Anglican Catholic Church

Bishop Visits the Netherlands

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The Chapel borrowed for the Bishops visit visitation to our Dutch Mission

The Chapel borrowed for the Bishops visit visitation to our Dutch Mission


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The Congregation after Mass

The Congregation after Mass


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Bishop Mead with Fr Gregory Wassen the priest in charge

Bishop Mead with Fr Gregory Wassen the priest in charge


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Inside the chapel

Inside the chapel


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The Service begins

The Service begins


Mass


Mass


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Invitation to Communion

Invitation to Communion


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The blessing

The blessing


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The hospitality of a neighbouring Church, before our service, was so kind.

The hospitality of a neighbouring Church, before our service, was so kind.


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Time to move on to our Mass

Time to move on to our Mass


On Sunday 13th August Bishop Mead visited the ACC Mission of St Boniface / Gemeenschap van Sint Bonifatius in Holland.
He celebrated Mass and preached at 1pm at (by kind permission) at the Het Kleine Kerkje: Broek 2, 9511 PT Gieterveen.
Afterwards some of those attending went for a delicious lunch in a restaurant in Fr Wassens own village.

Bishop Mead commented on his visit to the Netherlands.

"I paid my first visit to our Dutch ACC Mission as the Episcopal Commissary of Archbishop Haverland because our work there falls under the Metropolitan's Patrimony. I was impressed with how much has been achieved in relatively short time. Fr Gregory Wassen the priest in charge is a learned man, clearly well loved and respected and works incredibly hard. The small congregation has already had a baptism - Fr Wassen's young niece who with her mother and brother are regular attenders. Two of those attending the Mass I celebrated had traveled a considerable distance by train and, although not ACC members, I greatly appreciated their support and the efforts they made.
The Dutch people I encounted certainly lived up to their reputation for friendliness and hospitality.

This was typified by what we experienced just before our Mass in the borrowed Chapel.
We received some wonderfully kind, loving and Christian hospitality from a Dutch Evangelical Church.
Having arrived early at the little former Chapel, we found the cafe opposite - where we had hoped to have a drink and use the facilities - was closed. A little further along the road we were welcomed to the larger Evangelical Church (who had just finished their worship) by their lady Pastor and her congregation and given coffee and the warmest of welcomes. Normally I stay well clear of guitars in church - but when we were invited to view their simple but beautiful Church building and the minister played one of the said instruments and sang for us a hymn I well recognised "Praise my soul the King of Heaven" in Dutch - I was so moved by her love and generous spirit. It was an unexpected moment, reminding me that sometimes the spectrum of the Christian family is not simply a straight line but a circle around Christ - and sometimes those of us who are tempted to see ourselves as being on opposites ends - find ourselves meeting in love and friendship.

What they all made of unexpectedly encountering an English Anglican Catholic Bishop in their midst - in his full rig ! - I suspect will be a tale told for some time! When the time came to move to our own service I kept the minister and her folk in my minds-eye during Mass. God bless them.

I predict good time ahead for our ACC work in the Netherlands."