St George's is one of two Church of England congregations in central Paris. (There are another 4 in the Paris suburbs). St George's is just a short walk from the busy and frenetic Arc de Triomphe, but in the words of its website the church seeks, "in the very heart of this busy city, to be a place of the holy, a place of silence and of prayer". Visitors are made to feel very welcome in the community, and, it is hoped, enabled to experience "something of the wonder and loving mystery of our God, and may feel drawn gently into His sacred presence".
The Chaplain is the Revd Canon Matthew Harrison, and he is assisted by the Revd Andrew Bigg. Fr Matthew also has a major ecumenical role on behalf of the Diocese. I have appointed him the "Ecumenical Delegate" for France, which involves many duties with the French Council of Churches, and very importantly, as Co-Chairman of the French Anglican-Roman Catholic Joint Committee.
The main Sunday Sung Eucharist is a joyful occasion, and the Feast of Pentecost was no exception. A young member of the parish was baptised and confirmed, the choir and organ were in fine form, and three languages were used in the liturgy: English, French and Malgache.
As part of the welcome after mass, coffee or a glass of wine is available. Parish lunches are very popular events and help to build the community spirit. After the Pentecost mass over 40 stayed for a delicious 3 course meal, prepared by Ginette, a parishioner from Seychelles.
|Ginette, who makes sure the parishioners are well fed!|