The Bordeaux Anglican Church is part of The Chaplaincy of Aquitaine

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New Bible Study

Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan writes:

Following on from just10 and keeping in mind our Stewardship theme for October, I would like to propose that our next bible study is one that focuses on Commitment.

The study material that I have chosen is based on a sermon by Robert Boyd Munger, My Heart Christ’s Home.  I first read this sermon six years ago and it challenged me deeply enough for me to make significant changes in my life at the time!  I re-read the short book today and found it just as provocative!  I thought to myself,  ” I don’t want to study this on my own again”, this time I want to talk and think about it with my friends!

It is informal discussion and it is food, oh ….. there is wine too!  What’s not to like?  Come and try it. (Dates are in the calendar above)


CLAY POTS we are but SHINING in the Light of the Holy Spirit

I am one of the Sunday School teachers in Bordeaux. I was very pleased with myself last week week because I had come up with the exciting idea of making clay pots because the reading was about – clay pots.

The wind was taken out of my sails somewhat when we came back into the church after Sunday School and all of a sudden, my clay pots started to look really boring because what had Janis used for her sermon for the adults ? A clay pot. Obviously !

I hoped that the collection of clay pots that I brought home with me would dry naturally. By last night, they had’t, so I had to cook them. Slowly. So slowly that I fell asleep, nearly burnt the house down and ……..  [please click here to read more]


Sports Day

After the morning Church service 27 children between the ages of 5 and 82 descended on the Presbytery for the first ever annual sports day.

We were blessed with excellent weather – no rain, some sun but not too hot – and we were also blessed with excellent food.

After lunch there were amazingly imaginative races and competitions with 3 teams being formed – red, blue and yellow. Usually there were 4 categories for every race – younger children, older children, adult men and adult women. Everybody took part (including Jaffa, Charlotte’s dog).

As the excitement mounted there were egg and spoon (ball and ladle) races, ball throwing competitions, races involving water in leaky ……..  [please click here to read more]


Picnic Play-Readers

Play-reading, like the Madagascan service, tends to switch Sundays to suit the people involved. In June, although not intentional, the two coincided and a joint picnic lunch took place.

What was particularly nice was that Janis Adams, who had taken the morning service, and her husband Roger were able to join the picnic. Once Janis and Roger had left for their drive back, the play-readers moved the table they had been sitting around a little further up the cloister, leaving the Madagascans to finish their lunch.

The play chosen was Noel Coward’s ‘Blythe Spirit’ which takes place in the house of Charles Condomine and his second wife Ruth. To obtain some material for a book he is writing he has invited Madame Arcati to hold a seance. He has also invited two friends, Dr. and Mrs. Bradman to ……… [please click here to read more]


Junior Jonah went for a general walkabout during our Service

He became distracted by Rev’d Charlotte so Barry made sure that he was sitting comfortably to observe properly!

If you would like details of our Sunday School activities, please click here: Sunday School

If you would like details of our Youth Group activities, please click here: Youth Group


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 Message from Reverend Charlotte Sullivan: “Wow what a weekend”

Details of Charlotte’s Ordination from Bishop Robert Innes blog are here


Message from Bramwell and Jennifer

Jennifer and I send our heartfelt best wishes to Charlotte as she takes on her new role in the Chaplaincy.

We loved our time at Bordeaux and are very excited to see the continued growth and development of the Church there. We are sorry that we cannot be with you on this very special day.’

Rev’d Bramwell Bearcroft


A photo album of the ordination service and reception afterwards is available here


Exciting Sunday School and Youth Group

The Sunday School met and were so many that a few of our regular children joined the Youth Group instead. So thirteen of were left, a mixture of Americans, Nigerians, English-French and Madagascans, as well as Juanecia, our Caribbean contingent. Two of our youngest members decided to propose our Opening Prayer.

We quickly remembered our last couple of lessons, Jesus in the Temple, His Baptism and His Temptation in the Desert, before exploring in depth the topic of the day, which was the turning of the water into wine at the wedding in Cana. We thought about how Jesus shares with us our happiness and our sadness – about how much he loves and cares about us, how he uses the most mundane of vessels to accomplish great things and we touched briefly on how the ordinary wine was followed by the wonderful wine, a suggestion of how our earthly lives will be followed by a far more wonderful one to come.

The younger children were then happy to colour in the illustrations of the story while the older ones pitted their wits against the Wordsearch, the Crossword, the puzzles and the mulitple-choice questions based on the Bible text and the memory verse.

There were a total of five in our Youth Group sharing discussion was based on Mark 2:1-12 (Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man).

Everyone shared and learnt heartedly about God’s grace and mercy and forgives our sins. Reflection on how Sin came about in Genesis, plus what is Sin (1st reading from Exodus). Lastly listening to “Covered – by Planetshakers” and saying a prayer together from the lyrics.

Everyone then returned to the chapel to join the adults for Communion.


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New Year Message from our Chaplain the Reverend Tony Lomas

The Lord says, “Do not cling to events of the past or dwell on what happened long ago. Watch for the new thing I am going to do. It is happening already—you can see it now! I will make a road through the wilderness and give you streams of water there.” Isaiah 43:18-19

Dear Friends,

Ingrid and I would like to send you all our very best wishes for the New Year and to express our immense gratitude to everyone for all that you have done over the last year to make our Chaplaincy such a vibrant place to be. We have been particularly touched by the warmth of the welcome and support that you have shown us which has enabled us to feel remarkably settled in such a comparatively short time.

Naturally now our eyes turn forward to the coming year and I guess we are all wondering what it holds in store for us. It is all too easy to carry a sense of foreboding from the events of last year but, as the above verse from Isaiah reminds us, God is constantly drawing us forward into His future rather than wanting us to dwell on the past. However dry and difficult the terrain ahead of us might seem, He always prepares a path for us and provides us with the water of life.

I delight in the fact that, as a Chaplaincy, we are constantly striving, through prayer, study and worship, to follow God’s path ourselves and to draw others to join us. During the coming year I feel certain that there will be many opportunities for us to grow together as Christ’s body in Aquitaine and to reach out to the various communities in which we live. I feel really excited by the awesome privilege of working through this year with you as your Chaplain and sharing in the many blessings that I am sure God has for us on our journey together.

With much love and every blessing,

Tony and Ingrid