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Ladies Who Lunch

This month the church-based Ladies Who Lunch joined forces with the female members of the British Association of the Var’s local Neighbourhood Network group to lunch together at the restaurant 7th Heaven on Fréjus Plage. There were 2 toddlers, supervised by 15 adults including mothers, grandmas and great-grandmas – quite a collection. The staff were welcoming and patient, and the…

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Carol Service

Our service of “Christmas Lessons and Carols – Many voices, one Gospel” took place on 18 December at 6pm and was a joyful, musical event, as always. Sadly some of our French friends were missing as the football World Cup had gone into extra time and they wanted to know if France won. However, we had a good attendance, including…

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Baptism during Advent

We were blessed to be able to organise a baptism service during advent for little Kit, whose extended family converged on St Raphaël from many parts of the world for a holiday together. It was a happy occasion to welcome all our visitors.

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Ladies Who Lunch

We had our Christmas Lunch at a special venue in St Raphaël old town at Les Petits Secrets restaurant on 21 December, where 13 of us enjoyed the atmosphere of this stone cellar, despite the access being difficult for some! The meals are all freshly cooked from local ingredeients where possible and were delicious, although some felt the waiting time…

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PSHF

The Director the Philippines Self Help Foundation, Richard Foster, was able to visit us on Sunday 25 September after a break of 3 years due to the pandemic. It was good to see him again and to hear about the latest project St John’s has funded. Thanks to the generosity of our congregation, both resident and visiting, we were able…

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Water of Life

On 15 September the choir presented a themed musical service called Water of Life, with hymns, anthems, readings and prayers. We were pleased to welcome a large adience of St John’s attenders and visitors, many of whom gave positive feedback and stayed for the regreshments afterwards. Revd Tom Wilson led the service, Martin Paynne conducted the choir, Shirley Rowson accompanied…

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English Language Library

St John’s hosts a library with an extensive collection of English language books, including novels, thrillers, biographies, etc. There are new opening times for this: Tuesdays and Thursdays  10am to 12 noon. Access is via the vestry door at the east end of the church. Do come and take advantage of this facility.

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Harvest Service and Picnic

Our Harvest Festival service on 18 september was made all the more enjoyable as old friends were able to join us from the UK, some of whom we had not seen since beofre the pandemic. The singing was uplifting, led by a choir of 11, who also sang an anthem. Our flower arrangers created beautiful displays, and one of our…

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