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.
The following advertisement appears in the Church Times on 5th May 2017:
LOOKING FOR EXCITING OPPORTUNITIES FOR MINISTRY….EN FRANCE?
We serve over 80 growing international Anglican congregations in diverse urban and rural settings across France.
MIDI-PYRÉNÉES & AUDE
serves congregations in the rural South-West, and includes the major centres of Cahors and Toulouse
For an informal discussion about any of these vacancies please contact the Archdeacon of France:
The Venerable Meurig Williams
Telephone +32 (0)22137482
Interviews for shortlisted applicants will take place on July 6th at Chaplaincy House. Information regarding the progress of these Interviews will be posted as soon as possible.
Please continue to keep this process in your prayers in the hope that the best person will apply.
Sue and I are looking forward very much to being with you in June and in August. To introduce myself........
I was born and grew up in Lancashire in the seaside town of Fleetwood in a nominally, though nonattending, Anglican family. I went to Sunday School from a very early age - in fact, I can't remember a time when I didn't go to church. I subsequently joined the choir in my local parish church and it was there that my love for liturgy and church music flourished.
I studied French and Music for a dual honours degree at Sheffield University and spent my third year in a Lycée Technique in the suburbs of Paris as an "Assistant". Following my degree I worked as a student helper for two years in Dunquerque at the Missions to Seamen, and from there went
to Cranmer Hall in Durham to train for ministry. It was at Cranmer that I met Sue.
I was ordained deacon in 1985 and priest in 1986 at Blackburn Cathedral, served my title in the Parish of St Cuthbert Lytham, and from there went to a second curacy in the Parish of West Burnley. Sue and I were married in 1989 whilst I was at Burnley. She was at that time on the chaplaincy team at Scargill House in the Yorkshire Dales, and we were married in the Chapel there.
From Burnley we moved south, where I became Team Vicar at St Mark's Shared Church in Bordon in Hampshire, part of the Parish of Headley in the diocese of Guildford. St Mark's was a local ecumenical project shared with the Methodist and United Reformed churches, and the congregation were from all three denominations, though whilst there we developed the principle of multiple and extended membership, whereby members could opt to become members of one, two or all three of the denominations. The majority opted to be members of all three.
From Bordon we moved further north to the Lichfield diocese and we went to Leek in Staffordshire to run a small retreat house, St Chad's. I was licensed to the local Team Ministry of Leek, whilst Sue became priest in charge of the Parish of Wetley Rocks on the outskirts of Stoke-on-Trent.
From Leek I went into healthcare chaplaincy and worked at what is now (after various changes of name) the Royal Stoke University Hospital, a large general hospital covering many specialities. It was there that I developed an interest in palliative care, and this led to me taking up the post of
chaplain at the Douglas Macmillan Hospice in 2008, and where I stayed for eight and a half years. I "retired" from there at the end of February. The hospice was an amazing experience, seeing the love of God in action on a daily basis through the care given and received. Whilst I was there I studied for a BSc honours degree in Heath and Social Care Practice, and graduated in 2014.
In all of this, I feel that for me the heart of any ministry is relationship, starting with God's relationship of total, unconditional love for us, shown to us in the life and death of Jesus and in His equipping us with the Holy Spirit, and which He encourages us to have with one another. I am sure that it is in relationship with the fullness of God and with one another that we become fully human as God intends us to be.
On a personal level I do try to keep my music going, but that's not always been easy, apart from listening. I love cooking and eating and sharing table fellowship, and yes, part of wanting to come to France is that it's a great opportunity to enjoy good cuisine! I'm an avid reader and I've always got a book on the go (on Kindle for iPad these days) usually detective stories or science fiction.
Our chocolate Labrador Ella will be coming with us, and she is looking forward to her first trip abroad.
Please pray for us as we make preparations for our journey, as we will pray for you.
A bientôt, Steve and Sue and Ella.