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New Building for the Chaplaincy

Words from the Wardens on behalf of the Chaplaincy Council

The Chaplaincy Council has enthusiastically agreed to buy the Little Stone Chapel in Chef Boutonne. Using the Legacy left to the Chaplaincy of Christ the Good Shepherd Poitou Charentes 10 years ago by Shorney and Tony Edwards together with donations given for the use of the Chaplaincy of Christ the Good Shepherd.

This Little Chapel will give a much-needed focal point to the Chaplaincy, and we hope and pray that it will revive and revitalise it.

The Temple is central to the Chaplaincy and investigation of the distance in kilometres from various members of the Chaplaincy has been carried out.

It offers a very versatile central space – light and airy, neutral, and therefore could be adapted to different forms of worship and to suit a variety of activities throughout the week/year.

There is disabled access in the form of a slope to the left of the entrance and spacious toilet facilities with handrail and washbasin. The kitchen is fitted with cupboards and there is a gas cooker and an electric fridge. A window opens to the garden and a side door gives access to the garden and outbuilding. The cellar has an electric light and is dry and sound suitable for storage. The mezzanine offers opportunities for a variety of uses and overlooks the main hall. Electric radiators will replace the old heaters. The garden has many attractive shrubs, trees, and perennial plants.

The centre of Chef-Boutonne with its bars, cafés, restaurants and other commerces is 5 minutes’ walk from the Chapel. The location would allow for roadside publicity for services and events. (Agreed by the Mairie).

The Chapel would offer a focal point and a bring a sense of unification to the Chaplaincy.

It will have a Loop System installed through the generosity of a Chaplaincy Member.

Its potential uses are Worship services, Funerals, weddings, and baptisms and a great variety of other meetings and functions. It also offers a centre for many fundraising activities, avoiding rental costs of Salle des fêtes. It could also bring in much needed funds for the Chaplaincy by letting out the premises when not in use to other groups.

The Maire of Chef Boutonne is delighted that we are going to buy the Chapel. He has offered us off-road parking in the grounds of the Mairie itself and in front of the Ecole Maternelle. Additionally, he has said there are roadside parking facilities together with the use of the Gardens of the Mairie if we wish to use it. We hope that you can see the potential that this building will bring to the whole of the Chaplaincy, and that the Chaplaincy of Christ the Good Shepherd will be revived and revitalised and that God’s Kingdom will continue here in the Chaplaincy of Christ the Good Shepherd and that God’s Kingdom here in Poitou Charentes will be strengthened and glorified.

If there is anyone who would like to offer their skills in doing a few projects around the Chapel, please contact the Wardens:

Carolyn on 0612137007 or chaplaincychurchwarden1@gmail.com or
Wanda 0964122954. or chaplaincywarden2 @gmail.com

Chaplain:Vacant
Assistant Chaplain:Vacant
Church Wardens:
Carolyn Carter
Wanda McKerchar

Registered Office (for postal deliveries)
12 place de Gaulle, 86400, Civray
Tel: 06 21 32 31 28
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