Staying/Getting in touch in times of corona // Rester ensemble aux temps de Covid-19

It’s been seven weeks now since St. Alban’s last service at the church of the Dominicans in Strasbourg, but thanks to the internet and the web-based system called Zoom, Fr. Mark is able to make direct contact with listeners and viewers on computers, mobile devices and telephone. On Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and all the Sundays since we have been able to join in worship with each other, to see and speak to each other and catch up on news.

As well as regular Sunday worship at 10.30h, Tuesday Prayers are taking place again as Zoom sessions.  These are from 18.30h to 19.15h on Tuesdays and use as a framework the Evensong service.

On Wednesdays at 11.00h Andra Muiznieks  is offering to lead us in a series of half-hour sessions of Contemplative Prayer as a way of  managing stress, cherishing silence and deepening our inner life.

And on Thursdays at 10.00h you can drop in via Zoom for Coffee with Mark; a visit and gentle conversation with your favourite morning beverage for as little or as long as you’d like. For children aged 8 to 12 the regular Children’s Class is resuming on Sundays at 18.00h, again via Zoom.

Times of Zoom sessions and log-in details can be found in “News and Views from St. Alban’s”, Fr. Mark’s regular newsletter sent out via email.  If you would like to take part in services or other activities, contact Fr. Mark on +33 3 69 57 40 03 or write an email to:
anglican.chaplaincy.strasbourg @gmail.com

Fr. Mark writes/Mark écrit:

“This is the Easter Season. For Christians, it is a time for hope and the renewal of life’s possibilities. This is one thing that resurrection teaches us: we mustn’t give in to death and despair. The words of a gospel song of my youth still ring true: “Because He lives, I can face tomorrow. Because He lives, all fear is gone, because I know He holds the future, and life is worth the living just because He lives.”   And until that future comes, whatever that may be, let’s take care of ourselves in the here and now. And let’s be attentive to the lessons that we have to learn in this time.  And of course, there is Sunday worship online at our regular time. There are many opportunities for us to stay connected, be nourished spiritually and challenged intellectually. And it’s all just a few clicks away!”

“Ceci est la saison de Pâques. Pour les chrétiens, c’est un temps d’espérance et de renouvellement des possibilités de la vie. Nous ne devons pas céder à la mort et au désespoir. Les paroles d’une chanson gospel de ma jeunesse sonnent toujours vrai : « Parce qu’il vit, je peux affronter demain. Parce qu’Il vit, toute peur a disparu, parce que je sais qu’il détient l’avenir, et la vie vaut la peine d’être vécue simplement parce qu’il vit. »

Et jusqu’à ce que cet avenir arrive, quel qu’il soit, prenons soin de nous ici et maintenant. Soyons attentifs aux leçons que nous apprenons en ce moment.   Et bien sûr, il y a le service du dimanche en ligne à notre heure habituelle. Il existe de nombreuses opportunités pour nous de rester connectés, d’être nourris spirituellement et stimulés intellectuellement. Et tout cela en quelques clics !”

2 Psalms as Litanies / 2 Psaumes comme litanies.

Here are two litanies which you might find helpful for your prayer in these days. What is a litany?  It is a series of petitions with a refrain which is repeated in such a way as to allow us to focus and enter more deeply into the words of the prayer. The first is inspired by Psalm 1 and the second brings together the words of  Psalm 23 and the mystic Julian of Norwich.

Voici deux litanies qui pourraient vous être utiles pour votre prière de ces jours. Qu’est-ce qu’une litanie? C’est une série de pétitions avec un refrain qui se répète de manière à nous permettre de nous concentrer et d’entrer plus profondément dans les paroles de la prière.
La première est basée sur Psaume 1 et la seconde rassemble les paroles du Psaume 23 et celles de Julien de Norwich.

Psalms as Litanies

Bishop’s Lent Appeal 2020

Expanding the Bishop Hannington Academy for primary education in the Anglican Diocese of Mumias, Kenya.

In 2013 the Kenyan government introduced free primary education. This has led to big increases in the numbers of children enrolled in schools. But the number of teachers has not increased and classrooms are congested. Some classes have as many as 150 pupils with students sharing desks. In other cases, a shortage of buildings means children trying to learn outside, despite the vagaries of the weather.

Aware of this challenge, the Anglican Diocese of Mumias established the Bishop Hannington Academy as their contribution towards better quality primary education in a Christian context. Their current enrolment stands at 38. The school currently consists of just one block with two classrooms, with a third room serving as the administrative wing. At present, they have three grades, Kindergarten, Grade One and Grade Two. The Diocese employs three teachers.

The Bishop and Diocese would like to expand the school and build more classrooms. It will cost 20,000 USD to build and furnish a new classroom. Very good value by Western European standards!

Our Lent Appeal could go most of the way toward assisting the Diocese of Mumbias’ mission to educate primary school children.

I wish you a holy Lent.

With every blessing,

            +Robert Gibraltar in Europe

Donations to the Bishop’s Lent Appeal can be made through our Treasurers or speak with fr Mark for more details.

VOCARE 17 – 19 April

Calling Young Adults

The Council of Anglican and Episcopal Churches in Germany (CAECG) together with the Youth Commission of the Episcopal Churches in Europe are organising a VOCARE weekend for young adults from 17-19 April 2020. It will take place at the Feriendorf Gross Väter See in Templin near Berlin.

VOCARE is about vocation – calling. The weekend is not about career development or looking at how to be successful in the world. It is a quiet  moment away to make connections with other young adults while discovering God’s calling for your life.

Register before 1st of March.  See fr Mark or emails vocare2020@gmail.com  for more information.

Cost €100/person, incl. 2 nights and food. Travel grants are also available.

The Council of Anglican and Episcopal Churches in Germany. Hosted by St. George’s Anglican Church, Berlin.

Children’s Class

A Children’s Class is planned for ages 8-12 to introduce the stories and teachings of the Bible, basic instruction on the Christian faith and how to live that faith in today’s world. Classes will begin soon, held twice monthly after church on Sundays.   Diocesan Safeguarding practices will be in effect at all time.

Speak with Fr Mark for more details 07 71 13 38 83.

Save the Date – Concert on 8 December

L’Église anglicane St Alban de Strasbourg propose un concert de l’Orchestre des jeunes guitaristes et mandolinistes de Schiltigheim le dimanche 8 décembre à 15 h à l’église St Matthieu de Strasbourg, 97 Boulevard d’Anvers.

Entrée libre – plateau.

The Anglican Church of St Alban Strasbourg invites you to a concert of
the  Guitar and Mandoline Youth Orchestra of Schiltigheim on
Sunday, December 8 at 3:pm at the church of St Matthieu in Strasbourg, 97 Boulevard d’Anvers.
Entrance free  – donations requested.