Celebrating our Diversity at Bordeaux 


Sunday 18th November

Celebrating our Diversity at Bordeaux 

A service of joy and light with a gospel theme!

An uplifting and joyous Service ! Thank you to Rev’d Charlotte, Heather, Barry, Nathan, Stephen, helpers and everybody involved for making it such a memorable celebration of our diversity. For photos of the occasion, please click here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/dbTdK28M6oPu2T3QA


 

Chaplaincy Retreat: Abaye de Belloc, 31st May - 3rd June 2018


CHAPLAINCY RETREAT

Abbaye de Belloc, Route Abbaye de Belloc, 64240 URT

From Thursday 31st May or from Friday 1st June until 3rd June

Theme: ‘Growing into Christ’s Body’ – Speaker: Meurig Williams, Archdeacon of France


Join us for a time of retreat, fellowship, and contemplation, 2 choices of dates are possible.  Join us on either Thursday 31st May or on Friday 1st June until Sunday June 3rd, 2018.

“… speaking the truth in love, we will grow to become in every respect the mature body of him who is the head, that is, Christ.” (Ephesians 4:15)

The Church is often described as Christ’s body on earth. This is an image that is both exciting and challenging but what does it really mean for us, today, in Aquitaine?

As we seek for guidance on how to encourage growth within our church communities, it is useful to explore how we can best represent Christ to those around us, both inside and outside the church. In the tranquility of Belloc Abbey, in worship, prayer and teaching we will endeavour to understand better what it means to be the body of which Jesus is the head.


Please click here to download the Booking Form


“… vivant selon la vérité et dans la charité, nous grandirons de toutes manières vers Celui qui est la Tête, le Christ” (Ephésiens 4:15)

L’Eglise est souvent décrite comme le corps du Christ sur terre. C’est un image qui est à la fois passionnant et exigeant mais qu’est–ce que cela signifie pour nous, aujourd’hui, en Aquitaine?

Lorsque nous cherchons une orientation pour encourager la croissance au sein de nos églises, il est utile d’explorer comment nous pourrons représenter le Christ le mieux pour ceux qui nous entourent, aussi bien dans l’église qu’à l’extérieur. En terre de paix à l’Abbaye de Belloc, à travers l’adoration, la prière, et l’enseignement, nous nous efforcerons de mieux comprendre le sens d’être le corps duquel le Christ est la Tête.



 

Ordination of Charlotte Sullivan on Saturday 17th March 2018 (including photo album link)


Saturday – Ordination Service

We had a glorious Ordination Service last Saturday in Bordeaux when Charlotte Sullivan was ordained by the Rt. Revd. Robert Innes. Charlotte will now be resident in Bordeaux as part of the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine Ministry Team.

Below is an excerpt from Bishop Robert’s blog:

An ordination is always a special event. For the weekend of 17th/18th March, Helen and I took the train to Bordeaux for the ordination of Charlotte Sullivan on the Saturday and a confirmation service in Bertric-Burée on the Sunday. We travelled on one of the new Euroduplex ‘InOui’ branded trains that cover the 528km between Paris and Bordeaux in just two hours, and the train arrived on time, to the minute.

A further half hour train ride to Libourne, then an hour in the car took us to the peaceful Abbaye de l’Echourgnac convent where Charlotte had been on her pre-ordination retreat in the company of our Advisor on Women’s Ministry, Carolyn Cook

After an overnight stay with Chaplain Tony and Ingrid Lomas, we drove on the Saturday morning for nearly two hours through the beautiful wine-making area of St. Emilion to the worship centre in Bordeaux. Aquitaine includes 14 Anglican worship centres. Charlotte is to be based in Bordeaux itself, which is a major city and rather different in character from the smaller towns and villages in which the other worship centres are located.

The ordination service opened with a confident rendition of ‘My Jesus, My Saviour’ by the children’s choir. The music for the rest of the service was supported by a very good adult choir. Amongst other items, they sang John Ireland’s ‘Greater Love’, an anthem which sets out the message of the gospel as clearly and powerfully as any other English-language music I know, and finished with a spirited rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Charlotte’s ordination as a priest is a cause of huge thanksgiving for the Aquitaine chaplaincy, where she is much loved and respected. She was supported by family and friends and many chaplaincy members in a full church.

Later in the service we commissioned Tony Lomas as Area Dean. He will look after the clergy and congregations of South Western France. Distances are big in this part of the diocese, and I hope Tony will be able to support and encourage fellow clergy working in isolated circumstances.

Supplementary Postscript from Bishop Robert

Aficionados of Anglican Canon Law will be aware that Ordinations may only be conducted on certain major feast days. It may be wondered whether March 17th, the Feast of St. Patrick, has sufficient weight to count as a proper major feast. In the event, St. Patrick’s Day coincided with the last game in the Rugby Six Nations, in which Ireland decisively beat England to take the Grand Slam. Bordeaux being a keen rugby city, the anxious would have been left in no doubt that St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Bordeaux was a major feast !


Sunday – Holy Communion Service

The Revd Richard Bromley, Mission Director of ICS, led our Sunday Worship Service and concluded his sermon with some exciting words:

Allow me to say three things to you in conclusion.

I believe this is your time, Now the hour has come… 

This Bordeaux church is at pivotal moment. With Charlotte, this is not about business as usual with a new priest. This is about so much more as we adventure forward.

Secondly, I pray this church continues to develop as a community of welcome. To be a community where the invitation is open. Making space for people to belong. Christ will draw all people… 

Finally I want to say.  It is time to dare greatly.

Daring greatly:  About vulnerability.  About risk.  About stepping out when everything in you screams no.  Refusing to play safe because it is the safe thing to do. About remembering what it is that Christ has called you to.

As Jesus put it… About dying to self.  About wheat falling in the ground, but life comes.

I finish with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt,  26th President of USA.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how others stumble,  or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,  and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”


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


Ordination of Charlotte Sullivan on Saturday 17th March 2018


Saturday – Ordination Service

We had a glorious Ordination Service last Saturday in Bordeaux when Charlotte Sullivan was ordained by the Rt. Revd. Robert Innes. Charlotte will now be resident in Bordeaux as part of the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine Ministry Team.

Below is an excerpt from Bishop Robert’s blog:

An ordination is always a special event. For the weekend of 17th/18th March, Helen and I took the train to Bordeaux for the ordination of Charlotte Sullivan on the Saturday and a confirmation service in Bertric-Burée on the Sunday. We travelled on one of the new Euroduplex ‘InOui’ branded trains that cover the 528km between Paris and Bordeaux in just two hours, and the train arrived on time, to the minute.

A further half hour train ride to Libourne, then an hour in the car took us to the peaceful Abbaye de l’Echourgnac convent where Charlotte had been on her pre-ordination retreat in the company of our Advisor on Women’s Ministry, Carolyn Cook

After an overnight stay with Chaplain Tony and Ingrid Lomas, we drove on the Saturday morning for nearly two hours through the beautiful wine-making area of St. Emilion to the worship centre in Bordeaux. Aquitaine includes 14 Anglican worship centres. Charlotte is to be based in Bordeaux itself, which is a major city and rather different in character from the smaller towns and villages in which the other worship centres are located.

The ordination service opened with a confident rendition of ‘My Jesus, My Saviour’ by the children’s choir. The music for the rest of the service was supported by a very good adult choir. Amongst other items, they sang John Ireland’s ‘Greater Love’, an anthem which sets out the message of the gospel as clearly and powerfully as any other English-language music I know, and finished with a spirited rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Charlotte’s ordination as a priest is a cause of huge thanksgiving for the Aquitaine chaplaincy, where she is much loved and respected. She was supported by family and friends and many chaplaincy members in a full church.

Later in the service we commissioned Tony Lomas as Area Dean. He will look after the clergy and congregations of South Western France. Distances are big in this part of the diocese, and I hope Tony will be able to support and encourage fellow clergy working in isolated circumstances.

Supplementary Postscript from Bishop Robert

Aficionados of Anglican Canon Law will be aware that Ordinations may only be conducted on certain major feast days. It may be wondered whether March 17th, the Feast of St. Patrick, has sufficient weight to count as a proper major feast. In the event, St. Patrick’s Day coincided with the last game in the Rugby Six Nations, in which Ireland decisively beat England to take the Grand Slam. Bordeaux being a keen rugby city, the anxious would have been left in no doubt that St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Bordeaux was a major feast !


Sunday – Holy Communion Service

The Revd Richard Bromley, Mission Director of ICS, led our Sunday Worship Service and concluded his sermon with some exciting words:

Allow me to say three things to you in conclusion.

I believe this is your time, Now the hour has come… 

This Bordeaux church is at pivotal moment. With Charlotte, this is not about business as usual with a new priest. This is about so much more as we adventure forward.

Secondly, I pray this church continues to develop as a community of welcome. To be a community where the invitation is open. Making space for people to belong. Christ will draw all people… 

Finally I want to say.  It is time to dare greatly.

Daring greatly:  About vulnerability.  About risk.  About stepping out when everything in you screams no.  Refusing to play safe because it is the safe thing to do. About remembering what it is that Christ has called you to.

As Jesus put it… About dying to self.  About wheat falling in the ground, but life comes.

I finish with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt,  26th President of USA.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how others stumble,  or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,  and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”


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


Evening Prayers set to Music: Evensong - Sunday, December 3rd at 17.00


Following the tradition of English cathedrals, the Bordeaux Anglican Church Choir will be singing the Evening Prayers of the Church as set to music by the great English and Anglican composers.

The psalms are sung to Anglican chant, and the two evening canticles – Magnificat and Nunc Dimittis – are sung to settings from as early as the 16th century to the present.

In addition, a major anthem is sung highlighting the theme of the day or the season.

The congregation joins in on the Lord’s Prayer, the Apostles Creed and the hymns.

In hearing the texts sung to more extended choral settings one is able to meditate on them and perhaps perceive new insight into them as each composer interprets these texts through music. The worshipper is engaged more through hearing than active participation, yet nevertheless can find that in listening his heart can be moved to add a silent “amen” to the prayers and praises sung by the choir.

What better way to start off the Advent Season! Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday, December 3rd at 17.00.


Sunday School and Youth Group


Sunday School and Youth Group

At the end of the summer holidays, we must wish a big welcome to our new families in the Sunday School! It was a blessing to see all of those faces last Sunday, both newcomers and ‘old’ stalwarts.

There were more than twenty children representing Ghana, Australia, Poland, Nigeria, the US, Singapore, Madagascar, France and England. How diverse can we get? And that’s not cheating and counting our new medical student from Albania!

What a wonderful way to start the new school year!

Let’s hope and pray that we all continue to mature in the understanding of Jesus and His love for us in the up and coming future!


 

Sponsored Walk - May 2017


Congratulations to our walkers and their sponsors !

Nearly 2000€ raised for Chap-Aid which will be distributed to help Foyer Fraternel and Emmaüs to continue their splendid work with the under privileged.

 


2017 Holy Week at the Anglican Church in Bordeaux


Thursday 13th April – Maundy Thursday

19:30 at our Presbytery house in Floirac – Agape Service & Meditation with (optional) foot washing – Revd Peter Jordan

If you would like the address details then please request by email to reverend@anglicanbordeaux.org


Friday 14th April – Good Friday

19:30 at La Chapelle de l’Assomption – Readings & Meditation at the Cross – Revd Peter Jordan

Please click here for directions


Sunday 16th April – Easter Sunday

7:17 in the morning outside Cathedral St Andre – Ecumenical Service with Anglican, Catholic, Protestant and Orthodox Churches

10:30 in the morning at La Chapelle de l’Assomption – Easter Holy Communion led by Revd Peter Jordan with the participation of the Choir

Please click here for directions

Followed by our usual Easter Egg Hunt in the Assomption Gardens (children only!)


Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in and around Bordeaux


Friday 20 January – Bordeaux

Eglise St Pierre, Place Saint-Pierre, Bordeaux (nearest tram stop: Place de la Bourse on line C) at 20.00: Service “En route pour l’unité” (On the way to unity)

Saturday 21 January – Belloc

Abbaye de Belloc at 14.30 Dr. Jean-Claude ANTAKLI, from Aleppo, Syria, will talk about the situation of Christians in that country.

Sunday 22 January – Gradignan

At 10.30 a SPECIAL SERVICE at Eglise St Pierre, 112 Cours du Général de Gaulle, 33170 Gradignan (please arrive early): We are all invited to join the Comunauté Paroissiale de Gradignan for an ecumenical service, including hymns in English and songs by the Kid’s Choir.

Please contact Stephen Razafindratsima if you intend to come so he can give numbers to Père Kinta

Sunday 22 January – L’Assomption Bordeaux

At 10.30, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service at the Chapelle de l’Assomption, based on material prepared by Christians in Germany to celebrate the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s “95 theses”, which launched the Reformation movement.

For an activity during the seervice, we need 12 (empty) cardboard wine boxes – the kind that pack 6 bottles in 2 layers, laying flat – so if you can bring any, they will be most welcome.

Wednesday 25 January – Martillac

At 20.30, the Groupe Œcuménique Bordeaux-Sud is organising a service at Domaine de la Solitude, 29 route de la Solitude à Martillac.



 

Sunday 4th August - Family Communion Service, Sunday School and Bring and Share Lunch (together with the Madagascan Community)


anthony-lomasSunday 4th August – Family Communion Service, Sunday School and Bring and Share Lunch (together with the Madagascan Community)

A big welcome to our new Chaplain of Aquitaine, the Reverend Anthony Lomas, who is visiting us in Bordeaux on Sunday to lead our Service.

We are also delighted to be hosting the Licensing Service for our new Chaplain on Saturday 10th September with Bishop Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, officiating.

( Follow Anthony on twitter by clicking here: @adlomas )


Pray for Nice


20160715103124We are all aware and shocked at the terrible news from Nice.

If you have relatives, friends, family members or people that you know who have been affected in any way by this tragedy then please let Peter (Revd Peter Jordan) and Barbara know the details so that they may be included in prayers at our Service on Sunday.

Also, if you know the names of any who have been killed or injured then please give us their names as well so that they may too be remembered in our prayers on Sunday.

Please send the names by phone or email to Peter and Barbara at the Presbytery and please do not forget to include your name in the message:


Chaplaincy Praise Day, Sunday 29th May at the beautiful abbey of St Avit Senieur


We are all invited to the Chaplaincy Praise Day on Sunday 29th May at the beautiful abbey of St Avit Senieur (Dordogne).

Program

3:00pm – Chaplaincy Eucharist

4:00pm – Picnic (and rehearsal for United Chaplaincy Choir)

5:15pm – Festival of Praise (featuring the award-winning UCLAN Choir, the United Chaplaincy Choir and Congregational singing)

Singing

There is participation from our Bordeaux Church Choir led by Richard Hunt and also from our Kids Choir led by Stephen and Holi Razafindratsima.  They will all sing as part of the United Chaplaincy Choir

Many will remember the University of Central Lancashire (UCLAN) Choir who sang to great effect with us previously at L’Assomption and also at one of our open-air Eucharists in the Medoc.  Please click here for a nice informal video of the UCLAN Choir.

Transport  

We are planning to book a coach leaving L’Assomption after the optional short Morning Prayer Service.  If you would like to travel on the coach, please click here to send us a short email message  eg Yes, two of us would like to travel by coach (or similar)

If you are planning to attend but travelling independently/car sharing then click here to send an email message to that effect which would be most helpful to us in our planning.

Uplifting !

This will be a most uplifting day! We will be joining people from across the Chaplaincy.  Why not bring a friend…perhaps someone who hasn’t been to church for a while? 

Enjoy the Service, enjoy the singing, enjoy your picnic and enjoy the ambiance in this glorious setting of the abbey and its grounds.

To set the scene, here are photos from a previous Pentecost Service led by Bramwell at St Avit Senieur.

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Christian Unity at L'Assomption - Sunday, 10th January at 10:30


IMG_9168On the occasion of the week of prayer for Christian unity, the Sunday School from the Catholic Church of Gradignan will  join us at our church next Sunday (10th January) with children of 9-12 years old (French Ecole primaire CE2-CM2) accompanied by supervisors and parents.

It is expected that the children will be gathered at the end of the service for questions about us, what is a Reverend etc.

It will be a joyous Service in the spirit of Christian Unity.