Most Services ( Service Locations ) take place at the Chapel of Le Bon Pasteur, rue de L’Ecole Normale 33200 BORDEAUX ( Map ) ( Directions )

The entrance is through the double gates directly opposite 10 rue de L’Ecole Normale

For the protection of the underside of your car, please drive very very slowly between through the entrance


Calendar and Locations of Services and Fellowship Activities

To display the full address of a Service or Fellowship Activity, please ‘click’ on the event title in the calendar below


‘Ascension Day’ – Thursday 30th May at 11:30 at Carcans

11:30 – Open air Communion Service (Optional)
12 30 – Picnic lunch (please bring your own picnic, chairs etc)
14 00 – Concert in the garden (mix of classical, swing and popular music)

All in a beautiful garden setting in Carcans

(If you would like detailed directions and GPS co-ordinates then please click here to send an email )

A very special celebration in three parts

Featuring the award winning Choir of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN)
The Choir of the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) is under the leadership of Director Mark Goggins, Students from UCLAN won the adult category in the ‘2010 BBC Choir of the Year’

……. no charge but donations welcome for purchases of wine/soft drinks (to be divided between Church funds and Choir expenses)

…….feel free to participate in some or all of this relaxed family day.

Enjoy some of the UCLAN Choir performances on YouTube: Swing – ‘The Continental’ and Mellow – ‘The Good Side of Me’ and Classical – ‘Dies Irae’ from Mozart’s Requiem,

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Last Month – Message from Charlotte

  
Well ! What a month of April ! I can’t quite believe that it has been four weeks since Easter, does time move more quickly once you are older ?

Easter Sunday; was such an amazing highlight for me, beginning with a gathering at sunrise in a deserted city centre, meeting with Sisters and Brothers in Christ to welcome the Risen Christ. The service began on the steps of the Protestant temple and ended in the very heart of the cathedral itself. Marvellous !

Then a band of intrepid early risers from our Anglican congregation enjoyed a leisurely breakfast together before moving on to our own service in St Pierre. It was wonderful to welcome so many of our own congregation, visitors and passers by into the church and to celebrate together.

Following the Sunrise service, Ecumenical introductions have been made and relationships strengthened. I was very pleased to be invited to a breakfast meeting last week with the local Protestant Pasteurs, to discuss local challenges and how we can work together to spread the Gospel in Bordeaux, watch this space for more news soon!

On the 24th April we received with such sad hearts, the news that our Sister Rhian Foreau had died. Rhian was well known throughout the Chaplaincy and will be sadly missed by us all. As well as playing a major role in the life of our congregation, Rhian was also a much loved teacher at the La Chapelle de L’Assomption in Bordeaux. It was with deep gratitude that the Director of the school and the Sisters of the religious community, agreed that the only fitting place for Rhian’s funeral was in the Chapelle surrounded by everyone who loved her and whose life had been touched by her. I am deeply grateful to all those who helped to make this service a wonderful celebration of Rhian’s life, but especially to Rev’d Bramwell Bearcroft who led the service with me, to Christine Rychewski for translating and to Richard Hunt and the choir for the beautiful music. Our prayers continue for Xavier, Chloe, Ioan and Rhian’s mother, Marian.

As I write, I have just returned from Achrdeaconry Synod in Lyon. Six of us from the Chaplaincy attended the three day meeting and I am sure there will be a full report from our Chaplaincy Synod reps to follow. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with colleagues from around France to share concerns, joys and to encourage each other. A particular joy was to meet up again with Rev’d Mark Osbourne. Mark recently moved from St John’s Fulham to St George’s Paris.

In February 2018 I was on a two week placement at St John’s where I learnt a great deal from Mark. At the synod he presented me with an ordination gift from the Congregation at St John’s, a beautiful chasuble. It is stunning and I can’t wait for the first possible opportunity to wear it, roll on Trinity!

On the way to Lyon, I took the opportunity to visit the Chaplain to help him and Ingrid celebrate his (significant ! ) birthday, and to pass on a small gift from the Bordeaux community. What else but a box of Bordeaux! You can see by the photos that the Chaplain was very pleased with his gift. We wish him well and many more birthdays to come.


SERVICE IN MEMORY OF RHIAN FOREAU

Rhian was very involved in our church life for many years through her work in areas such as our Church Committee, Sunday School, charity work and much more.

A Service in loving memory of Rhian was held on Thursday, 2nd May at the Chapelle L’Assomption in Bordeaux where Rhian was a primary school English teacher.

Please remember Xavier, Chloe and Ioan, in your prayers.


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]


Junior Jonah went for a general walkabout during our Service

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

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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

 


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