CHAPLAIN’S MUSINGS 28th January 2019

this week from Frances – our Electoral Roll (membership) officer

2019 is one of those years in which every church in the Church of England is required to create a new electoral roll. Everyone has to re-register if they wish to be able to vote and stand for election at the Annual Church Meeting. So from next Sunday you will find me handing out bits of paper in church … but you maybe asking – what does this actually mean and can / should I fill out an electoral roll form?

What does being on the electoral roll allow me to do?
– to attend and vote at the Annual General Meeting (to be held on Sunday 7th April)
– to stand for election to the Chaplaincy Council
– to stand for election as Church Warden

Who can be listed on the electoral roll?
– you must be over 16 years of age
– you must be baptized

– be a member of the Church of England – (or a Church in communion with the Church of England) and resident in the area covered by St. Catherine’s

– be a member of the Church of England and have worshipped at St. Catherine’s on a regular basis over the last six months even if you live outside Stuttgart area

– have worshipped regularly at St. Catherine’s over the last six months and be a member of another church which subscribes to the doctrine of the Holy Trinity.

It all sounds a little complicated – but basically if you’ve been happily worshipping at St. Catherine’s for over six months and have been baptized – you can sign up for the electoral roll.

Everyone must re-register

The roll is completely renewed every six years to ensure that it is up to date. This is especially important in a church like St. Catherine’s where people move on a regular basis. Not many people think about requesting that their names are removed from the roll when they move house – if I look at the current roll of the 93 people on the roll, 41 no longer live in Stuttgart or actively worship with us. Time for a new roll!

You can collect a form from me in church or download one Electoral-Roll-form2019
Please return all forms by 23rd March 2019.


  • we pray this week for those who are homeless and live on our streets in the cold weather
  • we pray for those unwell and for those undergoing treatments – for healing and for peace
  • we pray for those who have lost loved ones, homes, health and livelihoods in Brazil

– we pray for not only for the nations in the headlines but also currently for Nigeria with General Election on 16.02. electing President and National Assembly – that the resources that nation has would find their way to those who need them and that the elections would be peaceful and just
– we pray for Venezuela and it’s people. For a solution to the current situation.

just two things this week:
– firstly we had an update at the Council meeting yesterday and we are well behind in our ‘giving’ for where we are in the financial year which is something we all need to take responsibility for (account details for your donation can be found here.)
– secondly an appeal to anyone who has either experience or a passion for fundraising and grant application to join our finance team – you can email them on

comes from one of our Isaiah readings this month

“Arise, shine, for your light has come and the glory of the Lord shall be upon you.” ISA60.1

I have now come across Four !! people who have certificates in some form of pastoral or sacramental or ministerial training – please let me know if there are others among you…….
I am collating a skills audit for our church

upcoming services:upcoming services:
Candlemas Eucharist 3rd February – marking the end of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany journey. After church help will be needed to take the Christmas Tree down. If you are feeling strong please offer to lend the Old Catholics a hand.
Ladies’ Evening Group – Wednesday 6th February – from 19:00 at Tialinis in Stuttgart, Bolzstr. 10: So if you can’t usually make Mondays why not take the chance to come and join us? Could you please let me know if you can come so I can reserve the right sized table?
Thanks Jackie
Men’s Pub Night – Thursday 7th February – from 19:00 Sophie’s Brauhaus – mails to if you’d like to join the men-folk or speak to Darren
Women’s Group –  Our next coffee morning will be on Thursday, 21st February from 10 until 12 in the Anglican Centre. Last time, under Lauris’s guidance, we talked about the World Day of Prayer and what we needed to do for the first preparatory meeting on Monday, 21st January.
Our next meetings for the preparation of the WDP which takes place on Friday, 1st March, are planned for Monday 4th February, Monday 11th February and Thursday, 21st February,all at 7 pm, all in the Church side room. All are welcome to attend.

looking well ahead:

Weltgebetstag 2019 – Slowenien – Women’s World day of Prayer 2019 – Slovenia.

“Come – Everything is ready”

The host country Slovenia, is one of the tiniest lands in Europe. It is the only land with LOVE as part of its name, it is rich in culture and is surrounded by Austria, Hungary, Croatia and Italy.
On Friday 1st March, 2019 St. Catherine’s will hold its first ever Women’s World of Prayer service at 19:00. All, (women, men, young adults and children) are invited to attend the service.
The activities are being planned by women from at least five local church communities.
Like the women of Slovenia, St. Catherine welcomes you with open arms and a friendly smile. “Come there is still a place for everyone.”
This service is In memory of the late Pauline Kiess.

the Annual Meeting will be on Sunday 7.04.19 after the
service – please pray whether joining the Council is something God may be calling you to (in whatever capacity)

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 !
Or DO make an appointment if that more suits your needs.



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