Annual General Meeting 1st March

As we prepare for St. Alban’s Annual General Meeting on Sunday 1 March after church, this is a reminder that your name needs to be on the Electoral Roll if you want to be able to vote at the AGM.  Please check the list on the notice board at the back of the church, and if you’d like to have your name added to the roll you’ll find the appropriate form there as well.

At the meeting two Churchwardens will be elected, two representatives of St. Alban for the Archdeaconry Synod of France, and the members of the Church Council.  If you wish to run for election your nomination must be submitted in advance.  See Fr. Mark for information about how to do that.

The AGM is a good opportunity to find out more about the activities of the church and to share ideas about the future of St. Alban’s.  Here are reports from the 2019 meetings of the French Archdeaconry Synod and of the Diocesan Synod.

Archdeaconry Synod Report 2019

Diocesan Synod 2019

Frankly Speaking on 23 February 2020.

  • Next week we have the pleasure of welcoming The Rev Deacon Jean Dumond Chavanne from the Episcopal Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris.  In addition to assisting at the 10.30 Eucharist, Deacon Jean will lead a Frankly Speaking session on the Anglican/Episcopal Church in his native Haiti.  He will also preach at the Malgache Eucharist that afternoon.

Le 23 février nous aurons le plaisir d’accueillir le Rev Diacre Jean Dumond Chavanne de la Cathédrale Episcopale de la Sainte-Trinité à Paris. En plus de sa participation à l’Eucharistie de 10h30, Diacre Jean animera une session de Frankly Speaking sur l’Eglise anglicane/épiscopale dans l’Haïti, son pays natal. Il apportera aussi le message à la messe malgache dans l’après-midi.

St. AlbanJAM 15 February

This is an occasion for all those who like singing or playing an instrument to get together to practise new hymns and songs for Sunday worship.

We meet at Hanneke Palm’s apartment at 30 rue de l’Université (round the corner from the church) on Saturday 15 February at 14.30h.

More singers and instrumentalists are very welcome, this is an activity which is open to all who enjoy music. All musical styles, instruments and levels of proficiency are welcome.

 

Liebfrauenberg Retreat 13 – 15 March 2020.

Liebfrauenberg is an opportunity each year for us to mark Lent with a retreat along with two other chaplaincies to deepen our faith, walk in the woods, meet old friends, welcome new friendships, all while preparing our hearts for the Easter feast.

This year we are delighted to welcome The Very Reverend Michael Sadgrove, Dean Emeritus of Durham Cathedral, who will lead us though some enriching Bible studies on the theme of “Exile.”

Michael Sadgrove describes himself as a “pilgrim, priest and ponderer”. A Londoner of Anglo-German parentage and a fervent European by conviction, he has been over forty-five years of ordained ministry a parish priest, theological educator, cathedral precentor and a Dean at two cathedrals, Sheffield, then Durham. He has been active as a speaker and preacher, retreat conductor and writer, not least on European themes.  He also writes a blog http://northernwoolgatherer.blogspot.com.

Costs have been kept to a minimum and financial  assistance is available for those who are in need.

Please register by 1st of March by emailing John and Diane Murray at john.murray67@googlemail.com or by returning the form you will find here,  LIEBFRAUENBERG 2020 info and form

together with more details of the retreat.

See also https://www.chateau-du-liebfrauenberg.com/

 

 

Festival Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg

Festival unique en France, Les Sacrées Journées de Strasbourg bousculent les conventions en organisant, jusqu’ au 2 février 2020, une succession de concerts dans lesquels se produisent des artistes ou groupes représentatifs de trois cultures musicales religieuses différentes.

130 artistes nous feront découvrir par la musique des spiritualités et cultures différentes : Christianisme, Judaïsme, Islam, Bouddhisme, Hindouisme, Chamanisme … Ils viennent du monde entier, de France : Allemagne, Maroc, États-Unis, Inde, Syrie, Royaume Unis, Tibet, Népal, Israël, Algérie, Togo, Iran.

Bouddhisme, christianisme, hindouisme, islam, judaïsme… Le choix des interprètes de musique sacrée est porteur d’un message fort, tout comme le lieu accueillant les concerts : une mosquée, une église, une synagogue, au sein desquelles, sans distinction d’appartenance religieuse, se produisent musiciens, chanteurs et danseurs de toute culture et de tout pays.

Renseignements: 03 88 16 31 09             http://www.sacreesjournees.eu

 

 

Women’s Bible Study with Tiffne Whitney

Saturday 18 January, 9.00h breakfast chez Richardson, 16 rue Saint-Louis, 1st floor. Bus 10 to St. Thomas, tram to “Porte de lHôpital.”

Catherine Emezie writes:

Leading the Bible Study on the topic of “I am the good shepherd.” will be a very special guest,Tiffne Whitney.  She will also give an update on her “Ladies in Waiting” project that aims to help victims of sex trafficking/prostitution.  This is a very important project and all are invited to come.

AlbanJAM

Come help prepare musical offerings for Sunday worship on Saturday 18th January at 15h30 at Hanneke Palm’s apartment, just around the corner from the church at 30 rue de l’Université. All musical styles, instruments and levels of proficiency are welcome.

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.

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.

Christmas Services at St. Alban’s

CAROL SINGING

Following the Eucharist on 22nd December, the fourth Sunday in Advent,  all who enjoy singing carols are invited to join a group of singers who are raising money for the Salvation Army to support their work with the homeless in Strasbourg.

Meet at 14.30h in the city centre at Place Kléber, corner of Rue des Grandes Arcades, outside Monoprix.

LESSONS & CAROLS BY CANDLELIGHT

On Christmas Eve at 17.30h in the Protestant chapel of the “old” Hôpital Civil, Porte de l’Hôpital, trams A and D. This is quite a short service to which in particular families with children are invited. The chapel is small and a welcome pool of calm in the midst of Christmas Market bustle.

To find the chapel, go through the main entrance archway and immediately on the left there are some steps going into the building. Go up those steps and the chapel is the first door on the left.

HOLY EUCHARIST ON CHRISTMAS DAY

At 10.30h at the Église des Dominicains, 41 Boulevard de la Victoire, corner of Rue de l’Université, tram stop Observatoire, trams C, E, F.

SERVICE OF LESSONS AND CAROLS

At 16.30h at the Église des Dominicains, 41 Boulevard de la Victoire, corner of Rue de l’Université, tram stop Observatoire, trams C, E, F.

This service is based on the traditional Nine Lessons and Carols.

ALL ARE WELCOME !