Week of Prayer for Christian Unity / Semaine de prière de l’unité des chrétiens

The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is observed annually, beginning on 18 January (Confession of St Peter) and concluding on 25 January (Conversion of St Paul). The dates for the observance were first proposed in 1904 by Father Paul Wattson (1863 – 1940), cofounder of the Graymoor Franciscan Friars, an Anglican religious order at the time.

This year the different churches in Malta have prepared resources on the theme: “They Showed Us Unusual Kindness,” inspired by Acts 27.18-28.10. It was through the “unusual kindness” shown by the people to St Paul, after he had been washed ashore in Malta, that a divided people were drawn closer together.

On Saturday 25 January we will join in an ecumenical service at 18h30 with other neighbourhood churches at Christ Ressuscité, 4 rue de Palerme, followed by a meal. Everyone is invited to bring a dish to share around.

The next day there will be a session of Frankly Speaking after church on the topic: “Challenges to Christian Unity.”

La Semaine de prière de l’unité des chrétiens est commémorée chaque année du 18 janvier (Confession de Saint-Pierre) au 25 janvier   (Conversion de Saint-Paul). Cette année, les différentes Églises de Malta ont préparé des ressources sur le thème : « Ils nous traitèrent avec une très grande bienveillance », inspirée d’ Actes 27.18- 28.10.  Le samedi 25 janvier nous participerons à un culte œcuménique à 18h30 avec d’autres églises de quartier qui aura lieu à Christ Ressuscité, 4 rue de Palerme, suivi d’un     repas. Chacun est invité d’apporter un plat à partager avec les autres.

Le lendemain y aura-t-il à St Alban un forum de Frankly Speaking après la messe au sujet de « Défis de l’Unité chrétienne ». Venez nombreux !

Aussi dans le cadre de la Semaine de prière…

Matinée Oecuménique pour enfants 6-12 ans, mercredi 22 janvier 10h15 – 12h00, église St Maurice, Place Arnold. Voir p Mark pour s’inscrire.

18 Octobre Les Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg

Musique des Religions du Monde

Le Festival des Sacrées Journées, créé en 2010, est unique en son genre, en proposant de découvrir le même soir, dans un même lieu, des ensembles de musiques de 3 cultures, spiritualités ou religions différentes. Chaque concert est un message de fraternité et d’espérance en l’Humanité.

C’est année c’est l’Ensemble Kovcheg, accompagné de la chanteuse Olga Krotikova, de Saint Pétersbourg/Russie, l’Ensemble AlbRifai (chants et danses soufis) de Tirana/Albanie et le Trio Zamir (chants liturgiques juifs) d’Allemagne

Cathédrale de Strasbourg le vendredi prochain 18 octobre à 2019

https://www.sacreesjournees.eu

 OSONS LA FRATERNITÉ !

Autour de la Table

 Rencontre et de partage entre nos paroisses de voisinage.
Nous organisons encore cette année des groupes, venant des différentes paroisses, pour se retrouver autour d’une table (apéro, déjeuner, goûter… ) afin de faire connaissance et d’avoir une occasion de partager la façon dont chacun(e) vit sa foi dans sa tradition d’église.  Ça vous intéresse ?  Contactez le père Mark pour plus d’informations.
We are presently forming groups of people drawn from different neighbourhood churches that would meet from time to time for a drink, a meal, etc to get to know one another and to share how we each live out our faith in our various church traditions.   Interested? Contact fr Mark for more information.

Rencontre Groupe jeunes adultes vendredi 23 novembre

La prochaine rencontre des jeunes adultes de St Alban avec ceux de la paroisse St Matthieu aura lieu ce vendredi à 20h15 au 12 avenue de la Forêt Noire. Nous abordons des thèmes qui nous intéressent au croisement entre la vie, l’actualité et la foi. Le débat se déroule dans un esprit convivial et ouvert sur toute conviction, croyante ou non.

Women’s Bible Study Breakfast 15th September

Join us at 9h00 this Saturday 15th September for a discussion on God taking pleasure in us, led by Astrid Murfitt of Agape Europe. We will meet at the Eglise Evangélique Mennonite, 32 rue de l’Industrie, 67400 Ilkirch Graffenstaden (Tram A, E to Campus Ilkirch Graffenstaden).
You are invited to bring and share one breakfast food item/drink. To better coordinate the breakfast offerings, please contact Catherine Emezie at 06 47 98 18 93 to let her know what you intend to bring.
Also, take note of future dates 12 October and 16 November!

Women’s Breakfast Bible Study 9 June

Catherine Emezie writes:
I’m really pleased to invite you to the women’s breakfast bible study on Saturday 9 June at 9. am. The meeting will be held at the my home (24 rue Cerf Berr, Strasbourg – Tram D; Poteries).   A very interesting morning awaits us as the breakfast will be lead by Ms. Valerie Lang on the topic:
The Mind of Christ
Learn how fresh discoveries in neuroscience can help us break the cycle of anxiety and depression by rewiring the mind to truly rest in God.
About 
Valerie Lang is a counselor working with international English-speaking clients in a private practice in Stuttgart Germany.  She holds a bachelors in psychology, a masters in professional counseling, and is passionate about helping others discover wholeness and healing through a holistic Christian approach.  Originally from the New England region of USA, Valerie has lived and worked around the world in various countries; She brings extensive experience with people from a wide range of social backgrounds, nationalities, cultures, and faiths.  Since 2002, she has been living in Germany where she shares her life with her Austrian husband and their two daughters.

Commemorating the abolition of slavery Commémoration de l’abolition de l’esclavage

St Alban’s joined in the celebration to commemorate the170th anniversary of the decree to end slavery in the French colonies. The ecumenical ceremony took place on 6th May at St Vincent de Paul Church in Meinau.
St Alban a participé à la célébration commémorant les 170 ans du décret d’abolition de l’esclavage dans les colonies françaises. La cérémonie oecuménique a eu lieu le 6 mai à l’Eglise St Vincent de Paul à Meinau.

 

 

 

Commémoration de l’abolition de l’esclavage

En 2018, la France commémore les 170 ans du décret d’abolition de l’esclavage dans ses anciennes colonies et a fixé le 10 mai comme Journée Nationale dédiée à la reconnaissance de l’esclavage comme crime contre l’Humanité.
Cérémonie œcuménique dimanche 6 mai à 16h, Église St Vincent de Paul , 2 place de l’Ile de France, 67100 Strasbourg/ Meinau
For more information about subsequent events see
https://www.facebook.com/ceragstrasbourg/

                             

                            

 

Annual Church Meeting: a Summary

The Annual Church Meeting was held on Sunday 15 April 2018.   Here is a summary of the discussions and decisions which took place :
  1. Fr Mark, who was installed as St. Alban’s Priest-in-Charge on 10 December 2017, outlined his five priorities for ministry in the coming year – strengthening of the newly-formed Ministry Team, children and youth, stewardship, ecumenical activities and strengthening communications;
  2. In respect of ecumenical activities, Catherine Emezie presented a report on a meeting in Lyon (2-4 March 2018) between the Eglise Protestante Unie de France and the Church of England congregations in France. The gathering, attended by herself and Rev Christine Bloomfield, took place in view of deepening relationships between the two bodies within the framework of the Reuilly Agreement. To read the report, click here ->  Lyon Reuilly Agreement
  3. With regard to communications, it was agreed that there needs to be a better flow of information on the activities of the Chaplaincy. This includes actions and decisions taken by the Chaplaincy Council (publication of the agenda in advance and invitation to Chaplaincy members to propose topics for discussion). Reports would be published in summary form on the website and/or in Sunday morning notices. Efforts would also be made to communicate via email lists, while respecting data protection guidelines.
  4. Both the accounts for 2017 and the budget for 2018 were presented by Treasurer Rufus Folaranmi and Co-Treasurer David Cowley. The accounts had been examined and declared satisfactory by Independent Examiner Lionel Hilaire;. With the appointment of a priest-in-charge, expenditures in 2018 would be considerably higher than in recent years, as will contributions to the Diocese. A stewardship campaign would be initiated shortly to ensure that sufficient income is raised to cover recurrent expenses.
  5. The meeting took note of the reports about the activities of St. Alban’s – these reports are available through the Church office.
  6. The two church wardens, Pauline Dif and Denis Le Moullac,  were re-elected and a new Chaplaincy Council elected (see page “About us” );
  7. We concluded with a prayer for our way forward in the coming months.
Lord God, you call your servants to ventures of which we cannot see the ending, by paths as yet untrodden; give us faith to go out with a good courage, not knowing whither we go, but only that your hand is leading us and your love supporting us; to the glory of your name. Amen.