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.
St Helen's Church, Benson, Oxfordshire
Dear Andrew, Sylvia and the clergy and congregations of the Chaplaincy of the Midi Pyrenées,
Thank you very much for hosting our Choir Tour to the Midi Pyrenées. We had a wonderful time singing in your churches and visiting the local area. Perhaps the best way to record our thanks is in the form of a litany (and a slightly more reverent one than was sung on the final evening in our gîte!).
For inviting us to come and sing in the chaplaincy
For helping to find such fantastic accommodation at Le Matëns
For the use of the keyboard for our accompanists to practise on
For providing us with directions to find our way around the region
For the visit to Castelnau de Montmiral on our first evening while waiting for our gîte to be prepared
For providing us with a meal on our arrival (and catering for our first breakfast)
For our tour (underground and) over ground around Toulouse
For the meal before the concert and the use of the Église St Pierre in Blagnac
For the walk around Cahors
For the use of the Église Sacré Cœur in Cahors and the feast at Terre Rouge
For the visit to the tranquil "city" of Alet and the fascinating guided tour
For the meal in the garden and access to the Église St André for our concert
For the trip to Albi and the magnificent cathedral of Notre Dame and Ste Cécile
For James' opportunity to see the great organ in the cathedral
For the use of St Eugene's church in Brens
For the barbeque at Le Matëns on our last evening
For hosting us in Rabastens on our way back to the airport
For coming to hear us sing and play wherever we went
For the warmth, generosity and fellowship of your congregations everywhere we went.
Bless the Lord!
With love from
Judith, Chris, Marcus, Jonjo, John, Caroline, Maddy, Ollie, Emma, Megan, Jamie, Gina, James, Izzy, Fenella, Anna, Louise, Lily, Rosey, Katie, Jane, Maddy, Nicola, Samuel, Grace, Martin and Robert
And a very Happy Easter to you all!
Revd Dr Paul Vrolijk has asked adjoining Chaplaincies, if they would like to join his annual Chaplaincy retreat, to be held at the Abbaye de Belloc, 64240 Urt, from Thursday/Friday May 22nd/23rd until Sunday May 25th, 2014.
Paul will speak on the following theme:
Yes....that is a mouthful....and I must admit it is still a work in progress, but these are some of the things we hope to do:
- exploring the things we Love and Fear....and how that feeds into our walk with God
- the things that hinder our spiritual growth
- an introduction to the Spiritual Exercises of St Ignatius...with some samples
- we will build on what we discussed last year (Lectio Divina)...but if you are not familiar with Lectio Divina do not worry!
- exploring what all this might mean for our Rule of Life.... the various things we do that in together shape our life and ministry
We hope to have plenty of time for joyful fellowship, informal discussions, enjoying Belloc's surroundings, participating in communal worship etc etc.
Besides there will be music...noisy meals... silence for those who choose to be silent...
Although we pray for a rich experience....we also aim for a light touch...
Looking forward to seeing many of you there. If you can, please aim to come for the entire retreat, starting on Thursday.