Newsletter - August 2019


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  (21st July 2019)

 

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.


SERVICES AND EVENTS

Daily Calendar

To display the location address of a Service or Fellowship Activity, please ‘click’ on each event in the calendar below:


Newsletter - July 2019


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.


SERVICES AND EVENTS

Daily Calendar

To display the location address of a Service or Fellowship Activity, please ‘click’ on each event in the calendar below:


 

10:30 Sunday 6th January: Holy Communion - Rev'd Tony Lomas at St Pierre, Bordeaux

We are Growing so we are Moving !

In 2018 we held our final Service at L’Assomption and we are finalising the details of our new home.

Our Service on Sunday 6th January will take place at 10:30 at Église Saint-Pierre, Place Saint-Pierre, 33000 Bordeaux  (Map)

Until we are settled, please regularly check our calendar for the location and start time of each individual Service.

Charity Giving


Chap-Aid Giving from the Bordeaux Church in 2018 and a New Year’s Resolution

As the Old Year comes to an end and we look forward to a brighter 2019, a resounding applause for organisers of fundraising events in Bordeaux in 2018 and especially to those who have been generous both financially and in practical ways!

More than 2,000€ were collected for a variety of good causes: Shelterbox which reacts quickly in emergencies and natural disasters, the Bishop’s Appeals for various groups near or far, our own local charities (the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand, Emmaüs, and soon La Maison de Marie), plus Chap-Aid general funds. Hats off especially to our dear children and their parents who raised over 900€ with their Kids’ Sponsored Walk. What an example!

Thanks too for the blessing of the Christmas Bazaar with 10% of the income going to our local charities. Plus practical items brought to church and hands-on work at the Foyer. And lest we forget … every penny does count! The Coin Jar held more than 100€ in loose change.

We are all called to shine with the light of Christ. Why not make it a New Year’s resolution to offer your time to help others and brighten the world.



Kids Sponsored Walk - Sunday 7th October - Parc Bordelais


CHAPLAINCY OF AQUITAINE
Paroisse Anglicane de Bordeaux
Association Cultuelle N° 2/23047 (Gironde)

&
CHAP-AID

Association Caritative de la “Chaplaincy of Aquitaine”
Loi 1901 N° W332000686 (Gironde)

KIDS’ SPONSORED WALK

Sunday, 7th October 2018 at the Parc Bordelais

In aid of the charities the Bordeaux Anglican Church supports. The Bordeaux Church Sunday School and Youth Group will be walking in aid of the Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand and Emmaüs, both associations which help the needy in the region. Everyone is welcome to join us!

Departure at 14:00 from the main entrance of the Parc Bordelais, Avenue Carnot & Rue du Bocage

Be a walker Please click here to display the poster

or

Be a SPONSOR!Please click here to print a Sponsorship Form

Every little encouragement and contribution, big or small,
will be a tremendous HELP for the NEEDY. Thank you.


 

Bordeaux Anglican Church Sports Day - 17 June 2018


After the morning Church service 27 children between the ages of 5 and 82 descended on the Presbytery for the first ever annual sports day. We were blessed with excellent weather – no rain, some sun but not too hot – and we were also blessed with excellent food.

After lunch there were amazingly imaginative races and competitions with 3 teams being formed – red, blue and yellow. Usually there were 4 categories for every race – younger children, older children, adult men and adult women. Everybody took part (including Jaffa, Charlotte’s dog).

As the excitement mounted there were egg and spoon (ball and ladle) races, ball throwing competitions, races involving water in leaky cups, dressing up in hats, gilets, gloves and shoes, skipping, hopping, jumping. The under 16 children were very sporting and took turns properly – the over 21 children were highly competitive and bent the rules repeatedly!!

The afternoon was one of constant noise, laughter, fun and energy. It is worth noting that the children whose angelic voices fill the Church at kids choir can also shout bellow and scream at their team-mates!!

Huge thanks go to Anne Sharp for her organisation of a very imaginative range of games.

Many thanks to Charlotte for throwing open her home, also to Holi, Johnson and Bebe for ably assisting Anne, and to Bode and her Mum – umpires extraordinaire. The blue team narrowly won on points but the others won on sportsmanship and energy!!

Heather Gardiner


Sports Day - Sunday 17th June at Floirac after the Service


Dear Everybody,

Sunday School and Youth Group children, brothers and sisters, parents, grandparents, whatever, as well as Sunday School helpers, past, present and future and …….  well basically just anybody who wants to come along !

After the roaring success of our Christmas Party – and because Juanecia asked for it – we are going to hold a « Sunday School  – in its very largest sense » SPORTS DAY.

The Scheduled Bring and Share Lunch after the service next week, that is Sunday, 17th June, will be relocated to the Presbytery, where the children – of all ages – will be able to participate in the traditional Sports Day races (egg and spoon, obstacle, etc.)

We would love to see you there if possible.   Please invite anybody along  that you think might be interested.

It would be helpful to let us know if you intend coming.    We might frighten Charlotte away if we are over a hundred !

Please send us an email if you would like come and we will reply with directions. Please email here: info@anglicanbordeaux.org

Hoping to see you there,

Anne (on behalf of the Sunday School)

 

INVITATION SPORTS DAY2

Exciting Sunday School and Youth Group yesterday


Exciting Sunday School and Youth Group yesterday

Yesterday the Sunday School met and were so many that a few of our regular children joined the Youth Group instead. So thirteen of were left, a mixture of Americans, Nigerians, English-French and Madagascans, as well as Juanecia, our Caribbean contingent. Two of our youngest members decided to propose our Opening Prayer.

We quickly remembered our last couple of lessons, Jesus in the Temple, His Baptism and His Temptation in the Desert, before exploring in depth the topic of the day, which was the turning of the water into wine at the wedding in Cana. We thought about how Jesus shares with us our happiness and our sadness – about how much he loves and cares about us, how he uses the most mundane of vessels to accomplish great things and we touched briefly on how the ordinary wine was followed by the wonderful wine, a suggestion of how our earthly lives will be followed by a far more wonderful one to come.

The younger children were then happy to colour in the illustrations of the story while the older ones pitted their wits against the Wordsearch, the Crossword, the puzzles and the mulitple-choice questions based on the Bible text and the memory verse.

There were a total of five in our Youth Group sharing discussion was based on Mark 2:1-12 (Jesus Forgives and Heals a Paralyzed Man).

Everyone shared and learnt heartedly about God’s grace and mercy and forgives our sins. Reflection on how Sin came about in Genesis, plus what is Sin (1st reading from Exodus). Lastly listening to “Covered – by Planetshakers” and saying a prayer together from the lyrics.

Everyone then returned to the chapel to join the adults for Communion.

Sunday School and Youth Group


Sunday School and Youth Group

At the end of the summer holidays, we must wish a big welcome to our new families in the Sunday School! It was a blessing to see all of those faces last Sunday, both newcomers and ‘old’ stalwarts.

There were more than twenty children representing Ghana, Australia, Poland, Nigeria, the US, Singapore, Madagascar, France and England. How diverse can we get? And that’s not cheating and counting our new medical student from Albania!

What a wonderful way to start the new school year!

Let’s hope and pray that we all continue to mature in the understanding of Jesus and His love for us in the up and coming future!