Saint George's Anglican Church, Paris
Saint George's Anglican Church, Paris

Young People

Young People are welcome! 

Between University and starting a family is an exciting season in life. We make decisions about values and priorities that shape the rest of our lives. Here at St George's there's an active group of young people who meet regularly - for friendship and spiritual support - and have an active diary of pilgrimages planned to exciting places outside Paris.

If you wish to be involved in our activities and/or in our choir then please make yourself known to  one of the team at St. George's.

 

BEING A YOUNG ADULT AT ST GEORGE’S


As part of the overall vision for the Chaplaincy, a new group
providing support for young adults (between 18 years of age and
having children!) has had its first outing. Here, Edmund
Linton, one of the leaders, outlines the way forward.


After months of planning, a group geared to young adults
has finally taken off at St George's! Headed by Edmund and
Alvaro, the group, which is open to anyone after high
school age and above, English- or French-speaking, will
hopefully engage young adults in issues that are relevant to
them. Having to balance an active life with the rigours of
school, church, work and everything else in between, young
people will find that the group offers a relaxed space where
they can share their stories, interests and faith with others.


By helping to offer a warm and comfortable place to
provide support, friendship and resources in the faith, the
group aims to come together twice a month in order to
offer everyone a chance to participate.


We intend it to develop in two directions. The first, which
is popular with many young adults, is to put on a monthly
"Friday-after-work" session of beer and food, offering a
relaxed atmosphere to talk and socialise after a long week.
The second will be a lunch after the 10.30am Sunday Mass,
where, after feeding our souls, we will do the same with
our stomachs!


What’s more, the group has planned some pilgrimages over
the next few years. These spiritual retreats will offer a time
of prayer, fellowship, reflection and worship, opening up
opportunities to discover or perhaps rediscover oneself.



Currently, we have planned the following calendar of events:
Saturday 23rd & Sunday 24th October 2021 - Lisieux
Wednesday 25th to Sunday 29th May 2022 - Taizé
October 2022 - Lourdes
May 2023 - Taizé
October 2023 - Israel

Here, Alvaro Sanchez, another of the leaders, describes his
personal experience of the first Young Adults’ Group meeting.


This year, at the initiative of our Chaplain, a group of young
adults was formed. It included university students,
professionals, and those starting a family. The objective was
for us to find support in the common experience of faith
throughout our personal spiritual life.


In this context, a picnic was organized after mass on the 9th
of May, on the banks of the Seine, at which we met
together for the first time.


That meeting was a significant moment of connexion after a
long period of separation due to the health restrictions, and
it marked a kind of bridging of a gap of fear and isolation:
there were eight of us, sitting, eating, chatting and laughing
together! It was not only an experience of joy in being
together but, above all, it was exciting because of the
feeling that was generated – that we could once again make
plans for the future. It was as if that dimension of life,
which had been hidden by the pandemic, had finally been
recovered. A real and concrete event of ‘resurrection’ that
perfectly matched the Easter period when it happened!


My overall impression about this picnic was wholly positive,
especially because I felt a new era had opened for all of us;
that’s why I’m very thankful to have participated and I hope
God will give us the opportunity to take part in more
activities like this and keep the group alive and fruitful for a
long time.


As a last word, I would like to invite other young adults to
find out more about this group and join us in order to grow
in friendship and fellowship and to discover the meaning of
being a Christian in today’s world.


For any additional information, feel free to contact either
Edmund (edmund.linton@gmail.com)

or Alvaro (alvarojose.sh@gmail.com).
 

Below are some of the things some students in the past had to say about our community.

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.  

 

 

The Diocese in Europe

The Chaplaincy of St George’s Anglican Church, Paris

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 proactive 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 (eg 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.

If you have any queries please speak to the Chaplaincy Safeguarding Officer Anne-Marie M'ba
Email: safeguarding@stgeorgesparis.org

For additional information please visit: https://europe.anglican.org/safeguarding/policy-andguidance

Sunday

08:30 - Holy Communion (1662)

10:30 - Solemn Eucharist

Monday

18:00 -  Evening Prayer & Eucharist

Tuesday

09:15 - Morning Prayer         

18:00 - Evening Prayer & Eucharist

Wednesday 

12:00 - Eucharist

18:00 - Evening Prayer then                  Exposition of the Blessed              Sacrament till 19:00

Thursday

09:15 - Morning Prayer               

18:00 - Evening Prayer & Eucharist

Saturday 

12:00 - Eucharist

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Address

Saint George's Anglican Church Paris
7 rue Auguste Vacquerie,

75116 Paris

FRANCE

t: +33 (0)1 47 20 22 51

e: office@stgeorgesparis.org

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