Every 6 years, each Parish and Chaplaincy has to compile a new Electoral Roll of parishioners who are able to vote in Church meetings and elections of officers. 2019 is a year when we must undertake this exercise. Therefore, even if you were on the old Electoral Roll, you must re-register in order to retain your right to vote in Chaplaincy Annual Meetings.
You need to re-register before the forthcoming round of Annual District and Chaplaincy Meetings which begin shortly.
In each church, a member of the District Church Council acts as the Electoral Roll Officer, and has a supply of forms for you to fill in. The information you put on this form is treated as Confidential and is not used for any purpose other than the administration of Chaplaincy meetings, elections and for pastoral contact by our Ministry Team.
This year, we are inviting you to, optionally, also provide us with an e-mail address. This will be added to a mailing list and will only be used for the administration of Chaplaincy meetings, elections and for pastoral contact. It will not be used to subscribe you to our weekly Church Notices or for any other purpose. Membership of this Mailing List is not compulsory, and you can change your mind at any time to remove your name from it.
Please note that for 2 weeks after the new Electoral Roll has been prepared, we are required by Church Law to arrange for the names (but no other details) of those people who have registered to be put on display at each Worship Centre.
Below we have reproduced our Notice of Preparation of Electoral Roll with the important dates shown for each Church.
You can obtain a copy of the Registration Form from the Electoral Roll officer at each church, or download it and print it from here. There is also a large-print version of the Registration Form which can be downloaded from here. It must be returned, duly completed and signed, either in person or by post, by the dates shown below for each Church. We regret that we cannot accept these forms by e-mail.
There will be notices displayed at each Church and also e-mails sent to everyone on our mailing lists.
Why should I bother to register ?
The Church of England operates a system of governance which is designed to involve its parishioners as closely as possible with how it is run. Our level of membership of the Deanery Synod of France and the number of lay members of the Chaplaincy Council are both determined by the number of people on our Electoral Roll.
Also, in France, the Chaplaincy operates as an 'Association Cultuelle' for the management of its finances. All members of the Electoral Roll are also automatically members of the Association Cultuelle.
I only spend part of the year in France and I am already on the Electoral Roll of my Church of England Parish in the UK. Can I register here as well ?
If you are a regular worshipper with us when you are here in France, you can be a member of our Roll and also one in the UK.
Is the Electoral Roll used for marketing or selling ?
Absolutely not. The Electoral Roll is kept entirely confidential and is only used for matters relating to administration of the Chaplaincy (e.g. Annual meetings) and to enable our Ministry Team to keep in contact with you. It is not sold or used for any other purpose. We don't even use the list for sending out weekly bulletins.
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.
...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
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. All those who normally receive Holy Communion in their own church are welcome to receive Communion in our services.
We also celebrate life in all its wonder and fullness through Baptism and Marriage and at the end of life with a Funeral, Cremation or Service of Thanksgiving.
Please help us to stay in touch with you by joining our new Contacts mailing list
Because of the new General Data Protection Regulation, we have to ask for your specific permission to record your personal details and to send you information about our activities in the Chaplaincy by e-mail, text or letter. We have set up a new Contacts mailing list to cater for this. (Even if you have been receiving news from us up until now, we have to ask you to join the new list)
By clicking here you will be taken to an online, secure contact registration form managed by Mailchimp - a company which specialises in managing contact lists. We will use the information you provide there to manage our communications with you. You will be able to choose which news bulletins from around the Chaplaincy you would like to receive and also keep your contact details up to date.
You can read more about this if you click on the word GDPR on the menu above and, when it drops down, click on "Sign Up To Stay In Contact With Us". Clicking here will take you to that screen.
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.
"After that whole generation had been gathered to their ancestors, another generation grew up who knew neither the Lord nor what he had done for Israel. Then the Israelites did evil in the eyes of the Lord and served the Baals. They forsook the Lord, the God of their ancestors, who had brought them out of Egypt. They followed and worshiped various gods of the peoples around them. They aroused the Lord’s anger because they forsook him and served Baal and the Ashtoreths."
Judges 2:10-13 (NIV)
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