Calendar and Locations of Services and Fellowship Activities

The location of our Services varies. To display the address of a Service or Fellowship Activity, please ‘click’ on the event title in the calendar below. Our monthly calendar is here


All our current and past news items are available here: News

Or read our news by individual category below:

All Age Worship   Arcachon   Baptism   Bazaar   Celebration   Charity   Choir   Christian Unity   Christmas   Confirmation   Easter   Ecumenical   Evensong   Fellowship   Harvest   Lent   Newsletters   Pentecost   Picnic Play Readers   Prayers   Sermons   Sunday School   Welcome   Wine and Words   Youth Group


NEWSLETTER – AUGUST 2019

Phew, it has been hot hot hot in Bordeaux !

Still, we were all very pleased to see the sunshine on Saturday 22nd June, our Sports Day! This is the second sports day to be held at the Presbytery and something which I can see becoming an annual event !

Since moving from the Chapelle de l’Assomption at the beginning of the year we have really missed opportunities to just be together as a church family and enjoy each other’s company. Something we did previously at the monthly bring and shares and the picnic and play readings. Events like the sports day give us time to pause, to share and to laugh in a relaxed atmosphere outside of normal Sunday worship.

We had the most amazing bring and share lunch and then games organised by Anne, Johnson and Bebe (Thank You !) Games which included everyone young and not so young, no one escaped !

(Unfortunately, There was no contest for eating the most Hot Dogs but Jaffa and I made up our own, and I won ! )

Goodbyes

There have been some departures of some much loved and valued members of our congregation this month.

Dan, Dora, Esther and Teddy Hall, Ryan, Virginia, Henry, John and Meghan Carlson, who have returned to the States. Julien and Aaron have both moved on to take up new posts, and Jane and Chris Bingham have returned to the UK.

We are all so sorry to say goodbye, but offer them our heartfelt thanks for being part of our church family and to assure them of our prayers in their new endeavours.

Weddings

Wedding season is now upon us in the Chaplaincy and it’s such a joy, we really do get to go to some of the most beautiful places and meet the most lovely people.

I had the opportunity to visit two beautiful churches this month, the first at L’Herbe Légé Cap Ferret. What a beautiful place that is, it’s a trial to get too in heavy summer traffic but well worth the journey. The wedding was held in the Chapelle de la villa Algérienne, right beside the sea and well worth a visit if you have never been.

The other wedding took place in a church I have often driven by and gazed up at in wonder, it perches so high above the valley on a cliff top. You can’t believe my excitement when I realised from the wedding form that I was actually going to take a wedding there (it’s the small stuff that makes us happy isn’t it!).

Eglise St Pierre at St Pey de Castets, is well worth a visit, although the situation of the church is magnificent, with stunning views, you will not be disappointed with the interior and its bright blue chancel !

All thanks and prayers to the wedding couples Jess and Tim, and Nicola and Neville.

Looking ahead

Although things slow down considerably in Bordeaux during the summer months we are continually looking ahead. We are still purposely pursuing a new venue for our church, please be assured of that and please continue to pray for God’s mission in Bordeaux.

September – We will be starting a new discipleship course, more details to follow soon. October – Richard Bromley, mission Director for ICS will be visiting and celebrating our Harvest Festival (6th October). I am pleased to announce that the “Gospel Service Team” will soon be hard at work planning the next service on the 27th October. Please also remember the Women’s retreat on 18 – 20th October.

In the meantime I hope you have a very blessed and peaceful summer

Charlotte x

 

GAMES DAY 2019

READY… 3, 2, 1…. GO!!!! We gathered once again at the Bordeaux Anglican Presbytery on 22nd June 19. Thank God for providing a perfect and beautiful weather to have fellowship and games. We thank God for all His providence, especially children. They made that day more wonderful with fun and laughter.

Games were played among the “young and young-ers”, like picking up marbles with chopsticks, throwing furthest paper arrow planes, stacking wood on top of a wobbly table on grass and many couple more.

The younger group undoubtedly enjoyed more than games expanding their energy outdoors, whilst the young chilled and relax whenever there was a break . The day ended wonderfully with many good memories.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Summer school vacation is finally here! Although the holidays started, it is no “holiday” for Sunday School. That being said, everyone enjoyed the great outdoors, sunshine and nice weather provided by our good good Father. This Sunday is going to be sad for us as we bid one of our brother-in-Christ farewell, as Dan would be heading back to the USA.

Bordeaux Anglican thank him for his valued contribution as a Sunday school teacher and for the active and steadfast participation of his children, Teddy and Esther. We wish the whole family all the best and we know God is with all of us wherever we go.


May Message from Charlotte

  
Well ! What a month of April ! I can’t quite believe that it has been four weeks since Easter, does time move more quickly once you are older ?

Easter Sunday; was such an amazing highlight for me, beginning with a gathering at sunrise in a deserted city centre, meeting with Sisters and Brothers in Christ to welcome the Risen Christ. The service began on the steps of the Protestant temple and ended in the very heart of the cathedral itself. Marvellous !

Then a band of intrepid early risers from our Anglican congregation enjoyed a leisurely breakfast together before moving on to our own service in St Pierre. It was wonderful to welcome so many of our own congregation, visitors and passers by into the church and to celebrate together.

Following the Sunrise service, Ecumenical introductions have been made and relationships strengthened. I was very pleased to be invited to a breakfast meeting last week with the local Protestant Pasteurs, to discuss local challenges and how we can work together to spread the Gospel in Bordeaux, watch this space for more news soon!

On the 24th April we received with such sad hearts, the news that our Sister Rhian Foreau had died. Rhian was well known throughout the Chaplaincy and will be sadly missed by us all. As well as playing a major role in the life of our congregation, Rhian was also a much loved teacher at the La Chapelle de L’Assomption in Bordeaux. It was with deep gratitude that the Director of the school and the Sisters of the religious community, agreed that the only fitting place for Rhian’s funeral was in the Chapelle surrounded by everyone who loved her and whose life had been touched by her. I am deeply grateful to all those who helped to make this service a wonderful celebration of Rhian’s life, but especially to Rev’d Bramwell Bearcroft who led the service with me, to Christine Rychewski for translating and to Richard Hunt and the choir for the beautiful music. Our prayers continue for Xavier, Chloe, Ioan and Rhian’s mother, Marian.

As I write, I have just returned from Achrdeaconry Synod in Lyon. Six of us from the Chaplaincy attended the three day meeting and I am sure there will be a full report from our Chaplaincy Synod reps to follow. I particularly enjoyed the opportunity to meet with colleagues from around France to share concerns, joys and to encourage each other. A particular joy was to meet up again with Rev’d Mark Osbourne. Mark recently moved from St John’s Fulham to St George’s Paris.

In February 2018 I was on a two week placement at St John’s where I learnt a great deal from Mark. At the synod he presented me with an ordination gift from the Congregation at St John’s, a beautiful chasuble. It is stunning and I can’t wait for the first possible opportunity to wear it, roll on Trinity!

On the way to Lyon, I took the opportunity to visit the Chaplain to help him and Ingrid celebrate his (significant ! ) birthday, and to pass on a small gift from the Bordeaux community. What else but a box of Bordeaux! You can see by the photos that the Chaplain was very pleased with his gift. We wish him well and many more birthdays to come.


SERVICE IN MEMORY OF RHIAN FOREAU

Rhian was very involved in our church life for many years through her work in areas such as our Church Committee, Sunday School, charity work and much more.

A Service in loving memory of Rhian was held on Thursday, 2nd May at the Chapelle L’Assomption in Bordeaux where Rhian was a primary school English teacher.

Please remember Xavier, Chloe and Ioan, in your prayers.


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!

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


.

All our current and past news items are available here: News

Or read our news by individual category below:

All Age Worship   Arcachon   Baptism   Bazaar   Celebration   Charity   Choir   Christian Unity   Christmas   Confirmation   Easter   Ecumenical   Evensong   Fellowship   Harvest   Lent   Newsletters   Pentecost   Picnic Play Readers   Prayers   Sermons   Sunday School   Welcome   Wine and Words   Youth Group