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.
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.
Bergerac 24th June
A group of 24 people from our Chaplaincy, Britanny, Pau and Aquitaine attended a Safeguarding Training Day in Bergerac hosted by the Aquitaine Chaplaincy and their Chaplain Revd Tony Lomas. The training was led by their Safeguarding Officer Janis Adams, the day continued training after successful completion of the online course.
Our group contained 13 members, amongst them; Safeguarding Officers, Church Wardens, a Reader and several congregational council members from Alet les Bains, Cahors and Vayrac..
We are delighted to be welcoming Revd Philip Harbridge who will be joining us from the 19th July until the 8th August.
Philip Harbridge – with his family of wife Honorine and their children Sophie and Tiffany – will be locum chaplain for three weeks in July and August.
Philip sends this résumé of his career as an introduction:
Philip has been Senior School Chaplain at Millfield in Somerset since September 2007. Honorine also works in the school, and Sophie and Tiffany (aged 11 and 8 respectively) are in the junior (prep) department there.
Before Millfield, Philip was Chaplain at Christ’s College, Cambridge and served his curacy at All Saints Church in Hampton. He went to Westcott Theological College, though only seeing the light after a career first as a commercial lawyer!
Philip met and married Honorine on her native island of Madagascar following eighteen months’ missionary work with USPG. She speaks no fewer than four languages, including French, and gained a doctorate in Theatre Studies from Hull University in 2005.
Despite her parents’ tin ear for music, Sophie has won a place for two successive years in the National Children’s Orchestra as a percussionist. She also plays piano and oboe to a high standard.
Tiffany describes herself as ‘an energetic girl who loves gymnastics’. Like Sophie, she indulges her Dad in his passion for Lincoln City Football Club by attending the occasional match!
"Is the law, therefore, opposed to the promises of God? Absolutely not! For if a law had been given that could impart life, then righteousness would certainly have come by the law. But Scripture has locked up everything under the control of sin, so that what was promised, being given through faith in Jesus Christ, might be given to those who believe. Before the coming of this faith, we were held in custody under the law, locked up until the faith that was to come would be revealed. So the law was our guardian until Christ came that we might be justified by faith. Now that this faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian."
Galatians 3:21-25 (NIV)
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