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

Ordination of the Reverend Charlotte Sullivan: Saturday, 17th March 2018 at 14:30


The Chaplaincy Wardens, Council, and members of the Anglican Community in Aquitaine, are pleased to invite you to:

The Service of Ordination to the Priesthood

of the Reverend Charlotte Sullivan

by the Right Reverend Dr Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe

Saturday, 17th March 2018 at 14:30 in the Chapelle de l’Assomption, 33200 BORDEAUX

Entrance for cars and pedestrians is on Boulevard du President Wilson via the double gates which are just after rue Sainte-Germaine and immediately before the bus stop.

Please join us to witness this important step in Charlotte’s ministry.  All of the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine Churches will be represented and the Bordeaux Anglican Choir and the Kids’ Choir will be participating.

All are invited to attend the ‘Tea and Cakes’ Reception which will immediately follow the Service.

Contributions of cakes for the Reception will be gratefully received.

Please R.S.V.P. before 7th March 2018

To R.S.V.P online: Please click here

Or if you prefer:

To R.S.V.P by email: Please email info@anglicanbordeaux.org and in your email, please include the name(s) and email address(es) of those attending the Service and similarly for those attending the Reception.


Kids’ Choir Concert

Our first Kids’ Choir Concert

The Kid’s choir has continued to run very well in Bordeaux. The children rehearse after each service except during school holidays.

For the first time, the Kid’s Choir performed a concert last December, with the children singing worship songs in English and French. Some solos were performed by the eldest while the younger ones learned to accompany them. The concert was presented by Lindsay, accompanied by Segar, Johnson, Stephen and conducted by Holi.

The songs of praise and ensuing applause raised the roof and the “bis” were numerous !

We are blessed to have this youth ministry in Bordeaux. A big thank-you to the leaders.

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Christmas Day at the Anglical Church in Bordeaux

11:00 – Christmas Day Family Communion Service
Monday 25th December
A map and directions are here
Plenty of private parking available

Service led by Revd David Marshall and Revd Angela Marshall. 

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.

Holy Communion with the Madagascan Community

Holy Communion with the Madagascan Communities of Bordeaux and Toulouse led by Revd Tony Lomas and Stephen Razafindratsima

On November 19th, the Madagascan Communities of Bordeaux and Toulouse were led by Revd Tony Lomas and Stephen Razafindratsima for a service of Holy Communion.

We welcomed Aaron, born two months ago and who came the first time in our Church. We also congratulated his parents who were happy to share their joy with us during the bring and share lunch. As usual, the children participated in the readings with adults.

Tony’s sermon was focused on taking risk for God : “when we get to heaven, if we have never allowed ourselves to take risks on God’s behalf, we will sense his huge disappointment that we have not lived the life he made us for.”

The Madagascan Carol service will be on December 10th, Some friends are expected to come for this annual wonderful and “unique” service with singing and reading.


December and Christmas at the Anglican Church in Bordeaux

 2nd December, Saturday

14:30 – Christmas Bazaar

The bazaar is always a very enjoyable social afternoon for all and a valuable fundraiser for the church.

The raffle is always popular so you are encouraged to bring a raffle prize with you.  Small or large! The ‘Silent Promise’ auction goes from strength to strength. Full details of other help and contributions that you can make are here.

But most of all come and enjoy yourselves in a festive Christmas atmosphere!  A map and directions are here

3rd December, Sunday

15:00 – Kids Choir Concert

The Children with some assistance from Stephen and Holi Razafindratsima

17:00 – Choral Evensong

Service led by Revd Tony Lomas. A map and directions are here

Please note that there is no morning Service on Sunday 3rd December

10th December, Sunday

14:30 – Madagascan Carol Service

Service led by the Revd Philip Harbridge assisted by Philip Razafindratsima

17:00 – Christmas Carol Service

The Bordeaux Church has quite the reputation and the Christmas Carol Service attracts people from far and wide, it is a multi-national affair.

Over 300 people, including children, attend the Service which will be led by the Revd Philip Harbridge. Carols and Anthems from the Choir and contributions from the Sunday School children and the ‘Kids Choir’.

There is plenty of private parking in the church grounds. A map and directions are here

Please note that there is no morning Service on Sunday 10th December

17th December, Sunday at 10:30 – Holy Communion

Service led by Revd Philip Harbridge

24th December, Sunday at 10:30 – Holy Communion

Service led by Revd David and Revd Angela Marshall

25th December, Monday

11:00 – Christmas Day Holy Communion

Service led by the Revd David and Revd Angela Marshall.  A map and directions are here

31st December, Sunday at 10:30 – Holy Communion

Service led by Revd Robin Nash

In English

En Français

Wanted for the 2017 Christmas Bazaar



Helpers needed from 10:00 onwards

The Bazaar starts at 2:30pm


Wanted – English books, CDs, Videos Please contact:

  • Please contact Paul Dixon – 05 56 35 35 90 Email: here


Wanted – sponge cakes, fruit cakes, gingerbread, shortbread, biscuits, fudge etc etc Please contact:

  • Heather Cleda – 06 98 39 80 69 Email: here


Wanted – Christmas Puddings, Mincemeat, Christmas Crackers and Cards etc.  Please contact:

  • Deirdre Rankin – 05 56 03 37 65 Email:  here

Wanted – Help to run the stall.  Please contact:

  • Deirdre Rankin – 05 56 03 37 65 Email: here


Wanted – Jam, marmalade, honey, chutney, pickles or preserves of any kind, fresh eggs, fruit and vegetables from the garden.  Please contact:

  • Anne Sharp – 05 57 88 46 24  Email: here


Wanted – Lots of gifts to be raffled! & helpers to sell raffle tickets.


Wanted – Offers of fun activities and help that people can bid for in the Silent Auction at the bazaar e.g. cycling trip, computer help, gardening, ironing, picnic, wine tasting, etc. Do you have an interesting hobby that others would enjoy? Let your imagination run wild!

Wanted – Help to run the stall with David Yo

  • Please contact: Lindsay Megraud – 05 56 96 44 17 Email: here


Wanted – Cookies, scones and biscuits.  Please contact:

  • Rhian Foreau – 05 56 36 99 63 Email: here


Wanted – Anything that might conceivably be bought as a Christmas present for all ages, e.g. adults, children, teenagers etc.

Wanted – Help to run the stall.

  • Please contact: Liz Guilding – 05 57 64 75 71 Email: here


Wanted – Bottles of wine, spirits etc  Please contact:

  • Pamela Prior – 05 56 59 67 34 Email: here

  • OR Paul Sharp – 05 57 88 46 24 Email: here

Revd Philip Harbridge

Welcome Revd Philip Harbridge and Honorine !

Revd Philip Harbridge and his wife Honorine will be joining us for two Sundays in December including our Carol Service on Sunday 10th December at 17:00.

Philip has been Senior School Chaplain at Millfield in Somerset since September 2007. Honorine also works in the school.

Before Millfield, Philip was Chaplain at Christ’s College, Cambridge and served his curacy at All Saints Church in Hampton. He went to Westcott Theological College, though only seeing the light after a career first as a commercial lawyer!

Philip met and married Honorine on her native island of Madagascar following eighteen months missionary work with USPG. Honorine speaks no fewer than four languages, including French, and gained a doctorate in Theatre Studies from Hull University in 2005.

Their children Sophie and Tiffany (aged 11 and 8 respectively) are in the junior (prep) department at Millfield.

Carol Service

To recognise the sporting heritage of Millfield School, the welcome and access to your seat at the Carol Service may be a little more athletic this year !!

Christmas Bazaar Silent Auction - Contributions needed !


The Silent Promise Auction is always very popular stall at the Bazaar and contributions have included everything from ironing to gardening, computer help, dinner, wine tour, gite weekend and even a flight in a plane over the Bassin d’Arcachon

Let your imagination run wild! Remember that if it is of interest/useful to you then it will interest others and will also raise some money!

Please email details of your offer to info@anglicanbordeaux.org


There is a paper ‘auction sheet’ on the table for each item. To bid, write the amount of euros you wish to bid. Each bid must be greater than the one before. Come back later and check if a higher bid has been entered and then you bid higher. All bids are anonymous so you do not know who you are bidding against !

Wine and Words Movie Night - Friday 10th November at 19:00

Wine and Words – Movie Night

A grieving man receives a mysterious, personal invitation to meet with God at a place called “The Shack.”

Prepare to have your ideas about God challenged – in a most loving way!

We’re meeting at Heather C’s house on Friday November 10th at 19.00

Please bring something to share (sweet or savoury) and/or something to drink.

Please contact Christine Rychlewski (alienor1153@yahoo.com – 06 81 85 72 97) to let us know you are coming and/or to arrange ride-sharing from the centre of Bordeaux.


Wine and Words Memories from 2015

Wine and Words group two years ago today !

Harvest Festival and Holy Communion – Sunday, 15th October 2017 at 10:30

Harvest Festival and Holy Communion – Sunday, 15th October 2017 at 10:30

Please join us at this traditional Anglican Service where we thank the Lord for the harvest and the many good things He has provided throughout the year.

This year, our Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service with Holy Communion will be lead by our Chaplain the Revd. Tony Lomas.

Your offerings will help in supporting the relief efforts on the island of St Martin in the Caribbean.  One of these efforts is aimed at providing nourishment for the many people who have lost everything that we take for granted.  A loss of proper shelter, food, power and running water due to the heavy and extensive damage caused by the recent hurricane.

If you are able, please bring offerings of non-perishable goods such as canned or dried food which will taken away after the Service and packed into a container for onward shipment to St Martin.

If you would like to help in the decoration of the church please come early, maybe before 10:00 and bring some fresh fruit and/or vegetables and/or foliage.

Dear Congregation and Visitors,


  • Morning Service on Sunday 3rd December 2017 is replaced by our Choral Evensong at 17:00
  • Morning Service on Sunday 10th December 2017 is replaced by our English Carol Service at 17:00

Thank you !


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!


Concert of English Sacred Music: Bordeaux Anglican Church Choir at the Eglise Notre-Dame de Royan, Saturday June 10th at 17.00

You are cordially invited on Saturday June 10th at 17.00 to a Concert of English Sacred Music, by the Bordeaux Anglican Church Choir, at the Eglise Notre-Dame de Royan.

Director of Music Richard Hunt and the Choir have prepared a nice mixture of classic and modern sacred music for the pleasure of all, and in a fabulous setting.

The Eglise Notre Dame de Royan, inaugurated in 1958, was built after the World War II bombardments of the city of Royan and is considered a ‘chef d’œuvre’ of modern architecture, inspired by the esthetics of huge gothic cathedrals.


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.


Wine & Words on Friday, June 9th

Dear Friends,

For Wine & Words on Friday, we shall be joining our Catholic and Protestant brothers and sisters at St Augustin church for a picnic supper and Taizé prayer service, followed by bring-and-share desserts and soft drinks.

Come at 19.00 and bring a simple picnic or arrive just in time for the prayer service at 20.30 with a dessert to share afterwards.

The organizers recommend coming by Tram A (St Augustin stop), as there is a neighbourhood festival going on and parking will be complicated.


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!)

Ecumenical Easter Sunday 16th April at 07:17