Elementor #826

Corona Virus- Suspension of Services

St. Michaels Anglican Church in the Gard

16-03-2020 @ 1.00pm

 

Following the new instructions from the French Government on Saturday night and today’s statement that Churches can continue as long as the congregation does not exceed 20 No persons, the fact that most of the congregation is in the “Most at Risk “ category your PCC has decided to suspend all Church Services till the end of April. As the situation is very fluid we will monitor very closely and advise you of any changes accordingly.

 

Our CWL’s are looking at alternative ways to provide you with a service, as per the email that Eddy kindly produced and sent out, Alison is also looking at ways to use Facetime on the Tablet or Computer, again we will advise you of any progress.

 

Finally, in these troubled times if any member is in need of help or assistance please contact a member of the PCC and we will try to assist you.

 

God’s Blessings to you all.

John Smith

Churchwarden

Newsletter March 2020

Thought for the month – Provided by Alison Heal – Congregational Worship Leader


Feeling at home…
I am a part-timer among you, sometimes worshipping at Trinity Church Lyon and
sometimes able to join you at Saint Michael’s in the Gard, while my husband works in
the area. But the first time we arrived (late) at a Saint Michael’s service last summer, we
felt at home. Partly it was your kind welcome and your generous apéros! but another
cause for that sense of instant family is the Anglican liturgy. This allows us all to worship
together, comfortable with words which are familiar, yet far from meaningless. In fact,
the words of the Anglican liturgy are so spiritually guided, Bible-based and thoughtprovoking that I wasn’t surprised to meet recently Americans, Russians, French, Italians,
Finns, Dutch, Greeks and Belgians, all of whom have joined the Anglican church within
the Diocese in Europe. Many were Christians in other traditions before discovering
Anglicanism and most retain excellent links with other churches.
The Anglican church is a great bridge between the different Christians around us here in
France – identifiably Protestant yet at home with (and ‘separated brethren’ to) the
Roman Catholic church. Global Anglicanism also provides a wonderful sense of
connection: in Lyon church we Brits are probably now a large minority, with Africans and
Asians worshipping alongside French and Americans, united by a liturgy in the English
language and the knowledge that we are all part of
the body of Christ. In fact, another reason I felt at
home at Saint Michael’s was that I quickly heard
French, Australian and American accents, as well as
British voices! I love it that we’re not here to rekindle
memories of a single lost homeland, but are linking
together to offer new worship, in our new shared
home. This kind of diversity requires compromise
and generosity on all sides. We don’t all come from
the same kinds of church background and we have
different expectations of what worship looks like,
sounds like, and feels like. In the way you have
welcomed me and the ways I have seen you support
and care for each other, I can say that once again I have experienced what Saint Paul
announced to the diverse Galatian church: we are ‘all one in Christ Jesus’.