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Allelulia, Christ is Risen!

We give thanks for so many glorious Easter services! Beginning at sunrise, several worship services were held throughout the Chaplaincy, to celebrate our Risen Lord, Allelulia!

 

Holy Week worship services throughout Aquitaine

We were blessed to be able to gather for worship during Holy Week, including Palm Sunday processions in Monteton and Eymet, Evening Prayers at Bertric Burée, Maundy Thursday Holy Communion in Siorac, Good Friday prayers in Bordeaux...


Richard Blomley from ICS visits Bordeaux

We were glad to welcome our dear friend from ICS, Richard Blomley, who, with his wife Denise, visited the church in Bordeaux. Saturday the Committee met with Richard and Tony for a meeting at the Presbytery, followed by lunch on the terrace, during which we discussed and planned for the future of mission in Bordeaux. The following day Richard led a Family Communion church service in Talence on Sunday afternoon, featuring a talk that Barry Gardiner gave on "Caring for Creation", with the distribution of insect hotels and packets of seeds, with Tife as his assistant.

 

Sunday worship service live stream from Bordeaux

live stream worshipOur church is always ALIVE and now also LIVE! The Chaplaincy is very connected, and the Bordeaux Church is contributing to this by taking the step of going LIVE.

At our home at the Temple in Talence we are blessed with the welcome and support we have received from our Protestant friends. Last year there was an upgrade to some of the facilities including access to the internet, and we were warmly invited to use the new equipment. We are delighted to now be able to live stream our Sunday Services and to our surprise it all works remarkably well!

If you would like to worship on a Sunday afternoon, you would be welcome to join us live (using the links below) on your phone, tablet or computer, it is very easy, come and see!

Click here to visit the Bordeaux Church youtube page for the link to view, and please subscribe!

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2022

We were blessed to gather for ecumenical services again this year, after so many services last year were cancelled due to the pandemic. The theme was: "We saw a star in the East, and we came to worship him" - "Nous avons vu son astre à l'Orient et nous sommes venus lui rendre hommage" (Matthew 2:2)

 

Christmas Carol services throughout Aquitaine

What joy to gather at many of our churches to tell the story of the birth of Christ through Readings and Carols. We are grateful to all the musicians and choir members, and all who made these events possible.

 

French-Madagascan Carol service in Toulouse

How wonderful it is that brothers and sisters in Christ can gather in spite of the sanitary odds! Stephen and Holi Razafindratsima, formerly from the Bordeaux congregation and continually in heart, traveled from Paris to Toulouse to lead a French-Madagascan Carol Service for the Aquitaine Madagascan Anglicans. Praise to God for allowing this to happen

 

Delighted to welcome Archdeacon Peter to Aquitaine

We were so pleased to be able to invite the new Archdeacon of France, Ven. Peter Hooper, for his first visit to Aquitaine. During his stay he led two services on Sunday 31st October. In the morning, he conducted a memorable service at the church in Bertric Burée, which included the re-licensing of our Chaplain, Rev'd Tony Lomas.

In the late afternoon he attended a Choral Evensong at the church in Monteton. Our Chaplain Tony was Cantor for this beautiful service where the Choir, led by Peps Inscoe and with Adrian on the organ, sang the William Smith Responses and the lovely Thomas Attwood Walmisley settings of the Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis, with as the Anthem, Mozart’s “Laudate Dominum” from his Vespers. For this we had the extra privilege of Peps, our Choir Leader, singing the glorious solo introduction. A truly memorable occasion with a congregation of over 40 people, and which the Archdeacon told us he enjoyed greatly.

Ven. Peter Hooper took on the role of Archdeacon earlier in 2021. He previously had a career as managing director of a large agricultural seeds business based in Toulouse before being ordained in the Church of England in 2006.

 

Harvest Celebrations - we rejoice and give thanks!

 

We rejoice in Anne Penfold's Licensing as a Reader

View a slideshow of the photos here

What a blessing to gather for this very special service of Licensing, at the beautiful abbey at St Avit Sénieur, on Tuesday 17th August. The magnificent abbey, which ranked on the list of World Heritage of Unesco in 1998 under the road to St Jacques de Compostela in France, was the perfect setting and it was with great significance that our own Chaplain, Reverend Tony Lomas led the Licencing proceedings with other members of the Clergy in attendance. The Limeuil Choir sang an Anthem chosen by Anne of “Shine Jesus Shine” and gifts of gardening vouchers were presented to Anne from the Chaplaincy, as well as a stunning cake shaped in the form of a Bible.

Enjoy the photos of this wonderful celebration!

 

Pentecost in Aquitaine - 'Come, Holy Spirit!'

 

We rejoice in Easter services held throughout the Chaplaincy

 

Blessed baptism at Limeuil - Ste Catherine's church

On January 10th, at our first church service of the year when the whole church marks the baptism of Christ, Tony led a service of baptism at St Catherine’s. We welcomed our newest member, Ceri, into our church family. It was a privilege to be there with some dedicated musicians; it was a true service of hope for the future.

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity - January Blessings

christian unityOur Chaplain Rev'd Tony Marshall and Licensed Lay Minister Sheila Marshall attended the annual ecumenical service in Ribérac, a moving way to start this important week of growing ties with our Christian brothers and sisters.

 

 

 

 

Delighted to be able to worship together again in December

 

2020 AGM at Monteton - Saturday 10th October

Monteton hosted the Chaplaincy AGM on Saturday 10th October with a dignified Said Holy Communion led by our Chaplain, Tony, before a necessarily brief Annual Meeting. During the service, Rev'd Liz Morris's license as Assistant Chaplain was renewed, and afterwards Sally Davies and David Albrecht were sworn in as Chaplaincy Wardens.

Reviews of Chaplaincy activities during 2019 were given, with Tony's Chaplain's Report, written back in March 2020, giving us much food for thought.

Harvest Celebrations - giving thanks throughout the Chaplaincy

 

 

Chaplaincy Council

Action Points from the February 2022 Council meeting

chaplaincy councilThe last meeting of the Chaplaincy Council was held on Tuesday 22nd February 2022, via zoom. Key information and action points from the meeting are available here:

 Chaplaincy Council February 2022 Action Points

 

The next meeting of the Chaplaincy Council will be held via 'zoom' on Tuesday 7th June 2022, at 10:00am.

If you would like to suggest any items for discussion, please contact a Chaplaincy Warden:

David Albrecht (05 53 36 55 97 - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

or

Sally Davies (09 75 93 18 81) - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Chaplaincy Magazine: "Spreading the Word"

Our monthly Magazine is just brilliant, providing interesting articles on various topics, as well as monthly updates and photos from all the different sectors, as well as Chaplaincy-wide events and news.

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 Chaplaincy March/April 2022 Magazine

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