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Messy Church in Limeuil: Saturday December 10th
- Messy Church is:
- a way of being church for families involving fun
- found across the world
- values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration
Join us for a Messy Church event in Upper Limeuil (Sainte Catherine's church) on Saturday December 10th, time to be confirmed soon. Watch this space for more details. Tell your friends!
Youth Ministry with Pokemon Go Gamers!
Mid-July saw the launch of Pokemon Go in France. Its easy to spot those who are playing - they walk along glued to the screen of their phones and then suddenly stop as a virtual Pokemon appears and then they try to catch it inside a small ball. Many local landmarks are designated "Pokestops" or "Pokegyms" where players can pick up essential items to help them play the game or battle their favourite Pokemon against others.
We were made aware that Ste Catherine's church in Upper Limeuil was both a "Pokestops" and a "Pokegyms" when Deacon Charlotte Sullivan came across 5 young people on the steps of the church playing the game. We thought it would be wonderful to enter into the spirit of Pokemon fever. From 15th -18th August we were at the church all afternoon offering hospitality to all youngsters playing the game, as well as refreshments and competitions to win Pokemon goodies.
We welcomed nearly 50 young people, many of them with their parents who came along to visit the beautiful village and church. Our new Chaplain Tony Lomas entered into the spirit of occasion and managed to catch a good number of Pokemon's throughout the afternoon.
'Pokemon Go' invites visitors to the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine!
Sunday School around the Chaplaincy
Pentecost - and all fired up in Bordeaux!
On the day of Pentecost, the disciples found that they could speak in many different languages. ThePentecost celebration at Bordeaux could not have been more poignant as the congregation was made up of people from many nations and 'tongues'.
Rev'd Bramwell spoke about how the Holy Spirit changes us and how it should be easy to see those whose lives had been changed even if our languages are different. While the adults were listening to the sermon and singing hymns, the children met with Jennifer to hear the dramatic story of Pentecost ... action packed with wind and fire and the Holy Spirit.
They children then wrote out 'GOD LOVES US' in as many different languages as possible ... Chinese, Spanish, Italian, Madagasy, Portuguese, French, English and so forth to make a big banner so that we could go out and spread the word as Jesus had commanded. In church later the children shouted out this message in their chosen language (all at the same time!) to make sure the multi-cultural congregation had got the message!
Church for Children at Bertric Burée
There’s a Sunday School every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and all children are welcome. They stay in church for part of the service and then spend time together having fun, learning about Jesus and the Bible.
Each week the children read or act out a bible story, learn a song, do something crafty, play games and we always end each session with prayer time. Usually we do a short 'show and tell’ or ‘sing and tell' for the congregation after each session so that they can see what we’ve been doing.
Ste Nathalène Sunday School
Bordeaux Sunday School
The young people at Bordeaux make up a high proportion of our Church family.
There is a Sunday School every week for the younger children where the children hear Bible stories and participate in related music and craft activities. The Youth Group meet a couple of times each month during the service to discuss relevant issues to their life and how Christian values can help them as they grow up in today’s society. All the young people return to the service to participate in the communion with their families.
Every few months the young people run the service for the rest of the congregation and so far they have presented the Creation story, Noah’s Ark and Joshua and the battle of Jericho. These are always lively services with lots of action involved.
We also have a large student community and once a month they meet in a bar or café in town on a Friday evening to discuss a topic on their life and faith. ‘Wine and Words’ is a relaxed and social activity giving the students (or young at heart) a chance to ask questions and explore their faith.
Négrondes Saints Sunday School
Have you heard of Ventures?
'Ventures' are activity holidays for children and young people, run by CPAS (Church Pastoral Aid Society). They have been running for over 50 years, providing loads of great holidays for 8 to 18 year-olds.
Most Ventures are based in boarding schools (in the UK) which are ideal for the range of activities on offer, and many have large swimming pools, sports facilities and theatres. If you're on a Specialist or Activity venture, you may be on a barge, under canvas, or at an Outdoor Pursuits Centre....
The best way to find out more is to visit their website - www.ventures.org.uk