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.
The day has finally arrived! I am at last able to join you in this beautiful part of France as we explore together what it means to be members of Christ's church in this place.
The last few months have been very full for me as I've ministered with some wonderful folks in Monaco, some of whom I hope may make it to the Licensing service in Cornebarrieu on the 3rd of February. As such, my excitement and anticipation at joining you have necessarily been held in abatement until I could really begin to enjoy the prospect. Finally, over the last few weeks as I have taken steps to make the move practically I have found myself feeling deep and building joy at taking up this new role as your chaplain.
I understand that you have had a long wait inthe period of vacancy, and I'm sure that like me you will find the next few weeks a time of excitement, and maybe even a little frustration as we look forward with anticipation to the official licensing of this new ministry, but in the mean time George (my four-legged companion) and I will be doing our best to meet as many of you as possible and to visit as many parts of the chaplaincy as time permits.
Thanks to those who have already extended such a warm welcome, and to all the many people who have had a hand in ensuring the good running of the chaplaincy during the vacancy, and who have worked and prayed for the appointment process which has allowed us to finally arrive at this point together.
Some things to help you get to know me a little better:-
My favourite hobbies - Flying small planes and talking to my dog George, he understands everything but is strong willed and so disagrees a lot.
My Favourite Food - Indian, or anything hot!
Things I can't stand - shellfish,and raw tomatoes (though oddly other fish and ketchup are okay!)
Favourite bible verse - John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."
My family includes - My girlfriend Christel (half French and also a priest currently working in Liverpool) and her two boys Sam (12) and Luke (10) and of course, George.
Until we meet in person, please be assured of my prayers, and good wishes for all of you in our excellent chaplaincy.
With every blessing,
All are invited to attend both the Service and the Reception afterwards.
As numbers are limited for the Reception, we need to close bookings on January 26th, please send your reservation to this address as soon as possible, with menu choices..
The Service is to be held at 11h00 in St Clement, Rue de l’Eglise, 31700 Cornebarrieu (By kind permission of Mnsgr Robert Le Gall and M. Abbe Francois Remaury).
Please note that the church is in a one way system and parking is very limited, the advice seems to be to park at the bottom of the hill and walk up!
The Reception will be held at The Auberge de Beauzelle, 32 Rue de la Republique , 31700 Beauzelle , at a cost of €18 per head.
Salade Paysanne or Veloute de Legumes
Saucisses de Toulouse with potato or Chicken and pommes de terres confits or Fish with Rice
Glace Grand Marnier or Mousse au Chocolat or Ile Flottante.
Wine, coffee, tea included.
Children 3-12: Nuggets and Chips, €8,50.
"No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. "
1 Corinthians 10:13 (NIV)
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