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Monday, 24 August 2015

Where do you think this Church is?

Where is this church? Somerset? Wiltshire? Actually Copenhagen! St Alban´s Church, looking very English, is in a peaceful corner in the centre of the Danish capital. Although very English in style, and often referred to as "the English Church", there are 28 different nationalities on the electoral roll of this vibrant parish.

Last weekend was a busy one for St Alban's with the annual fête on what ended up to be a gloriously sunny Saturday, which brought crowds to the event to buy English language books, British food delicacies, or enjoy a barbecue and beer and watch a performance of some traditional British dances from a bygone era.

The organisation of the fête would be enough for one weekend, but on top of that, I happened by to confirm and receive several candidates on Sunday. And it was also a new organist's first Sunday on the job!

Photo courtesy of St Alban's Webmaster
The candidates came from English, Nigerian, English/Indian, Nigerian/Danish, and English/Russian backgrounds. One Churchwarden is Canadian and the other is from New Zealand. Oh, and the parish priest, the Revd Darren McCallig, is Irish. So a Scottish/Burmese bishop felt very much at home in this international community.  

Photo courtesy of St Alban's Webmaster
A reception following the service provided a welcome to many visitors who came for the confirmation as well a chance for the regular parishioners, including the British Ambassador, HE Vivien Life, to congratulate the candidates.

An Ironman competition in Copenhagen on Sunday, meant that many of the streets in the centre of the city were closed to vehicle traffic, including those around St Albans. Nevertheless, the Church was full.
HM Ambassador Vivien Life
St Alban's has a website here, and one of the most active social media presences in the Diocese. The Facebook page is here, and its Twitter feed is @AnglicanDK.

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