Dronne Valley church at Bertric Burée
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Next service: Join us on Sunday April 23rd at 10:30am for a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Brian Davies and Patrick Sturges. All are welcome!
L'Eglise Saint Pierre - Saint Paul lies in the centre of the village and can be seen for miles around. The village is just off the D708 between Riberac and Verteillac. Previously we met either in the nearby town of Riberac or in the village of Chapdeuil. Our members are drawn from across the north west of the Dordogne and from part of the Charente.
Church of England forms of worship are used for all services. Congregations of over 40 are usual throughout the year, growing for major festivals. Music to suit all tastes is provided by the choir, organ or the music group. Our musicians and singers meet at least once a month to learn new hymns and to practice old ones as well as songs for the coming services. We have a new organ to support worship in our church.
Our service schedule:
1st Sunday: Service of the Word: 10:30
1st Sunday: Evensong: 18:00 from April (16:00 in winter)
2nd Sunday: Holy Communion + Sunday School: 10:30
2nd Wednesday: Holy Communion: 11:00
3rd Sunday: Family Service: 10:30
4th Sunday: Holy Communion + Sunday School: 10:30
5th Sunday: Prayer and Praise: 10:30
Monthly events and activities: 3 Home Groups meet regularly in the Riberac area to read and study the bible, pray and often share a meal together. Throughout the year, events such as the Summer Fête, Harvest Supper and a Barn Dance provide events for regular members and new friends to meet and enjoy social activities. Each month there is an organised walk of up to 12kms. We meet at around 10.30am with a picnic lunch and enjoy getting to know each other and the local countryside better. From time to time, some of the congregation meet for lunch following the midweek service in the nearby restaurant. More details are found on the Services & Events tab.
Pastoral Care Group We can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more. We really would appreciate being informed of perceived needs so that where possible we can be of help.
The Dronne Valley local wardens are:
Bertric Burée News
Glorious Easter Sunday celebrations: sunrise, breakfast, and service!
Easter Sunday began with a sunrise service followed by breakfast, and our Easter Service led by the Revd. Tony Lomas and Sheila Marshall. The Sunrise service was an informal celebration and, 31 people gathering in a circle in the garden of the Upper Room. Ann Knight led the service, Keith Shave played his guitar accompanying the hymns, and we were all invited to take part in the thanksgiving prayers. The sun decided to hide it’s light until just at the end of our Sunrise Service, when it appeared in all its glory. How well timed!
We all enjoyed a complete English breakfast, cooked by Dave Knight with sterling help from Ann and their friend Phil. We all needed a run afterwards, but instead walked across the road to our church, to complete the morning’s Thanksgiving for the Risen Christ.
Our local warden Mike Duncan had asked if we would like to buy lilies in memory of loved ones, to decorate our church on Easter Sunday. He was able to buy 147 lilies, which were carefully arranged for our altar by Glynis Bogardis and Carol Sapsford. The result was magnificent. We welcomed over 100 to our Easter Sunday Service. The organ was played by Keith Lowe as usual, and was accompanied for a Bach Adagio, by Jill Balfour on the flute. What a wonderful morning!
Good Friday/Vendredi Saint with our Christian brothers and sisters
A bright sunny evening, with a cool breeze. How good it was to worship together, English/French, symbolic of many Nations yet with One God.
The Good Friday Ecumenical service at Tocane, led jointly by Père Philippe and Sheila Marshall, was a service of deep reflection, that brought home the sadness of that day when our Lord was crucified. The atmosphere of that awful scene was welded into our minds by the reading of the Passion according to John 18,1-19,42, played out by Pere Philippe, Cathy Wheatcroft, Janis and Roger Adams and members of the Tocane and Riberac Congregations.
Michel sang Psalm 30 in a beautifully clear voice, that made one’s spine tingle, and the choir was absolutely magnificent. Music that entered the very soul. The brief homely in French and English given by Père Philippe and Sheila reflected Jesus’ sacrifice and death on the cross. God’s mission completed – the greatest example of determination, perseverance and obedient love the world has ever seen.
After the Veneration of the Cross, and during the sharing of Communion, that magnificent hymn,"O Sacred Head Surrounded" was sung in English and in French. What words are they....'Beneath thy cross abiding for ever would I rest, in thy dear love confiding, and with thy presence blest'. They were ringing in my ears and heart after the benediction, and leaving the Church in silence, and all the way home, on a God given sunlit evening. I even hear them as I write this after the Glory of Easter-tide. Christ is Risen. Alleluia.
Joyful Spring services
We had a full church for Mothering Sunday, with lovely little posies made up by Cathy and Brian Wheatcroft. They were distributed to all the ladies present, following a lovely service with the Revd. Barry Green.
The Palm Sunday service was taken by the Revd. Tony Lomas. It was a pleasure to welcome once again Tony and his wife Ingrid, both of whom we have grown very fond in the relatively short time we as a congregation have known them. The service was followed by our usual Bring and Share Lunch, which is held on the second Sunday of each month, in the Upper Room. Over 30 people joined together for the lunch, which is always a great way to get to know and to integrate new members of our congregation, and to welcome back our visitors.
Wonderful March Barn Dance!
On Friday 31st March, 70 people met at the Foyer in Bertric Buree for a great Barn Dance! Ingrid Lowe taught us the dances and called to try and keep us in time. Keith Lowe ensured the music could be heard. Ann and David Knight with their team produced a wonderful supper of pulled pork in a bun with potatoes and coleslaw plus delicious deserts. David Jackson ran the bar and Marie Ricketts oversaw the fund raising. Thanks to everyone for making the evening so enjoyable!
Successful Wine Tasting Dinner
On Sunday 12th March we were very pleased to welcome the Archdeacon of France, Venerable Meurig Williams, the Rev'd Tony Lomas, and his wife Ingrid to our morning service.
The Ven. Williams gave the address, concern our journey through life, with all is uncertainties and doubts, comparing these to the problems of the refugees from war-torn countries and from countries suffering from other disasters. The Ven. Williams reminded us that every new path we were called to take, God had gone there before us, and would welcome and help us.
The Communion Service was followed by refreshments and then by a very enjoyable Bring and Share lunch, when we took the opportunity to celebrate the birthday of one of our members. We are blessed always with great participation in all our church events, both worship services and social.
Successful Wine Tasting Dinner
The Wine Tasting Dinner was the brainwave of, and organised by, Kathy and Mark Carter and was a huge success. It was planned whilst two of their friends, also from the USA, were visiting. One friend, Jeff, is a wine expert, and during each of the 6 courses he gave a short talk about the wine served and we were invited to mark the various qualities of each wine from 1-5 on a sheet provided. Under each plate was a number, and a draw followed each course, at which the winner was given a bottle of the wine served during that course. All the wine was supplied by a very good wine merchant, Thiery, based in Mareuil.
The other good friend, Scott, an interior designer, offered advice to make the tables look so inviting, and helped during the evening. The excellent dinner for nearly 40 people, was prepared and cooked by six volunteers, one for each course. It was a lot of work by all of the volunteers, but the money raised for church funds, over 1100€, made all the effort worthwhile. It was a very happy social event.
Reconciliation: Prayer for Christian Unity service in Ribérac
A fragment of the Berlin wall, in the shape of a cross, was used as a symbol of the need for reconciliation during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
A particularly ‘special’ Ecumenical service took place in the Hospital Chapel in Ribérac, underlining the warmth of friendship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters from the Roman Catholic and Eglise Réformée congregations. The service was led by Rev'd Tony Lomas, Père Philippe, Sheila Marshall and Pasteur Pierrot Munch who gave a moving and thought-provoking homliy.
This year’s theme ‘Reconciliation – the Love of Christ Compels us’ (2 Cor. 5.14) focused upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation and a recognition of the pain of the subsequent deep divisions that afflicted the unity of the Church. As well as looking back 500 years, a more recent symbol of division was used - the Berlin Wall - to reflect on the meaning of reconciliation.
During the service a symbolic wall was constructed, and as each sin was named ‘lack of love’, ‘hate and contempt’, ‘false accusation’, ‘discrimination’, ‘persecution’, ‘broken communion’, ‘intolerance’, ‘religious wars and conflicts’, ‘division’, ‘abuse of power’, ‘isolation’, ‘pride’, a ‘stone’ was brought forward. Following a prayer for reconciliation the wall was dismantled, and the ‘stones’ were laid in the shape of a cross. The Berlin Wall was brought down by ordinary people lighting a candle and saying a prayer. May we be compelled by the love of Christ to live reconciled lives and to break down the walls that divide.
Blessed Advent and Christmas: Carols, Jazz, and Worship!
We started Advent with a traditional service of Advent Carols lead by Sheila Marshall and Rev'd Tony Lomas followed by a time of fellowship over refreshments in the Upper Room.
Our Service of Lessons and Carols was rather earlier than usual this year, on the 9th December, at Riberac church and lead by Rev'd Tony Lomas and Fr Philippe Doumenge. The Variations Choir were accompanied at the organ by Keith Lowe and on flute by Jill Balfour and lead us in our singing of traditional Christmas Carols. The congregation was made up of folk from our own church and from the Roman Catholic and Eglise Reformée churches. A wonderful opportunity to share worship and fellowship with friends old and new, and of course, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
After many years of Shirley and Brian Cook providing us with an opportunity to sing Carols and enjoy afternoon tea at their home, for which we thank them, sadly, they have decided not to continue and enjoy a well earned rest. Quite by chance, though, we were able to accept an offer by Dan Jones to arrange a Jazz Carol event.
Our thanks are due to Helen and James Gray who made their home available to us, to the St Laurent Jazz Quartet for the music, and to all those who provided delicious food and wine. About 60 of us enjoyed an entertaining, fun filled evening on the 17th December and proceeds from the event were donated to the Bishop’s Advent Appeal along with the offertory from the Riberac Carol Service.
On Christmas Day we had a full church and enjoyed meeting friends and relatives visiting family living in France. Revd Brian Davies presided at the Eucharist.
Sunday 23 April - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies and Patrick Sturges
Sunday 30 April - 10:30 Special Service, Madeleine Holmes
Sunday 07 May - 10:30 Service of the Word, Janis Adams
Sunday 07 May - 18:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall
Wednesday 10 May - 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas
Sunday 14 May - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock
Sunday 21 May - 10:30 Family Service, Trevor Hodgkiss
Sunday 28 May - 10:30 Holy Communion, Ven. Chris Sims
*** Please join us for tea and coffee after each of the Sunday services ***
Prayer Ministry available - look for white dove badge
Prayer ministry is offered at Bertric Burée by members of the team at the services on Sundays in the side chapel. Please take advantage of this for anything for which you would like prayer support.
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays this is available after the service and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays during the serving of communion. Also, Prayer ministry is available after each service in the Upper Room.To help you to identify members of the team, we will be wearing these white dove badges.
August Sunday School Fun
Alexandra and Michael led the Sunday School on 24th August and shared their art work and ideas on light when they returned. Many of the congregation were able to help them sing 'This little light of mine' which they had learnt during their time.
Church for Children at Bertric Burée
There’s a Sunday School every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and all children are welcome. They stay in church for part of the service and then spend time together having fun, learning about Jesus and the Bible.
Each week the children read or act out a bible story, learn a song, do something crafty, play games and we always end each session with prayer time. Usually we do a short 'show and tell’ or ‘sing and tell' for the congregation after each session so that they can see what we’ve been doing. All are welcome.
Wednesday Prayer Group
All are invited to join those who meet to pray for ourselves and our church on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month between 5 and 6 pm in church. We look forward to seeing you. Please phone a warden for more information.
Friday April 21st, Music Quiz, and Supper evening
All are invited to join us for an evening of music quiz and supper on Friday April 21st, in the salle des fêtes in Bertric Burée.
Everyone is welcome. Teams of six at each table, but if you are coming on your own, no problem, it will be an opportunity to make new friends! Don't worry if your musical knowledge is limited...the quiz is just another excuse for a great social evening! 12 € per person.
Church for Children
There’s a Sunday School every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and all children are welcome. We spend time together having fun, learning about Jesus and the Bible.
Each week the children read/act a bible story, learn a song, do something crafty, play games and we always end each session with prayer time. Usually we do a short ‘show/sing and tell’ to the congregation after each session. The children and parents have established really close friendships and often meet during the week as well. Please pray for the children’s work!
Knit and Natter Group - 3rd and 4th Thursday of each month
We meet in the Upper Room from 2-4pm, on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of the month. That means that in May we will meet on 19th and 26th.
At the moment, we are blessed with a lot of donated knitting yarn and are busy making items for sale and for charity. The main charity that we are supporting is ‘Knit for Peace’ www.knitforpeace.org.uk which sends knitted garments to people in need, whether in Britain or abroad. It has also been suggested that we make blankets for ‘Phoenix’, and we have been asked to knit plain, simple hats for the Mediterranean Mission for Seafarers in Gibraltar.
Of course, if anyone would rather just knit for themselves, that is fine too. We are a group of ladies, with differing abilities, who enjoy chatting to each other and helping each other out with knitting problems. We all learn from each other. If anyone else would like to join us for knitting, crocheting, or just nattering they are very welcome.
Craft Group: 3rd Thursday of each month
The craft group will now meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Upper Room at Bertric Burée, at 2pm.
Monthly Randonnée: or "Stroll to Lunch" if you like
Organised walks are scheduled to take place once per month, in various locations. Suggestions are always welcome!
We can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more.
This is a charity we support annually with our Harvest Gifts. They are based in Riberac and run by the Catholic Church to help those in need. The committee agreed that it would be a good idea if we could make a regular donation to them. This is an excellent way to support the local people.
Geoff Cogger has volunteered to be responsible for ‘the box’ and delivery to the Secours Catholique and is providing a collecting box at the back of church for your donations of tinned, dried goods, toiletries etc. Please remember to bring a packet or tin – in date please – to fill the box!
Try leaving something in your car - somewhere obvious - after the weekly shop as an 'aide mémoire'!
Home Groups in the Dronne Valley
Home Groups are a key part of Dronne Valley church life -
There are five to choose from:
- Tuesday mornings near Verteillac: 10.00 for 10.30am. All are welcome. For more information contact Mike Duncan: 05 53 91 30 64
- Alternate Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm near Ribérac. For dates and location please contact Gwyneth Marison 05 45 24 06 89
- Fortnightly on Tuesday mornings, 10.00 for 10.30am. For dates and venue this month please contact Brian Cook on 05 45 98 43 00
- Fortnightly on Thursdays at 2.00pm at Ann Knight’s home, Chez Foucaud, Montboyer, between Chalais and Montmoreau. Contact Ann for dates and directions – Ann Knight 05 45 98 22 17
The groups are made up of friendly people who get together to talk over a small part of the Bible or another Christian book and enjoy a cup of coffee and cake. All of the groups are keen to welcome newcomers, but it’s a good idea to phone, so that we know you’re coming.
News from Thursday Home Group chez Ann Knight
Our home group has grown over the years in terms of numbers and spiritual growth. We endeavour to be a support mechanism to each other and can pray for specific needs. We’ve been studying ‘What’s so Amazing about Grace’ by Philip Yancey.
We are looking forward to starting a new study soon as we’ve been doing this one for over twelve months now! Very good and quite challenging. We’re thinking of ‘Chocolat’ something that was suggested by Margaret. We’ve also got a study on the ‘Bride of Christ’ relating the old Jewish traditional wedding which relates to specific biblical text, which could also be very interesting.