International Work at Oulu
The international work in the Evangelical-Lutheran parishes of Oulu provides services to all kinds of immigrants. Our task is to organize activities that cover practically every aspect of Christian life. Sunday Worship services, Bible studie groups and pastoral counseling are but a few examples of what we offer.
Our aim is to help foreigners in Finland to find their way into the church. At the moment we focus on services in different languages, pastoral counseling and supporting immigrants in becoming full members of the society. Currently there is mass in English and Arabic (Sudanese) on every Sunday and in Hungarian few times a year.
Our possibilities allow us to arrange services in German, French, Swahili, Turkish, Serbo-Croatian and several other languages. Our workers, priest, deacons and deaconesses are educated to provide high standard pastoral counseling. Immigration is not an easy path. If you feel the need to talk to someone and relieve the burden we are here to listen.
The Church made a decision to support people in unfavorable position and asylum seekers are often in such difficult situation. According to our possibilities we try to assist those foreigners who perceive that they are treated unjustly by officials.
Worship services and communion services are held in English every Sunday at 4 pm. in St. Luke's Chapel, Yliopistokatu 7, Linnanmaa. Communion services are led by University Chaplain Ari Savuoja. During summer time from 15th of June to 15th of August we have summer fellowship meeting every Sunday at 4 pm. Services are arranged together with Oulu International Evangelical Fellowship.
Pastor for international work Árpád Kovács.
Deacon for international work Salla Havukainen.