A Day of Celebration: Institution of St. Alban’s new Priest-in-Charge.

Flanked by an impressive array of robed clergy from near and far, on Sunday 10 December the Revd. Mark Barwick was formally licensed as Priest-in-Charge of St. Alban’s Strasbourg by the Rt. Revd. Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, to give him his full title.  It was Bishop Robert’s first visit to the Strasbourg church and the occasion could not have been more joyful.  After a long vacancy of 4 years St. Alban’s at last has a new Priest-in-Charge.  The Revd. Mark Barwick, his wife Corinna and their two children Madeleine and Elias, moved to Strasbourg  from Brussels in September and have been warmly welcomed by the congregation.  With the official institution Mark is now officially “en poste” for at least the next three years.

As the Bishop pointed out, in many ways Mark’s previous career has almost predestined him for the post of Priest in Strasbourg. He was ordained into the Episcopal Church and previously  was  assistant priest  in Waterloo, Belgium. He speaks French and German, has worked with political institutions in Brussels and for many years was involved  in conflict resolution with the Pax Christi organisation. During the instititution he was asked to affirm his loyalty to the Church of England and presented with a licence bearing an impressive red seal.

    Bishop Robert, right, reading out the licence, to Mark Barwick, right, and Archdeacon Meurig Williams, centre.

Among the visiting clergy were Jean-Georges Boeglin, Ecumenical officer of the Diocese of Strasbourg , Frère Hervé, Prior of our hosts the Dominicans, Philippe Aviron-Violet, curé of St Maurice and St Bernard,  two representatives of the President and Vice-President of the Union des Eglises Protestantes d’Alsace et de Lorraine, Pastor Daniel Rivaud, representing the Entente Evangélique de Strasbourg and David Fieldsend, Reader from the Pro-Cathedral in Brussels. Mary Talbot from All Saints’ Geneva represented our former Priest-in-Charge,  Alex  Gordon, and his wife Geraldine.  Their presence was an indication of the importance Mark  attaches to tending the ecumenical relations already established by previous priests at St. Alban’s.  The congregation turned out in force;  the Malgache Chorale sang a Gloria, and the last hymn, “We are marching”, was accompanied by an enthusiastic  group of  drummers and singers.

  The Malgache Chorale, led by Worship Leader Voahangy Ramananjatovo

In true and traditional Strasbourg fashion the institution was followed by one of St. Alban’s unforgettable feasts – conjured up by Victoria Jacobs, Anny Samuels and their helpers. It was a wonderful day with plenty of nourishment for mind, body and soul.

The Feast (or at least part of it!) Frère Hervé of the Dominicans on the right of Mark Barwick as he says grace.

The Bishop of Europe was as enthusiastic as the congregation was: here is what he wrote in his blog.





Freeing slaves – the Rev. Silas Lazar in Strasbourg, Wednesday 15 November

Catherine Emezie writes:
 Rev. Silas Lazar of the Mission Revival Church in Montreal is currently on a tour of Europe to create awareness and raise much needed funds for very important humanitarian projects in different cities in Pakistan. One of the main projects is buying the freedom of women, men and children living in bondage as debt payers from generation to generation, and forced to work in brick-making factories for a pittance. Once freed, these families are set up or trained to earn their living independently. Stories of Christian brick workers have made headlines every now and again (e.g. BBC) as some unfortunate couples have been murdered for various flimsy reasons.
Another of his projects in Pakistan concerns empowerment of women through small income schemes.
Time: Wednesday 15 November, 19h00.
Venue: Salle de l’eglise du Christ Ressucité (sous sol) , 4 rue de Palerme, Strasbourg (Esplanade)
Please come and support his ministry so that more families can be freed from slavery. Come, as you WILL be inspired!!
A variety of sweet and savoury snacks and drinks will be provided.
A SECOND meeting will take place on Friday 17 Nov. at 19h00 at L’eglise Lumières des Nations, 15-16 Nouvelle Cité, 67380 Lingolsheim
Should you wish to make a donation, please see below the bank details:
Account holder: Silas Lazar
National Bank
No. Banque 006
No. Transit 11521
No. Compte: 649003




Church Lunch at Baggersee 8th October 2017

The Churchwardens Denis Le Moullac & Pauline Dif write:
It is now the time of year when we start back to work and school. St. Alban’s Church too will begin a new and important phase in its life. This autumn we will be welcoming into our church family a new priest-in-charge Mark Barwick, his wife Corinna, and their two young children Madeleine and Elias. Mark will take his first church service with us on October 1.

We would like to use the occasion of our Annual Church Lunch at the Baggersee to introduce him and his family to our varied and diverse congregation in a memorable happy celebration together.
The lunch will be held after church on Sunday October 8 at the Baggersee venue (in a park on a large lake to the south of the Meinau, and a 10-minute walk from the tram stop “Hohwart” on the A line in the direction of Graffenstaden, along the rue du Languedoc).
It will take the form of a “pot-luck” meal. You are all warmly invited to attend and to contribute in bringing food and drink to share with everyone. There will be a list on display at the back of the church over the next few Sundays on which to indicate what you intend to contribute. You may also contact Pauline Dif (tel. ) or Anny Samuels (tel. to find out what may be needed.
During the lunch there will be a Tombola draw, with a good selection of prizes. The proceeds will go to help the work of ACAS, the church’s charitable and outward-giving association.

Come on Sunday October 8 to enjoy a good time together as a church community and to meet our new chaplain and his family informally over a convivial meal .

Fighting modern slavery in Pakistan – presentation on 6 September.

The Rev. Silas Lazar, from the Mission Revival Church in Montreal, Canada, is currently touring  Europe as part of his ministry to raise support for his particular project in Pakistan.  His concern is with persecuted families (women, children) working in brick-making factories in different parts of Pakistan who are mistreated, tortured, kept under bondage as debt payers from generation to generation, and are denied freedom.  The Rev. Silas Lazar is the author of many Christian books; his most recent release is entitled “Remove your mountain by releasing your power” and is available as an e-book.

His tour will take him to Paris, Geneva, Marseille and Brussels, where he will present his project: beginning with the release of families from bondage it aims to reinstate them in the main-stream community.  On 6th September he will be in Strasbourg to publicise this project at the home of the Jacobs family.

An open invitation is extended to anyone who would like to find out more about his work to join the Jacobs family on 6th September, 2017 at 5 rue de Wallonie, Apartment 4, 67000 Strasbourg at 12.00h (lunch will be served); the presentation should end at 13:30h.

Please let the Jacobs know if you can come – by email to:

jacobnaveed@yahoo.fr or

jacvic2007@yahoo.fr or

Tel. 06 68 74 07 20.



Golden opportunity for singers – Choral Evensong in Paris

The Royal School of Church Music (RSCM) has a branch in France, and organises Singing Days for choral enthusiasts led by excellent conductors.  On 21 October 2017 it is organising a National Festival at the American Cathedral in Paris to sing Choral Evensong there, and one of the world’s leading church musicians, Malcolm Archer, will be directing it.  He has has enjoyed a distinguished career in cathedral music, which has taken him to posts at Norwich, Bristol, Wells Cathedrals and then Director of Music at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London.  He is now Director of Chapel Music at Winchester College in Hampshire.

Singers who enrol receive the music ahead of time so that they can prepare for a day of rigorous but exhilarating rehearsals, culminating in the service of Choral Evensong.  Anyone who is interested can take part.  Thanks to the good TGV connection between Strasbourg and Paris the trip can easily be done in one day.   A booking form is attached.

RSCM Booking form 21.10.17


Welcome to our locum priest

Our “new” locum priest has in fact a familiar face; the Revd. Peter Jordan with his wife Barbara spent two months in Strasbourg at the end of 2015.  Peter is certainly the best guitar-playing locum St. Alban’s has ever had, and the Sunday School children responded enthusiastically to Barbara’s animated choreography.   Peter and Barbara write:

“It is a great pleasure for us to return – previous visit November and December 2015 – to St Alban’s as locum for May and June. The superb accommodation on Rue d’Austerlitz must be one of the best locations for a locum/chaplain in Europe in one of the most beautiful of cities! We have already met with a number of old friends in the congregation and we look forward to meeting many more of you.  With love in Him, Peter and Barbara Jordan.”

Services in Holy Week

Our locum priest John Murray writes:

“During Holy Week we’re having four communion services in people’s homes. These have a special atmosphere, more intimate than our Sunday services in church. As at the Last Supper in the upper room, we gather around a table in an ordinary home and remember that very special meal to which Jesus attached a new meaning with his words “This is my body…This is my blood”.

Monday 10 April at 7 p.m.

Holy Communion at the home of Eila Walker,

21 rue Auguste Himly, Strasbourg-Robertsau. 03 88 31 82 11

Tuesday 11 April at 7 p.m.

Holy Communion at the home of Naveed and Victoria Jacob,

5 rue de Wallonie. Tel 03 88 34 55 48

Mercredi 12 avril à 18h00

Eucharistie en français chez Jean et Marie-France Ramanitrarivo,

1 rue du Ried, 67800 Hoenheim. Tel 09 53 71 07 33

Maundy Thursday, 13 April, at 7 p.m.

Holy Communion at the Chaplaincy flat, 15 rue d’Austerlitz, Strasbourg.

Good Friday, 14 April from 1.00 to 2.45 p.m.  Église des Dominicains

Meditations on the Passion (1.00 to 2.00 p.m.), followed by

Liturgy of Good Friday (2.00 to 2.45 p.m.)

Easter Day, 16 April at 10.30 a.m.  Église des Dominicains

Holy Eucharist  followed by Easter Sunday lunch at the home of John and Diane Murray, 21 rue de l’Hospice, Dorlisheim (Tel 03 88 36 12 25). Everyone is welcome, but it would be a help if you could let us know in advance if you are coming. Lifts will be available.

Children Sleepover 29-30 April

                      Aumônerie anglicane de Strasbourg
                                                                                           Anglican Chaplaincy Strasbourg
                                           Association à but cultuel inscrite au Registre des Associations
                                                                                   du Tribunal d’Instance de Strasbourg,
                                                                      Vol. LXXII, Folio N° 114, Dossier N° 229/1995

                                                                                   15 rue d’Austerlitz, 67000 Strasbourg
                                                                                                                                                                      Tél. 06 24 33 16 16


On a beautiful December day, we went for a trip in the Vosges looking for a chalet site able to welcome our « Children Sleepover » 2017.  After a rather inconclusive first attempt, we finally discovered a chalet fulfilling all our expectations.

It is the « chalet des Amis de la Nature de la Chaume des Veaux » high above Hohwald. At 980 m above sea level, near the « Champ du Feu » ski resort, the house can be reached in all seasons via the Kreutzweg pass. The house offers 80 beds, split between 28 rooms of capacity for 2 up to 6.  There are two big dining rooms, one called Le Ranch seating 35, the other one can seat 70, and the kitchen is well equipped.

It is an ideal child friendly site:  they can play outside without any risk as there is no major road in the neighbourhood.  In case of rain, there are tables for games such as “baby foot” (table football)  and table tennis.

The ramblers will also be delighted as there are plenty of footpaths.  The view from the magnificent terrace and the quiet surroundings alone ma

To get there, please take the Strasbourg-Colmar motorway, take the exit Mittelbergheim-Andlau, drive through Andlau and Hohwald (in the direction of Champ du Feu) after the village, turn to the right at the panel indicating Chalet des Amis de la Nature.

We will be able to spend a weekend devoted to our children and friends, in God’s Grace. ke the trip worth while.

We have confirmed our booking for the weekend of 29th & 30th April.  Their rates enable us to offer even better tariffs than last year.

The weekend will cost 15 Euros per adult, 12 Euros per child up to 18 years of age, accommodation and food included.  We have set up a family offer for 40 Euros.  People joining us only for a day will contribute 5 Euros to the costs of meals and rental costs of the premises.

Please note that you will have to bring your sheets and pillow cases (or a sleeping bag). The detailed programme will be sent out later on.

Registration form

Surname:  ………………………………………………………………………….   first name:…………………………………………………………………………..


Number of people: ………………………………..


Will come for:                       –        the whole weekend (*)

(*) circle your choice           –       only on the Saturday

–       only on the Sunday.

Is planning to bring the following contribution to the meals (or drinks):



Is willing to help out on the following tasks: ……………………………


(Example: preparing meals, washing up, cleaning the reception areas before departure, leisure activities, etc.)


Please do register as soon as possible with either Pauline Dif or Anny Samuels.

Chalet details: tel. 03 88 69 36 16 – email: resa@chaumedesveaux.org

website: www.chaumesdesveaux.org (for further information).


Chalet details: tel. 03 88 69 36 16 – email: resa@chaumedesveaux.org

website: www.chaumesdesveaux.org (for further information).





Journée Internationale des Droits des Femmes : 4 rendez-vous.

Dans le cadre de la journée internationale des droits des femmes, le 8 mars, quatre rendez-vous mettent en avant le rapport privilégié du protestantisme avec les femmes.

–      Mercredi 8 mars à 18h30, salle de conférence de la Médiathèque André Malraux de Strasbourg : conférence d’Anne-Marie Heitz-Muller, docteur en théologie, sur l’influence de la réformation sur la vie des Strasbourgeoises au XVIe siècle.

–      Mercredi 8 mars à 20h, église Saint-Guillaume de Strasbourg : concert-lecture autour de textes de femmes du temps de la Réforme et textes d’hommes illustrant le regard porté par elles. Avec Anne-Marie Heitz-Muller, théologienne et Pauline Haas, harpiste. Entrée libre – plateau

–      Samedi 11 mars, à 17h, église Saint-Thomas de Strasbourg : « Femmes d’espérance, femmes d’exception – ces protestantes qui ont osé », une exposition de 32 panneaux autour de grands noms de femmes protestantes (Katharina Zell, Isabeau Vincent, Suzanne de Dietrich, Madeleine Barrault, Berthe Bertsch…) du XVIe au XXIe siècle. Visite guidée par Marjolaine Chevallier, historienne, ancien professeure à la Faculté de théologie protestante de Strasbourg.

–      Samedi 11 mars, à 18h, siège de l’UEPAL, 1b quai St-Thomas, à Strasbourg, en salle Koch : table ronde : « La place des femmes, c’est aussi l’affaire des hommes !», avec Gabrielle Cadier-Rey, historienne ; Paule Zellitch, membre du comité de la Jupe ; Chris Doude van Troostwijk, philosophe ; Jean-Jacques Bonsirven, ancien inspecteur ecclésiastique. Débat avec le public animé par Patricia Rohner-Hégé, vice-présidente de l’UEPAL.

Vous êtes bien sûr les bienvenus !                                                                      



Saturday 18 March: Evening of Music for CASAS at Munsterhof

CASAS ( Collectif d’accueil pour les solliciteurs d’asile à Strasbourg) is one of the local organisations which St. Alban’s has been supporting for very many years.  Thanks to the practical and expert support of CASAS many members of our congregation who arrived in Strasbourg as refugees have been granted asylum and found their place in French society. CASAS has existed for over 30 years, but since the introduction of new asylum legislation in 2016 many of its state subsidies have been cut (see  http://www.casas.fr/appel-a-solidarite-mai-2016/ for further details.)
We know at first-hand how important the work of CASAS is; we feel it is vital to do what we can to ensure that it continues to exist.  Therefore St. Alban’s is activating its impressively diverse creative potential to raise funds for the organisation.  St. Alban’s charitable organisation, ACAS,   invites everyone to an Evening of Music for CASAS on Saturday 18 March 2017 at 19.00h at the Munsterhof, 9 rue des Juifs, Strasbourg.   Entrance is free, finger food and drinks are on sale, and donations are requested. All proceeds from the Evening will be donated to CASAS.