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Liebfrauenberg Weekend Away

Finding a Voice”

Liebfrauenberg, 6th – 8th March 2015

For more than forty years many of us have spent time, a weekend, during Lent at Liebfrauenberg, a Protestant retreat centre in the northern Vosges. We come from the Anglican chaplaincies in Heidelberg, Strasbourg and Stuttgart. Together we think about our faith, worship together, prepare for Easter, walk in the woods, laugh, and enjoy friendship.

Our Topic

Finding a Voice” is a series of studies based on the film ‘The King’s Speech’. (There will be the chance to see the film during the weekend.) It is  a fictionalised version of events surrounding the speech impediments of the British King, George VI (reigned 1936-1952) and father of the current Queen, Elizabeth II.  George (or Bertie to use his family’s name for him) had a debilitating stammer, which became an increasing problem as the media age arrived.

Many of us struggle with speaking out, particularly in matters of faith.  “Finding a Voice” is about discovering that like George VI we need courage, perseverance and the will to succeed.  As Christians we also need to follow God’s guiding hand.  As we try to find our voice our prayer is that God will guide us on our journey.

Our speaker has a passion for creating Bible Studies which enable us to find a fresh connection with God’s word using various learning methods, – visual, audio and kinesthetic learning. i.e the learner needs to be actively doing something while learning).

Our Speaker

The Rev’d Ben Clowes is a Methodist Minister in Cheshire in a village called Alderley Edge (where John Murray was locum for three months in 2013). He has been a minister there since September 2007.

Ben writes “I have three busy, vibrant and very different churches, all of which are growing – Alderley Edge whose membership is very diverse, Mottram St Andrew which is in a very rural area and The Welcome which is on a very deprived estate.  I am the Chair of “Churches Together in Alderley” and have a very close working relationship with the local Anglican church – St Philip and St James.  Before I entered the ministry I was a Computer Programmer.  I have been married to Catherine for eighteen years and have two teenage boys (Sam and Joel).

Programme Note

There is a programme for children if at least four children are coming for the weekend.

COSTS

Costs are kept as low as possible This year the cost for adults is 73 euros per person per night, with all meals included,.

Young people 13-17 years: 52 euros per night

Children  4-12 years: 40 euros per night

Children under 4: no charge. If you foresee difficulty paying the full amount, please speak to John or Diane Murray as it is often possible to find sources of help.

Please fill out this liebfrauenberg 2015 form.

It would be very helpful if you could let Diane or John Murray know by 22 February if you are planning to come at john.murray67@googlemail.com


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Upcoming Locum Priests at Saint Alban’s

At the moment St. Alban’s Strasbourg is without a Priest-in-Charge; the previous incumbent, the Revd. Canon Harold Nahabedian, returned to his native Canada in February 2013.  The Church Council is involved in the diocesan process of recruiting a successor and hopes that this year a new Priest-in-Charge may be found.  In the meantime we have been blessed by the willingness of a series of locum priests to spend weeks and months with us in Strasbourg, celebrating the Eucharist and offering pastoral care.

The Revd. John Murray, a former Priest-in-Charge who lives near Strasbourg and to whom we are very grateful for repeatedly covering vacancies, is acting as locum priest until 11th January.

On 18th January the Revd. Patrick Irwin is returning for what will be his third stint as locum in Strasbourg.  He stays with us until Ash Wednesday,  18th February.

From 20th February until 7th April we shall be welcoming the Revd. Geoff Arrand and his wife Margaret for their second stay in Strasbourg; they will celebrate Easter with us.

On 26th April the Revd. Roger Wikeley will come for what will also be his second visit; he stays until 31 May.