BACK TO SCHOOL PARTY on Sunday 8th September


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

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)


2019 Holy Week Services in Bordeaux

Holy Week Services

Thursday, 18th April at 18:00 – Maundy Thursday Holy Communion led by the Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan at Église Saint-Pierre, Place Saint-Pierre, 33000 BORDEAUX ( map )

Friday 19th April at 19:30 – Good Friday Vigil led by Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan at FLOIRAC

Sunday 21st April at 7:00 – Easter Morning Sunrise Service – Ecumenical Service with our Roman Catholic and at Protestant Brothers and Sisters at Temple du Ha, 32 rue du Cdt Arnould, 33000 BORDEAUX ( map )

Sunday, 21st April at 10.30 – Easter Anglican Holy Communion led by Rev’d Charlotte Sulliva at Église Saint-Pierre, Place Saint-Pierre, 33000 BORDEAUX ( map )


Services following Holy Week at Chapel of Le Bon Pasteur, rue de L’Ecole Normale 33200 BORDEAUX Map ) ( Directions )

Sunday, April 28th 10.30 – All Age Worship led by Revd. Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, 5th May 10.30 – Morning Worship led by Christine Rychlewski

Sunday, 12th May 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday, 19th May 10.30 – Family Communion led by Revd Charlotte Sullivan


Candlemas Pancake Party - Sunday 3rd February after the Service

Sunday 3rd February after the Service


Sunday February 3rd after church: Candlemas Pancake party at Christine Rychlewski’s house (not far from the Bon Pasteur Chapel)

Directions will be available at church, if you have not visited Christine’s house before.

Come and chat and relax over a pancake (or two!) with hot or cold drinks. All are very welcome!

Celebrating our Diversity at Bordeaux 

Sunday 18th November 10.30am at L’Assomption

Celebrating our Diversity at Bordeaux 

A service of joy and light with a gospel theme!

With Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan – All are very welcome




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Complicity !

Junior Jonah went for a general walkabout during our Service.

He 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

Ordination of Charlotte Sullivan on Saturday 17th March 2018 (including photo album link)

Saturday – Ordination Service

We had a glorious Ordination Service last Saturday in Bordeaux when Charlotte Sullivan was ordained by the Rt. Revd. Robert Innes. Charlotte will now be resident in Bordeaux as part of the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine Ministry Team.

Below is an excerpt from Bishop Robert’s blog:

An ordination is always a special event. For the weekend of 17th/18th March, Helen and I took the train to Bordeaux for the ordination of Charlotte Sullivan on the Saturday and a confirmation service in Bertric-Burée on the Sunday. We travelled on one of the new Euroduplex ‘InOui’ branded trains that cover the 528km between Paris and Bordeaux in just two hours, and the train arrived on time, to the minute.

A further half hour train ride to Libourne, then an hour in the car took us to the peaceful Abbaye de l’Echourgnac convent where Charlotte had been on her pre-ordination retreat in the company of our Advisor on Women’s Ministry, Carolyn Cook

After an overnight stay with Chaplain Tony and Ingrid Lomas, we drove on the Saturday morning for nearly two hours through the beautiful wine-making area of St. Emilion to the worship centre in Bordeaux. Aquitaine includes 14 Anglican worship centres. Charlotte is to be based in Bordeaux itself, which is a major city and rather different in character from the smaller towns and villages in which the other worship centres are located.

The ordination service opened with a confident rendition of ‘My Jesus, My Saviour’ by the children’s choir. The music for the rest of the service was supported by a very good adult choir. Amongst other items, they sang John Ireland’s ‘Greater Love’, an anthem which sets out the message of the gospel as clearly and powerfully as any other English-language music I know, and finished with a spirited rendition of Handel’s Hallelujah Chorus.

Charlotte’s ordination as a priest is a cause of huge thanksgiving for the Aquitaine chaplaincy, where she is much loved and respected. She was supported by family and friends and many chaplaincy members in a full church.

Later in the service we commissioned Tony Lomas as Area Dean. He will look after the clergy and congregations of South Western France. Distances are big in this part of the diocese, and I hope Tony will be able to support and encourage fellow clergy working in isolated circumstances.

Supplementary Postscript from Bishop Robert

Aficionados of Anglican Canon Law will be aware that Ordinations may only be conducted on certain major feast days. It may be wondered whether March 17th, the Feast of St. Patrick, has sufficient weight to count as a proper major feast. In the event, St. Patrick’s Day coincided with the last game in the Rugby Six Nations, in which Ireland decisively beat England to take the Grand Slam. Bordeaux being a keen rugby city, the anxious would have been left in no doubt that St. Patrick’s Day 2018 in Bordeaux was a major feast !

Sunday – Holy Communion Service

The Revd Richard Bromley, Mission Director of ICS, led our Sunday Worship Service and concluded his sermon with some exciting words:

Allow me to say three things to you in conclusion.

I believe this is your time, Now the hour has come… 

This Bordeaux church is at pivotal moment. With Charlotte, this is not about business as usual with a new priest. This is about so much more as we adventure forward.

Secondly, I pray this church continues to develop as a community of welcome. To be a community where the invitation is open. Making space for people to belong. Christ will draw all people… 

Finally I want to say.  It is time to dare greatly.

Daring greatly:  About vulnerability.  About risk.  About stepping out when everything in you screams no.  Refusing to play safe because it is the safe thing to do. About remembering what it is that Christ has called you to.

As Jesus put it… About dying to self.  About wheat falling in the ground, but life comes.

I finish with a quote from Theodore Roosevelt,  26th President of USA.

“It is not the critic who counts; not the person who points out how others stumble,  or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

The credit belongs to the person who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs, who comes short again and again, because there is no effort without error and shortcoming; but who does actually strive to do the deeds; who knows great enthusiasms, the great devotions; who spends themselves in a worthy cause; who at the best knows in the end the triumph of high achievement,  and who at the worst, if they fail, at least fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who neither know victory nor defeat.”

A photo album of the ordination service and reception afterwards is available here

Clergy News from the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine

Good news concerning a permanent Priest for Bordeaux

There are two significant changes that will be occurring in our clergy team this year.

Firstly, as most of you will already know, Bishop Robert has agreed to ordain Charlotte as a Priest. This is a wonderful affirmation of all that Charlotte has done in the Chaplaincy over the last few years and of her own journey of growth in her ministry.

Charlotte will be ordained at a Service in the Chappelle de l’Assomption, Bordeaux on Saturday 17th March at 14:30. It will be a lovely opportunity for us all to celebrate with her.

Following her ordination, Charlotte will celebrate her first Eucharist on Palm Sunday (25th March) at Limeuil. From Easter Sunday, Charlotte will be moving to the Presbytery in Bordeaux and will be helping to lead the strategic and pastoral ministry of the church there.

Thanks to a generous grant from our Patron, ICS, Charlotte will be moved onto a full-time contract and whilst she will be resident in Bordeaux, she will continue to play a full part in the wider ministry of the whole Chaplaincy. Please pray for Charlotte as she prepares for her ordination and for this new phase in her ministry.

Revd Tony Lomas – Chaplain

Secondly, Bishop Robert has asked Tony to take on the role of Area Dean of South Western France with the Vendée.

This is a newly created (part time, voluntary) position in which Tony assists the Archdeacon to strengthen the pastoral care and oversight we can offer to clergy, lay ministers and chaplaincies in this part of France.

Bishop Robert will commission Tony to this role at the end of Charlotte’s Ordination Service in Bordeaux on Saturday 17th March.

Please also pray for Tony as he prepares for this new responsibility.


Holy Communion with the Madagascan Community

Holy Communion with the Madagascan Communities of Bordeaux and Toulouse led by Revd Tony Lomas and Stephen Razafindratsima

On November 19th, the Madagascan Communities of Bordeaux and Toulouse were led by Revd Tony Lomas and Stephen Razafindratsima for a service of Holy Communion.

We welcomed Aaron, born two months ago and who came the first time in our Church. We also congratulated his parents who were happy to share their joy with us during the bring and share lunch. As usual, the children participated in the readings with adults.

Tony’s sermon was focused on taking risk for God : “when we get to heaven, if we have never allowed ourselves to take risks on God’s behalf, we will sense his huge disappointment that we have not lived the life he made us for.”

The Madagascan Carol service will be on December 10th, Some friends are expected to come for this annual wonderful and “unique” service with singing and reading.


Revd Philip Harbridge

Welcome Revd Philip Harbridge and Honorine !

Revd Philip Harbridge and his wife Honorine will be joining us for two Sundays in December including our Carol Service on Sunday 10th December at 17:00.

Philip has been Senior School Chaplain at Millfield in Somerset since September 2007. Honorine also works in the school.

Before Millfield, Philip was Chaplain at Christ’s College, Cambridge and served his curacy at All Saints Church in Hampton. He went to Westcott Theological College, though only seeing the light after a career first as a commercial lawyer!

Philip met and married Honorine on her native island of Madagascar following eighteen months missionary work with USPG. Honorine speaks no fewer than four languages, including French, and gained a doctorate in Theatre Studies from Hull University in 2005.

Their children Sophie and Tiffany (aged 11 and 8 respectively) are in the junior (prep) department at Millfield.

Carol Service

To recognise the sporting heritage of Millfield School, the welcome and access to your seat at the Carol Service may be a little more athletic this year !!

Welcome to Bordeaux !

In August we welcome Bishop Martin Seeley and Revd Jutta Brueck to minister to us during the month.

Revd Jutta has, since October 2015, been priest in charge of St.Thomas, Ipswich & leader of the St Thomas Pilgrim Community, a new monastic community developing in Ipswich.

Prior to moving to Ipswich, she was priest in charge of St. James’, Cambridge for seven years, having been Chaplain to Fitzwilliam College from 2006-2008 and Chaplain to the Guildhall School of Music and Drama in London from 2000-2005, whilst also being assistant priest in the parish of the Isle of Dogs.

Revd Jutta is German and came to the UK in the 1980s, as a student of European Business and Accounting and Finance. She did her ordination training in the Church of England and has been ordained for twenty years.

Bishop Martin has been Bishop of the Diocese of St Edmundsbury and Ipswich since May 2015. Prior to this he was Principal of Westcott House Theological College in Cambridge from 2006 to 2015. This was preceded by ten years as vicar of the parish of the Isle of Dogs in East London.

Their children are Anna, 16 and Luke 14.

Bishop Martin has just participated in a Walking Pilgrimage during Lent, Here is a link to view photos
and more information: article/bishops-lent-pilgrimage2


Welcome Reverend Richard Frost

We are very pleased to welcome Reverend Richard Frost, who is coming to minister to our Bordeaux church from mid-June to end of July.

Richard has been married to Jill for 45 years, has 3 children and 5 grandchildren and lives in Bideford, North Devon.

After spending time as a Merchant Navy officer cadet, he spent 30 years as a serving police officer before being ordained in 1997. Since his retirement from full time ministry in 2009, he has served as Chaplain in Cyprus and locum Chaplain in Italy, Spain and Belgium. He has also undertaken Chaplaincy duties on numerous cruise liners travelling world wide ministering to passengers and crew.

Besides his interest in travel, Richard enjoys good food and wine, outdoor activities such as walking in the countryside and along the coastline, jogging and the occasional game of tennis ( Back permitting!).

Richard has a simple philosophy on life and ministry -‘Actions speak louder than words’, and ‘Treat others the way you would expect to be treated’. When the going gets tough as surely it can especially in church life, strive to – ‘Pastor with generosity and keep a sweet Spirit’ . –‘Love God above everything else and all will fall into place. And – ’Pray everyday for the Holy Spirit to fill your hearts and lives’.

On a lighter note -if you want to make God laugh,- ‘Show him your plans’!