Annual Bible Reading event: Les Voix de la Bible, May 9-12th
The 4-day continuous Bible reading event will take place at the Périgueux cathedral from Tuesday May 9th – Friday May 12th. All are welcome to attend the opening inauguration ceremony on Tuesday at 18:00, and the closing ceremony on Friday at 19:00. This year's theme is: “Fraternity in the Bible”.
This year, there will also be a reading station located outside the cathedral, from 11:00-12:00 and 17:00-18:00 each day, as a way to reach out to the local community.
Chaplaincy May 2017 Retreat at Belloc
Thurs 25/Fri 26th - Sunday 28th May, 2017 - “Holding Fast - Then and Now” - Speaker: Rev’d Tony Lomas
The dates for the Chaplaincy Retreat at Belloc have now been confirmed as Thursday 25th May until Sunday 28th May. As in previous years, there will be two booking options allowing you to attend all or part of the retreat as best suits you.
As this year’s retreat will begin on Ascension Day, we will be exploring the Chaplaincy theme of “Hold Fast” through the eyes of Jesus’ disciples as they lived through those first days between Ascension and Pentecost. This was a time of huge change for them, and we might imagine their emotions of sadness, confusion and concern mixed with excitement and expectation as they awaited the promised gift from God.
That’s the ‘Then’! So what about the ‘Now’?
We will also be exploring how, through the gift of the Holy Spirit, times of change and concern today might also be transformed into times of growth and excitement. With a mix of teaching, study and reflection there will be ample opportunity for everyone to engage fully with the theme in the manner that best suits their own needs and journey.Read more here.
"It's easy to get to Belloc, the hard part is leaving". For more details, please phone Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77.
Concert of sacred music: Sunday June 4th, 16:00pm, St Avit Sénieur
We are delighted that the University of Central Lancashire Choir will be returning this year to inspire us with their music. Following our wonderful Chaplaincy Day in St Avit Senieur last year , the choir will be giving a performance of sacred music in The Abbey at St Avit Senieur (near Beaumont) on Sunday 4th June at 16:00pm. It is a very special place with a very special choir....not to be missed!
They will also be performing in the area on:
Weds 31st May 19 30h - Priory Le Mesnil (near Villereal)
Thursday 1st June 19 30h - Devillac Church
Samedi 3rd June 19 30h - Villeréal (under the old market hall)
Eymet Temple - Coffee and Prayer on Thursdays
Our joint initiative with the Eglise Protestante Unie continues with a time of prayer and coffee at the Temple in Eymet every Thursday from 14:00 – 15:00. Anyone is welcome for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or the whole hour.
Please tell your friends in the Eymet area about this project. We pray for the Lord's work in this place.
Provence Praise 2017: July 1st-8th and 8th-15th
Provence Praise is a week (2 sessions planned for 2017!) of fellowship, food, and fun in France, planned by a team from English speaking churches from across France led by Bob Hurley (Chaplain at St Marc’s Grenoble), who is working together with a small group of Chaplains to make this fantastic opportunity together.
The vision is to gather English speaking Christians of all ages, based in France for a week of spiritual refreshment, rest and fun; out of this to build effective networks and relationships that continue to encourage people throughout the year. To be an encouragement and an oasis for church leaders in France.
The objectives are: to offer sound and inspiring biblical teaching; to lead lively, Spirit infused worship; to create a useful space for church/ministry leaders to network and build relationships; to provide opportunities for prayer ministry; to offer training in relevant subjects/topics... Save the date, and watch this space about updates for the 2017 programmes...
WorshipFest 2017: Saturday September 30th, venue TBA soon
Theme: Thy Kingdom Come
Join us once again for the 6th annual WorshipFest, a time to come together, as many as can, to share our testimonies and join our voices together to sing with joy to our Lord.
There is no entrance fee; please bring your friends, all are welcome! Join us for part of the day, or stay all day:
"Come let us sing for joy to the Lord, let us shout aloud to the Rock of our salvation. Let us come before him with thanksgiving and extol him with music and song." Psalm 95
Oak Hall Expeditions: Travel to Jerusalem
Linked 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.
- Tony Thomas