News from around France and Monaco

Provence Praise returns

Provence Praise aims to gather English-speaking Christians of all ages and denominations for a week of spiritual refreshment, rest and recreation in one of the most beautiful areas of France. Reverend Bob Hurley (Grenoble) is the Director and is assisted by Reverend Ben Harding (Lyon).

2017 theme: The God who keeps his promises.

Following its success last year, you can sign up for a week in the Var, just go to this page to find out more about accommodation and the programme for each of the two weeks.

Week A: 1st to 8th July 2017

Week B: 8th to 15th July 2017


Discussion and Worship in the Pas de Calais

In February 2017, worshippers from the three congregations of the Pas de Calais chaplaincy in Northern France met for a day of reflection, discussion and worship near Boulogne-sur-Mer.

The Archdeacon meets the Pas de Calais chaplaincy

The Archdeacon of France, the Ven. Meurig Williams, led the day, during which space was given to explore new possibilities for future ministry.

In his reflections, the Archdeacon spoke about the experience of being overwhelmed, as churches find themselves welcoming growing numbers of migrants hoping to reach Britain over the past few years.

Using the words of the priest-poets George Herbert and R.S. Thomas, as well as listening to music by John Tavener and James MacMillan, the Archdeacon spoke of the Eucharist as the model of all Christian hospitality.


This is where we learn the real meaning of what it means to welcome others, to see ourselves as God sees us, and to see the world around us with clearer vision. If we make worship our priority, other things will flow from that.

It was an encouraging day, in which the participants were able to share ideas, explore new possibilities for ministry in what is a geographically and politically strategic region of Europe.

One of the participants said at the end “We very much appreciated the Archdeacon’s remarks about strengthening our congregational worship”. Time well spent!