Conversations on Prayer / Entretiens sur la prière

Mark Barwick writes:
‘Lord, teach us to pray…’ the disciples to Jesus in Luke 11:1
« Seigneur, apprends-nous à prier … » les disciples à Jésus dans Luc 11.1
You are invited to join in one or both informal discussions on prayer.  How do we pray?  Is there a ‘right’ way to pray?  What can I learn from others from their experience of prayer?  What is prayer anyway? What is the place of meditation and silence?  How can I make prayer a more important part of my life?
Vous êtes invités à participer à deux échanges informels sur la prière.  Comment prions-nous ?  Y a-t-il une « correcte » façon de prier ?  Qu’est-ce que je peux apprendre à partir de l’expérience des autres?  C’est quoi la prière ?  et qu’est-ce que la méditation et le silence ?  Comment donner la prière une place plus importante dans ma vie ?
Tuesdays/mardis at 18h30, 26th of June and 3rd of July
12 avenue de la Forêt-Noire

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.

Soirée Recreative Malgache le 17 mars

On 5 January a cyclone  hit the east coast of Madagascar, causing extensive damage in many places, especially in the settlement of Foulpointe which had already been devastated by a hurricane and fire the year before. Our church with its charitable associations  ACAS and ACAMA is involved in supporting  the Anglican community in Foulpointe so that the church building may be reconstructed, and homes built for the many church members who have literally lost the roofs over their heads.  Foulpointe is the site where Anglican missionaries first set foot in Madagascar in 1863.
Worship Leader Voahangy Ramananjatovo writes:
“Nous sommes rentrés (de Madagascar) avec beaucoup de peine en laissant la famille et les malagasy là bas. Mais encouragés,  car ils vivent avec beaucoup de difficultés: pollution manque d’hygiène, d’eau, malnourris, pauvreté extrême… et nous ici avons la chance de pouvoir partager, de prier pour que les malagasy vivent avec décence.”
On 17 March at 16.00h ACAMA, the charitable association of the Malgache Anglicans, is organising a Soirée Recreative at the Salle de Fêtes of the Muensterhof, 9 rue des Juifs, Strasbourg.  All are invited to come and enjoy the company, music and good food of our Malgache church members and to give generously to support the community in Foulpointe.

Last year St. Alban’s charitable organisation, ACAS, was able to donate €500 to enable rebuilding of the Anglican church at Foulpointe to continue.  These recent photos show what progress has been made – and how much still needs to be done.

 

 

 

Tuesday Bible Study of the Gospel of Mark

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.

Early Call Prayer Breakfast starts again

 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.

Autour de la Table – Around the Table

Un temps de rencontre et de partage entre nos paroisses de voisinage
Dernier Appel!! Des groupes se forment avec la participation 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 Mark pour plus d’information.  Groups are presently being formed, 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 Mark for more details.
Flyer: Autour de la Table0001

 

Lent: Tuesday Bible Study of the Gospel of Mark.

Lent is a season of prayer, penitence and conversion in the life of the Church. Let us pray for one another, as we prepare for the Easter Feast.
Le Carême est une saison de prière, de pénitence et de conversion dans la vie de l’Église. Prions les uns pour les autres, alors que nous nous préparons pour la fête de Pâques.
Lent is an important season for the deepening of our faith.  Beginning on Tuesday 20th February Fr. Mark and others will lead us through an exploration of the essential meaning and purpose of Mark’s Gospel. We will meet for five consecutive Tuesdays 19.00 –  20.30h at the new Chaplaincy flat, 12 ave. de la Forêt Noire (nearest tram stop Gallia, trams C, E, F, nearest bus stop Brant Université, bus n°. 10, 15a, 30, 72), ending with Compline.  Rowan Williams’ book, Meeting God in Mark, will be our guide.

 

2 March: World Day of Prayer : Journée Mondiale de Prière

The  World Day of Prayer is over one hundred years old and is celebrated in almost all the countries of the world.  This year it has been prepared by women from Surinam, and their motto is: “Voilà, cela était très bon!”.
On Friday 2 March at 15h an ecumenical service will take place at the Église méthodiste SION, Place Benjamin Zix in La Petite France (Bus n° 10, Arrêt St Thomas-Finkwiller, Tram A ou D, Arrêt Grand’rue).   This service in Strasbourg has been prepared by women from Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Lutheran and Reformed churches and from the Salvation Army.
All women and men are welcome to attend the service and stay on afterwards for a “verre d’amitié” to meet fellow-Christians from other churches.
For more information: WDP 20180001

 

La Justice Est-Elle Possible?

Trois soirées de conférence de d’échange en collaboration avec d’autres églises du voisinage: les paroisses catholique de l’Esplanade, de St-Maurice et St-Bernard et la paroisse protestante de St-Matthieu.
Jeudi 15 février: Dieu est-il juste ? La justice selon la Bible. 
Jeudi 22 février: Juger selon la justice ?
Jeudi 22 mars: Juger, restaurer, guérir: la justice restaurative.
Plus d’information: La Justice 2.180001

“Prayer”: Liebfrauenberg Weekend 16 – 18 March 2018

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)