Alet les Bains - L’Eglise Saint André
Wednesday 17th December - Carol Service - 19h00
Sunday, December 7th - Ecumenical Service -
- Sacré Coeur - 15h00
Monday, December 8th - Carol Service - Bétaille - Eglise de Saint Georges - 18h30
Tuesday, December 16th - Carol Service - Gourdon - Eglise de St Pierre - 19h00
Friday, December 19th - Carol Service - Prayssac - Eglise de Saint Barthélémy - 19h00
Sunday, December 21th - Carol Service - Terre Rouge - Cahors - 10h00
Thursday, 25th December - Holy Communion on Christmas Day - Terre Rouge - Cahors - 10h00
Monday, December 8th - Carol Service -
- Eglise St Pierre - 19h00
Tuesday, 24th December - Christmas Eve Crib Service & Holy Communion - Toulouse - Notre Dame de l’Assomption - 16h00
Thursday, 25th December - Holy Communion on Christmas Day- Toulouse - Notre Dame de l’Assomption - 10h30
Sunday, December 14th - Carol Service -
- L'Eglise St. Eugène - 11h00
Tuesday, December 16th - Carol Service - Mazamet - Temple St Jacques - 18h00
Wednesday, 24th December - Holy Communion for Christmas - Brens - L'Eglise St. Eugène - 15h00
Our ministry covers an area from the Aveyron to the Aude and from the Lot into Tarn and Garonne, including the Tarn, Haute Garonne and Ariège.
We are an Anglican Chaplaincy and part of the Church of England Diocese in Europe.
There has been an Anglican presence here in this part of France since the early 1960's. In the last five decades this has developed into the present day Chaplaincy with seven worship centres and a large ministry team led by the Chaplain, Canon Andrew Hawken.
All guests who present themselves are to be received as Christ, for He will say: I was a stranger and you took me in. ( St Matthew ) The Rule of St Benedict
We are a scattered community and people drive long distances to attend church on a Sunday morning or afternoon. Our worship styles reflect the diversity of those who come, as not all are Anglicans by any means.
Common Worship Services
...open the way for people in the varied circumstances of their lives to experience the love of God in Jesus Christ in the life and power of the Holy Spirit. Preface to Common Worship
The Holy Communion is celebrated regularly throughout the Chaplaincy using Common Worship but often with a variety of hymns and music reflecting our different church backgrounds. We also celebrate life in all its wonder and fullness through Baptism and Marriage and at the end of life with a Service of Thanksgiving or a Funeral.
Come and See
If you have recently moved to this part of France to live or work, if you are just passing through or here on holiday look at the interactive map to find your nearest worship centre.
Two months ago we asked all the members of our 7 congregations to take part in a survey. The purpose of the survey was to invite everyone to let us know what we can celebrate together and what we should be doing in the future as a church. Thank you to all of you who took the time to respond to the questions. We received over 40 replies either directly from the online version of the survey or by written submission and think these are representative of the views across the Chaplaincy. These responses have now been collated and edited into a Mission Report 2015 that has been received by your Chaplaincy Council.
Read the full report or download it here.
I hope you will agree that there is much to celebrate in what we are doing already? A number of the comments were very positive and affirming of our Christian fellowship and outreach. In the second part of the report there are plenty of suggestions as to how we can improve on our current situation and go even further in our outreach and mission activity during 2015 and beyond.
I commend the Report to you. I hope you will read it and then find some way of responding personally, initially in prayer, but then moving on from there into Action. The next stage will I hope include Congregation Conferences where again there will be every opportunity to participate in what is essentially 'God's Mission' and ours. It is The Kingdom of God and its values that we proclaim both in our daily living and in what we do corporately as the Body of Christ, the Church in this part of the Kingdom. Let us go forward into 2015 in faith, hope and the love of Christ.
Andrew R Hawken, Chaplain
Elise Johnston has designed some more Christmas cards exclusively for the Chaplaincy. The cards are professionally printed and delivered with envelopes, there is no verse inside, so you will be able to personalise each card for its recipient. Cards cost 1.00€ each and all profit goes to church funds, so this is a really worthwhile cause.
Please look at these samples and buy your cards from your local churchwarden, who has a stock available, that way you will avoid postage and be sure to have your cards in good time.
As you will see some cards have already sold out, so don't delay, buy today.
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Elise Johnston is a professional artist from Scotland. She is a graduate of the Edinburgh College of Art and is a qualified art teacher.
She has lived and worked in Scotland, USA, France and Nigeria. The family has had a house in the Tarn since 1986 and now live there permanently.
As an artist and craftswoman, Elise has worked in the fields of fashion design (illustrated in Vogue), ceramics, book illustration, painting and mosaic. She has made over 50 mosaics, some very large, on buildings in three countries.
"“Now, fellow Israelites, I know that you acted in ignorance, as did your leaders. But this is how God fulfilled what he had foretold through all the prophets, saying that his Messiah would suffer. Repent, then, and turn to God, so that your sins may be wiped out, that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, and that he may send the Messiah, who has been appointed for you—even Jesus. Heaven must receive him until the time comes for God to restore everything, as he promised long ago through his holy prophets. For Moses said, ‘The Lord your God will raise up for you a prophet like me from among your own people; you must listen to everything he tells you."
Acts 3:17-22 (NIV)
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