We are planning activities for our students to meet during their short or long stay in Paris. If you wish to be involved in our activities and/or in our choir then please make yourself known to Fr. Andrew Bigg or one of the team at St. George's.
Ryan: When I first arrived at St George's as an English student in Paris, I found a community which, rather than fulfilling the expat stereotype of being "cliquey", was open and welcoming and included both Anglophones and Francophones of diverse ages and backgrounds. This caring atmosphere is most definitely one of the church's strengths and I have made many new friends.
I primarily came to St George's in order to develop my Christian life, which for me included being baptised and confirmed in December 2014. I received considerable support preparing for these sacraments and found it enriched and broadened my spirituality.
The most important aspect would be the worship, and in a busy, scattered and often noisy life in Paris, I have found the traditional and contemplative liturgy to be a precious moment of peace each week. For so many reasons St George's is a good place to be.
Garance: If I had to describe St George's in a few words I would say it is an island, a British enclave in the heart of Paris, a place of pondering in a busy city. When I first contacted the church, looking for an Anglican church in Paris that would be open to someone born and raised into an atheist family and wishing to get baptised, the very least I can say is I was not expecting to get into such a welcoming and culturally diverse community. As a lot of people who attend St George's are British, or least originally from abroad, I suppose it is for them, to a certain degree, like home away from home; but this perspective would be reductive. St George's is an active, hybrid mix of several cultures and a gathering of people from fairly different backgrounds who all demonstrate an open-mindedness that is sometimes hard to find in our days.
As for the liturgy and worship, it crystallizes a balance of tradition and modernity, of bonding and solemnity, that contributes to and enhances the experience of a moment out of time, devoted to something bigger and greater than our hectic daily lives.
I would therefore say that St George's is a very unique place that it's a pleasure and an honour to attend.
Lydia: As both of my parents were active members of St George's choir (my father directed the choir in the 1990s), most of my childhood memories centre around the church; be it by attending Sunday school, playing around the church or sleeping silently behind the organ at Midnight Mass. Moving back to Paris and thus back into the St George's community after nearly ten years of being away following my family's move back to the UK, I was overwhelmed at the welcome I received from the congregation. I have found my niche in the community by singing in the choir which has become a sort of family for me, not only because I have known some of the members for most of my life but also because of the general relaxed and friendly atmosphere. Coming back to Paris has been one of the best decisions of my life as it has provided me with a ready-made support network to fall back on as I begin supporting myself completely independently. I would thoroughly recommend St G's for an young person who wants a bit of Britishness or who is simply searching for a bit of friendly support.
08:30 - Said Eucharist
10:30 - Sunday Eucharist
12:00 - Eucharist
12:00 - Eucharist
For more information on services see "Worship with us"
Saint George's Anglican Church Paris
7 rue Auguste Vacquerie,
t: +33 (0)1 47 20 22 51