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Forthcoming Services and Events in Condom

- Thursday 27 April - Condom - Piétat Chapel, 11:00 Morning Worship, Michael Torne

- Thursday 25 May - Condom - Piétat Chapel, 11:00 Ascension Day Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

- Sunday 04 June - Condom - Piétat Chapel, 11:00 Pentecost Day Holy Communion, Ven. Chris Sims

- Thursday 29 June - Condom - Piétat Chapel, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

- Sunday 09 July - Condom - Piétat Chapel, 11:00 Morning Worship, Michael Torne

- Sunday 27 July - Condom - Piétat Chapel, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Robin Nash

 

Joyous occasion as Michael is licensed as Licensed Lay Minister: March 11th

The sun shone brightly on Saturday 11th March, when many from throughout the Chaplaincy came together in Condom to witness the licensing of Michael Torne as a Licensed Lay Minister. This was an extra special day, joyful in so many ways, as so many friends, colleagues, clergy came together to uphold and support Michael.

The service was led by The Venerable Meurig Williams, the newly appointed Archdeacon of France, with hymns chosen to match the tone of the day, and Michael admits to having been particularly moved by the chorus of ‘I, the Lord of sea and sky’ – “Here I am Lord.” During his sermon the Archdeacon reminded not only Michael and all the other many clergy present, but the congregation as a whole that we are not alone having the support of one another. The service ended with "Guide me, O though Great Redeemer" and we pray that Michael will be guided through his spiritual journey.

After the service Michael offered his thanks to everyone as they left the chapel. From those unable to be in Condom on the day there had been many messages of support and goodwill. Sue and Michael’s children particularly had commitments elsewhere which could not be changed but they were able to speak to Michael before the service. The pleasures of the day were completed by a delicious buffet lunch which gave everyone a chance to meet, chat and mingle with friends before heading back home. Many thanks to all those who were involved in the organisational details (that often go unnoticed) to make this such a special day.

Many thanks to Hazel Markham, Paul Mazzotti, Pauline Prosser, and Richard Horsman for their contributions to this news article.

Michael writes, "The words of Dan Schutte’s hymn ‘I the Lord of sea and sky. ‘ sung by a full chapel at my Licensing as Reader or Licensed Lay Minister filled my emotions on Saturday 11th of March, the chorus ‘here I am Lord’ fuelling those emotions. The knowing that it was not just the offering of myself into lay ministry but that all those singing were also offering themselves to the service of God in the many ways that enliven our Church as the body of Christ. I offer my heartfelt thanks to all that came and to all the messages of support from those unable to be there. It was both a surprise and a pleasure to see so many from the Chaplaincy that had travelled so far to be with Sue and I and our community in Condom.

The Archdeacon talked of not being on our own but that we share the task of ministry, supporting each other. Yesterday was one of those occasions when we saw that in practice. I am sure our community will build and grow on this day."


 

How to find us

The chapel is located in the Gers (32): Chapel Notre Dame de Piétat, 54 Av. Aquitaine, Condom (leaving Condom follow signs for Nérac, the Chapel is opposite EDF). For detailed directions from your location, click on the Find a Church page.

 

Service Pattern

Church of England forms of worship are used for all services. Services are held at Condom on the last Thursday of the month (Holy Communion or Morning Worship), generally starting at 11:00am. Additional services may be held at other venues at various times throughout the year. For further details, please see the Contacts tab above.

 

Our Members

Our members are drawn from the northern and central Gers and southern Lot and Garonne.

 

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News

Mothering Sunday: sharing a recipe of love for my mum

Sue Torne writes, "Our Thursday service in March fell in the week of Mothering Sunday and during the service our intercessions focused on all aspects of a mother's role including that of the Mother Church. As a mother and now grandmother I found these prayers very powerful as I am sure the other mother's in the congregation did. After the service one mother shared with me a poem her grandaughter had written for her mother for Mothering Sunday. I thought it was such a beautiful poem that I sought their permission to share it with all the other mother's in the chaplaincy.

The poem was written by  ten year old Tanya at school in the UK. Her teacher had asked her pupils to make lists of all the verbs and nouns that regularly occur in a recipe. Once they had made their lists they were then asked to write a recipe/poem to their own mum, I have read it several times now and believe it says so much about being a mother and like all good recipes should be shared."

 

Joyous occasion as Michael is licensed as Licensed Lay Minister: March 11th

The sun shone brightly on Saturday 11th March, when many from throughout the Chaplaincy came together in Condom to witness the licensing of Michael Torne as a Licensed Lay Minister. This was an extra special day, joyful in so many ways, as so many friends, colleagues, clergy came together to uphold and support Michael.

The service was led by The Venerable Meurig Williams, the newly appointed Archdeacon of France, with hymns chosen to match the tone of the day, and Michael admits to having been particularly moved by the chorus of ‘I, the Lord of sea and sky’ – “Here I am Lord.” During his sermon the Archdeacon reminded not only Michael and all the other many clergy present, but the congregation as a whole that we are not alone having the support of one another. The service ended with "Guide me, O though Great Redeemer" and we pray that Michael will be guided through his spiritual journey.

After the service Michael offered his thanks to everyone as they left the chapel. From those unable to be in Condom on the day there had been many messages of support and goodwill. Sue and Michael’s children particularly had commitments elsewhere which could not be changed but they were able to speak to Michael before the service. The pleasures of the day were completed by a delicious buffet lunch which gave everyone a chance to meet, chat and mingle with friends before heading back home. Many thanks to all those who were involved in the organisational details (that often go unnoticed) to make this such a special day.

Many thanks to Hazel Markham, Paul Mazzotti, Pauline Prosser, and Richard Horsman for their contributions to this news article.

Michael writes, "The words of Dan Schutte’s hymn ‘I the Lord of sea and sky. ‘ sung by a full chapel at my Licensing as Reader or Licensed Lay Minister filled my emotions on Saturday 11th of March, the chorus ‘here I am Lord’ fuelling those emotions. The knowing that it was not just the offering of myself into lay ministry but that all those singing were also offering themselves to the service of God in the many ways that enliven our Church as the body of Christ. I offer my heartfelt thanks to all that came and to all the messages of support from those unable to be there. It was both a surprise and a pleasure to see so many from the Chaplaincy that had travelled so far to be with Sue and I and our community in Condom.

The Archdeacon talked of not being on our own but that we share the task of ministry, supporting each other. Yesterday was one of those occasions when we saw that in practice. I am sure our community will build and grow on this day."

 

March 1st: A Preparation for Easter through the songs of Paul Simon

ash wednesdayA group met at the home of Sue and Michael Torne for an Act of Worship on Ash Wednesday, March 1st. The short act of devotion followed the Iona Community style of worship and used Paul Simon’s songs Homeward Bound, Sound of Silence and Bridge over Troubled Water. All these songs express aspects of our own journey through life, as pilgrims. The group also sang together the hymn ‘He who would valiant be’.

A member of the group read the Bible reading of the temptation of Christ (Matthew 3.13-4.11) and the group read as a round the Michel Quoist poem’ Lord can You Hear Me?’. Continuing the pilgrim theme one member of the group read a poem entitled ‘Set Out’. We don’t who or when this poem was written, it was found as a faded piece of paper pinned to a notice board in an isolated monastery in Majorca, but its message was relevant to all of us today.

The devotion concluded with a short reflection and some prayers specific to Ash Wednesday.

We then enjoyed some time of fellowship with a simple Lent lunch of soup (leek and potato-it was St David’s day!!) and the inevitable plum crumble.

 

Peaceful Reflection for Advent and Tea: Dec 4th

On Sunday the 4th of December, the second Sunday of Advent, a Reflection for Advent was led by Michael Torne. A Reflection expressed in poetry, music and prayer.

Thomas Merton told us that in silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience. As we sat in quiet reflection we prepared ourselves for Christmas when once again we celebrate God’s gift to us of Jesus Christ. We mentally prepared ourselves by confronting our ways, preparing for judgement, looking with hope on the promises God has made to us, comforted by His love and faithfulness.

The theme of the Reflection was waiting and watching. Sometimes just waiting for a cup of tea and watching longingly on the great spread of ‘goodies’ to be eaten. After the time of quiet there was much noise of talking and laughter. A happy time together. We thank Lavina Pearce for opening her home to us. Praise be!


Successful November Coffee Morning Fundraiser

On Wednesday November 30th the Condom church held its final fundraising event of the year. It was a Christmas Bring and Buy Coffee Morning at the home of Marrian Lestrange. This was the first time the Condom team had organised such an event and we were anxious that it would be a success but thanks to the support of both parishioners and non church members we raised over 400€ for our charity Educaid.

This was a team effort but I must mention the efforts of Ann Benner and daughter Claire. These two ladies have been working hard for many months, making the cushions for our Adopt a Cushion campaign and in the last few weeks making wonderful Christmas Puddings.

Richard Smith, raffle organiser extraordinare,  must also receive a mention. Richard put together four great raffle prizes and did a great job selling the raffle tickets. The winners were:1st prize-Pam Savage, 2nd prize-Neil Wright, 3rd prize-Ron Benner, 4th prize-Albert Yorke.We hope to do another coffee morning next year.

 

Remembrance Service

Our annual Remembrance Service was taken by our Reader-in-Training,  Michael Torne. This is always a memorable event, but this year was made more impressive by the fact that it was conducted beautifully and sensitively, and several of the congregation took part.

Our hymns were stimulating and patriotic, including 'Jerusalem ' and 'I vow, to Thee, my Country'. The reading of a poem by Owen Griffiths, 'Lest we forget', by Simon Lowman, an ex-army officer, and the final bidding by Richard Smith, our Deputy Warden, also an ex-army officer, of the 'Kohima Declaration' were all moving and really meaningful. All bringing back the enormity of what we all owe.

A wreath was laid at the altar, as we have no memorial in the church. As the daughter of a soldier, and the mother of a Naval officer, the service had a special resonance for me and touched all who attended. We finished with the National Anthem,and these words ringing in our ears:  'When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, they gave their today'. This was a Remembrance Service which will stay with me for a long time to come.   - Irene Birt

 

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Events

Open Gardens: 'Lasbadies' in Moncrabeau on May 14th

All are invited to attend an Open Garden event on Sunday May 14th, at "lieu dit Lasbadies" in Moncrabeau (47600). Morning or afternoon, from 10:00 - 12:30, or 14:00 - 17:30. This is the garden of two of our church members, and this is the first time they have opened their garden for charity so please do come along to support them. Why not invite a friend?

Click here to view a flyer with more details.

Another couple will be opening their garden in June, more details to follow soon.

 

St Puy May Day Fair: Sunday May 28th

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We are planning our main fund raising event of the year on May 28th at the St Puy May Day celebrations. Our church will have a stall selling cakes, books, plants and re-gifted items.

It's a great annual event, come along and have some fun!

For more information, please contact Sue Torne: 05.62.08.17.78 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Poems and Prayers

Prayer for Maundy Thursday

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To the Pilgrim

 Set out! You were born for the road.

Set out! You have a meeting to keep. Where? With whom?

You don't know. Perhaps with yourself?

Set out! Your steps will be your words, the road will be your song, the weariness your prayer.

And at the end your silence will speak to you.

Set out! Alone, or with others; but get out of yourself.

You have created rivals - you will find companions. You envisaged enemies - you will find brothers and sisters.

 Set out! Your head does not know where your feet are leading your heart.

Set out! You were born for the road, the pilgrims road.

Someone is coming to meet you, is seeking you, so that you can find Him:

In the shrine at the end of the road, in the shrine at the depths of your heart, He is your peace, He is your joy.

Go! God already walks with you.

- Anonymous, apparently written orginally for pilgrims embarking on The St James Way, The Camino. (Sue writes, "We came across it as a very tatty, faded piece of paper on a noticeboard at the Santuari de Santa Honorat, a small hermitage on the Puig de Randa in Majorca. It moved us both as we read it so we photographed it and brought it back to the Gers.")

 

The Chapel

A Brief History of the Chapel of Our Lady of Piétat

painting in chapelIn 1520 a local man, Raymond Berenjon, was caught in a thunder storm. His horse was killed by a lightning strike but Raymond survived and vowed to build a chapel on the spot, a short distance from the town of Condom.

The chapel was built, but suffered serious damage in the French Wars of Religion 1562-98 (nearby Nérac was a protestant stronghold). The chapel was restored after the civil war and gradually during the 17th and 18th centuries additional buildings were added to the chapel and a hospital established. With the Revolution of 1789 the chapel suffered serious looting and damage. In 1820 the government decided to sell the building complex to a Condomoise family who turned the buildings into a school under the authority of the Daughters of Mary and Sisters of St Joseph of Rodez. More buildings were added in the following centuries and in 1977 the sisters left and the school and chapel were entrusted to the laity. The school continues to this day as the Ecole Notre Dame de Piétat and the chapel is used for regular mother and children services.

The Anglican community held their first service in the chapel in 2008 as an outreach project from the Chaplaincy of Pau. On January 1st 2014 the Anglican Church in Condom joined the bigger Chaplaincy of Aquitaine.

 

 

Contacts


Priest with the Responsibility for the Sector of Condom:
Rev'd Tony Lomas - 06 72 31 72 87 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reader in Training:

Michael Torne - 05.62.08.17.78 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer:

Carolyn Humpherson - 05.62.08.45.56 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team members:

Local Warden, Sue Torne - 05.62.08.17.78 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deputy Local Warden, Richard Smith - 05.62.29.49.21 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Neil Wright - 05 62 29 12 28 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carolyn Humpherson - 05.62.08.45.56 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sylvia Hames 05 62 29 19 24 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lavinia Pearce 05 62 29 44 06 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irene Birt 05 62 28 80 97 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Please contact any of us with questions or suggestions, we would be happy to hear from you.