We have been worshipping in the Tarn since 2004 and in Brens since 2009. brens-egliseOur regular services are all held at 11.00 am followed by coffee, and we also have regular social events where everyone is welcome. Come and join us and be part of our growing congregation.

We hold Holy Communion services on the 1st and 3rd Sunday, and Morning Prayer on the 2nd, 4th and 5th Sundays of each month.

 

Upcoming events in Brens
Date Time Event
Wednesday 19th December 18h00 Mazamet - 9 Lessons and Carols
Sunday 23rd December 11h00 Morning Prayer with Carols, Iain Pratt
Tuesday 25th December 11h00 Holy Communion with Carols, Rev Dan Langdon-Griffiths
Sunday 30th December 11h00 Morning Prayer, Robin Johnston

 

Weekly Notices



Wednesday 19th December - 18h00 - Mazamet - 9 Lessons and Carols

Sunday 23rd December - 11h00 - Morning Prayer with Carols led by Iain Pratt

Tuesday 25th December - 11h00 - Holy Communion with Carols celebrated by Rev Dan Langdon-Griffiths

Sunday 30th December - 11h00 - Morning Prayer led by Robin Johnston


The Readings for this Sunday are The Collect for this Sunday is

Micah 5.2-5a
Psalm 80.1-8 or The Magnificat
Hebrews 10.5-10
Luke 1.39-45

God our redeemer, who prepared the
Blessed Virgin Mary to be the mother of your Son:
grant that, as she looked for his coming
as our saviour, so we may be ready to greet him
when he comes again as our judge;
who is alive and reigns with you,
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and for ever.

 

 

 

 

 

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Prayers

prayer-requestPrayer is an important part of our Christian lives: it unites us as a body. Here are some suggestions for private prayer.If you have a prayer request for yourself or for someone else, with or without a name or details, please contact: Judith Nield : 05 63 60 25 18 or Robin Johnston : 05 63 33 12 76

  • For Michael Kenny who has now spent a month protecting human rights on the West Bank.
  • Our sister congregation in Toulouse as they wait for Christel to be start her ministry with them.
  • For all those who will be alone at Christmas – that people may befriend them and pierce their loneliness.
  • For Anne Gelen and John as they come to terms with their illnesses and what they mean for their future.
 

 

 

 

 

December

Thank you for the support that many of you gave us last weekend at the Castelnau Christmas Fayre. We raised in the region of 800€ which together with a much reduced footfall we felt was extremely good for a first attempt. Some of the residue will be available for you to buy at coffee tomorrow. 

There will be beautiful handmade bags at 30€. These can be used as conventional bags or holders for magazines, craft work or knitting.

There will also be gift wrapped packs of whisky jam, cranberry and orange sauce and Christmas chutney for 18€ or individual pots for 6€

These are both opportunities not to be missed !


District Church Council

Your council met recently and many decisions were taken. Here are some which are very important for us.

Dates of services In order to let Rev. Dan go on to take a service at Valence d’Agen after he has taken Holy Communion with us, Communion Sundays will be the second and fourth Sundays of the month from January.

Brens AGM - Sunday 10th March after the service.

Chaplaincy AGM - Sunday 28th April will be at Vayrac this year.    

Feedback on singing the Lord’s Prayer - This was discussed because it was felt that there were some members of the congregation who would rather we did not sing it or we used a different setting. If you have any have any comments, please would you let Iain or another member of the Council know so we have as wide a range of views as possible.



WAMI Meetings

Watch out for our 2019 programme

Pop-Up Restaurants - Brown envelope fundraisers

Much more than a pop-up

Thank you so much to the Gaunts and the Howes for a slightly delayed Thanksgiving dinner on Saturday which was so enjoyable and raised some much money for the Chaplaincy


If anyone would like to hold a Pop Up restaurant please see Liz.

 

Christmas Cards - Nearly your last chance to buy !

 Once again Robin has organised Christmas cards for us, using a mixture of Elise’s original designs and her designs that he has slightly altered. Blank on the inside for your special message or to  use as notelets later in the year. Price 1.00€ with tax relief available for those who want to make a donation. Ross will be responsible for the sales while Robin is in Nigeria so make sure you contact Ross after the service to buy them.


Food for Restos du Cœur to give to others
We collect for Resto du Coeur, Gaillac, a food bank, all the year round. They really appreciate our gifts and have said could we possibly consider giving cleaning materials for humans and habitats! Please leave your donation in the container in the Presbytery
Books

Take a book from our shelves of nearly new books. We suggest that you put €2.00 for hardbacks and €1.00 for paperbacks in the coffee basket.

DVDs

A cupboard soon to be upgraded to a DVD stack has been filled with our unwanted DVDs. Fill it and take ones as you want.

A donation of 2€ for each DVD but a credit of 1€ for each one you return. Money in the coffee basket please. This is an honesty system.

Coffee Fund

We use the coffee fund to replenish the supplies but principally it is to help others in need and occasionally ourselves.

A Call to Ministry

We often think that the only form of ministry is that of being a priest or lay reader but in this chaplaincy we interpret ministry in the broadest way. Currently in this congregation we are looking for

Congregational Worship Leaders (CWL)

CWLs lead morning prayer and assist the clergy during Holy Communion. There is a formal training and the CWLs are licenced to take part in this ministry. If you are interested please phone Revd Dan on 05 63 42 04 29.

Intercessors

Leading intercessions is easier than you think and training will be given if you feel that this is a form of ministry that you are called to.

Greeters and Coffee Makers

Greeting people coming into to church with a smile and handshake is one of the easiest things to do but is also one of the most important as being made to feel welcome encourages people to come back and worship again. Similarly more Coffee makers are needed. Please see Iain or Tricia if this form of ministry interests you.


Website Editing

We are planning a major update to the Chaplaincy website in early January 2019. Ross and Ginny Jenkins have volunteered to be the web organisers for Brens after they have been trained.

 

The Safeguarding Officer for Brens is  Peter Gibbs, for further information on the Chaplaincy Safeguarding Policy visit our Safeguarding page.

 

 

L'Eglise St. Eugène, Côté de l'Eglise, 81600 Brens

Brens is to the south of the river outside Gaillac.

GPS co-ordinates: 43° 53.344′ N  1° 54.464′ E

 

L'Eglise St. Eugène

Côté de l'Eglise

81600 Brens