Welcome to the Bordeaux Anglican Church in the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine

Due to the Covid-19 restrictions we were unable to have our services in the Chapel of Le Grand Bon Pasteur due to the presence of a nearby retirement home on the same site.

However, we are delighted to have been invited by our Protestant friends to hold our Services at the Protestant Church in Talence.

Our first service will be at 15:30 on Sunday, 25th October.

Please wear your mask and respect social distancing rules.

Full details of our new location in Talence and how to get there by public transport are here

PS A reminder that the clocks go back one hour this weekend at 02:00 on Sunday 25th October


A recorded Sunday Service and Sermon from the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine is available every Sunday online here

Online Morning and Evening Prayers and fellowship activities are also available live so that you can participate. If you would like the live link to gain access, then please email your request to Revd Tony Lomas here

September 2020

Forthcoming Services

We cannot yet return to our home at the Chapelle of the Grand Bon Pasteur due to the increase in Covid-19 infections placing the residents of the associated Maison de Retraite at greater risk.

We will continue in September with Sunday Zoom prayer worship services plus three open air services which will be a Morning Worship and two Communion Services to take place in the garden at Floirac.

The Covid-19 related restrictions in France are changing regularly so to keep up to date with our Service schedule please regularly visit the Bordeaux service schedule here: www.anglicanbordeaux.org

Diary Date

Church Bazaar: 28th November at 14:00. All contributions welcome!

Praise at the Presbytery during Pandemic Times

As the hymn goes … « Trust and obey – for there’s no other way – to be happy in Jesus – than to trust and obey » Throughout the Chaplaincy everyone is coping admirably with the Covid-19 situation.

In Bordeaux, we are still unable to have our Services at the Chapel of the Bon Grand Pasteur due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation.

Fine weather on Sundays has been a blessing and the Bordeaux parishioners have been fortunate to gather regularly outside in the garden at the Presbytery to praise the Lord.

Many thanks to Tony and also to our lay worship leaders for providing such meaningful services, as well as those working behind the scenes to make it all possible.

Please pray for a more permanent solution as we head into autumn.

Praying for Houry and Hovig surviving in Beirut

Many will remember Houry & Hovig who worshipped with us before returning to their home in Beirut. Following the recent catastrophic events, Pamela reached out to see how they are faring and received the following messages:

Thanks a lot for checking up and your prayers, which are really appreciated at this catastrophic phase.

Thank God we have survived this shocking disaster by miracle, as we live very close to the explosion site and our house is badly damaged. Actually, we hadn’t seen such a thing in our life before. It was like a nuclear explosion. We happened to be at home at the time, and the whole building rocked like an earthquake and we could hear terrible screams all over, followed by utter destruction. Things, like windows, shutters, glasses, TV, even doors were blown out from the intensity and falling in all directions.

Praise God again and again that our family are safe and the damages are structural, but the fear and the shock experienced is indescribable and unforgettable. No words can express the feelings we have experienced… It’s devastating, we still can’t believe what happened, the whole city is destroyed, and the process of repair may take some time. Hope this episode will be the last in this already sick country.

Hope you are OK and taking the necessary precautions against Corona.

Greetings to all the members of the Anglican Church in Bordeaux that we really miss… Please keep on praying for us and our country, especially in this unbearable situation.

Warm Blessings & Greetings, Houry & Hovig

Also a second message:

Thank you for your warm thoughts, solidarity and prayers, which mean so much for us. We are still trying to absorb the catastrophic disaster as if it was yesterday. We realize we survived by God’s grace only. We are alive by miracle and we thank God every moment for that. We are still in shock though and under the trauma, and need your continuous prayers to
recover our feelings following this terrible incident.

Hopefully, soon we will try to start repairing the material damage of our house, store, and car, which might take some time.

Thanks again Pamela for your concern. Please keep us in your thoughts and prayers, which sooth us at these difficult times.

Your lovely email made us recall the good times we had in Bordeaux. Of course we can never forget your kind gestures and warm welcome to accept us in your church family during our stay there. We wish that we can have the chance to meet again someday!

Best Greetings, Houry & Hovig

In the aftermath of the explosion, the homes of more than a quarter of a million people are now ruined and unfit to live in.

Our Chaplain, Reverend Tony Lomas, has made an appeal for donations to provide emergency funds for the crisis in Beirut. Donations may be made using the secure platform here: https://www.helloasso.com/associations/chap-aid/formulaires/1/en The money will then be distributed by the Chaplaincy charitable arm ‘Chap-Aid’.

Whatsupp? ‘Bordeaux Church Family’ on Whatsapp (of course!)

A message from Alyssa now safely home in Guadaloupe:

Thank you for all your messages. I am really moved! I arrived home and I am with my family now. Thank you again for welcoming me into the Bordeaux church family. I will be back soon in one year and look forward to seeing all of you again!

Following a Chaplaincy Virtual Sunday Service:

I was deeply touched by Andela’s message of hope, but also the call that we all have a part to play. May we as a church family run the race together and help each other over the rough passages and in the joyous moments. How privileged we are to be children of such a loving, good and great God !

Requests for assistance and offers of help are also there together with happy birthday messages!

It is a comforting family to be a part of in these difficult times. If you are a part of the Bordeaux congregation and would like to join the Bordeaux Church Family group on Whatsapp then please just ask by sending an email stating your mobile phone number to iancouper1@gmail.com

Every penny and your support COUNT!

Did you notice how France stopped dead in its tracks for almost 3 months and yet our weekly worship quadrupled in its various forms on-line?

The virtual services, including Morning and Evening Prayer, continue at the same pace to increase our regular sharing of the Word and prayer and also to protect the fragile who must remain at home.

Please think and pray seriously about your regular financial giving, great or small. Unable to donate into the collection basket during the Service because you are off to a family outing on Sunday? Or spending 3 weeks on holiday somewhere? Or unable to leave home for various reasons?

Setting up a monthly direct debit is easy as pie and will ensure that ongoing costs are met. Treasurer Barry Gardiner will provide you with the pertinent information. Your financial support will then be regular and with a tax benefit to boot. To contact Barry for details, please email: barrygardiner54@gmail.com

Continued good news for Reza

You will have previously read about our Iranian brother, Reza, a refugee in the process of requesting residency in France.

August brought the very good news that he passed a difficult French equivalency test.

He will also be pursuing a career in his passion of football beginning in September.

Two huge blessings for him, thanks to God’s grace and a lot of hard work!

Bravo, Reza. We continue to pray for his family, forcibly separated in these difficult times.

Our first Holy Communion Service

It has been a long time since our last service in March before the lock down.  We hope that you have all stayed safe and received support from others when needed and been a support to others. The Christian community showing the love of Christ in action cannot be shut down.

We had our first Communion Service last Sunday the 12th July which took place in the garden of the presbytery house in Floirac.  Tony led the Service with an excellent sermon. Nellie guided us through through the prayers of intercession. Understandably the wine could not be shared but everyone received the bread.

Everyone was overjoyed to be together again and sharing the peace was certainly vibrant! Please click here for more pictures.

Readers in Training

Heather Gardner
Nellie Salvie

Heather Gardner and Nellie Salvie are training to become Readers and they have both participated in supporting and leading our Bordeaux worship services before the lockdown.

In July during the lockdown, Nellie recorded her first YouTube service for Bordeaux and the Chaplaincy. Nellie was ably supported by Tony with his technical and video skills as well as guiding Nellie in putting together the content of the service.

The result was spiritually uplifting and a credit to Nellie for her calmness during her first time in front of the camera.

Well done and thank you Nellie!

Green Fingers

We do not often talk about gardening in our news and maybe we never have! A big thank you to Christine, Ian, Jerome, Lindsay, Nellie, Pamela and Richard for their hard work in the garden at the presbytery house in Floirac in preparation for our first open air service.

Many hands make light work but work is never ‘light’ in the Bordeaux sun. The vines may blossom and the grapes ripen but our gardeners always push on regardless! Thank you to all involved.

To keep the ball rolling we are looking for more volunteers to join the team. Each person would adopt a small part of the garden to suit their ‘green fingers’ and enjoyment. If you enjoy some aspects of gardening then please volunteer.

There is something for everyone. It is very sociable even in these socially distanced times and keeps the presbytery house and garden in good shape for our services and to welcome our next resident priest.

Call for donations to our local charities

The COVID-19 pandemic has turned the world upside-down. One of the results has been a huge increase in the needy and yes, right in our own neighbourhood.

The Bordeaux Church has been supporting two local charities, both based in the city. So here’s how you can help, either by sharing your time or by sharing your wealth.

For more information, contact Lindsay at lmegraud@gmail.com (tel. 05 56 96 44 17). Also the Maison de Marie website: www.lamaisondemarie.net

We accept anything that you can give us: food, clothing, furniture, bicycles, school supplies, cleaning products, surplus, sewing material, candle wax, your time to help us, and any ingenious ideas!

In a rich country like ours, we think that it’s possible to run a house for the needy with the surplus of our own homes. The easiest way to proceed is to send us an SMS at 06 37 47 48 60 including photos of what you would like to propose. Donations of money are possible too, with a tax write-off.

Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand

Help us to welcome and help people in great difficulty who have been coming to receive food parcels in greater numbers since mid-March. Numbers have risen from 60 to over 120 families who are in need each week of either a food parcel or a hygiene kit.

A system has been put on line for monetary donations to pay for the food parcels – please take a look and be generous if you are able! Please click here: www.helloasso.com/associations/foyer%20fraternel%20centre%20social/collectes/a

Donations to the Chaplaincy’s charity association, CHAP-AID

As fundraising is difficult at the moment, the Chap-Aid Treasurer will be happy to receive cheque donations or even better, a direct monthly transfer.

As is the case with regular giving to the Chaplaincy (so easy, even during times of pandemic!), you may consider giving a sum, even small, to Chap-Aid (for example, 5€ each month would equal 60€ giving for the year).

Please contact Lindsay for more information ( lmegraud@gmail.com tel. 05 56 96 44 17 )

Older News

Palm Sunday Service online

During one of the online Sunday worship services, our children managed to “recycle” the palm cross.

We enjoyed God’s word together although not with our brethren, but in the comfort of our own dwelling during this COVID-19 lockdown.

We believe many prayers are being cried out to God daily for His deliverance.

Nevertheless, we hope this photo can be uplifting to some. More importantly we have real hope in Christ. 

“Celebrating together the Resurrection!” Easter sunrise during confinement in the Bordeaux area

Take a look on facebook here

Remembering our charities during lock down

Praise the Lord for the large family at La Maison de Marie in centre city Bordeaux and their carers under the current and difficult circumstances.

Social distancing has been complicated – instead of eating at one big table, arrangements have been made to have tables for 2 or 3. Those suffering from previous addictions find it difficult not to be outside (other than the garden) to get sufficient exercise. And yet, their monthly letter was full of Hope and Thanks to the Risen Lord. Let our brothers and sisters be an example to us all.

Please keep them in your prayers. Messages of encouragement are very welcome and may be sent to Béatrice here (just mention that you are from the Eglise Anglicane).

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