Dear Friends,

All worship in the Chaplaincy is cancelled with immediate effect until further notice.  Charlotte and I have set up a “virtual worship” so that we are still able, in some way at least, to pray together at regular intervals. Full details are here

Each Sunday the Service and Sermon are available in video format here

I would also ask you all to be very conscious of your friends and neighbours so that we can keep in touch and be aware if anyone is having difficulties or requires assistance with shopping etc.

The Chaplaincy AGM on April 4th is cancelled and the Chaplaincy Retreat at Belloc on 7th-10th May is postponed.

Unfortunately we have no option in these matters.

If you have any concerns about this please do feel free to contact me.

In Christ,


Rev’d Tony Lomas
Chaplain – Chaplaincy of Aquitaine
Area Dean – SW France with the Vendée
+33 (0)6 72 31 72 87

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Saying Yes to Life !

Is the title of the book we are studying for Lent. The book is written by Ruth Valerio and is recommended for Lent this year by the Archbishop of Canterbury.

“Saying Yes to Life lifts our focus from natural, everyday concerns to issues that are having an impact on millions of lives around the world. As people made in the image of God, we are entrusted to look after what he has created: to share in God’s joy and ingenuity in making a difference for good. Ruth Valerio imaginatively draws on the Days of Creation (Genesis 1) as she relates themes of light, water, land, the seasons, other creatures, humankind, Sabbath rest and resurrection hope to matters of environmental, ethical and social concern”

We will be meeting each Wednesday night from 19th February until the 1st of April (but not on the 26th February – Ash Wednesday) at the presbytery at 7pm, to discuss the book and the issues it raises. Please come and join us if you are able. If you wold like to follow the material, but are unable to make it to the the Presbytery in Floirac you can find lots of information on the book and the study here: ‘Saying Yes to Life’

I also have some “Live Lent” books, a small booklet with a daily bible reading, a short reflection and a suggested actions to help us all live in greater harmony with God, neighbour and nature. Please let me know if you would like one of these.

Going Paper Free

As we are studying environmental issues during lent, I would like us, as a church family, to consider the amount the paper waste that we generate.

During lent all of our liturgy, hymns and notices will be projected on to the screen. We will not have any pew sheets or service sheets. There will be a bible available or perhaps you would like to bring your own bible to read from if you are reading during the lent services.

It’s a small change, but I think it’s a significant one, and I look forward to receiving your comments about this initiative after lent is over.

Getting Together

Easter Day is on the 12 April, and the committee and I thought it would be wonderful if we could get together after the service for lunch and a time of fellowship.

Our Easter celebration will be at St Pierre at 10.30am and following that, everyone is invited back to the presbytery for a bring and share lunch and games for the children. Pamela has kindly offered to co ordinate the lunch and Nellie is going to be organising transport and car sharing for those who don’t drive. We will be giving you more information in the coming weeks.

Please put the date in your diary and perhaps consider inviting a friend to church and lunch on that day!

Ecumenical Update

We may well be joining our ecumenical brothers and sisters for a special event early on Easter Morning or during Holy Week. I will keep you updated on any news about this.

Tony and I had a lovely Lebanese lunch with our friends from the ecumenical television program which aired in early January on France 2. It was so nice to meet up again, to discuss the program and future projects. We would like to continue to build on the relationship that we have formed and work together again soon on a local projects. Pere Rami gave us a tour of the Maronite Church and produced the most wonderful lunch. Tony and I left feeling very uplifted and very full of Houmous !

Anglican Bordeaux – January Newsletter

Future Services

All services in February will take place at 15.30, with the exception of the Ash Wednesday Service on 26th February which starts at 18:30. All February Services are at the Chapel of Le Grand Bon Pasteur,

There is something for the children every week! (like playing Lec Deck!)

  • 15.30 Sunday 9th February All Age Worship Nellie Salvi
  • 15.30 Sunday 16th February Family Communion Revd Charlotte Sullivan with Sunday School & Youth Group
  • 15.30 Sunday 23rd February Morning Worship Christine Rychlewski
  • 18.30 Wednesday 26th February Ash Wednesday Service Revd Charlotte Sullivan

The Revd Charlotte Sullivan writes:

January feels like a month just filled to overflowing with the spirit of togetherness!

It was lovely to be back together again at the beginning of the year, as people started to drift back from their Christmas holidays. The community at Bordeaux were very pleased to welcome Fr Robin Nash, who came to lead our first service of the year on January 5th. Our regular bible study on a Wednesday night has started again after a Christmas break, and my thanks to Christine and Pamela for leading and hosting this in my absence!

Usual service will be resumed from this week (22nd Jan) with bible study and a bring and share at the Presbytery from 7pm. For the next couple of weeks we will be discussing the subject of Christian Unity and looking at the biblical passages from this year’s Ecumenical services.

The Bordeaux local committee also came together, and met on January the 9th, all refreshed and ready for the new year ! We had some really helpful and encouraging conversations about the life of our church and many plans for future services and social events in 2020.

But of course, the biggest opportunity to celebrate our togetherness came on Saturday 11th January. When ministers and congregations from local churches (Anglican, Catholic, Protestant, Orthodox and Maronite) came together in the centre of Bordeaux to celebrate Christian Unity.

You can see photos and an article of this uplifting celebration in page 5 of the Chaplaincy magazine here

A recording of the service is available online for the next 30 days if you follow this link: here   The Ecumenical Celebration begins at 01:32:10

The Week of Prayer continues for us in Bordeaux, Christine Rychlewski (our Ecumenical Officer) represented us on Sunday 19th at a service in St Augustin. Christine came to church in the afternoon with a lantern containing a candle. A candle which had been lit from other candles stretching all across the world from one originating in Jerusalem. A light as a sign of our unity and togetherness.

We hope to have some more reports in next month’s magazine from the week of Prayer for Christian Unity including one from the service at Chapelle Jasmin (19h Jan) in which we are also taking part.

Some other reports to look out for next month:

There will be the report of the Haggis Supper !! I could not wait for this !  I welcomed everyone to the Presbytery for a real fun filled, family evening. And there will of course, be all our other news, and information about a Chaplaincy wide Lent course for 2020.

Charlotte xx

Epiphany Sunday. 2020 started with wonderful weather. Even though it is the winter season, the kids were brave to have their session outdoors. They learnt about the Gospel of John 1:1-2, which was read beautifully by Tife.

After that, they each shared what they received as Christmas presents as well as a galette des rois.

Many thanks to visiting priest, Father Robin Nash, who led the service for the adults and preached on the “4th Wise Man” and “Giving Christ our Heart” in the New Year.

AAW on 12 January 2020. At the first AAW in 2020, it was a happy sight to see the cars to be parked all the way to the gate! One of our young people did the reading beautifully. Revd Charlotte shared the Good News that God’s Hand is always holding our hands. It was a good reminder, at the beginning of this New Year, of who will be leading us and guiding our every step.

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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