CHRIST CHURCH BRITTANY
‘To know Jesus Christ and make Him Known’
Ploërmel + Huelgoat + Rostrenen
Newsletter August 2009
Church Office : La Source, 14 rue Général Dubreton, 56800 Ploërmel
Tel: 02 97 74 24 82 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Ecumenical service at Carnac on the 4th of August
All those getting married in the summer months, that their lives may
be filled with the joy of loving Christ and each other.
That there will be enough volunteers to help organise and run the
FUNdraising efforts in the Autumn
Priest-in-Charge: Revd Hazel Door
79 rue Glatinier, 56120 Josselin
Tel: 02 97 22 31 38
Churchwarden: Greg West (02 97 93 57 87)
Huelgoat: Keith Beswetherick (Tel: 02 98 78 21 28)
Rostrenen: Robin and Laura Hillman (Tel: 02 97 51 74 26)
CHAPLAINCY OF CHRIST CHURCH BRITTANY
PART OF THE DIOCESE IN EUROPE (CHURCH OF ENGLAND)
SERVICES FOR AUGUST 2009
2nd Trinity 8 11-00 Holy Communion Order 1
9th Trinity 9 11-00 Prayer and Praise followed by shared
16th Trinity 10 11-00 Holy Communion Order 1
23rd Trinity 11 11-00 Family service with Holy Communion
30th Trinity 12 11-00 Something different
ROSTRENEN - Chapelle du Manoir de Campostal.
9th Trinity 9 10.30 Holy Communion Order 1
23rd Trinity 11 10-30 Holy Communion Order 1
HUELGOAT - Parish Church in the town centre
9th Trinity 9 18-30 Holy Communion Order 1
For further information about any of these services please get in touch
with The Rev’d Hazel Door, Churchwarden or the local contacts.
DATES FOR YOUR DIARY/FORTHCOMING EVENTS
Fellowship Meetings – August 2009
There are no meetings planned during August, please see the next
Newsletter for details of the September meetings. For further information
please contact Joyce and Alex Fraser on 02 96 56 13 22 or e-mail
The Home Group meets regularly at either Joy Morin’s home in Redon or at
Maureen Wilson’s in Glénac. If you would like further information about the
Group and the date of the next meeting please contact Joy on 02 99 71 12
30 or Maureen on 02 99 08 21 94.
Rostrenen Home Group
The next meeting will be on Tuesday September 1st starting at 2.30pm and
ending with afternoon tea. We shall meet at the home of Julia Evans,
Kertanguellou, Glomel (phone Julia on 02 96 24 22 53 for directions). We are
continuing the study of the book of Revelation. All are welcome: for further
information phone Robin or Laura Hillman (02 97 51 74 26).
Meetings usually take place at the Chapel at David and Rebecca Pugh’s on
Tuesday evenings at 6.00pm. For further information and to check on dates
beforehand please contact Rebecca or David on 02 98 35 46 59.
This Fellowship Group will meet on Tuesday 4th and 18th August at the home
of Val and Dave Smith at La Née. It will start at 12 noon with a Bring and
Share Lunch. All are welcome. For further information please ring Val on
02 97 75 25 32.
Joint Ecumenical Service, Carnac - 4th August 2009
Tuesday August 4th 11 am Carnac, Espace Spirituel de Locmaria-Plage, 5
avenue des Saules.
This year's Ecumenical Service will be led by the Eglise Réformée and will
be followed by a 'pot de l'amitié'. Bring a picnic and stay to enjoy a time of
fellowship with our friends from other churches. It is always an enjoyable
occasion and we hope to see lots of you there to represent Christ Church.
Further details from Robin or Laura Hillman, 02 97 51 74 26.
Map showing location for the service below:
Social Evening – Ploermel
Another social evening is planned for the first Friday in August, the 7 th,
commencing at 7.30pm and finishing at about 10.00pm. The last social was
a great success with 26 people attending and a great evening of music,
songs (In English, French and Geordie) and even a lesson in dancing the
Irish jig was experienced. This is a great chance to have a fun evening so
why not come along and join us. Refreshments are available, or bring your
own wine. For more information please contact John & Helen Edge. Tel: 02
97 74 97 96.
A party in the vicarage garden is in the planning stages and further
information will be available soon.
We are also in the early stages of planning a fete to take place in the Autumn
in the Salle de Fête in Ploermel. We urgently need someone to co-ordinate
the arrangements so if you are interested and can help please contact Hazel
in the first instance.
Reminder - Christmas Shoebox Appeal
It may seem a little early but when you start planning your Christmas this
year, why not share some of the joy and fun?
Operation Christmas Child is a project run by Samaritan’s Purse
International, a Christian relief and development charity. So – how do you
send Christmas to a child in a shoe box? It’s easy! Simply take an empty
shoe box, wrap it in gift paper (lid and box separately) and fill it with toys,
educational supplies, hats and scarves and other items that will bring joy to a
Our church is taking part again this year so would you please begin to set
aside those shoe boxes and further information will be included in future
OTHER NEWS AND MATTERS
The Quiz Night held at La Source was a great success with 28 people
participating, testing their knowledge and in the process raising 300 Euros for
church funds. The questions were tough but everyone had a great time so a
big thanks to the friends of Hazel and Martin who travelled all the way from
the Poitou Charente to run this event for us. Also a special very big thank
you to Hazel who planned and cooked supper for all those attending; a
mammoth task, but which rewarded all those present with a really splendid
meal of lasagne and salad followed by fresh fruit salad and/or tarte au
pomme. This really was an excellent evening and it is hoped that further quiz
nights can be arranged in the future at other locations in our Chaplaincy.
News from ICS
Can you speak French?
You may never have read a job advertisement for a Christian minister. If you
do, spare a prayer for the people who write them. In the 150 or so words
that are available, I have to catch the eye of prospective applicants, sum up
a church’s aspirations and the opportunities and challenges facing new
minister the an English-speaking church in, say, France, and mention
housing, pensions and the like. Quite a challenge, but one dioceses and
societies like ICS (part of whose rôle is to recruit chaplains) undertake
regularly. In July we advertised for a new chaplain for Holy Trinity Algiers. In
September we will advertise for a new chaplain for Cannes, a thriving long-
established international Anglican church in southern France. Both churches
want excellent Bible teachers with the ability to minister to people from a
wide range of countries, Christian traditions, economic circumstances … and
someone who can speak French. Arabic would also come in handy for
The adverts are all part of a process: the profile (written by the church
council) explains the church’s ministries, potential for mission and the local
context; conversations occur between ICS, the Archdeacon and the
chaplaincy; and two reps are selected by the chaplaincy to sit on the
interview panel. But, in the end, much prayer, informal conversations,
mailings, adverts and careful perusal of lists of clergy ‘looking for a move’ are
key to publicising the vacancy. So do pray that we might find gifted and able
new chaplains for Algiers and Cannes…and for
• The many who attended ICS’s church services for holidaymakers this
summer and who talked privately about Christian things to a chaplain:
may they have been helped to grow closer to Christ.
• New funding (we depend on donations to enable all our work) to enable
the appointment in Algiers: the present congregation is unable to afford
its own minister.
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Take time to THINK
It is the source of power
Take time to PLAY
It is the secret of perpetual youth
Take time to READ
It is the fountain of wisdom
Take time to PRAY
It is the greatest power on earth
Take time to LOVE
And BE LOVED, it is a God-given privilege
Take time to BE FRIENDLY
It is the road to happiness
Take time to LAUGH
It is the music of the soul
Take time to GIVE
It is too short a day to be selfish
Take time to WORK
It is the price of success
Take time to DO CHARITY
It is the key to heaven.
You who are over us, You who are one of us, You who are also within us,
May all see you in me also, May I prepare the way for you, May I thank you
for all that shall fall to my lot, May I also not forget the needs of others... Give
me a pure heart - that I may see you, A humble heart - that I may hear you, A
heart of love - that I may serve you, A heart of faith - that I may abide in you.
- Dag Hammarskjold, 1905-1961.
I was recently sent one of those circulating emails that tend to clutter
everyone’s inboxes. For some reason I paid attention to this one.
What is the longest chapter in the Bible: Psalm 119. And the shortest chapter
is Psalm 117. And the centre verse of the Bible is Psalm 118:8 "It is better to
trust in the Lord than to put confidence in man." Isn't it funny that the centre
of God's word is to put your trust in Him?
I’m not sure that funny is the right word, are you? When we acknowledge
Jesus as Lord, we are to place him at the centre of our lives. Looking through
a prayer book I came upon this one:
Jesus, be the Lord of my life today in new ways.
Change me any way you want.
Wash me clean from every sin.
Fill me with your Holy Spirit.
Make me a channel of your love and grace.
Make me an instrument of your mercy and justice.
Bring glory to yourself in me and through me.
If it pleases you, use me today to lead people into this journey of exalting
you as Lord, for all you are, by sharing this prayer with others. I pray in the
Mighty Name of Jesus. Amen
As I began praying it, I thought about how radical this is–it’s utterly yielding
one’s self to the Lord to have His way with me. “Here I am, Lord; I’m all
yours.” Here am I. Send me! Which as many of you will realise is from
Isaiah 6:8. (and also features as the theme of one of my favourite hymns).
But what happens when we pray “Jesus, be the Lord of my life…change me,
fill me, use me…” then, when He actually shows us something specific, we
turn away sad because we’re afraid to let go of the life we’re living? Will we
be too weak to really let Him be Lord of our lives in new ways? Will we be too
afraid to let Him change us any way He wants?
I feel like the father in the story in Mark 9. Jesus said, regarding the healing
of the man’s son, “Everything is possible for him who believes.” Immediately
the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!”
So my prayer is this: I want you to change me, Lord; help the part of me
that’s afraid to change!
And I’m comforted by what Jesus told his disciples after the rich young man
went away. ”With man this is impossible, but not with God; all things are
possible with God.” (Mark 10:27). When it feels impossible to yield
completely, remember that with God all things are possible.
Jesus, be Lord of my life in new ways…and help me let you be Lord of my
life in new ways.
Christ Church Newsletter Contributions: for the September
2009 issue, please e-mail (or post) your contributions to
Chris Wilson at email@example.com, the deadline
is Monday 17th August 2009.