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Annual Bible Reading event: 'Les Voix de la Bible', May 22nd-25th, 2018

les voix de la bibleThe 4-day continuous Bible reading Festival 'Les Voix de la Bible' will take place in Périgueux cathedral in May, when (over four days, from 7pm on Tuesday 22nd to 7pm on Friday 25th May) books of the Bible will be read non-stop by an ecumenical team of readers including members of our Chaplaincy. All are welcome to attend the opening and closing prayer ceremonies at 19:00.

The theme this year is ‘Benevolence in the Bible’. There will be a talk in English on Friday 25th May, given by Patrick Sturges, who will address ‘The Benevolence of the Beatitudes in the 21st Century’; a discussion of the interpretation and relevance of the Beatitudes today, in a very different world from 1st Century Palestine.

The festival is organised by the Périgueux Christian Council, of which the Chaplaincy is a member. The theme this year will be illustrated in the Cathedral by large explanatory panels (with English translations available) highlighting particular aspects. There will also be several informal talks in French. Do come along and listen, or sign up to read, to be a part of this moving spiritual experience.

To sign up to read in either English or French, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Click here to view the flyer, page 1.   Click here to view the flyer, page 2.

For more information about the event, or to sign up to read with the group from the Chaplaincy, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Chaplaincy 2018 annual Retreat at Belloc

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Theme: 'Growing into Christ's Body', Speaker: Ven. Meurig Williams, Archdeacon of France

Join us for a time of retreat, fellowship, and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible: Thursday 31st May/Friday June 1st - Sunday June 3rd, 2018. The price is 135 € for 4 days, and 100 € for 3 days.

“.. speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.”  (Ephesians 4:15)

father williamsThe Church is often described as Christ’s body on earth. This is an image that is both exciting and challenging but what does it really mean for us, today, in Aquitaine? As we seek for guidance on how to encourage growth within our church communities, it is useful to explore how we can best represent Christ to those around us, both inside and outside the church. In the tranquility of Belloc Abbey, in worship, prayer and teaching we will endeavour to understand better what it means to be the body of which Jesus is the head.

Download the booking form here.

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

Christian Unity services throughout the year

christian unityAs an initiative to spend more time with our Christian brothers and sisters, several services for Christian Unity are planned to take place throughout the year:

Sunday 08 July - time TBC - Monteton Church (as part of the Monteton village festival)

Saturday 10 November - time TBC - St Avit Sénieur Abbey, Families' celebration of Peace

Watch this space for more 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.
 
 

Women's Retreat: September 21st to 23rd

Save the date... Plans are underway for the annual Women's Retreat, which will take place from Friday September 21st to Sunday September 23rd, 2018.

The retreat will be held in Echourgnac (north-west of Bergerac), at the Abbaye de Notre Dame de Bonne Espérence. More details to come soon.

For moe information, please contact Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan on: 05 53 61 81 61, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

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

 

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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.

 

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