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Dronne Valley church at Bertric Burée

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Next service: Join us on Sunday 25th February at 10:30am for a service of Holy Communion led by Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by the Local Annual Meeting and a bring and share lunch). All are welcome!

Lent course to begin Tues 20th Feb, 14:00

cross“When I survey...” Christ’s cross and ours - a course for Lent

The death of Christ is a dominant and dramatic theme in the New Testament. So, it’s not surprising that, over the centuries, the Cross has become the symbol of the Christian faith. But Christians do not honour a dead hero; we worship a Living Lord. According to the Bible, the death of Jesus is not the end of a track – it’s the gateway into life.

His crucifixion gives rise to many key themes and we’ll explore some of these in a five-week course to be held at La Gare, St Aulaye on Tuesday afternoons throughout Lent commencing Tuesday 20th February at 14:00. Email Steve or Jenny Long (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details or phone them on: 05 53 91 96 48.

 

Bertric Burée

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.

Contact Information

The Dronne Valley local wardens are:

Mike Duncan on 05 53 91 30 64 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Bertric Burée News

Wonderful Christian Unity service in Ribérac

‘Your right hand O Lord, glorious in power’ - ‘Ta main droite Seigneur, éclatante de puissance’ inspired by Exodus 15:6, with liturgy prepared by the different churches of the Caribbean. This was the theme of the annual ecumenical service for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, held in the chapel of Ribérac hospital.

The symbolic chains of slavery brought home the message of a plight still suffered by countless thousands across the globe today.

The message was mirrored in music, songs, readings and prayers. Our Chaplain, Tony Lomas delivered a thought-provoking sermon in French, with a short resumée in English, stressing the ways slavery still manifests itself in today’s society. The service was led by Rev'd Tony Lomas, Père Philippe Doumenge, Pasteur Pierrot Munch, Diacre Marc Lafargue and Sheila Marshall, with musicians Keith Lowe, Pascale Courmont, and Vincent Drouot.

Ministers and congregation held hands in a human chain of solidarity and unity, as the service drew to a close, singing ‘Notre Père’ – a very moving moment.

 

Festive Christmas Carol service with 'Variations' choir

On Thursday 7 December at 18.00h at the church in Ribérac, the Rev'd Tony Lomas, together with Sheila Marshall led a wonderful service of Christmas lessons and carols. This annual celebration was led by the choir of Variations, organ played by Keith Lowe. After the service mince pies and mulled wine, all made, prepared and served by members of our Dronne Valley Church, was enjoyed by the congregation. It was good to see some French people amongst our gathering. With love and peace for this Christmas and, and wishing you God’s blessings on you all this coming year.

 

Great November Christmas Market

Great day on Saturday Nov 18th for our Christmas Market fundraiser. We were blessed with a bright sunny day and many visitors. A lot of hard work over a long period by a handful of people, but thanks especially to Marie Rickets for all the organising of the event. She invited other appropriate stall holders to join us and, because of the past success, we had more requests that we had room for. The overflow went to the Upper Room, resulting in many stalls bursting with Christmas goodies, many of which were cooked or handmade by our members, ranging from crackers, puddings, cakes and gifts. Refreshments and mulled wine added to the festive ambience, and the bacon butties, well, they’re always a treat. Pam Duncan made many Christmas cakes for sale, and one beauty, already iced, for the "guess the weight” competition.

An enormous contribution to the overall warm and festive atmosphere unfortunately cannot be shown in pictures, as it was the music provided throughout the day, by Steve Long. Such a great choice! An eclectic mix of Carols and Christmas songs to put us all in the right mood.

The success of the day was measured in shared fellowship with church friends and especially with visitors and friends from further afield. At the end of the day there was a mellow satisfied feeling and a further 1,860€ to be contributed to the work of our church in ministry and mission here in Aquitaine. Well done everyone and heartfelt thanks to all.

 

Terrific Trivia Quiz Night!

quiz nightThe Trivia Quiz Night, was organised by Kathy and Mark Carter, with the enormous help of Ann and Dave Knight in the kitchen, as usual! The sum of over 400€  was raised for church funds, whilst a great time was had by over 40 participants. Fortunately for most of us, winning was not important as was having a sociable evening with friends, of course. Kathy did a brilliant job as the quiz master. One of the other draws had to be the supper, the ubiquitous English sausages and mash, beautifully cooked and followed by a fruit sponge and cream.
 
Congratulations to the winning team, who were each presented with a medal and a small bottle of wine, whilst the table at the bottom of the leader board each received a dunce's hat. To save anyone’s blushes, of either pride or embarrassment only the trophies themselves were photographed!

 

Treasures at the September Jumble Sale

You either loathe them or love them. You either need to be enticed with promises of bacon butties, coffee and cake or you're champing at the bit till the doors open and the treasure hunt can begin. Treasure hunt? Have we had a treasure hunt recently?

One person's rubbish is another person's treasure. Whatever your feelings, the recent Jumble Sale in the Upper Room at Bertric Burée was undoubtedly a great success. The great delight of a Jumble Sale is that you never know what to expect or what you might find, an item of clothing, a book or some bric-a- brac, all for the price of a few euros. Okay, you didn't know you needed it, but you love it at first sight!

That is the joy of a jumble sale: nothing better than sitting in the sunshine drinking coffee, eating squidgy chocolate cake and all in a companionable ambiance. For those whose blood pressure doesn't rise at the thought of rummaging amongst cast offs, the delights of bacon butties and delicious cakes were there to enjoy.

 

Blessed August bring and share lunch

bring and share lunchWhat a wonderful Bring and Share this last Sunday the 13th August. It was the first time we had been able, with certainty, to enjoy it in our garden at the Upper Room. The marquees were a brilliant second hand buy, and were used for the first time for our Summer Fete on the 23rd July.

We are so blessed to have the Upper Room and garden, which is in great part due, originally, to the faith our Warden Mike Duncan had in the project, followed by the overwhelming generosity of our church members in giving both their money, buying items needed and, if able, using their talents to produce what is now a facility with everything one could want, to enjoy Church events and to welcome non-church goers and further friendships in an effort to Spread The Word. Our Upper Room Committee, chaired by Ann Knight continue to do a brilliant job of keeping it charged with supplies and spotless.

 

Super July Summer Fête and Hog Roast

The words ‘Summer Fair’ bring up all kinds of different thoughts and experiences: mostly about all ages having fun and eating well in the sun. It is not easy to cater for all ages but this year we had a really good go and the event was well received overall. New this year were aprons with 'Bertric Buree Summer Fete' printed on them, an imaginative way to identify all those working for the church that day.

The carnival games were a real success, for the young and the old, with laughter, cheers, and some healthy competition going on too. Winners enjoyed spending their tickets on the prize table where there was an array of toys, games and sweets to choose from.

The cream teas and hog roast were also a big hit and very very tasty. All the stalls did well, in particular the cakes and clothes stalls. A big thank you to everyone who helped, especially Marie Ricketts, and everyone who came to enjoy the day with us. We raised over 1,700€ which is brilliant.

 

'Thank you' lunch for church welcome team

welcomer's lunchHelen and James Gray hosted a 'thank you' lunch for the 'welcomers' who've provided a greeting for people arriving at the services at Bertric Burée church in recent years.  A great lunch and afternoon was spent in convivial company and much appreciated by those who had 'welcomed' at our church over the past year. Thanks to all of our important welcome team, and to Helen - not only for the lunch but for the time put in over the year ensuring that a warm welcome was always received by those entering our church. Peter Robinson has taken over the responsibility for the welcomer's rota.
 

 

 

Click here for the "Bertric Burée Church Previous News" page

 

 

Services

 Forthcoming services 

Sunday 25 February - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by Local Annual Meeting and a bring and share lunch)

Friday 02 March – Ribérac Hospital Chapel, 14:30 World Day of Prayer

Sunday 04 March - 10:30 Service of the Word, Madeleine Holmes

Sunday 04 March - 16:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall

Sunday 11 March - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green

Wednesday 14 March - 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 18 March - 10:30 Holy Communion and Confirmation, Bishop Robert Innes

Sunday 25 March - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies (reminder clocks +1)

Monday 26 March - 17:00 Compline Prayer, Janis Adams

Tuesday 27 March - 17:00 Compline Prayer, Sheila Marshall

Wednesday 28 March - 17:00 Compline Prayer, Madeleine Holmes

Thursday 29 March - 17:00 Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Friday 30 March - 14:00 Stations of the Cross, Madeleine Holmes

Friday 30 March – Tocane church, 19:00 Ecumenical Stations of the Cross

*** Please join us for tea and coffee after each of the Sunday services ***

 

Prayer Ministry available - look for white dove badge

prayer ministryPrayer 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.

If you have any questions about prayer ministry or any ideas or suggestions, please contact Cathy and Brian, or speak to another member of the team. Cathy and Brian Wheatcroft 05 53 90 62 85 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

August Sunday School Fun

sunday school

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.

Sunday School is usually on the second and fourth Sunday each month but, exceptionally in October, it will be on the second and third Sunday. Children are welcome at all our services, there are activity bags, books, bulletin sheets and toys for them. The Family Service on the third Sunday, again except in October when it's on the fourth, is planned to enable the children to join in.

 

Church for Children at Bertric Burée

youthThere’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.

 

 

 

Events

Valentine's Day: 3-course meal

All are invited to join us on Wednesday 14th February at 6.30pm in the Upper Room at Bertric Burée.

A three-course meal with wine included. Cost per couple 25€

By reservation only so to purchase your ticket, please contact Kathy Carter on 06 73 79 95 63 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please state if you’re a vegetarian and you will be catered for. Don't leave it too long to book!

 

Lent course to begin Tues 20th Feb, 14:00

cross“When I survey...” Christ’s cross and ours - a course for Lent

The death of Christ is a dominant and dramatic theme in the New Testament. So, it’s not surprising that, over the centuries, the Cross has become the symbol of the Christian faith. But Christians do not honour a dead hero; we worship a Living Lord. According to the Bible, the death of Jesus is not the end of a track – it’s the gateway into life.

His crucifixion gives rise to many key themes and we’ll explore some of these in a five-week course to be held at La Gare, St Aulaye on Tuesday afternoons throughout Lent commencing Tuesday 20th February at 14:00. Email Steve or Jenny Long (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more details or phone them on: 05 53 91 96 48.

 

Valentine's Day: 3-course meal

All are invited to join us on Wednesday 14th February at 6.30pm in the Upper Room at Bertric Burée.

A three-course meal with wine included. Cost per couple 25€

By reservation only so to purchase your ticket, please contact Kathy Carter on 06 73 79 95 63 or by email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please state if you’re a vegetarian and you will be catered for.

Don't leave it too long to book!

 

Church for Children

youthThere’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.

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.

Please come along if you can knit, crochet or just want a natter. If you would like to learn about knitting and crocheting, come and see us. We have a few ideas of things to make as a group but if you would rather do your own thing, then that would be fine too. If you need any more details please contact Jean Stocks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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.

There is no need for any particular skill or craft. Just come for a chat and tea and cake. For more details, please contact Cilla on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 05 53 91 88 71.

 

Monthly Randonnée: or "Stroll to Lunch" if you like

monthly randonnée

Organised walks are scheduled to take place once per month, in various locations. Suggestions are always welcome!

For more details, please contact Sheila Marshall 05 53 90 95 69, or Jaki Moorhouse on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Pastoral Care

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. If you know of anyone who would welcome a visit or call, please contact Elizabeth Faulkner on 05 45 98 41 25 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so we can arrange for a member of the team to help out.

If you need help from Cancer Support France (by English speakers for English speakers) your contacts are 06 43 67 86 11 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Cancer Support France).

 

Secours Catholique

Secours CatholiqueThis 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

Home Groups in the Dronne Valley

home groups

Home Groups  are a key part of Dronne Valley church life -

There are four to choose from:

- Alternate 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

home groupOur 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.

For dates and directions please contact Ann on 05 45 98 22 17 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Sunday 03 November - 10:30 Service of the Word

Sunday 03 November - 16:00 Evensong

Sunday 10 November - 10:30 Holy Communion

Wed 13 November -11:00 BCP Holy Communion

Sunday 17 November - 10:30 All Age Worship

Sunday 24 Nov - 10:30 Holy Communion