Huguenot Chapel Service 29Th March

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HUGUENOT CHAPEL - Service 29th March

Date: 24th March 2015

We are a very small congregation and working like mad to keep the little Chapel alive!  Huguenots have worshipped in the Canterbury Cathedral Crypt since the time of Edward V1 (son of Henry V111).  

Over the centuries as their numbers diminished they moved from the whole of the Western Crypt to the Southern Side and then in 1895, when numbers had dwindled to a trickle, the Dean and Chapter allowed them to have the Chantry Chapel of the Black Prince as their place of Worship and there they've continued having a service in French every Sunday almost without a break.

Unfortunately, as is the same in the C of E and other religious denominations, congregations have been getting smaller and smaller.   We are doing our utmost to keep the little Chapel 'alive' but it is increasingly difficult.  We've not had a Pasteur for over 3 years and though members of the congregation work hard to fill the pulpit for a sermon and the organ for the music, it is very difficult.

Although my French is by no means perfect and certainly not fluent, I do seem to have a passable accent and it has fallen to me from time to time to read the Liturgy as I will be doing this coming Sunday.  Fortunately we do have a preacher in the form of our delightful Catholic friend - Father Malachie Steenson.

There are still many Huguenots around Canterbury although many have anglicized names and I do wonder if they are put off coming to the service because it is in French.  There is a very simple service sheet which anyone, with a modicum of French, can follow and more often than not the Sermon is in English as it will be on this coming Sunday.

Because we have so few in the congregation even yours truly has been co-opted onto the Consistory (and I don't like committees), Edit and publish the Newsletter and for my sins, and because there was no one else,  I am now the Secretary as well.

We might be a small congregation but everyone is most welcoming and we all go for tea and cake, after the service at the local Chom Chom restaurant.  All are welcome.

The Congregation at tea!

HUGUENOT CHAPEL - Service 29th March

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