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World Day of Prayer: "All God's creation is very good"

world day of prayerThe Women’s World Day of Prayer (La Journée Mondiale de Prière) is a global ecumenical movement which brings Christians of many traditions together to observe a common day of prayer each year. This day is no longer celebrated only by women – many men and children participate. We will join an estimated 3 million people around the world that day, starting in Samoa as the sun rises, and ending as the sun sets, off the coast of American Samoa.

The theme for this year's celebration is ‘All God’s creation is very good’ (Genesis 1.1-31) - ‘Toute la création de Dieu est très bonne’ (Genèse 1.1-31).

Join us for World Day of Prayer services:

Friday 2 March - 14:30, Ribérac Hospital Chapel

Friday 2 March - 20:30, Villeneuve sur Lot Protestant Temple

Sat 3 March - 18:00 La Force (near Bergerac) Protestant Temple

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.

 

Christian Unity services throughout the year

christian unityAs an initiative to spend more time with our Christian brothers and sisters, several services for Christian Unity are planned to take place throughout the year:

Friday 02 March - 18:00 - Eymet Church

Sunday 08 July - time TBC - Monteton Church (as part of the Monteton village festival)

Saturday 10 November - time TBC - St Avit Sénieur Abbey, Families' celebration of Peace

Watch this space for more details. 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.

 

Celebration in Bordeaux of 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

reform celebrationsA terrific celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation took place in Bordeaux the weekend of October 13th-15th, entitled "Vivre la Fraternité à Bordeaux". Key representatives from various Christian churches in the south west attended, with a welcome given by Pasteur Valérie Mali from the Bordeaux United Protestant church. The weekend featured processions, exhibitions, prayers, talks about the importance of protecting the Christians all over the world, blessings, a cocktail party, debates...

The culmination of this celebration took place as a combined service of worship of all the Bordeaux Protestants, including the Anglican Church, represented by Nellie Salvi, in the historic theatre Anthénée, the first time this city-owned building was used for a religious service. The celebration featured old Reformation hymns, Scripture readings, hymns of praise and thanksgiving, and prayers of intercession. Pasteur Mali led the service, while Pasteur Clavaroily, who is from Bergerac, delivered the spirit filled sermon based on the Prodigal Son.

The weekend celebrations were rounded off with further debate and an open air shared picnic in the beautiful gardens of the Mairie. The Lord provided glorious weather throughout!

Pasteur Valérie Mali did express her wish for a much closer collaboration between the Eglise Protestante Unie in Bordeaux and the Anglican Church in Bordeaux, and of course with the Chaplaincy as a whole . Christine Rychlewski, as our Ecumenical Contact, will lead this drive in Bordeaux. I assured her that we shared her vision of and desire for closer contact to the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the World.

Reformation Celebration in the Joy of Reconciliation, while denouncing the continuing Persecution of Christians the World Over.

To read Nellie Salvi's full report, click here.    To read the piece from the SudOuest, click here.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2018: January 18-25th

oikumeneJoin us for services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is: "Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power" - "Ta main droite, Seigneur, éclatante de puissance" (Exodus 15:6)

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

Click here to read more.

 

Engaging with Churches in Europe and around the world

The Church of England is a member of the World Council of Churches. According to a key statement from 1998, "The primary purpose of the fellowship of churches in the World Council of Churches is to call one another to visible unity in one faith and in one Eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life in Christ, through witness and service to the world, and to advance towards that unity in order that the world may believe." Click on the link to their website to find out more.

Click here to visit the Church of England website, to download various agreements and declarations which give context to the ecumenical background.