Prières de Carême pour St. Alban’s

Notre prêtre temporaire Christine écrit:  La prière est au centre de tout ce que nous sommes et de tout ce que nous faisons. Jésus priait continuellement son Père et l’Eglise universelle prie sans cesse. “Prières de Carême pour St. Alban’s” est une carte de prière qui a pour but de vous aider, vous et votre famille, à prier durant ce temps de Carême; à réfléchir à nos limitations et à rêver à la vie future, au ministère et au témoignage de Saint Alban’s.
Chaque membre de Saint Alban’s
hommes, femmes, enfants
prie
pour le futur de Saint Alban’s
dix minutes
chaque jour à 19h00
autour d’une chandelle allumée
ensemble ou seul
en silence
en paroles
en méditant

Vers la fin du Carême, rassemblez toutes vos prières et vos rêves pour le futur de Saint Alban’s en une prière unique. Apportez-la à l’Eglise le Dimanche des Rameaux et toutes nos prières seront offertes à Dieu.

Carte Prières de Carême

Lent Prayers for St. Alban’s

Our locum priest Christine writes: Prayer is at the centre of everything we are and do. Jesus was continually at prayer with his Father, and the universal Church prays without ceasing. “Lent Prayers for St. Alban’s” is  a  prayer card is to help us and our families to pray during this time of Lent; to reflect on our shortcomings and to dream of the future life, ministry and witness of Saint Alban’s.
Every member of Saint Alban’s
men, women, children
pray
for the future of Saint Alban’s
ten minutes
every day at 19h00
around a lighted candle
together or alone
in silence, through words
through meditation

Towards the end of Lent draw all of your prayers and dreams for the future of Saint Alban’s into a single prayer. Bring it to Church on Palm Sunday where all of our prayers will be offered to God.On the prayer card there are some verses from Scripture to guide us.

Card Lent Prayers

Liebfrauenberg Weekend 11th – 13th March 2016

A weekend retreat on the topic “Love bade me Welcome: the priest and poet George Herbert expresses the Gospel in poetry”.

Leader: The Venerable Colin Williams, Archdeacon of Eastern and Northern Europe and Germany.

Liebfrauenberg, a former pilgrimage site and monastery , is a retreat centre on a hill with woods and wonderful view near Woerth in northern Alsace.  Every springtime, generally in Lent, members of the Anglican chaplaincies of Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Stuttgart meet here for a residential weekend.    As well as study and discussion of the given topic there is time to enjoy the company of friends and to make new ones, to worship together, walk in this beautiful area and enjoy rest and relaxation.  All are warmly invited to come and join in.  Children are always welcome.

The weekend starts with supper on the evening of Friday 11th March at 6.30pm and finishes at teatime on Sunday 13th March at about 3pm.  It is possible to come for just part of the time if you cannot make it for a whole weekend. If there are four or more children coming there will be a programme especially for them.  And on Saturday evening there is a long-standing tradition of visiting the local village for “tarte flambée”.

The leader this year, the Ven. Colin Williams, was recently appointed Archdeacon of Eastern and Northern Europa and Germany. Colin has been a parish priest in Liverpool, Lancashire and Shropshire, Archdeacon of Lancaster and was the General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches until 2010.

George Herbert (1593-1633) was a poet, orator and Anglican priest; some of his poems are familiar as the texts of hymns including “King of Glory, King of Peace”, “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing”  and “Teach me, my God and King”.

Colin will spend a session on what George Herbert teaches us about the Church of England. We will look at some of his poetry and what it has to say about our understanding of what is means to be a follower of Jesus Christ – for example, in our prayers and our sense of the sacrament of the present moment.  We shall see how in his poetry George Herbert widens our understanding of our incarnate, crucified and risen Lord.

Costs: 

Every effort is made to keep costs as low as possible but unfortunately this year it has  been necessary to make a small increase. The price is all inclusive with full board.  All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

Adults:                                    €75 each day

Young people 13-17 yrs       €54 each day

Children 4-12 yrs                   €40 each day

Children under 4 yrs             no charge.

If you would like to come but find the price difficult to afford please speak to the local Strasbourg organisers, John and Diane Murray (email: john.murray67@googlemail.com).

If you are going to come please use the booking form and let the organisers know by 28 February.

Booking form Lbfrberg 20160001 Email to:  john.murray67@googlemail.com

For more information about Liebfrauenberg see  http://www.eglise-autrement.com/

 

 

 

Locum Priest update

Since our last Priest-in-Charge left in February 2013, we have been blest with a succession of locums, that is, priests who come for anything between 3 weeks and 3 months, lead our worship, inspire us with their sermons, care for those in need and generally make an important contribution to the spiritual life of St. Alban’s .
We are very grateful to our resident clergy, the Revd John Murray and the Revd Christine Bloomfield, who undertake locum duties themselves and, very importantly, support those locums who are new to St. Alban’s. Our Reader, David Cowley, is another pillar of strength and leads the Early Call Prayer Breakfasts on the third Sunday of the month. And we always appreciate the ministry of Bishop Venuste whenever his arduous work schedule makes that possible.

Christine Bloomfield has generously agreed to act as locum from January through Easter 2016.

Roger Wikeley will be with us again (for the fourth time!) from the 1st of April through May 22.

John Murray will take the service on May 29th.

Christopher Martin, who used to be priest in Lyon, will be with us for all of June and July.

John Murray will again cover August and September.

We’re very grateful to all our priests and hope very much that by the fall we may welcome a new priest in charge.