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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

Throughout Aquitaine, numerous services were held to bring together Christians from different denominations, to reflect on the theme this year is: "Justice and only justice you shall pursue" - "Tu rechercheras la justice, rien que la justice." (Deuteronomy 16, 18-20), which was proposed by churches in Indonesia.

With services held each day in so many different locations, each providing a different vision on the theme, with music, Bible readings, prayers, reflection, sharing, food and fellowship...

 

Christmas Carol and December services in many churches!

 

Christmas outreach: singing carols at retirement homes

T'is the season of good will! For the 5th year, we were invited to sing Christmas carols in 6 locations... Arriving at the retiremement homes, it is wonderful so see so many people who gather to attend the occasion.

The repertoire includes traditional English carols ('Good King Wenceslas'), as well as bilingual carols (alternating French and English verses – 'Silent Night', 'Joy to the World'), and of course the French favourite, 'Il est né le divin enfant'. Singing with the residents is such joy: many are able to follow along and sing with the booklets provided, others simply move and clap to the rhythm, or shake musical eggs.

These centres have little place in their budget for entertainment, so the staff, volunteers, and residents are very grateful for our visits. Many residents tell us that this is the highlight of their festive season, and hope we will return again next year.

This project is a real team effort, and I'd like to express heart-felt thanks to the musicians (Phil, Harry, Geoff, Henri) and the many singers, who gave of their time and talents to help lift the spirits of the wider community.

 

Remembrance Sunday ceremonies throughout the Chaplaincy

 

September weekend Women's Retreat at the Echourgnac abbey

Last weekend about 15 women met together to listen to God, led by the Rev'd Canon Elaine Labourel, Amanda Allchorn and our own Rev'd Charlotte Sullivan.

The abbey stands on a hill above the village of Echourgnac and is a beautiful very well maintained abbey and the rooms were modern and comfortable so we were able to settle in and relax straightaway.

The leaders had prepared a full programme of studies for us so that there was no time to worry about what we were going to do! We had seven sessions in all and they all had the common theme of how we listen to God.  These included ideas to help us connect with God which is something we all find difficult at some time in our life.  

It was wonderful to take this opportunity to spend time in God’s presence which is so precious in our busy lives. The leaders all showed us different ways to help us focus and allow God’s presence to make itself real to us. One session led by Charlotte was called ‘imaginary prayer’ where we prayerfully placed ourselves in a Gospel scene from the Bible. Charlotte led us through an example and it was amazing to let your imagination take you into an unknown place where Jesus was actually present with you.  

We also learnt how to recognise God’s words to us as he speaks to us through the passages that we read. This was really helpful as so often a Bible passage doesn’t seem relevant to us. Elaine showed us how to use the Lectio Divina which describes a way of reading the scriptures whereby we let go of our own agenda and open ourselves to what God wants to say to us.

The retreat was well received by all the women present and we gave the leaders some small gifts of thanks (bought from the Abbey shop of course!) to show our gratitude for all their hard work. We would like to encourage more women to take up this opportunity of learning about God in a safe place with some wonderful support and teaching. We all came back refreshed and ready to serve!

 

Uplifting Harvest Celebrations throughout the Chaplaincy

 

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July 29th Harp concert for Charity

Elizabeth and Colin Faulkner organised this Musical Evening at their home near Chalais, Charente, in aid of the Bishop's Lent Appeal (aiding unaccompanied child migrants in the Calais area) and the Catholic Church. The total raised was 350€, a splendid effort.

The event was really lovely. About 30 people attended, majority French, and we all sat in the garden, under the canopy of an enormous walnut tree. We enjoyed beautiful harp music, solo and duet by Sophie Clavel and her talented pupil Lucille Gallet-Delgrange, singing, by well known soprano Wendy Pollock, and some piano pieces by Elizabeth. Refreshment were offered at the end of the concert.

 

10th anniversary celebration of Tony's ordination

tony's giftOn Thursday 28th June, we were privileged at Condom to celebrate the 10th annivesrary of our Chaplain Tony’s ordination, together with his wife, Ingrid. At the beginning of our Eucharist Service, Tony was presented with a green liturgical stole as a gift by our lay reader, Mike Torne. The ‘before’ and “after” photos show Tony undressed and dressed!

Tony then led us in our service which was appreciated by the whole congregation. No celebration would be complete without a cake, superbly made by Sue Torne, and a cup of coffee which we all enjoyed after the service. The candles on the cake should have been ”10”  but there weren’t enough! Tony did manage to blow out all the candles and made a wish! Many thanks to Tony and Ingrid for sharing with us their important day.

 

Blessed June baptism service in Doudrac with choir

baptismThe church at Doudrac was packed for the service on June 3rd. We were blessed to have the choir from The University of Central Lancashire at the Service of Holy Communion which included the baptism of baby Spencer Jones.

 

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The choir sang before and during the service and the Rev’d Bramwell Bearcroft baptized baby Spencer using a bilingual French and English liturgy.

 

 

 

 

 

Chaplaincy Council

Action Points from the last Council meeting

chaplaincy councilThe last meeting of the Chaplaincy Council was held on 27th November 2018. Key information and action points from this meeting are available for you as a pdf document here:

Chaplaincy Council November 2018 Action Points

 

 

The next meeting of the Chaplaincy Council will be held in Bergerac on Tuesday 26th February, 2019, at 10:30am.

If you would like to suggest any items for discussion, please contact a Chaplaincy Warden:

David Albrecht (05 53 36 55 97 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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Janis Adams (05 53 91 32 89 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chaplaincy Magazine

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Chaplaincy Magazine: "Spreading the Word"

Our monthly Magazine is just brilliant, providing interesting articles on various topics, as well as monthly updates and photos from all the different sectors, as well as Chaplaincy-wide events and news.

Contributions are always very welcome and should be received no later than the 20th of the month. Please send to the Editor, Gill Sweetman: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

If you wish to subscribe to receive "Spreading the Word" by post , please contact Gill for more details. Download the most recent Magazine edition by clicking on the link.Chaplaincy March 2019 Magazine

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