Children's Christmas Eve Christingle
The annual celebration of the children's Christingle service has become a much loved and very popular Christmas Eve event at Saint Paul's. Children accompanied by parents and grandparents take great delight in this simple ceremony that includes a procession around the church with the Baby Jesus, placing him in his manger bed in the Saint Paul's Crèche.
The Christingle work party ...
Bringing Baby Jesus to the Crèche
The service concludes with the lighting of the Christingle oranges, symbolic of the bright light of Christ reaching out to the four corners of the globe. The bright light of our Christian Hope flowing out from our celebration of Christmas and spreading all around the world.
The Carol Service inspires ...
A joyful congregation filled Saint Paul's again this year, and found inspiration waiting for them at our annual Christmas Carol Service. The church, beautifully decorated, was bathed in the warm glow of the new LED lighting system installed in the days before the service.
The Saint Paul's Choir sang a beautiful Carol Service with music drawn from the traditional "Carols at Kings" repertory and that featured, among other gems, a wonderful rendition of "The Seven Joys of Mary". The service concluded with a magnificent solo performance of "Let the Bright Seraphim" from Handel's oratorio "Samson" featuring Liesel Jürgens, soprano, Hervé Feraud, trumpet, and Gottfried Kappen, organ. Click here for a video of this magnificent Carol Service finale!
Father Walter was very pleased to welcome fellow clergy in Monaco to the annual Carol Service. Archbishop Bernard Barsi (second right) rarely misses the Carol Service. Beside him (right to left), Father David Hart, Anglican Chaplain in Menton; Pastor Didier Meyer, French Reform Church of Monaco; and Father Marc Gherardi, Pastor of Saint Charles Catholic Church up the hill from Saint Paul's. Pastor Meyer attended his last Carol Service this year, as he will soon leave the Principality to take up new work as a Reform Church pastor in Fribourg.
As always the congregation thronged into the Library for the annual and much appreciated traditional English Christmas Reception. Once again this year, Helen Tugman (photo upper left) took the lead in organising the Carol Service reception, with the help of Jane Roffe and a truly wonderful team of volunteers!
Click here for more photos from this year's Carol Service and reception.
The story of a band of kings wandering the Judean countryside in search of a new born king was the theme for this years hugely successful Sunday Club Nativity Play. Director (and script writer) Jonny Richardson (pictured above) distributed spoken parts to most of the cast members and, with the help of their parent coaches, they mastered their lines and delivered them very well!
The cast of this year's very enjoyable Nativity Play are pictured here waiting for the play to begin. Parents Nikki Johnson, Vanessa Turco and Natsha Chisholm stand ready as the stage managers of the performance, without their hard work, this year's Nativity Play success would simply not have been possible.
Click here for more photos and film footage from this year's Nativity Play.
The Saint Paul's Sentons ...
Several teams of volunteers contributed to preparing Saint Paul's for the special pre-Christmas celebrations that made 13 September the biggest Sunday of the year at Saint Paul's. Several volunteers helped with the decoration of the church and the Christmas tree. Gillian Flint-Johnson and Jane Roffe spent an entire morning setting up the traditional Crèche with Santons that Anne-Marie Bolla and her mother created over some 50 years -- on loan to Saint Paul's since 2011. Indeed, many hands helped "deck the halls" at St Paul's again this year.
Despite a soaking rain, the 2015 - 46th edition of the Ecumenical Kermesse was a great success. It's believed that the weather and other events in Monaco cut the overall number of visitors to this year's Kermesse. However, income at the Saint Paul's Coffee, Drinks and Cake stand just managed to break the all time record of income for our stand, set the previous year.
Congratulations to the many Saint Paul's volunteers serving not only at the Coffee, Drinks and Cake stand, but at many of the other stands offering everything from household jumble, electronic gadgetry, books and seasonal delights at this year's Ecumenical Kermesse.
Archbishop Bernard Barsi of Monaco (second right) joined clergy representing the various traditions that make the Ecumenical Kermesse "ecumenical", for the annual clergy lunch offered by the Greek and Spanish cultural organisations at the Kermesse -- with coffee and drinks from Saint Paul's!
Spencer Hodge at Annual Art Show
Our own Spencer Hodge (second right) joined Nick Danzinger (left) and an important group of artists active in the Principality and invited artists from Russia at the opening of the annual Monaco Art Show on Thursday 3 December.
Henry Richardson was the first to light a candle on our Advent wreath this year. Following the advent candle prayer the children adjourned to the Saint Paul's Library to rehearse for the Nativity Play to be presented on 13 December.
A record 230 people (performers and audience) were present at Saint Paul's Church on Saturday 28 November for a stunning performance of Handel's monumental "Messiah". Maestro Errol Girdlestone conducted the Ristretto Ensemble (choir and orchestra) with the support of 4 remarkable solo voices: (pictured left to right, bass Thomas Dear, countertenor Clint van der Linde, Maestro Girdlestone, soprano Elenor Bowers-Jolley, and tenor Peter Davoren.)
Click here to watch a video clip from this year's Messiah, filmed during Friday evening's dress rehearsal. This was the 3rd performance of Messiah at Saint Paul's in the past 4 years and, given the resounding appreciation of the audience attending Messiah 2015, plans are already in place for next year!
More than €8,000 for Refugees
The Charitable Donations Committee (CDC) at Saint Paul's is delighted to report that more than €8,000 has been donated in aid for refugees over the past few weeks. Dani Carew's annual Monopoly Tournment raised €1,000 in response to the Bishop's Advent Appeal, in support of ecumenical efforts for refugees in Greece. The Church Council, which made an emergency grant of €2,000 for Anglican work with refugees in October, was pleased to double the amount raised at the Monopoly tournament. These amounts, along with another €500 that has come in recently for the Bishop's Appeal, bring total donations from Saint Paul's for Anglican efforts in response to the refugee crisis to €4,500.
The Charity Lunch on Sunday 15 November raised €1,700 in support of iConnect Monaco's mission to refugees in camps in Turkey near the Syrian border. The Church Council had approved an earlier grant of €2,000 in October, bringing donations from St Paul's for iConnect Monaco's work with refugees to €3,700.
Nativity Play: Rehearsals Underway!
Rehearsals for this year's amazing Nativity Play began in earnest on Sunday 22 November. This year's play tells the story of the Nativity from the perspective of the kings (and there are as many as 9 kings needed in this the telling of the story!) The Nativity Play will be performed as the centrepiece of our Sunday morning worship on Sunday 13 December at 10:30 a.m. Save the date!
Drew Hopkins joins the choir
Over the past several weeks, the Saint Paul's Church Choir has enjoyed the addition of a very fine male voice as a regular feature of our 10:30 Sunday morning service. Drew Hopkins was recruited for the choir thanks to a new choral bursary that has made this possible.
Biographical note: Having started singing at eight years old with St Philip's Boy's Choir, south London, in 1981, Drew won a prestigious national competition to become Britain's Top Choirboy. He gave numerous concerts in the UK and appeared occasionally on TV. After a long absence, he returned to singing at the age of forty as a tenor, at the South West London Choral Society. Based in Nice since 2011, he started singing with the Ste Reperate Cathedral choir as a chorister and soloist. Since, he has worked on his vocal technique with Liesel Jürgens and has sung with the Ristretto Ensemble. Today, he performs regularly with Voxabulaire Ensemble.
The Nall Mirrored Cross
Several members of the Saint Paul's community have noted a new addition to the decor of our church. The celebrated artist Nall has very kindly given (with the help of a very generous patron) a beautiful mirrored cross to hang beside the pulpit. Nall is a well know member of the artistic community on the French Riviera and particularly in Monaco. His work is featured in several locations around the Principality, notably two large mosaics that adorn the entrances (pair et impair) to the Salle des Princes at the Grimaldi Forum. Nall's beautiful "Mirrored Cross" might well serve to remind us of our mission to reflect and, indeed, to radiate the good news of Jesus Christ in Monaco and beyond!
In the wake of the terrible attacks on the city of Paris on 13 November, Father Walter was honoured to attend, with other members of our chaplaincy community, a special service of remembrance that took place midday on Monday 16th November at the Mairie of Beausoleil. Mayor Spinelli convened the community for a ceremony of unity and mourning, and many of the religious traditions in Beausoleil and Monaco were represented at the service.
Click here for more photos from the commemoration service.
Members of the new "Charitable Donations Committee" (CDC) at Saint Paul's Church, with the support of our hospitality team, were pleased to serve a delicious meal, featuring Sara Megginson's famous chicken cacciatore, at the Charity Lunch to raise funds in support of refugees, that took place on Sunday 15th November following the First Communion service at Saint Paul's.
Click here for more photos from the Charity Lunch.
A memorable celebration of Holy Communion took place on Sunday 15th November at Saint Paul's. Eight of our children, having completed a preparation class, were welcomed to make their First Communion at the Lord's Supper. The Church of England has made it possible for children, from the age of 7, to share in the Sacrament of Holy Communion, at the conclusion of preparation classes.
This special "Holy Communion Sunday" counted as one in our monthly series of children's services at Saint Paul's. Children from the Sunday Club contributed to the service by greeting people as they arrived, reading appointed lessons from the Bible, leading the Prayers, and helping with the Collection. Natasha Chisholm is pictured here helping the children sing the first hymn, "Jesus loves me!"
Click here for more photos from the First Communion celebration.
No Finish Line among the Roses
Once again the Principality is alive with the flapping of feet along the "No Finish Line", the 16th edition of this popular event. This year's NFL track meanders through the Rosarie and the Big Top, providing welcome variety for the participants. A fund raising target of 360,000€ has been set, with each and every kilometre walked generating 1€ for the charity that brings children to Monaco for life saving and life changing surgery.
Several members of the Saint Paul's community take a part in the No Finish Line on the team "Pussy Footing Around", a team organised by Ben Rolfe, member of the Saint Paul's Church Council.
Very fine weather welcomed members of the chaplaincy community for the annual observance of Remembrance Sunday (8 November). The Remembrance service began with a procession up the street to Place Winston Churchill.
A short ceremony in front the bust of the great British statesman Sir Winston Churchill began with a speech from Commander Michael Healy (Royal Navy retired), President of the Monaco-Nice Branch of the Royal British Legion. Following the speech, Vanessa Ilsley, President of the British Association of Monaco, laid the memorial wreath and the Chaplain offered a few prayers.
The procession returned to Saint Paul's for the Remembrance Service, which included the "Act of Remembrance" -- with the trumpet playing of the Last Post and the Reveille, framing the traditional two minutes of silence in memory of the fallen -- and the singing of the patriotic hymns.
They shall grow not old, as we that are left grow
age shall not weary them, nor the years condemn.
At the going down of the sun and in the morning,
we will remember them.
Click here for more photos and film clips from Remembrance Sunday 2015.
Monopoly Champions for Charity
The competition was serious (and very friendly) on Saturday for this year's edition of the annual Saint Paul's Monopoly Tournament. Dani Carew was pleased to organise the tournament, as she has for nearly 20 years! Dani reports that the tournament will have raised nearly 1,000€ for the Bishop's 2015 Advent Appeal with funds going this year to support the efforts of our sister Anglican church in Athens Greece in ministry to the refugees in that country. Click here for more information about Bishop Robert's 2015 Advent Appeal.
Father Dan in Monte-Carlo
The congregation attending the monthly Sunday Club service on 18 October were blessed with the wonderful ministry of our own children at Saint Paul's. Particularly effective, the sermon touched all of our hearts with the message of Christian humility. The sermon took the form of a light-hearted commentary, illustrated by a very entertaining skit. It was written by Sunday Club convenor Jonny Richardson, and read and performed by the members of our Sunday Club.
The Sunday Club also participated in our Sunday Worship, reading the lessons from the Bible, leading the prayers, and helping with other Sunday duties.
Father Walter welcomed the Sunday Club to join him at the Communion Table during the Eucharistic Prayer and to watch the consecration from up close.
Eight children from the Sunday Club are enrolled in preparation classes in view of their First Communion. Six of the class members are pictured here. Under new rules in the Church of England, children can receive Holy Communion before Confirmation, from the age of 7, following a course of preparation.
Click here for more photos from the Sunday Club service, 18th October 2015. And Click here for photos from the First Communion Class before the service.
Messiah Tickets now on sale
Kris Kielbasiewicz was pleased to confirm that the Messiah posters are indeed on display at bus stops and on kiosques all around the Principality this week (Oct 19-25). Kris and his wife, the concert violinist Pauline Litvin, are active members of Saint Paul's and the directors of Monaco's Association Musique de Chambre that is hosting Messiah again this year.
Tickets are now on sale and can be ordered or reserved by contacting Patricia Cerrone at 06.43.91.67.43 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Sally Rolfe, pictured here with daughter Isabelle, welcomed 10 children and almost as many animals for the Sunday Club session that followed the annual Blessing of the Animals at Saint Paul's Church. Among the animals contributing to the fun: several dogs, 2 cats, a guinea pig, and hamsters. A load of fun!
Joining Father Walter and the children in the blessing of the animals on the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi, Sunday 4th October, was Father Marcus Walker, Assistant Director of the Anglican Centre in Rome. Father Marcus came to Monaco to participate in the ecumenical symposium "Human Rights, for Life, Justice and Peace" that took place at the Oceanographic Museum on Saturday.
Harvest Festival brings in Donations
For whatever reason he and his mother have come for a meal, the smile on this lad's face is thanks enough for Saint Paul's long standing and ever generous support of the Fourneau Economique's hot meal programme in Nice. The people at Saint Paul's, Monte Carlo, outdid itself again this year in donations of food items and funds for the Harvest Festival on 27th September. Many thanks to all who contributed so generously, and to Carol Michelot who very kindly delivered the food collected on Harvest Sunday to the Fourneau's kitchen in Nice.
Ben & Sally Rolfe welcomed the Saint Paul's Church community to their country home in Vence for our annual Church Picnic on Sunday 20th September. Ben & Sally are pictured here with their daughter Emily. Click here for more of Simon Wynne's photos from this year's Church Picnic.
Approximately 60, young and old, attended this year's picnic, bringing with them the usual abundance of "bring and share" dishes (salads & desserts), added to which Ben & Sally provided a feast of barbequed sausages and hamburgers. There certainly was no shortage of food!
As usual, the picnic began with a Communion Service celebrating the beauty and wonder of God's creation, the majesty of which was in full display, on a perfectly beautiful day, for the picnic in Vence this year.
Lora Bernabei reports, "Since I arrived back in Hungary the situations has been evolving daily. As I'm sure you read, the government shut its doors to the migrant flow. With distribution centres full of donated items and funds to be distributed, we are proceeding as follows: The monetary donations we received from St Paul's are going to a very reputable foundation to help pay for lorries and drivers to transfer the donated items from the storage facilities to the refugee transit and reception centres, mainly right over the Hungarian border in Austria. Arthur and I have taken our donated items directly to those same reception centres."
Arthur Reynolds writes: "Dear Father Walter. We met Lora's car when it crossed the border into Hungary from Slovenia with all this wonderful aid from your good selves."
|"Please pray for Lance and Jane Hattat. They are a retired
British couple who dish out Arab teas, foods stuffs, and other
articles in the Morning. They start at 6 a m. They have had
colds and are sometimes exhausted. Losing voices etc. They are
kind and strict. "Get in line please," is Lance's first command
at 0600 hours. They make sure everyone has their fair share . And
recognise those in bad shape. Their parents owned a very big jam
factory in England. They were brought up to handle ingredients
very carefully!! If you are not well organised in a gigantic jam
factory. You could get yourself into a sticky mess!!! Please
pray they keep in good spirits and good health. They are the
heart and soul of this feeding program
They manage the nyugati station migration aid Tent. See you in December." -- Arthur
15 children and young people returned to Saint Paul's on 13th September for "La Rentrée" (Sunday Club start-up) and a special Sunday Club family service. The Sunday Club young people gave the readings, lead the prayers, helped with greeting church goers and in taking up the collection. The service began with a procession around the church to the tune, "We are marching in the light of God" and the service ended with singing of the ever popular "Shine, Jesus, shine!".
Click here for all of the photos Simon Wynne took at La Rentrée Sunday.
A special feature of the first Sunday Club service of the new school year, was the blessing of the Howorth-Watts family. Marcus & Gemma were married at Saint Paul's on 13 September 2008 and now have 3 children in their young family. The family is pictured here with the Watts and Howorth grandparents.
During a brief ceremony, Gemma & Marcus renewed their wedding vows, and together with the entire congregation gave thanks for the gift of all of our children, asking God's guidance and blessing as we attend to their up-bringing.
Caius College Consort delights St Paul's
A small but certainly blessed audience enjoyed the noon hour concert of the Caius Consort (Gonville & Caius College, Cambridge) at Saint Paul's Church on Thursday 10th September. The Caius Concert were visiting the Riviera as guests of Edgar & Joan Harborne (pictured left) of Cap d'Ail and members of Saint Michael's, Beaulieu sur mer, where the choir sang for Sunday services on Sunday 6th September. Click here for a short video clip from the concert.
Message from Sally Rolfe, "There is room for several cars to park in driveway. The address is 1333 Chemin de Vosgelade (Le Bleu Lezard) 06140 Vence.
Basic instructions: once on Chemin de Vosgelade - pass the big pharmacy on the left, the Prestige Car Garage on right, then immediately after the garage there is a little chapel then a red wall on same side. Our private road is on the left opposite the red wall (there are 6 letter boxes at the bottom of this private road). We are up a steepish driveway, the second to last house. It is a stone house with blue shutters!!!! Looking forward to the occasion."
Hungarian Relief: Wonderful Response
Lora Bernabei (second right) and her travelling companion from Hungary (right) were clearly overwhelmed by the generous response of members from Saint Paul's to the appeal for help for the steady flow of refugees from Syria and other troubled regions, making their way through Hungary. Lora and her husband, Arthur Reynolds have joined other members of their Anglican church community in Budapest to bring practical assistance to the thousands of refugees streaming through Hungary on way to Germany and Scandinavia, during the current often tragic refugee crisis.
Liberation Day in Monaco
Frank Megginson and Martin Stansfeld served as standard bearers at a ceremony commemorating the 71st anniversary of the Liberation of Monaco, on 3rd September, at the War Memorial at Monaco Cemetery. Joining them and the many Monaco dignataries attending the ceremony, were Commander Michael Healy, representing the British Royal Legion, Father Walter, and other representatives of the British, Canadian and American communties in Monaco.
House Committee Chair and Warden, Tim Humphreys is pleased to report that "The Library Lift Project" is taking shape nicely. A single, deeper shaft is now proposed providing direct access from the street level down to the floor level of the Library. Illustrations from the architect's office give us a first glimpse of the new lift. A campaign to fund the Lift Project will be launched in September and it is hoped that construction might begin in the early months of 2016.
Brian Fenwick-Smith: 80 years young
A small group of family and friends gathered in Roquebrune Village to celebrate Brian Fenwick-Smith's 80th birthday on Friday 21st August. Brian serves as the Honorary Treasurer at Saint Paul's and is seen here with Marlies, his daugher Danielle, and 3 of the many grandchildren attending the birthday party.
Spade Stansfeld R.I.P.
Big, beautiful, gentle mannered Spade (the dog) Stansfeld, pictured here with his papa Martin, died suddenly last week from the complications of prostate cancer. Spade attended church very regularly for several years at the side of his great pals Martin and Monica. Our condolences to the Stansfeld on their loss.
Sunday 12th July saw the celebration of Holy Baptism for baby Eloise Luna Wilson, first great-granddaughter for the Groote household in Monaco. Great Grandparents Wilfred and Harriet are pictured here during the presentation of the baby to the Saint Paul's Church community. Parents Lee & Céline Wilson were pleased to welcome family members from around the world to the Sunday celebration of their daughter's Baptism. Click here for more photos ...
Mother & Baby Group make the news!
An article in the Thursday 2 July edition of Nice-Matin reported on a donation of 1,800€ that the Saint Paul's Mother & Baby Group has made to support the work of Child CARE Monaco and will be used to help cover costs in the construction of a new girls school in Udaipur, India. The donation represents money raised in dues over the course of the school year 2014-15.
Sweet Baby James Burgess-Tange
James Rinze Burgess Tange, 3 months old, was baptised at Saint Paul's on the last Sunday in June during the Sunday morning Family Service. Members of the Burgess and Tange families came from England and Holland for the celebration.
Father's Day focused on trusting Faith
The Saint Paul's Sunday Club helped lead the celebration of Father's Day at Saint Paul's (21 June). Georgina and her father Jonny Richardson helped Father Walter to give a practical demonstration of Faith (as trust) during his Father's Day sermon. Other members of the Sunday Club, along with the Saint Paul's Youth, also contributed to the Father's Day service, taking readings, leading the prayers and helping with the various Sunday duties from greeting people as they arrived at the church to taking up the weekly collection.
John and Gill Watton took their long term relationship to the next level when they celebrated their wedding in Monaco in June, with the blessing of their marriage at Saint Paul's Church on Saturday 20th June 2015. John served for many years as a very faithful member of the Saint Paul's Church Committee, taking on the role of Secretary of the Committee in 2014.
Fond Farewell to Lucy Abbott
Many of the friends of Lucy Abbott gathered at Saint Paul's on Sunday 14 June to wish her a fond farewell as she packs her bags and prepares to move to California where she will live near her children there. Lucy is a longtime member of Monaco's English community and she is much admired for her kindness and concern for others. She will be missed!
Father Peter returns to Monaco
The Saint Paul's Church community was pleased to welcome back the Revd Canon "Father" Peter Allen who visited Monaco for two weeks in early June to provide locum coverage for Father Walter while he was away on holiday. Father Peter is an old friend of Saint Paul's and his time with us is always welcome.
Family Wedding in Oregon
Father Walter enjoyed a truly refreshing time away in early June when, among other things, he was honoured to celebrate the wedding of his niece in Oregon.
Father Dan Langdon-Griffiths
The Revd Dan Langdon-Griffiths, sometime locum (replacement) priest at Saint Paul's was ordained to the sacred order of priests on Sunday 7th June at Liverpool Cathedral. Father Dan is pictured here (centre) on the day of his ordination with his bishops and classmates at the cathedral.
Grand Prix Wedding: Pentecost Vigil
Father Walter was very pleased to celebrate the blessing of the marriage of his cousin Tim Hollingsworth and his beautiful bride Caroline on the Eve of Pentecost, during the annual vigil service before Grand Prix Sunday. Caroline arranged her own bridal bouquet and, as a great lover of animals, insisted that Father Walter's dog Sparky "give the bride away."
Mary de Vachon wore several hats for the occasion: matron of honour, witness, sideswoman, reader, intercessor and Communion minister; and Nicholas Feaster did a great job as the wedding photographer.
Nepal: Committee Doubles Funds Raised
Members of Saint Paul's have given €6,000 in response to the appeal for donations to provide emergency help to the victims of the terrible earthquakes that have wracked Nepal in recent weeks. The Saint Paul's Church Committee, at its monthly meeting on Tuesday 19th May, voted unanimously to double funds raised and a total donation of €12,000 was dispatched to Nepal the very next day. The Committee also agreed to double any further donations received for Nepal.
The Committee also decided to direct this donation to the Monaco charity "Namaste" (Nepal Monaco Cultural Association) engaged in a very effective and cost efficient mission of aid to the people of Nepal. Nameste enjoys the support of Prince Albert and of Monaco Aide et Présence. Namaste's founder and president, Nancy Dotta, is well known to the English community here.
ACR Ascension Day Picnic 2015
Dani Carew writes; “Once again the Anglican Chaplaincies of the Riviera (ACR) gathered at the home of Peter and Shirley Massey in Lorgues to celebrate the Ascension and to share an enjoyable picnic together in the garden. The Chaplaincy of Lorgues with Fayence hosted the day and Holy Communion was celebrated in the garden Chapel and Peter looked at the separation and emotion of the Ascension as possibly experienced by both Jesus and the disciples as he left them for the second time.
The recent VE celebrations prompted this reflection on the human aspect of the Ascension and we did this through the eyes and personal stories of children and parents being separated through evacuation during world war two. Confusion and apprehension mixed with hope and expectation was to be the precursor to reunion and Pentecost with its promise of spiritual power and its challenge of being Jesus’s witnesses.
Fellowship and food followed in the balmy sunshine with a shared picnic and the opportunity to meet with members of other chaplaincies. An enjoyable day once again with the serious risk of a “tradition” being established.”
New Church Committee Commissioned
Members of the new Church Committee were commissioned at the close of the Sunday service on 17th May 2015. Present for the Commissioning, from left to right, Mary de Vachon, Philippa Casey, Frank Megginson, Jane Roffe, Tim Humphreys, Stephen Kenyon-Slade and Father Walter. Other members of the Church Committee were unable to attend the commissioning on Sunday but will be formally commissioned at the first meeting of the new Church Committee on Tuesday 19th May.
Coffee sold for Nepal Relief
Pam Hanson is selling bags of whole grain espresso coffee in response to the Nepal Earthquake Relief Appeal at Saint Paul's. 3€ from the sale of each bag of coffee is contributed towards the appeal. The coffee is available at Saint Paul's until Sunday 31st May.
Click here or on any of the photos for more pictures from the Princely Baptism.
Sunday 10 May was a very special day in the Principality of Monaco. Crown Prince Jacques and his twin sister Princess Gabriella were baptised at Monaco Cathedral with all due pomp and splendour.
It was also a very special Mother's Day (US) for Susan Feaster with both of her children participating in the events of the day. Nicholas Feaster (pictured here, second from the right) sang for the first time at the Cathedral as a new member of "Les petits chanteurs de Monaco" and Nicola Feaster served as a member of the Girl Guides of Monaco in the formalities of the day.
Watching the Baptism thanks to the direct streaming of the service on the Monaco Channel over the internet (despite technical glitches), the 10:30 congregation enjoyed a pleasant distraction during our Family Communion service at Saint Paul's.
Santina Morelli's Baptism - 2 May 2015
Marino & Louise Morelli were delighted to celebrate the Baptism of their daughter Santina (7 months) on Saturday 2nd May in the company of family from near and far, and many friends. Because Father Walter had been called away to North America for a family funeral, Father David Hart, Chaplain in Menton, very kindly stepped in to celebrate this joyous Baptism. Jane Roffe was pleased to represent the 8 a.m. Sunday congregation at Saint Paul's, which the Morellis attend on a regular basis.
A growing number of Australians, New Zealanders and their colleagues and friends attend the annual observance of ANZAC Day in Antibes, below the monument of "Le Poilu" at the Fort Carrée. Of particular note this year, the 100th anniversary of the landing of the ANZAC forces in Galipolli, on 25 April 1915. Also commemorated, the 100th anniversary of the beginning of the Armenian Genocide also within the Ottoman Empire. Attending this year from Saint Paul's, Monte-Carlo, Father Walter (offering the prayer, above), Commander Michael Healy, (placing the wreath from the Royal British Legion, below) and Mark Hillsdon (photographer).
The ANZAC memorial prayer (Anglican Church of Australia): God of love and liberty, we bring our thanks today or the peace and security we enjoy. We remember those who in time of war faithfully served their country. We pray for their families, and for ourselves whose freedom was won at such a cost. Make us a people zealous for peace, and hasten the day when nation shall not lift up sword against nation neither learn war any more. This we pray in the name of the one who gave his life for the sake of the world: Jesus Christ, our Redeemer. Amen. (ANZAC: Australian and New Zealand Army Corps)
Click here for more photos from ANZAC Day in Antibes.
Saint Paul's Association President, Frank Megginson and Father Walter were on hand for the formal presentation of a brand new passenger van, adapted for the transport of the disabled, to HSH Prince Albert II of Monaco for the benefit of CHPG, and the institutions serving the senior population: the Centre Ranier III and the Cap Fleuri and A Qietudine residences. The van is a gift from the Order of Saint Lazarus of Jerusalem in Monaco, and Grand Prior Jean Pierre Campana (pictured beside Frank Megginson, above) organised the gift.
Click here for more photos.
The Saint Paul's Sunday Club delighted the 10:30 congregation on Sunday 19th April with a lively celebration of Earth Day Sunday which the Club helped organise and lead. Among other things, the children and young people of our church gave the Earth Day Sunday Sermon, a three part message celebrating God's Creation, the "Eco-Crucifixion" -- damage we have done to God's Creation; and the "Eco-Resurrection" -- how our efforts at recycling and other green endeavours are leading to a renewal of the beautiful world God created. The Sunday Club also distributed sacks with bulbs and a bit of earth, to everyone attending the service, for spring planting that were blessed at the close of the service.
More than 120 representatives of all the Church of England chaplaincies, churches and points of worship, in the Archdeaconry of France (Diocese in Europe) attended a very well organised and stimulating meeting of the annual Archdeaconry Synod at the Abbaye in Saint Jacut de la mer, Brittany.
Easily the highlight of the Synod sessions was a presentation offered by our new diocesan Bishop Robert Innes on strategic planning for the diocese for the next few years. (Bishop Robert pictured, above right, with Father Ian Naylor, Archdeacon of France.) Other sessions featured Bible Study and talks on "Marriage" particularly focusing on the response of the Church to the growing acceptance of same-sex unions in European society today.
Click here for a video of the Synod singing, "Guide me, O thou great Jehovah."
A very positive Spirit and true unity of purpose characterised the annual meetings of the Saint Paul's Association and Chaplaincy on Sunday 12th April. Under the skilled leadership of President Frank Megginson, the 60 church members attending the meeting moved swiftly through the agenda with few interruptions other than to applaud the members of the Church Committee and the accomplishments of the previous year of activity. The outgoing members of the Committee were recognised and the new members readily elected to serve in their place (see article below).
One lengthy round of applause was reserved for David & Helen Tugman when Spencer Hodge presented them with a stunning water colour of a Bengal Tiger in appreciation for all that they have done for Saint Paul's over the years, and particularly in recognition of David's many years of service on the Committee.
The AGM was eager to endorse and applaud the work of our Treasurer, Brian Fenwick-Smith, and his very capable assistant, Candida Stille-Humphreys. The AGM was keen to acknowledge in particular the Herculean achievement of reorganising our church finances since the previous AGM (2014). During his report, Brian was pleased to announce the creation of a "choir endowment" thanks to a very generous donation of 100,000€ to the Saint Paul's. The endowment will provide 5,000€ annually in support of the Saint Paul's Church Choir: covering the cost of bringing along extra singers for major church services (the Carol Service, for instance) and even creating a "choral scholarship" to recruit a chorister from the Académie de Muisique de Monaco to sing on a weekly basis with the choir.
At the conclusion of the AGM, Father Walter was pleased to appoint Rupert Katritzky (above left) as the Chaplain's Warden for the coming year, after which Tim Humphreys (right) was re-elected to serve as the People's Warden.
In his role as Chair of the House Committee, People's Warden Tim Humphreys was pleased to report on the progress of an initiative to install a lift at Saint Paul's to make access to the Library easier for seniors and people with disabilities attending events and activities there. This project was mandated by the AGM in March 2014 and it is Tim's belief that the installation of the lift can be completed in time for the Christmas reception (following the Carol Service) next December. It proved unfeasible to place the lift inside the church itself and as a result it was decided that a lift tower will be constructed behind the Sacristy, beside the pavement along avenue de Grande Bretagne, with a second and smaller lift down into the Library itself from the back entrance.
Click here for more photos from the 2015 AGM at Saint Paul's Church.
Three generations of the Scott and Moore families, along with friends, flew down from England to celebrate the Christening of Samuel Scott, pictured here with his parents and godparents, on Sunday 12th April 2015 at Saint Paul's.
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|Father Walter was pleased to
announce on Monday 6th April that he had received 5 nominations
for election to Saint Paul's Church Committee (Association &
Chaplaincy Councils) by the deadline for nominations, Easter
Sunday 5th April 2015. (There are 5 current members of the
Committee who will stand down as elected members of the
Committee, at the AGM on Sunday 12th April.)
The nominees are (photos top to bottom, left to right): Martina Brodie, Philippa "Pippa" Casey, Stephen Kenyon -Slade, Ben Rolfe & Chris Sladden. All 5 candidates are active members of the chaplaincy community.
Click here or more photos from Easter Sunday at Saint Paul's.
Click here to listen to the Easter Sermon that concludes with the choral anthem "Glorious Saviour" composed by our own Patricia Cerrone & Gottfried Kappen.
Saint Paul's welcomed over 130 worshippers, young and old, on Easter Sunday morning. The Feast of the Resurrection began with children from the congregation lighting of the Easter Candle, the symbol of the Light of Christ Risen from the Tomb, welcomed with cries of "Alleluia" from the congregation.
The first hymn, "Alleluia, Alleluia, hearts to heaven and voices raise" was the signal for the children and their parents to head out for the ever popular Easter Egg Huntto fine eggs hidden up and down the public stairway beside the church.
One of the highlights of this year's celebration of Easter at Saint Paul's was the dedication of two new Communion rail cushions. It took the team of Henny Wickes, Jeanine Ontivero and Claudine Xhrouet (not pictured) from the Monaco needlework guild "De Fil en Aiguille" more than two years of hard work to create these fine cushions. The cushions were modelled after those which Comptess Nina del Bove created for Saint Paul's in the late 1950s and which had become worn and in need of replacement. Henny Wickes is now working on the 3rd and final cushion which she hopes to complete in time for Easter Sunday 2016.
Many thanks to the hard working participants at this year's Palm Cross folding party on Friday afternoon, 27 March, in the Saint Paul's Church LIbrary. The "traditional" pattern for folding the crosses has long been in use at Saint Paul's dating back to the days of the Amétis family, Sacristans for nearly 90 years.
On Palm Sunday, and for the second year in a row, the Monte-Carlo congregations of Saint Paul's Anglican Church and Saint Charles' Roman Catholic Church joined together to celebrate the Blessing of the Palms, the opening rite in the annual observance of Palm Sunday in both traditions. The Blessing of the Palms took place in Place des Moulins and featured the reading of the Gospel of the Palms, telling the story of Jesus' Triumphant entrance into the city of Jerusalem.
After the Blessing of the Pss the two church communities marched in procession up boulevard des Moulins until we reached Avenue Saint-Laurent and the top of Escalier Grana, when there was the "parting of the ways' as the two groups split apart to proceed on to their respective churches for the rest of the Palm Sunday liturgy.
Click here for more photos from the celebration of Palm Sunday at Saint Paul's.
It's a Girl -- It's a Boy !!
HRH Princess Caroline was pleased to officially open the annual display of handiwork accomplished by the members of "De Fil en Aiguille Monaco" last week at Hôtel Hermitage. Henny Wickes, a long-time member of Saint Paul's, is pictured here with one of her stitch work colleagues proudly displaying the new Communion Rail cushions that they have created to replace those now in use at Saint Paul's and which are rather worn after 50 years of use! The new cushions will be dedicated and put into active service on Easter Sunday this year. Henny has personally taken on the creation of the third and final Communion Rail cushion which she hopes to complete well in advance of Easter 2016.
Despite road blockages (the Monaco Run marathon) and blustery weather a good congregation gathered at Saint Paul's on Sunday 15 March for our annual celebration of Mothering Sunday. Young people helped with the readings, prayers and with the blessing and distribution of the Mothering Sunday flowers.
Click here for more photos from this year's Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner.
The Saint Paul's Church Library welcomed a cheerful gathering for the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Dinner. Chef Martina Brodie (pictured above with kitchen staffers Jane Roffe and Mirella Favory) whipped up a batch of 200 glorious crêpes for the annual feast and, amazingly, all had vanished in just over an hour of steady demand from the dinner's happy clientele.
For the first course crêpes were served with a tantalizing array of savoury sauces: Martina's Bolognaise sauce, Jonny Richardson’s spicy vegetable and Pete Burdekin’s creamy béchamel with ham. Pudding crêpes were created with a spectrum of sweet toppings ranging from Nutella to Cointreau and including lemon and sugar, jams and jellies, and even some maple syrup from Canada.
Everyone responded generously to Bishop Robert's 2015 Lent Appeal, with donations this year offered in support of "Hestia", (meaning "Home") a hostel for unaccompanied minor refugees in Athens. Bishop Robert reports. "The Hostel can accommodate up to 20 residents. Since its foundation, in 2012, it has supported more than 100 children and young people. It currently looks after children from Syria, Palestine, Afghanistan, Pakistan, Gambia and Guinea.
On Transfiguration Sunday, 15th February 2015, Juulia Siikala, an active and long time member of Saint Paul's Anglican Church, exchanged wedding vows with her new husband Jyrki Sandelin from Finland. The bride and groom were in the same class in elementary school in Finland before going their separate ways as teenagers only to meet again at a school reunion a few years ago. The couple celebrated their civil marriage at the Mairie of Monaco on Saint Valentine's Day and then came to Saint Paul's with family and friends visiting from Finland for the exchange of vows and the blessing of their marriage which took place during the Sunday morning Communion service at Saint Paul's.
Click here for more photos from Juulia & Jyrki's wedding at Saint Paul's ...
Click here for more photos from this year's Candlemas celebration.
On Sunday 1st February, the children in the Saint Paul's Sunday Club took on the leadership roles in our chaplaincy celebration of Candlemas. Children and young people lead the Blessing of the Candles and the candle lighting (pictured above). They also took the Sunday readings and shared in the weekly prayers.
One of the best parts of our Candlemas service was the way the children joined in and lead the singing. Click here or on the photo above to watch a short video clip of the children singing the first hymn, "Give me joy in my heart."
The next children's service at Saint Paul's takes place on Mothering Sunday (Mother's Day) 15th March 2015 at the 10:30 Sunday morning service.
The Sunday Club children were very happy to welcome Bishop Robert to Saint Paul's with many original drawings of the bishop's mitre.
Click here or on the photo for more pictures from the 90th anniversary service.
On Sunday 25th January 2015, the Saint Paul's Chaplaincy community celebrated the 90th anniversary of the consecration of Saint Paul's Church. Our new bishop, the Rt Revd Dr Robert Innes, Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, visited Monaco for this occasion and served as celebrant and preacher at the anniversary service. Click here to find recordings of Bishop Robert's sermon and of the music from the service.
Archbishop Bernard Barsi of Monaco clearly enjoyed the "Story of Bishops" as presented by the children in the Saint Paul's Sunday Club -- pictured here illustrating political strife between bishops and kings through the Medieval and Renaissance periods of European history. Archbishop Barsi lead a delegation of leaders from the Roman Catholic Diocese of Monaco who joined the Saint Paul's community for the 90th anniversary celebration. Click here to listen to an audio recording of the "Story of Bishops" narrated by Nicole Feaster.
Monsieur Paul Masseron, pictured here with Bishop Robert, is the "Conseiller d'État pour l'interieur" in Monaco and he is directly responsable for government relations with the religious institutions in the Principality. Monsieur Masseron was pleased to represent the Prince and his governement at our 90th anniversary celebration.
Click here or on the photo for more pictures from the Bishop's Banquet.
Bishop Robert, speaking at a banquet organised in his honour, reported that the joyful atmosphere there reminded him of the movie "Babette's Feast". Indeed, it was truly a cheerful throng of 105 (96 adults and 9 children) that launched Saint Paul's 90th anniversary festivities at the Bishop's Banquet in the Monte-Carlo restuarant "Le Saint Benoit" on Saturday evening 24 January 2015.
Before the banquet began, Ian Brodie convened the members of the Saint Paul's Church Committee for a group photo with Bishop Robert. Present for the photo, from left to right, back row: Cyril Badaro, Brian Fenwick-Smith, Frank Megginson, Tim Humphreys, Samantha Stirling, Rupert Katritzky, Father Walter; front row: Mary de Vachon, Bishop Robert Innes, Jane Roffe and Dani Carew. (Click on the photo, above, for a larger version.)
Ecumenical Service under the Big Top
The horse whisperer's act was particularly appreciated by the big crowd under the Big Top (Le Chapiteau - Espace Fontvielle) for the 14th annual Ecumenical Service at the Monte-Carlo International Circus Festival on Monday 19th January. The celebration is the featured event during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in our area, with the participation of representatives from all of the major church traditions along the French and Italian Rivieras.
Members of the Association of St Paul's Church met in an Extraordinary General Assembly on Sunday 18th January to consider changes to the Association Constitution and to adopt a Code of Conduct for the church. The EGM took place in the church to make attendance at the meeting easier for those members who because of age or disability would be unable to descend the steps to the Library.
The full quorum (75% of members) not being available initially, President Frank Megginson closed the meeting to reconvene a few minutes later when full quorum was no longer required under Article 20 of the Association Constitution. President Megginson took pains to explain that this is standard procedure for associations in Monaco, a procedure used as recently as the EGM in 2009 by the St Paul's Church Association.
The reconvened EGM quickly approved amendments to the Association Constitution that would require members of the Association Council to stand down for at least one year at the conclusion of two elected terms of three years on the council. A further amendment specified a procedure that would enable the Chaplaincy AGM to elect a "Peoples' Warden" in keeping with Church of England requirements.
Members of the Association Council present for the EGM, from left to right: Jane Roffe, Peoples' Warden Tim Humphreys, Mary de Vachon, Chaplain's Warden Cyril Badaro, Chaplain Walter Raymond, President Frank Megginson, Treasurer and recording secretary for the EGM Brian Fenwick-Smith, Rupert Katritzky and David Tugman.
When it came to consideration of the proposed "Code of Conduct" many expressed opposition to adopting the code arguing that it was redundant, the Ten Commandments are sufficient for governing the conduct of church members. Mary de Vachon reminded those present that it was the Association membership itself, at the AGM in March 2014, that asked the Association Council to develop a suitable code in a resolution adopted at that AGM. After some discussion, the Code was adopted: 39 for, 12 opposed and 1 abstaining.
Joann Keable surprised at party ...
Joann Keable was delightfully surprised at an 85th birthday luncheon, after services on Sunday 11th January. Joann is pictured her with her son Jason and her daughter Sarah, who organised the celebration in her mother's honour.
Riviera Clergy gather to meet Bishop
Our new diocesan Bishop Robert Innes was in Cannes for a Confirmation celebration over the weekend of 10-11 January, and Chaplain Giles Williams and his wife Chris were kind enough to host a gathering of Riviera clergy to meet our new bishop. Pictured here: Father Walter; Father David Hart, Menton; the Revd Keith Bretel, Saint Raphael; the Revd Giles Williams, Cannes; the Revd Peter Anderson, retired; and Bishop Robert Innes (Gibraltar in Europe.)
Tragedy shakes the Principality
A vigil attracted 2,000 in Monaco, on the day following the terrorist attack on the office of Charlie Hebdo in Paris. Archbishop Bernard Barsi of Monaco convened representatives from the different faith groups to join him for the vigil. Pictured here Monaco religious leaders: Reform Pastor Didier Meyer, Father Walter, Archbishop Barsi, and Rabbi Daniel Torgmant.
Click here to listen to Father Walter's sermon in response to the tragedy.
Presentation of the Twins
(From www.monacolife.net) The authorities had expected 3,000 people to come to the Palace Square for the official presentation of the four-week old Crown Prince Jacques and his sister Princess Gabriella, but in fact the number was closer to 10,000, according to the Government.
Prince Albert and Princess Charlene stepped onto the balcony of the palace at the duly-appointed hour of 11:55, each holding one small bundle. They were greeted with huge enthusiasm by the crowd of Monegasques, residents and many other well-wishers. “They are the future of the Principality” was the universal thought of everyone in the crowd.
The children lit the Christmas candles and delighted in the updated Provençal Crèche featuring the Epiphany arrival of the Magi at the stable in Bethlehem.
Epiphany Sunday was a time of "retrouvailles": greeting friends not seen over the holidays and sharing good wishes and blessings for the brand new year.
The Sunday Club challenged the congregation to an "Epiphany Quiz" and all-in-all the community did very well in this test of Epiphany knowledge.
Poppy gift to local British Legion
(From www.monacolife.net - PHOTO: Commander Michael Healy Ian Brodie)
MONACO NEWS: The Royal British Legion (Nice-Monaco) has been presented with one of the 888,246 ceramic poppies from the Seas of Red 'garden' in the moat of the Tower of London, by a member who visited that amazing display and bought her poppy...
Commander Michael Healy, Chairman of the Nice-Monaco branch, displayed the poppy at the end of the Family Communion Service at St' Paul's Church in Monte-Carlo on Sunday.
Each poppy represented a British or Commonwealth serviceman killed in WW1. The local branch is about to remit to Poppy HQ in Aylesford, Kent, the sum of £12,937, the result of the local Poppy Appeal. This goes toward the British Legion’s global target £40 million, of which the Seas of Red raised about £5 million, at £25 per ceramic poppy sold.