Anglican Bordeaux Newsletter - November 2019

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.


Harvest Festival Service and Holy Communion: Sunday, 7th October 2018 at 10.30 a.m.

Harvest Festival Service and Holy Communion

Sunday, 7th October 2018 at 10.30 a.m.

The English Anglican Church in Bordeaux

( find us and directions here )

Please bring contributions of canned goods or non-perishable food which will be taken to the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand, a charity for the needy supported by the Bordeaux Church

Harvest Festival and Holy Communion – Sunday, 15th October 2017 at 10:30

Harvest Festival and Holy Communion – Sunday, 15th October 2017 at 10:30

Please join us at this traditional Anglican Service where we thank the Lord for the harvest and the many good things He has provided throughout the year.

This year, our Harvest Festival Thanksgiving Service with Holy Communion will be lead by our Chaplain the Revd. Tony Lomas.

Your offerings will help in supporting the relief efforts on the island of St Martin in the Caribbean.  One of these efforts is aimed at providing nourishment for the many people who have lost everything that we take for granted.  A loss of proper shelter, food, power and running water due to the heavy and extensive damage caused by the recent hurricane.

If you are able, please bring offerings of non-perishable goods such as canned or dried food which will taken away after the Service and packed into a container for onward shipment to St Martin.

If you would like to help in the decoration of the church please come early, maybe before 10:00 and bring some fresh fruit and/or vegetables and/or foliage.

Dear Congregation and Visitors,


  • Morning Service on Sunday 3rd December 2017 is replaced by our Choral Evensong at 17:00
  • Morning Service on Sunday 10th December 2017 is replaced by our English Carol Service at 17:00

Thank you !


Harvest Festival Services in Bordeaux

harvest-festival-2016-350-583x350A wonderful Harvest Festival Service was led by the Revd Brian Davis in Bordeaux on Sunday morning, October 2nd. Like every year, gifts were collected and given to the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand.

The choir participated actively in the service under the direction of Richard Hunt.

Brian had chosen John 15:1-17 for the Gospel reading. He invited us to always be linked with the root who is the source of gentleness, self-control etc. and to imagine an individual, a family, a society, a world where this is applied.

The service was followed by a bring and share lunch, uniting the morning and the afternoon congregations.

bx_harvest-service-of-the-wordIn the afternoon, Stephen Razafindratsima led a French-Madagascan Harvest Service of the Word with gifts also for the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand and with the participation of the children in the readings.

A truly memorable day for everyone.

Harvest Festival on October 2nd

harvest-festival-2016-350-583x350Please join us at this traditional Anglican service where we thank the Lord for the harvest and the many good things He has provided throughout the year.

If you can, please bring offerings of canned/dried food, hot chocolat and coffee, which will be given to the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand for their food bank.

The children will be processing with the harvest gifts at the beginning of the service so we ask that you try to arrive a little early.

Anyone who would like to decorate the church should come with fresh fruit, vegetables, and foliage even earlier, e.g. 9.45 a.m.!

The fruit, vegetables, jam and perishable items will be given to the Sisters at the Assomption.



Harvest Festival Service

IMG_0053From Andrew:

“At Harvest we had a splendid array of foodstuffs for the Foyer Fraternel and the fresh food for the Sisters which the children delighted in bringing forward to be blessed.

The choir sang a Psalm and an anthem and Holi sang Be Still for the Presence of the Lord, accompanied by Rhian on her Celtic harp. It was all very moving.

I must have had the bug that is going around and had hardly any voice at all, so Alexandra stepped in to lead the beginning of the service. I preached on Giving Thanks and Giving, that love always has to be our motivation; the children in Sunday School made and decorated double hearts which smelled of lavender and gave them away to members of the congregation.

I also mentioned our intention of having a Gift Day/Pledge Day on 15th November as we consider how to make our desire to have a full time minister a reality.”

(Reverend Andrew Bullock)


Please click here to view the Harvest Festival photo album

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