News

16th June, 2019

  • During the chaplain’s absence (at the German Kirchentag, followed by two weeks’ leave) Fr David Emmott will be acting as chaplain for the next three Sundays – including some of the final sessions of preparation for baptism and confirmation.
  • There will be the usual Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday.
  • The Prayer Tree at the back of the church is now a permanent feature.  Please use it to flag up people and situations for which you would like us all to pray. The names on the leaves are remembered at morning and evening prayer most days, and they are normally included in the prayers on Sunday.
  • Next Sunday Fr David will preside at the Eucharist and Moses Adesina will preach. 

Sunday, 9th June, 2019

  • Pentecost, the feast which celebrates to outpouring of the Holy Spirit on the disciples, is the Patronal Festival of our church. We have received festive greetings from Fr David Emmott and Fr Gordon Bond, both of whom will be sharing our life later in the summer.
  • Tony Dickinson is away at Diocesan Synod in Germany for much of this week, so there will be no Eucharist for St Barnabas on Tuesday and the usual lunch-time service at 12.30 on Wednesday will be midday prayer rather than our normal Eucharist.
  • The Prayer Tree at the back of the church is now a permanent feature.  Please use it to flag up people and situations for which you would like us all to pray. The names on the leaves are remembered at morning and evening prayer most days, and they are normally included in the prayers on Sunday.

Sunday 26th May, 2019

  • We welcome back Moses from his training course in Belgium.
  • This is a busy week in terms of services:
    • There will be the usual lunch-time Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday.  
    • Thursday is Ascension Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on that day, too. The church will also be open for prayer throughout the day, as part of the international movement, “Thy Kingdom Come”.  This is something for everyone.  There will be other activities linked to “Thy Kingdom Come” in the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Some information about these has already been posted on our church Facebook page.  Have a look – you don’t need to be signed up to Facebook to do that – and think how you might be involved, as an individual, or maybe as a family.  And do, please, use the Prayer Tree at the back of the church to flag up people and situations for which you would like us all to pray.
    • On Friday there will again be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. as we remember Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and the joy that they shared as they discovered how God was using their pregnancies to do something totally new. 
  • On Thursday 6th June Peter Whitfield will give a talk at 5.30 p.m. about the ways in which Europeans’ understanding of the known world was revolutionised between 1400 and 1550. Peter will focus on half a dozen landmark maps, including a world map produced in Genoa in 1457.
  • Archdeacon Joseph Ajaefobi will be with us next week-end.  Those of us who met Archdeacon Joe last year are looking forward very much to this return visit.  He will share our worship next Sunday, and there will, we hope, be other opportunities for people to meet him.

Sunday 19th May, 2019

  • Moses is away attending a course in Padua about safe-guarding.  Later in the week he will be meeting other curates from this diocese at a gathering in Belgium.  Please pray for safe journeys there and back for all of them.
  • Please take seriously what was said last Sunday about the need to pray for the Council and please think seriously about ways in which you can use the gifts that God has given you in God’s service and for the good of God’s Church.  In particular we’d be delighted to hear from anyone who is good with figures and who could help keep an eye on our church’s finances.
  • There will be the usual lunch-time Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday.
  • On Ascension Day (Thursday 30th May) there will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.  The church will also be open for prayer throughout the day, as part of “Thy Kingdom Come”.  This is something for everyone.  There will be other activities linked to “Thy Kingdom Come” in the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. Some information about these has already been posted on our church Facebook page.  Have a look – you don’t need to be signed up to Facebook to do that – and think how you might be involved, as an individual, or maybe as a family.
  • On Friday 31st May we remember St Luke’s account of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth and the joy that they shared as they discovered how God was using their pregnancies to do something totally new.  There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.

Sunday, 12th May, 2019

  • In addition to the usual lunch-time Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday there will be a Eucharist at 12.30 on Tuesday at which we shall remember St Matthias.  Who was St Matthias?  Come along on Tuesday and find out.
  • As was mentioned in today’s sermon, the new Church Council meets for the first time on Sunday 19th May. Papers will be going out to members later today.  Members of the congregation are asked to take seriously what was said about the need to pray for the Council and to think seriously about ways in which they can use the gifts that God has given them in God’s service and for the good of God’s Church.  In particular members of the Church Council would be delighted to hear from anyone who is good with figures and who could help keep an eye on the church’s finances.
  • On Ascension Day (Thursday 30th May) there will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.  The church will also be open for prayer throughout that day, as part of the international movement focused on the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Kingdom Come”.  This is something for everyone.  There will be other activities linked to “Thy Kingdom Come” in the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. These will be advertised during the coming weeks.  Some ideas have already been posted on the church Facebook page.  They suggest ways in which people can become involved, as individuals, or as a family, as part of the praying heart of the church community.
  • Advance notice that on Thursday, 6th June at 5.30 p.m. Peter Whitfield will give a talk about the ways in which between 1400 and 1550 Europeans’ understanding of the known world was revolutionised as European navigators exploded traditional geography through their voyages into the Indian and Atlantic Oceans. Peter will focus on half a dozen landmark maps from that period, including a world map produced in Genoa in 1457.

Sunday, 5th May, 2019

  • The results of the elections at the Church’s Annual Meeting last Sunday have now been published on the notice-board in the porch. At the end of the Eucharist today Mary Wellington and Lis Watkins were admitted to the office of churchwarden for the coming year. The chaplain thanked the retiring churchwarden, Flora Capostagno, for all that she had done for the church during her years in office.
  • At the lunch-time Eucharist at 12.30 on Wednesday 8th May we shall remember the 14th-century spiritual writer Julian of Norwich, the first woman theologian to write in English.
  • On Friday 10th May at 17:00 the Evangelical Hospital will hold a meeting at the Church of the Holy Ghost.
  • On Ascension Day (Thursday 30th May) in addition to the Eucharist at 12.30 the church will be open for prayer throughout the day, as part of the international movement focused on the Lord’s Prayer, “Thy Kingdom Come”. This is something for everyone. There will be other activities linked to “Thy Kingdom Come” in the days between Ascension Day and Pentecost. These will be advertised during the coming weeks.

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Hymns for 5 May Easter 3

Ye choirs of new Jerusalem https://youtu.be/L3vhPkUQFDw

Will you come and follow me https://youtu.be/P8lOfMjtxdE

Come my way my truth my life (George Herbert) https://youtu.be/jg9QZ_Jeqqo

Praise to the Lord  two different interpretations, enjoy the first and its simple harmonizing:https://youtu.be/otqTArMYe5g    https://youtu.be/0QQezNMfaL4

Annual Church Meeting – a brief report

The Church’s Annual Meeting took place on 28th April, immediately after the Eucharist. It was preceded by the Annual Meeting of Parishioners to elect Churchwardens, at which Flora Capostagno announced her intention of stepping down after several years as Warden. We are very grateful for the energy and commitment which she has brought to the role during that time. Lis Watkins Queirolo was elected by acclamation in her place and made it clear that taking on the responsibilities of a Churchwarden means that she will be stepping back from other roles at the Church of the Holy Ghost. Mary Wellington will continue as the other Warden. We are extremely grateful to her for her continued commitment and give thanks for all that she has brought to this role over the years.

The Annual Church Meeting followed on from this. The main items of business were:

* the election of Flora Capostagno and Peter Asemwota to the Church Council as representatives of the laity in place of Alexia Piaggio and Giovanni Battista Forlino who have completed their three-year term of office (our thanks to them, too). It was agreed to authorise the new Council to co-opt someone to fill in the casual vacancy left by Ann Haigh Maselli.
* the formal acceptance of the new Electoral Roll, which stood at 24 members on the official closing date (13th April), though a number of applications have been received since then. These will be approved at the Council’s first meeting on 19th May.
* the acceptance of the Annual Report on the activities of the Church Council in 2018 and the life of the chaplaincy in general during the past year.
* the decision to refer the audited Annual Accounts for 2018 to the Church Council for formal approval. Although the accounts have been completed and approved by the Church Council, it was not possible to arrange for them to be audited in time for the meeting. 
* the giving of a verbal report on the fabric, goods and ornaments of the church. It was reported that all the items of brassware, silverware and furniture have been photographed and that similar progress would have been made on photographing the church’s vestments if the weather had not been so dreadful during the past week.
* the reception of a report from the Archdeaconry Synod. Lis Watkins highlighted the generosity of Synod members and other congregations in the Archdeaconry to the “Neighbours in Need” fund.

In addition Canon Tony Dickinson summarised the position of The Revd Moses Adesina, following his ordination as a deacon in the Anglican Church of Kenya at the end of last year. Moses now had Permission to Officiate in the Diocese in Europe while the ACK continues to negotiate with the Kenyan immigration authorities. Until these negotiations had been concluded, and until the bishops came to a common mind about Moses’ future, he would continue to be based in Genoa and minister at the Church of the Holy Ghost. Moses expressed his thanks to the congregation for their support and fellowship since his return from Kenya. The prayers of all are asked during this difficult time of transition – especially that the goal of the transition may soon become clearly visible.

The meeting closed with the Grace at 12:45

Easter Greetings!

A very happy Easter to all visitors to this page. We were delighted to welcome more than 50 people (including several children) to our Easter celebration at the Church of the Holy Ghost.  

  • Our thanks to Hanako for accompanying our singing at the Eucharist. 
  • The new electoral roll has been published.  It is on the notice-board in the porch. If anyone’s name isn’t there, and they think it ought to be, they are asked to talk to Hanako, who is not only an accomplished violinist but also our electoral roll officer.
  • During Easter Week there is a Eucharist every day at 12.30.  This is important news for anyone who was unable to be in church on Easter Day because of work or family commitments but wants to make their communion at Easter. 
  • At midday on Wednesday, 24th April “English Voices in Genoa” reaches the final talk in our series about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert.  The poem to be explored is “Easter”.  That will lead into the Eucharist for Wednesday in Holy Week.
  • The Annual Church Meeting takes place on Sunday, 28th April.  The people on the new electoral roll who have email should have received their papers yesterday, rather later than planned and not yet complete.  Those who are not on email have a hard-copy version. All are asked to think and pray about who they want as their representatives on the Church Council and as Wardens you.  There are nomination forms in church for wardens and for council members.
  • There is a great deal happening during the next two weeks. In addition to the programme of Eucharists this week – and the two public holidays, on Monday and Thursday – there will be three Saints’ days in a row during the following week, with George (29th April) and Mark (30th April) both displaced from their usual day by Easter Week, and with Philip and James (1st May – and another public holiday).
  • On Thursday 2nd May there will be a talk, in Italian, by Matteo Frulio about Charles Dickens’ time in Genoa in the 1840s, with readings in English from Dickens’s book “Pictures from Italy”.

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Here are the hymns for Easter Day (21st April): 
Exsultet (tune Woodlands – see words below) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9FJzOEhoYw
The day of resurrection https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=puDmc8RpXIM   and played by (the great) Sean Jackson https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cV0uE2j9A9I
An orchestral version of our final hymn to play loud and enjoy, starts quietly and slowly but bear with it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CgCEw5bcimY
 

Exsultet!

Sing, choirs of heaven! Let saints and angels sing!
Around God’s throne exult in harmony!
Now Jesus Christ is risen from the grave!
Salute your King in glorious symphony!

Sing, choirs of earth! Behold, your light has come!
The glory of the Lord shines radiantly!
Lift up your hearts, for Christ has conquered death!
The night is past; the day of life is here!

Sing, Church of God! Exult with joy outpoured!
The gospel trumpets tell of victory won!
Your Savior lives: he’s with you evermore!
Let all God’s people shout the long Amen!


14th April, 2019

  • Thanks to everyone who helped out on Friday at the book-launch. Teresa Wendler and Marcella Rossi Patrone were very pleased with the number of copies sold, and we received over €200 as our share of the proceeds.
  • Holy Week begins today. There are services every day from now until Friday and a concert of sacred music that evening.  Further details are on the Calendar pages of the website, and on the church’s Facebook page. 
  • At midday on Wednesday 17th April, “English Voices in Genoa” continues the series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert. This week’s poem is “The Agony”.  The talk will be followed by our regular midweek Eucharist.
  • The Annual Church Meeting takes place on 28th April. Papers will be going out to those on the new electoral roll very shortly. We need two, and possibly three, new members of the Church Council and we need two churchwardens.  Please think and pray about who you want to represent you.  There are nomination forms for wardens and for council members available in church.
  • The new electoral roll has been published on the notice-board in the church porch.  If you have completed and handed in a form, please check that we have your details correctly. If your name isn’t there, and you think it ought to be, please talk to our electoral roll officer.
  • We have received greetings from Bishop John Omangi and Archdeacon Joseph Ajaefobi. Both wish us a blessed Holy Week and a very happy Easter.  Archdeacon Joe hopes to visit us again at the end of May. We look forward to his visit.  We have also received greeting and good wishes from a group of German pastors who visited the church recently to learn something of how we work across cultures in our church’s life and mission.

Here’s the music for

14th April: Palm Sunday
All glory laud and honour https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fhbYS31TYbs  or

7th April, 2019

  • At midday on Wednesday 10th April, “English Voices in Genoa” continues the series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert. This week’s poem is “Love”.  The talk will be followed by our regular midweek Eucharist, at which will commemorate two other significant English Christians, the 14th-century teacher William of Ockham and the 18th-century writer William Law.
  • The Church Council meets on Wednesday after the Eucharist. 
  • On Thursday 11th April  the last of our drop-in quiet day begins with Morning Prayer at 9.30 a.m. and ends with Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m. You don’t have to spend the whole day here. It could be a few minutes of quiet in the middle of a busy day, or it could be an hour or more, reading, reflecting, and praying, listening and being still with God.
  • On Friday 12th April at 5.00 p.m. we are hosting the launch of a new book “A Brief History of Nervi for Curious and Captivated Tourists” by Teresa Wendler and Marcella Rossi Patrone. Copies will be on sale that day, and the authors have kindly donated the proceeds of any books sold to our church.  Please spread the word!
  • Because of the confusion over the clock change last Sunday, the deadline for getting names onto the new church electoral roll was extended by one week. It closes today (7th April)
  • Next Sunday is Palm Sunday.  The service will begin with the distribution of palm crosses outside the church and a procession of palms from the church garden.

31st March, 2019

  • Last Tuesday’s meeting with staff from the British Embassy in Rome went well. UK citizens who weren’t able to be present will find helpful information elsewhere on this website and on the Facebook page.  Please encourage British friends, acquaintances and colleagues to make use of that information.  Given what is happening in Westminster it is still very difficult to say anything definite about the consequences of Brexit.  It could be Mrs May’s deal.  It may be “no deal”.  Or it may not happen. 
  • Also last Tuesday, the Church of England and the Republic of Italy signed the “treaty” giving the church legal status. See below for further details (including photographs).
  • At midday on Wednesday “English Voices in Genoa” continues the series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert. This week’s poem is “Redemption”.  The talk will be followed by our regular midweek Eucharist.
  • On Thursday 4th April our next drop-in quiet day begins with Morning Prayer at 9.30 a.m. and ends with Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m. You don’t have to spend the whole day here.  It could be a few minutes of quiet in the middle of a busy day, or it could be an hour or more, reading, reflecting, and praying, listening and being still with God.
  • 31st March is the deadline for getting your name onto the new church electoral roll. Being on the roll means having a status and a say in the life of the church.  Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over who is baptised and a regular worshipper at this church. 

STOP PRESS: 

  1. Clocks go forward tonight (30th March) don’t forget!
  2. Tomorrow is the deadline for applying for membership of the new Church Electoral Roll. There are some forms in church if you have mislaid yours.

News of an event with significance far beyond Genoa. On Tuesday representatives of the Diocese in Europe and the Italian government signed the intesa (in this context = “treaty”) formally recognising the Church of England in Italy as a fully-fledged legal entity.  Further details and pictures can be found here:

The First Signing of the Treaty between the Church of England in Italy and the Republic of Italy (1)


More pictures of Bishop John’s visit can be found on the Church’s Facebook page “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost”, as can pictures from the visit by staff from the British Embassy in Rome and the Consulate in Milan.  Those who were unable to be present for the presentation on citizens’ rights after Brexit can find out more by clicking on the link below:

Next Sunday (31st March) is known as Refreshment Sunday, Mothering Sunday, Laetare Sunday or plain old “4th Sunday in Lent”
Whatever you call it, we will be singing these hymns:
The Lord’s my shepherd (and I will trust in you alone): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pN4tPkX0MG0
Great is thy faithfulness. only the first video has the words, sorry: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dTKIqmdfHSk
Next Sunday is also your chance to see the rose-coloured vestments – admired by many and made by our Archdeaconry needlewoman, Lis. But you could miss out if you don’t remember that the clocks go forward and we all lose an hour of sleep.
Daylight saving time 2019 in Italy will begin at 2:00 AM on

Sunday,  March 31.  Please share this reminder widely!

24th March, 2019

  • Warm thanks to everyone who helped in any way with the tea and book-sale on 23rd March. We raised €1027 for church funds.
  • On Monday 25th March we celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation, the beginning of the good news of Jesus our Lord. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Tuesday 26th March at 6.00 p.m. there will be a meeting with staff from the British Embassy in Rome for all UK citizens concerned about the possible consequences of Brexit. Please spread the word widely among British friends, acquaintances and colleagues.
  • At midday on Wednesday 27th March “English Voices in Genoa” continues the series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert. This week we explore his poem “Sighs and Groans”.  That will be followed by the regular midweek Eucharist.
  • The next drop-in quiet day will be on Thursday 28th March , beginning with Morning Prayer at 9.30 a.m. and ending with Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m. You don’t have to spend the whole day here. It could be a few minutes of quiet in the middle of a busy day, or it could be an hour or more, reading, reflecting, and praying, listening and being still with God.
  • This year we renew our church electoral roll. Being on the roll means having a status and a say in the life of the church.  Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over who is baptised and a regular worshipper at this church.  There are forms on the table at the back.  If this is for you, please complete one and return it by 31st March.
  • We were glad to welcome Bishop John Orina Omangi, bishop of Kisii Mission Area in the diocese of Southern Nyanza, when he preached and presided at the Eucharist on Sunday, 24th March. After the service he joined the candidates for baptism and confirmation for a shared lunch and kicked off discussion of issues raised for them by his sermon.  As a token of our appreciation for his ministry we donated the offering from the morning’s service for the work in Kisii and presented Bishop John with a new altar-cloth made by Lis Watkins.
  • Here are some pictures from the day



Sunday, 17th March, 2019

  • On Tuesday we remember St Joseph of Nazareth, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and give thanks for his role in the early life of our Lord Jesus. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. that day.
  • On Wednesday “English Voices in Genoa” continues at midday with the fourth in the series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert. This week we will be exploring his poem “The Collar”.  That will be followed by the regular midweek Eucharist, at which we shall remember the 7th-century monk and bishop, St Cuthbert.
  • On Thursdays in Lent we are offering a number of “drop-in quiet days”, opportunities for people to come into this building and enjoy a time of quiet with God, and to listen for what God is saying to us. The first will be this coming Thursday, beginning with Morning Prayer at 9.30 a.m. and ending with Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m. You don’t have to spend the whole day here. It could be a few minutes of quiet in the middle of a busy day, or it could be an hour or more, reading, reflecting, and praying.
  • This year we are renewing our church electoral roll. Those already on the roll will have received an e-mail, setting out what this means.  Being on the roll means having a say in the life of the church.  Membership is open to anyone aged 16 and over who is baptised and a regular worshipper at this church.  There are forms on the table at the back.  If you want to be on the roll, please complete one of these and bring it back by 31st March.
  • Preparation for baptism and confirmation continues today. Candidates will discuss the issues raised for them by today’s sermon as they share a simple lunch after this service.
  • Finally: Next Sunday Moses’ bishop from Kenya, John Orina Omangi, will preside and preach at the Eucharist here on Sunday 24th March and join the confirmation group afterwards.

Music for Lent 2 (17th March)

On Sunday 17th March (Lent 2) we shall be singing:

Lord of all hopefulness https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0V_068A3pIQ
It’s me, O Lord, standing in the need of prayerhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x90HfUJl6eY
Just as I am without one plea https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcFp0-4RZzc
There’s a wideness in God’s mercy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Jq6NdOsCdOU


Music for Lent

Each Sunday from now until Easter there is no “Gloria”.  Instead we will be singing:
Lord have mercy – Kyrie Eleison (in the setting by Ghanaian composer Dinah Reindorf’)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPe-AkxAlAw
For the Gospel proclamation until the end of March we will sing the South African chant “Mayenziwe ‘ntando yakho” (Your will be done on earth O Lord).
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khHrJBuJxwo


Sunday, 10th March, 2019

  • On Wednesday “English Voices in Genoa” continues at midday with the third in the series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert. This week’s talk will be exploring his poem “Sin’s Round”.
  • On Thursdays later in Lent there will be a series of “drop-in quiet days”, opportunities for people to come into the church building and enjoy a time of quiet with God, and to listen for what God is saying. The first will be on Thursday 21st March, beginning with Morning Prayer at 9.30 a.m. and ending with Evening Prayer at 5.30 p.m. It is not necessary to spend the whole day in church. It could be a few minutes of quiet in the middle of a busy day, or it could be an hour or more, reading, reflecting, and praying.
  • Finally: advance notice that in two weeks’ time the church will be welcoming a special visitor.  Moses Adesina’s bishop, John Orina Omangi, arrives in Europe from Kenya on Tuesday  and from 23rd to 25th March he will be in Genoa.  He will preside and preach at the Eucharist here on Sunday 24th March and join the confirmation group afterwards.


News of our Spring Book Sale


In good time to warm up for Sunday 10th March: here are the hymns for Lent 1
 
All my hope on God is founded https://youtu.be/W3LCGh02Vew
 
Father hear the prayer we offer https://youtu.be/dZtfXHl0BTQ
 
Forty days and forty nights https://youtu.be/m5Nq4YXlcX8
 
What a friend we have in Jesus https://youtu.be/cwi_qKVI8lQ

Praying for the Diocese

A reminder that the Diocese in Europe Prayer Diary is now available online and as a download on the Diocesan website at https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/….
It is also available direct to smartphones and tablets using the PrayerMate app.


Sunday, 3rd March, 2019

  • Lent begins on Wednesday 6th March. The Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. will include the ancient custom of “ashing”, receiving on our foreheads the sign of the cross in ash.
  • On the same day “English Voices in Genoa” continues at midday with the second in the series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert. This week we will be exploring his poem “Lent”.
  • During Lent there will be a number of “drop-in quiet days”: opportunities for people to come into this building and enjoy a time of quiet with God, to listen for what God is saying to us through Jesus. You don’t have to spend the whole day here. It could be a few minutes of quiet in the middle of a busy day, or it could be an hour or more, reading, reflecting, praying. There will be more information about these next Sunday.
  • This year our church will be supporting Bishop Robert’s Lent Appeal, which is in aid of the organisation Hestia Hellas, based in Athens. Hestia Hellas supports traumatised people as they seek to rebuild their lives.  You will find further information on the notice-board in the porch.
  • There is a British government website designed to help UK citizens in Italy find their way through Brexit.  It can be found at https://www.gov.uk/guidance/living-in-italy
  • There will not now be a meeting about Brexit at the Church of the Holy Ghost on 21st  March. We are awaiting information about a new date.
  • Confirmation preparation has now begun.  Candidates will be thinking about issues raised in each Sunday’s sermon as they share a simple lunch after the Sunday Eucharist.
  • Are you baptised? Are you aged 16 or over? Are you a regular member of the congregation at the Church of the Holy Ghost? If the answer to those three questions is “yes”, please take a form from the church to apply for registration on the church electoral roll.  This applies to everyone, even if their name appears on the existing roll, because this is the year in which the existing roll is scrapped, as it is every six years, and a totally new roll created. Please read the notes and questions first to check if you qualify. Adding your name to the roll is free and allows you to vote at church meetings and to stand for election as a member of the church council. 

Last call before Brexit

Last – and vitally important – call before Brexit from British in Italy. Please read this post carefully and share it as widely as you can among Brits you know (and ask them to do the same), whether by social media or e-mail:

RESIDENZA

“The British in Italy team met with the British Embassy for an update meeting on 27th February 2019. The meeting went very well and a number of points arose which we are passing on to you. British in Italy were praised for their work, in general, and more specifically on the policy papers which have been presented, not just to the Italian ministries, but also the British Embassy to help with ongoing negotiations.

“However, despite the niceties we had a more serious discussion about the need to be registered as a resident in Italy BEFORE 29th March 2019 to ensure that you will retain your EU rights under a no deal Brexit scenario. The British Embassy are very keen to stress this message and would like to reach as many people as possible. They, and we, feel that there are still quite a number of people who are a) putting their head in the sand and hoping Brexit will go away b) do not fully understand the implications of not being registered and c) maybe do not even know what they need to do.

“Therefore, we agreed that we would run a campaign through this newsletter with the aim of reaching as many British people living in Italy as possible.

THE CAMPAIGN

“The objective: to spread this newsletter as far and as wide as you can by forwarding it onto as many people as you know on your email list who may be, or may have contact with, UK Nationals living in Italy.

“With the power of ‘passa parola’ or ‘passa E-newsletter’ in this case, we can see how many people we can reach.

“You may think that you have done this already, but please do it again! Send it out, but ask every one you send it to to read the newsletter and for each and every one of them to send it out to their list of people as well. It doesn’t matter if it is received more than once by the same person. At least we know that it is working if it comes back to you.

“This really is the last push we can make to reach as many people as possible. We know there are young people who are working in Italy, but perhaps do not understand the rights they will lose if they are not registered. We know there are older retired people who are scared and worried about Brexit and are frightened into not doing anything, we know there are others who are married to Italians and think that they are going to be OK and maybe don’t need to do anything, and many more. But they do and need to act quickly.

“So this is it……one last push.

“There isn’t the time to do this again and anyone who doesn’t get the message and act now will, unfortunately for them, lose their current rights if they are not registered, or have made an appointment or have lodged an application to be a resident in their comune before 29th March 2019.

“As usual, we would like to thank each and every one of you for your help and hope that this message spreads far and wide! Even one forward could make a difference.”


Palm Crosses

Please remember to bring last year’s palm crosses to church tomorrow so that they can be turned into ash for Wednesday’s liturgy.


The latest news from British in Italy.

Please read this carefully if you are a UK citizen and share widely among your fellow-Brits.

Update from our meeting with the Italian Brexit minister, 20th February 2019

We are writing to you with a brief update from our latest meeting with the Italian Brexit minister Pierluigi D’Elia. Members of the British in Italy team met him again on the 20th February 2019, following our last meeting on 1st February 2019. (See the detailed brief from that meeting HERE). We are now in regular contact with him in the run up to Brexit day and are providing you with an update. We will provide you with further information as it materialises.

There are other issues that we would like to draw your attention to later in the newsletter as well.

The Italian Government is well-advanced in drafting a new law to come into effect if the Withdrawal Agreement is not ratified by the UK. There is still some coordination to be done with the European Commission and the other 26 Member States and checks are ongoing on the application of the reciprocity principle with EU citizens in the UK.

TRANSITION PERIOD: the Italian government’s intention, as per our previous communications, is to introduce a grace or transition period during which will be required to apply to have our existing EU rights converted to those of long term third country national status. This is subject to coordination and technical discussion, but it is proposed that the grace or transition period should run from March 30th (or any postponed Brexit date) to 31st December 2020. On any view, it is going to be for a reasonably long period.

HEALTHCARE: the right of British nationals to have access to healthcare during the grace period will continue unchanged from March 30th (or any postponed Brexit date). The mechanism of payment for that healthcare remains to be worked out as it is subject to the coordination and technical discussions referred to earlier, but the Italian government’s clear intention is, subject to those technical discussions, to work towards the protection of this access on the same terms as now – so those UKinItaly who presently have access to the Sistema Sanitario Nazionale without payment (other than the “ticket”) will continue to do so. This includes UK pensioners holding the S1 form. In essence, you, UKinItaly, should continue with your current health and medical care after 30th March as you do now.

REGISTRATION: the preservation of our rights during the grace period and the new status which will follow the grace period in 2021 will only apply to those UK nationals who are legally resident in Italy on March 29th (or the last day of any extended period for Brexit). Accordingly, in order to qualify (we have said this before and reiterate this point strongly again here) it is necessary:

  • to be registered with the Anagrafe Office of the Comune in which you reside by 29th March 2019;
  • or, if that is not possible, to have initiated an application for such registration by that date (which you will need to prove by obtaining a receipt for the application, sending it by PEC email, if possible, or sending it by raccomandata con ricevuta di ritorno); or, if you are unable to make the application by 29th March because your Comune will not give you an appointment until after that date, you need to keep evidence that you were both legally resident in Italy and that you applied for the appointment before 29th March;
  • or, if none of the above is possible, by making the application during the Grace Period but if you do this you need to be able to prove that you were actually resident in Italy on March 29th or the last day of any extended period for Brexit. You will need evidence of a home ownership and the fact that you were resident in it at the time, a rental contract or a receipt from holiday/letting accommodation.

It’s that time when we need you to get involved again! By writing to your MP!

We are so close to Brexit day now and our rights are still not ringfenced. Any outcome from Brexit could change everything that British in Italy and British in Europe have worked so hard to protect already. Our future also depends on how the UK treat EU citizens in the UK.

A Conservative MP, Alberto Costa, is proposing an amendment to the motion being voted on in the House of Commons next Wednesday 27th Feb. The amendment calls for the Prime Minister to ask the EU to jointly agree *as soon as possible* to adopt the citizens’ rights part of the Withdrawal Agreement – whatever happens with Brexit.

Mr Costa has a lot of cross party support, but we need to write to as many MP’s as possible to ask to support this amendment. So, we ask you to take 10 minutes of your times and send a quick letter to your MP. British in Europe have prepared everything for you, all you need to do is download the letter and send it off . Click HERE for full instructions and Thank you!

Presidenza del Consiglio dei Ministri

The Italian ministry have now published a detailed paper on the impact of a no deal Brexit. You can read that paper (in Italian) by clicking the link below:

http://www.governo.it/…/201902151_BREXITsenzaAccordo_info.p…


24th February 2019

  • The next event in our programme “English Voices in Genoa” begins at midday on 27th February with the first of a series of talks about the 17th-century priest and poet George Herbert, who died on 27th February 1633. That will be followed by the regular midweek Eucharist at 12.30.
  • The beginning of Lent, Ash Wednesday, is 6th March. The service at 12.30 p.m. that day will include the ancient custom of “ashing”, receiving on our foreheads the sign of the cross in ash.  The ash for this is traditionally made by burning the previous year’s palm crosses, so if you still have yours from last year, please bring it to church.
  • Confirmation preparation begins next Sunday. Anyone who has said that they are interested in being baptised and/or confirmed when Bishop David comes in July is asked to make sure that they have their programme and that they complete the form inside it and return it to the Chaplain.  Preparation will happen on Sundays, with a teaching sermon at the Eucharist and a chance to explore the issues raised in the sermon afterwards over a simple lunch.  It isn’t too late to let one of the clergy know that you are interested. 
  • Finally: Friday is the World Day of Prayer.  There will be a service at 6.00 p.m. at the Sala Lutero in Via Assarotti.  All are welcome.

For families!

Families may be interested in the invitation from our friends at the Chiesa Valdese to take part in the Festa delle Scuole domenicali, which has happened for some years now at Casa Valdese di Vallecrosia.

This year’s gathering take place from 17th to 19th May; the programme for the event will focus on learning about the Old Testament book of Esther.

A new development this year: the camp is not only for young children but also for teenagers. Young people aged 14 – 18 are invited to take part in this week-end: there will be specific activities arranged for them. In addition, there will also be times of activity and learning opportunities also for the parents who are their with their own children.

La Casa valdese di Vallecrosia is again available to welcome visitors, with special prices to enable participation. They are pretty well unchanged in relation to previous years:
– overnight accommodation in a multiple room with shared bathroom: 55 € per head; for children up to 8 years the prices is reduced to 30 € per head
– overnight accommodation in a multiple room with en suite bathroom: 80 € per head; for children up to 8 years, in this casse too, the price is reduced to 30 € per head

Prices include 2 nights’ accommodation (Friday-Saturday and Saturday-Sunday), 2 breakfasts (Saturday and Sunday) and four meals (dinner on Friday, lunch and dinner on Saturday, lunch on Sunday), so are definitely favourable.

Applications to join the camp must arrive before Sunday 17th March, by e-mail if possible (to the Circuit address: circuitov@chiesavaldese.org). Applicants are asked to send a scanned copy of the registration form (linked below) which should be completed entirely by the parents of the children or young people (in the case of those who are under 18) or by the actual young people (if they have passed their 18th birthday). Please keep to the date of 17th March which is required by the Casa valdese di Vallecrosia

Campo Scuole Domenicali – Vallecrosia – Modulo partecipazione 2019


Here, too, because the chaplain will be away on his post_Christmas break from 17th-22nd February, are the hymns for 24th February (2 before Lent ).

Rumour has it that we haven’t sung ‘Will your anchor hold’ since Howard Sanderson’s time (30 years ago) but it is a classic hymn of the Free Church tradition, and we have never sung ‘Think of a world without any flowers’ so please listen to these hymns and practise too!

Fill your hearts with joy and gladness (RegentSquare)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1jMihP_S-E
Angel voices ever singing
https://www.youtube.com/watch…
(starts 28 seconds in)
Think of a world without any flowers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsoC1lhBAdE
Will your anchor hold
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PTfypuXwrMA


Hymns for the coming Sunday (17th February, 3 before Lent) – so you’ve got plenty of time to practise!

Praise to the holiest in the height
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kpHUYwHEstk
Come down,O love divine
https://www.youtube.com/watch…
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Htp-M92hzRI
Brother, sister, let me serve you
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=G_ufwqwquqY
One ore step along the world I go
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVa_qmaL770
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7bT4qfeZRY


Sunday, 10th February

  • This week there will be the normal Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday. Next week the midweek service on 20th February will be midday prayer.
  • On Thursday (St Valentine’s Day), at 4.00 p.m., Peter Whitfield will be presenting his book on “The Historic Churches of Genoa” and there will be an opportunity to buy copies (part of the proceeds of sales will go to church funds). English tea will be served.
  • Anyone who is interested in being baptised and/or confirmed when Bishop David comes in the summer, may like to know that the programme for preparation is now available in church. Preparation will start at the beginning of next month and it will happen on Sundays.  It isn’t too late for anyone who is interested to contact one of the clergy.
  • The chaplain is  now back on WhatsApp, but without his complete address list and with a new mobile number. Anyone who gets in touch with him, is asked to add their name at the end of their message. 
  • There are still copies of the church calendar for the year, and of the Diocese of Europe Annual Review for last year, on the table at the back of the church.
  • The preacher at the Eucharist on Sunday 17th February will be The Revd Moses Adesina. 

Sunday 3rd February 

  • Thank you to everyone who helped with the concert on 1st February. The retiring collection raised over €125. The collection at the closing service of the Week of Prayer for Unity on 25th January raised €234 for the Baptist Church in Varese, which was firebombed last October.
  • At the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on 6th February  we shall remember the 16th-century Martyrs of Japan.
  • We have recently received a generous donation from the people of St Paul’s Church, Rock Creek, in the USA. 
  • On St Valentine’s Day at 4.00 p.m., Peter Whitfield will be presenting his book on “The Historic Churches of Genoa” and there will be an opportunity to buy copies (part of the price supports church funds). English tea will be served.
  • A reminder that we now have a date for Bishop David’s visit. He will be with us on 20th-21st July and will be confirming candidates from this church. Preparation will start at the beginning of next month and it will happen on Sundays. It isn’t too late to let the chaplain know that you are interested.

Hymns and songs for our celebration of Candlemas (3rd February)

In his temple now behold him (tune: Westminster Abbey) https://youtu.be/BBue0veeISg

Make way https://youtu.be/tK6XuYhL7JI

O Lord hear my prayer https://youtu.be/J73ILBBkpA0

Angels from the realms of glory https://youtu.be/17TqZQ9ldlk

Enjoy!  And don’t forget the bring-and-share lunch after the Eucharist.


  • Copies of the Annual report of the Diocese of Europe are now available in church.  If you want to find out more about the life of our diocese in all its wonderful variety, please take a copy.
  • There are also copies of “This Year at the Church of the Holy Ghost”, the chaplaincy calendar for 2019, available in church. Please take one.

Sunday 27th January

  • A big “thank you” to everyone who helped in any way with the service on Friday evening. There was a lot of comment afterwards and all of it was very positive.
  • We now have a date for the confirmation.

    For those who aren’t sure what that means: confirmation is the completion of your baptism, when you are welcomed by the bishop, representing the world-wide Church, and sealed with the Holy Spirit. If you were baptised as a baby, it is also an opportunity for you to claim as your own the faith to which your parents and godparents entrusted you and to commit to being a disciple of Jesus. And, traditionally, in the Church of England, it has been the rite which admits a believer to full sharing in the Eucharist.

    Bishop David will be with us on 20th-21st July. Preparation will start at the beginning of March and it will happen on Sundays. If you want to be welcomed by the bishop as a child of God, or affirm your adult faith and your commitment to being a disciple of Jesus, it isn’t too late to sign up. Contact the chaplain.

  • We are looking for volunteers to provide the aperitivo after the Sunday Eucharist, a valued time of fellowship for members of our congregation. If you are prepared to help once in a while, or if you would like to know more, please contact churchwarden Mary Wellington.
  • On Wednesday (30th March) we remember the execution of King Charles I. There will be a celebration of the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Friday (1st February) at 5.30 p.m. there will be a concert in church paying tribute to the rock group “King Crimson” and the singer Cat Stevens. 
  • Next Sunday (3rd February) is the day when we remember how Jesus was presented in the temple by Mary and Joseph and acclaimed as a light for revelation to all nations and the glory of God’s people. The Eucharist will end with a candle-lit procession and it will include a family baptism. It will be followed by a chaplaincy lunch to mark the end of Christmastide.  Please sign up for that if you want to take part
  • Please note that it will not be possible to contact the chaplain by WhatsApp until further notice.  It is hoped that the situation will be sorted out soon, but until it is, anyone who needs to get in touch with him, is asked to use Facebook, e-mail or the Chaplaincy land-line.

“Come, everything is ready”

World day of prayer

Prepared by the women of Slovenia

Friday 1 March 2019, 1800,

Lutheran Hall, Via Assarotti 21 a

Preparatory Meetings :
Wednesday 30 January
Wednesday 13 February

Always 1500 in the Lutheran Hall, via Assarotti 21 a

You are welcome!


Here, with a whole week to learn them in, are the hymns for Epiphany 4.  (27th  January)

Jesus shall reign

https://youtu.be/yJYLXUovpjw

Love divine all loves excelling  (No words but King’s College Cambridge singing):

https://youtu.be/5CNfpUrKzpM

My God and is thy table spread

https://youtu.be/ss4iEslMrBs

O for a thousand tongues to sing (No words):

https://youtu.be/jbiQ17uulKU


Sunday 20th January

  • A very warm welcome back to Moses Adesina. The Church Council has now asked Bishop David to give Moses “Permission to Officiate” as a deacon while he is with us in Genoa, and we are making progress toward that, so you are likely to be seeing him up at the front in a number of different roles during the coming weeks.
  • We now have a date for the confirmation. Bishop David will be with us on the week-end of 20th-21st  July.  Preparation will begin shortly.  Any enquirers are asked to contact the chaplain.
  • One of the things that builds community in this church is the aperitivo after the Sunday Eucharist. This does not just “happen” but requires a commitment from people to provide and serve the food and drink.  Please contact our churchwarden, Mary Wellington, if you are willing to be part of this group.
  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity has begun. The programme of events during the week has been posted elsewhere on this page.  On Monday evening (21st January) at 6.00 p.m. Bishop Jürgen Johannesdotter of the Protestant Church in Germany will give a talk in the Sala Frate Sole at the back of the Church of the Annunziata. 
  • There will be the usual celebration of the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.  Our prayers this week will focus on the theme of Unity.
  • We are hosting the final service of the Week of Prayer in Genova. It will be in both English and Italian. The Preachers will be Fr Filip Sorin of the Romanian Orthodox Church and Pastora Ulrike Jourdan of the Waldensian Church in Sampierdarena. The Cardinal Archbishop of Genoa is expected.
  • Friday is also the Feast of the Conversion of St Paul.  There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. that day.

Sunday 13th January

  • There will be the usual Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday 16th January. It will be followed by a meeting of the Church Council.  
  • On Friday 18th January the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins. The programme of events is posted below.  We are hosting the final service of the Week on Friday 25th  January. The Cardinal Archbishop of Genoa will be present at that service.  Please put this date in your diary now.
  • Moses Adesina was ordained as a deacon in the Anglican Church of Kenya shortly before Christmas to serve in a parish in a new mission district in the diocese of Southern Nyanza.  Unfortunately, when the bishop ordained Moses he changed his immigration status in Kenya and the Kenyan authorities have told Moses to return to Italy to sort things out.  He will be arriving in Genoa in a few days’ time and will be living among us for a while until his status in Kenya is sorted out so that he can return to continue his studies.  We hope that he will be able to minister while he is among us, and the Church Council will be asking Bishop David to give Moses “permission to Officiate” in Genoa, but there are a number of formalities to be gone through before that happens, so it may take some time.

A few days in which to mug up on Sunday’s Hymns (20th January):

With words: https://youtu.be/B2FX0-kS7wA


Sunday 6th January, 2019

  • There will not be the usual Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday because Tony Dickinson will be away from Genoa on Church business. Instead there will be Midday Prayer, in which all are welcome to join.
  • Next Sunday we shall keep the feast of the Baptism of Christ. At the Eucharist there will be an opportunity to renew the promises that were made at our baptism.
  • The Church Council will meet on Wednesday, 16th January, after the midweek Eucharist. The agenda will be circulated later this week.
  • Finally: Please keep in your prayers Lis and her husband Gian. He has been quite poorly in recent days and Lis is not at present able to leave him.  Please remember, too, Kallina Temperini’s mother Marjorie, who is recovering from a bad fall just before Christmas.

Here are the hymns for our celebration of the Epiphany on Sunday. Your chance to practice before the day:

Earth has many a noble city
We three kings
O worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness
As with gladness

    • People won’t need reminding that Tuesday is New Year’s Day. It is also the eighth day after Christmas Day, when Christians remember how Jesus was circumcised in accordance with the Law of Moses eight days after his birth. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. which will be followed by seasonal refreshments.
    • There will, as usual, be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday. At this service there will be a commemoration of four of God’s holy ones: two friends who lived and ministered in what is now central Turkey in the fourth century, a nineteenth-century Russian monk, and an Indian bishop who died within the lifetime of several members of the congregation.
    • Next Sunday we keep the feast of the Epiphany, when the wise men move from the edge of the crib scene to join the Holy Family front and centre. The Eucharist will be at the normal time of 10.30 a.m.


  • Here are the hymns for Christmas 1 (with a choice of versions for our final hymn):

    Introit God rest ye merry gentlefolk (slightly different words here)

    Offertory Will you come and follow me

    Communion What child is this

    Post Communion Angels from the realms of glory

    Kings College Cambridge:
    Maddy Prior:
    Annie Lennox:

    • On Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of this week (26th-28th December) we shall celebrate St Stephen, St John and the Holy Innocents. There will be a simple Eucharist, with Christmas carols, each day at 12.30 p.m.
    • A week today is New Year’s Day.  It is also the eighth day after Christmas, when we remember how Jesus was circumcised in accordance with the Law of Moses on the eighth day after his birth.  There will be a simple Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
    • We have received Christmas greetings from Gillian Cumming and from Tim and Rosemary Bravington.

    • Warm thanks to everyone who took part in the Carol Service last Sunday. Not only the readers, singers and musicians, but those who set out chairs and cleared up afterwards, those who cooked mince pies and mulled gallons of wine, or served them to our congregation of over 150.  The collection at the service raised over €320 for Emergenza Freddo. If you know of anyone who is sleeping rough, please encourage them to make contact with this excellent project of Caritas Genova.  See post below for details. 
    • An unexpected Christmas gift was the exciting news that Moses Adesina was ordained on Sunday 16th December as a deacon in the Anglican Church in Kenya. Please pray for him and for the people of Keroka, where he is serving as he continues his studies.
    • The blessing of the crib will take place at 5.30 p.m.  on Christmas Eve. This will be followed by prosecco and sparkling wine.
    • On Christmas Day there will be a Eucharist at 10.30 a.m.  We will again enjoy seasonal refreshments afterwards.
    • 26th, 27th and 28th December we shall celebrate the feasts of St Stephen, St John and the Holy Innocents. There will be a short Eucharist, with Christmas carols, each day at 12.30 p.m.
    • The last of our brief introductions to three Christian poets is now up on the Chaplain’s page on this website. This one introduces the poetry of R.S. Thomas, and ends with links to some of his poems.
    • We have received Christmas greetings from David and Lynn Emmott and from John and Rita Bennett.  Here is the greeting from Lynn and David:

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    • The Bennetts write:
    Dear Friends,
    Warm greetings from the Bennetts in Linton. It is good to hear from so many at this time of year. So thank you for your greetings and good wishes.
     
    It’s been a particularly busy year for us with quite a lot of lot of time spent away from home, either working in Italy or visiting friends in France. We have experienced a few memorable times.  In late February, we just escaped the “Beast from the East” snowstorm, when Matthew our son-in-law got us to Manchester airport on the Sunday prior to its fall on Monday morning, for us to fly to Rome. When we woke up on Monday morning in Rome, there was thick snow there also. It was the first time they had seen snow like that in the capital for eight years. There is “a miracle of the snow story”, taking place at the church of St Maria Maggiore in Rome, when the citizens saw snow in August. Well this was almost as astounding for Rome, and the locals made the most of it, for a few days. Those beautiful fountains of Rome, were dressed in the most amazing icicles and traffic was incredibly diminished.  Bernini would have been delighted to see his fountains clad in frozen icicles. But it didn’t stop us getting to Sicily, where we were to work for the next month.   Another achievement this year has been taking our eleven year old VW cabriolet successfully over the Pyrenees from Bilbao and then finally up the length of France. It’s the most trouble free car we have ever had, even though we did have it checked over thoroughly before setting off. The less memorable moment was getting it in and out of the hotel lift in Bilbao, as the only entrance to the underground car-park, in that beautiful but compact city, was to put your car in the lift and hope it would bear the weight.
     
    Our family are all thriving, thankfully. Kathryn, Andy and Hannah are looking for a larger house, as some new houses are being built around Skipton.  Hannah performed in a end of term ballet at the Alhambra theatre in Bradford earlier in the year and we were there, along with others in the family to cheer. She has successfully passed the entrance  examination to the Girls High School in Skipton, starting in September and has just had her eleventh birthday.  Kathryn is keeping well and is still working hard for the National Park, doing workshops and other sustainable tourism projects. Eleanor, Matthew, Rebecca and Emma are doing well in Thorpe, just over the hill from us. Matthew is now self-employed, having spread his wings away from BT to taking on independent contracts with other firms. He has recently been to Stockholm and Berlin with the work he does and besides travelling, is delighted to be able to work day to day from home.  Eleanor continues to teach at Grassington school where Emma is also. Rebecca is now fourteen and is working through her options for GCSE.
     
    Rita and I have completed the year long beginners Italian course at Prince Henry’s Grammar School in Otley. The great advantage for us, is there are no exams and with a teacher called Sabrina, anything learnt is a plus. We are now on the second year’s continuation course. After five years we may be up to GCSE standard, but that would be a long shot. But it is said at the college that Chinese is a more difficult language to grasp. The Italian language course is making a small difference to our visits to friends in Italy, in that we can understand conversations more. The trick is going to have the confidence to speak a few words more ourselves.  We have served again in the Anglican Chaplaincy in Taormina in Sicily during March 18, of which one highlight has been to meet up with Andreas, the Lutheran pastor in Sicily and his youth worker colleague. They not only introduced us to an outstanding local fish restaurant in Catania, but also took us to the refugee hostel the Lutheran Church runs In Catania. There are now nine young men living there, who they house and care for. The quality of the premises and its furnishings are of a high standard and are a credit to their work and respect for the people they care for. Friends in Genoa will be glad to hear of this work also. Our Anglican congregation in Taormina hold regular monthly joint services with the Lutherans, in German and English, and while we were there, together they celebrated the fiftieth such occasion. They also share a joint film night once per month.  We also are particularly glad to welcome Giovanni La Rosa, who we had met at the Safeguarding workshop held while we were hosts at the chaplaincy in Taormina. Father Giovanni took part in our worship and invited me to join in a mass within his entirely Italian speaking congregation of the St Albert of Trapani church, that has recently come into the Anglican Diocese in Europe.  St Albert is a Sicilian saint of the 13th century, a Carmelite, known for his preaching and healing abilities. Giovanni took us to the village of Randazzo on the slopes of Mt Etna and we enjoyed a wonderful barbecue with the priest’s family and friends, in their out of the village homestead. The countryside is covered in fertile vineyards benefitting from the lava rock and soil. From there we continued to the church to join in the Italian mass and meet the congregation.  We spent Easter in Palermo, and saw the entirely male flower arrangers preparing the Easter procession. The Easter procession arrived with the brass band at 2am Saturday outside our apartment, having processed around the city since 8pm in the previous evening. We also visited Cefalu, on the coast, during Easter, admiring its sandy beaches as well as its magnificent cathedral and old streets.  We will be returning to Taormina to serve for the month of April 2019 and again in April and September 2020, now that Vickie the Archdeacon in Milan has so very kindly picked up for me, an Italian police certificate, saying I have no record of any cautions or criminal investigations. It’s a bit like the DBS certificates voluntary workers are asked for in the UK. But such is the kind of world we now live in, that these checks have to be gone through. We also anticipate taking a Christians Aware visiting group to Rome in March 2019 to see Castel Gandolfo, Nero’s Golden House and other recently opened treasures.
     
    This year has been busy with John being Area Minister for the Franciscan tertiaries, for “West and South Yorkshire and Craven” to give the Area its full name.There are around fifty tertiaries in our area, including some we have recently incorporated from the Doncaster area of South Yorkshire. Our Area is a busy one and we have a really excellent Area Team of colleagues to work alongside. This coming year there will be events in different parts of the country marking the meeting and friendship that St Francis had with the Sultan of Egypt during the fifth crusade in 1219. This was a meeting of honour and respect that was formative in creating dialogue across faith traditions and in peace-making in his turbulent world. We hope to incorporate an interfaith gathering in the Hyde Park region of Leeds, with the help of our friends there. John is contributing to the Franciscan Formation Forum that encourages ongoing development throughout life and is helping to develop a resource bank that will be accessible over the internet. We managed to get a week away in Assisi during August, with another two Franciscan friends.
     
    We have been glad to be in touch with, or see other friends maintaining a quality of life in different circumstances. Friends in Kerala we remember, who have this year experienced devastating flooding and the loss of some very precious homes. In such a beautiful place and super people this will have been a dreadful loss. We remember other friends and colleagues who we have spent many happy times with over the years.  Rita and I attend Ripon Cathedral when we are at home in Yorkshire and I do chaplaincy work there and take occasional mid-week communion services. It also is an excellent centre for our ecumenical work as part of the Ripon Regional Support Group of the Anglican Centre in Rome. The group managed to arrange two well attended events during the last year; one to Ampleforth and Stanbrook Abbey’s and the other in Knaresborough celebrating the 800 anniversary of St Robert of Knaresborough.  Stanbrook is a brilliant ecologically geared community house on the North Yorks Moors and well worth visiting. Peter Lacy, a Methodist local preacher and historian told us the story of Robert, who we think deserved a very large medal, in trying to advise King John, the year after the barons nailed him down, with Magna Carta. Ruth Becket, an academic from York University, spoke at the gathering of our common heritage of saints, particularly as Robert was never officially canonised.

     We continue to take an interest in bringing our small limestone garden to its full potential. We attended another Snowdrop Day in February and a Bulb Day in September run by the Alpine Garden Society. We now have around fifteen different snowdrop varieties beginning to show up in the garden. We have grown sweet peas for the first time this year and bought some more seeds for 2019 when we visited Wisley Gardens in August for the first time. But perhaps the most inspirational visit for us in the Uk has been to visit the recently renovated Temperate House at Kew Gardens, where we have seen a number of near extinct plant species springing into life and growing again, through the spectacular and precise care of the biologists and scientists at Kew. It has been a most rewarding experience to see otherwise extinct or very vulnerable plant species growing profusely there. Some amazing achievements coming into life through saving these plants.

    We send you warm good wishes for a very happy Christmas and a bright and cheerful 2019.  Pax et Bonum.
     
    John and RIta  Bennett
     
     

    Here are the hymns for Advent 4

    Introit Of the Father’s love begotten (slightly different words)

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvFDrBJP6OM

    Offertory Tell out my soul

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZhRcXBFSE8

    Communion The angel Gabriel

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L-Rv-J46gvM

    Post Communion Come thou long expected Jesus

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEEd0uWnDGs


    Follow the link for news of an event happening in the New Year

    BOOK LAUNCH FLYER


    • Rachel Ukpohe has given birth to a baby girl. Her name is Amira.  By the time you read this mother and baby should be home from hospital.
    • Those who like poetry may be interested in looking at the Chaplain’s page on the Chaplaincy website, where there are brief introductions to three Christian poets, ranging from the fourth century to the 20th, with links to some of their poetry.
    • Emergenza Freddo is operating again this year.  This church will be supporting it at the Carol Service.  See below for details of where and when it is operating.
    • We have received Christmas greetings from Fr Bernard Fray, from John and Rita Bennett, and from John and Madeleine Tarrant, who note that both Genoa and Salisbury (where they live) have been in the news this year for distressing reasons.
    • Services are as usual this week, with the midweek Eucharist at lunchtime on Wednesday. From the fourth Sunday in Advent there will be a service every day during Christmas week, from Sunday to Friday  The details are:

    Sunday, 23rd December – Advent 4:  10.30a.m. – Eucharist

    Monday, 24th December – Christmas Eve:  5.30 p.m. – Crib Service

    Tuesday, 25th December – Christmas Day:  10.30 a.m. – Eucharist

    Wednesday, 26th December – St Stephen:  12.30 a.m. – Eucharist

    Thursday, 27th December – St John the Evangelist:  12.30 a.m. – Eucharist

    Friday, 28th December – The Holy Innocents:  12.30 a.m. – Eucharist


    If you know of anyone who is sleeping rough, please remind them of the existence of EMERGENZA FREDDO

    Caritas Genoa is again this year promoting the “Emergenza” to increase the number of beds available to homeless people living on the street and offer them shelter for the night, dinner, breakfast and the showers between 1st December 2018 and 31st March 2019.

    Reception is open at the monastery of SS Giacomo e Filippo, Via Bozzano 12 (in S. Fruttuoso district) and operated by Fondazione Auxilium, Il Melograne and Volunteers for Auxilium.

    The services include:-

    • Reception while waiting for showers: Monday to Friday from 0900 to 1100
    • Activities: from Monday to Sunday (except Saturday) from 1430 to 1730
    • Preparation and entertainment before dinner: Monday to Sunday from 1730 to 1930
    • Dining room: every day from 1930 to 2030
    • Dormitory & Breakfast (including Christmas, New Year and holidays): every day from 2000 to 0700.

    There are also two night shelters for homeless people, open at the premises of the parishes of Santa Maria delle Vigne, in the historic centre (Vico Del Campanile Delle Vigne, 5) and San Francesco alla Chiappetta in Bolzaneto (Via G. B. Custo, 9, Casa San Francesco).


    • The Archbishop of York, John Sentamu, has asked people to join him in a vigil of prayer before the vote in the British Parliament on the Brexit deal (see below).   Please join in as and when you can.  The words of the recommended prayers are printed below and on the Facebook page and there are leaflets available in church.
    • Next Sunday our Christmas Carol Service will take place at 5.30 p.m. Please remember to invite your friends.  We shall again welcome the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica and there will be mulled wine and mince pies afterwards.
    • Sadly there is still no news from Bishop David’s Office about the date for a confirmation in Genoa next year. He will receive a nudge tomorrow. Anyone who is interested in the possibility of being confirmed, or in being baptised, and wants to know more,  is asked to contact the chaplain.
    • In preparation for the Carol Service, we shall be putting up our Christmas Crib and the remaining decorations on Wednesday morning, breaking for the mid-day Eucharist (and lunch) and, if we need to, carrying on afterwards. Anyone who is free that day is invited to come and lend a hand.

    The Archbishop of York is inviting all to join him in a vigil of prayer ahead of the vote in the UK Parliament on the Brexit deal.  The vigil will start on Sunday 9th  December at 6.00 a.m. and continue until midnight on Tuesday 11th December.

    The Archbishop has written a special prayer which he is encouraging everyone to pray on the hour, every hour throughout the three days.  It will be said by the duty Chaplain at York Minster throughout Monday and Tuesday.

    The Archbishop’s prayer reads:

    God of eternal love and power,
    Save our Parliamentary Democracy;
    Protect our High Court of Parliament and all its members
    From partiality and prejudice;
    That they may walk the path of kindness, justice and mercy.
    Give them wisdom, insight and a concern for the common good.
    The weight of their calling is too much to bear in their own strength,
    Therefore we pray earnestly, Father,
    send them help from your Holy Place, and be their tower of strength.
    Lord, graciously hear us. Amen.

    Please add these to your prayers:

    Lord, have mercy.
    Christ, have mercy.
    Lord, have mercy.
    Our Father who art in heaven,
    hallowed be thy name;
    thy kingdom come;
    thy will be done,
    on earth as it is in heaven.
    Give us this day our daily bread.
    And forgive us our trespasses,
    as we forgive them that trespass against us.
    And lead us not into temptation;
    but deliver us from evil.
    For thine is the kingdom,
    the power and the glory,
    for ever and ever. Amen.


    Here are the hymns for Advent 2:

    Thy kingdom come O God
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Oe-Vy5LkYEs
    O come O come Emmanuel
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C65aJef1J_Y
    or without the words
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xPV8PEBTAQ0

    Amazing grace:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CDdvReNKKuk
    Make way:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tK6XuYhL7JI

    ADVENT SUNDAYS
    Lord have mercy – during Advent we will be singing Lord have mercy in a setting by the Ghanaian composer Dinah Reindorf.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPe-AkxAlAw
    and for the Gospel proclamation we will sing (in English) Mayenziwe ‘ntando yakho: Your will be done on earth O Lord.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khHrJBuJxwo


    • At the Eucharist on 9th December we shall give thanks for the recent birth of Israel and Blessing’s third daughter, Gift. Also next Sunday the Church Council meets.
    • On Sunday 16th December our Christmas Carol Service will take place at 5.30 p.m. Please put the date in your diary and tell your friends. We shall again welcome our friends from the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica and there will be mulled wine and minced pies afterwards. .
    • If you like Gospel music with a Christmas twist, there is a concert at the Aquarium on Thursday 6th December at 9.00 p.m. Further details can be found on the church’s FB page.  Those who prefer more traditional Christmas music may like to know that the Salvation Army Band is giving a concert in the Waldensian Church in Via Assarotti on Saturday 8th December at 5.30 p.m.  Before that, in one of the upper rooms on the church premises, the Waldensians are holding their Christmas Bazaar.  That begins at 2.30 p.m. Access is through the side door in Via Curtatone. Again, detailed information can be found on the “Church and Friends” FB page.
    • We are still waiting to hear from Bishop David’s Office about the date for a confirmation here next year. We hope to have news soon. If you are interested in the possibility of being confirmed in your Christian discipleship, or in being baptised, and want to know more, please contact the Chaplain.

    For those who like to practice beforehand: here (with apologies for their late arrival) are links to this week’s hymns and other music.

    Introit Come thou long expected Jesus
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JEEd0uWnDGs

    Offertory People look east
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F8GNlRcBdvs

    Communion I cannot tell
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4Km9teBZFo

    Post Communion Lo he comes with clouds descending
    To sing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NhmuY2pRLY
    To enjoy the music; https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rYf4W5Fy_2w

    We shall be singing these two pieces in place of the “Gloria” and “Alleluia” from tomorrow until Christmas.
    Lord have mercy –  we will be singing Kyrie Eleison (Ghana)
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rPe-AkxAlAw
    and for the Gospel proclamation we will sing Mayenziwe ‘ntando yakho: Your will be done on earth O Lord.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=khHrJBuJxwo


    CUVG PAGE


    • In addition to the regular midweek Eucharist on Wednesday there will be a special celebration at 12.30 p.m. on Friday to mark St Andrew’s day.
    • Next Sunday the season of Advent begins. This is the time of year when we both prepare to remember the first coming of the Lord Jesus as a baby in Bethlehem and look forward to his coming again at the end of history.
      • Next Sunday also marks the end of our journey through the year with St Mark’s Gospel and the beginning of a journey with St Luke.
      • The American International Women’s Club is holding its annual Christmas Bazaar on Sunday from 10.30 a.m. to 5.30 p.m. at the Star Hotel President near Brignole Station .
      • And don’t forget that next Sunday at 10.00 a.m.there will be a United Service at the Baptist Church, followed by a shared meal. Members of this congregation are encouraged to join our brother and sister Christians, but there will be a service here as usual.  If you plan to go to the Baptist Church and stay for the lunch, please let Tony Dickinson know today.
    • On Sunday 16th December (3 weeks today) our Christmas Carol Service will take place at 5.30 p.m. Please put the date in your diary and tell your friends. We shall again welcome our friends from the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica and there will be mulled wine and minced pies afterwards.
    • To find out what else is happening between now and Christmas, please pick up a blue leaflet from church. It includes details of services for Advent, Christmas, and beyond to the end of Christmastide.

    Did you know that the Diocese publishes a quarterly Prayer Diary? It used to be an insert in “The European Anglican” but is now available online access and as a download on the Diocesan website https://emea01.safelinks.protection.outlook.com/?url=https%3A%2F%2Feurope.anglican.org%2Fprayer-diary%2Fprayer-diary-introduction&data=02%7C01%7Cbron.panter%40churchofengland.org%7Cff60488ebdfc42aff11008d64ece3adf%7C95e2463b3ab047b49ac1587c77ee84f0%7C0%7C0%7C636783045021310692&sdata=TkUjsRvYo7eE2iM4D0Z%2By1nI26PxlTczwjM0FK75COQ%3D&reserved=0 . You can also receive it direct to smartphones and tablets using the PrayerMate app.

    There is also a Chaplaincy Cycle of Prayer, with prayer topics for each day of the month. It can be accessed at http://anglicanchurchgenoa.org/chaplaincy-cycle-of-prayer/


    On Sunday  25th November we keep the Feast of Christ the King, which ends the Church’s year. The hymns to be sung that day are:


  • Last night’s concert of Christmas music by the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica was very enjoyable. Warm thanks to all who moved furniture beforehand and all who set out extra chairs and welcomed people.  There was a collection which raised over €240 for church funds.
  • There will be the regular midweek Eucharist on Wednesday.
  • On 2nd December at 1000 there will be a United Service at the Baptist Church, followed by a shared meal. Members of this congregation are encouraged to be present, but there will be a service here as usual.  If you plan to take part in the United service and to stay for lunch, please let the Chaplain (chaplain@anglicanchurchgenoa.org) know by next Sunday.
  • The Waldensian Church in Via Assarotti is organising a pilgrimage next year to historic sites connected with the reform begun by Peter Waldo eight centuries ago. There is more information on our church’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/126605284027716/photos/a.131796013508643/2040067019348190/?type=3&theater.
  • Information about another project with which the Waldensians are involved, as part of the “Humanitarian Corridors” movement, can be found lower down this page (see “A request from our Waldensian brothers and sisters”).  It will be of particular interest to anyone who is downsizing or reequipping their home.
  • There are still a few “end-of-year” programme leaflets available from church. They include details of services during Advent, Christmas, and beyond to the end of Christmastide.
  • Finally: we are continuing to gather a group of people who are preparing for baptism and/or confirmation next year – the exact date is under discussion with Bishop David’s office. It isn’t too late to join the group.  If you would like to know more, please contact the chaplain (e-mail address as above).

  • There will be the regular midweek Eucharist on Wednesday. This week we remember Samuel Seabury, pioneering bishop in North America.
  • On Saturday the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica will be giving a concert of Christmas music from many lands here at 5.30 p.m. If anyone is free from about 2.00 p.m. to help set out chairs that would be much appreciated.  There is more information on the “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost”  Facebook page. https://www.facebook.com/126605284027716/photos/a.131796013508643/2042487852439440/?type=3&theater
  • Our neighbours at the Waldensian Church in Via Assarotti are organising a pilgrimage next year to some of the historic sites connected with the reform begun by Peter Waldo eight centuries ago. There is more information on the “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost” FB page.  https://www.facebook.com/126605284027716/photos/a.131796013508643/2040067019348190/?type=3&theater
  • Information about another project with which the Waldensians are involved, as part of the “Humanitarian Corridors” movement, can be found immediately below. It may be of interest to people who are downsizing or reequipping their homes.
  • Have you picked up your programme for the end of the year? There are still some on the table by the church entrance.  The blue leaflet includes details of services for Advent, Christmas, and beyond to the end of Christmastide.
  • We are slowly gathering a group of people who are seeking to learn more about what it means to respond to the call of Jesus like Peter, Andrew and the sons of Zebedee in today’s Gospel reading (Mark 1:14-20). They will be preparing for baptism and confirmation (or else to complete their baptism by confirmation) next year.   It isn’t too late to join the group.  If you would like to know more, please contact the Chaplain.

A request from our Waldensian brothers and sisters:

For a year now, in our city there have been families of Syrian origin, who arrived in Italy through the “Humanitarian Corridors” project.  Their reception is being guaranteed and organised by Diaconia Valdese, a body that, within the union of the Methodist and Waldensian churches, deals with managing services to people (care, reception, accompaniment, support).  In this project a group of volunteers from the Waldensian Church and the International Evangelical Hospital is included in the collaboration.

As of November, the arrival of a new group of people is expected.  They will be hosted in accommodation made available by another organization present and active in the city of Genoa. The accommodation has been renovated but has no furniture or fittings of any kind.  Before proceeding to purchase new things, the staff of the Diaconia Valdese decided to ask if anyone among the members or acquaintances of the churches had furniture or fittings for the accommodation and would be prepared to give it as a gift to set up this house.

Here is the list of things that are needed:

Kitchen: 1 Table, 8 Chairs, 15 plates, 2 Sets Cutlery, 2 Kitchen Knives, 2 Bowls, 2 large pots, 2 small pots, 2 Frying Pans, 2 Oven Trays, 2 Boards, 4 Towels, 2 Potholders. Other utensils will be gratefully received.

BEDROOMS: 8 beds with mattress, 8 bedside tables, 8 Lamps, 4 wardrobes, 16 sets of sheets, 16 sets of blankets, 8 Pillows. Other items of furniture will be gratefully received.

Living room: a table, 8 Chairs, a couch, a television

Bathrooms: 3 cabinets, 3 Mirrors, 16 large towels, 16 small

If any one has one or more of these objects and is prepared to donate it, the church asks that they get in touch directly with Pastor William Jourdan, calling him on 328-1243464. He will take care to put you in touch with the staff of Diaconia Valdese,  who will look after the removal of objects or furniture. For that reason, he asks people not to bring things to the church but to wait for further instructions. Given that the families are scheduled to arrive at the end of November, people are asked to contact him by phone before Monday 19 November, so that the staff can schedule the removal of furniture or other fittings without fuss.


Advance Notice

For those who want to practice the hymns for Remembrance Sunday (11th November), here are some useful links:

Introit O God our help in ages past   https://hymnary.org/text/our_god_our_help_in_ages_past_watts#media
Offertory Dear Lord and father of mankind, https://hymnary.org/hymn/CH4/page/918
Communion Seek ye first, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S1Y8Naj3RFk
Post Communion O Lord my God, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dBLRsUMtuFQ


Week beginning 4th November

There will be the regular midweek Eucharist on Wednesday. This week we remember one of the great English missionary saints, Willibrord, who brought the good news of Jesus to the people of northwest Europe thirteen centuries ago.

Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday and our Eucharist will include the two minutes’ silence in which we remember those who died in two world wars and in the many conflicts since. So, please be here promptly at 10.30 next Sunday, so that you are in good time and ready to share the silence.

Have you picked up your programme for the end of the year? There are still some left on the table.  The blue leaflet includes details of services for Remembrance Sunday, Advent, Christmas, and beyond to the end of Christmastide.

Finally: we are slowly gathering a group of people who are seeking to learn more about what it means to respond to the call of Jesus and enter into life. They will be preparing for baptism and confirmation (or else to complete their baptism by confirmation) next year.   It isn’t too late to join the group.  If you would like to know more, please have a word with me at the end of the service.


Week beginning 28th October 

At the midweek Eucharist on Wednesday we shall mark the 501st anniversary of Martin Luther’s posting an invitation to debate on the theology faculty notice-board in Wittenberg.

On Thursday we shall give thanks to God for all his saints with a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. and on Friday, All Souls’ Day, there will be a service at 6.00 p.m.  in the evening at which we will remember by name people whom we have loved and who have died. There is a list on the table for members of the congregation to add the names of the people you would like to be remembered at that service. And do please come and light a candle for them as their name is read out.

There is a lot going on between now and the end of the year. We’ve produced a programme for people to take away.  It includes details of services for not only for All Saints, All Souls, but also for Remembrance Sunday, Advent, Christmas, and beyond to the end of Christmastide.

Finally: we are gathering a group of people who are seeking to learn more about what it means to follow Jesus and who are aiming for baptism and confirmation (or to complete their baptism by confirmation) next year. It isn’t too late to join the group.  If you would like to know more, please contact the Chaplain.


Week beginning 21st October

There will be the regular midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.

Today is the last time for a few months that the church wears the green of “ordinary time”. Next Sunday, we celebrate the apostles St Simon and St Jude, so everything will be red. Then we’re into white for All Saints’ tide and then red again for the three weeks leading to Advent. At the beginning of Advent we change to purple; and that lasts until Christmas when we change to white.

There is a lot going on between now and the end of the year. We’ve produced a little programme for people to take away.  It’s the blue leaflet on the table, and it includes details of services for All Saints, All Souls, Remembrance Sunday, Advent, Christmas, and beyond to the end of Christmastide.

On All Souls Day (2nd November) there will be a service at 6.00 p.m. at which we shall remember by name people whom we have loved and who have died. There is a list on the table for people to add the names of the people they would like to be remembered at that service. Those who do are warmly invited to come and light a candle for their loved one(s) as the names are read out.

Bishop Robert wrote recently to all the chaplaincies in the diocese asking for prayer in the run-up to 29th March, and especially as the negotiations reach their climax. You can find the content of his letter on the Chaplain’s page and on the “Church and Friends of the Holy Ghost” FB page.

Finally:  Italian lessons with Lis Watkins are continuing on Saturdays at 2.30 p.m.   It isn’t too late to join the group.  If you would like to know more, please contact Lis.


Week beginning 14th October

There will be the regular midweek Eucharist on Wednesday. This week we shall remember Bishop Ignatius of Antioch, who bore witness to God’s love in his life and in his death 1900 years ago.

On Thursday, we celebrate St Luke the Evangelist. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 that day.  It will include prayer for healing, with the laying on of hands and anointing for those who wish.

There is a lot going on between now and the end of the year. We’ve produced a little programme for people to take away.  It’s the blue leaflet on the table, and it includes details of services for All Saints, All Souls, Remembrance Sunday, Advent, Christmas, and beyond to the end of Christmastide.

On All Souls Day (2nd November) there will be a service in the evening at which we will remember by name people whom we have loved and who have died. There is a list on the table for you to add the names of the people you would like to be remembered at that service. And do please come and light a candle for them as the name is read out.

Finally: We had our first Italian lesson with Lis yesterday afternoon. If you’d like to join the group this coming Saturday at 2.30 p.m., please contact chaplain@anglicanchurchgenoa.org


Week beginning 7th October

A huge “thank you” to everyone who helped with yesterday’s Bazaar; those who baked and made jam, those who made handicrafts or donated items for sale, those who set up on Wednesday, those who staffed stalls and served teas, those who put out bunting, those who welcomed visitors, and those who cleared up afterwards and made the church ready for our worship this morning. We had a good time (sorry if you missed it) and we raised over €1500 for church funds.

This week is much quieter. There is the regular midweek Eucharist on Wednesday, when we shall be remembering Paulinus, first bishop of York, and the 17th-century priest and poet Thomas Traherne.

Looking further ahead, on Thursday week, 18th October, we celebrate St Luke the Evangelist. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 that day.

On 21st October, a fortnight today, our friends in the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica will be giving a concert of music from the time of the Crusades. Further details next week.

Congratulations to Blessing and Israel Nwangwa on the birth of their third daughter, a sister for Joy and Precious.

Following discussion at the Chaplaincy Council, we have put together a “Who’s Who” listing various roles that are important in our church life and the people who fulfil them. Please take a look, and if you can see a role that is incorrectly labelled or if you can’t see someone whose name ought to be there, but who has been missed off, please let me know.

There are a number of people in the congregation who are thinking about the possibility of baptism and confirmation.  Sadly none of them has actually told the Chaplain, so he doesn’t know who they are.  Please let him know (chaplain@anglicanchurchgenoa.org) if you are interested and we can start thinking about preparation.


Following recent discussion at the Chaplaincy Council, we have put together a “Who’s Who” listing various roles that are important in our church life and the people who fulfil them. Here it is.  Please take a look, and let me know of anything that is wrong or anyone who has been missed off.

Who’s Who at the Church of the Holy Ghost

Chaplain Canon Tony Dickinson  
Churchwardens Flora Capostagno Mary Wellington
Synod Representatives Lis Watkins Mary Wellington
Church Treasurer Alexia Piaggio  
Assistant Treasurer Lis Watkins  
Church Council Secretary Elsabe van der Sijde  
Church Council Members Giovanni Battista Forlino Ann Haigh
  Giovanni Milandri Kallina Temperini
Ex-Officio Denise Dardani  
Electoral Roll Officer Hanako Tshushima  
Sacristan Lis Watkins  
Assistant Sacristan Peter Asemwote  
Servers/Chalice-bearers Peter Asemwote Lis Watkins
Lesson-Readers Moses Adesina Flora Capostagno
  Lydia Oriasotie Alexia Piaggio
  Hanako Tshushima Mary Wellington (co-ordinator)
Music Flora Capostagno Hanako Tshushima
Welcomers Tracy Uwaghe  
Offertory Lydia Oriasotie Rachel Ukpohi
  Tracy Uwaghe Godstime Idu
  Amelie Carteny  
Safe-guarding Officer Kallina Temperini  
Sunday Refreshments Flora Capostagno (co-ordinator)  
Building Maintenance Lovely Lucky Godstime Idu
Furniture Lay-out Cyril Chimeziri Aoustin Jostin
  Lovely Lucky Godstime Idu
Photographer Israel Dominic  
FB Admin Tony Dickinson Alexia Piaggio
Website Manager Flora Capostagno Tony Dickinson
Church Cleaners Lydia Oriasotie Tracy Uwaghe
  Godstime Idu Israel Dominic
Grounds-keepers Peter Asemwote Moses Adesina
  Godstime Idu Lovely Lucky
     
Benefit concert by Kat Alston and the GGMA Saturday 22nd September 5:30pm, doors open at 5pm: CONCERT
 
 
 
 
United service with Eucharist Tuesday 25th September 6:30pm: Locandina Culto con Santa Cena

 
 
 
Autumn Fair Saturday 6th October 3 to 6pm: Autumn Bazaar 2018

 
 
 
 

February 7th 2018:

A Requiem Mass was held in our church for Fr Peter Blackburn on Wednesday at 12:30pm, celebrant Fr Gordon Bond. Fr Peter Blackburn served this church as a resident chaplain for five years and continued his link with the church by coming every year as locum chaplain until last October, when he was present at the opening of the Hanbury Gardens Exhibition. He died in London on January 14th just after his 71st birthday and he will be missed by us all. His funeral will be held at the church he served in Hampstead, Christ Church, on Wednesday 21st February at noon. : Peter Blackburn Funeral Mass Christ Church Hampstead

Requiem aeternam dona ei, Domine, et lux perpetua luceat ei. Requiescat in pace.

October 2017: Hanbury Gardens exhibition at the Anglican Church, Genoa.

    

We were so pleased to welcome Ambassador Jill Morris to our church for the opening of this photo exhibition by Fulvio Gazzoli, and that the Mayor of Genoa, Marco Bucci, was able to join us. Carolyn Hanbury and other friends of the gardens were able to travel along the coast to Genoa for this exhibition and toast to the 150th anniversary of Hanbury Gardens at La Mortola.

Click here to view the video of the Ambassador’s opening speech and the Mayor’s reply.

More photos are on our photos page.

June 2017 – Terriers Lent Project for 2017

Back in the UK we thank the Terriers Church in High Wycombe, Diocese of Oxford, for raising around3,200 Euros towards church upgrading at the West end where we have our IT classes, meetings, children’s play area and food bank. It has been wonderfully generous of them to support our church and activities in this way, we are very grateful. The money was raised through a variety of activities from Pancake Suppers to Hula-hooping (we don’t have any photos of this, unfortunately!).

2 April 2017, Bishop David confirms 8 young people at our church – read his blog about it here:
26 February 2017, Bishop Robert and Pope Francis at All Saints Anglican Church, Rome: see the preview video here .

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18th March 9pm Concert by the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica celebrating wine in music and word.
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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 – click on the title to view the programme 18 – 25 January

“Reconciliation – the love of Christ compels us”  (2 Cor 5,14-20)

18 January at 18.00 Lutheran Church Via Capolungo n. 18, Genova Nervi Service of Prayer

Preachers: Cardinal Angelo Bagnasco, Archbishop of Genova and Pastor Jakob Betz, Lutheran Church of Genova e Sanremo

20 January at 21.00 San Donato Church –  Piazza San Donato  Service of Prayer  organised by the Youth Group

23 January at 18.00 Sala Frate Sole c/o Annunziata Church, Piazza BanoferaDiscussion about: 

 “Dal Conflitto alla Comunione” Speakers:

Don Cristiano Bettega Direttore dell’Ufficio Nazionale per l’Ecumenismo e il Dialogo Interreligioso della C.E.I. (Conferenza Episcopale Italiana) and Prof. Lothar Vogel Docente di Storia del Cristianesimo presso la Facoltà Valdese di Teologia – Roma

25 January at 18.00 Rumanian Orthodox Church Piazza Aprosio – Genova Sestri Service of Prayer Preachers: Mons. Nicolò Anselmi, Auxiliary Bishop of Genova and Dott. Teodoro Fanlo y Cortès, Waldensian Pastor Emeritus

Christmas Carol Service 18th December 5:30pm – traditional music and readings from The Bible. carol-service-poster-2016  – thank you to DIS for their Christmas cards that raised 30 Euros towards the Church Christmas Charity: Caritas Genova “Un Posto Buono per Dormire”. The service raised over 270 Euros to be divided between church maintenance and the Christmas Charity.
Crib Service 24th Decembe 5:30pm – a quiet reflective service for Christmas night followed by Panettone.
Christmas Day Eucharist 25th December 10:30am
See all the services and events on this attachment:
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December
Wanted: clean warm jackets for men or women – thank you!
Wanted: more packets or tins of food for our food bank –  thank you!
January
Confirmation classes starting : Why come?     questions-question-mark-clip-art-microsoft-for
       To ensure that those who are confirmed have a proper understanding of what it means to live as a disciple of Christ within the life of the Church of England.
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Information from the Church Wardens.     
FAQs Questions answered on the Church of England website: https://www.churchofengland.org/our-faith/confirmation/frequently-asked-questions.aspx#happens

Autumn Bazaar – Saturday October 15th – 3pm to 6pm join us for our annual Autumn Fair with tea, cakes, raffle, jams etc….

Harvest Festival – Sunday October 16th – 10:30am

Download the Shakespeare Tribute concert programme here SHAKESPEARE CONCERT 2016 and come and enjoy this concert on Friday 27th May at 6pm to celebrate in good company the 90th birthday of Queen Elizabeth as well as the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare.

The Royal Free Society Choir sang in church this morning during the 10:30 service of Eucharist. It was their second visit to us and we were delighted to hear their beautiful singing. On 20th May, Friday evening, they sang at the Duchessa di Galliera Voltri in the newly restored theatre whilst on Sunday 22nd May at 8:30pm you could hear them in no less than the Palazzo Ducale.

Royal Free Music Society choir rehearsal before our 10:30am service of the Eucharist, Trinity Sunday 2016

Fulvio Gazzoli’s photography exhibition celebrating the Magna Carta is on display in the church nave until the end of May. Book to visit, or enjoy the photos on Wednesday from 12 till 1pm or on Friday from 5 to 7:30pm .

We thank the Gruppo Genovese di Musica Antica for their last ballad concert which was very enjoyable and raised over 100 Euros for church funds. Their continued musical presence in this church is a blessing.

April 16th – Spring Fayre 3 to 6pm – this event with books, cakes, home-made articles and the various raffles and games raised over 1,100 Euros for church restoration funds. Thank you everyone.

Our Candlemas photo has been published on the front page of the Diocese in Europe Annual Review – thank you! By the way, both the Review and the DIET MARCH 2016 make good reading. Just click on the titles to read them.

Candlemas 2016

12th March Concert by the Mademi Quartet at 6pm in Church. Entrance is free with donations in aid of church funds. Music AND dance!

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Saturday March 12, 6 p.m.
Church of the Holy Ghost piazza Marsala 3
Free entrance. Donations for the upkeep of the church are welcome. Ingresso libero. E’ gradita un’offerta per la manutenzione della chiesa. Reception following the concert. Rinfresco alla fine del concerto.
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Flyer Holy Week 2016

Stabat Mater - 24 March Concert

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Three World War I cemeteries are in our area of  Liguria.  The names of the fallen are listed in this Book of Remembrance, with a poem composed by Canon Geoff Smith called ‘Aubade for the shortest day’: Centenary memorial WW1 Genoa, Bordighera, Savona, Genova war graves.

We are so pleased for St John’s in Menton on the French riviera –  they return to their church building on October 4th after a long period of repairs and restoration. Welcome back! For more information please look at the latest edition of the  Cross Border Magazine.

Watch this space for more news about our 3rd Christmas Tree Festival – get your trees ready!

September 22nd Genova – 23rd – Albenga – 24th Spotorno: Magna Carta Libertatum. Entry is free and your chance to hear about the history and relevance of this historic document (in Italian). Magna Carta Libertatum