Saint Paul's Anglican Church, Monte-Carlo

Ecumenical Evensong, Lent 2017

Evensong in Lent

For the second year in a row, the ecumenical community of Monaco celebrated Evensong in the Lent at Saint Paul's Church, on Sunday, 12th March this year. Archbishop Bernard Barsi of Monaco and Chanoine Patrick Keppel, Ecumenical Officer for the Diocese of Monaco participated in the service, as did Pasteur Christian Babéry, from the Église protestante Unie de France, who offered a sermon to mark the 500th anniversary of the Protestant Reformation, begun by Martin Luther in 1517.

The Saint Paul's Evensong Choir

The Saint Paul's Church Choir, reinforced with lead singers for each of the four voices, sang a beautiful service featuring the Magnificat by Sir Stanford Villiers and solos from Drew Hopkins, tenor, and Liesel Jürgens, soprano.

Evensong clergy

Click here Simon Wynne's photos from the Evensong service and reception.

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

Nicole Feaster cooking up pancakes!

Nicole Feaster was hard at work this weekend cooking up a storm of pancakes in preparation for the annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper. Cooks from many of our other Sunday Club families were similarly busy getting ready for the annual feast on the day before the beginning of Lent.

Pancake Supper 2017

Ben Rolfe reports: "The Pancake Supper was a fantastic success . We had over 50 attendees and raised over €850 for Diabetes UK which is a great achievement. It was a true team effort with everyone chipping in with what they can do, and some truly Herculean pancake making efforts. Just carrying 150 pancakes is hard enough let alone making them!!!"

Pancake gang

Ben also reports that he fielded a lot of questions about the Marathon des Sables (see following article). He writes, "I actually participated in 2011 and a detailed account of shich can be found in my book Running High and Running Low which can be ordered at Amazon, click here for the book link. All profits from book sales go to Diabetes UK.

Members of the Pancake Team

Click here for more of Simon Wynne's photos from the Pancake Supper 2017.

Ben & Emily in training for the Sahara

Ben & Emily geared up to run in the Sahara

Here is a message from Emily Rolfe, "My dad and I are training to run the Marathon des Sables, the 'world’s toughest footrace', a 250km run in the Sahara Desert, from the 7th to the 17th of April 2017. To encourage us in our journey, through the intense training and during the race itself, you can help us raise funds for a £19,500 Diabetes UK project. Click here for more information about the Marathon Des Sables and our project to raise money for Diabetes UK."

Great night at the Circus Festival

Ecumenical Service at the Circus 2017

Christians from all along the Riviera nearly filled the Big Top in Fontvielle for the annual church service at the International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo. This is the biggest celebration in the region during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January each year.) It is also one of the most unique of Christian celebrations in the world. Representatives of more than 50 churches attended this year's service, with our own Clara Fillery (striped jumper in the photo above) in her role as one of the youth judges for this year's festival.

Circus performers at the circus service.

As usual, acts from this year's International Circus Festival in Monte-Carlo contributed to the ecumenical gathering of Riviera churches at the circus performing their circus acts in the course of the service. Pictured here, the Xianjiang Acrobatic Troupe, winners of a Silver Clown at this year's festival.

Vanessa & Ian renew their Vows

Ian & Vanessa Ilsley with their children

The new year 2017 got off to a great start at St Pauls when, after 20 years of marriage, Vanessa and Ian Ilsey renewed their wedding vows at the New Year's Day Family Communion. Congratulations to Ian and Vanessa who are pictured here with their children Charlotte and Alex.

Click here for more of Simon Wynne's photos from New Year's Day.

A Christingle Christmas Eve

Christingle preparations

On Christmas Eve morning, a cheerful team of Christingle volunteers worked in the Chaplain's kitchen to prepare the candied oranges that are blessed and distributed to the children at the Christmas Eve Christingle service.

Christingle children at the crèch

Christmas arrived in Monte-Carlo a bit after 5 p.m. on Christmas Eve when our children carried Baby Jesus to the Crèche and placed him in the manger ...

The Light of Christmas

Then it was time to celebrate, candied oranges lit, and the light of the new born babe of Bethlehem carried out into the world: Tidings of Great Joy!

Christmas smiles

The annual Children's Christingle service on Christmas Eve has become an important part in the Christmas celebrations for many of our families. The smiles on this group of our Sunday Club children speaks volumes.

Click here for more of Lorenzo Turco's photos from the Christingle service.

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