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December & January News

December Services

  • Thursday 24th December 16:30 at Talence – Advent Service at Talence – Heather Gardiner
  • Friday 25th December at 10:30 via Zoom – Christmas Day Prayers – Heather Gardiner
  • Sunday 27th December at 15:30 at Talence – Family Communion – Rev’d Tony Lomas

January Services

Services will be as usual at 15.30 at the Protestant Church, 283 rue Frédéric Sévène, 33400 TALENCE Directions here: Directions

  • Sunday 3 January All Age Worship Heather Gardiner
  • Sunday 10 January Service of the Word Nellie Salvi
  • Sunday 17 January Family Communion Revd Tony Lomas
  • Sunday 24 January Worship Service for Christian Unity Christine Rychlewski
  • Sunday 31 January Family Communion Revd Tony Lomas

Chaplaincy Women’s (on-line) Retreat: Saturday 9 Jan. Theme “Today I choose Joy” (see the main section of the ‘Spreading the Word’ magazine)

The Bordeaux Church website has constantly updated information of all our services and fellowship activities here:

Please check the website regularly to confirm Sunday and Special Services in these pandemic times!

Zooming in to Pray

Please zoom in to the Sunday morning prayer meetings at 10 am via Zoom or by telephone. This wonderful time of prayer fellowship has attracted a group of people who have been praying about things close to their hearts.

Contact Heather Gardiner ( ) to receive an email with the Zoom link or to receive the phone number to call in.

For those who are unable to join us physically, don’t forget to join others throughout the Chaplaincy in virtual worship at whatever time is convenient for you here: Online Services and Sermons

Don’t forget to click on Church Online for short messages from the Chaplain.

Bordeaux Ecumenical Activities in 2021

At a meeting with the Roman Catholic parishes of St Augustin and Mérignac and the EPUF Protestant church in Mérignac, the following ecumenical events were scheduled, subject to pandemic restrictions:

Joint Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Service at Eglise St Augustin Sunday 17 January at 10.30

The format proposed this year by the Protestant Sisters of Grandchamp, Switzerland, is in 5 parts, similar to the Vigiles services some of us have attended at por annual retreat at Belloc.

It was suggested that each church should lead a section, with all the worship leaders joining in the Blessing and Dismissal.

The Anglican community has been asked to lead Part 2:

  • Psalm 85
  • Reading: 1 Corinthians 1, 10-13
  • Intercessions with Kyrie Eleison response
  • Sharing the Peace (COVID-style)
  • Song: Lumière de Dieu (Light of God)

If you would like to be involved in this, please contact Christine Rychlewski (06 81 85 72 97)

Taizé Prayer Services:

This regular feature of the St Augustin-Mérignac Ecumenical Community will be held on the following dates:

  • Thursday 31 December at 18.00: Prayer for the New Year at Eglise St Bernadette, Mérignac map
  • Friday 26 February at 20.30 at the Temple in Mérignac map
  • Friday 28 May at 20.30 at Eglise St Augustin map

No information is yet available on the usual ecumenical Easter Morning gathering on 4th April.

Inventive Worship

When the government took drastic measures at the end of October, limiting face-to-face worship services to a strict minimum, one had to be inventive!

A Zoom service, transmitted at the same time on facebook, was a great opportunity for many to join in.

Our regular Services once again at the Protestant Church in Talence – Hallelujah!

After confinement #2, we’re back to worshipping in Talence in an almost normal fashion.

Distancing, disinfecting, and masking are musts but since we’re now accustomed to that, services are running smoothly.

Special thanks to our Worship Leaders who have been so creative and inspiring, and to all of the volunteers who are helping out in one fashion or another.


This year due to Covid, we could not gather face to face for our annual Christmas Bazaar fund-raiser. One of the most popular stalls is The Silent
where ‘promises’ are donated, anonymous bids are placed and the highest bid wins. In 2020 like many aspects of our life in these difficult times, we went virtual.

Sixteen generous promises were donated ranging from one hour of ironing, a week’s stay in a chateau, gardening, an acrylic painting tutorial through to a visit to the Pomerol wine region.  The online bidding for the home cooked Indian meal delivered to your home was particularly ‘hotly’ contested and competitive!

Thank you to those who donated and thank you to all the online bidders complete with their creative pseudonyms such as Calluna, Amos, Dr Watson, 007, Tiga, Printemps, etc. Thank you again for your generosity which raised 1550€ of which 10% is divided between our local charities Le Foyer Fraternel Gouffrand and La Maison de Marie with the remainder to support the running of the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine and our church here in Bordeaux.

And lastly, as 2020 closes (for which we are grateful!), we pray for a

Happy, Healthy and Blessed New Year 2021