Messages from the Chaplain

Messages from the Chaplain

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…

Books to read in Lent

If you’re looking for some reading during Lent, here are some suggestions in a list compiled by the Church House bookshop. And the Lent sermon series will take inspiration from the book by John Saxbee, the former Bishop of Lincoln: Waymarkers .

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…

Welcome Back

Debbie Flach writes: Welcome back to Christ Church; I hope that you had the opportunity to relax and take life gently after these long months of the pandemic. September sees the start of the new academic year and also new beginnings here at Christ Church. Together Our life together is always centred around our life as disciples of Christ, learning, growing, serving together. I repeat the word ‘together’ as it is together that we live and learn, and together that…

Sunday Club – ideas for you and your children

Over the next few weeks we will suggest some simple activities for you and your children. We want to help you build some simple routines that will sustain your faith and that of your children. We are very conscious about how much will have just landed on you from school – the last thing you need is for us to add to that. It could be as easy as deciding to read a Bible story and have a chat about…
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