St. Bartholomew's Church Dinard, France

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Priest in Charge: The Revd Gareth Randall
E-mail: fathergareth@stbarts-dinard.org.uk

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St. Bartholomew's is an English-speaking Anglican church in the north Brittany seaside resort of Dinard. It was dedicated in 1871 and its foundation reflects the then substantial British and American population in the area.

The church is owned by the Association of St. Bartholomew's and its affairs are administered by the Councils of the Association and Chaplaincy. We are part of the Archdeaconry of France within the Anglican Diocese in Europe. The Archdeacon is the Revd Ian Naylor, Priest -in-charge of Pau, and our diocesan Bishop is The Right Reverend Dr Geoffrey Rowell, Bishop of Gibraltar.

The Invasion of France in 1940 encouraged British residents to leave and when the USA entered the War the following year after Pearl Harbor, American citizens were also required to leave. The consequent reduction of English-speakers living in the area meant that after the War, services were held only between Easter and September. By 1994, with British membership of the European Union encouraging residence on the Continent, we were able to open the church for services throughout the year. As a result, there has been a steady growth in attendance at services both by permanent and seasonal residents and by holiday-makers.

After the War, St Bartholomew’s was served by locum chaplains on a monthly basis who led services and freely ministered to our spiritual and pastoral needs throughout the year. Chaplains stayed in a modern well appointed flat belonging to the Association and adjacent to the church. With sustained growth and confidence, our membership made a step of faith: to employ a resident Priest-in-charge on a ‘part-time’ basis. Consequently, I arrived in January 2007 and was licensed by the Archdeacon the following May.

Our principal service is a Sunday morning Eucharist at 11:00 which follows a traditional language Common Worship format. Though we are an Anglican church, many of our members and congregation come from a rich diversity of Christian traditions which reflects the strong Ecumenical fellowship which has been fostered by Christians in the area. There is a Sunday School every week for children who spend the first part of the service in The Elizabeth Hannay Room then come back into church to join us for the communion itself. After the service, there is chance for a chat over a coffee and biscuit. ‘All are welcome’ is a truth you may experience for yourself as you come through the gates into an English garden albeit with palm trees and through the doors of the church to experience the warm, prayerful atmosphere of St Bartholomew’s. Our French visitors often refer to our church as ‘chaleureux’

Details of our services may be found on the website, in our Newsletter and on the notice boards. Baptisms, marriages, and funerals also take place throughout the year.

There is a Library run by our Librarian, Dr David Norris, at the rear of the church which contains a large selection of up-to-date fiction. Books may be borrowed by anyone with no charge.

If you are on holiday or live near enough to visit us, we would be pleased to see you and to share our worship of God in this place with you.

Father Gareth

Brief History of St Bartholomew's

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