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Friday, 23 March 2012

Mothering Sunday in St John the Evangelist, Ghent

The Anglican Church of St John the Evangelist in Ghent, Belgium, celebrated a service of Baptism and Confirmation on Mothering Sunday, 18 March. The Church was packed with over 180 people present. The Priest-in-Charge is the Revd Stephen Murray, who came to this diocese from the Diocese of Niagara in Canada. (A very good diocese, by the way!). Fr Stephen also serves the much smaller Church of St George, Knokke, on the coast.

It was a poignant Mothering Sunday, given the deaths of so many Belgian children in the bus accident in Switzerland. At the start of the service some young people of St John's lit candles in memory of those who died and prayers were said for them and for their families.

Church of England worship in Ghent can be traced back to 1743. A large number of the present members come originally from countries in West Africa, especially Ghana, Nigeria and Liberia.

The website of St John's is here. The parish also has an active Facebook presence here.  

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