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Monday, 11 May 2015

St Peter's and St Sigfrid's Stockholm to celebrate an African Pentecost!

St Peter's and St Sigfrid's Anglican Church in Stockholm is sometimes known as "the English Church", but is hardly that in terms of its membership.  Like Stockholm itself, it is a very international community. On a recent parish visit, I had conversations with parishioners from Nigeria, the USA, Canada, South Africa, Kenya, India, Jamaica, Sweden, France and the UK. The Churchwardens come from Dallas, Texas and Chennai, India!

The international outlook of the congregation was also reflected in their generosity in holding a "retiring collection" to raise funds for victims of the earthquake in Nepal.

Churchwardens count the special retiring collection for Nepal
The Church has a solid musical tradition with an enthusiastic and talented choir. The liturgy combines the best of Anglicanism, from the dignity of the Sunday eucharist supported by a knowledgeable team of servers and acolytes, to Messy Church. The chaplain, the Revd Nick Howe, also promotes "deep Church" through providing times for quiet and contemplative prayer, the latter having been a particular focus during Lent.

Members of the choir in rehearsal
On Whitsunday 24 May, the parish will celebrate an African Pentecost, with a joyful worship service to be followed by a feast of African food!

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