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 !”

Season of Creation

Each year, from 1 September, the Global Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, to 4 October, the Feast of St Francis of Assisi, many Anglicans use the Season of Creation – also known as Creation Time –  to pray and celebrate with creation, focus on the story of Earth and commit to a ministry of healing the Earth. Our Sunday School will take up this theme over the coming weeks.

‘We who recognise that all good things come from the Divine Creator have taken too long to acknowledge that the living-out of our beliefs concerns deeply the care and nurture of all living things and the environment on which they depend.’

Nous qui reconnaissons que toutes bonnes choses viennent du Créateur Divin ont mis trop de temps à reconnaître que vivre de nos croyances concerne profondément le respect et la préservation de tous les êtres vivants et de l’environnement dont ils dépendent.’

Desmond Tutu, Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town

Rivier Apartment: Help still needed

Many thanks to all who have helped recently in preparing the apartment of Nick Rivier for our use, beginning in September. That is when the Dominican community will start carrying out much-needed renovation work at the Centre Mounier. The Sunday School will then meet at the Rivier apartment and that is where we can go after church for coffee.

We still could use a hand for the few tasks that remain. Please contact the Wardens Pauline Dif  06 76 80 30 17 and/or Anny Samuels 06 67 57 20 56 to volunteer!

Un grand merci à tous ceux qui se sont récemment retroussés les manches pour préparer l’appartement de Nick Rivier. Nous avons toujours besoin d’un coup de main avec un certain nombre de tâches qui restent. Veuillez contacter Pauline Dif  06 76 80 30 17 et/or Anny Samuels 06 67 57 20 56pour nous aider !

The dedication of the Rivier apartment will be on Sunday 8th September after church.

Café Rivier: Help urgently needed.

From September onwards the Centre Mounier, where Sunday School sessions are held and we meet for coffee after the services, will become a building site, as the Dominican community carries out much-needed renovation work. Thanks to the generosity of Dr. Nick Rivier, a long-term member of our church, we will be able to use his apartment next door to the Centre Mounier on Sundays for Sunday School and coffee.  A certain amount of renovation work  is needed here and helpers are urgently required over the summer for a variety of jobs,  particularly for painting.

Cafe Rivier renovation work                          

Cafe Rivier suite des travaux

If you have some spare time before the beginning of September and can help in any way, please contact

Anny Samuels    annysamuels@gmail.com

Pauline Dif     paulinejoy.dif@gmail.com