Charity Giving

Chap-Aid Giving from the Bordeaux Church in 2018 and a New Year’s Resolution

As the Old Year comes to an end and we look forward to a brighter 2019, a resounding applause for organisers of fundraising events in Bordeaux in 2018 and especially to those who have been generous both financially and in practical ways!

More than 2,000€ were collected for a variety of good causes: Shelterbox which reacts quickly in emergencies and natural disasters, the Bishop’s Appeals for various groups near or far, our own local charities (the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand, Emmaüs, and soon La Maison de Marie), plus Chap-Aid general funds. Hats off especially to our dear children and their parents who raised over 900€ with their Kids’ Sponsored Walk. What an example!

Thanks too for the blessing of the Christmas Bazaar with 10% of the income going to our local charities. Plus practical items brought to church and hands-on work at the Foyer. And lest we forget … every penny does count! The Coin Jar held more than 100€ in loose change.

We are all called to shine with the light of Christ. Why not make it a New Year’s resolution to offer your time to help others and brighten the world.

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:


Kids Sponsored Walk - Sunday 7th October - Parc Bordelais

Paroisse Anglicane de Bordeaux
Association Cultuelle N° 2/23047 (Gironde)


Association Caritative de la “Chaplaincy of Aquitaine”
Loi 1901 N° W332000686 (Gironde)


Sunday, 7th October 2018 at the Parc Bordelais

In aid of the charities the Bordeaux Anglican Church supports. The Bordeaux Church Sunday School and Youth Group will be walking in aid of the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand and Emmaüs, both associations which help the needy in the region. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Departure at 14:00 from the main entrance of the Parc Bordelais, Avenue Carnot & Rue du Bocage

Be a walker Please click here to display the poster


Be a SPONSOR!Please click here to print a Sponsorship Form

Every little encouragement and contribution, big or small,
will be a tremendous HELP for the NEEDY. Thank you.


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 had only very burnt offerings to bring into church this morning. It did add weight to the lesson of last week. That we are ONLY horrible, burnt, ugly and broken – clay pots* and that it is only the Holy Spirit which is like a candle in a clay pot that can shine out of us, but ….

However as lots were left behind in church this morning, I concluded that this week’s teacher, Dan, had come up with a far better idea. The reading was about Samuel listening and so the children had all made Listening Ears. They were all proudly and happily wearing bands around their heads, crown style, with enormous ears attached to either side. They were a rainbow of brightly coloured Dumbos, Mr Spocks, Big Friendly Giants and Mickey Mouses – Mickey Mice ?

How grateful I am to have a Sunday School full of children, but also a solid team of Sunday school workers. We are all parts of the same body …. and if I make a mess one week, I know that I can count on my team members to do better the next. How blessed we are !

‘Alfred (Clay Pot)’ Sharp


Bordeaux Anglican Church Sports Day - 17 June 2018

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 cups, dressing up in hats, gilets, gloves and shoes, skipping, hopping, jumping. The under 16 children were very sporting and took turns properly – the over 21 children were highly competitive and bent the rules repeatedly!!

The afternoon was one of constant noise, laughter, fun and energy. It is worth noting that the children whose angelic voices fill the Church at kids choir can also shout bellow and scream at their team-mates!!

Huge thanks go to Anne Sharp for her organisation of a very imaginative range of games.

Many thanks to Charlotte for throwing open her home, also to Holi, Johnson and Bebe for ably assisting Anne, and to Bode and her Mum – umpires extraordinaire. The blue team narrowly won on points but the others won on sportsmanship and energy!!

Heather Gardiner

Complicity !

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

Sports Day - Sunday 17th June at Floirac after the Service

Dear Everybody,

Sunday School and Youth Group children, brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, whatever, as well as Sunday School helpers, past, present and future and …….  well basically just anybody who wants to come along !

After the roaring success of our Christmas Party – and because Juanecia asked for it – we are going to hold a « Sunday School  – in its very largest sense » SPORTS DAY.

The Scheduled Bring and Share Lunch after the service next week, that is Sunday, 17th June, will be relocated to the Presbytery, where the children – of all ages – will be able to participate in the traditional Sports Day races (egg and spoon, obstacle, etc.)

We would love to see you there if possible.   Please invite anybody along  that you think might be interested.

It would be helpful to let us know if you intend coming.    We might frighten Charlotte away if we are over a hundred !

Please send us an email if you would like come and we will reply with directions. Please email here:

Hoping to see you there,

Anne (on behalf of the Sunday School)



Kids' Choir Concert - December 2017

I Lift My Hands (Andre Kempen)

Beautifully sung by Holi and Stephen, accompanied by Segar on the guitar

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Music and Choir

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2018 Holy Week Services in Bordeaux

Holy Week Services

( Sunday, March 25th at 10.30 – Palm Sunday Morning Worship Service led by Reader Janis Adams )

Thursday, March 29th at 19.30 – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion led by the Revd Tony Lomas

Sunday, April 1st at 10.30 – Easter Family Communion followed by an Easter Egg Hunt in the Gardens (weather permitting)

Sunday, April 1st at 15.00 – Madagascan Community Family Communion and Baptism – Revd. Charlotte Sullivan


Services following Holy Week

Sunday, April 8th 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd. Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, April 15th 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd. Charlotte Sullivan
followed by our monthly Congregation Fellowship Bring and Share Lunch

Sunday, April 22nd 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, April 29th 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan

Children are most welcome to join in our Sunday School during all the above Services

Please also note this important date: Saturday, April 14th Chaplaincy of Aquitaine Annual General Meeting and Chap-Aid Annual General Meeting in Doudrac


Exciting Sunday School and Youth Group yesterday

Exciting Sunday School and Youth Group yesterday

Yesterday 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.

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.

Sunday 19th November 2017

Sunday 19th November 2017 – Family Service with Reverend Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Thank you Charlotte for travelling so far to lead our Family Service today and inspiring us to recognise and contribute our talents.

Before going to Sunday School, the children beautifully and clearly illustrated the messages of Matthew 25 verses 14 – 30 using chocolate coins !

Thanks also to Lindsay for the thoughtful Prayers of Intercession.

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!



Sunday 7th August – Communion Service, Sunday School, Bring and Share Lunch

Welcome to Rev’d Andy Horlock who will be leading our Communion Service on Sunday.  Afterwards we will have our monthly Bring and Share lunch always held on the first Sunday of each month.

A reminder to parents that there will be Sunday School for the children.

Please click: here to read our August/September Newsletter

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  • September Services
  • Sunday School Dates
  • Licensing and Communion Service for Rev’d Tony Lomas, Chaplain of Aquitaine
  • Preparation for the Licensing Service – help needed!
  • Welcome to Rev’d Andy Horlock
  • A tribute to Paul Dixon our retiring Trasurer
  • Looking ahead
  • Picnic Play Reading Group.
  • Wine and Words Bordeaux
  • Adult Choir & Kids’ Choir
  • Bible Study Group
  • The Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand
  • Urgent request to help a refugee family
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