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Forthcoming Services and Events in Condom

- Thursday 26 January - Condom, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

- Sunday 05 February - chez Ian and Mary Roberts, Le Mouret, Condom, 11:00 The Gathering, Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall

- Thursday 23 February - Condom, 11:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by the Local Annual Meeting)

- Wednesday 01 March - venue and time TBA, Ash Wednesday Reflection and Tea

- Sunday 05 March - chez Ian and Mary Roberts, Le Mouret, Condom, 11:00 The Gathering, Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall

- Thursday 30 March - Condom, 11:00 Morning Worship, Michael Torne

 

How to find us

The chapel is located in the Gers (32): Chapel Notre Dame de Piétat, 54 Av. Aquitaine, Condom (leaving Condom follow signs for Nérac, the Chapel is opposite EDF). For detailed directions from your location, click on the Find a Church page.

 

Service Pattern

Church of England forms of worship are used for all services. Services are held at Condom on the last Thursday of the month (Holy Communion or Morning Worship), generally starting at 11:00am. Additional services may be held at Nérac or other venues at various times throughout the year. For further details, please see the Contacts tab above.

 

Our Members

Our members are drawn from the northern and central Gers and southern Lot and Garonne.

 

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News

Peaceful Reflection for Advent and Tea: Dec 4th

On Sunday the 4th of December, the second Sunday of Advent, a Reflection for Advent was led by Michael Torne. A Reflection expressed in poetry, music and prayer.

Thomas Merton told us that in silence God ceases to be an object and becomes an experience. As we sat in quiet reflection we prepared ourselves for Christmas when once again we celebrate God’s gift to us of Jesus Christ. We mentally prepared ourselves by confronting our ways, preparing for judgement, looking with hope on the promises God has made to us, comforted by His love and faithfulness.

The theme of the Reflection was waiting and watching. Sometimes just waiting for a cup of tea and watching longingly on the great spread of ‘goodies’ to be eaten. After the time of quiet there was much noise of talking and laughter. A happy time together. We thank Lavina Pearce for opening her home to us. Praise be!


Successful November Coffee Morning Fundraiser

On Wednesday November 30th the Condom church held its final fundraising event of the year. It was a Christmas Bring and Buy Coffee Morning at the home of Marrian Lestrange. This was the first time the Condom team had organised such an event and we were anxious that it would be a success but thanks to the support of both parishioners and non church members we raised over 400€ for our charity Educaid.

This was a team effort but I must mention the efforts of Ann Benner and daughter Claire. These two ladies have been working hard for many months, making the cushions for our Adopt a Cushion campaign and in the last few weeks making wonderful Christmas Puddings.

Richard Smith, raffle organiser extraordinare,  must also receive a mention. Richard put together four great raffle prizes and did a great job selling the raffle tickets. The winners were:1st prize-Pam Savage, 2nd prize-Neil Wright, 3rd prize-Ron Benner, 4th prize-Albert Yorke.We hope to do another coffee morning next year.

 

Remembrance Service

Our annual Remembrance Service was taken by our Reader-in-Training,  Michael Torne. This is always a memorable event, but this year was made more impressive by the fact that it was conducted beautifully and sensitively, and several of the congregation took part.

Our hymns were stimulating and patriotic, including 'Jerusalem ' and 'I vow, to Thee, my Country'. The reading of a poem by Owen Griffiths, 'Lest we forget', by Simon Lowman, an ex-army officer, and the final bidding by Richard Smith, our Deputy Warden, also an ex-army officer, of the 'Kohima Declaration' were all moving and really meaningful. All bringing back the enormity of what we all owe.

A wreath was laid at the altar, as we have no memorial in the church. As the daughter of a soldier, and the mother of a Naval officer, the service had a special resonance for me and touched all who attended. We finished with the National Anthem,and these words ringing in our ears:  'When you go home, tell them of us and say, for your tomorrow, they gave their today'. This was a Remembrance Service which will stay with me for a long time to come.   - Irene Birt

 

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Harvest donation to Resto du Coeur

The Harvest service was taken by our Chaplain Tony, assisted by Rev'd David and Rev'd Angel Marshall. Over 30 people attended and everyone was very generous with their harvest gifts. Sue had challenged the parish to fill the boot of her car with food they did this and more, filling the boot and back seat with tins and packets etc. These were later taken to the Resto du Coeur depot in Auch for distributing throughout the Gers. After the service fifteen people enjoyed lunch together in the garden of a local restaurant.

 

Thankful for freshly baked bread at Harvest

harvest loafWe are very fortunate in Condom to have in our community Ron Benner, a master baker, who lovingly made this Harvest loaf for our Harvest Service.

The tradition goes back to when the Harvest season started and was called Lammas, meaning ‘loaf mass’. It was a time when farmers made loaves from the first wheat of the new Harvest and gave them in thanks to their church to be used as the Communion bread in a special Eucharist of thanksgiving.

The custom ended when Henry VIII broke away from the Catholic Church, and nowadays we have harvest festivals at the end of the season. The end of the harvest was celebrated with a big meal called a Harvest Supper, eaten on Michaelmas Day. No Harvest loaf is complete without the harvest mouse and we have three all beautifully fashioned from the dough trimmings.

It is good to see this tradition revived by bakers like Ron. Thank you Ron for this masterpiece of baking!

 

Summer Fund Raising for Educaid: lunch and open house

adopt a cushionDuring the summer there have been two fundraising events for our charity Educaid. The first was a lunch given by parishioner Sylvia Hames and her husband Paul for Sylvia's bookgroup. The book group enjoyed a lovely three course lunch whilst they discussed the book choices for 2016-17 and also received the results of the books read in the 2015-16 session. Many members of the bookgroup have nothing to do with the Condom Church but everyone gave generously and over 250 euros was raised for Educaid.

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In July the two ladies (Ann Benner and her daughter Claire Owen) behind our Adopt a Cushion Campaign held an open house when a good number of the congregation dropped by to enjoy a drink and some nibbles and at the same time select their cushion design and donate. Over 230 euros was raised and the cushions are now in position in the chapel.

 

Summer Services in Condom

We had two Prayer and Praises services this summer. At the August 14th service we were joined by Hazel and Richard Markham's family. Their son in law Bill played guitar, daughter Vicki sang and grandson William played the drums along with their twin grandaughters Millie and Jamie who provided some mime skills. Their contribution certainly helped to the chapel to rock to an Olympics inspired service.

We also had two Thursday Holy Communion services. On July 28th Barrie Green was our celebrant. This was Barrie's first visit to Condom and we hope to welcome him and his wife back to Condom again in the near future.

Our service on Thursday August 25th was another first, this time it was our new Chaplain who took the service. Over 50 people attended and we were blessed with good weather for our Bring and Share lunch after the service. Over 30 people enjoyed lunch at the home of Mary and Ian Roberts, it gave Tony and Ingrid a chance to meet many of the Condom congregation and also an opportunity for the people of Condom to meet their new Chaplain! It was a good day.

 

Dedication of a new altar cloth for Condom

altar clothOur monthly Thursday service on May 26th included the dedication of a new altar cloth by the Rev'd Liz Morris. This beautiful cloth was made by Mrs Ann Benner in memory of her mother-in-law Olive Benner.

lectern fallThe cloth is decorated with grapes, ears of wheat, flowers and a chalice, these are things which reflect parts of her life; flowers from her garden, bread and wheat for the bakery and the sacrament symbols for her deep faith. The embroidered inscription reads in memory of Grandmother Olive Benner (14-09-1915 to 11-10-2013).

At Condom we have been able to appreciate the bakery skills that Olive passed on to her son Ron with the beautiful wheatsheaf Ron has made for our Harvest Festival and his delicious mince pies at our Christmas services.

We were reminded of how blessed we are at Condom to have so many creative people in our congregation and our attention was drawn to the lovely lecturn fall and credence table cloth made by Mrs. Irene Birt as well as a number of handmade cushions that have started to appear on the chairs in the chapel.

 

Only mad dogs and Englishmen go out in the 'pouring rain'!

may dayThe St Puy May Day on May 22nd was our first fundraising activity for Educaid, our chosen charity for 2016. I was assured that it had not rained in the last five years at the May Day celebration and not to worry about the weather. So we collected gifts, books, plants and a wonderful selection of homemade cakes for our Jam & Jerusalem stall and looked forward to the day. Unfortunately as we loaded the cakes into our van at 7am it started to rain and never stopped. Not light showers but heavy persistent rain along with strong gusts of wind.

We arrived at our stall and by the time we had erected our umbrella we were both soaking wet but not deterred we started to unload our wares. Unfortunately most of the time these were covered by plastic sheeting to protect them from the driving rain, making it difficult for the few visitors there were to see our great selection of things to buy. However, (there’s always an however) we managed to lay claim to a couple of tables in the Salle de Fetes and so could display our cakes and some of our books in the dry.

may dayIt was then I discovered by husband’s hidden talent, he’s a bit of a salesman. Before you know it he is being interviewed on the radio and for Depeche, no one is allowed to pass the stall without an introduction to the finer points of ‘gateau anglais’ and the importance of afternoon tea. So the cakes begin to sell and although we don’t sell everything we do sell most of them.

Outside the weather has gone from bad to worse, many stall holders give up and start to pack away. It’s very much last man standing but by 2pm we decide to call it a day and reload our van with very soggy boxes and head for home. I cannot remember the last time I have been so wet and cold.

Despite the weather we still managed to raise over 300 euros for Educaid and have enough gifts left over to have another stall later in this year, where hopefully the sun will shine. A big thank you to all those from Condom who helped on the stall and who turned out in appalling weather to support Educaid.  - Sue Torne

 

 

 

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'The Gathering'

'The Gathering' meetings: 1st Sunday of the month

The Chaplain writes, "I am pleased to be able to announce an exciting new venture. In order to widen our outreach to those who are looking for something less formal, “The Gathering” is an opportunity for people to meet, in an informal setting, to explore and experience the love of God and what it means to follow Jesus. The Gathering will meet on the first Sunday of each month, starting on Sunday 5th February, at Le Mouret, 32100 Condom, (the house of Ian and Mary Roberts) at 11:00am with a light lunch at 12:30pm. This will be led by a team including Rev’ds David and Angela Marshall.

The content and structure of the gatherings will be flexible, reflecting what the Spirit is leading for that particular meeting and who is attending. Each meeting will include a thematic presentation/talk, prayer, worship, Bible reading/study and discussion. In addition there may be times of silence, contemplation, individual prayer ministry and Communion. Further details can be obtained from David Marshall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), and Angela Marshall (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or Ian and Mary Roberts (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

 

Events

The 'Le Mouret' Quiet Garden: see you next spring 2017!

See you next spring 2017!

le mouretWhen Ian and Mary Roberts bought their farmhouse in 2002, the dream they had was that it should be a place where those who felt in need of healing, restoration and refreshment could come and enjoy peace and tranquillity.

From 2013 to 2015, Le Mouret was part of the worldwide ‘Quiet Gardens’ movement. Although, they are not now part of that organisation, the gardens and surroundings will still be open on the First Tuesday of each month (May to October), 10.00am-4.00pm for any who would like to come and enjoy time in quietness, and to spend time with God. Coffee, tea, soft drinks and biscuits will be available throughout the day, and there are plenty of secluded corners with benches, or garden chairs to position where you want.

This is an opportunity to take up Jesus' recommendation to 'come away by yourselves and rest awhile' (Mark 6:31). Bring your Bible, a notebook, sketchbook, camera, a good book or just yourself, and spend some time alone with God in beautiful, peaceful surroundings. Come any time between 10.00am-4.00pm. Coffee, Tea and soft drinks provided. If you want to join for lunch, let us know. If you need prayer, we'd love to pray with you.

If you are planning to come, please contact us (05 62 68 38 77 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) and if you have not been to Le Mouret before we’d be happy to give you directions (we are approximately 2km south-west of Condom).

 

The Chapel

A Brief History of the Chapel of Our Lady of Piétat

painting in chapelIn 1520 a local man, Raymond Berenjon, was caught in a thunder storm. His horse was killed by a lightning strike but Raymond survived and vowed to build a chapel on the spot, a short distance from the town of Condom.

The chapel was built, but suffered serious damage in the French Wars of Religion 1562-98 (nearby Nérac was a protestant stronghold). The chapel was restored after the civil war and gradually during the 17th and 18th centuries additional buildings were added to the chapel and a hospital established. With the Revolution of 1789 the chapel suffered serious looting and damage. In 1820 the government decided to sell the building complex to a Condomoise family who turned the buildings into a school under the authority of the Daughters of Mary and Sisters of St Joseph of Rodez. More buildings were added in the following centuries and in 1977 the sisters left and the school and chapel were entrusted to the laity. The school continues to this day as the Ecole Notre Dame de Piétat and the chapel is used for regular mother and children services.

The Anglican community held their first service in the chapel in 2008 as an outreach project from the Chaplaincy of Pau. On January 1st 2014 the Anglican Church in Condom joined the bigger Chaplaincy of Aquitaine.

 

 

Contacts


Priest with the Responsibility for the Sector of Condom-Nérac:
Rev'd Tony Lomas - 06 72 31 72 87 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Reader in Training:

Michael Torne - 05.62.08.17.78 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Treasurer:

Carolyn Humpherson - 05.62.08.45.56 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Team members:

Local Warden, Sue Torne - 05.62.08.17.78 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Deputy Local Warden, Richard Smith - 05.62.29.49.21 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Neil Wright - 05 62 29 12 28 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Carolyn Humpherson - 05.62.08.45.56 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sylvia Hames 05 62 29 19 24 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lavinia Pearce 05 62 29 44 06 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Irene Birt 05 62 28 80 97 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Please contact any of us with questions or suggestions, we would be happy to hear from you.