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Christmas Carol Services throughout Aquitaine

christmas carol servicesPreparations for this year's Christmas Carol services are well underway! We would like to invite you to attend the many services which are planned to take place throughout the Chaplaincy in the month of December, from the 2nd until the 23rd. 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! For more information, please contact Amy Owensmith (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), 06 07 04 07 77.
 
To view the list of dates and times, click here.

 

Carol Singing in retirement homes

carols Our informal “Carol singing choir” will meet again this year, to sing carols and share the joy of the Christmas spirit with residents of local retirement homes. Join us:

Tues 11th Dec, 15:00 STE ALVERE retirement home

Wed 12th Dec, 15:00 BELVES retirement home

Mon 17th Dec, 17:00 UNISSON BELVES (22 rue Rubignan - a local Association, general public)

Thurs 20th Dec, 16:00 FOYER LE BERCAIL, STE FOY DE BELVES

Fri 21st Dec, 15:00 LE BUGUE retirement home

Thurs 3rd Jan, 15:00 CASTELS retirement home (near ST CYPRIEN)

All are welcome to participate (even if you miss the rehearsals), so please do invite your friends: English, French, all nationalities, adults, children. Singing will be in unison, so all can join in. Please encourage anyone you know who might be interested. We will look forward to seeing you at the rehearsal or any of the events! For more information, please contact Amy on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., 06 07 04 07 77.

 

Bishop Robert's 2018 Advent Appeal to help St. Andrew's Moscow

You can give money to this appeal through the local Treasurer of your church, or the Chap-Aid Treasurer, who can be reached on: 06 07 04 07 77, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

diocese in europeadvent appeal+ Bishop Robert writes:

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

This year’s Advent Appeal is to enable St. Andrew’s Moscow to equip their church with a kitchen.

St. Andrew’s is committed to the work of reconciliation and the building of trust between peoples. It fulfils this key element of our diocesan strategy in a unique and powerful way. It is not putting it too strongly to say that St. Andrew’s Church contributes in a small way to the cause of world peace.

The offering and sharing of hospitality is a key part of the life of many of our chaplaincies. St. Andrew’s is no exception. But, at present, food has to be brought in by parishioners or prepared in the parsonage. St. Andrew’s would love to be able to prepare food on site.

To read more, click here.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019: January 18-25th

justiceJoin us for services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is: "Justice and only justice you shall pursue" - "Tu rechercheras la justice, rien que la justice." (Deuteronomy 16, 18-20)

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

oikumeneThis 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.

Join us for services throughout the Chaplaincy in 2019:

Click here for details

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.

 

2019 Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid AGMs - Saturday April 13th, Monteton

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chap aidThe date of the forthcoming Chaplaincy AGM is scheduled to be held on Saturday April 13th, 2019, kindly hosted this year by Monteton, in the Lot et Garonne.

Please note this date in your diary; all are encouraged to attend and take part in this special day gathering many from all over the Chaplaincy.

Local sectors are planning the dates of the local annual meetings to be held next February/March. Please contact a local warden for more information.

Watch this space for the Agenda and other papers to be featured in the spring!

 

Annual Retreat at Belloc abbey: 23/24th - 26th May 2019

Theme and speaker TBA soon

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Join us for a time of retreat, fellowship, and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible: arriving on either Thursday or Friday 23rd/24th May - Sunday 26th May 2019.

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...
 
More information (such as prices) will be available early 2019, as well as the booking form.
 
"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..
 
 

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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.

 

Women's Retreat: October 18-20th, 2019

Theme TBC...watch this space for more details soon.

We would like to invite you to join us at the Abbaye d’Echourgnac (NW of Bergerac) for a weekend of drawing closer to God through a series of spiritual exercises. Within the programme there will be time for peace, rest and fellowship. The abbey is a beautiful sacred place that offers comfort and hospitality.

The speakers at this year's retreat will be Rev’d Elaine Labourel, Amanda Allchorn and Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan. The cost of the retreat (for a single occupancy en-suite room) and other details will be shared soon.

For more information about the venue, click here to visit the monastery's website.

 

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