Week of peace
16th – 23rd September is the Dutch national Week of Peace (Vredesweek). People participate in a variety of forms. One option is prayer. Prayer is about letting go of your own agenda and placing it in the hands of the Eternal One, the source of light and love, the source of all life. Stilling ourselves, reflecting on our actions and what they mean in the light of the Eternal One. But also in the knowledge that God can also be a source of peace. In Voorschoten a service of vespers is being held at 19.00 on Wednesday 19th September in the Kruispunt church. Ruan Crew will be leading
The Bible Course
New to the Bible or want to go deeper? The Bible Course is for you. It shows how the key books, famous characters and epic events form one BIG story, from Genesis to Revelation. The course also provides tools and skills that help apply the Bible to everyday life. Interested? We will be running this course over 8 monthly evenings, starting on Tuesday 18th September. Read more here.
The Book Club will be having a social to discuss potential books for the coming months. Date: Thursday, 20 September from 14:00 to 16:00. Contact Hélène to confirm your participation. All welcome
Harvest gifts for the foodbank
During the Harvest all-age celebration on Sunday 30th September we will be collecting non perishable food items and household items for the Leiden and district foodbank. Please remember to bring something along for the service. Suitable items are: tinned fruit, vegetables, fish. Dried pasta, rice, noodles, cereals. Household items such as wc roll, washing powder and hygiene items such as toothpaste. Please do not bring any luxury items. Thank you
To the Mauritshuis in the Hague. Exhibition: National Trust Dutch Masters from British Country Houses. Date: Wednesday 31 October from 14:00 to 16:00 followed by coffee and a chat. More details from Hélène.
Do you play an instrument? Like to sing with a group? Have a heart for worship? St James' music group has said 'goodbye' to a number of its members recently and we could do with a few more singers and melody instruments. It's not an 'every Sunday' commitment but a willingness to practice and learn new songs is essential. You can speak to group members after any service to find out more or email Anthony Cummings.
“St James has a mortgage of €150,000 on the youth drop-in centre that we own at Ambachtspad 23. That is financed by six bonds, each of €25k, held by six members of our congregation. The bonds were issued in 2013, carry a 3.5% annual coupon (interest) and are due for repayment in full on December 1st of 2018 – later this year. The church council has discussed the matter and proposes to repeat the bond issue to finance the repayment of the existing bonds. Details of the issue will be agreed and notified in September, but I would ask you all to pray about it over the summer. If you have interest to be a bondholder please let me or a warden know, so that we can keep you informed of developments.” Mike Waters, Treasurer
You will no doubt be aware of the new data protection law that came into force last month. Although you have not yet received any formal messages from the church council concerning this, please rest assured that we are actively working towards full compliance according to the guidelines we have received from the diocesan office. More to follow in due course.