Harvest Festival `Bring & Share´lunch 21st October – Alcossebre
A wonderful Bring & Share lunch was held in El Camino to celebrate Harvest Festival as you can see below the food was plentiful. the lunch was well attended by people from all three of our congregations as well as some old friends who had moved out of the area.
Many items of dried food were given and all of these was donated to our local food bank.
Fellowship Lunch Monday 2nd July – l`Ampolla
It is my Real Pleasure to announce that we raised €120 from the lunch held on Monday, 2nd July after the Service. In addition a raffle raised another €35.
The Fellowship Lunch was the idea of Wilma Henderson, who very kindly provided & prepared it all. . Grateful thanks to her & to her Husband, Peter, for all the work involved in this fund raising venture.
Grateful ‘Thanks’ also, go to those who supported this. Travelling from both Alcossebre and Vinaros to join us for the Service & Meal.
Thank you all so much for all Support given.
Garden Party – Saturday 30th June – Alcossebre
On Saturday 30th June St Christopher’s held a garden Party – without any rain and in bright sunshine – must be Spain!!
An excellent day with many friends both old and new attending, we are very grateful to the many local businesses who donated prizes to our raffle.
Thanks also to Mike from bar Flamingo who provided the music, the many people who helped in the organisation, worked on the various stalls and the serving of the refreshments.
Special thanks to Chris & Cecelia Hale for the use of their garden, for the third time, and their friend Teresa who helped us out.
In total we raised €1,445 towards church funds.
Queen´s Birthday Tea – Alcossebre
On Saturday 21st April 40 people enjoyed an afternoon tea in El Camino in celebration of the Queen´s Official Birthday, along with sandwiches, cakes and scones there was also table quiz and a raffle. We raised a total of €555 towards church funds.
Many thanks to all who attended and of course to our helpers who provided the food and raffle prizes.
New Priest for St Christopher`s
Fr. Louis Darrant new priest was licensed on Wednesday 21st February at St Christopher`s Church in Alcossebre in a service led by our Archdeacon The Revd. Canon Geoffrey Johnston.
Following the service there was a bring and share lunch at the Cesal close to the church which along with the service was well attended. Please hold Fr. Louis and our Chaplaincy in your prayers as we prepare for a new and exciting chapter in the life of our Anglican Church
For pictures of the service please click on the web link below.
Beetle Drive – Bar Flamingo 25th January 2018
The ever popular Beetle Drive was another sell out event at Pub Flamingo in Alcossebre on 25th January.
40 players took part on the event which raised €575 towards church funds.
Our thanks go to all who helped in providing the food on the night, to those who set out and cleared the room plus of course Mike and Julie for their hospitalilty and use of their bar.
Christmas Fayre l`Ampolla
The Christmas Fayre at l`Ampolla on Saturday 25th November raised €750 towards Church funds many thanks to all who helped.
Christmas Fayre Vinaros
The Christmas Fayre on Saturday 18th November raised €528 towards Church funds many thanks to all involved.
Prue Shatoury – died October 27th 2017
Prudence Mary el Shatoury died on October 27th aged 83 years. She was a devoted church member, a founder-member of the L’Ampolla congregation and began the Christmas Carol Service tradition in El Perello/L’Ampolla. She gave sterling service to this Chaplaincy as a Local Warden and member of the Chaplaincy Committee, but more importantly had lived a long life of Christian service to anyone she saw in need. She lived her faith and will be sorely missed.
Below is the recording of a service in her memory led by Rev Paul Needle and Reader Jenny Hoskins.
Joint service Sunday 21st May
The Venerable Geoffrey S. Johnston Archdeacon of Gibraltar
On Sunday 21st May a joint service of Holy Communion was held at the Fisherman’s Church in Vinaros. Representatives fro all three congregations attended and the Archdeacon inducted the new Churchwardens.
Easter on the Costa Azahar
Holy week began on Palm Sunday with a procession along the promenade from the Tourist Office to the St Christopher’s Church with one of the Churchwardens carrying the cross.
We arrived in bright sunshine, as can be seen from the picture.
On Tuesday in l´Ampolla and on Thursday in Alcossebre we held Passover Meals which were attended by over 30 people. This was the first time we had had such an event which was enjoyed by all who attended. Our thanks go to our Locum priest fr Derek Akker for suggesting this for us.
Good Friday, the day we go to the Stations of the Cross, this year we went to the Ermita near to Vinaros and, as you can see from the pictures, it was well attended by people from all three of our congregations.
In Alcossebre we held an Easter Eve Communion on Saturday 15th led by fr Derek who then led the Easter Day services in l´Ampolla and Vinaros on the 16th.
Overall a stimulating and thoughtful Holy Week thanks go to all those involved in the organisation of the various events.
Ecumenical service 20.1.17 – St Michaels, Alcanar
‘It was a cold, windy and very wet evening as representatives from each of our worship centres travelled to Alcanar. I suspect we all felt a little disgruntled to be turning out in such horrible weather, in the dark, and wondering why these services couldn’t be held during a normal Sunday daytime service. But it was worth it. It was worth the long miles travelled to take part in this Ecumenical Service, held annually during the Week of Christian Unity and organised by the Roman Catholic and Evangelical Churches, and taking place in different churches throughout the area. In these days of uncertainty and unrest within Europe it is good to see Christ’s Church showing a United front and good example.
This was Christian fellowship at its best, as we all endeavoured to communicate in a mixture of Spanish, Catalan and English. Our one Locum priest, Fr. Tony Bell gave a reading in English, and the other, Fr. Paul Needle, a homily in Spanish: thoughtfully he provided us with an English translation: it was a good sermon. It was particularly nice having Fr. Paul there, as he had built a good working relationship with the Ecumenical group and local priests during his tenure here as permanent priest. Several others of us were tasked with helping to build a wall of sins which divided people (later turned into a cross), saying the prayer linked to each of them, and one contributed to the lighting of the candles and prayers referring to Christ as the light of the world. It was a lovely service, invoking the need to work together, as a Church, as individuals, and as a good example of the recent reflections of Pope Francis, and the Archbishops of Canterbury and York who spoke of the need of repentance and forgiveness as the 500th anniversary of the Reformation approaches.’
The Diocese in Europe
The Anglican Chaplaincy for St. Christopher’s on the Costa Azahar.
Our Chaplaincy’s Safeguarding Policy
The protection from harm of children and adults who may be vulnerable is of paramount importance to us. As a chaplaincy within the Diocese of Europe, we comply fully with the requirements of the Diocese’s Safeguarding Policy #
We will not tolerate the abuse of children or adults in any form.
Specifically, within our Chaplaincy we are committed to:
- The care, nurture, and respectful pastoral ministry of all children, young persons and adults
- The safeguarding and protection of all children, young persons and adults who may be vulnerable
- The establishing of safe, caring communities which provide a loving environment where there is a culture of Informed vigilance’ as to the dangers of abuse.
- The careful selection and training of all those with any safeguarding responsibility within the Church, including the use of available criminal records disclosures and relevant vetting and barring schemes.
- Preventing abuse or the likelihood of abuse by encouraging and adopting a pro-active stance to safeguarding; responding to the slightest concern whether by rumour, speculation or from an anonymous source every safeguarding concern will be taken seriously.
- Ensuring that any concern about safeguarding must be passed onto someone in the Diocesan Safeguarding Team as there are no legal barriers to sharing such concerns.
- Responding without delay to every complaint made which suggests that a child, young person or adult may have been harmed – co-operating with the local police, relevant local agencies and any other relevant body (e.g. other faith groups) in any investigation.
- Seeking to work with anyone who has suffered abuse, developing with them an appropriate ministry of informed pastoral care.
- Seeking to challenge any abuse of power, especially by anyone in a position of trust.
- Seeking to offer pastoral care and support, including supervision and referral to the proper authorities, to any member of our church community known to have offended against a child, young person or vulnerable adult.
You will find details on how we action our policy and useful contact information on the following pages. If you have any queries please speak to the Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer.
Mrs Jenny Hoskins – 696 282 998
In applying the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy:
- Where the local laws and procedures are less strict than required by the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy then the Diocesan Policy will be the required standard to which our Chaplaincy must adhere.
- Where the local laws and procedures are more strict than the Diocesan Safeguarding Policy then these higher standards must also be applied by our Chaplaincy.
- Our Chaplaincy’s Safeguarding Policy shall not commit us to do anything which would be illegal under local laws and procedures
Signed (and dated) …………………………………. (by the Churchwardens on 21st June 2016)
# for information, you can find the detailed diocesan policy, and how it is implemented across all chaplaincies in the diocese, on the internet at ‘Diocese in Europe’ under “What we do / youth’
Safeguarding Training Level 2 – 7th November 2016
Our Reader, Reader-in-Training, Worship Leaders and others attended the safeguarding Level 2 training in Vinaros. The session was led by Solveig Schnur during which there were some lively debates and discussion concerning the case studies.
All agreed that the session brought home the need to be aware of sittuations which may occur and to ensure that action is taken where required. Also the fact that we are not alone and that support is available.
Harvest Festival in Vinaros
On Sunday 2nd October 2016, 34 parishioners enjoyed the Harvest
Festival and Agape Meal in the Vicarage garden at Vinaros, with
plenty of food and sunshine. The locum vicar, Tony Bell, and his wife, Pat,
were also celebrating their 40th Wedding Anniversary.
Congratulations to them, we look forward to their long
stay with us.
A collection was taken and 165 euros was raised for church funds and
80 euros for Water Aid.
July Update 01 July 2016
Locums from now until March next year are
July Fr Keith Kimber
August and September Fr Brian Tubbs
October until the end of March 2017 Fr Tony Bell
Jenny Hoskins – Reader licensing 5th June 2016
Jenny Hoskins has successfully completed 4 years of study culminating in today’s special service in Vinaros where she was licensed by Bishop David. As part of the licensing process Jenny was presented with her Readers Scarf which is a symbol of her new position within St Christopher’s.
The service was well attended by people from all three congregations and was followed by lunch for 40 at a nearby hotel.
All of us in St Christopher’s welcome Jenny our first Reader and wish her every success in her new role.
March 2016 – Stations of the Cross at the Vinaros Hermita
‘It was a beautiful day to walk the Stations of the Cross at Vinaros Ermita.
Each worship centre was represented, and an English family visiting the
Ermita boosted numbers by joining in. The prayers were led by the locum
the Reverend Canon Dr. John Kilgore, who ministered to our chaplaincy this month.’
January 2016 Update
Ecumenical Service Tortosa Cathedral 22/1/16 @ 8.30pm
December 2015 Update
Alcossebre – `Cream Tea´- Saturday 23rd May 2015
On Saturday 23rd May forty people enjoyed an old fashioned English afternoon cream tea. It was held in the El Camino drop in centre which was decorated with Union Jacks to give it an even greater English feel. Many thanks go to our band of bakers who prepared an array of delicious cakes which went down well.
English Weekend Tortosa
Every year there is an English Weekend in Tortosa when there are many events all with an English theme. This is always around the date of St, Patricks day. There is also an English spoken mass in the Cathedral. In the absence of a full time vicar this has been performed by a Roman Catholic Priest and Jenny Hoskins. The Priest said that this was the first time a women had ever taken part in a service at the Cathedral.