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Services have been suspended

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, church services are currently suspended. They will resume as soon as is possible.

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Please click here to visit Church Online, an online space to keep us connected during this time, sharing worship liturgy resources, videos, prayers, and a blog.

 

Please click here to read the Chaplain's letter on the situation.

 

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2020 Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid AGMs {jb_redbox}

Chap-Aid Assemblée Générale via zoom: Friday 29th May 2020, 10:30am

Please contact Sally Davies for the zoom meeting link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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This year’s Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid annual meetings had to be postponed due to the coronavirus restrictions. The Church of England regulations have now been amended to allow us to hold our AGM in the Autumn but French Association law means that we need to hold our Assemblées Generales for both the Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid earlier in the year.

We now plan to hold the Assemblée Generale of Chap-Aid (association caritative) by Zoom at 10h30 (CET) on Friday 29th May 2020. All Chap-Aid members are invited to attend. Please contact Sally Davies for the zoom meeting link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.); you would be most welcome.

The Chaplaincy AGM has been postponed to a later date, which will be announced soon.

 

{jb_redbox}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.

 

Chaplaincy 2020 May Retreat at Belloc abbey

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“A Rule of Life – Living Discipleship”

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the retreat has been postponed.

rainbow of hopeJoin us for a time of retreat, fellowship, and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible: new date TBA.

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..
 

Annual Bible Reading event: 'Les Voix de la Bible', postponed for May 2021

les voix de la bibleThe 4-day continuous Bible reading Festival 'Les Voix de la Bible' will take place in Périgueux cathedral has been postponed to take place next year in May 2021, when (over four days) 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 ceremonies at 19:00.

The theme next year will be 'Forgiveness'.

The festival is organised by the Périgueux Christian Council, of which the Chaplaincy is a member. 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.

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.

 

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