Newsletter-2015-july-august

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Newsletter-2015-july-august

MESSAGE FROM OUR CHAPLAINDear friends,The ministry of music and the sacredness ofsound has been very much to the forefront herein Saint Alban’s in the last few weeks andmonths.First up was the visit of the Trinity CollegeDublin Chapel Choir, which sang (with our ownSt Alban’s Choir) at the two services on(appropriately enough!) Trinity Sunday. Forseven years I was blessed by the splendidliturgical music of this group of students and it was great to welcomethem to my new parish. Those who attended the Sung Eucharist or theChoral Evensong on Trinity Sunday will long remember the combinedsinging of the two choirs — in a word, it was heavenly!Then, just a short time later we announced that the next Organist andCoordinator of Music Ministry at Saint Alban’s will be Mie Othelie Berg.Mie, who hails from Norway, received her Bachelor’s Degree in ChurchMusic from the Norwegian University of Science and Technology inTrondheim and is currently studying for a Master’s Degree in PerformingOrgan at the Royal Danish Academy of Music, here in Copenhagen. Welook forward to getting to know her and welcoming her to ourcommunity.Finally, on Saint Alban’s Day (21 June) we bade farewell to Iain McLarty,who is returning to Scotland after two and a half years as our Organistand Coordinator of Music Ministry. As a newly-arrived chaplain I was veryfortunate to have had such a talented and committed colleague to workwith during my first few months here. We shall miss him.I am glad to say, however, that Iain got a truly magnificent musical sendoffon Saint Alban’s Day. From Junior’s drum-beat backing to “We areComing Lord to the Table”, to Lauren’s beautiful recorder playing, and onto Steve’s trumpet accompaniment to “All People that on earth do dwell”,it was one of those days when great music and meaningful liturgyenabled our spirits to soar. As the novelist Ian McEwan once wrote, musiccan “give us a glimpse of what we might be, of our best selves, and of animpossible world in which you give everything you have to others, butlose nothing yourself.” Or, to put it in other words, music can bring uscloser to God. Long may it continue to do so.-Darren-44


MA MADE ‘MARMAID’ MARMELADEIt’s marmalade time of the year again, folks! Another quick reminderThe Summer Fair is famous amongst theexpatriate community for its marmalade – well,also for its books, etc. of course! But we stillhave cans of Marmaid which is the easiest wayof makingmarmaladeand raisingmoney for the church. On SaturdayAugust 22 nd this year, Jean Gram-Andersen and her team are calling for agroaning stall, full of all kinds ofpreserves. Once you have made up a canto two of marmalade, you might like todonatea jar ortwo of pickle, chutney, jelly or lemoncurd. There is a sign-up list in the sinkroom so the ladies can plan.Jean would also like people to bringcakes and sweets wrapped in plastic orcellophane ready to sell. Please bringthem to church on Friday 21 st August ifat all possible.50 BOOKS NEED A RIDE FROM FREDERIKSHAVN TO CHURCHIf by any happy chance, you happen to bedriving near Frederikshavn this summer –before the Fair – there are about 50 beautifulbooks waiting to be transported toCopenhagen. It rather defeats the purpose ofthe gift if we are obliged to pay for transportbut the owners, faithful Anglicans who can no longer manage to worshipwith us, are determined that St Alban’s must have the benefit of the saleof these books.Please contact: Ingrid Als on 98 43 8116 if you can possibly help.If you have books to donate, please sort them into categories if possible,and leave them in the back of the church from 16 August.77


ST ALBAN’S IS GROWING IN JUTLANDOur Chaplain has many talents, and one is for publicity and presentation. Hedesigned this flier, with the help of Charlotte Lindhardt of the Aarhuscongregation to ensure that the people of Aarhus and wider Jutland can hearthat from 30 th August this year there will be a monthly Anglican service atMøllevangs Kirke, and that it will begin earlier. Deacon Christophe alreadyholds international services in Jelling and Vejle. If you would like copies of theflier just contact Chaplain@st-albans.dk and he will make sure you get some.It is worth remembering that St Alban’s Church in Aarhus solely relies onprivate donations. These contributions allow us to hold the services, and paythe organist, etc. The contributions are tax deductible.Please, contact our Treasurer, Angela Hansen at angelabream@yahoo.dkfor further information, and if you would like to consider donating.8


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PENTECOST 2015 – MANY VOICES – ONE SPIRITGrace and Michelle brilliantly redand blueAnne-Marie in Danishnational costumePentecost is theperfect time tocelebrate the excitingnature of our growingmulticultural church.We held a ‘pot-luck’lunch in the gardenand shared our ownculinary traditions.And we all wore red!Dorothy in brilliant UgandanscarletEmanuel in a burgundyred African shirt.In his traditional redPentecostal robes,Darren preached oftolerance and loveacross borders. Hehad arranged for allthe readings to be inthe many differentlanguages spoken byour worshippers.(Translated on the pewsheet into English.)10


YOUR FLOWER TEAM NEEDS YOU!Have you ever looked at the wonderful flowers inSt Alban's and thought that you would like to joinin and do some flower arranging, but then maybefelt a little apprehensive because you are not sure ofyour flower arranging skills?Well, you are not alone, that is exactly how I feltbefore I volunteered to help with the flowerssometimes. Jean Gram Anderson and the othermembers of the flower arranging team are all reallyfriendly and will help you out with tips and advice. The fact is though, formost weeks of the year the flowers on the altar are simple (yet stillbeautiful) arrangements in two or four vases. More volunteers are neededfor these weekly displays, you do not have to buy really expensive,flowers, a couple of bunches of flowers from your local shop can dowonders.Now, don't go thinking you need to be a lady for thistask; oh no, we are part of the liberated 21 st Centuryat St Alban's and one of the regular flower arrangersis Junior Williams.Of course on the special days in the Churchcalendar the more experienced members of theflower team create breathtaking artistic displays.Today, I had the opportunity to help Jean out withthe floral displays for St Alban's day. It was apleasure to work with such a talented artist, and yesflower arranging of the display kind is an art, even ifthe artwork soon dies.So when you next look at the flowers in Churchand think how lovely they are, why not thinkabout joining the team of flower arrangers? Thelist is in the narthex, just waiting for names,maybe the next will be yours?!Text and photos by Bev Lloyd-Roberts1111


SERMON PREACHED ON SAINT ALBAN’S DAY,21 JUNE 2015, by the Chaplain, the Revd Darren McCallig.Happy Saint Alban’s Day!How wonderful it is to be here with you as your new-ish Chaplain on thismy first Saint Albans Day. I hope I don’t shock you when I admit that — asa proud Irishman — before coming here to Saint Alban’s I knew next tonothing about our patron Saint — this Alban we remember today.I do, however, have a good excuse for my ignorance. I checked it outduring the week. Listen to this: Saint Alban’s Day is listed as what isknown as a “Lesser Festival” in the Church of England. Saint Alban’s Day islisted as what is known as a “Commemoration” in the Episcopal Church inScotland. Saint Alban’s Day is listed as a “Grade V” commemoration in theChurch in Wales. Yes, who knew there were five grades ofcommemoration! But, Saint Alban’s Day does not feature at all — not evenas a Grade V commemoration — in the Church of Ireland. So, you see,how was I to know anything about him?However, I’ve been doing my research and there are some reallyfascinating traditions and legends which have grown-up around SaintAlban over the centuries. The basic story of Alban can be told in just afew sentences. He was a citizen of the Roman city of Verulamium — nowSt Albans in Hertfordshire — and he gave shelter to a Christian priestfleeing persecution. After some time in this company of this priest, SaintAlban was so impressed by what he saw that he converted and became aChristian. When the priest’s hiding place was discovered, Alban dressedhimself in the priest’s cloak and was arrested in his place. Tortured by theRoman authorities, Alban refused to renounce his faith and so wasbeheaded on 22 June, probably in the year 250.That’s the basic story. But as I said various legends have developed overthe centuries in connection with Saint Alban. For example, the VenerableBede — the famous historian — writing in the eighth century added to thebasic story. He added details such as how the river Alban had to cross onthe way to his execution miraculously divided in two to let him cross. Or,how a spring of water appeared out of nowhere to give Alban a drink. Or— my personal favourite — how the executioner’s eyes popped out of hishead, dropped out of his head, as he killed Saint Alban!And I suppose the danger is — and in a way perhaps the legends add tothis danger — the danger is that all of this came seem so far removedfrom us, our twenty-first century lives and our twenty-first experiencesthat we struggle to identify with Saint Alban. And that would be a greatshame, because here’s the thing:Alban was a martyr for his faith. Alban was a Saint. Alban did somethingtruly remarkable for which he has never been forgotten. But, really, whenyou come down to it, he only did what we are all supposed to do.12


And that’s to be a witness.After all, the word “martyr” comes from the Greek word “martus" whichmeans “witness”. A martyr is a person who gives witness; a person whogives witness to the Truth; Who stands up for the way things ought to be.Who gives witness to God. In that sense then, we are all called — by virtueof our baptism — to be witnesses. We are all called to be martyrs. And,for some people, that bearing witness will possibly cost them their lives.As we know religious persecution is increasing around the world — andmany Christians, and indeed many members of other faiths — are payingthe ultimate price for their convictions. But, for most of us, more usually,the call to be a witness will probably be less dramatic.But even if it is less dramatic, it can begin for us, I believe, in exactly thesame place as it began for Saint Alban. And where was that? Well, thatwas in the unexpected encounter, wasn’t it? The unexpected encounterwith Christ. The encounter with the Christ who came to Alban as theunknown stranger. Christ who came in the guise of the person — thepriest — in need of protection, in need of help.You see, that’s the truly remarkable thing about the story of Saint Alban— forget the parting rivers and the popping eyes — that’s just windowdressing. The real miracle of the story is when Alban looks at thisbedraggled member of a suspect and persecuted, “dodgy” minority andsees a fellow human being.And even though he Alban himself is not being persecuted. Even thoughhe Alban himself is not one of these strange “Christians”. Even though heAlban probably shares little or nothing — politically, ethnically, socially,culturally — with this persecuted person, still he acts.Even though, you might say it has little or nothing to do with him, Albanstill welcomes the stranger. Still he lets the priest in. Still he does what isright. And I often think that that is the great spiritual challenge for thelikes of ... well, me.Let’s be honest — many of us here this morning — not all of us, that’simportant to say — but many of here this morning lead extraordinarilyprivileged lives. Look at me for example: I am a white, Western, in globalterms very well-off, educated, straight, man. I have won the lottery of life!In other words, I will never have to personally experience some of thegreat persecutions, some of the great systemic injustices, in our world.I will never have to face the kind of prejudice and discrimination thatpeople of colour face in so many parts of the world. I will never have toface the kind of hardships and frequent scapegoating that many migrantsface in so many parts of the world, particularly here in the Western world.I will never have to face the kind of inequalities and injustices that somany women face all over the world. I will never have to face the kind ofbigotry and persecution that gay people still face, in somany part of the world.13


And because I don’t personally face those persecutions and prejudices,should I just say, “Well, it’snothing to do with me?” Should I just mind my own business! Should Iwalk by on the other side?No way! Not on this Saint Alban’s Day, of all days. Not on this day whenwe celebrate how Christ came precisely in the guise of the unknownpersecuted stranger, and made Himself known to a man named Alban allthose years ago. Not on this day when we are reminded how Christ stillcomes to us and still makes Himself known to us. Still makes Himselfknow in this sacrament of bread and wine. Is still to be encountered in thelives of the naked, the imprisoned, the hungry and the thirsty. And stillteaches that in so much as we do it, or fail to do it, for the least of these— His brothers and sisters — we do it to Him.There’s a famous quotation from a man called Martin Niemöller that Iwant to end with. Niemöller was a very interesting character. He wasGerman. And he was a young man — a young pastor and theologian —when Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933. And although Niemöller initiallysupported the Nazis he came in time to realise just how evil that systemwas. And so he was involved in setting up the German Confessing Church,which was in opposition to the official Protestant churches which hadpretty much lost their prophetic voice.And because of this opposition Niemöller was imprisoned inSachsenhausen and then in Dachau concentration camps. But he survived.He survived that ordeal and after the War he spoke very often about hisdeep, deep regret that he and many others had not seen the dangers ofNazism sooner and had not done more to speak out. You get a sense ofthat deep regret from a famous quotation which is often attributed tohim. The quotation goes like this:“First they came for the Communists, but I did not speak out – because Iwas not a Communist. Then they came for the trade unionists, but I didnot speak out – because I was not a trade unionist. Then they came forthe Jews, but I did not speak out – because I was not a Jew. Then theycame for me – and there was no one left to speak-up for me.”On this day when we celebrate Saint Alban — the one who witnessed forChrist, who stood up for Christ, who spoke-up for Christ by standing-upand speaking up for the persecuted stranger — let us pray that God willgive us the grace to go and do likewise.In Jesus’ nameAmen.14


SAINT ALBAN – THE DANISH CONNECTIONSankt Knuds Kirke, Odense: From a file by MaleneThyssen posted on Wikimedia Commons.Sankt Knud’s Kirke inOdense, also known asOdense Cathedral, is namedafter Knud IV who wasmurdered in the church ofSt. Alban’s Priory in 1086.He had ruled Denmark from1080, and is particularlynoted for accompanying theDanish fleet on the lastgreat Viking raid of that age;during this raid in 1075 heis said to have stolen therelics of St. Alban from Elyand deposited them in St.Alban’s Priory in Odense.The first Sankt Knud’s Kirke,built close to the priory, waserected to house the earthlyremains of Knud IV, but thechurch burnt down in 1247.It was replaced by thepresent church on the samesite that contains in theancient crypt beneath thechoir the remains of Knud(Canute).The Canons of the church claimed to have in their possession the relics ofSt. Alban, but these are not on display. In his 1934 book on “The EnglishEpiscopal Church in Denmark” Alex Jarvis remarks that the relics of St.Alban were also said to have been preserved in St. Mary’s Church inCopenhagen, Lund Church (in Sweden), the Francescan Church atRoskilde, and the church at Seloe in Norway.It is much easier to verify that Odense has an Albanigade, that the nearbyAlbani Bryggerierne A/S was built in 1859, and that the brewery producesDenmark’s oldest Julebryg (Christmas beer) that goes by the name of“Blålys”.Tony Higgins (Church archivist)1515


ST ALBAN’S DAY – PARISH BBQAfter a pretty miserable month of June – one of the coldest ever, the daydawned overcast but dry with the promise of sunshine. After a wonderfulservice, some rushed to the vicarage to start the new-last-year BBQ andsort out food. The rest of the congregation was treated to a marvelous“Farewell Concert” by our outgoing organist, Iain McLarty.Food contributions piled up and there was a lovely spread of salad andeven more desserts. The gas bottle proved faulty so panic ensued for awhile and thanks to Carsten and Elizabeth, who rushed home andcollected their own BBQs we were able to continue and sausages could becooked over smoke.Peter “Fix-it” Fitzgerald managed to engineer a solution to the gas, andPhil D kindly took over the cooking of a multitude of semi-cooked chops.Jean and Stella were un-phased by all the outdoor shenanigans, andquietly put things in the oven in readiness for final sizzling.This was a parish picnic in the true sense of the word. Where thereweren’t sufficient chairs, people spread rugs on the lawn and lazed in thesunshine. Thanks are due to the many who brought wonderful food toshare and to those who, before and afterwards, bought, sorted, cooked,cleaned and generally pulled their weight. It was a happy afternoon, verymuch in the spirit of our patron saint, whose generosity cost him his life.Our own lives were in no danger at all but a spirit of giving pervadedenhancing the enjoyment of the time we spent together.Carsten and Junior sizzle sausagesThe Aproned “Cook” and Grace(Photos from Palle and Julia Tordahl)16


Waiting for the after-lunch bongo player!Two happy ladies – waiting patiently for themen to serve their meat!Skål! – Happy St Alban’s Day, and applause for Darren, our host.1717


One final hug from Dorothy to herChoirmaster, Iain, before he leaves usSiff and Nils inspect the BBQ!”Ja Ja, hej med dig!” Julia, Palle and Stephen enjoy the sunshine after lunch.Gardening and cooking done,the sun shining, Phil C and PhilD with Anne Christina, can relaxand picnic happily.Photos: Bev Lloyd-Roberts1818


SPIRITUAL DIRECTIONIn November of last year, Canon Ulla Monberg, the Diocesan Director ofTraining led a weekend introductory course for a group of volunteers,clergy and lay, who have a ministry of spiritual direction, or who want todevelop the skills neededfor this sacred work.The weekend, atSt Cuthman's RetreatCentre in Sussex, was thefirst of a series ofongoing training andpreparation events whichare being organised inresponse to the needwithin the Diocese inEurope for trainedspiritual directors.Ursula Sonnewald (who will, later this year, be licensed as a Reader in StAlban’s – having previously been licensed for ministry in Norway) was atthe weekend in Sussex and explains what spiritual direction involves:“Spiritual direction is the practice of being with people as they attempt todeepen their relationship with the divine, or to learn and grow in theirown personal spirituality. The person seeking direction shares stories ofhis or her encounters of the divine, or how he or she is experiencingspiritual issues. It is advisable that the director and the person seekingdirection are not in a close relationship — be thatfriends, family or in a work related relationship.”As part of her training, Ursula is seeking to findsome people who wish to receive spiritualdirection, either in person or via Skype. She canalso put people in contact with other spiritualdirectors around the Diocese.If you are interested, or would like furtherinformation, please contact Ursula at:usonnewald@gmail.com1919


WORDS TO A RAINBOW GODA meditation for August 6 thDay of Disfiguration and Transfiguration*YOUthat gave us earth for our devisingTjernóbyl, Hiroshíma, Hólocaust:what name have you to set alongside?where are the places of your presence now?What you delight inmay elude us in our wastelandsas in confusion we mistook it on the mountain-top.Rouse us daily in our summer sleeknessto the signals of forgotten winter worlds;and as we put out feelers to restorethe earthscapes we have flooded with our bane,may many wings returning thrill our airand bring us olive branches for our greening.Do not let an easy love of lightblur our remembrance of un-heavened enterprise;but fan our grieving into protestas for the untold burnt ones and ourselves we cry:You are the furnace and the fragranceof all makingall mysteryand all abandon;so through the hard rain falling we shall seethe myriad refractionsof your rainbow joy.John Nicholson*Hiroshima and Tabor2020


CLIMATE PILGRIMAGE 12 SEPTEMBER, 2015The Danish National Council of Churches, the International Churchand St Alban’s Church invites you to Join a pilgrimage for climatejustice on 12 September 2015Time: 13.00-16.00Place: Vestamager Naturcenter.The climate is changing and climate change is affecting every one.Climate change threatens creation and humanity and the poorest in ourworld suffer the most. With this pilgrimage we will walk for hope forcreation.We will walk with thousands of others around the world to encourage theworlds' leaders to negotiate a fair international climate agreement at theClimate Summit in Paris later this year.When we walk - alone or together with others - the walk changes us. Therhythm and the simplicity affects our hearts and helps us focus on what isimportant. As climate pilgrimages, we have a goal: to walk for hope in theworld.The pilgrimage will include a walk of about 5 km and end with a service ofworship. If you are unable to do the walk, please visit the Nature Centerand join us for the service. The Nature Center has exhibitions and a smallrestaurant.Program:12.45: Walk from Vestamager Metro station for those who don't knowexactly where the Naturcenter is.13:00 - 15.30: Opening liturgy and pilgrimage walk of about 5 km withvarious stations15.30: worship at/near the Nature CenterThe pilgrimage is planned in a collaboration between St. Alban's Church,the International Church of Copenhagen and The National Council ofChurches in Denmark.All are welcome and it is free.From Hanna SmidtCommunications and Green Church CoordinatorNational Council of Churches in Denmark21


THE COUNCIL FOR 2015-16Churchwardens – Claire Clausen and Christopher ParkerCouncil Secretary: Graeme Lloyd-RobertsHon Treasurer – Colin HuntCouncillors:Jean Gram Andersen,Stella BrondumPhilip DaviesPeter FitzgeraldAngela Hansen (Aarhus)Zubin KurianBeverly Lloyd-RobertsAnne-Marie SweeneyEmanuel TabanTony WedgwoodJunior WilliamsDiocesan Representative: Nigel RowleyDeanery Representatives: Maria Kvan Mortensen, Pauleen Bang,John Mills and Victoria Wadsworth HansenSidesmen (Sidespeople)Anna Christine ChristensenColin HuntChris OsbornEddie WalesEmmanuel TabanFrances JakobsenJanet KamaraJocelyn HirdJohn ShennanJudy Njeri KamaraJunior WilliamsLiz JensenNigel RowleyPhil ClarkeRosemary BohrNigel Rowley is the Rota Coordinator. He still calls for volunteers asSidespeople. This is the way to get to know people quickly and thewelcome received by strangers from our sidespeople is ofteninstrumental in encouraging newcomers to join us. The task is notonerous and but is vital to the smooth running of our Sunday services.Nigel will be only too happy to welcome you to the team and give youthe necessary training.FROM OUR REGISTRAR – Kate ThomsenBaptisms on 3 May:Anthony Chinedu OkokoParents:Anthony Chinedu Okoko andCynthia Chianiakh OkokoWillow Soleil SvendsenParents:Anders Serup Svendsen andMelia Christine Svendsen22


Bjørn’s International School is a small and friendly school in Copenhagen,offering a quality education for children from 6 to 16 years of age. Studentsfrom throughout the world attend Bjørn’s International School and follow eitheran English or Danish curriculum.Bjørn’s International School is partially subsidized by the state and adheres tothe national standards and qualifications for schools in Denmark. Thosestudents who plan to live in Denmark for at least four years and enrol in theDanish-speaking Department will receive an education that follows the DanishSchool Curriculum.Upon graduating from Bjørn’s International School, students in the EnglishspeakingDepartment will have followed the curriculum requirements of the IGSE(International General Certificate of Secondary Education). The students will havehad the opportunity of taking the IGCSE examinations in up to six subjects(English, Maths, Science, Geography, History, and Art and Design).The Danish and English departments are frequently combined so there isconstant interaction between the students in both departments.Please feel free to contact the school and arrange a time for a visit. We would behappy to answer your questions and show you the school.Address:Bjørn’s International School Phone: (45) 39 29 29 37Gartnerivej 52100 Copenhagen Ø School Leader: Pia Drabowicz23


St Alban’sCONFIRMATIONS 2015The Right Reverend Dr David Hamid, Suffragan Bishop in the Diocese inEurope and lead Bishop for our part of the Diocese, will be with us inSaint Alban’s Copenhagen on Sunday 23 August to preside at a Serviceof Confirmation.Anyone interested in being confirmed this year should speak with theChaplain as soon as possible, so that they can begin preparing for thisimportant step on their Christian journey.WANTED NO LONGER!WE HAVE A COORDINATOR OFCHILDREN’S MINISTRYChildren’s ministry is a central and valued part of the work and witnessof St Alban’s with our Sunday school gathering most Sunday’sthroughout the year.We are delighted to announce that the post of Co-ordinator ofChildren’s ministry has been filled!However, there are still opportunities to serve as Sunday schoolteachers. Please speak to the Chaplain if you are interesting and wouldlike more information about these important volunteer positions.24


THREE MYSTERIESTrystingin the mist of Godstrange forms arisesurprisedevise new ravishmentswhich allureobscurecure our settled ways of seeingKnockingon the rock of Godstrange waters springsingbring secret ripplingsof a surdunheardblurred by common hearingNestlingin the rest of Godstrange slumber fallsenthralsrecalls a once and future lambencywhich in the darkmay markembarkment for another shorea greater lightv1. “mist” – perhaps recalls the cloud on Sinaï or Tabor? (the mount ofTransfiguration)v2. “Knocking on the rock of God” – Exodus 17:6“surd” 1.Phonetics . voiceless consonant (opposed to “sonant” ).2.Mathematics . a quantity not capable of being expressed in rationalnumbersv.3 ”rest of God” – Hebrews 4:9,10 etc.,and also other times of rest throughout our lives which recall where wehave come from and where we are going.“another shore a greater light” – Eric Milner-White’s words in thebidding prayer to the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols25


SOCIAL MEDIA UPDATE - ANGLICAN VOICESRecently Pauleen Bang was honoured to be asked by the Diocese, toparticipate in this e-based initiative. She agreed joyfully and gratefully."Anglican Voices is a new initiative from the Archbishops’ Council whichwill train and support about 100 nominated people to speak about theirlives as practising Christians in the social and digital media. Those whoare nominated, trained and who agree to abide by the principles andethos of the initiative, will be known as Advocates and will be a memberof the Anglican Voices Community."There will probably be four representatives from our Diocese, althoughwe don't yet know who the other three are. Pauleen will be trained forthis Advocate role in October in London and is really looking forward tobeing a part of this exciting new community, especially because eventhough we are outside the UK, is an initiative that our Diocese can trulybe a part of.The official launch will be in November this year, and Pauleen will keepus up to date on developments.****Continuting our Social media work, the Communication Team continuesto welcome photos from both Copenhagen and Jutland. If you take aphoto which we may use on our website, on Facebook and on Twitter,please send it to socialmedia@st-albans.dk.Our Twitter account is also getting more popular. we will make sure theyget to the relevant media (website, Facebook, Twitter, newsletter andeven the Diocesan website). Thank you all for your support.Pauleen Bang & Charlotte Lindhardt(Social Media administrators)26


MEET THE CHOIR:CHRISTOPHER PATRICK1. What brought you to St Alban’sChoir?I moved to Denmark in 2014 to workas a postdoctoral researcher in physicsat the Technical University of Denmark(DTU) in Lyngby. As someone whoregularly attended church in the UK, Iwas keen to find somewhere to go onSundays, and quickly found St Alban's.After a few weeks sitting in the pews, Ithought that the choir seemed to behaving a good time (and looked a bit thin on tenors!) so got in touchwith Iain the organist - and in no time found myself in a cassock andsurplice.2. Why do you enjoy singing there?First the people - from the first time I turned up on a Sunday morning, Iwas made to feel really welcome. Second, the music - I think it's greatthat one week we can be singing Mozart backed by the organ, and thenext week we'll be singing an African worship song backed by Junior onthe drums! Finally, the church itself - it means a lot to me to be able toplay a small part in such a diverse church community.3. What is your favourite music?That's a very tricky question... however my favourite church service ischoral evensong. I studied/worked in Oxford for a number of years, andwould sing evensong with my chapel choir during term time - it was areal treat to join the Trinity College Dublin choir here at St Alban's a fewweeks ago! The Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis have kept the same wordsfor hundreds of years, but have been set to music by so many differentcomposers. If I had to choose one piece of church music, I wouldprobably go for the anthem "And I saw a new heaven" by Edgar Bainton,which sets words from Revelation. However if asked again tomorrow, I'dprobably choose something different!4. "Is music important for your spiritual life?"Yes - especially choralsinging. Whilst singing on your own is all very well, when you jointogether with other voices you can produce a sound which is muchgreater than the sum of its parts. I'm sure there's a metaphor in theresomewhere... Also, when singing or playing music, I find that the otherdistractions of daily life tend to fade into the background and allow meto participate more fully in the service.27


COFFEE ROTAJANET’S TEAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERSWell now - who wouldn’tlike to help this lovelylady and her team?It is not that hard and it is a lot of fun.Sign up to on the Coffee Rota in the Narthex.Doing the coffee after the service is a veryimportant part of our fellowship.-You find a fellow helper.-You buy the milk, make or buy a cake and/orbiscuits.-You come to church early to make the coffeeand tea downstairs.-You serve it inside or out in the garden-You put the cups into the dishwasher.******Our Electoral Roll Officer, Pauleen Bang wouldjust like to remind you that if you change youraddress, telephone number, email address, etc.ELECTORAL ROLLplease don’t forget to let her know.electoralroll@st-albans.dk28


DAME ANNE WARBURTON - OBITUARYBritain’s first female ambassador who served in Denmark and laterbecame president of Lucy Cavendish College, Cambridge, has died, aged87. Quite a number in our congregation will remember her.Dame Anne Warburtonwas Britain’s firstfemale ambassador, at atime when women inthe diplomatic servicewere often seen as mereappendages. Shebecame ambassadorto Denmark in 1976 byForeign Secretary JamesAnne Warburton in 1976, the year she becameCallahan. Until herambassador to Denmark. Photograph: PAappointment, womenhad been “diplomatic wives” rather than equal players in the service; thegeneral view had been that if women diplomats were pretty, theywouldn’t be taken seriously, and if they were clever, they would causeoffence.Although some of the embassy staff were at first wary of a femaleambassador, she quickly won them over. She later admitted that shewould have been happy to leave the service had she wanted to marry,but was enjoying her life too much.Warburton, did not marry and devoted herself to a range ofleadership roles, including nine years as president of Lucy CavendishCollege, Cambridge, which was set up to give educational opportunitiesto women over 21. She worked for women’s rights all her life, serving onthe Equal Opportunities Commission from 1986 to 1988 and leading theEuropean Community’s team investigating atrocities against Muslimwomen in Bosnia in 1992.Warburton was formidable – highly intelligent, uncompromising in herstandards, perceptive and exacting. Yet she was also a kind andgenerous friend and a mentor for other women in the foreign service.As ambassador in Denmark, Warburton travelled widely across thecountry she grew to love. She hosted the Queen’s state visit there in1979 (and that year was made a Dame) and 10 years after leaving theembassy published a guide to living in the country, Signposts toDenmark (1992). She befriended Queen Margrethe II of Denmark and in1989, during her presidency of Lucy Cavendish, made her an honoraryfellow of the college.After studying for her first degree at Barnard College, Columbia29


University, New York. She later went to Somerville College, Oxford,where she gained an MA in philosophy, politics and economics.She joined the Foreign Office in 1957 and spent time in Bonn, NewYork and Geneva before becoming ambassador to Denmark at the age of49. She told friends her happiest years were spent in Denmark and atLucy Cavendish, where she took up the presidency in 1985, after a spellin Geneva as Britain’s ambassador at the UN.Of her time at Lucy Cavendish, Warburton said: “Perhaps the greatestpersonal reward for me is to see undergraduates, some so unsure ofthemselves when they first come up, being able to say when they leave,‘Now I can do something.’” She continued as a friend and mentor whenshe retired, becoming an honorary fellow herself in 1994.In 1994, with retirement plans in place for a quieter life in her homenear Eye in Suffolk – built in Danish style – Warburton was asked to be amember of the Nolan committee investigating standards of conduct inpublic life. Set up after the cash-for-questions scandal, it was torecommend measures to restore public confidence in politicians.Edited from the Guardian obituary by Jackie Ashley,15 June 2015Dame Anne – memories of a friendAlso here in Denmark the news of Dame Anne Warburton´s death fillsmany people with sorrow, - Denmark has lost a true friend.I was fortunate enough to know her, first as a formidable Ambassadorat the British Embassy and later as a close friend. We spent many happyand interesting hours, in her lovely Suffolk home and in Denmark.During her time in Denmark she did a lot for the Church, she was veryactive President of the Church Council and was helping to plan thecelebrations of the centennial Jubilee and the tower restoration at thattime.After retirement she was able to fulfill an old dream of becoming adog owner,- always from a dog rescue home. When she knew that herdays were limited, she remained mentally clear and in control ofeverything and her estate was in perfect order.Dame Anne was a very generous person and shortly before leavingDenmark she decided to donate a unique painting of King Christian IV toFrederiksborg Museum.….The picture was painted in 1606 during the King´s visit to Englandand had been in her family´s possession for generations. She felt thatDenmark had given her so much during her time here, so the pictureshould now return home.Dame Anne Warburton was laid to rest at Thornham Parva´s lovelyold thatched church.From Birgit MacNaughton30


Contact DetailsChaplainSaint Alban’s ChurchChurchillparken 11, 1263 Copenhagen KUnder the Patronage of H.M. Queen Elizabeth IIWeekly Eucharists:Sundays and Wednesdays at 10:30All are welcome – Sunday School for children almost every Sunday.Please call the Chaplain on 39 62 77 36 (10-16) if you areseeking baptism, confirmation, marriage or have any otherpastoral or prayer request.You can also contact the churchwardens – see below.The Reverend Darren McCallig(St Alban’s House) 39 62 77 36Chaplain@st-albans.dkAffiliated:Diocesan Director of TrainingCanon Ulla Monberg 35 26 06 60Ulla.Monberg@churchofengland.orgPermission to Officiate: Deacon Christophe Ndikuriyo 71 41 21 14chndi2011@gmail.comLicensed Readers: Mr Graeme Lloyd-Roberts 50 84 55 19graemelr@aol.comMrs Victoria Wadsworth-Hansenvictoriawadsworth@hotmail.comChurchwardens Mrs. Claire Clausen 28 12 01 28Mr. Christopher Parker 25 11 23 91churchwardens@st-albans.dkSt Alban’s receives no subsidy from the state or national Church and is funded by the generosityof the congregation and visitors. To support the mission and ministry of the Church, contributionscan be made to ‘St Alban’s Church’ to Bank account no. 3121-4140514136 or for UK tax payersby Gift Aid, increasing the value of their gift by 25 %31Printed by Jespersen Tryk + Digital


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