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What a wonderful Braderie weekend!

What a wonderful weekend at this year’s Braderie!  It must have been all those prayers, beautiful weather, great teamwork, tweaked prices and hard work at the ovens which all contributed to making this such a successful event. The new awnings gave a very smart, professional appearance and were no doubt a crowd puller. At the end…

Working with migrants and refugees in Calais

Christ Church has been supporting work amongst the refugees and migrants in Calais on the channel coast for a few years now. We have sent donations, offered friendship and clothes, food and biscuits as requested by those on the spot. Our sister churches in the Pas de Calais have also been involved, particularly by Br Johannes’ presence on a Sunday at the…

Not in God’s name

“Not In God’s Name” is the title of a book by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, former Chief Rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth from 1991 to 2013. It is a book recommended during our Bible studies last week at Archdeaconry Synod in Brittany. It landed in my post box yesterday and it struck me that the title sums up my…

Live from the General Synod in London

Many of you will know that I am a member of the Church of England’s General Synod and am in London this week for our February group of sessions. You can see the full Agenda for this week at this link. One item of interest for us is GS 2046 where there is draft legislation to allow greater participation by people of…

Advent Appeal

Once again this year we are supporting the Mission to Seafarers as they bring a little joy to seafarers far from home and family this Christmas. The Mission to Seafarers cares for the practical and spiritual welfare of seafarers of all nationalities and faiths in some 230 ports around the world. Working through a network of chaplains, lay staff and volunteers, they…

Guest blog by Katharina Lack

Katharina collected a first carload of biscuits for her work with migrants in Calais on Sunday 2 October and wrote to thank us:

Thank you SO much for your overwhelming kindness. I was so proud of the Christ Church community yesterday when we unloaded my car at the warehouse in Calais. You should have seen the other volunteers’ faces. 🙂

Summer holiday time

As I write, we are coming to the end of June, and the schools will soon be breaking up for the summer holidays. Whether you are able to go away, or simply take a break from work, I hope you and your families and friends will have a safe and happy time this summer, and…

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