Companions

Companions
The Companions’ Group
The Companions’ Group is composed of university students and working people in the age of 20-40 years, primarily foreigners living in Denmark for a temporary period of time. We meet to share in friendship, faith in Jesus and spend time together. We also help other newcomers to Denmark to find a welcoming place where to live the good news of the Gospel. We all know how difficult and hard can be to live in a foreign country, without knowing customs, people and language, and how helpful it is to have a reference point for our social and spiritual life. At the moment we are around ten people but more than sixty people have joined the Companions since the beginning, less than ten years ago.

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We meet in the Parish Hall of Saint Knud Lavard church two times a month (look at the church calender). We start with a relaxing coffee/tea together or a shared supper, followed by the formal meeting that involves different activities such as group prayer Gospel reading/sharing, movies with discussion, testimonies and talks on social and religious topics and so on. Past topics have been about relationships, marriage, Our Father prayer, fasting, figures of Saints, pilgrimage experiences, how Jesus heals, how to handle stress, and more.

Schedule for Companions from September 2016 until April 2017
September 28 – An evaluation of the Year of Mercy in the light of Misericordie Vultus – Fr. Alren
October 12 – Amoris Laetitia session 1 – Theology of marriage – ch. 1 and 9, link: Amoris Laetitia Fr. Alren
October 26 – Amoris Laetitia session 2 – Family life and Education of children – ch. 2, 3 and 7 – Fr. Alren
November 9 – Amoris Laetitia session 3 – Love in Marriage – ch. 4 and 5 – Fr. Alren
November 23 – Amoris Laetitia session 4 – Pastoral responsibilities and the care ch. 6 and 8 – Fr. Alren
December 14 – Advent get together and sharing of Christmas traditions from Companions countries

2017
January 11 – Intercultural Marriages and the challenges – Led by Astrid Andersen and Arturo Pacheco
January 25 -“Sacred Art in St. Knud Lavard Church: spiritual presence in an example of modern Scandinavian architecture”. By John-Erik Stig Hansen, Parish Council President in Lyngby

Alpha: Explore the Meaning of Life – By Robert and Sumi Olinski
February 1 – Who Is Jesus?
February 8 – Why Did Jesus Die?
February 15 – How Can I Have Faith?
February 22 – Why and How Do I Pray?; (this is the last session when new participants can join)
March 1 – Why and How Should I Read the Bible?
March 8 – How Does God Guide Us?
March 11-12 – Overnight weekend retreat with 4 sessions: Who Is the Holy Spirit?; What does The Holy Spirit do?; How Can I Be Filled with the Holy Spirit?; How Can I Make the Most of the Rest of My Life?
March 15 – How Can I Resist Evil?
March 22 – Why and How Should I Tell Others?
March 29 – Does God Heal Today?
April 5 – What About the Church?
April 12 – no Alpha, Holy Week
April 19 – Alpha celebration supper “Is There More to Life Than This?” with invited guests of participants

April 26 – What do we do after Alpha?

In addition to the formal activities we also spend time together, as any group of friends does, for nights out, picnics, museum visits, bike trips and dinners. All news about our activities are posted and shared through our Companions Google group (http://groups.google.com/group/companions-lyngby) and the associated mailing list. You are welcome to visit the group, and if you are interested in joining our mailing list to receive our news.

Please contact the coordinator: Robert Olinski, on: robert.olinski@gmail.com