Church of England Diocese in Europe

About Us

  

Christ Church in the Manche is a Chaplaincy of two local Churches 75km apart, mainly worshipping and ministering in English, part of the Church of England Diocese in Europe. We offer a spiritual home to Christians seeking the Anglican tradition, members of the Anglican/ Episcopalian world-wide community. We are also blessed by the company of Christians of other traditions, who make their home under our broad (if occasionally leaky!) Anglican umbrella while living in the area we serve. We are glad to share our love of Jesus, our English-language ministry, our warm fellowship, and our famously good cake!

Where on earth are we? The 'Manche' in our name refers here to La Manche (Dept 50) in northern France, the west side of the Cotentin peninsula, the part of France nearest to the UK Channel Islands. ('Manche' also refers to the (English) Channel, and, confusingly, to the handle on a broom!) The Anglophone population here is believed to be up to 10,000, mainly retired people with a proportion of younger people as well, scattered across the beautiful countryside, and along the coast. La Manche welcomes many tourists from the UK, the rest of Europe, and further afield, while a number of our congregation divide their year between here and second homes elsewhere. The ferry ports are busy - people are always coming and going!

The first English services here began in 2002, and in due course the congregation was recognised as an official Church of England Chaplaincy. A priest in charge was appointed, retiring in 2014. Since then life and ministry has been a co-operative venture involving resident and visiting retired clergy, Readers, and our congregations learning that 'The Church - it is all of us!'