The Anglican Church of Bermuda is as much a part of our Bermudian culture as the beat of the snare drum from the neighborhood Gombey troupe; or the refreshing taste of a sweet loquat in season. In fact, the Anglican Church has been a part of the Bermudian way of life from the very beginning. Aboard the Sea Venture on that fateful journey in June 1609, was a Priest of the Church of England, Rev’d Richard Bucke. Thus the ties between Bermuda and the Anglican Communion have a long, rich history.
As the national religious body for the beautiful island of Bermuda, the Anglican Church hopes to offer the same tranquility, serenity and peace that can be found in the scent of salt water, the view of the sunset and the sweet singing of the bluebird. We welcome you into a safe and Godly environment, where a love for Jesus Christ is supreme and service to others in the power of the Holy Spirit is paramount.
In an attempt to improve Diocesan communications, I have decided to write some periodic notes to highlight some of the things that are on the horizon in our Diocese. If any parish wish to have their own information added to these notes, please contact me or my Executive Assistant Juanae Baker and we will try to get the information out.
Please pray for me as I journey to Canterbury from 28th January to 8th February for a conference for Bishops from around the Anglican Communion On Being a Bishop, for those in the early years of their Episcopal Ministry. I will be joined by 26 others from as far flung places as: Australia, Melanesia, Guinea and Papua New Guinea, Pakistan, India, Kenya, Korea, Sierra Leone, Sudan, Tanzania, Zimbabwe as well as Canada and the UK. There will be two women Bishops, from Australia and the Church of England’s first woman Bishop – Libby Lane.
Rev. Ant and Ruth Pettit are hosting Youth Alpha at their home on Sunday evenings from 5-7. If you have any 11-18 years-olds who could benefit, please contact the Pettit’s asap for more details on 236-0698. For young people preparing for Confirmation, this could be a useful course!
The 5’Oclock Service
On the 1st Sunday of every month, there is an alternative more informal service of the word with worship, word and prayer held at 5:00 in the Cathedral. Musically, this is led by the Cathedral band with a variety of speakers. All are welcome. This month the speaker is Rev. Ant, who will be preaching from the encounter between God and Moses at the burning bush.
Lent and Holy Week
As Lent kicks off on Ash Wednesday, there will be regional services as well as Ashes to Go in two locations – Hamilton and Shelley Bay! Each parish is ‘doing its own thing’ this year as regards Lenten studies. Please be praying for each other for a Holy Lent. I will ask Juanae to circulate information about the various courses and nights when such courses are being offered.
During Holy Week itself, we will be observing the expanded Chrism Service on the Tuesday evening (22nd March at 7:00) – a special service designed for all licensed (and unlicensed) ministers and ministries of the Anglican Church of Bermuda – a time of encouragement to pledge ourselves to serve God wholeheartedly for the coming year.
On Saturday evening of Easter week – Easter Eve, we will be expanding our usual service by hosting a Confirmation Service at the Cathedral AT 7:00 pm. Please pray for all candidates who are preparing for this service.
Awake- Diocesan Strategic Review
Following the Synod AGM last year, I announced that we will be beginning a process of Strategic Review for the Diocese. As we begin the process, that will be the main focus of the March Synod Meeting (12th March). This will be followed during the next week by a presentation given by Peter Greer, the CEO of Hope International and bestselling author of Christian leadership books – including Mission Drift who will be in the Cathedral on Tuesday 15th March from 5:30-7:30 to encourage us to work together in having and remaining true to our vision and mission as a Diocese. This is a Must see even – so please put the date in your Diary.
In conjunction with this we are also planning a Lay Ministry Training Day on the 30th April at the Bermuda College. Watch this space for more information.
There are lots more things going on around the parishes. Please pray for and support one another – especially those Church that are experiencing transition periods.
Now to him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, to the only God our Saviour, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen
Grace be to you all!
*Ordinand - someone who is training for Ordained ministry as a deacon or priest.
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