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Bishop Welcomed In “nouveau Mais Ancien” Church

Bishop David shared a service in Christ Church in the Manche, In Normandy where he blessed a new venue for the congregation. At Gratot the eleventh Century Church has been ceded on a long-term basis by the Catholic Diocese of Coutances and Avranches. It is believed to be the oldest church in that Diocese).

English and French worshippers shared in the Eucharist Service before visiting the complex of buildings which the Church Association was able to acquire at the end of last year to establish an Anglican Centre in the Manche.

Bishop David also met the Anglican Priest, Rev Peter Hales and the Churchwardens, before moving to the congregation’s other Centre, in the south of the Manche, at Isigny le Buat, where he was able to see the beautiful small Chapel which has also been ceded to Christ Church by the Catholic Church.

At a further service, shared with the Isigny congregation, they were joined by their local Catholic priest, Pere Mickael, who is a very strong ally helping our Fr Peter Hales in the ecumenical work.

Bishop David told church members that it was a very special day in the life of their congregation which started with nothing a little over 10 years ago, and now has beautiful buildings in both worship centres, a full-time chaplain, a Reader, a Reader in training and two congregational worship assistants, as well as an electoral roll numbering over 80.

As one church member added “The Lord has been good to us.”