He’s made it! – Frederick completes his walking challenge for ACAS

Sunday 5 July: the supporters have assembled with masks and plenty of social distance, the barbecue is fired up, Nigel and Bill’s cameras and microphones are at the ready and the hero of the hour, Frederick William-Smith, embarks on his 89th lap around his house with his walker.

The last-but-one lap

For the last, the 90th lap, however, he discards the walker and relies instead entirely on his two sticks. 35 days after he embarked upon this venture, he completes the last lap and achieves the goal he set himself, to walk a total of 9 km. around the perimeter of his house. Neither heat nor cold, sunshine or rain have deterred him.

90 laps completed




Aged 90 – hence 90 laps – and only three months after having had a toe amputated, Frederick has proved equal to the challenge of raising  as much money as possible from donations to support the charitable giving of St. Alban’s. All those who have sponsored Frederick’s 90 laps are helping Christian school children in Pakistan to complete their education, are enabling the storm-ravaged church of the Anglican church in Foulpointe, in Madagascar,to be rebuilt and are supporting refugees in Strasbourg.

Thanks and congratulations to Frederick and his wife Maryline, and to all those who have supported this venture. Frederick has proved that even under the most arduous of Corona restrictions a man with a sense of purpose can achieve great things!

Congratulations Frederick William-Smith

Plenty of encouragement

Regards croisés sur la Reforme

This is the title of a series of evening meetings organised by the local Strasbourg Catholic and Protestant parishes in cooperation with St. Alban’s to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The second session will be about the development of Anglicanism.  The talks will be given in French.
Monday 6 March:  Il y a 500 ans, la Reforme.
20.15h, Eglise du Christ Ressuscité, 4 rue de Palerme.  Speakers: Anne Heintz and Jean Arbogast.
Monday 13 March: La Réforme ou les Réformes? La famille anglicane.
2015h, Eglise St. Matthieu, 97 bld. d’Anvers.  Speakers: Christine Bloomfield and John Murray.
Monday 27 March: Chrétiens ensemble aujourd’hui: témoins d’actions et d’accords oecuméniques
20.15h, Eglise St. Bernard, 4 bld. J-S. Bach.

27 January 2017 Women’s Bible Study meeting

The next meeting of the Women’s Bible Study group will be on Friday 27 January at 18.45h, at the home of David and Diana Cowley,  5 rue de Londres, Esplanade.  The nearest tram stop is Esplanade, trams C and E and the 15 bus.

Save the date:  the Women’s Bible Study group will meet again on  Friday 24 February at 18.45h, at the home of David and Diana Cowley.

Liebfrauenberg Weekend 11th – 13th March 2016

A weekend retreat on the topic “Love bade me Welcome: the priest and poet George Herbert expresses the Gospel in poetry”.

Leader: The Venerable Colin Williams, Archdeacon of Eastern and Northern Europe and Germany.

Liebfrauenberg, a former pilgrimage site and monastery , is a retreat centre on a hill with woods and wonderful view near Woerth in northern Alsace.  Every springtime, generally in Lent, members of the Anglican chaplaincies of Strasbourg, Heidelberg and Stuttgart meet here for a residential weekend.    As well as study and discussion of the given topic there is time to enjoy the company of friends and to make new ones, to worship together, walk in this beautiful area and enjoy rest and relaxation.  All are warmly invited to come and join in.  Children are always welcome.

The weekend starts with supper on the evening of Friday 11th March at 6.30pm and finishes at teatime on Sunday 13th March at about 3pm.  It is possible to come for just part of the time if you cannot make it for a whole weekend. If there are four or more children coming there will be a programme especially for them.  And on Saturday evening there is a long-standing tradition of visiting the local village for “tarte flambée”.

The leader this year, the Ven. Colin Williams, was recently appointed Archdeacon of Eastern and Northern Europa and Germany. Colin has been a parish priest in Liverpool, Lancashire and Shropshire, Archdeacon of Lancaster and was the General Secretary of the Conference of European Churches until 2010.

George Herbert (1593-1633) was a poet, orator and Anglican priest; some of his poems are familiar as the texts of hymns including “King of Glory, King of Peace”, “Let All the World in Every Corner Sing”  and “Teach me, my God and King”.

Colin will spend a session on what George Herbert teaches us about the Church of England. We will look at some of his poetry and what it has to say about our understanding of what is means to be a follower of Jesus Christ – for example, in our prayers and our sense of the sacrament of the present moment.  We shall see how in his poetry George Herbert widens our understanding of our incarnate, crucified and risen Lord.


Every effort is made to keep costs as low as possible but unfortunately this year it has  been necessary to make a small increase. The price is all inclusive with full board.  All the rooms have ensuite bathrooms.

Adults:                                    €75 each day

Young people 13-17 yrs       €54 each day

Children 4-12 yrs                   €40 each day

Children under 4 yrs             no charge.

If you would like to come but find the price difficult to afford please speak to the local Strasbourg organisers, John and Diane Murray (email: john.murray67@googlemail.com).

If you are going to come please use the booking form and let the organisers know by 28 February.

Booking form Lbfrberg 20160001 Email to:  john.murray67@googlemail.com

For more information about Liebfrauenberg see  http://www.eglise-autrement.com/