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About our Church

In the main, the congregations comprise retired people who live in France, as well as folk who have second homes here, and holiday makers. Our congregations come from diverse Christian backgrounds.

For current church services please see our Home Page

 

Minutes of recent meetings

Minutes, Reports and Summaries of Previous ASV Meetings.

1st April 2017 Minutes of ASV Annual General  Meeting
1st April 2017 Minutes of ASV Open Forum (followed the Annual General Meeting)
4th March 2017, Summary of the Minutes of the Archdeacon's Visit
30th January 2017 ASV Council Meeting
12th January 2017 ASV Council Meeting
November 2016
October 2016

21st October 2016
Minutes of ASV Council Meeting. Click here
Please Note: The next ASV Council meeting will take place on 12th January 2017 and if anyone of our members has an item they would like included for discussion, then please send to : richard.rackham22@gmail.com

22nd August 2016
Minutes of ASV Council Meeting. Click here
Please Note: The next ASV Council meeting will take place on 14th November and if anyone of our members has an item they would like included for discussion, then please send to, (richard.rackham22@gmail.com)

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Rota for January to April 2017 Read it here
Please note that JC is reading on the 19th March and not KF

 

Pastoral Care

 

This can be described as the positive promotion of loving Christian care for each other; and covers all aspects of our individual and communal lives.  Because our congregations are dispersed over a wide area contacts have been named in each of the four quarters of the area covered by All Saints Vendée. If you need help, advice or information please phone one of the persons named below.

NW Vendée.   North of a line from Bretignolles to Chantonnay, west of a line from Chantonnay to Légé.
Contact   Jo Collinson   02 51 55 84 56

SW Vendée. South of a line from Bretignolles to Chantonnay, west of a line from Chantonnay to Marans.
There is no contact person at present. In case of emergency please contact David Pearson

N. Deux Sèvres/Vendée. North of a line from Ste Hermine to Parthenay, east of a line from Ste Hermine to Marans.
Contact: David Pearson 02 51 61 05 04 - or to leave a message: 09 63 01 83 78

S. Deux Sèvres/Vendée.  South of a line from Ste Hermine to Parthenay, west of a line from Ste Hermine to Marans.
No contact person at present. In case of emergency contact David Pearson

Pastoral Care Co-ordinator - David Pearson 02 51 61 05 04 - or to leave a message: 09 63 01 83 78

House Church Meetings – West Vendee

‘They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship and the breaking of bread and to prayer.’ Acts 2 v 42

‘…..They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts praising God.’ Acts 2 v 46-7
 
As a response to the gap left by the fortnightly services of the All Saints Vendee some members of the congregation in the West of the Vendee started to meet together regularly on the in- between Sundays. Over time (they started in 2009) the fellowship has changed as members come and go, but the founding elements remain - the coming together of Christian brothers and sisters to praise, read the gospel, pray, worship, sing joyfully break bread together in remembrance of the risen Christ and finally enjoy fellowship with one another in that other Christian tradition of eating a meal.
 Meeting in one another’s’ houses has meant we get to see different areas as well as consolidate the cohesion of the group. Although we all attend the Church of England services the House Church is a little freer in praise and worship. There are no designated leaders as such but each can contribute and add to the service as the Spirit moves. The host/hostess will lead a homily but as this is a shared role there no set emphasis on a particular format . You are welcome to join us!

For further information contact either June West, Linda Gorton or Toni Chandler.

Midweek Activities

Home Groups

There are currently 2 Home groups in existence which generally meet fortnightly. They provide a meeting place in which a small group can learn more about their faith, can take part in worship, and can share their knowledge and experiences in an informal non-threatening environment, where members feel free to open up about their faith and beliefs in comfortable and relaxed surroundings. The group decides what it is going to study or focus on using the numerous resources available. There is time for catching up and getting to know each other better over a cup of tea.
East Vendée . This group actually meets just over the border in Deux-Sèvres,  near L’Absie, about 16 kms. from Puy de Serre Church. Contact   Doug or Chris Green on 05 49 72 18 46.

South-west Vendée. A small group meeting in each member’s house in rotation.

The Ladies’ Circle,
The Ladies’ Circle meets on the 4th Thursday of each month in the commune of Mouillerons en Pareds. Its purpose is to share skills and talents in an atmosphere of friendly fellowship – and what a lot of talented and interesting people we have found among the group. Together we decide on our programme for the year.

Sessions may be led by one of our members, or, from time to time, we have a craft afternoon where everyone brings something that they are working on, so we may find out more about fresh hobbies that we may be interested in pursuing. We have had talks on and introductions to, for example, bees and making honey, dolls and doll’s houses, drawing and watercolour painting, making soft toys or sweets or sausages. We have got together to make table centres for Christmas and icing flower decorations for cakes. The Ladies Circle is not exclusive to members of the Church and there are members who do not go to any church. Contact  Joan Stewart on 02 51 00 34 70 

General Information

Sunday School Yes
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Church Buildings

ASV has the use of Roman Catholic church buildings. All services are followed by coffee and a bring and share lunch held in neighbouring rooms (salles des fêtes), hired from the local community.

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Ministerial Team In addition to the Minister we have 2 Readers. There is occasional assistance from resident or visiting retired clergy.
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Other Lay Assistance Members of the Congregation assist with leading services, Bible readings, intercessions, welcoming and music for services.
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Newsletter The "Grapevine" is produced monthly and and is distributed to all members and friends of the congregation (mainly by e-mail). It is also available to read on this website. (see link)
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Administration

Following the elections which took place at the AGM on the 1st April 2017 at Les Essarts, the following appointments have now been ratified:

Priest in Charge : Interregnum
President : Barbara Kenyon
Church Wardens :  Keith Fowler & Polly Ward
Lay Reader :  John Matthews
Secretary :  Richard Rackham
Treasurer : Suzanne Patterson
Archdeanery Synod Representatives : Toni Chandler & Barbara Kenyon
Communications Officer : Keith Fowler
Electoral Roll : Chris Green.
Safeguarding Officer:  Anne Condie
Pastoral Care : David Pearson
Planned Giving : To be advised

Additional Council Members: 
Doug Green
Jo Collinson
Geoff Kent
Margaret Kent 

Links

"Le Pont" is an Anglo/French Association based at St Hilaire de Riez. It is a non-sectarian organisation which was formed to help English people integrate into the local French community and for the French to involve themselves with us in friendly pursuits around leisure activities.    www.lepontasion.org 

As well as the normal links within the Diocese of Europe, we have close links with The Church of the Good Shepherd Poitou-Charentes, www.church-in-france.com, and with the Anglican church meeting in Ranton , Vienne (formerly at Arcay under the Rev. Geoffrey Colman), www.escoval.org.

The Intercontinental Church   Society (ICS) supported ASV with the provision of hymn books and has subsequently supported our priest-in-charge and congregation in the ICS prayer diary.

The Royal School of Church Music is an ecumenical Christian charity whose core purpose is education. RCSM France represents it here in France and you can find out more on www.rscmfrance.org

Ecumenical relationships

ASV has good relationships with local Roman Catholic priests and L’Église Reformée pastors. In January 2010 a joint bi-lingual service during the week of prayer for Christian unity was hosted by ASV.  In addition ASV has a memorandum of  understanding with the Bishop of Luçon in respect of the three Roman Catholic churches currently used.

For more details about activities see our notices section or visit the area for your specific church, listed on the right of this page.

Clergy

Priest-in-Charge / Interregnum

 
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STOP PRESS

Wednesday 11th October 
Geoffrey's Memorial Service 

I can now confirm that details of the Memorial Service for Geoffrey are: Date: Wednesday 11th October 2017 Venue: Arcay Village Church Time: 3:00 p.m After the service Janet and her family invite you to join them for 'drinks and nibbles' in the Salle des Fetes, located about 100 metres from the Church. We look forward to welcoming as many of you as can make it. Andrew, Jim, and Bob Directions to Arcay Church Arcay is on the D19, which in turn is off the D759 Thouars to Loudun road. About 2km past the turning for our old church at Ranton if you are coming from Thouars (a right turn), or 2.5km after you have gone over the railway if you are coming from Loudun (a left turn). Follow the main road down into the village, over the railway line and bearing right at the traffic islands. Stay on this road bearing left after about 200 metres. Shortly afterwards you will see the church, with the village square before it, on your left. Turn left to face the church and left again just before it. Parking for the Salle is about 100 metres down this road on your right. Please remember that, in the interests of maintaining good relations with the residents of Arcay, parking for those attending the service should be restricted as far as is reasonably practical to the car park adjacent to the Salle; this parking extends behind the Salle and there is plenty of room.

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Click on OUR CHURCH to read Summaries and Reports of Recent Church Meetings

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September Grapevine has now been published and is available to read on line. Click here

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The 2017 CALENDAR OF EVENTS is now available Click here


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Puy-de-Serre

Sainte-Marthe, 85240

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La Chapelle Achard

Notre-Dame-de-L'Assomption, 85150

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La Chapelle Palluau

Saint Pierre, 85670

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Occasional Change of venue:

Please check before setting out because the Service at the Parish Church in La Chapelle Palluau will sometimes need to relocate to La Chapelle Notre-Dame-de-la-Miséricorde, Route des Sables. The Chapel is situated south of La Chapelle Palluau on the west side of the main road (D978) in the direction of Aizenay.

 
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Contact All Saints Vendee

Contact - Jacqui Stainton-James
Email - sjfamily66@hotmail.com
Online enquiry form - Click here