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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2020: January 18-25th

unusual kindnessJoin us for services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is: "They showed us unusual kindess" - "Ils nous ont témoigné une humanité peu ordinaire." (Acts 28:2)

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 Malta and Gozo. Click here to visit the World Council of Churches, where you can find out more information and download the liturgy in various languages.

This worship theme and service emphasizes the importance of moving from our discourses about unity, justice, and mercy to action and concrete commitment, and to acts of unity, justice and mercy in our personal lives, and in the life of our Christian communities.

oikumeneJoin us for services: (watch this space for more to come!)

Tuesday 14 Jan - 18:30, Périgueux, St Georges church

Saturday 18 Jan - 11:00, Lalinde Dordogne (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Monday 20 Jan - 20:00, Bergerac, Eglise Evangélique Libre, (5 rue Durou, Bergerac)

Tuesday 21 Jan - 20:00, Villeneuve sur Lot (Eysses), Eglise St Etienne

Sunday 26 Jan - 11:00, Sainte Foy la Grande, Gironde

Saturday 01 Feb - 15:00, Ribérac Hospital Chapel, Dordogne

For more information, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Ash Wednesday services: Feb 26th

ash wednesdayJoin us for Ash Wednesday services on February 26th, at various times and locations throughout the Chaplaincy:

11:00 Holy Communion – Bertric Burée (Dordogne)

16:00 Holy Communion – Doudrac (Lot et Garonne)

18:00 Holy Communion - Limeuil (Dordogne)

18:30 Holy Communion – Bordeaux (Chapel Grand Bon Pasteur)


2020 Lent Course: "Saying yes to life"

say yes to  lifeFor our Lent studies this year, we recommend the book "Saying yes to life" by Dr Ruth Valerio, which is the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2020 Lent choice, which draws on the creation story in Genesis Chapter 1 in relating themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.  Voices from across the world are heard throughout and each chapter ends with discussion questions, a prayer and specially commissioned art to aid action and contemplation. 

In tandem with this book is the Church of England "Live Lent: Care for God's Creation", with weekly themes and prayers shaped around the Genesis creation themes and explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. (Church House Publishing website)

Click here to join the Chaplaincy Environment Group on Facebook, so that we can feed back our thoughts and reflections and ideas for action.


2020 Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid AGMs - Saturday April 4th, Doudrac (Lot et Garonne)

chaplaincy of aquitaine

chap aidThe date of the forthcoming Chaplaincy AGM is scheduled to be held on Saturday April 4th, 2020, kindly hosted this year by Doudrac, in the Lot et Garonne. The meeting will be held in the salle des fêtes, next to the church; there is plenty of parking. We are using the new format again this year: beginning at 10:00am with a service of Holy Communion, followed by coffee, and the Chaplaincy AGM to begin at 11:00am.

Both meetings will give you a chance to learn what is happening in our Chaplaincy and to discover the plans for the future. All are encouraged to attend and take part in this special day gathering many from all over the Chaplaincy. Local sectors have already held, or will soon be holding local annual meetings.


Holy Week services

holy weekPrepare for Easter during Holy Week by attending one of the services to be held throughout Aquitaine, at various times and locations throughout the Chaplaincy.

For more details, please visit the Services page.





Chaplaincy 2020 May Retreat at Belloc abbey


“A Rule of Life – Living Discipleship”

Join us for a time of retreat, fellowship, and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible: arriving on either Thursday or Friday 7th/8th May - Sunday 10th May 2020.

Throughout history, many Christians have found it useful to adopt a structured approach to their life of discipleship. This is perhaps most immediately obvious in monastic communities such as those that we encounter in our visits to Belloc.

From the earliest monastic communities founded by St Anthony the Great – known as the Desert Fathers – a Rule of Life has been a universally recognized aid to discipleship the life of Christian communities and individuals.

Clare Amos, the Diocesan Director of Lay Discipleship, has written:

“The concept of a Rule of Life is a tried and tested Christian practice. Although it has its roots in the monastic life, many Christians of all traditions, (including Anglicans) have found that adopting a simple ‘rule’ can be a valuable aid towards shaping and structuring their lives, enabling us to walk more closely with Christ. ... We hope to help people live out more fully our Christian discipleship and to mark ourselves intentionally as members of communities desiring to be faithful to Christ.”

At this year’s Chaplaincy Retreat we will be exploring together how a Rule of Life could help us, individually and as a Chaplaincy, to follow more closely the path on which Christ is leading us.

Sadly, it has recently been announced that the Abbey at Belloc will, in the next year or so, be closing and the brothers will be moving to join the Sisters of Ste Scholastique at their convent down the road. The Abbey will be handed over to a housing charity (Fondation Habitat et Humanisme) for use as a retreat centre and spiritual resource for their employees, volunteers and residents. This means that this may well be the last opportunity that we will have to hold our annual Chaplaincy Retreat at this location.

There will be plenty of space to learn, discuss and pray together, and free time for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The booking form will soon be available to download here.
"It's easy to get to Belloc, the hard part is leaving". For more details, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

prayer and coffee

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.


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