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.
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 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.
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
Wednesday 13 November - Meeting of the The Prayer Group. Meets at Saint-Joseph de Mont-Rouge, just north of Puimisson, from 10.30 am to 11.30 am. All are welcome. See map on home page for directions.
Wednesday group meeting on 20 November. 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.
Succession Planning Meeting - 18 November at Patricia's home
Sunday 24 November,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).
Wedensday 27 November. Meeting of the Church Council - 2.30 PM at Jenny Morgan's home.
Sunday 8 December, 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).
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!
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 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
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.
For the Fallen, Laurence Binyon
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow old:
Age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
We will remember them.
Extract from Charge of the Light Brigade by Lord Tennyson
Half a league, half a league, Half a league onward, All in the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
“Forward, the Light Brigade! Charge for the guns!” he said: Into the valley of Death Rode the six hundred.
When can their glory fade?
O the wild charge they made! All the world wonder’d.
Honour the charge they made! Honour the Light Brigade, Noble six hundred!
In Flanders Fields by John McCrae
In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.
We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie,
In Flanders fields.
Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.
John McRae was a Canadian doctor who served as a Lieutenant Colonel in the First World War. He died on the battlefield in 1918.
Extract from The Old Issue by Rudyard Kipling A well-known quote often shared to commemorate the lives of fallen soldiers came from Kipling’s The Old Issue.
‘When you go home, tell them of us and say, for their tomorrow we gave our today.’
To contact our church, please use one of the following methods:
Telephone: +33 (0)6 60 24 54 57
Main email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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The church regularly informs parishioners of forth coming events via email. If you would like to receive these emails and are not already our email contact list, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org requesting that your name is added to the list.
Photograph - Chapel of the Église Protestante
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
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