Members of the Association Oecumenique de Littoral
On this page you will find out something about us, where to find us and details about what is happening in the form of services, social events and news ...
There has been an Anglican Church in Calais since the mid-nineteenth century. During World War II the church was bombed, so the grounds were sold in the 1950's. A few years later the small but close-knit community started meeting at the French Reformed Church, served by successive priests from the Mission to Seafarers in Dunkirk. When these were not available, I.C.S. provided ministers convalescing at the Touquet and later, some crossed the Channel by hovercraft, ferry or the Tunnel, from Kent, Sussex and even further afield.Helped by the Diocese in Europe, the Pas-de-Calais chaplaincy became a reality, with four then three centres, worshipping generally on Catholic church premises.
We now have a Chaplain the Revd Kirrilee Anne Reid, who will lead us at every Eucharist, lay services will also be available led by our Licensed Lay Reader
Kirrilee was Licensed by the Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe, the Rt Reverend Dr. Robert Innes and the Bishop of Dover, the Rt Revd. Trevor Willmott at Boulogne on the 8th November 2018.
There is an excellent community spirit in the congregation and social events such as film and quiz evenings, meals, strawberry teas, and the summer garden party attract a wide range of people. The bilingual Christmas Carol Service draws people from all churches and members of the congregation play an active part in organising ecumenical events (Women's World Day of Prayer, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, Good Friday meditation, Easter Sunday sunrise service on the beach...).
We welcome all denominations to our services. Holy Communion/Eucharist is held each month in the morning as at the time shown below on the 2nd Sunday and on the 4th Sunday, periodically lay services may be arranged, consisting of a service based on the Book of Common Prayer - Morning Prayer or Prayer and Praise. If you intend to come to a Prayer and Praise, why not let us know what your favourite hymn prayer, reading or poem is, and we will try to include it in our service.
The Reverend Kirrilee Anne Reid will be leading us during our services in April.
The Revd. Kirrilee Anne Reid (Our Chaplain)
Mary Wood (Licensed Lay Reader)
Forthcoming services and events
Calais’s services and events during April 2019
Your Holy Week
Sunday 14th April (Palm Sunday) will be a Eucharist, led by the Revd.Kirrilee Anne Reid starting at 10.30 am at the Oratory, Palm crosses will be blessed and distributed.
Thursday 18th April (Maunday Thursday) at 6pm in Boulogne,will be a special service, led by the Revd Kirrilee Anne Reid, which will include hand washing and a shared meal. Details from Pat Page or Lalage Glaister.
Friday 19th April ( Good Friday) will be at Hesdin, led by the Revd.Kirrilee Anne Reid starting at mid-day, and will be a service of readings and meditation; you are asked to arrive and depart in silence.
Alternatively there will be a contemplation of the Cross in French at The Temple, rue de Temple, Calais at 12.15, soup is offered afterwards, bring your own picnic lunch.
Sunday 21st April, Easter Day:
7 am on the beach at Wissant, service of Praise with Easter hymns and readings. Many denominations will be present and made welcome.
10.30 am at Boulogne will be a Eucharist led by the Revd Kirrilee Anne Reid, followed by coffee and hot cross buns
5 pm at Hesdin will be a Eucharist led by the Revd Kirrilee Anne Reid, and followed by refreshments.
After Holy Week
Sunday 29th April at 10.30 am, will be a Eucharist led by the Revd Kirrilee Anne Reid at the Oratory.
Where we normally meet:
Thanks to Abbé Pierre and our Roman Catholic friends, our new home is the Oratoire Notre Dame de la Misericorde in rue Gaillard, Calais.
*Directions to the Oratory: Enter Calais from the autoroute A16 Sortie 46 by way of the Route de St Omer direction Calais, cross roundabout (Carrefour Mkt to left just before) into Bld Victor Hugo, follow through to end at traffic lights, take left lane, turn left into Bld Lafayette (over bridge, site of Old Hospital to right,) straight on until signposted to Place Crèvecoeur to the left, enter the Place and park as far down the Place as possible. Immediately behind the church of St Pierre and St Paul there is a road leading away from the Church (rue Gaillard), the Oratory is 80 metres on the left, adjacent to the Restos de Coeur.
Please also see the map below and if you have a GPS enter the following bearings : 56° 56' 36.12"N by 1° 51' 33.37"E.
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