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
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.
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.
It’s been a busy start to this new ministry since we were joined by Bishop Robert and Archdeacon Meurig to formally licence me as your new chaplain. Thank you to all those who made the journey from far flung places, and to all who joined their prayers with ours in Cornebarrieu.
Since then I’ve been glad to meet people from Alet les Bains and Cahors, and to be in touch with people from around the chaplaincy. I was unfortunately caught up in traffic problems due to the snow which prevented me from making it to Vayrac on Tuesday, but Malcolm Rigley proved just how valuable a team ministry can be when he stepped in to save the day by providing an alternative service!
From Monday 12th February, I’ll be launching a new newsletter to share the goings on from around our chaplaincy, and to bring attention to the events, places and people that we can pray for together as a whole chaplaincy. Of course, as well as this I’ll be using the newsletter to keep in touch with people in as many ways as possible, especially important given the geographical size of our area. If you use email, then I encourage you to subscribe to the newsletter by clicking on this link.
"When you spread out your hands in prayer, I hide my eyes from you; even when you offer many prayers, I am not listening. Your hands are full of blood! Wash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. "
Isaiah 1:15-17 (NIV)
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