January 2024

It’s almost the end of January, the first month of our new year. Here in France we have until the very end of January to wish everyone we know a very happy and blessed new year. How has your year started?  For me, one of the highlights is the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. This is a time when all the Christian denominations, particularly here in Lille, get together and work together even more than we do throughout the rest of…

A coronation blog

Chaplain Debbie Flach writes: Looking around in church, it’s clear that we come from diverse backgrounds and Christian traditions, and few of us are UK nationals. That’s a cause for celebration here at Christ Church, but it’s also a reason to ask, “Why are we celebrating the coronation of the King of the United Kingdom?” King Charles III is not only King of the united Kingdom, but also Head of the Commonwealth. This is an important symbolic and unifying role.…

A summer letter from the Chaplain

It’s July already and the school holidays are about to start this weekend. July and August give us the opportunity to step back a bit and take a breather, whether you are staying home as I am, or planning a holiday. I was asked last week when the quiet weeks are at church, and I suppose it is fractionally quieter in the school holidays! Looking back over the past months we have seen steady growth in the number of people…

A New Year Message: the year of our Lord 2022

God is with us This New Year message to each of you begins with a statement that wherever we are, however good or not so good that we are feeling at the moment, God is present.Emmanuel, God with us, is not just an annual reminder of an event so many years ago, it is a statement and a promise that in the birth of our Saviour, God is with us. I am aware that many of you have had to…
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