A Glorious Day at Maisons-Laffitte

Holy Trinity Maisons-Laffitte was built in the 1920s to meet the needs of English-speaking stable-lads and trainers who came to work at the local racecourse. Today the church community has an electoral roll of about 130. Many of the congregation are younger professional families on short-medium term assignments. Others are long term members – some married to French people, some in the process of naturalising as French citizens. The lovely grounds of the church provide an excellent space for social events and for children to play.

Beautiful surroundings for Holy Trinity church.

I was impressed by the children’s ministry at Holy Trinity: three groups each with three pairs of teachers making 18 volunteers overall. The church is also hoping to appoint a paid family and children’s worker in the future. Here, at the end of the morning service, the ‘Fireflies’ (3 to 5 year olds) are preparing to hand out bookmarks they have made reminding the adults to pray for the groups and their teachers. What a good idea!

The ‘Fireflies’ present their bookmarks.

During my visit, it was good to get acquainted with two of the senior members of Holy Trinity – Pat and Marguerite. Pat has been a church member for 66 years! She could remember her first chaplain who had been a prisoner of war in Japan.

Pat & Marguerite.

In the afternoon, we confirmed a large number of youngsters – with local Maisons-Laffitte candidates being joined by candidates from St. Michael’s Paris. Some of the younger Tamil siblings are pictured here – beautifully dressed for the occasion.

Dressed for the occasion – candidates for confirmation.

The confirmation itself was a big event. Perhaps 160 people crowded into Holy Trinity. When there was no more space in the church itself, people sat on chairs outside. It was a beautiful afternoon, with warm sunshine – and sparkling wine and strawberries to follow! A fine alternative to the final of the French Open taking place the same day in Paris.

Baptism and Confirmation candidates, with the Reverend Olaf Eriksson (far right of picture) from Maisons-Laffitte and the Reverend Dale Hanson (far left of picture) from St. Michael’s Paris.
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