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Messy Church arrives in Dordogne, France!!

Our own St Catherine’s Church, Limeuil, Dordogne, opened its doors on Monday 25th August to MESSY CHURCH!

The beautiful Church was transformed into an exciting place to discover arts and crafts of many kinds, building to a final story of Jesus at the Well with the Samaritan Woman with singing, percussion and prayers on Living Water!

messy churchCharlotte Sullivan, training to become a Deacon embarked on this massive amount of work with many willing helpers and huge donations of craft material from the congregation. Fifteen children came and enjoyed ‘Conversations with Jelly Beans’!! Construction of a huge well in cardboard; Water Aid decorated bottles to take home and fill with pennies and lots of messy things with pens, clay, food play, not to mention the fun the adults had!!

The laughter and fun was a joy to see and the church rang with laughter, especially when trying to all keep the drum beat with our drumming maestro, Tony Fuller.

Those who worked and those you came can’t wait to join Charlotte in October and hopefully Christmas time to share the joy of Christ’s message. Though some of us need a breather

 

The Intercontinental Church Society launches its new website

icsThe new website for ICS was recently launched.  More interactive, more responsive and with new content. The site outlines the people and the work of ICS as well as the chaplaincies and ministry we are involved in.

We invite you to visit the new website, show it to your friends, and spread the word!

On the new website, not only will you find daily prayer points but up to the minute prayer news and requests.  We hope this allows you to pray for ICS more intelligently and frequently.

You can find the site at www.ics-uk.org

If you are on Facebook you can like us here https://www.facebook.com/IntercontinentalChurchSociety

 

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Focus in 2014...Cultivating a Rule of Life 

Our spiritual focus for 2013 was Lectio Divina - digesting Scripture prayerfully. More than 90 people participated in the Belloc retreat and in the 1-day workshops that followed. Some workshops are still to come early 2014. The idea to take Belloc 'on the road’ has worked really well, and for 2014 we hope to continue with these 1-day workshops (see below).!

To follow on, our spiritual focus for 2014 will be ‘Cultivating a Rule of Life’. In a way we continue with work done on ‘prayer' and ‘digesting Scripture’ (Lectio Divina), yet we also hope to break new ground. The idea is to offer encouragement and practical suggestions to all who are willing to go on the journey, in having their lives shaped under God, being Jesus followers…living the life of the Spirit, whether we have been on the faith journey for many decades or whether we have just started. Let us continue to encourage one another on that journey in 2014! We will explore ‘Rule of Life’ at the Belloc retreat (theme: On Love and Fear - an introduction into Ignatian spirituality) and in the 1-day “Rule of Life’ workshops that will hopefully follow.!

May the Lord bless you and keep you on this next phase of your journey…and for all that lies ahead in 2014!

Love, prayers and blessings, Paul

 

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Our role is to minister to the spiritual needs of English-speaking people in the Dordogne, Lot-et-Garonne and Gironde. As an Anglican Chaplaincy, part of the Diocese in Europe, we are home to Christians from all denominations. We also welcome those who are exploring questions of faith, or who are simply looking for companionship or support. All are welcome! Currently congregations comprising many different nationalities meet in a dozen or so worship centres in an area the size of Wales. Services in English are led by a growing team of clergy, lay readers and congregational worship leaders, and include Holy Communion, Morning Worship, Prayer and Praise, Family Services, and Evensong. 

 

 

Diocese in EuropeICSWe are part of the Diocese in Europe, and are supported by the Intercontinental Church Society.