GANC Chairman’s Report April 2019

REPORT FROM THE CHAIRMAN OF GANC

Since our last newsletter, we have had a quiet few months, but there is always something to report. One highlight was the visit of Rev. Eric Muhl, pastor in charge of the Swedish church in London. He was very positive and impressed us all. We would be delighted to welcome him again, but he’s going back to Sweden, so perhaps his successor will pay us a visit.
Kristina Andresson helped us yet again with our “julgransplundring” to mark the end of Christmas. She is staying in London, but leaving the Swedish church, so to mark our appreciation we gave her a small Liver bird and a book on the Scouse language to remember us by. We do hope we haven’t seen the last of her.
For family reasons, our American friend Rev. James Matarazzo had to return to his homeland, so our relationship with him was fleeting.
Our visit to the German church in November went well and we had a good turn-out. It is always a pleasant event and we look forward to reciprocating in November– it seems a long way off, but isn’t really!
Another welcome visitor was Pastor Arne Kristophersen from the Danish church in Hull. He took a communion service which was well attended. He has offered to come again, and we have no objection at all. The Danish church in Hull is closing and the congregation have invited a few of us to go over and meet them; they want to pick our brains to find out how we have managed to stay afloat without support from the “mother church”. One of our great strengths, of course, is the fact that all our various Nordic factions have been able to work together; it will be interesting to find out what the situation in Hull is like.
At a recent coffee-morning we had a visit from three members of “Brief” – The British Region of the International Ecumenical Fellowship – which is having a big conference in Liverpool in 2021 (!) and they are already looking for venues to hold meetings. If you are interested, go to www.briefoecumenica.uk-+6666666666336663.
We continue to support charities in a modest fashion and Christian Aid come up with some novel ideas; a couple of examples: “Give 10p for every book on your bookshelf” or “today, give 50p for every time you turn on the tap and use clean, safe water”.
On a very positive note: Bishop Martin (retiring imminently) put us in touch with Pastor Maris Sants, a Latvian based in London. He took the communion service on 3rd March and stayed for our church council meeting. He seemed happy to be here and certainly made a most favourable impression on us all. We hope to see him on a regular basis, although it will not be straightforward, as he has other commitments.
Thanks to everyone for your continued support.

STAN ROYDEN
Chairman, Gustaf Adolf Nordic Congregation

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