We are meeting on the Tuesdays of Lent for an exploration of the essential meaning and purpose of Mark’s Gospel. Join us this Tuesday 6 March,19h00 – 20h30, at the chaplaincy flat, 12 avenue de la Forêt Noire (nearest tram stop Gallia, trams C, E, F, nearest bus stop Brant Université, bus n°. 10, 15a, 30, 72).
. ‘A Gospel of silences, of misunderstandings, of indirect and teasing communication,’ writes Rowan Williams in his book “Meeting God in Mark”, ‘but this is not for the sake of making things difficult in an arbitrary or unkind way. It is to remind us that if it’s the true God who is speaking and being spoken about in this book, this God… is at the ground of everything.’
Please join us for this fascinating study. We will finish by saying Compline together.
Sunday 25 February: Restart of Early Call Prayer Breakfast.
We begin at 8h45 chez les Cowley, 5 rue de Londres (Esplanade, trams C, E or F; bus L1) with coffee and croissants. Breakfast is followed by a Bible reflection and informal and silent prayers for the people and work of St Alban’s and the world. We finish in time to arrive early for the Sunday Eucharist. Praying together is a vital part of the life and mission of our church. Come join us.
For over forty years every springtime, members of the Anglican chaplaincies in Heidelberg, Strasbourg and on occasions Stuttgart meet at the Protestant retreat centre “Liebfrauenberg” in Alsace for a residential study weekend with a special topic and speaker. This is an opportunity in Lent for some serious study of aspects of our Christian faith, as well a chance to meet old friends and make new ones, to worship, walk, talk, enjoy leisurely meals, relax and have a break. There is even a trip to a nearby village on Saturday evening for tarte flambée. Families are welcome. If there are at least four children there will be a programme for them.
Our Topic this year – Prayer
Our Speaker The Rev’d Paul Skirrow writes: “‘The study content for this weekend will be in four parts:
Why do we pray? How do we pray? (two sessions) What do we pray?
Some find prayer difficult; a nightmare, a struggle, a chore … yet in working at it we can find it a wonderful, life-giving gift from God. Hard or easy prayer unites us with God, with each other and with God’s world. Prayer can happen in many forms, and we cannot claim that one is better than the other. Meditation; contemplation; spiritual exercises; formal prayer from prayer books; prayer using words; images and symbols; prayer which demands self-emptying of words and ideas – the possibilities are endless. Some of these options will be examined and tried during the weekend. We will gather for morning and evening prayers/compline each day and will celebrate the Eucharist on Saturday and Sunday.”
For more information and booking form: Liebfrauenberg Weekend 2018
Protestant retreat centre Liebfrauenberg nr. Goersdorf in northern Alsace. (Photo Wiki Commons Goersdorf)
Maryline William-Smith writes:
Anny’s wonderful talents have given us this year an excellent charity calendar and under her wise management, the bredele baking team has had its best production year so far.
With grateful thanks to all those lovely people who participated recently in the baking and/or packaging sessions, I’d like to confirm that our best crop of Bredele yet will be available for sale after Church on the Sundays in Advent while stocks last.
There have been some minor breakages and so today during the packaging session we tasted the quality of the varieties (well somebody has to!!) and we could confirm that the biscuits are absolutely delicious this year.
So do come with a generous heart and help ACAS, your church charity association, with plentiful purchases.
The baking team at work – and the result.
PS: Bredele, for newcomers, are spicy tasty biscuits that are baked during Advent in Alsace and are an indispensible ingredient of an Alsatian Christmas. Anny Samuels is an accomplished Bredele artist.
Catherine Emezie writes:
I am pleased to invite you to the next women’s bible study and end of year pot luck dinner on Friday 8 December. A big thank you to Murielle Richardson who is hosting us at their home – 16 rue St Louis, 1st floor. (Bus 10 ‘St Thomas’, Tram ‘Porte de l’hôpital’ or ‘Grand’Rue’). Please bring along a main dish or dessert/drink.
We will begin with an amusing but not serious quiz (we all get to ask a question, I will supply them). We will then listen to a couple of personal testimonies and briefly reflect on some of the studies we’ve done in 2017.
It promises to be a fun and relaxing evening so I hope to see as many women come along. Feel free to bring a friend along too.
Please save the future meeting dates (2018):
Friday 19 January at 18.45
Friday 16 February at 18.45
Saturday 24 March at 09.00 breakfast meeting.