Working with young people in Cormeilles

Frédéric Cryan shares about his role at Église Harmonie

Hello everyone! I’m now in my second year serving in France with the Église Harmonie church plant (Perspectives) in Cormeilles-en-Parisis. Alongside leading the children’s and youth activities, I’ve started studies at the FLTE (the Faculty of Evangelical Theology in Vaux-sur-Seine). I’m also now being financially supported by both Église Harmonie and the associated mother church in Taverny, as well as by my home church in the UK (St Andrew’s, Chorleywood). As of next year, I hope to be able to specialise in evangelism and church planting.

Studying at the FLTE has been quite overwhelming at times, with sudden realisations that I’m slightly behind on the workload! I am,however, very thankful for all that I’ve learnt and am now well into the second semester of studies.

Église Harmonie is now holding three church services per month. I’ve been leading the children’s activities on Sundays. One non-Christian girl came for her first time in January feeling especially nervous. She joyfully came to me at the end to say that she wouldn’t be available the following Sunday because of a birthday but would come the next Sunday!

I’ve also been heading up the Youth Group for 9-14 year olds, directed especially towards non-Christians. The children spend time playing games, learning about various English-speaking countries, and exploring Christian values.

Please pray for good opportunities to share the gospel with the children. One of them has been arriving an hour early,alongside another one of the church children, and has been consistently helping with the set-up. Back in January, when I came with two jugs that instantly broke, he rushed home and came back with a jug and extra juice!

Thank you very much for your continued prayers both for the church plant here in Cormeilles and for me as I serve and study here.


Frederic Cryan

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