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.
The Chaplaincy AGM will take place in the Hotel l'Eveche after the the Holy Communion Service, which will be celebrated by Canon Rev'd Andrew Hawken in the church of St Andre in Alet-les-Bains at 10h30.
This is the only time the Chaplaincy worship together each year, so if you can, please come and join the whole church in worship, fellowship and discussion.
This is the first time that we have been to Alet and we are all looking forward to getting to know the area and being able to make more friends throughout the Chaplaincy.
The AGM will be followed by lunch and then the journey home - there will be many kilometres covered that weekend but it will be well worth it! There will also be a card stall selling Greeting Cards for Chaplaincy funds.
Alet les Bains is in the heart of the Cathars country, 30km from Carcassonne. This is an area well worth exploring, so why not join us and enjoy the surrounding area as well.
Some 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