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All are welcome to join us on Sunday 13th August at 10:30am at the church in Négrondes for a Family Service, led by Patrick Sturges.


Chapelle St Jean

Worship Services are held in two churches:

The Chapelle Saint Jean in Chancelade is located six kilometers to the west of Perigueux. Chancelade was the historic capital of the Dordogne and its abbey was founded in the early 12th Century. The Chapelle St Jean was the first building to be erected to provide those working on the Abbey with a place of worship.


The Church in Négrondes is located between Thiviers and Perigueux on the N21 north of Perigueux and Sorges. Services were previously held in the village church of Sorges.


Our Members are drawn from the north-east, north, and central Dordogne.


Church of England forms of worship are used for all services. Holy Communion is celebrated every third Sunday at Chancelade at 10:30 am. A Family Service is held every second Sunday in the church of Négrondes at 10:30 am, and a Holy Communion service is held every fourth Sunday at Négrondes at 10:30 am. Please see the Services page for more details.


Contact Information

Liz Oaten on 05 53 05 42 76 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrick Sturges on 05 53 35 48 09 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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Services and Events

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 13 August – Négondes, 10:30 Family Service, Patrick Sturges

Sunday 20 August – Chancelade, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green

Sunday 27 August – Négrondes, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 10 September – Négondes, 10:30 Family Service, Madeleine Holmes

Sunday 17 September – Chancelade, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 24 September – Négrondes, 10:30 Holy Communion


sewing cushions for church

Monthly 'Cushion, Char and Chat' meetings

We had our first Char, Chat and Cushions on the Thursday 18th May hosted by Penny Sturges at Sorges. Plenty Char and Chat, the cushions will take a a little longer to produce but there was lots of fabric and fillings to put together so we worked together with end product of 8 cushions for the church pews. More in the pipe line! We would also like to make curtains for the door and maybe some to hang from the gallery at Négrondes before winter. Do come and contribute time, talents, and fabric to help see this project through, it's fun. When we finish, Negrondes Church will look like a fashion event, bright, colourful and full of frills and flounces.

The next gathering will be Thursday 15th June again at the home of Penny Sturges, in Sorges. To find out more, please contact Penny on: 05 53 35 48 09 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Soup and Symposium: date to be announced soon

Join us for a light lunch and learning, next date TBA soon. For information about the venue, please contact Patrick Sturges on: 05 53 35 48 09 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Lets get together to learn from the author of our faith and from each other.


Sunday School

Sunday School takes place during our Family Service on the second Sunday of each month. Children are invited to go to the activity table at the back of the church during the sermon. There, they are encouraged to discover more about our great big God! The children are more confident to leave their parents, knowing they are still close by, rather than taking them to a separate room. We look forward to welcoming your children soon. You are welcome to contact Alexandra Billing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss the abilities of your children so that appropriate activities maybe planned to suit their individual needs.


House Group Meetings take a break

Our House Group is taking a break, and we hope to begin meeting again soon. Meetings usually begin with lunch at 12:30, then continue with a Bible study. We do hope you will be inspired to join us, for more information please phone 05 53 05 42 76.


About us...

At the Chancelade and Négrondes churches, we are a bit like a box of chocolates. Some dark and bitter, some creamy and milky and a few white and very sweet. Likewise our churches are varied - soft, hard, crunchy and creamy. A wonderful mixture! - lets's all keep it that way, and join together to exchange our different ways of doing and seeing things. This will enrich our lives and especially our worship.


Contributions to the website 

Liz Oaten is responsible to the Committee for all communications and web site entries for the Congregations at Chancelade and Négrondes. So please submit all material and all updates for this page to her on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to hearing from you!



Farewell to our dear friend Jacqueline Morgan

memorial serviceFor many in our area we had the very sad news of our dear friend Jacqueline Morgan's death from cancer, she fought a long and brave battle but in the end the call came and we are sure she is in heavenly realm making new friends there.

There was a memorial service for her at Chancelade on the same day as the funeral in the UK, Thursday 13th July. This was led by Rev'd Tony Lomas. Dr. Jacqueline Mary Morgan had been suffering from cancer and bore her suffering with laughter and fun and a positivity, never a word of complaint did we hear. The lovely home she and Rev'd John had in Bourdeilles was a haven she hoped to return to, her beautiful garden that she had created, the tranquility of the river running by. Surely her spirit will rest there God willing. She will be missed by many.


Another successful June Strawberry Tea!!

The ‘not to be missed’ Strawberry Tea on June 10th was a success, with lovely hot weather, delightful company and beautiful surroundings in Liz and Cedric's garden setting. About 40 people attended, 80 € made on plants, and a total of 536 € was earned for the Chaplaincy. Thanks to Liz and Cedric for their hospitality, and all who gave their time up to help, you were much appreciated.



Brocante in Sorges: Thursday May 25th

Sorges Brocante, what a hot day to be sitting in the sun and trying to sell beautiful things to various folks that passed our way and they already have plenty of everything! However we enjoyed each other's company. The Brocante and Belloc church weekend clashed, as did various of our fellowship being on holiday so we were very few, just 2 of us selling our wares.

Patrick and Penny, as is their way, opened their home and we were joined by various friends and enjoyed a bring and share lunch together. We all noted that this year there were many more activities  over the region so quite some competition for attendance, c'est la vie, we enjoyed our day meeting old friends and new. We received donations of a little over €180 for church funds.


Active in ecumenical events

les voix de la bibleOur church has been active in the work of the Bishop of Perigueux's ecumenical committee - by contributing and taking part in a service of Passion readings in the Cathedral on Good Friday and having twelve of our church family, with two from Bertric Buree, taking part in the 'Les Voix de la Bible' non-stop reading of the Bible in the Cathedral between 9th and 12th May. As in past years, we are most grateful for the hard work of Veronica Dare-Bryan who plans the input of the Anglican team for this annual event. One of twelve descriptive panels prepared for the 'Voix de la Bible', prepared by different members of the ecumenical committee, has been one describing the Anglican Communion. This has been on display throughout the period of the reading and was prepared jointly by the Chaplain and Patrick Sturges.


Easter services at our church

palm sundayWe had a lovely Palm Sunday service with Janis Adams, which included a short procession around Négrondes church.

Our Easter service was led by Father Steven Traves, his last here in France before returning with his wife Anthea to the UK. The service at the Chapel St Jean, Chancelade was a lovely joyful service and the chapel looked beautiful with easter flowers. 

The service was followed by a bring and share lunch at the home of Liz Oaten  which was as ever a vey happy time with great food. Gifts and cards were given to Steven and Andrea along with many good wishes for their future in Britain.

Watch this space for more photos to come.


Delightful Christian Unity service

Some of us attended the service on 19th January in the Protestant Temple, Périgueux, hosted by Pasteur Pierrot Munch. There were priests, ministers and congregation from all the local Christian religions in the area, Catholics, Protestant, Evangelists, Orthodox, Adventists etc.

Father Stephen Traves and Patrick Sturges represented the Church of England. The theme was about building an obstructive wall from boxes marked with unpleasant things that the human race does, such as prejudice, hate, lies. Then the wall was rebuilt in the shape of a cross showing the opposite side of the boxes with words such as love, unity, equality, sharing. This is always a cheerful, friendly service with quite a bit of congregation participation in the way of short readings, singing and the lighting of candles. The service is followed by a finger food buffet and a chance to talk to each other, then there is a “conference” lecture after it (in French).


December news

It has been a busy December for our small Centre. As we worship in 2 separate churches we’ve had 2 lovely Carol Services. The Chancelade Carol service is the bigger one as French people come to it as well as the English and the Variations Choir come to sing. But there is one disadvantage – lack of heating. Numbers have fallen, 105 this year. The most we have had is 225. Could this be because of the cold or that more people have moved back to the UK or died? This has affected our Centre in the last few years. But it is always a lovely service, led this year by our Chaplain, Tony, and Père Sebastien, the Prior of the Abbey, with Patrick Sturges. The Abbey is beautiful and was decorated with greenery and berries by Liz Oaten and Frances Pengelly. Veronica Dare Bryan and her helpers organised the party in the presbytery afterwards with the serving of mince pies and mulled wine.

The Négrondes Carol service is smaller and more intimate. The church is smaller and cosier as it’s heated. There were 30 of us and the moving service was led by Chaplain Tony and LLM Patrick. Sparkling wine and finger foods, donated by the congregation, were served afterwards.

Christmas Day fell on a Sunday this year and Tony very kindly drove up to Négrondes to lead the Holy Communion Service. Several congregation members were away, with families and friends, so only 12 were present. But the Sermon was memorable, about gifts, involving a cracker and the pulling of it by Tony and Patrick!


Rembrance Sunday Service

We had a lovely, moving Remembrance Service with Sheila Marshall assisted by Patrick Sturges. Barrie Saunders carried a wreath up to the altar and later Frances Pengelly carried a candle up to the altar. Poppies were sold at the entrance of the church.


Harvest gifts donated to Secours Catholique

The Centre wardens were invited to attend the opening of the newly opened Secours Catholique drop-in centre in Négrondes on Wednesday 19th October, which proved to be quite a grand affair with the presence of the depute and other local dignitaries. We have been supporters of the Secours Catholique for about twelve years, particularly with our Harvest Festival gifts and have developed a close relationship with the local members. If you look carefully at this photograph of the gathering you will spot Liz Oaten.

Having held our first Harvest Festival at Chancelade under the presidency of our Chaplain on 16th October, local members of the Secours Catholique joined us at our second service in Négrondes on Sunday 23rd October to receive all our harvest gifts. After the service, about 25 people enjoyed a delicious Harvest bring and share lunch chez Liz Oaten. The day before, several of us attended the service at Sorges when the Bishop of Périgueux and Sarlat licenced the new curé of our sector, which was another wonderful opportunity to build ecumenical links.


September services

licensing serviceOur new Chaplain Tony and his wife Ingrid came to Chancelade for the first time on Sunday to lead our Holy Communion Service. It was a lovely service with Alison Chew, the founder of “Variations” choir at the keyboard, so we were able to sing some beautiful hymns and the “Gloria” and “Sanctus”. We all enjoyed Tony’s sermon.

Four of us went to Tony’s Licensing Service in Bordeaux, (Liz, Alexandra, Cedric and Patrick). Patrick carried the Cross at the beginning and end of the service, which was led by the Bishop of Europe, the Right Rev'd Robert Innes. It was a really good day and a delicious Bring & Share Lunch was enjoyed by all.

The Centre still needs volunteers for Local Wardens and Treasurer as Liz, Patrick and Cedric will be resigning next year, owing to length of service and other commitments. Please consider coming forth to help out.







Sunday 17 November - 10:30 Holy Communion