A welcome and a farewell from Father Paul

Fr. Paul Ormrod

A welcome…

I am delighted to welcome you to the website of St. George’s Anglican Episcopal Church, Madrid.  We are an international, multicultural and missionary community seeking to grow together in love for God and neighbour.  If you are in Madrid, we would love to meet you. 

Each Sunday we join with the Church throughout the world in prayer and pray for our Church and community as well as our concerns for the world.  Each of our services is a Eucharist but each has a different feel to help us in our journey into the mystery of God.

08.30am  – Holy Communion (Traditional language).  Spoken words in the morning stillness

10.00am  – Family Eucharist.  We begin in Church with the whole family of the Church gathering  together.  We are one body and all are of equal value, but we explore our faith in ways that are appropriate to age and Christian experience, so we then move to different spaces.

11.30am – Sung Eucharist.  Ordered worship, following the seasons of the Church’s year, where music plays an important part.  

And a farewell…

Jill and I have enjoyed our time at St. George’s Madrid enormously and now the time is fast approaching to say good bye. We both have a strong sense that God is calling us to our new ministry at St. John’s Montreux in Switzerland, but there is no doubt that we shall miss everyone at St. George’s. We shall certainly continue to remember you all in our prayers.

The life of the Church depends not merely on the Chaplain but on all of us, together, offering our prayer, our commitment, our service to Christ in whatever ways we can day by day so that the Jesus Way may be offered to all. I know that our congregation is faithful and prayerful and I know that, however long the Vacancy, you will be served by our Church Wardens, Anne and Rebecca, as they in turn will be supported by you.

But what I really want to ask of you is this: will you double and redouble your efforts to invite others to join us? It is very tempting for a congregation in a Vacancy to turn a bit inwards, to worry about “keeping things going” and to forget that our primary ministry is twofold: both committed worship and committed outreach so that others may know they are loved by God, that others may know Jesus died for them. Will you do that?