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 led by the Chaplain, Canon Andrew Hawken.
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.
Andrew will be leaving us some time in mid- to late-October, in order to arrive in his new Parish in early November. Each church is now planning how to say goodbye to him before he leaves.
There are well-established Church of England procedures for what happens when a priest (or in our case a Chaplain) leaves their Parish (or in our case a Chaplaincy) and these are already swinging into action. Our Assistant Chaplain, June, the Ministry Team and the Churchwardens, led by Margaret Cross as the Lay Chair of the Chaplaincy Council, as well as the other officers of the Chaplaincy are already working together to ensure that we move forward into the future as smoothly as possible.
At this point, the key message is that our sacred worship will continue at all our worship centres until Andrew's successor can be appointed.
All Church Councils will be kept fully informed about developments and will also be involved in a number of ways in due course. We will also keep everyone up to date via the website when we have things to report.
In the meantime, if you need any information, please speak to your Churchwarden.
Saturday 3rd September
Phillippa Jefferson and Onno Huizer in Montlugue by Canon Andrew Hawken
"The Lord your God commands you this day to follow these decrees and laws; carefully observe them with all your heart and with all your soul. You have declared this day that the Lord is your God and that you will walk in obedience to him, that you will keep his decrees, commands and laws—that you will listen to him. And the Lord has declared this day that you are his people, his treasured possession as he promised, and that you are to keep all his commands. He has declared that he will set you in praise, fame and honor high above all the nations he has made and that you will be a people holy to the Lord your God, as he promised."
Deuteronomy 26:16-19 (NIV)
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