AGM 2013 follow-up

Dear All

Many thanks to all who were able to be with us yesterday for the AGM. There will be minutes available soon for those who want to know what took place. It was great to get a new PCC signed-up and some new wardens.

There is still a post of Warden open and we can appoint a Warden during the year, so do continue to be open to God’s leading.

The meeting was a reminder too that we all need to be involved as far as we can in the day-to-day running of the church. So, in order for the wardens and deputies to do fulfill their roles we need others doing other things. I have attached a leaflet that might give you some ideas. It is designed to be printed on 2 sides of paper, so use your imagination as to which order you read it in!

The urgent need now is for people who will take responsibility for locking up the building after services, and counting the offering. These are jobs that wardens have traditionally done, but we want to release them from. Could you commit to doing this job every now and then? It would be a real blessing to us all.

Please have a look at the leaflet and whizz your replies to the office asap!

May God bless your week

Chris

Download the Get Involved Leaflet

 

Easter at St.Mark’s

 

Confirmation Service 17th February 2013

 

February 2013

Dedication of the new St Mark’s building, Versailles. 16th Feb 2013

An amazing collection of past and present members of the congregation of St Mark’s, Versailles gathered for the Dedication service in February.  It was a beautiful spring day and the congregation gathered outside the building so that Bishop David Hamid could begin the service by blessing the door and praying  ‘Peace be to this house and all who enter here.’ Bishop David, Churchwarden Alan Kendall and present Chaplain, Chris Maclay then prayed in various parts of the new Church and there was a great sense of worship and celebration. Bishop David preached, sharing some of his hopes and aspirations for the new building and the continuing church congregation.
Peter Milner gave an account of some of the stages of the building programme that had begun 25 years earlier with the purchase of the house and land on Rue du Pont Colbert. A version of this history is available on the Church website here. The service concluded with Communion and there was then a great lunch downstairs with many people catching up with one another. The congregation responsible for purchasing the land in the first place seemed to be particularly well represented and we had almost all of the Chaplains present.
The project is almost completely accomplished. The one remaining need will be to build a lift for disabled access between the ‘upstairs’ and the ‘downstairs’. But the main worship space is carpeted and heated, and the children’s work now has plenty more space to operate downstairs in the old worship area. So we wholeheartedly give thanks to God who has made this all possible without taking any commercial loans.
Our prayer is that the building would be greatly used by God to bring many to know him, and to enable the uniting of his church in the area and the facilitating of the church in France. Pray with us!

 

A History of St.Mark’s By Peter Milner

 

7th October 2012  Harvest Service 

7th October 2012

Harvest Service 


Today at St.Mark’s - Harvest Service

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Please come prepared with non-perishable food & toiletries gifts which we will give to the Diaconesses de Reuilly for their work with disadvantaged people. We will also take up a special offering for the Anglican Church in Athens.

 

Rivers Of Life

Rob and Catherine Davis from Rivers Of Life came to us last Sunday to present and explain what they have been doing out in Uganda and what they have been doing with our support from the REACH project.

If you would like to know more about Rivers Of Life and the work they do in Uganda you can visit their website at http://www.riveroflifeuganda.org/

You can also find them on facebook at http://www.facebook.com/riveroflifeuganda or on youtube at: http://www.youtube.com/user/riveroflifeuganda/videos .

 

FIRST WEDDING IN NEW SANCTUARY May 26th 2012  St Marks Versailles was blessed with its first wedding since the opening of its new Sanctuary this weekend with the marriage of Davy and Nicole. Members of the church for a few years, the wedding couple took their vows in front of 150 friends and family whilst Paul Kenchington officiated. Later we all shared in a Vin d’honneur in the garden of the Chaplain’s house whch was followed by a reception organised by the two families in the church lower room (our former sanctuary). May God bless the new couple in their life together strengthened by this commitment.

FIRST WEDDING IN NEW SANCTUARY May 26th 2012

St Marks Versailles was blessed with its first wedding since the opening of its new Sanctuary this weekend with the marriage of Davy and Nicole. Members of the church for a few years, the wedding couple took their vows in front of 150 friends and family whilst Paul Kenchington officiated. Later we all shared in a Vin d’honneur in the garden of the Chaplain’s house whch was followed by a reception organised by the two families in the church lower room (our former sanctuary). May God bless the new couple in their life together strengthened by this commitment.

 

First Service in New Sanctuary 13th May 2012

The new sanctuary was blessed on Sunday 13th May during a moving service at St Marks Versailles as Rev. Elaine Labourel led us in joyful worship.

Outside the sky was a radiant blue with not a cloud in the sky as the sun shone right in to provide a beautiful warm natural light.

Inside 150 expectant congregants were comfortably accommodated although we almost ran out of chairs! When the music started the acoustics were so good that everyone was overwhelmed by the clear sound that rang out. The band sounded like a host of 20.

Clean white walls and a rich green carpet had a simplicity that meant we all focused only on the Lord who was truly present among us.

Visibly moved by the occasion, Elaine first expressed how privileged she felt to lead the service after so much had been done by those that had served here before her, in particular Paul Kenchington whose drive had pushed us to finish the phase 3. All those previous chaplains and friends of St Marks that have contributed so much will be invited to the official inauguration on Sept 29th.

But for the moment Elaine turned our attention to the friendship and love that comes from Jesus with a simple and direct sermon based on John 15: 9-17

Barry Saunders thanked the building team and presented the architect Henri to the congregation. Henri’s father had been architect at the start of phase 1 and now his son had seen it through to this opening 22 years later.

Karen Thorley led the children through the blessing of the four corners (North South, East & West) and John, Alan & Karen helped Elaine as she blessed the functions of the building.

Holy Communion took a little longer than usual as we got used to a new layout and numbers broke all records. However no-one was in any hurry. Finally we joined in singing “Tell Out this world”, the same hymn that Paul & Elaine had chosen on the first day that we had accessed the building when Paul left us in September.

Our service was followed by a Vin d’Honneur organized by Debs and shared by many. Our mission now is to fill this place every week and bring the good news to as many as possible. With such a beautiful place to worship it will surely be a joy for us all.

 

A worshipping congregation!

Nearly finished! Only carpet on stage to be done. Grand opening on the 13th May.

 

First Service in New Worship Hall

We will be celebrating Holy Communion for the FIRST TIME in the new worship hall at 10.30am on Sunday 13th May. The service will be followed by a “vin d’honneur”. Come and join us celebrate the goodness of God!

 

April 2012

REACH NEWS: Both the Mairie de Versailles and the local health and safety authorities have given their go-ahead for the use of the building. In that knowledge, at the March PCC Meeting, the Council took the decision to launch the final phase of work to get the new Church building finished. The gift Day in March and subsequent promises has brought the final 20,000 euros which will enable the inside walls to be painted and the carpet tiles to be laid. This should be completed by end April. The building looks wonderful now with the Spring sun shining in on the white walls and the wooden roof. This has all been possible with help and support from many around Paris and the world. We are now planning the opening for May. Praise God…..and thank you all!

 

New Wine Europe Worship Day

 

Elaine Labourel on the radio en français !

 

New Chaplain Annouced

 

 

 

 


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