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2017 Theme: Hold Fast

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The Chaplain writes: 2016 has been a memorable year! Many of those memories will, I am sure, be happy ones but over the last 12 months we have all also lived through some disturbing times...

It is particularly good, therefore, to be writing these words at Christmas time with St John’s beautiful prologue ringing in my ears from our Carol Services, “In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” (John 1:4-5). We might be walking through dark times but it is important for us to remember that we have been given the words of life and light that cannot be quenched by that darkness...

So as we head into 2017, I can think of no better advice for the coming year than that of Moses and Paul. The world around us might seem like a somewhat dark, confusing and unsettling place at the moment, but we have the assurance that if we hold fast to the gospel, allow God’s love to work in and through us, then will we walk in that unquenchable light.  Click here to read more...

 

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Alpha Course to begin in Limeuil - January 17th, 2017

Join us on Tuesday January 17th, at 18:00pm, for the first session of the new Alpha Course underway.

This is a well-known discussion-study course over a 12 week period and can be a sound Introduction to the Christian Faith or a Refresher Study programme for those who may have completed a similar course. The first session will begin with a welcome supper chez Charlotte Sullivan in Limeuil.

All are welcome, family and friends, believers and others. If you would like to know about about the course, please contact the Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 05.53.61.81.61.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017: January 18-25th

oikumeneJoin us for services during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme this year is: "Reconciliation - The Love of Christ compels us" (2 Corinthians 5:14-20)

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.

week of prayerThis year the liturgy has been put together by an ecumenical group in Germany. The services aim to celebrate God’s love and grace, reflecting the main concern of the churches marked by the Reformation, and to recognize the pain of the subsequent deep divisions which afflicted the Church, and offer an opportunity to take steps toward reconciliation. Please join us for this opportunity to worship and pray for church unity with our Christian brothers and sisters.

Join us at these Christian Unity services, click here for details


Rev'd Peter Jordan to return to Bordeaux in February

We give thanks for the Lord's provision of ministry to the Bordeaux congregation, and will be pleased to welcome Rev'd Peter and Barbara Jordan back to Aquitaine late-February 2017. We pray for Rev'd David and Margaret Kirby, who are currently serving in Bordeaux, and hope they will enjoy their time with us.

 

Women's Retreat: April 21st to 23rd

women's retreatReservations are now being taken for the "Women's Retreat" entitled "Made to Measure" from Friday April 21st to Sunday April 23rd, 2017. The retreat will be held in Echourgnac (north-west of Bergerac), at the Abbaye de Notre Dame de Bonne Espérence. The price is 130 € per person, including meals and single occupancy en suite accommodation.

Read more here.

The following guest speakers have been invited to lead: Rev'd Elaine Labourel, Amanda Alchorn, Madeleine Holmes, and Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan. For more information, contact Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan on: 05 53 61 81 61, (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). Invite a friend!

Read information about the speakers here.

Download the booking form here.

For more information about the venue, click here to visit the monastery's website.

 

2017 Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid AGMs - Saturday April 8th, 2017 - Monteton

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chap aidThe date of the forthcoming Chaplaincy AGM is scheduled to be held on Saturday April 8th, 2016, kindly  hosted this year by Monteton, in the Lot et Garonne.

Please note this date in your diary; all are encouraged to attend and take part in this special day gathering many from all over the Chaplaincy. Local sectors have planned the dates of the local annual meetings to be held in the late winter/early spring. Please contact a local warden for more information.

 

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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.

Also, Fresh Expressions worship services are held at the Temple on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, at 10:30am. We will look forward to seeing you there! 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.

Please tell your friends in the Eymet area about this project. We pray for the Lord's work in this place.

 

Chaplaincy May 2017 Retreat at Belloc

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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.

Download the booking form 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.

 

Provence Praise 2017: July 1st-8th and 8th-15th

provence praiseProvence 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...

 

Oak Hall Expeditions: Travel to Jerusalem 

oak hall expeditionsLinked 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.

Please feel free to contact me for more information (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), I would be happy to give you more information. To read more, click here.

To learn more about Oak Hall expeditions, click here.

- Tony Thomas