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  • 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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DANCES IN MUSIC DANZE IN MUSICA
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