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The Gathering

'The Gathering' meetings: 1st Sunday of the month

The Gathering is an opportunity for people to meet, in an informal setting, to explore and experience the love of God and what it means to follow Jesus’

The Chaplain writes, "I am pleased to be able to announce an exciting new venture. In order to widen our outreach to those who are looking for something less formal, “The Gathering” is an opportunity for people to meet, in an informal setting, to explore and experience the love of God and what it means to follow Jesus. The Gathering will meet on the first Sunday of each month, usually at Le Mouret, 32100 Condom, (the house of Ian and Mary Roberts) usually at 10:30am with a light lunch at 12:30. This will be led by a team including Rev’d David and Rev'd Angela Marshall."

Forthcoming Meetings:

- Sunday 6th August - 10:30 - please note new time for our monthly meetings - meeting to be held at Le Mouret, 32100 Condom, as usual

 - Sunday 3rd September - 10:30 - please note new time for our monthly meetings - meeting to be held at Le Sauvetat, at the home of Gareth and Helen Davies

Themes for meetings are generally announced on this website around 10 days before the relevant meeting, so please keep an eye on this page.

In the event that the venue is not Le Mouret we shall post the alternative venue together with directions of how to get there, so again please check on the website or contact us (See the Contacts tab)

 

How to find us

Le Mouret is located in the Gers (32): It is on the D277 which is off the Condom to Eauze road (the D931).

If coming from Condom: -After leaving the town you will meet two small roundabouts – go straight over both and after less than ½ km turn right up a small lane (look out for notice “Camping a la ferme”) and Vopillon D277.

If coming from Eauze direction:- you come down the hill towards Condom and less than ½ km before the first roundabout, turn left up the small lane (as above). If you miss this, just go around the roundabout and follow the instructions above!

Go up this narrow lane to the top where it levels out. The drive to ‘Le Mouret’ is on the right, about 1km from the main Condom road. You will see a bicycle propped against a tree – our post box!

 

Meetings

The content and structure of the gatherings will be flexible, reflecting what the Spirit is leading for that particular meeting and who is attending. Each meeting will include a thematic presentation/talk, prayer, worship, Bible reading/study and discussion. In addition there may be times of silence, contemplation, individual prayer ministry and Communion.

 

Our Members

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

 

 

 

News

July meeting: croissants, coffee, and transformation

The Gathering is now 6 months old! It was 18 months ago that the eight of us - Ian & Mary, David & Angela, David & Liz and Gareth & Helen - started meeting privately together for prayer and fellowship and listening to God to discern what he wanted us to do in this place. After discussing it with Tony Lomas, and with his blessing, we held our first Gathering on 5 February.

The meetings are led as a team of eight. We all have different gifts to share whether for leading the meeting; teaching any children/young people present ; providing prayer and hospitality or the always essential administration. After coffee, we get together to follow the day’s theme; amongst those we have looked at to date are the prodigal son, forgiveness, grace, transformation and a lectio divina on the Holy Spirit. We finish by having lunch together, provided by the eight of us.

the gatheringFor our July meeting we met at the home of David and Angela Marshall, Hameau de Manieu, Condom, on their newly re-furbished terrace where we began with a breakfast of coffee and croissants before looking at our theme of ‘Transformation: the parable of the frog’. (If this theme intrigues you, contact David to find out more!).

Each occasion is carefully planned, prepared and prayed over but there is no fixed formula that we follow each time, although each meeting generally incorporates teaching, sharing, worship in song and prayer We have been very encouraged by the trust that has built up between us enabling people to freely share their joys as well as their struggles or difficulties. To date our number has varied from 16 to 20.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Le Mouret - Quiet Garden

The 'Le Mouret' Quiet Garden: We hope to see you

le mouretWhen Ian and Mary Roberts bought their farmhouse in 2002, the dream they had was that it should be a place where those who felt in need of healing, restoration and refreshment could come and enjoy peace and tranquillity.

From 2013 to 2015, Le Mouret was part of the worldwide ‘Quiet Gardens’ movement. Although, they are not now part of that organisation, the gardens and surroundings will still be open on the First Tuesday of each month (May to October), 10.00am-4.00pm for any who would like to come and enjoy time in quietness, and to spend time with God. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits will be available throughout the day, and there are plenty of secluded corners with benches, or garden chairs to position where you want.

This is an opportunity to take up Jesus' recommendation to 'come away by yourselves and rest awhile' (Mark 6:31). Bring your Bible, a notebook, sketchbook, camera, a good book or just yourself, and spend some time alone with God in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Come any time between 10.00am-4.00pm. Coffee, Tea and soft drinks provided. If you want to join for lunch, let us know. If you need prayer, we'd love to pray with you.

If you are planning to come, please contact us (05 62 68 38 77 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and if you have not been to Le Mouret before we’d be happy to give you directions (we are approximately 2km south-west of Condom).

 

 

 

Contacs

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.

Leaders to Contact:

Rev'd David Marshall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Rev'd Angela Marshall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or

Ian and Mary Roberts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).