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All Saints Hérault

The English Church at Saint Pargoire

The English Church in the Hérault. All Saints Hérault people 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, Beziers, Lodeve, Sete and Narbonne.

Church Life focuses around the service of Holy Communion. Our regular service is on the second Sunday of the month at 10.30 am, but there are often 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. These include chapels in Margon, Puissalicon, and Roquessels. We also are joint celebrants at the annual Christmas carol service in Fontès. Directions to St. Pargoire and these other venues can be found below.

Please check the "Our Church" tab on this website for details of upcoming services and events. We extend a warm welcome to all Christian people to join us at our services and church events, especially those new to our "Parish".

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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 Johnson 
Julie is a Reader in the Diocese of Europe.
Patricia
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. 
Nigel
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.

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. At different times of the year we hold services at other chapels in the area, reflecting events or wishes of our parishioners. We have a monthly prayer group and also, twice each month, an informal study group followed by a shared lunch. Our Chaplain or our Reader also conduct 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 use one of the contact methods below.

WE LOOK FORWARD TO WARMLY WELCOMING YOU INTO OUR CHURCH OF ENGLAND COMMUNITY IN THE HÉRAULT

Next Service or Event

December 2019

Sunday 15 December, Annual Fontès Carol Service at 3.00 pm. Please come along. Mince pies and wine available as usual after the service. The service is held in l’église de Saint Hippolyte, Fontès.

Tuesday 24 December Christmas Eve service at 7.30 pm. Holy Communion at All Saints Hérault. Please note the time is one hour later than usual!

January 2020

Wednesday 8 January - Meeting of the Prayer Group at Saint-Joseph de Mont-Rouge, just north of Puimisson, from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. See map below.

Sunday 12 January, Holy Communion at All Saints Hérault. Service starts at 10:30. All are welcome at the service and to stay on afterwards for coffee and a catch-up. (Common Worship).

Wednesday group meeting on 15 January. Venue TBA.  Led by Jim and Phyl Mallett, the group study uses a video-based course called 'Jesus the Game Changer'. It finishes at midday and is followed by a bring-and-share lunch. All are welcome at the meeting. Please contact Jim Mallett or one of the Churchwardens for more information.

Sunday 26 January, Holy Communion at All Saints Hérault. Service starts at 10:30. All are welcome at the service and to stay on afterwards for coffee and a catch-up. (Common Worship).

Meeting of the Church Council - Wednesday 29 January 2020, starting at 14:30. Please let Roger or one of the Churchwardens know if you wish to submit a issue or topic for discussion by the members of the Council. This meeting precedes the AGM to be held on 22 March 2020. (Which also happens to be Mothering Sunday)

Advance Information. There will be joint Ecumenical event with local churches at the end of January. The date is yet to be fixed and will be announced early in January 2020.

Safeguarding

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: ja.mor.gan@hotmail.com, or phoning her on 04 67 88 02 92. Alternatively, you can speak with Roger, Julie or one of the Churchwardens. 

If you would like to view our Safeguarding policies, please click on this link

Church Council

The Church Council works with the minister in promoting the mission of the church. The minister in charge of the parish and the PCC have a duty to consult together on matters of general concern and importance to the parish, and to co-operate in promoting in the parish the whole mission of the church: pastoral, evangelistic, social and ecumenical. This includes almost everything to do with the church’s work in the parish, and its relationship with the deanery and the diocese.

Click here for a list of current members of the council together with a group photograph.

Introduction to the Season of Advent

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The readings and liturgies not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement:

Every eye shall now behold him

robed in dreadful majesty.

(Charles Wesley)

The Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – have been traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is therefore expectation, rather than penitence, although the character of the season is easily coloured by an analogy with Lent.

The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22). Church decorations are simple and spare, and purple is the traditional liturgical colour. In the northern hemisphere, the Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas.

The lighting of candles on an Advent wreath was imported into Britain from northern Europe in the nineteenth century, and is now a common practice. The Moravian custom of the Christingle has similarly enjoyed great success in Britain since the latter part of the twentieth century, with the encouragement of the Children’s Society; Christingle services may take place before or after Christmas.

The Third Sunday of Advent was observed in medieval times as a splash of colour in the restrained atmosphere of Advent (Gaudeteor ‘Rose Sunday’), and the last days of Advent were marked by the sequence of Great ‘O’ Antiphons, which continue to inspire modern Advent hymns and meditations.

Contact Us

To contact our church, please use one of the following methods:
Telephone:  +33 (0)6 60 24 54 57
Main email: achstp@gmail.com
Articles for Website: achstpwebsite@gmail.com

The church regularly informs parishioners of forth coming events via email.

If you would like to receive these communications and are not already our email contact list, please send an email to achstp@gmail.com requesting that your name is added to the list.

Photograph - Chapel of the Église Protestante in St. Pargoire

How To Find Us

We meet in the Chapel of the Église protestante unie de France (formerly the Église Reformée), in the village of Saint Pargoire, postcode 34320, 10 km north east of Pézenas. We are situated on the south side of the village, near the War Memorial, on the Avenue de la Gare, the Saint Pons de Mauchiens road.
There is limited roadside parking in the Avenue. Car parks are only a 5 minute walk away, one next to the school on the road to Saint Pons de Mauchiens, the other along the road opposite the church, Chemin de Saint Guilhem.
For a link to Google Street view, click on the Icon below

Other Venues

Maundy Thursday - Chapelle St. Guiraud in Puissalicon

Address: 2, Rue Saint-Guiraud, Puissalicon

Our Prayer group meets once a month at Saint Joseph de Mont-Rouge in Puimisson. The map below shows how to get to the Monastère

Address: 20 Rue du Château d'Eau, 34480 Puimisson

From time to time, we hold services in the chapel of the Chateau in the village of Margon

Each summer, we hold a service in the ancient chapel in Roquessels, situated high above the village of Roquessels. This service is normally followed by a shared lunch. 

 

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