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17th September 2009

I need to get this Midweek Message out quickly as I have to get to work on the Order of Service for our worship this coming Sunday. Therefore, may I remind you …..

Sunday 20th September at 11am
We will be joined by Bishop Dušan of the Old Catholic Church, together with his Prague congregations, for a Eucharist to mark the ninth anniversary of the signing of the covenant between our two Churches on Sunday 17th September 2000. There will be no Old Catholic services in Prague that Sunday as Bishop Dušan has asked everyone to come to worship at St. Clements. So I hope our own congregation will also turn out in force. The service will be half in Czech & half in English but with an Order of Service in both languages so everyone can follow what is being said.

The service will be followed by a Bring & Share Picnic in the nearby park between the Church & the Vltava. Please bring sufficient food and drink for yourself (selves) together with enough for one other person. Please also pray for fine weather!!!!!  Currently, the weather forecast from the BBC is saying it will be sunny with a highest temperature of 24 degrees.

Week beginning Monday 21st September…..
A reminder, as explained in last week’s Midweek Message, that I will be away from Prague from Monday 21st – Friday 25th September inclusive, attending the Diocese in Europe Clergy Pastoral Conference in Köln, Germany. The conference will be only the second time ever that all the clergy from our scattered diocese have come together in this way. The first occasion was four years ago. This year’s conference has the title ‘Entertaining Angels: Hospitality as Mission’. There is a varied and interesting programme being laid on which I’m looking forward to as well as the opportunity to meet colleagues from Madeira to Moscow and Tangier to Trondheim, such is the far-flung nature of our Anglican Diocese.

BUT……. our midweek activities will continue without me. Therefore…..

Monday 21st at 7pm in the bar-restaurant U Slabé vůle, Revoluční 21, alongside the Dlouhá trída tram stop, Czech conversation with Gerry Turner. Come for a meal (the food is excellent & very reasonably priced) or just a drink (0.5l Staropramen is only 25Kč) and improve your spoken Czech.

Tuesday 22nd at 8.15am, the Breakfast Study Group  meets in Bohemia Bagel, Masná 2, near Old Town Square. We have just begun studying the Letter to the Hebrews from the New Testament. The ‘Breakfast Special’ is only 89Kč which includes a bottomless mug of coffee.

Thursday 24th at 7pm, the Thursday Study Group meets at the Sue Anderson’s flat at 7pm. Enjoy a light supper with a glass or two of wine or soft drink, followed by a study & ending with a short time of prayer. End time is 9.15pm. The group have begun a new series of studies on Mark’s Gospel. New members are always very welcome.

Sue’s flat is in the same complex as the Chaplaincy flat. Take Tram 20 to it’s terminus at Podbaba. Continue in direction of the tram for 250m to bus stop Ve struhách (routes 107,116, 147, 160 from Dejvická); turn left just beyond the bus stop & Staropramen 24 hr bar into Pod Pat’ankou. Turn left immediately before the disused railway bridge and the block of flats in front of you is the one you need. Go to the stairway on the right and ring the bell marked ‘Anderson’. If you need more help to find it ring Sue on 731 178 731. It is helpful for catering arrangements to let Sue know if you are planning to come.

Another reminder from last week’s Midweek Message……

Tuesdays at 7pm???????
In response to what I wrote three weeks ago about another Midweek Study Group meeting on a different night in a different location, I’ve had the offer of a venue in the centre of Prague with Tuesday evening as a possible meeting night. Apparently Pizza is available next door so there would be no problem with food. Would this suit you? Want to know more? Then please email me. If there is sufficient interest, then we’ll try & get something started.

Children receiving Communion
Normal Anglican practice is for children/young people to start receiving Holy Communion once they have received the rite of Confirmation. I would normally want prospective confirmees to be at least 11/12 years old before starting preparation for Confirmation. However, as I am sure many of you are aware, several other major Christian denominations admit much younger baptized children to receive Holy Communion, most notably the Roman Catholic, Orthodox and also the Old Catholic Churches. In recent years, this has also become the practice in parts of the Anglican Church and there are now appropriate regulations governing how this should happen should it be the wish of a particular congregation to do so.

Following the request from a small number of parents, your Church Council has resolved to make application to Bishop Geoffrey, the Anglican Bishop of Europe, for permission to admit baptized children to Holy Communion before Confirmation within our Chaplaincy. I have no reason to doubt that this request will be approved not least because the Old Catholic Church in the Czech Republic, under whose joint jurisdiction we come, already does this.

Before any baptized children are admitted to receive Holy Communion, they along with their parent(s), will need to have attended a short course of preparation. I envisage this happening later this year with the first children being formerly admitted around Christmas. In the meantime, if there are other parents besides those who have already spoken to me, who would like their child(ren) to be prepared for admission, please do speak with me or drop me an email. Likewise, if anyone has any questions about this matter, please do speak with me or a member of your Church Council.

Finance
In view of what I wrote earlier in the year and the subsequent updates since that time, a number of people have recently asked me about the current state of our finances. The situation at the end of August, as reported by our Treasurer Peter Broster to last Sunday’s meeting of the Church Council, is as follows.

Our income January 1st – 31st August was just over 700,000 Kč. As is clearly stated on the weekly Bulletin, we need an income of 25,000 Kč each week to cover our running costs. Therefore, regarding those first eight months of the year as 28 weeks, our income really needed to be 880,000 Kč for that period. Putting it in another way, between now and the end of the year, we need to raise a further 600,000 Kč in order to break even.

The good news is that our income this year is well ahead of where it was this time last year. But then last year, we had a very serious excess of expenditure over income received which cannot be allowed to continue. My thanks as always, to all of you who do give so generously to support St. Clements, either by regular standing order or through the weekly dated envelopes scheme. If you are new to St Clements and would like to know more about the best way you can support St. Clements financially, then please get in contact with either Peter Broster our Treasurer, brosterscz@yahoo.co.uk , or to me.

Best wishes

Ricky

PS    There will be no Midweek Message next week as I will be in Köln and without ready access to email and the internet!