October Newsletter 2017

St Michael’s Anglican Congregation in the Gard
Newsletter October 2017

Ringing the Changes

This is not the normal Chaplains Corner. As you will all know by now that Stafford has now started his well earned retirement. It was with mixed emotions that we celebrated his two last services at Bagard and Uzes, together with a superb lunch at the Fleur de Thym. He and Rosemary are travelling a good deal over the coming months.

For those who were able to come along to the recent services at Bagard and Uzes, you will have experienced a slightly different style of service, lead by two of our new and very capable team of Lay Worship Assistants (LWAs). All of our LWAs have been fully trained and have been licensed by the Bishop of Europe to carry out Services of the Word and Morning or Evening Prayers.

Most of you will know that as laity, they are not authorised to conduct services involving Communion. Your Church Council have agreed a programme of services for the remainder of this year and for 2018, which follows the same pattern as previous years. This will offer an Anglican church service on the first Sunday of each month at Bagard and the 3rd Sunday of the month at Uzes (subject to certain exceptions). We are planning on inviting licensed clergy to conduct some of these services, in order that Communion may be offered.

So this year and into 2018, you will experience a mixture different styles of services. We would encourage you to support these wherever possible. Your LWAs have put in a great deal of work in preparing for Stafford’s retirement, in order that St Michaels can continue. Please support them as they lead us in worship and serve the church in this way.

Your Church Council has successfully arranged three services this year, where it will be possible to offer Communion. These will be the two services at Uzes on the 15th of October and the 19th of November. We will also celebrate Communion at Bagard on the 3rd of December, when the Archdeacon of France will be visiting St Michaels for the weekend. He will meet the Church Council and arrangements are being made for him to get to meet members of the fellowship as well over that weekend. Please make a note of the weekend of the 2nd and 3rd of December on your diaries. Further details to follow later.

St Michaels continues to offer regular services and a presence in the Gard. If you have any concerns on any issues, please do not hesitate to speak to either of the Church Wardens, John or Eddy or any other member of the Church Council.

Eddy Hurst
(On behalf of the Church Council)

Services for 2017

1. Services at Bagard Temple
Services start at 10.30am except where indicated. The temple at Bagard is situated on the left hand side as you enter Bagard from Anduze on the D910.
Services will be held on the following dates:

October 1st Harvest Festival at Fleur de Thym
November 12th Remembrance Sunday Service
December 3rd Holy Communion
December 16th Carol Service – 5pm

2. Services at the Cathedral of St Théodorit, Uzes
Services will be held on the following dates – services start at 4 pm except where indicated and are usually in the Sacristy of the Cathedral in Uzes:

October 15th Holy Communion
November 19th Holy Communion

3. Services at the Catholic Church in St Andre De Roquepertuis
Services start at 10.15am. St-Andre-de-Roquepertuis is located off the D 980, the Bagnols sur Ceze to Barjac road, and is about 3km from Goudargues. Our next service will be:
October 8th Holy Communion
For more information please call David Paton on 04 66 90 76 50.
For further information on any of the above services please visit the web site: www.st-michael-gard.com

Prayer requests
We continue to pray for all those who are sick, suffering or in need, in particular Douglas Coakley.

Many of you will know of BritsNîmes, some of you are already members, and some of you are past members.
BritsNîmes organises regular social and cultural activities. These are varied and designed to help people to get to know the area, make new friends and meet local people.
Why not join, or re-join if you are a past member?
For more information have a word with Rob Franklin, the President, or just send an email to contact@britnimes.com or visit the website: www.britsnimes.com

CSF Provence Gard (CSFPG)
For someone affected, cancer can turn their world upside down. Put on top of this living in a foreign country where there is the added challenge of trying to manage their illness in a language they may not be totally comfortable with.
Our trained Active Listeners offer vital emotional support, accompany clients to medical consultations to help with translations, and provide practical assistance during times of crisis.
CSFPG is growing and we always need more volunteers.
We are looking for people to train as “Active Listeners” but also anyone prepared to help with publicity, awareness, fundraising etc., or who would just like to support our work by joining the Association – please contact Tim Forster on 04 66 72 71 60 or email him at tim.csfprovencegard@gmail.com
We also offer “drop in” days on the first Monday of each month, and the next one will be on Monday 2nd October at the home of Pippa and Tim Forster, 25 Chemin du Périguil, 30400 Mons. Tel 04 66 07 29 96
If you or someone you know needs our help you can call the 24 hour Helpline
04 66 81 18 58 or email csf.provencegard@gmail.com

Further information
Please use the St Michael’s website to obtain more information on any of the activities in which St Michael’s is involved.
Our site is now the main way in which we will be staying in touch with you and friends of the Church www.st-michael-gard.com

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