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.
With no resident chaplain at present, Calais is served by a lay minister, the Eucharist being taken regularly by a visiting priest
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 is held each month at 10.30 am on the 2nd Sunday or at 10.30 am on the 4th Sunday, the remaining service may consist of a morning service or Prayer and Praise. If you intend to come to the Prayer and Praise, why not let us know what your favourite hymn or prayer is, and we will try to include it in our service.
Mary Wood and the Revd Sara Macvane will be leading us during our services in March, Sara's and Mary's photos are shown below.
Mary Wood (Licensed Lay Reader)
The Revd Sara MacVane (Visiting Priest)
Forthcoming services and events
Calais’s services and events duriing March
Sunday 11th March - will be Morning Prayer lay-led by Mary Wood starting at 10.30 am at the Oratory
Sunday 25th March - will be Palm Sunday Eucharist led by the Revd Sara MacVane starting at 11.00 am at the Oratory. (Don't forget to put your clocks forward)
Dates for your Diary
Meditation on the Passion, Good Friday, 30th March, between 12h15 and 13h00 at the Temple , rue de Temple, Calais, followed by a bowl of soup (offered) and a packed lunch provided by yourselves
Celebration of the Resurrection, Easter Sunday, 1st April, at 7h00
am on the beach at Wissant. Hymn sheets will be provided but please bring your Bible and if possible a log for the fire. Hot drinks, croissants and/or pain de chocolat are offered after the celebration.
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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