Church Unity has a French Connection

by Michael Ford last modified 16 Jan, 2013 05:15 PM

A delegation from the French Roman Catholic Diocese of Évreux arrives this weekend to mark the start of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (18-25 January).

Church Unity has a French Connection

A group from Churches Together in Dorset with the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings

They will visit St James' church in Avebury for a Celtic Morning Worship Service, followed by a conducted tour of the Avebury Stones; Tedworth House, home to the Help for Heroes rehabilitation centre; and the Kennet & Avon Canal Museum.

They will also visit Salisbury Cathedral and the Bishop of Salisbury; a discussion group in Wootton Bassett; and a Holy Communion Service on Sunday 20 January (10am) in Holy Cross Ramsbury with the Bishop of Ramsbury, Dr Edward Condry.

Other events during the week include a number of services in towns such as Shaftesbury and Devizes, with United Services on Sunday 20th. In Devizes, the 11am United Service at the Corn Exchange features Methodist guest speaker the Revd Chris Cory. In Shaftesbury, the 10.15am service at Father's House, Christy's Lane, features preaching from the Bishop of Sherborne, Dr Graham Kings.

Dr Kings said, “In responding to the Olympics, we found this emphasis on mission provided a focus for our unity. Friendships amongst people of different denominations are crucial for organic growth. The diverse services of this Week of Prayer for Christian Unity are key to renewing these friendships in the context of worship.”

Val Potter of Churches Together in Dorset said, “We are all enriched by learning from our partner churches. God has given different insights to each of us so in our ecumenical relationships we not only learn more about our partners but more about our God. This is why we need each other for mission together.”

ENDS

The link with Evreux
The Diocese of Salisbury has been linked with the Roman Catholic Diocese of Évreux (Upper Normandy) since 1987. The Diocese of Évreux comprises the Cathedral city of Évreux, a number of smaller market towns and many villages and hamlets spread over extensive agricultural areas: a similar geographical area to the Diocese of Salisbury.

Other parallels include the Catholic Church being the established religion in France, roughly equivalent to the Church of England in this country. Churches in both dioceses have many things in common, such as pastoral work, rural ministry, lay training, work with Children and Young People and the role of and deployment of clergy.

This is an annual exchange event. In January 2012, the Bishop of Salisbury and several members of the Évreux Committee visited the French diocese.

Links
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 
The Bishop of Sherborne 
The main Évreux page 

Further information
Contact Michael Ford, Communications Co-ordinator:
01722 438651, 07500 836989, michael.ford@salisbury.anglican.org 

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