St Michael’s Anglican Congregation in the Gard
Newsletter January/February 2018

Thought for the month

This year has been one of great uncertainty and anxiety for countless people around the world.
Many whose lives are normally calm and predictable have faced uncertainty from aberrant natural disasters. Or sudden terrorist attacks. Or economic reverses such as the unexpected loss of employment. Here in France, a good many UK citizens are experiencing varying degrees of Brexit-related uncertainty – unimaginable a year or two ago.
For some, insecurity must now seem a permanent way of life – families unable to escape conflict zones, refugees in overcrowded transit camps, human rights activists imprisoned without trial and citizens of countries with unstable governments.
Many people, including in our community here at St Michael’s, have experienced this year the bereavement of family members or close friends taken from us unexpectedly. These remind us of the uncertainty of good health and even of life itself.
A central Christmas message is that these earthly challenges can be understood and faced with awareness that there are greater realities – that God is ultimately in control, and that our calling is to honour Him and live in His kingdom.
In this season we can be reassured by the certainties proclaimed by the prophet Isaiah:
“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders … Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.”

Alan Austin, lay worship assistant

Services for 2018

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.
Sunday February 4th
Sunday March 4th
Sunday April 1st
Sunday May 6th
Sunday June 3rd
Sunday July 1st
Sunday August 5th
Sunday September 2nd
Sunday October 7th
Sunday November 11th
Sunday December 2nd
Saturday December 15th – 17.00

Services at the Cathedral of St Théodorit, Uzes
Services start at 4 pm except where indicated and are usually held in the Sacristy of the Cathedral in Uzes:

Sunday February 18th
Sunday March 18th
Sunday April 1st
Sunday May 20th
Sunday June 17th
Sunday July 15th
Sunday August 19th
Sunday September 16th
Sunday October 21st
Sunday November 18th

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:
January 14th 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.
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.
We also offer “drop in” days usually on the first Monday of each month (however, note that the April one will be 9th April).The next ones will be on Mondays 8th January and 5th February 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