The Turku Cathedral International Congregation
The congrecation is part of the Turku Cathedral Congregation. It provides church services in english for people of all ages who have moved to Finland from other parts of the world.
Some are here in Turku for a shorter period of time and others have moved to Finland permanently and some are Finns with an international background.
All are welcome! The members of the congregation represent a variety of churches and backrounds. Service usually follows practices of the Church of England.
Many of the people attending our services are members of the Lutheran Church; some are members of the Anglican church, with which we have special collaboration under the Porvoo Agreement; and others are members of the churches where they have come from, and represent a wide range of different churches in different countries. We invite all baptised christians to holy communion.
There is service every Sunday at the Turku Cathedral (Tuomiokirkonkatu 1) at 4 pm. Usually we celebrate in English and follow practices of the Church of England. Once in a month we have a Mass of Trust, a mass with Taizé-songs. This service is in both finnish and english.
For other program please check the notice board at the Cathedral and/or our Facebook group The Turku Cathedral International Congregation TCIC.
Eucharistic fellowship and close ecclesiastical contacts
In 2001 ecclesiastical law and the church constitution were brought into harmony with the ecumenical Lutheran-Anglican Porvoo Declaration signed in 1995.
Members of the signatory churches are considered on a par with members of the Lutheran Church of Finland so that they can, for instance, act as godparents and assist in distributing communion.
In order to fill pastorates on a reciprocal basis the chapter may grant exemption from the requirements for membership of the Finnish Lutheran Church to a priest or minister who belongs to one of the other signatory churches.
The Porvoo Declaration is a joint theological document produced by the Nordic and Baltic Lutheran churches and the Anglican churches of Great Britain and Ireland, whereby eucharistic fellowship and close ecclesiastical contacts were established between the signatory churches to the communiqué.
(The text is based on Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland: News in English 29.6.2001)
- www.evl.fi/english - The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Finland