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Ecumenical events during Holy Week

Friday 15th April, 12:15, BIAS (47300, Lot-et-Garonne) - off the D911 near Villeneuve sur Lot
 
Friday 15th April, 12:30, MARMANDE (47200, Lot-et-Garonne)
 
Friday 15th April, 18:00, RIBERAC (24600, Dordogne), in the village church
 
Watch this space for news of more services held throughout Aquitaine.
 
 
 

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Meetings

Lalinde (24150) - monthly meetings

Meetings are held on Thursday evenings at 20:00, about once per month, featuring a time of prayer, and discussion around a topic related to Ethics in the Gospel. For more information, please contact Amy, 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Watch this space for news of more meetings held throughout Aquitaine.

 

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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)

 

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2019

We give thanks for so many Christian Unity services which were held at various locations, including Ribérac and Lalinde (Dordogne) on Saturday 19th January and was a meaningful time of celebration and fellowship, with our Chaplain Tony invited to give the sermon.

In the Lot et Garonne, we were blessed with three celebrations: St Etienne church in Villeneuve sur Lot, at the Maison Paroissale at Port St Marie, and in the church of St Pierre de Tonneins. Following these services there were refreshments and time for fellowship, which was an enjoyable time of getting to know one another over cake and soft drinks.

Several services were held in the Bordeaux area, and we are grateful to all who were involved to make these gatherings possible.

 

2017 Celebration in Bordeaux of 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation

reform celebrationsA terrific celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation took place in Bordeaux the weekend of October 13th-15th 2017, entitled "Vivre la Fraternité à Bordeaux". Key representatives from various Christian churches in the south west attended, with a welcome given by Pasteur Valérie Mali from the Bordeaux United Protestant church. The weekend featured processions, exhibitions, prayers, talks about the importance of protecting the Christians all over the world, blessings, a cocktail party, debates...

The culmination of this celebration took place as a combined service of worship of all the Bordeaux Protestants, including the Anglican Church, represented by Nellie Salvi, in the historic theatre Anthénée, the first time this city-owned building was used for a religious service. The celebration featured old Reformation hymns, Scripture readings, hymns of praise and thanksgiving, and prayers of intercession. Pasteur Mali led the service, while Pasteur Clavaroily, who is from Bergerac, delivered the spirit filled sermon based on the Prodigal Son.

The weekend celebrations were rounded off with further debate and an open air shared picnic in the beautiful gardens of the Mairie. The Lord provided glorious weather throughout!

Pasteur Valérie Mali did express her wish for a much closer collaboration between the Eglise Protestante Unie in Bordeaux and the Anglican Church in Bordeaux, and of course with the Chaplaincy as a whole . Christine Rychlewski, as our Ecumenical Contact, will lead this drive in Bordeaux. I assured her that we shared her vision of and desire for closer contact to the glory of our Lord, Jesus Christ, Redeemer of the World.

Reformation Celebration in the Joy of Reconciliation, while denouncing the continuing Persecution of Christians the World Over.

To read Nellie Salvi's full report, click here.    To read the piece from the SudOuest, click here.

 

Engaging with Churches in Europe and around the world

The Church of England is a member of the World Council of Churches. According to a key statement from 1998, "The primary purpose of the fellowship of churches in the World Council of Churches is to call one another to visible unity in one faith and in one Eucharistic fellowship, expressed in worship and common life in Christ, through witness and service to the world, and to advance towards that unity in order that the world may believe." Click on the link to their website to find out more.

Click here to visit the Church of England website, to download various agreements and declarations which give context to the ecumenical background.