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Services have been suspended

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, church services are currently suspended. They will resume as soon as is possible.

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Please click here to visit Church Online, an online space to keep us connected during this time, sharing worship liturgy resources, videos, prayers, and a blog.

 

Please click here to read the Chaplain's letter on the situation.

 

Resources for praying at home

The Chaplain writes: As we learn how to operate as a living church during this time of enforced separation, the Ministry team will be exploring various ways of allowing us to pray and worship together in some way.For this week we have had to restrict ourselves to a simple print-based system and so you will find some resources attached to help us to pray together tomorrow.

I would like to suggest that, wherever possible, you make some time and space at our usual meeting time of 10h30 tomorrow morning to read through the (see links below) prayers, readings and sermon, and to spend some time listening to God and praying for each other, our families, communities and the world.I would be very interested to know how you get on with this and for any other feedback as we progress through the coming weeks.

Praying at home                         Tony's sermon for Sunday                  Readings for 15th March

 

Suggestions for mid-day prayer

The Chaplain writes: During this time of confinement, I thought that it would be a nice idea if we could all have a regular time of prayer when we know that others across the Chaplaincy will also be praying with us.  I know that some of our home groups already do this as do, for example, members of the Bordeaux church.

I would invite all of you to pause at midday (12h00) each day for a few minutes to pray for each other and for everyone who is living through this current pandemic - not forgetting that other problems of poverty, injustice and oppression haven’t gone away and are a much more pressing concern for many in the world.

Please find below a few suggested prayers for those of us who might find them helpful.  God knows our deepest thoughts and so even (or perhaps especially) a short time of silence with God will be valuable.Stay safe! Stay hopeful!

Suggested prayers for mid-day

 

2020 Lent Course: "Saying yes to life"

say yes to  lifeFor our Lent studies this year, we recommend the book "Saying yes to life" by Dr Ruth Valerio, which is the Archbishop of Canterbury's 2020 Lent choice, which draws on the creation story in Genesis Chapter 1 in relating themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern.  Voices from across the world are heard throughout and each chapter ends with discussion questions, a prayer and specially commissioned art to aid action and contemplation. 

In tandem with this book is the Church of England "Live Lent: Care for God's Creation", with weekly themes and prayers shaped around the Genesis creation themes and explores the urgent need for humans to value and protect the abundance God has created. (Church House Publishing website)

Click here to join the Chaplaincy Environment Group on Facebook, so that we can feed back our thoughts and reflections and ideas for action.

 

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2020 Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid AGMs -

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Saturday April 4th, Doudrac (Lot et Garonne)

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, this event has been postponed to a later date.

 

 

 

Holy Week services

holy weekPrepare for Easter during Holy Week by attending one of the services to be held throughout Aquitaine, at various times and locations throughout the Chaplaincy.

For more details, please visit the Services page.

 

 

 

 

Chaplaincy 2020 May Retreat at Belloc abbey

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“A Rule of Life – Living Discipleship”

Due to the Coronavirus outbreak, the retreat has been postponed.

rainbow of hopeJoin us for a time of retreat, fellowship, and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible: new date TBA.

Throughout history, many Christians have found it useful to adopt a structured approach to their life of discipleship. This is perhaps most immediately obvious in monastic communities such as those that we encounter in our visits to Belloc.

From the earliest monastic communities founded by St Anthony the Great – known as the Desert Fathers – a Rule of Life has been a universally recognized aid to discipleship the life of Christian communities and individuals.

Clare Amos, the Diocesan Director of Lay Discipleship, has written:

“The concept of a Rule of Life is a tried and tested Christian practice. Although it has its roots in the monastic life, many Christians of all traditions, (including Anglicans) have found that adopting a simple ‘rule’ can be a valuable aid towards shaping and structuring their lives, enabling us to walk more closely with Christ. ... We hope to help people live out more fully our Christian discipleship and to mark ourselves intentionally as members of communities desiring to be faithful to Christ.”

At this year’s Chaplaincy Retreat we will be exploring together how a Rule of Life could help us, individually and as a Chaplaincy, to follow more closely the path on which Christ is leading us.

Sadly, it has recently been announced that the Abbey at Belloc will, in the next year or so, be closing and the brothers will be moving to join the Sisters of Ste Scholastique at their convent down the road. The Abbey will be handed over to a housing charity (Fondation Habitat et Humanisme) for use as a retreat centre and spiritual resource for their employees, volunteers and residents. This means that this may well be the last opportunity that we will have to hold our annual Chaplaincy Retreat at this location.

There will be plenty of space to learn, discuss and pray together, and free time for you to enjoy the beautiful surroundings.

The booking form will soon be available to download here.
 
"It's easy to get to Belloc, the hard part is leaving". For more details, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Annual Bible Reading event: 'Les Voix de la Bible', postponed for May 2021

les voix de la bibleThe 4-day continuous Bible reading Festival 'Les Voix de la Bible' will take place in Périgueux cathedral has been postponed to take place next year in May 2021, when (over four days) books of the Bible will be read non-stop by an ecumenical team of readers including members of our Chaplaincy. All are welcome to attend the opening and closing ceremonies at 19:00.

The theme next year will be 'Forgiveness'.

The festival is organised by the Périgueux Christian Council, of which the Chaplaincy is a member. There will also be several informal talks in French. Do come along and listen, or sign up to read, to be a part of this moving spiritual experience.

To sign up to read in either English or French, contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

For more information about the event, or to sign up to read with the group from the Chaplaincy, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Concert of sacred music: Sunday 31st May, 16:00pm, St Avit Sénieur abbey

choir st avit sénieurWe are delighted that the University of Central Lancashire Choir will be returning this year to inspire us with their music.

They have been invited to sing at the morning Pentecost service of Holy Communion at Ste Catherine's church in Limeuil Haut (near Le Bugue), 10:30am. The choir will then give a performance of sacred music in The Abbey at St Avit Senieur (near Beaumont) on Pentecost afternoon 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:

Thurs 28th May 7.30pm, Dévillac Church (47210)
Sat 30th May Villeréal (47210) - in the morning market and 19:30 under the covered market 
Mon 1st June 15:30 Bordeaux Cathedral

There is no entry charge to the concerts so do come along and make the most of these wonderful opportunities. For more information please contact Jennifer Bearcroft on: 06 73 77 31 48 - (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

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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, weekly Fresh Expressions worship services are held at the Temple every Sunday 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.

 

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