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.
Tuesday, 12th December - Carol Service - Alet les Bains - Eglise de St André - 19h00
Sunday, 24th December - Holy Communion on Christmas Eve - Alet les Bains - Eglise de St André - 22h30
Monday, 25th December - Carols followed by Holy Communion for Christmas Day - Alet les Bains - Eglise de St André - 10h00
Friday, 15th December - 9 Lessons and Carols - Castelnau de Montmiral - Notre Dame de l’Assomption - 19h00
Sunday, 17th December - Holy Communion with Carols - Brens - Eglise de St Eugène - 11h00
Tuesday, 19th December - 9 lessons and Carols with the Eglise Protestante Uni - Mazamet - Temple St Jacques - 18h00
Sunday, 24th December - Christmas Eve Service - Brens - Eglise de St Eugène - 11h00
Monday, 25th December - Holy Communion for Christmas Day - Brens - Eglise de St Eugène - 11h00
Sunday, 3rd December - Christingle Service - Cahors - Terre Rouge - 10h00
Friday, 8th December - 9 Lessons and Carols - Castelfranc - Notre Dame de l’Assomption - 18h00
Sunday, 10th December - Ecumenical Carol Service - Cahors - Sacré Coeur - 15h00
Sunday, 17th December - 9 Lessons and Carols - Cahors - Terre Rouge - 10h00
Sunday, 24th December - Holy Communion on Christmas Eve - Cahors - Terre Rouge - 10h00
Monday, 25th December - Holy Communion on Christmas Day - Cahors - Terre Rouge - 10h00
Sunday, 3rd December - Bi-lingual Carol Service - Bétaille - St Georges - 15h30
Tuesday, 5th December - Holy Communion & Carol Service - Vayrac - Salle Paroissiale - 10h30
Monday, 11th December - Festival of 9 Lessons and Carols - Pibrac - Sainte Marie Madeleine - 19h30
Sunday, 24th December - Christingle Service for the young and the young at heart - Toulouse - Notre Dame de l’Assomption - 10h30
Monday, 25th December - Family Carols for Christmas Morning - Toulouse - Notre Dame de l’Assomption - 10h30
This year’s Advent Appeal aims to support homeless refugees and asylum seekers in Rome with humanitarian assistance (a daily, cooked breakfast and essential items for personal dignity and warmth) for 6 months. We are doing this through a well-established and well-run project established by our Episcopal sister church of St. Paul’s Within the Walls.
The Joel Nafuma Refugee Center is the major outreach ministry of St Paul's Within the Walls Episcopal Church in Rome. The center assists approximately 17,000 people per year, and is the only day center open to receive homeless asylum seekers and refugees in Rome. Every day, JNRC welcomes 200-250 guests. The guests come from many different nations, including Mali, Afghanistan, Eritrea, Somalia, Pakistan, Guinea and the Ivory Coast. Half of them are homeless, sleeping in parks or on the pavement outside train stations.
It is with great pleasure that I can now announce the appointment of a new Chaplain for Midi- Pyrénées and Aude. Revd Dan Langdon-Griffiths will begin his 5 year Ministry with us on January 1st 2018.
We look forward to exciting times ahead in the development of our Chaplaincy.
Lay Chairperson Chaplaincy Council
I’m currently part way through a 5 month stint as locum Chaplain at St Paul’s Monte Carlo, before which I served my Curacy in the Sutton Team Ministry in the town of St Helens in Liverpool Diocese.
My Curacy was a fruitful and blessed time, and also a fairly turbulent time working with some wonderful Godly people. Owing to my vicar moving on, at various times I was the only priest in the parish with the care and oversight of three churches and four Sunday congregations. Entirely by God’s grace, this time has been one of fruitfulness for myself and the parish and I’ve been fortunate to gain some experience which many curacies do not provide.
Somehow, during the course of a busy curacy I was able to find the time both to learn to fly and learn how to ski. Flying has gone well and I’m now a very pleased holder of a PPL for aeroplanes - a word of advice, don’t get me started on anything remotely related to aviation unless you’re prepared for the long haul! Skiing has gone less well, and following a fairly bruising experience during the course of my lessons, I fear my skiing career may be restricted to the nursery slopes and more importantly, après ski!
Earlier this summer I completed my curacy, meaning that I was able to look for my first position as a ‘proper vicar’. This coincided with a period of discernment as to whether the time might be right to pursue my growing sense of a calling to ministry in France as I’ve always held a fondness for France, its people and its culture. At about this time, the opportunity arose for me to head south to Monaco for a short term ministry with a church in vacancy. All of which means that I’ll actually become a chaplain rather than a proper vicar, which suits me just fine.
Prior to ordination, my working life ranged from full time church project worker and fundraiser, to engineering recruitment and even a period spent as a used car salesman, no doubt the skills gained from all these will some day come in handy across such a vast and exciting Chaplaincy as Midi-Pyrénées and Aude!
I’ll be moving to the chaplaincy with George, a poorly behaved but thoroughly charming Jack Russell Terrier and we are thrilled to be joining such a diverse and exciting community.
The Revd Stephen Goodwin will be returning to us after the departure of Revd Maree Wilson.
Stephen and Sue will spend Christmas amongst us and lead many services, he will depart at the end of the year before our new Chaplain the Revd Dan Langdon-Griffiths arrives in early January.