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Memorial service for Paddy Atkinson: Friday 24th November, 12:00

paddy atkinsonYou are warmly invited to attend a Memorial Service for Paddy Atkinson at the church in Monteton, Lot et Garonne on Friday 24th November at 12.00.

Paddy’s funeral service took place in Suffolk on 27th September. The death at 97 years of this remarkable lady marks the end of an era for the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine, and especially for the congregation at Monteton, the first Anglican church base to be founded beyond the Chaplaincy in Bordeaux, some 40 years ago. It is good to know that former Warden Joy Hill, on visiting Paddy in hospital in August, found her watching and singing along to the DVD she had been sent of the Monteton 40th Anniversary Concert in July!

The congregation at Monteton grew from the day when Paddy had a conversation with a one-armed ex-RAF officer, Harry Atkinson, (no relation, just an amazing coincidence). Paddy and her husband Barry, also ex-RAF, along with the other Atkinsons regularly attended services at the Anglican Chaplaincy base in Bordeaux and it was after such a service that David Ratholen, who had been recently ordained, agreed to visit every six weeks to lead a service in the front room of Paddy’s house in Lot et Garonne, according to Paddy “on the proviso that it was dry”!

After this, negotiations proceeded with the Roman Catholic church and with the Maire of Monteton, finally resulting in permission to use the church at Monteton for Anglican worship. Paddy was also involved in fund raising for the restoration of this wonderful Romanesque building and was highly regarded by both the Maire and by the village Commune. As the Maire, Madame Le Lannic, said at the time of a recent Visitation by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Agen to Monteton, “without the Anglican congregation, the church would rarely be used and we are very grateful”.

 

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Christmas Carol Services throughout Aquitaine

Preparations for this year's Christmas Carol services are well underway! We would like to invite you to attend the many services of Lessons and Carols which are scheduled to take place in the month of December.

Click here for a list of service dates and locations.

Featuring readings, prayers, candlelight, and choir pieces, these services each have a unique flavour, and are a blessed occasion to gather in celebration of Christ's birth. All are welcome to join us, do invite your friends!

 

 

Monthly Movie Nights in Limeuil

Throughout the coming months, we will be showing some recently released Christian films followed by a simple supper at Rev'd Deacon Charlotte’s house in Limeuil.

Thursday December 7th - we will be watching The Case for Christ (based on the bestselling book of the same name, The Case for Christ tells the story of Lee Strobel's search for the truth - perfect or anyone who has hard questions about Christianity)

More dates and movies to follow later in the year. Please feel free to invite your friends along to these evenings - there will be no formal discussions! If you would like to come to any of the dates, please let Charlotte know (tel: 05 53 61 81 61 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) - It's just a movie and a meal! What's not to like? :-)

 

Welcome to Bordeaux in December!

rev'd philip harbridgeRev'd Philip Harbridge and his wife Honorine will be coming to Bordeaux to minister for two weeks in December, including our 2 Christmas Carol Services on Sunday 10th December. Philip has been Senior School Chaplain at Millfield in Somerset since September 2007. Honorine also works in the school, and their children are in the junior (prep) department at Millfield.

Before Millfield, Philip was Chaplain at Christ’s College, Cambridge and served his curacy at All Saints Church in Hampton. He went to Westcott Theological College, though only seeing the light after a career first as a commercial lawyer! Philip met and married Honorine on her native island of Madagascar following eighteen months missionary work with USPG. Honorine speaks no fewer than four languages, including French, and gained a doctorate in Theatre Studies from Hull University in 2005.

 

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Eymet Temple - Coffee and Prayer on Thursdays

Our joint initiative with the Eglise Protestante Unie continues with a time of prayer and coffee at the Temple in Eymet every Thursday from 14:00 – 15:00. Anyone is welcome for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or the whole hour.

Also, weekly Fresh Expressions worship services are held at the Temple every Sunday at 10:30am. We will look forward to seeing you there! For more details, please contact Julia and Allan Petchey on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please tell your friends in the Eymet area about this project. We pray for the Lord's work in this place.

 

2017 Advent Appeal: help for refugees and asylum seekers in Rome

diocese in europeThis year’s Advent Appeal aims to support homeless refugees and asylum seekers in Rome with humanitarian assistance (a daily, cooked breakfast and essential items for personal dignity and warmth) for 6 months. We are doing this through a well-established and well-run project established by our Episcopal sister church of St. Paul’s Within the Walls.

The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center (JNRC) is the major outreach ministry of St Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome. The center assists approximately 17,000 people per year, and is the only day center open to receive homeless asylum seekers and refugees in Rome. Every day, JNRC welcomes 200-250 guests, from many different nations.

advent appealJNRC is the only place in Rome that takes in homeless and dormitory-housed refugees during the day, giving them a safe refuge from the streets. Often, once they have a dorm bed, they return to take classes, write a CV in Italian and begin the search for employment. JNRC prides itself on being able to track the progress of many young people who transition from humanitarian assistance, to being able to fend for themselves in Rome.

As usual, you can give money to this appeal through the Chap-Aid Treasurer (John Ralph, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Read the full letter here.

Please do consider how you can support my Advent appeal this year. With every blessing, + Bishop Robert

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018: January 18-25th

oikumeneJoin us for services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is: "Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power" - "Ta main droite, Seigneur, éclatante de puissance" (Exodus 15:6)

At least once a year, Christians are reminded of Jesus’ prayer for his disciples that “they may be one so that the world may believe” (see John 17.21). Hearts are touched and Christians come together to pray for their unity. Congregations and parishes all over the world exchange preachers or arrange special celebrations and prayer services. The event that touches off this special experience is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

This year the liturgy has been put together by an ecumenical group of Churches in the Caribbean. Click here to visit the World Council of Churches, where you can find out more information and download the liturgy in various languages.

Click here to read more.

 

Chaplaincy 2018 Retreat at Belloc

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The 2018 dates have been confirmed for the annual retreat at Belloc! Join us for a time of retreat and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible: Thursday 31st May/Friday June 1st - Sunday June 3rd.

Save this date in your diary! More information and reservation details to follow in early 2018.

As in previous years, we hope to have plenty of time for joyful fellowship, study and teaching, informal discussions, enjoying Belloc's surroundings, participating in communal worship, etc. Besides there will be music...noisy meals... silence for those who choose to be silent...Although we pray for a rich experience, we also aim for a light touch...
 
"It's easy to get to Belloc, the hard part is leaving". For more details, please phone Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77.

 

Oak Hall Expeditions: Travel to Jerusalem 

oak hall expeditionsLinked with my ‘Home Church’ back in the UK is a Christian Holiday company, called Oak Hall expeditions which offers a range of holidays, all over the world, with a Christian message. But by far the most popular of the summer trips is the Bible Study Tours of Israel.

The help of volunteers helps make these trips as accessible as possible, and I am such a volunteer. Trips are divided between time in Jerusalem, where we will stay within short walking distance of the Old City, and Galilee, where we will stay on the shores of the lake; with an overnight stop in Bethlehem in between.

Activities include visiting Old and New Testament sites, a boat trip on the Sea of Galilee, and swimming in the Dead Sea, and evening talks by the accompanying Speaker on a biblical subject (this year I believe my speaker will be doing a study on Mark’s Gospel). The Speaker will also lead us in morning prayers, which in Galilee will be on the edge of the lake as the sun rises; a truly amazing experience.

Please feel free to contact me for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), I would be happy to give you more information. To read more, click here.

To learn more about Oak Hall expeditions, click here.

- Tony Thomas