News


15th May, 2022

  • Last week Canon Tony Dickinson tested positive for Covid-19. He is still in quarantine but not, it is hoped, for much longer.
  • The first meeting of the new Church Council has been postponed until next Sunday.
  • The ecumenical Bible studies continue on Tuesday at 6.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church in Via Vernazza. The studies are following Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem as it is described in St Luke’s Gospel.
  • On Wednesday, if the chaplain is no longer self-isolating, there will be a celebration of the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. If he is not out of quarantine by then, there will again be midday prayers.
  • In ten days’ time, on Thursday 26th May, we celebrate Ascension Day. The church will, as usual, be open all day for prayer as part of the international “Thy Kingdom Come” event. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. that day. Further details next Sunday.
  • A reminder that Bishop David will visit us at Pentecost for our patronal festival. That visit also marks the beginning of our celebration of the 150th anniversary of Bishop Charles Harris’s visit to dedicate this building.

8th May, 2022

  • Huge thanks to our churchwardens Mary Wellington and Lis Watkins for leading today’s service at very short notice in the unavoidable absence of the chaplain through illness.
  • We are now four Sundays into our seven-week celebration of Jesus’ resurrection.
  • This evening at 9.00 p.m. there will be the usual monthly prayers in the style of the Taizé Community at San Marco al Molo.
  • On Tuesday the ecumenical Bible studies begin again at 6.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church in Via Vernazza. We continue our exploration of St Luke’s account of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem.
  • On Wednesday, the chaplain’s health permitting, there will be the usual celebration of the Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. Otherwise, there will be midday prayers.
  • Bishop David will visit us at Pentecost for our patronal festival. That visit also marks the beginning of our celebration of the 150th anniversary of Bishop Charles Harris’s visit to dedicate this building.

1st May, 2022

  • We are now three Sundays into our seven-week celebration of Jesus’ resurrection, which will continue until Bishop David’s visit at Pentecost. That visit also marks the beginning of our celebration of the 150th anniversary of Bishop Charles Harris’s visit to dedicate this building in June 1872.
  • Tomorrow we have a delayed celebration for St Philip and St James. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • There will be the usual celebration at 12.30 p.m.on Wednesday, at which we shall remember the Saints and Martyrs of the Reformation Era.
  • Next Sunday evening at 9.00 p.m. there will be the usual monthly prayers in the style of the Taizé Community at San Marco al Molo.
  • A week on Tuesday (10th May) the ecumenical Bible studies begin again at 6.00 p.m. at the Baptist Church in Via Vernazza. We continue our exploration of St Luke’s account of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem.
  • Lis Watkins and Mary Wellington were today inducted for a further year as churchwardens.

24th April, 2022

  • Our Annual Church Meeting was held after this morning’s Eucharist. Mary Wellington and Lis Watkins were re-elected as churchwardens (by acclamation). Ruth Oteri Pfaffhauser and Alexia Piaggio were elected to the church council in place of Flora Capostagno and Peter Asemwota.
  • We are now two Sundays into our seven weeks celebrating Jesus’ resurrection, which will last until Bishop David’s visit at Pentecost. That visit also marks the beginning of our celebration of the 150th anniversary of Bishop Charles Harris’s visit to dedicate this building.
  • Tomorrow we have a celebration for St Mark, the author of the first Gospel to be written. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Tuesday we shall have a belated celebration for St George who was bumped from his proper day (23rd April) because Easter Week, like Holy Week, takes priority over everything else. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • There will be the usual celebration at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday, at which we shall remember the poet Christina Rossetti.
  • On Wednesday evening at 7.45 p.m. there will be a concert of Ukrainian folk music and dance by the Veryovka Ensemble at Teatro Carlo Felice. Entry is free, but there will be an offering for Ukraine.
  • This is the last call for anyone thinking about baptism and confirmation when Bishop David comes in six weeks’ time. Anybody wondering whether God might be calling them to take this step of faith, or wanting to know more, should contact the chaplain.
  • After a slow start with the book linked to the Anniversary celebrations we are making real headway. Seven chapters have now been written (we expect there to be about 15 in total). If anyone has the spare time to look at a chapter or two in draft and to correct any spelling mistakes, errors of fact, etc., the chaplain would be very pleased to hear from them.

17th April, 2022

A happy and blessed Easter to everyone!

  • We have received Easter Greetings from Archdeacon Joe Ajaefobi, from Diane Conrad, from David and Lynn Emmott and the people of St Margaret’s, Toxteth, and from Stephen and Mary Coates, whose card is on the notice-board.
  • Easter, like Christmas, is not just a one day wonder. It is the beginning of seven weeks of celebration. To start that celebration there will be a lunchtime Eucharist every day this week at 12.30 p.m.
  • Looking ahead: we have a celebration for St Mark one week from tomorrow, and for St George one week on Tuesday. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on each of those days. Poor George has been bumped from his own proper day (23rd April) because Easter Week, like Holy Week, takes priority over everything else.
  • There are two adults signed up for baptism and confirmation in the summer. If you wonder whether God might be calling you to join them, or if you would like to know more, please contact the chaplain.
  • Next Sunday we shall be holding our Annual Church Meeting after the Eucharist. Papers for the meeting went out last week to everyone whose name appears on the church’s electoral roll. If your name is on the roll and you haven’t received your papers, please contact the chaplain. We need to elect two churchwardens (both our present wardens are eligible for re-election, should they wish to stand) and two members of the church council to replace Flora Capostagno and Peter Asemwota, both of whom have finished their three-year term of office and are taking a well-earned rest.

10th April, 2022

  • Holy Week begins today. There will be a lunchtime Eucharist on Monday and Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. and on Tuesday there will be midday prayers, also at 12.30.
  • The monthly Taizé prayer will take place at San Marco al Molo at 9.00 p.m. tonight.
  • On Wednesday evening, at 6.00 p.m. there will again be Zoomed prayers for peace in Ukraine. All are welcome to join in this. You will find the link here.
  • On Thursday we shall remember that last supper which Jesus shared with his friends. There will be a Eucharist at 6.00 p.m. that evening, and that will be followed by the reading of the Gospel of the watch as we strip the church in readiness for Good Friday.
  • The service on Good Friday will be at 2.00 p.m. We shall listen to St John’s account of the trial and death of Jesus, and we shall pray for this world to which he came in love and humility and for which he died.
  • We have two adults signed up for baptism and confirmation in the summer. Anyone who would like to join them, or to know more, is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • Two weeks from today we shall be holding our Annual Church Meeting after the Eucharist. The new version of the Electoral Roll is now on the notice-board. Papers for the Annual Meeting will be going out during the next few days to everyone whose name appears on that list.
  • Next Sunday is Easter Day. The service will begin with the lighting of the Easter Candle at 10.30 a.m.

6th April, 2022

Pictures from the Eucharist on Mothering Sunday, the baptism on Lent 5 and the workshop turning home-grown palm-fronds into home-made palm crosses ready for Palm Sunday can be found here.


3rd April, 2022

  • We are now entering the home stretch as we follow Jesus along the way of the cross. So it is good that this morning there is a little foretaste of Easter as we celebrate the baptism of Prince Esemuede immediately after this Eucharist.
  • We have two adults signed up for baptism and confirmation in the summer. Anyone who would like to join them, or to know more, is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • Our Lent programme reaches its end this week. The last of the ecumenical Bible Studies takes place at the Baptist Church on Tuesday at 6.00 p.m. and at noon on Wednesday we have the final talk in our series “Faces in the Crowd”. This week’s talk is “Going against the Crowd”. It will be followed by the regular 12.30 Eucharist.
  • Also on Wednesday, at 6.00 p.m. in the evening, there will again be Zoomed prayers for peace in Ukraine. All are welcome to join in this. The link can be found here and on the church’s Facebook page..
  • On Friday we have the last of our weekly quiet afternoons, beginning with Midday Prayer at 12.30 p.m. and ending at 5.30 p.m. It is not necessary to stay for the whole of that time. All are welcome to come when they can and leave when they have to, even if they stay for no more than five minutes. Spiritual help, including sacramental confession and absolution, is also available for anyone who wants it.
  • On Friday and Saturday the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale is running a conference about violence against women. It ends with a dramatic presentation “Quattro Donne” at 6.00 p.m. in the Chiesa Valdese. All are welcome, so long as they have a mascherina and a super Green Pass.
  • Later this month we shall be holding our Annual Church Meeting. As part of the preparation for that we are updating the church’s Electoral Roll, the list of those who are entitled to vote at that meeting or to stand for election. Anyone who thinks of the Church of the Holy Ghost as their church, is over 16 years old and baptised, ought to have their name on that list. The closing dates for applications is Saturday 9th April.
  • Next Sunday is Palm Sunday. The service will begin with a procession (weather permitting). Help making palm crosses on Wednesday will be appreciated.

27th March, 2022

  • As we begin the fourth full week of Lent, here is a reminder about the varied opportunities to learn and to grow in faith which are listed in our Lent programme, copies of which can be found in church.
  • In addition to the events listed in our own programme, there are also ecumenical Bible Studies at the Baptist Church on Tuesdays at 6.00 p.m. We are following St Luke’s account of the Lord’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and his death. The working language is Italian.
  • Here on Wednesday at 12.00 noon we continue our series of short talks looking at the “Faces in the Crowd” around Jesus in the last week of his life. This week’s talk focuses on “The Women in the Crowd”. The talk will be followed by the regular 12.30 Eucharist.
  • Also on Wednesday, at 6.00 p.m. in the evening, there will be Zoomed prayers for peace in Ukraine, led by people from across the diocese. All are invited to join in this. The link can be found here and on the church’s Facebook page.
  • On Friday we are returning to our pattern of weekly quiet afternoons. There will be Midday Prayer at 12.30 p.m. This will lead into the drop-in quiet afternoon which will end at 5.30 p.m. It is not necessary for stay for the whole of that time. People are free to come when they can and leave when they have to, even if it’s only five minutes’ peace that they are looking for. There is material available to help your prayer. Spiritual help, including sacramental confession and absolution are also available.
  • On Saturday at 5.00 p.m. in the Chiesa Valdese there will be a concert of music for cello and piano by Bach, Schumann, Mozart and others. All are welcome, so long as they have a mascherina and a super Green Pass.
  • In just over a month’s time we shall be holding our Annual Church Meeting. As part of the preparation for that we are updating the church’s Electoral Roll, the list of those who are entitled to vote at that meeting or to stand for election. Anyone who thinks of the Church of the Holy Ghost as their church, is over 16 years old and baptised, ought to have their name on that list. If it isn’t, they are encouraged to fill in an application form and return it to church by 9th April.
  • Next Sunday is the fifth Sunday in Lent. Passiontide begins.

20th March, 2022

  • Today the third full week of Lent begins. It isn’t too late to take up one of the varied opportunities to learn and to grow in faith. These are listed in the programme for Lent.
  • In addition to the events listed in our own programme, there are also ecumenical Bible Studies at the Baptist Church on Tuesday at 6.00 p.m. We are following St Luke’s account of the Lord’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and his death. The working language is Italian.
  • Here on Wednesday at 12.00 noon we continue our series of short talks looking at the “Faces in the Crowd” around Jesus in the last week of his life. This week’s talk focuses on “The Jerusalem crowd”, the people who gathered to arrest Jesus in the darkness or who demonstrated next morning outside the Governor’s headquarters. That will be followed by the regular 12.30 Eucharist.
  • Also on Wednesday, at 6.00 p.m. in the evening, there will be Zoomed prayers for peace in Ukraine, led by people from across the diocese. All are invited to join in this. The link can be found on the flier below.
  • On Friday we celebrate one of the most important days in the Church’s calendar, the beginning of the Christmas story, the Annunciation of our Lord to the Blessed Virgin Mary, Gabriel’s disquieting message that she was to bear God’s Son. There will be a Eucharist 12.30 p.m., which means that there will not be a drop-in quiet afternoon. Things will return to their normal Lenten pattern on 1st April.
  • In just over a month’s time we shall be holding our Annual Church Meeting. As part of the preparation for that we are updating the church’s Electoral Roll, the list of those who are entitled to vote at that meeting or to stand for election. Anyone who thinks of the Church of the Holy Ghost as their church, is a regular worshipper, baptised and over 16 ought to find their name on that list (available in church for consultation). If it is not, they should request an application form from the chaplain, fill it in and return it to church by 9th April.
  • Next Sunday is the fourth Sunday in Lent, Mothering Sunday, when we give thanks for all those who have mothered us. It is also (please note) the day that the clocks go forward one hour.

13th March, 2022

  • This evening at 9.00 p.m. the monthly Taizé Prayer takes place at San Marco al Molo, by the Porto Antico. All are welcome to try out this peaceful and reflective style of worship, pioneered by the ecumenical community founded 80 years ago at Taizé in France.
  • We are now at the beginning of the second full week of Lent. It isn’t too late to take advantage of one of the varied opportunities to learn and to grow in faith.
  • In addition to the events listed in our own programme, there are also ecumenical Bible Studies at the Baptist Church in Via Vernazza on Tuesdays at 6.00 p.m. They are following St Luke’s account of the Lord’s journey from Galilee to Jerusalem and his death. The working language is Italian.
  • Here on Wednesday at 12.00 p.m. we continue our series of short talks looking at the “Faces in the Crowd” around Jesus in the last week of his life. This week’s talk focuses on “The crowds in the temple.” That will be followed by the regular 12.30 Eucharist.
  • On Friday the church will again be open for midday prayer at 12.30. That will be followed by a drop-in quiet afternoon. This is for anyone who would welcome space to read, reflect, find help with a problem in their relationship with God, pray or find a few minutes’ peace in a busy life. The afternoon ends with Evening Prayer at 5.30, but there is no requirement to stay for that. Participants may drop in when they can and leave when they need to.
  • On Saturday we remember St Joseph of Nazareth, the husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • Next Sunday the Church Council meets immediately after the Eucharist.
  • Thanks to John Obues for the work he has done in the Church grounds, pruning back rampant growth. Our building can now be seen!
  • Edwin celebrated his first birthday today. It was a joy to join him and Blessing and other friends and family after the Eucharist for a slice of birthday cake.

War in Ukraine

Message from Andrew Caspari, Diocesan Secretary:

The diocesan service of ‘Prayers Across Europe for Peace in Ukraine’ has now been viewed more than 12,500 times which means we would have filled St Paul’s Cathedral 4 times over…

We will follow up this service with one every Wednesday at 18:00cet from 16th March at least until the end of Lent. This simple 30 minute service will be a ‘Vigil with Prayers for Peace in Ukraine’. It will include prayers, music, readings and a reflection or some information from a part of the Diocese directly affected by the crisis. The service will be on zoom. All are welcome to join. The link will be the same each week.

March 16th, 2022 17:00 London 18:00 CET

Every week on Wednesdays, until April 13th 2022 https://us06web.zoom.us/j/87224945786

Meeting ID: 872 2494 5786

Please share this with others who are concerned about the situation in Ukraine.


6th March, 2022

  • Lent has begun. All are encouraged to take this season seriously, to resist voices which offer short-cuts to health, happiness, wealth and power, but rather to focus on following Jesus faithfully.
  • This week ecumenical Bible Studies (in Italian) begin at the Baptist Church on Tuesday at 6.00 p.m. They will follow St Luke’s account of the journey which Jesus made from Galilee to Jerusalem and his death, beginning at Luke 9:51.
  • At the Church of the Holy Ghost on Wednesday at 12.00 p.m. there will be the first of a series of short talks looking at the “Faces in the Crowd” around Jesus in the last week of his life. The first one focuses on “The crowd by the roadside.” That will be followed by the regular 12.30 Eucharist.
  • On Thursday evening at 5.30 p.m. there will be a book launch, at the church of St Cosmas and St Damian in the Centro Storico. The book is “L’Unità dei Christiani” by professor Alberto Melloni, who will be there, with Pastor William Jourdan and Ugo Basso of Il Gallo, to talk (in Italian) about this monumental work.
  • On Friday the church will be open for midday prayer at 12.30. This will be followed by a drop-in quiet afternoon. This is something for anyone who would welcome space to read, reflect, pray or find a few minutes’ peace in a busy life. It will end with evening prayer at 5.30, but participants do not have to stay for that. All are welcome to drop in when they can and leave when they need to.
  • On Friday evening at 8.30 p.m. Christians of all traditions have been invited to join Catholic brothers and sisters in following the Way of the Cross in Piazza Della Vittoria, by Brignole station (or at St Zita’s Church off Corso Buenos Aires if the weather is bad).

27th February, 2022

  • Lent begins on Wednesday. At the 12.30 Eucharist that day we shall call to mind our sins and the infinite mercy of God and all will be invited to receive, in ash, a sign of penitence and a token of their mortality.
  • At 8.30 p.m. on Wednesday evening all are invited to join Christians of other traditions, western and eastern, at St Zita’s church off Corso Buenos Aires, to pray for the peace of Ukraine, and for the peace of the world.
  • During the six weeks between now and Easter there will, as usual, be a special programme of events to prepare us as we follow Jesus along the way of the cross. The details of what is happening here are printed on the special programme for Lent 2022. Copies are available from church.
  • In addition to what is happening here, there will be a series of ecumenical Bible studies at the Chiesa Battista in Via Vernazza. These will run each Tuesday evening at 6.00 p.m. from Tuesday 8th March and will focus on the passages in Luke’s Gospel which describe the final journey of Jesus to Jerusalem (from Luke 9.51 onwards). These sessions will be in Italian and will be based on the ecumenical TILC version.
  • Anyone who missed the launch of “Dante’s Spiritual Journey” earlier this month, may like to know that there are still copies for sale. Prospective purchasers are asked to contact the chaplain. Copies cost €10 (including a donation to church funds) and they will be signed by the author on request.
  • Bishop David will be coming to launch the church’s anniversary celebrations on the first week-end in June. Any adults thinking about baptism or confirmation should put that date in their diaries – and contact the chaplain as soon as possible to work out a programme of preparation. It may be the case that in parts of Nigeria candidates have to pass an exam before you can be baptised and confirmed, but the Diocese in Europe is less demanding. Baptism and confirmation are occasions on which unworthy human beings receive an outpouring of God’s grace, not a reward for academic prowess!

20th February, 2022

  • This is the time of year when members and supporters of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale are invited to renew their subscriptions. Thank you to those who have already done so. Those who haven’t are reminded that they can give their subscriptions to the chaplain. If anyone is interested in becoming a member, they are asked to contact the chaplain. The subscription is €10 for the year.
  • At the 12.30 Eucharist on Wednesday we shall remember Bishop Polycarp of Smyrna, who died for his faith in Christ in the middle of the second century.
  • On Thursday we remember St Matthias, who has been described as “the apostolic super-sub”. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. that day.
  • We are still open to receiving contributions to the book which will be published, we hope, later this year as part of our celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. Anyone who has particular memories, is asked to jot them down and email, or WhatsApp, them to the chaplain – or just write them down with pen and paper and drop them in at church! Photographs, too, would be very welcome, whether black-and-white or full colour.
  • Anyone who missed the book launch earlier this month may like to know that there are still copies for sale. If you would like one, please contact the chaplain. They cost €10, including a donation to church funds and the option of having a copy signed by the author.
  • The back of the church has been rearranged in order to make the clothing bank easier to access. Children’s clothes are on the shelves at the back of the family area. Adult clothes and shoes are on the shelves on the other side of the porch.
  • Any member of the congregation who is not baptised or confirmed and who would like to know more about either or both of these important stages in deepening our relationship with God is asked to contact the chaplain.

**Euroflora update**

The webpage for bookings is now up and running you can find it (in English) here.


13th February, 2022

  • Sadly, we were unable to celebrate the baptism of Gift Esemuede’s son, Prince, today because he and his mother are self-isolating after a neighbour tested positive for Covid-19. We hope to be able to rearrange the celebration soon. In the meantime, please keep the family in your prayers.
  • This is the time of year when members and supporters of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale are invited to renew their subscriptions. Thank you to those who have already done so. Those who haven’t are reminded that they can give their subscriptions to the chaplain. If anyone is interested in becoming a member, they are asked to contact the chaplain. The subscription is €10 for the year.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • We are still open to receiving contributions to the book which will be published, we hope, later this year as part of our celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. Anyone who has particular memories, is asked to jot them down and email, or WhatsApp, them to the chaplain – or just write them down with pen and paper and drop them in at church! Photographs, too, would be very welcome, whether black-and-white or full colour.
  • Anyone who missed the book launch ten days ago may like to know that there are still copies for sale. If you would like one, please contact the chaplain. They cost €10, including a donation to church funds and the option of having a copy signed by the author.
  • The back of the church has been rearranged in order to make the clothing bank easier to access. Children’s clothes are on the shelves at the back of the family area. Adult clothes and shoes are on the shelves on the other side of the porch.
  • Any members of the congregation who are not baptised or confirmed and who would like to know more about either or both of these important stages in a Christian’s public commitment to following the way of Jesus our Lord, is asked to contact the chaplain.

6th February, 2022

  • “Thank you” to everyone who supported the book launch on Friday. Thirteen copies were sold, raising €55 for church funds. There are still copies for sale. They cost €10 (including a donation to church funds) and are obtainable from the chaplain, who will happily sign copies on request.
  • This is the time of year when members and supporters of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale are invited to renew their subscriptions. Thank you to those who have already done so. Those who have not are reminded that they can let the chaplain have their subscriptions. He will also be happy to talk to anyone interested in becoming a member. It costs €10 for the year.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Next Sunday at the Eucharist we shall celebrate the baptism of Gift Esemuede’s son, Prince, the beginning of his call to life in Christ.
  • We are still open to receiving contributions to the book which will be published, we hope, later this year as part of our celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. Anyone who has memories, is asked to jot them down and email, or WhatsApp, them to the chaplain – or just write them down with pen and paper and bring them to church! Photographs, too, would be very welcome.
  • The west end of the church has been rearranged to make the clothing bank easier to access. Children’s clothes are on the shelves at the back of the family area. Adult clothes and shoes are on the shelves to the other side of the porch. The bank is open, like the food bank, after the Eucharist on Sunday and on Wednesday.
  • The 70th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth’s accession to the throne of the United Kingdom was marked in the sermon and the prayers and celebrated at the end of the Eucharist.

30th January, 2022

  • This is the time of year when members and supporters of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale are reminded to renew their subscriptions. Thanks to those who have already done so. Those who have not are reminded that they can give their subscriptions to the chaplain. Anyone interested in becoming a member is encouraged to contact the chaplain. The subscription is €10 for the year.
  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday we shall focus on the other aspect of today’s celebration as we mark the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary, forty days after the birth of her son. That concludes Christmastide and the Crib will be tidied away until December. Anyone who can help with that task will be very welcome.
  • On Friday at 5.30 p.m. in church the chaplain will be talking about his new book “Dante’s Spiritual Journey”. It is based on the talks which given in Holy Week last year to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death and looks at his poem “The Divine Comedy” as a guide to our Christian journey. There will be copies for sale.
  • Work is in progress on another book, which will be published, we hope, later this year as part of our celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. It is a history of the church during those 150 years. Anyone who has material (especially photographs) or memories which relate to the church’s history is encouraged to contact the chaplain.
  • The back of the church has been rearranged slightly to make it easier to gain access to the clothing bank. Children’s clothes can be found on the shelves at the back of the family area. Adult clothes and shoes are on the shelves to the opposite side of the porch.

23rd January, 2022

  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity ends on Tuesday with our celebration of the Conversion of St Paul. There will be a Eucharist that day at 12.30 p.m.
  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday we shall remember Paul’s companions, Timothy and Titus.
  • Advance notice that on Friday, 4th February at 5.30 p.m. there will be a book launch in church. The chaplain will be talking about his new book, “Dante’s Spiritual Journey”. It is based on the talks which were given in Holy Week last year to mark the 700th anniversary of the poet’s death and looks at Dante’s great poem “The Divine Comedy” as a guide to our Christian journey.
  • The chaplain is also currently working another book, which will be published, we hope, later this year as part of our celebrations to mark the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. It is a history of the church during those 150 years and he is still open to receiving material. Anyone who has memories to share is invited to jot them down and email, or WhatsApp, them to him – or just write them down with pen and paper and bring them to church!
  • In a basket at the back of the church there are a number of items, mainly food, given by people who took part in our “Reverse Advent Calendar” and by a couple of the super-yachts in the harbour. These are offered as Christmas gifts.
  • We have received greetings from members of the Anglican community in Sanremo and Bordighera.
  • Delivery of the weekly magazine “The Tablet” have resumed after a long pause. Copies of issues from November and December are available in church for people to take away and share.
  • The season of Christmastide comes to an end next Sunday with our celebration of the presentation of Jesus in the temple, when he was recognised by the aged Simeon and Anna as the one through whom hope and joy and healing would be brought to God’s people.

Euroflora!

2022 is a “Euroflora” year (the twelfth!). This great event will be held, as usual, in the parks of Nervi, from 23rd April to 8th May. Further information here

There is a website, through which it will be possible to book tickets from 23rd January, but we have been informed that the link is, at present, insecure. More information soon, we hope.


16th January, 2022

  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins on Tuesday. The theme this year was chosen by Christians in the Middle East and is inspired by the journey of the magi. Bible readings, a reflection, and a prayer will appear each day on the church Facebook page.
  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday we shall remember Wulfstan, another significant English saint, and one with an important message for the Week of Prayer for Unity.
  • On Wednesday evening, at 6.00 p.m., there will be a Jewish-Christian dialogue in the Sala Quadrivium in Piazza Santa Marta (just behind Mangini’s). The discussion will focus on words from the prophecies of Jeremiah: “I will fulfil to you my promise.” (Jeremiah 29:10)
  • As last year there will be a single United Service for the Week of Prayer for Unity. It will take place, as last year, in the Cathedral at 6.30 p.m. on Friday. The preachers will be our good friend Pastor Lino Gabbiano from the Baptist Church, Archbishop Marco, and Fr Filip Sorin of the Romanian Orthodox Church in Sestri.
  • On Saturday in Sala Quadrivium at 6.00 p.m. there will be a talk by Prof. Brunetto Salvarani, who will give a presentation by video-link about “Christian faith between East and West at the cross-roads of migrations”.
  • This is the weekly reminder that later this year we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost.
  • In a basket at the back of the church there are a number of items, mainly food, given by people who took part in our “Reverse Advent Calendar” and by a couple of the super-yachts in the harbour. Members of the congregation are free to take anything from the basket as a Christmas gift. There are also shoes and items of clothing on the table in the family area.

9th January, 2022

  • Today many of us have renewed the baptismal promises through which we became part of God’s covenant people. We are also gathering a group of people for baptism and confirmation when Bishop David visits us at the beginning of June. Anyone who would like to be baptised or confirmed, or would like to know more about what is involved, is asked to contact the chaplain.
  • This evening at 9.00 p.m. in the church of San Marco al Molo, by the Porto Antico there will be the usual monthly prayer in the style of the Taizé community. It is one of the few places in Genova, apart from this church, where it is possible to share in worship offered, at least in part, in English.
  • At the midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday we shall remember two English saints, Aelred of Rievaulx and Benedict Biscop.
  • The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity begins just over a week from now. Details of events will be posted here and on the church’s Facebook page.
  • Later this year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. The celebrations will begin in June and continue until the end of October, so now is a good time to think about how you can contribute to the celebrations.
  • In a basket at the back of the church there are a number of items, mainly food, given by people who took part in our “Reverse Advent Calendar” and by one of the super-yachts in the harbour. These are offered to members of the congregation as a Christmas gift.
  • After the excitements of Christmas and Epiphany life begins to return to something like normal from today. The decorations will be taken down in the coming week, though the crib will remain until the end of Christmastide on 2nd February.

2nd January, 2022

A very happy New Year to all who are visiting this website. Here is a musical New Year’s greeting from Benjamin Britten, performed by the choir of Royal Holloway.

  • We have received greetings from the Edmunds family and from Fr David Emmott.
  • Later this year we will celebrate the 150th anniversary of the dedication of this church building to the glory of God the Holy Ghost. The celebrations will begin in June and continue until the end of October, so now is a good time to think about how you can contribute to the celebrations.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday.
  • Next Sunday we shall keep the feast of the Baptism of Christ. The Eucharist will include a renewal of baptismal vows. We shall also begin preparing people for baptism and confirmation when Bishop David visits us at the beginning of June. If you would like to be baptised or confirmed, or would like to know what is involved, please talk to me after this service.

26th December, 2021

A happy and blessed Christmas to all visitors to this page.

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  • We have received Christmas greetings from Ruth who is spending Christmas with her family in the UK, from Denise who is spending Christmas with her family in Milan, from Fr Gordon and Kevin in London, from Fr John and his wife Rita in Yorkshire, from Fr David in Liverpool, from Peter and Nancy in Oxfordshire, from Archdeacon Joe in London.
  • On Monday, 27th December, at 12.30 p.m. we shall be remembering St John the Evangelist.
  • On Tuesday, 28th December, at 12.30 p.m. we shall remember the Holy Innocents.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. on Wednesday, at which we shall remember Thomas Becket, the archbishop murdered in his own cathedral.
  • On Saturday we start the New Year with a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. to celebrate the Naming and Circumcision of Jesus.
  • Next Sunday at 10.30 a.m. we shall keep the feast of the Epiphany, remembering how Jesus was revealed, not only to his own people but to all nations.

19th December, 2021

  • This evening at 5.30 p.m. we hold our Christmas Carol Service, assisted by members of the GGMA. All are welcome, provided they have a Green Pass and are wearing a mask.
  • There will, as usual, be a Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. If anyone would like to to talk through a problem in their relationship with God, the chapain will be available in church before and after that service – and at other times by appointment.
  • Friday is Christmas Eve. The Crib Service takes place at 5.30 p.m. It will be followed by a short Eucharist. That is intended chiefly for people who have family responsibilities on Christmas Day, but all are welcome.
  • On Saturday, Christmas Day, there will be a Eucharist at 10.30 a.m.
  • Next Sunday is St Stephen’s day, when we remember the first person to die because of their faith in Jesus. There will again be a Eucharist at 10.30 a.m.
  • Those who cannot make their Christmas communion on any of the days listed above will have an opportunity to do so at 12.30 p.m. on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of Christmas week, when we shall be remembering St John the Evangelist, the Holy Innocents, and Thomas Becket.
  • The food bank will be open after the Eucharist on Wednesday and after the Christmas services.
  • There is a free legal advice service being offered on weekday afternoons at chiesa Sta Caterina in Viale IV Novembre (opposite Spianata Acquasola).
  • We have received greetings from Fr John Bennett and his wife Rita. Their Christmas card and letter are on display in the porch.

12th December, 2021

Notices for this Sunday could not be posted. They have been either superseded or else repeated in the notices for Sunday 19th December.

5th December, 2021

  • Warm thanks to everyone who contributed in any way to making our St Nicholas Fair yesterday such a success. There was a very positive feel to conversations with people – and the church made some money, too, which was nice. Special thanks to Ruth and Neal who were first in, setting up, and last out, clearing away.
  • It isn’t too late to join in our “Reverse Advent Calendar” project again this year. Each day this month, from 1st to 24th, put a little something for the food bank, or a small gift, into a box or bag or basket at home, and bring it to church at Christmas.
  • Visitors to this page are encouraged to use our Advent Prayer Calendar for the city. Prayer topics for each day can be found here.
  • We are also repeating our on-line Advent calendar, with a different picture for each day. The link to that is here.
  • The usual midweek Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. It is the day on which the wide Church gives thanks for the conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. At the end of the service we shall set up the Christmas crib. Offers of help on the day will be warmly appreciated.
  • On Friday the church will be open for prayer from midday until 6.00 p.m. All are welcome to drop in for a time of quiet amid “the Christmas rush”.
  • On Saturday, ENTEL is sponsoring a Christmas concert. It will begin at 5.00 p.m. and there will be something for everybody, with classical and rock music, poetry, and a dramatised extract from “A Christmas Carol”.
  • Our Carol Service will take place on Sunday, 19th December at 5.30 p.m. Group bookings can be made by following the appropriate link here.
  • The food bank continues to be open after the Eucharist on Wednesdays and Sundays.
  • There is a free legal advice service being offered on weekday afternoons at chiesa Sta Caterina.

1st December, 2021

Our Online Advent Calendar is now live. You can open a new picture each day here


28th November, 2021

  • Advent has begun. Today we have set out on a 12-month journey with St Luke.
  • Everyone who can is encouraged to take part in our “Reverse Advent Calendar” again this year. The deal is that each day between now and Christmas, those taking part put a little something for the food bank, or a small gift, into a box or bag or basket at home, and bring it to church at Christmas.
  • All are also encouraged to use the Advent Prayer Calendar for the city. Prayer topics are appearing on the Facebook page each day, or you can download them from this website.
  • Tuesday is St Andrew’s Day. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m.
  • The usual midweek Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. At that service we shall remember the French hermit and martyr, Charles de Foucauld. After the Eucharist the church will be decorated in preparation for the coming weeks. Help will be gratefully accepted.
  • On the same day our online Advent calendar will open its first door. There will be a link from this website and from Facebook.
  • On Friday, and every Friday for the next three weeks, the church will be open for prayer. All are welcome to drop in for a time of quiet amid “the Christmas rush”.
  • On Saturday, we will hold our St Nicholas Fair. Doors will be open from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Thanks to all who have already volunteered to help, but further offers will not be turned away. To find out what we still need by way of gifts, prizes, catering, or staffing stalls, serving teas and generally being useful on the day, please contact Ruth McGroary. And do please tell your friends.
  • The Church Council meets next Sunday after the Eucharist.
  • The following Saturday (11th December) ENTEL is sponsoring a Christmas concert. It will begin at 5.00 p.m. and twill be something for everybody, with classical and rock music, poetry, and a dramatised extract from “A Christmas Carol”.
  • Our Carol Service will take place on Sunday, 19th December at 5.30 p.m.
  • the food bank will be open after this service and again after the Eucharist on Tuesday and Wednesday.
  • There is a free legal advice service being offered on weekday afternoons between 16:00 and 18:00 at chiesa Sta Caterina in Via IV Novembre (opposite Spianata dell’Acquasola).
  • We have received greetings from Pastor Francis Rao Sandhi in Andra Pradesh. We regularly pray for him and his people and they pray regularly for us.

21st November, 2021

  • We are no longer printing full service-sheets, except on special occasions, but we are offering everyone their own personalised service-book to take home and bring to church each Sunday. If you would like one, please add your name to the list on the table. Alternatively, you can download each Sunday’s service from this website onto your smartphone or tablet.
  • Advent begins next Sunday and there is a lot going on. Here are some dates for your diary as we prepare for the coming of the Lord:
    • From Wednesday 1st December it will be possible to enjoy our online Advent calendar. There will be a link from the website and from the church’s Facebook page.
    • Saturday, 4th December: our St Nicholas Fair will take place from 3.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m. Thank you to everyone who has already volunteered to help. We still need volunteers, whether to make or donate items for sale, for the raffle and tombola, or to bake cakes beforehand, or staff stalls, serve teas and check people’s vaccination status on the day. If you are able to help in any way, please contact Ruth McGroary. And please keep the “word of mouth” publicity going.
    • Saturday 11th December: ENTEL is sponsoring a Christmas concert at 5.00 p.m. There will be something for everybody, with classical music, a rock group, poetry, and a dramatised extract from “A Christmas Carol”.
    • Sunday, 19th December at 5.30 p.m.: the traditional Carol Service.
    • Every Friday from 3rd to 17th December (inclusive) the church will be open for prayer as an oasis of peace in the midst of “the Christmas rush”.
    • All who can are encouraged to take part in our “Reverse Advent Calendar” again this year. Each day from next Sunday put a little something for the food bank, or a small gift, into a box or bag or basket, and bring the box to church at Christmas.
  • The usual midweek Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Saturday at 3.30 p.m. there will be a special meeting in church for soci of the Ospedale Evangelico Internazionale.
  • A free legal advice service is being offered on weekday afternoons (4.00 p.m. to 6.00 p.m.) at chiesa Sta Caterina in Via IV Novembre.


14th November, 2021

  • We are no longer printing service-sheets, except on special occasions, but we are offering everyone their own personalised service-book to take home and bring to church each Sunday. Anybody who would like one is asked add their name to the list on the table. Alternatively, It is possible to download each Sunday’s service from the church website or Facebook page onto a smartphone or tablet.
  • This evening the monthly Taizé prayer takes place at San Marco al Molo, beginning at 9.00 p.m. All are welcome.
  • A reminder that the Taizé community is holding its annual gathering for young people from all over Europe in Turin this year, from 28th December to 1st January. There is a link to more information on the church’s Facebook page and here.
  • The usual midweek Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. This week we remember Hugh of Lincoln.
  • Plans are moving ahead for our St Nicholas Fair on the afternoon of 4th December (see below). We will need help, whether making or donating items for sale, for the raffle and tombola, and baking cakes beforehand, or staffing stalls, serving teas and checking people’s vaccination status on the day. Anyone able to help in any way is encouraged to contact Ruth McGroary.
  • A week after that, on Saturday 11th December at 5.00 p.m., there will be a Christmas concert in church, organised by ENTEL (see below). It will include something for everybody, with poetry, music both classical and rock, and the performance of an extract from “A Christmas Carol”. It’s free, but we will be asking for donations.
  • Anyone who needs legal advice but can’t afford a lawyer may like to know about the new service being offered free on weekday afternoons at chiesa Sta Caterina across the road from Spianata Acquasola in Viale IV Novembre. Details can be found on the noticeboard in the porch.
  • Next Sunday is the feast of Christ the King and the last Sunday of our year in the company of St Mark’s Gospel. From 28th November we shall be journeying with St Luke.

7th November, 2021

  • From today we are no longer printing service-sheets, except on special occasions, but we are offering everyone their own personalised service-book to take home and bring to church each Sunday. Anybody who would like one is asked to email the chaplain. Alternatively, it is possible to download each Sunday’s service from the church website or Facebook page onto a smartphone or tablet.
  • The usual midweek Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. On that day we shall remember Leo the Great.
  • On Thursday at 11.00 a.m. it will be 103 years since the guns fell silent at the end of the Great War (1914-1918). There will be a short act of remembrance in church that morning, beginning at 10.45.
  • Plans are being made for a St Nicholas Fair on the afternoon of 4th December. We will need help, making or donating items for sale or for the raffle or tomobola, and baking cakes beforehand, staffing stalls, serving teas and checking people’s vaccination status at the door. Anyone able to help in any way is asked to contact Ruth McGroary.
  • A week after that, on Saturday 11th December at 5.00 p.m., there will be a Christmas concert in church, organised by ENTEL. It will include something for everybody, with poetry, music both classical and rock, and the performance of an extract from “A Christmas Carol”. This event is free, but we will be asking for donations.
  • Anyone who needs legal advice but can’t afford a lawyer may like to know about the new free advice service being offered on weekday afternoons from 4.00-6.00 p.m. at chiesa Santa Caterina across the road from Spianata Acquasola in Viale IV Novembre.
  • Next Sunday is Remembrance Sunday, when we remember before God all who have died in war, and especially those who perished during the two World Wars of the last century. The Eucharist will include an act of remembrance. Poppies to support the Royal British Legion’s work with ex-service personnel can be obtained from the church.

31st October, 2021

  • On Tuesday we keep All Souls’ Day, when we remember those whom we have loved but see no longer. There will be a Eucharist at 6.00 p.m. Today is the last opportunity for people to add names to the list of those to be remembered at that service during the commemoration of the departed. Please email the chaplain.
  • The usual midweek Eucharist takes place on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m. We shall remember Richard Hooker, whose thinking was a powerful influence on the growth of the Church of England, and Martin de Porres, a Dominican friar of mixed race who lived in Peru 400 years ago and who ministered to all, whether Spanish nobles or slaves trafficked from Africa.
  • On Wednesday evening the yearly remembrance of the deportation of Genova’s Jewish community takes place, beginning in Galleria Mazzini at 5.30 p.m.
  • From next Sunday we will no longer be printing service-sheets, except on special occasions, but we are offering everyone their own personalised service-book to take home and bring to church each Sunday. Those who would like one are asked to email the chaplain. Alternatively, it will be possible to download each Sunday’s service from the church website or Facebook page onto a smartphone or tablet.
  • At the end of this year, from 28th December until New Year’s Day 2022, the annual gathering organised by the Taizé Community for young people across Europe takes place in Torino. Anyone who would like to know more about this, is asked to consult the information elsewhere on this page.
  • Plans are being made for a St Nicholas Fair on the afternoon of 4th December. We will need help, making or donating items for sale and baking cakes beforehand, staffing stalls, serving teas and checking people’s vaccination status at the door. Anyone who is able to help in any way, please email the chaplain..
  • Francesco Cevasco leaves for Lebanon later this week to work with an Italian NGO, helping to rebuild that shattered country. Please hold him in prayer.

24th October, 2021

  • It was good to share a celebratory aperitivo after this morning’s service and to welcome the Revd Dr Lutz Ackermann, priest of the American Episcopal Church of St Boniface in Augsburg, who was visiting Genova on his way home from the annual convention of the Convocation of Episcopal Churches in Europe.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • On Thursday we remember the apostles St Simon and St Jude. There will be a Eucharist at 1.00 p.m. Please note the change of time.
  • Anyone who would like their own copy of the Sunday service-book to take home and bring to church with them each Sunday is asked to add their name to the list in church or to contact the chaplain. From the beginning of next month we will no longer be printing service-sheets, except on special occasions, but it will still be possible to download each Sunday’s service via the church website or Facebook page onto a phone or tablet.
  • We are beginning to prepare for the Commemoration of the Departed at the All Souls service at 6.00 p.m. on Tuesday 2nd November. The name of anyone to be remembered by name at the Eucharist that day can be entered on the list in church – or contact the chaplain.
  • As reported below, Julie Waller, Archdeacon David’s wife, died on Wednesday. Her funeral takes place in Mallorca tomorrow. Please keep David, and Katie their daughter, in your prayers then, and in the weeks to come. A short prayer for people to use can be found below.
  • At the end of this year, from 28th December until New Year’s Day 2022, the annual gathering organised by the Taizé Community for young people across Europe will take place in Torino. Anyone who would like to know more about this, is asked to contact the chaplain or check the information here.
  • A reminder that the clocks go back one hour next Sunday as summer time ends. At the Eucharist that morning we will be remembering all the holy ones of God.

22nd October, 2021

Julie Waller, Archdeacon David’s wife, died on the evening of Wednesday, 20th October. She had been ill for some time. Her end was peaceful and her family were with her.

Please remember her in your prayers, and hold David and their daughter Katie in prayer as they come to terms with their great loss, especially on Monday when her funeral takes place on Mallorca.

Bishop Robert and Bishop David have circulated this prayer for people to use:

Eternal God, grant us grace to entrust Julie to your never-failing love which sustained her in this life. Receive her into the arms of your mercy, and remember her according to the favour you bear for your people. Give courage and faith to David and Katie that they may have strength to meet the days ahead and know your peace and the light of your presence. We ask this through Jesus Christ your Son, our Lord. Amen.


17th October, 2021

  • On Monday, 18th October, we remember St Luke, who wrote the third Gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. There will be a Eucharist at 12.30 p.m. St Luke is usually identified with the doctor who was one of St Paul’s companions and he is often linked with the Church’s ministry of healing. Anyone who knows someone who is in particular need of healing in mind or body, is asked to contact the chaplain, so that they can be remembered by name in the prayers. Anyone who knows that they are in need of a sacramental assurance of God’s healing presence is warmly invited to attend the service and to receive anointing in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
  • There will be the usual midweek Eucharist on Wednesday at 12.30 p.m.
  • Those who have already signed up for their own personalised service-book can take it today. Anyone who would like their own copy to take home and bring to church each Sunday, is asked to add their name to the list on the table or contact the chaplain. From 1st Sunday in November onwards we will no longer be printing service-sheets, except on special occasions, but members of the congregation will still be able to download each Sunday’s service from the church website or Facebook page onto a phone or tablet.
  • There is another list on the table, for the names of loved ones who have died to be remembered at the All Souls’ Day service on 2nd November. Please write on that list the name of anyone to be remembered by name at that service, or contact the chaplain.
  • At the end of this year, from 28th December until New Year’s Day 2022, the annual gathering organised by the Taizé Community for young people from across Europe will take place in Torino. Anyone who would like to know more about this, is asked to contact the chaplain or check the information on the FB page and the website.
  • Next Sunday is our church’s official birthday, when we give thanks for Bishop Charles Harris’s visit to Genoa in 1872 to dedicate this building. The celebrations will include an aperitivo after the Eucharist.

‘Reading the Bible in translation is like kissing your new bride through a veil!’

Halim Nachman Bialik (Jewish Poet, 1873-1934)