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National confinement, services suspended

Please note: 'Church Online' weekly (video) services and Morning & Evening Prayer (zoom) services will continue (contact Amy for the zoom links: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

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'Church Online'

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.

 

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2021: January 18-25th

abide in christWe look forward to the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme for 2021 is: "Abide in my  love, and you shall bear much fruit" - "Demeurez dans mon amour et vous porterez du fruit en abondance" (John 15:5-9)

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 The Monastic Community of Grandchamp, Switzerland (www.grandchamp.org/)

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

The liturgy expresses Grandchamp Community’s vocation to prayer, reconciliation and unity in the church and the human family.

oikumeneThe community began in the 1930s, when a number of Reformed women from French-speaking Switzerland who belonged to a group known as the “Ladies of Morges” rediscovered the importance of silence in listening to the Word of God. At the same time they revived the practice of spiritual retreats to nourish their life of faith, inspired by the example of Christ who went apart to a lonely place to pray. They were soon joined by others who took part in regularly organized retreats in Grandchamp, a small hamlet near the shores of Lake Neuchâtel. It became necessary to provide a permanent presence of prayer and welcome for the growing number of guests and retreatants.

Today the community has fifty sisters, all women from different generations, church traditions, countries and continents. In their diversity the sisters are a living parable of communion. They remain faithful to a life of prayer, life in community and the welcoming of guests. The sisters share the grace of their monastic life with visitors and volunteers who go to Grandchamp for a time of retreat, silence, healing or in search of meaning.

All are welcome to join us:

Thursday 14th Jan, 17:00 Ribérac church (north of Périgueux, Dordogne)

Sunday 17th Jan, 10.30 St Augustin (Bordeaux/Mérignac)

Thursday 21st Jan,16.00 Chapelle Jasmin (Bordeaux)

Thursday 21st Jan, 18:00 Marmande (Lot-et-Garonne)

Friday 22nd  Jan, 18:00 Villeneuve (Lot-et-Garonne)

Sunday 24th Jan, 10:30 Eymet Temple (near Bergerac, Dordogne)

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.

 

'Let's Pray' - join us in Eymet on Thursday afternoons

prayer, light, and heating

Join us for a time of prayer (now with heating and lights!!!) 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, join us for Fresh Expressions gatherings every Sunday at the Temple in Eymet at 10:30am. All are welcome to join us!

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..

 

2020 Environment Study: "Saying yes to life"

say yes to  lifeWe continue to recommend the book "Saying yes to life" by Dr Ruth Valerio, (which was 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.