Church of England Services in the Alberes

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Post by Kit » Sat 03 Feb 2018 15:46

Ann and I have recently come to live permanently in Villelongue-dels-Monts. I am not an ordained Anglican priest but a licensed C of E lay service leader.

For 20 years before moving here, I had led Book of Common Prayer Matins and Evensong and Common Worship services (but not Eucharist) in country parishes near Andover.

A few people have asked me to lead services here and I am wondering what the level of interest might be. Venue would initially be a house group.

Please send me a message if you would be interested. Subject to the response, I would then speak to Revd David Phillips at Vernet-les-Bains to reassure him I am not trying to poach any of St George's flock. Dependant on David's feelings, I would then approach the Diocese of Europe to have my licence transferred from the Diocese of Winchester.

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Post by Kate » Sat 03 Feb 2018 18:17

Hi Kit and Anne and welcome. Might be worth contact Riverchurch too.
http://anglophone-direct.com/listing/riverchurch/

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Post by Kit » Sat 03 Feb 2018 18:32

Thanks, Kate, I'm happy to contact Moray at Riverchurch as well.

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Post by Helen » Sun 04 Feb 2018 17:04

Have you had any contact with the Anglican congregations just over the border in the Costa Brava area?

The first Sunday of every month there's a service in Pau - plus various house groups.

More info here: http://www.anglican-cb.org/contact-us/

Given the way they're organised there might be some useful experience to share.

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Post by Kit » Sun 04 Feb 2018 18:30

Thanks for this link, Helen - there is almost certainly some useful experience to share with the Costa Brava congregations.
Coming from the Alberes, both Vernet-les-Bains and Pau (to the north-west of Roses) are about 65/70 minutes drive. I recognise that all and any ex-pat activities are necessarily going to be spread over a large area and we cannot expect to find things on our doorstep as we might in UK.
However, my limited conversations do point toward a local need among those for whom distance/travelling time is an issue and I may be able to meet that need.

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Post by Helen » Sun 04 Feb 2018 19:38

However, my limited conversations do point toward a local need among those for whom distance/travelling time is an issue and I may be able to meet that need.

I'm sure you're right! The only reason I discovered the Costa Brava services was because I was trying to see if there was an option closer than Vernet! My elderly dad was staying with me - a retired Anglican priest! - and it was Easter.

But in the end we didn't go anywhere!

That was some years ago now.

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