pastor Maris’s schedule, we have changed the pattern of our Sunday services as follows:
First and third Sundays holy communion with Maris
Second and fifth Sundays no services
Fourth Sunday morning prayer
There will be times when this pattern will not be followed (Easter Sunday was an example), so if you are planning to come to a service, do check the website or phone me first.
I can’t finish without thanking Helen for all her secretarial work, and Harriet for looking after our finances. What would we do without them?

Stan Royden
Liverpool. April/May 2023

Subscription form for Gustaf Adolf Congregation

PLEASE PRINT OUT AND SEND WITH A CHECK TO 138 Park Lane, Liverpool L1 8HG

2020  Subscription form for membership of the 

Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company 

at Gustaf Adolf Church, Liverpool

 Company registration in England and Wales 7034654

As a member you have the right to vote at the congregation’s AGM and elect the church council members/directors. This board decides on the activities and expenditures of the parish.

It has been decided that we should recommend a congregational membership fee of £25 per annum for each individual and you must be over 18 years of age. We are aware that you might not be able to pay as much but we do appreciate whatever you can contribute to the congregation.

1st person in the household  —-Capitals, please: 

I ………………………………………………………………….. wish to make a donation of £………..for 12 months.

OR:  I wish to make  a standing order for  £…………/  month/year. Please contact Harriet Busby for this.      I wish to be a member……   or a sponsor…….. (tick appropriately)

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IMPORTANT!    By giving us your email address you agree that we can contact you in this way.

2nd person in the household:  —-Capitals, please:

I  ……………………………………………………………………wish to make a donation of £…………..for 12 month.

OR: I wish to make a standing order for £…………/  month/year. Please contact Harriet Busby for this.

I wish to be a member……   or a sponsor…….. (tick appropriately)

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Make cheques payable to Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation.     Send this form to 138 Park Lane, Liverpool, L1 8HG.  I am/we are willing to volunteer and can help in these areas:

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Charity Gift Aid Declaration – In order to Gift Aid your donation you must tick the circle below:

 Ο    I want to Gift Aid my donation of £________and any donations I make in the future or have made in the past 4 years, to Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation Company.  I am a UK taxpayer and understand that if I pay less Income Tax and/or Capital Gains Tax than the amount of Gift Aid claimed on all my donations in that tax year it is my responsibility to pay any difference.

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Please notify the charity if you want to cancel this declaration; change your name or home address;  no longer pay sufficient tax on your income and/or capital gains. If you pay Income Tax at the higher or additional rate and want to receive the additional tax relief due to you, you must include all your Gift Aid donations on your Self-Assessment tax return or ask HM Revenue and Customs to adjust your tax code.