Ben & Emily in training for 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."
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.
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
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
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.
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 ...
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!
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.