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

I love the Christmas season – all the glitzy displays in the shops; the distinctive smell of mince pies and Christmas pudding being cooked in the kitchen; carol services and school nativity plays; the corny films on TV; the buying and wrapping of presents –as I struggle with wrapping various odd shapes, I vow each year to buy rectangular presents in future. It all gives me a warm glow. What saddens me are the articles in the magazines and papers telling you how to survive the Christmas period and even more so the lack of acknowledgement in the media of the true meaning of Christmas. We are celebrating the most important event ever – the birth of our Saviour, Jesus Christ. He came into the world as a little defenceless child yet he changed the world for ever.
He was born in a stable in very difficult circumstances. It reminds us of what many children are experiencing today as they are driven from their homes and countries into starvation and appalling living conditions or having to suffer the traumas of war. Fortunately there are many good organisations and individuals who are striving to help these children and their families. May we also do our bit to alleviate the suffering in the world and to bring it nearer to the kind of world Jesus wants us to have. By all means, let us enjoy the fellowship of friends and family and all the fun and festivities of Christmas whilst remembering the true reason of why we are celebrating. As we move into 2018, let us make it the year when we all try to bring peace and joy to the world as Jesus did in that first Christmas long ago.
Wishing you all a blessed and peaceful Christmas.

Jacqui Witting
Lay Worship Assistant

Carol Service 16th December

We will be decorating the Temple at Bagard for our Carol Service on Wednesday 13th December.
If anyone is available to assist, we would be most grateful.
Please let Mary Franklin or Jacqui Witting know if you are able to come.

Visit by the Archdeacon of France
Please make a note in your diary. The Archdeacon of France, Meurig Williams will be visiting us over the first weekend of December. He will meet with your Church Council on the Saturday and on Sunday the 3rd of December will conduct a Communion Service at Bagard, starting at 10.30.

This will be followed by a Bring ‘n Share lunch at the church. Marion will be contacting you for contributions. This will be a good opportunity for everyone to meet with him.

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:

December 3rd Holy Communion with Archdeacon Meurig Williams
Followed by Bring ‘n Share lunch
December 16th Carol Service – 5pm

2. Services at the Cathedral of St Théodorit, Uzes
There will be no services held in Uzes in December.

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:
December 10th 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.

BritsNimes
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 4th December 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
www.csfprovencegard.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