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On Sunday 15th December at 16:00 we will have our annual Christmas Carol Service led by the Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan at Église Notre-Dame, rue Mably, 33000 Bordeaux, France

PLEASE NOTE that there will be NO SERVICE at Le Grand Bon Pasteur in the afternoon of Sunday 15th December

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December Newsletter

Lest We Forget

I am sure that throughout the pages of this month’s Chaplaincy ‘Spreading the Word’ magazine there will be reports from the Remembrance Day Services held throughout our Anglican Chaplaincy of Aquitaine.

Our Service in Bordeaux was held at St Pierre, a beautiful church in central Bordeaux, and was sensitively led by our Chaplain, Tony.

I was in the UK for the Remembrance weekend, in Catterick Garrison, North Yorkshire. It was so very chilly! Catterick Garrison is a military town, home to thousands of British Soldiers including my son, Luke. I was there for his passing out parade, a proud moment for any parent. It would not have been my chosen career for one of my children, the threat of war feels so imminent at times, and any parent’s instinct is to want keep their child safe.

However, I couldn’t help but be impressed by the change in him, from someone who by their own admission had “lost their way” to a soldier, standing tall with confidence, surety and hope for a brighter future.

Being a military town one of things you couldn’t forget was that it was that Remembrance Sunday was just a few days away. Streets and roundabouts were covered in poppies. Restaurants and hotels covered in little white flags, with “Lest We Forget” printed on them alongside the silhouette of a soldier leaning over a cross. The local shops were no different, yes there were poppies and the “Lest We forget” flags but they were surrounded by displays of bright boxes containing fireworks (now heavily discounted!) on one side and shelves of glittery Christmas decorations and gifts on ………….. [Please click here to read the complete Newsletter]

November Newsletter

The Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan writes:

Well, September/October have been great months for me, and no, not only because it included my annual holiday!!

This year, I had a small family reunion (well, not that small!) at my house in the Dordogne. It was lovely to be there, in an area I know very well and just be a tourist for a week. My family had not been to this area of France before and it was lovely to go to all the usual tourist spots which were very familiar to me, but to then experience them anew through my family who were totally in awe of the beautiful area in which we live.

During the Creationtide/Harvest Season I have been reading and thinking a lot about cultivating an attitude of gratitude. Trying daily to be more intentional about thanking God, for His grace and the beauty and blessings which surround me instead of complaining when things don’t go quite my way! As in all things I am a work in progress, but do feel that through doing this it is easier to notice the small God moments that break through each day and to be generally more thankful!

I was very thankful to Richard Bromley (Mission Director for ICS) and his wife Denise for travelling to Bordeaux to spend the weekend with myself, Tony and the Bordeaux Committee. We had some really encouraging conversations about our mission here in the city and it was actually really good to talk about our ministry here and not to be focused (for too long) just on our lack of a permanent worship space.

We had a marvellous Harvest Festival which began with a brunch at the Presbytery, kindly organised by Pamela Prior. Anniversaries and birthdays were also being celebrated so the proceedings began with Buck’s Fizz! Richard gave a moving and encouraging sermon and as usual the Bordeaux Choir sang beautifully. All in all it was a lovely day and wonderful to see so many in the church. Goods were collected for the Foyer Fraternel and the children even managed to roll a giant pumpkin up to the altar!

Another reason for me to be thankful to the glory to God comes from the annual Chaplaincy Women’s Retreat from which I have just returned. I always feel so very blessed to be part of the women’s retreat and this year was no different. 21 women came from all over our Chaplaincy, our neighbouring Chaplaincy, Brittany and the UK to explore the Spirituality of the Desert Mothers.

Our retreat was at the beautiful Echourgnac Abbey where the sisters greeted us with their usual hugs, kisses and abundant hospitality. My special thanks go to Revd Canon Elaine Labourel and Amanda Allchorn for co-leading and for their amazing creativity and thought provoking teaching.

I can’t wait to start planning next year’s retreat with them, very soon! All in all much to be thankful for …
Bordeaux Church Christmas Bazaar – mark your diaries for Saturday 30 November from 14.00 to 17.00 at the same venue as last year –Saint Jean-Marie Vianney Church (23, rue Felix Faure, 33600 Pessac) where there is lots of parking!

Do not forget to bring your friends for a pleasant afternoon sipping tea and eating cakes. At the same time you can buy your Christmas cards, Advent Calendars, Christmas cakes and puds, mince pies (and jars of mincemeat if you would like to make your own!), Christmas crackers, homemade cakes, jams and chutney. And, of course, there will be loads of interesting books at fabulous prices, a raffle and activities for the children while you shop. See you there!

Please click here for full details of the bazaar and how you can help.

The Bordeaux Baby-foot Club entered Reza, our Iranian brother, as part of their team for a tournament on 12-13 October in Saint Aignan de Grand Lieu. With the support of the club plus a few donations from the congregation, he was able to participate in something fun and challenging – and his French language skills are improving by leaps and bounds! Bravo, Reza.


Future Services

Services will take place at 15.30 at the Chapel of Le Grand Bon Pasteur, 5bis, rue de l’Ecole Normale, Bordeaux Caudéran. There is something for the children every week!

6 October Family Communion Revd Richard Bromley & Harvest Service with the choir. please bring non-perishable goods to the Harvest Service. They will be delivered afterwards to the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand, a Bordeaux Church supported charity.

13 October All Age Worship Christine Rychlewski

20 October Family Communion Chaplain, Revd Tony Lomas

27 October All Age Worship Revd Charlotte Sullivan & Gospel Service. Oh, Happy Day! Lease note the date of this very popular service.

The Revd Charlotte Sullivan writes:
What a glorious summer it’s been! What a glorious summer it’s been, driving around the countryside, I have been really appreciating the wonder of God’s creation as I watch the trees turn from green to golden. Like many of the churches in our Chaplaincy we are preparing for our Harvest Festival.

This year, in Bordeaux we are blessed to have a very special guest preaching at our service, Richard Bromley, Mission Director of the Intercontinental Church Society. As many of you know ICS is a Mission Society which has supported and partnered with the Chaplaincy for many years. And particularly supporting us in our mission in Bordeaux, as we seek to grow God’s Kingdom in this fast growing, vibrant, multicultural city. Richard will be with us for the weekend at the beginning of October and we are looking forward to sharing time with him and his wife Denise.

It has been quiet in the city over the summer, but we have had some lovely memorable events. You will see from Johnson’s articles that we have had two great birthday/Back to School parties plus a Sunday school outing to “Climb Up”. Unfortunately, I was taking a wedding so was not able to attend the outing to the indoor climbing centre, probably for the best as I’m terrified of heights! Everyone had such a great time and my heartfelt thanks go out to all who were involved in planning and hosting these events, especially Johnson, Bebe, Christine and Pamela.

The coming month is a busy one for us as we prepare for Richard’s visit and our hugely popular Gospel Service.

Finally we would all really appreciate your prayers, as we continue to search for a permanent home for God’s church in Bordeaux.
Youth Group and Sunday School bonding prior to the new school year. A group of young people and their leaders went to ‘Climb Up’ in Mérignac. What joy we saw in the children’s eyes as they challenged themselves to scale different walls. Most were athletic and some were even like Spider-Man! Those times shared together could never be “bought” with money, especially the smiles on the children’s faces. Some Brethren also joined in the event. It will not be our last challenge and we hope to do this more often, hopefully by sharing this joy with more in future, for example, by bringing – a-friend.

Thank you, Steve! An All Age Service was led in September by Steve Long from Bertric Burée. That day also marked services volunteered by the youth, including reading as well
as taking the collection. What joy to see so many hands raised while singing the action song ‘Father Abraham’. We all were reminded about trusting God, based on the reading where God told Abram to leave his country, people and family (Gen 12:1). We know and continue to pray God will show us our new church building to grow his kingdom here in Bordeaux.

Back-to-school party and Happy Birthday, Jerome. Our back-to-school party was a fellowship event organized by Christine following an All Age Service. She also planned this as a surprise birthday celebration for her son Jerome. We all had an enjoyable time fellowshipping (one wonders if there’s such a word – there certainly should be!). We could also see the joy in Jerome’s eyes when we sang ‘Happy Birthday’.

Many Birthdays in September. We celebrated Reza’s birthday the week after Jerome’s. Reza is far from home and his immediate family, but with his brothers and sisters in Christ here in Bordeaux he is far from alone! We continue to pray his faith will grow deeper as he chooses to walk with Christ. We pray that God will provide, in His perfect time, a clear path for him to be able to find refuge as well as work soon. We pray for his family back in Iran to remain safe.

Touching news from our charity, La Maison de Marie. As was announced in church, a very generous retiring collection of 800€ in memory of our dear Rhian was sent in August to La Maison de Marie in centre-city Bordeaux, where people in need are housed and helped to get back on their feet. Rhian and Xavier Foreau were part of that helpful network and here is what one of the administrators wrote:

Thank you for the touching generosity thanks to which La Maison de Marie can continue its mission. I had a little wink from Rhian 2 or 3 days before the donation arrived. We received a letter from the Prefecture concerning the regularisation of an Armenian family. It’s a pure marvel! Rhan must be very happy: she and Xavier gave so much support to the family so that they could resist
despair. Rhian brought them so much joy: she who is now in eternal joy sends us part of
her happiness. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you all.

Sunday School – Bordeaux takes its safeguarding seriously ! Vigilant we must be … and vigilant we are !

BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY – at Christine’s after the Service on Sunday 8th September

Please join us for a bring-and-share tea/supper and fellowship.

All are welcome, but we would appreciate it if you could let us know you intend to come. Contact: Christine Rychlewski (, 06 81 85 72 97)


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 ! )

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.

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

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.

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.


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!

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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