CHAPLAIN’S MUSINGS 24th October 2018

The healing service on Sunday was, for me as Chaplain, the most moving experience I have had since my arrival. For those of you who asked for prayers, thank you for your trust and may God continue to work in us all for his glory.

The Council asked me at their meeting about the Songs of Praise service this coming Sunday.
I was able to give them some facts: we are joining up with the International Church of the Nazarene which is like us, a truly international mix of people. They like us, offer English language worship. Their minister Mary Schaar some of you will know from the annual Gospel Concerts. We are joining with them and they with us, to officially end the America Days cultural festival. It seemed both celebratory and simpler to join for a Songs of Praise rather than a Eucharist. What the Council wanted to know though were not these facts but I think rather, what will we be doing when we get there ?!

In case you have similar questions – we will sing parts and single verses of well known favourites all from our hymn book. We will listen to short snippets of scripture and some poetry with silences to give us some reflection time or just stillness. We will pray too. There is a simple liturgy just to give the whole thing some shape and structure. It is a service to which it would be good to invite friends and neighbours who are perhaps on the edge of faith. The theme will be Celebrating Music. There’ll be angels and saints and peace and blessing as well as the joy of singing. The Sunday school will be in their programme as usual.

we pray for of our church family who are or recently have been ill and we pray for their recovery and for those who care for them
we pray the many world events which need our prayers

the Chaplain is looking to expand her pool of technical support people – especially with someone familiar with macs – if you have an affinity for computers and like helping solve problems please let Kara know

– I would like to gather together a confirmation group – not urgent but if you have not been confirmed have a think and pray about this, talk with family/ friends, talk with me…..
– I am also aware that many have not yet signed off their forms for data protection Please complete and return to Frances.

– we pray for any newcomers that they might feel truly welcome among us and as they discern what gifts God is calling them to share among us
– we pray that too for those who live a long way from Stuttgart but feel part of the St Catherine’s church family


  • Baptism on 04.11. to welcome William – parents please note bring Baptism Candles for all children – we will light the lot at the end of the service……
  • Bazaar on 1st December
    This year’s Bazaar will be held on Saturday, 1st December from 10 am until 4 pm . There will be Christmas items, produce and books on sale in the church, coffee/tea and cakes in the side room and flea-market items in the Anglican Centre. As always we need lost of helpers – and buyers -to make this event a success and fill our coffers!
    Friday evening: sorting and setting up the stalls in the church, from 7.30 pm onwards. Flea-market items can be set out in the Anglican Centre earlier on in the evening.
    – Saturday: 9 am: helpers are needed to put up the tent in front of the church for the refreshments. Heat up the soups.
    – Help is needed during the course of the day to dish out the soup; man the stalls and take the money for refreshment tickets; help Naomi with her bake stall; serve coffee; sell raffle tickets; provide entertainment for the children. – and last but not least, clear up afterwards!
    – So let me know via E-Mail or in church where you are willing to help. I will put together a basket of British produce for the raffle. Would anyone offer to furnish another basket for the raffle?
    Flyers will be available soon to advertise this event so pass the word around.
    Alison Seyerle
  • Women’s Group
    Keeping to our third Thursday in the month our next meeting will be on Thursday, 15th November from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. At our last meeting we helped Gary by sorting all the clothes for the opening of the “Kleiderkammer” on Thursday evenings. Next time we will be thinking about how we can help with the annual Bazaar, which will take place on Saturday, 1st December.

Chaplain – every Monday: 14.30 – 16.00 and every Saturday: 11.00 – 12.30
If I am not there at these times there will be a very good reason !
Chaplaincy Administrator aka the lovely Lauris – every Thursday: 10.00 – 12.00

I am also at the Centre at other times so feel free to drop in – no appointment needed !

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