Worship
The Chaplaincy is international in its make-up, the majority being British though with a range of other nationalities from all continents. The age range is also very varied. There are 67 on the Electoral Roll (April 2019). Congregation size is stable, with slow but steady growth at both churches in recent years. Our Chaplaincy motto is: “What does the Lord require of you, but to do justly, and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God?” (Micah 6,8). In the Diocese of Europe we are encouraged not to proselytise but to work in co-operation with other local churches and especially with the Catholic Church. Our presence is thus a discreet yet firm one that defends justice and mercy, through a range of activities within the church but also reaching out collaboratively to other churches and to the broader community. Weekly worship is centred on Sunday Eucharist services at Estoril (09.30) and at Lisbon (11.30). At Lisbon there is also a midweek lunchtime Eucharist and a mid-week Evensong. At Estoril there is a monthly service of wholeness and healing. We mark the main annual feasts and hold important community services: Christingle, Candlemas, Ash Wednesday, Mothering Sunday, Palm Sunday procession, Holy Week and Easter, Harvest, Remembrance Sunday and the Christmas Carol Service. The Community services involve both congregations and are held jointly at St George’s, owing to its greater size. We have a Give-away Sunday, in which we give to a range of charities, every tenth Sunday. Annually, on average, there are 6 baptisms, at least 10 wedding ceremonies (technically marriage blessings, and mostly offsite), a dozen or more funerals; 2 or 3 confirmations, taking place typically only every two years. Over the past three years there has been an increasing number of other church-related activities in the Chaplaincy, including men’s and women’s Bible study groups. A home group based at St George’s meets weekly at Starbucks at the El Corte Inglés store. Fellowship is an important element in these sessions. Ecumenical Initiatives For community services, such as Remembrance Sunday and the Christmas Carol Service, the Chaplaincy works in collaboration with the Church of Scotland and English-speaking Roman Catholics. There is a tradition of holding joint Maundy Thursday services with the German Evangelical Church and the Church of Scotland. We participate in ecumenical initiatives for the World Day of Prayer and Lenten prayer groups. As well as the use of church facilities for our own services, the Estoril church is used weekly by the Eastern Orthodox Church (Fr. Ivan Moody) and by the Baptists (Pastor Connie Duarte), occasionally by schools and by the Swedish Lutheran community. Mission and Outreach Until recently the Chaplain led a non-Eucharistic evening service once a month at Caldas da Rainha (near Óbidos, 1 ½ hours’ drive from Lisbon/Estoril) with the Anglican community in that area. There is now a priest with PTO resident locally, who has taken on responsibility for this congregation, and is answerable directly to the Archdeacon. They remain, however, formally a part of the Anglican Chaplaincy in Lisbon. Armistice Day services are held annually on the heights of Picoto (near to Caldas da Rainha) and at the British Cemetery in Elvas, in remembrance of those fallen during the Peninsular Wars, respectively the battles of Roliça (1808) and Badajoz (1812).