We are a mixed group of different ages, backgrounds and traditions, who meet in the Chapel of the Église Protestante Unie de France in the village of St Pargoire, 10 km north east of Pézenas. St Pargoire is within a 60 minute drive of Montpellier, Béziers, Lodève, Sète and Narbonne. We'd love to welcome you to our services and church events, especially if you are new to our "Parish".
Our chaplaincy is one of the 85 chaplaincies in the Archdeaconry of France within the Church of England'sDiocese in Europe. Click here for the Archdeaconry website in a new window.
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Although there is now light at the end of the coronavirus tunnel, many of us are in the 'vulnerable' category. We really don't want to take risks with your health and so we won't be meeting socially or to worship until it's clearly safe to do so. I hope that you will keep in touch with your friends from All Saints by phone, e-mail and social media. Let's look after each other.
Each time that there would have been a service we publish instead a podcast, an on-line service rather like a radio programme with pictures. Made by and for people from All Saints, it's called 'Church Chez Nous'. Click on the 'Church-Chez-Nous' tab above for the latest ones. We send a reminder to congregation members when a new one is available. Even though we can't be together physically, I think it's a good thing to worship at more-or-less the same time as each other if possible.
On Ash Wednesday, 17 February, our diocese held a Zoom on-line service with a rather good homily by Bishop Robert. It should still be available on YouTube here and you will find the Order of Service here.
Lent Coffee Mornings by Zoom are to be on five Wednesday mornings, 10.30 to 11.30 am, starting on 24 February. More information is on the ‘OUR CHURCH’ main tab or click here.
Lent Lunch donations Sadly Covid-19 prevents us from holding our fund-raising lunches. If you would nevertheless like to donate to Bishop Robert's appeal (information below), please send your contribution to Nigel. If you use a Euros Pledge Form to be found on the ADMIN page here, under Finance, Planned Giving, he will issue a reçu fiscal for your tax return.
Bishop Robert's Lent Appeal this year is concerned with restarting ordained ministry in a chaplaincy that has gone through tough times but where there is great potential. The new chaplain is one of the (very few) stipendiary, trained curates from our own diocese. The Reverend Guy Diakese trained for the priesthood in Nigeria and Rome. He speaks French, English and Italian fluently and we are very proud of him as an example of black minority ethnic leadership in the Diocese. The money raised through this appeal will enable the beginning of Guy’s ministry in Liège, a former industrial city which is now home to large numbers of migrants from beyond Europe. The Bishop's full letter is here.
Carbon Net Zero Target: The General Synod of the Church of England at its meeting in February 2020 challenged the whole Church to reduce our target for net carbon emissions to zero by 2030. A recent letter from Bishop Robert about this ison the 'From the Diocese' page under the 'Our Church' tab.
Our Chaplain, Reader and Church Wardens
Revd Roger Smith
I moved to live permanently in the Hérault in 2011, after many years in Rothwell, Northants. As Chaplain, I am keen to welcome people of all types and traditions to All Saints.
Julie is a Reader in the Diocese of Europe.
Together with my husband Francis, we welcome people attending All Saints.
I also answer all the queries arising from e-mails, issue the notices and organise the rota, as well as preparing the church for worship and tidy up afterwards.
I am the backroom boy in the team. I produce the agendas and other papers for meetings.
I also deal with the correspondence between the Église protestante unie, the local administration and other local bodies.
A word on our church services and social events
In normal times church life focuses around the service of Holy Communion. Our regular services are on the first and third Sundays of the month at 10.30 am, but there are services or events at other times, especially on notable days in the Church's year, such as Easter, Christmas and Lent. Refreshments are served after the service, providing an opportunity to chat and make friends.
From time to time, services are held at other chapels in the local area, including those in Margon, Puissalicon and Roquessels. We also are joint leaders at the annual Christmas carol service in Fontès. Directions to St Pargoire and these other venues can be found below.
We follow the order laid down in Common Worship introduced in 2000, which varies with the seasons of the Church's Year. Morning Prayer from Common Worship is also held occasionally. We have a monthly prayer group and also, twice each month, an informal study group followed by a shared lunch. Our Chaplain or, in certain situations, our Reader, also conduct baptisms (christenings), Confirmation classes, weddings and funerals.
During the year, we hold a number of social events to which all are invited. Perhaps you are a visitor to the Hérault, or someone contemplating making the Hérault a permanent feature of your life. Whatever the reason, we invite you to join us at one of our regular church services or social events. If you would like to speak to someone before attending a service or social event, please contact us here.
We look forward to welcoming you into our Church of England community in the Hérault.
Safeguarding is at the heart of our Christian faith. We are all made unique and in the image of God. Jesus came that we might have life and have it in abundance.
The chaplaincy takes its safeguarding obligations, for both our church and the wider church community, seriously. In common with other churches, we have systems in place to ensure that we meet our obligations. If you have any questions, you make speak with our safeguarding officer, Jenny Morgan, in complete confidence by clicking on the email link: email@example.com phoning her on 04 67 88 02 92. Alternatively, you can speak with Roger, Julie or one of the Churchwardens.
Full information is on the Safeguarding page on the OUR-CHURCH tab above: click here for direct access.