Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

A Christian Unity service was held at the Hospital Chapel in Ribérac on Saturday 19th January and was a meaningful time of celebration and fellowship, with our Chaplain Tony invited to give the sermon.

This year, in the Lot et Garonne, we were blessed with three celebrations. The first on 22nd January, was held at the church of St Etienne in Villeneuve sur Lot. There were around 40 people present and was led by three priests: Père Richard Bouchet, Roman Catholic abbé of Villeneuve, Pasteur Bonheur Agudze of the Eglise Reformée du Vallé du Lot and our own Rev. Liz Morris.

The second, on 23rd January, was held in the Maison Paroissale at Port St Marie, led by Père Jean-Jacques Fauconnet with a total of nine people present.

The third, on 24th January, was held in the church of St Pierre de Tonneins, led by Père Michel Olivié and Pasteur Bonheur Agudze. There were also around 40 people present.

The forms of celebration at Villeneuve followed the guidelines set out by the churches in Indonesia, on the themes of Justice and Peace and included readings, prayers, a homily by Père Richard and hymns and sung responses led by Bernadette Rivassou. Following the service there were refreshments and time for fellowship.

At Port St Marie, it took the form of a discussion on the reading – Deuteronomy 16, verses 11-20 and Psalm 85 on what the bible was telling us what Justice means in all its forms. Thanks to Carol Spires and Pippa Fabré for their involvement.

The programme of celebration at Tonneins mirrored that of Villeneuve, with readings, prayers and hymns, led by a cantor and with a homily by Pasteur Bonheur. Afterwards we enjoyed time to get to know one another over cake and soft drinks.

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2017 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 2017, 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.

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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.