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All are welcome to join us on Sunday 4th June at 10:30am for a service of Pentecost Prayer & Praise, led by Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan.

Please note that to ease parking, a shuttle service is now in place on Sunday mornings: simply park at the bottom of the hill next to the school (école), and one of our friendly drivers will shuttle you up, and back down after the service.

Gill Sweetman has compiled a brilliant montage of the Holy Week and Easter services, click here to view the images.

 

Welcome to Saint Catherine's, Limeuil, at the top of the hill

st catherineThe Church of Saint Catherine and the village of Limeuil are just north of the confluence of the Vézère and the Dordogne rivers, between Sarlat and Bergerac.

The church is located in upper Limeuil (Limeuil Haut), near the château, at the top of the hill. To get there by car, drive out of the village of Limeuil, in the direction of Le Bugue, and take the left hand turn indicated "Limeuil Haut". Turn right at the top of the hill, and then right again.

Our members are drawn from the east and central Dordogne. The congregation has been meeting since 1987 in Limeuil, formerly at the Chapelle St Martin, and for the last 14 years at the Church of Ste Catherine in Limeuil Haut.

Church of England forms of worship are used for all services, which are in English. Congregations of over 50 are usual throughout the year, growing into the 100s for major festivals.  We are lucky to have a choir director and a good-sized choir, which enhance the services at major festivals and Evensong each month.

Our normal pattern of services: services every Sunday

Prayer & Praise – every 1st Sunday at 10:30am

Holy Communion – every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sunday at 10:30am

Morning Worship – every 2nd Sunday at 10:30am

Evensong – every 3rd Sunday at 17:00pm (May-October)

In addition, there is a service on the 3rd Thursday at 10:30am, usually BCP Holy Communion

 

Our fellowship groups

We hold Fellowship meetings at various locations at various times within our sector which present the perfect opportunity to meet to explore the works of the Bible, and also to get to know our fellow members over a friendly cup of coffee or maybe even a light meal. The groups are popular, lively, interesting and always welcoming to new members.

For details of meetings in the Bergerac area held on alternate Friday mornings contact Roger Cheale on 05 53 57 16 74 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Shire on 05 53 22 74 08 or, for meetings in the Limeuil area contact Gill Strachan on 05 53 58 12 58 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Charlotte Sullivan on 05 53 61 81 61 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

B & S lunch

Our bring and share lunches

Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month for a 'Bring & Share' lunch following the service. All are welcome! Please just bring something very simple to eat and share plus plate, knife, fork – and don't forget a glass! For a very small donation of 2€ wine and bread are provided, and the excellent conversation comes free!

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Our charities in 2016-2017

For this year, these are Mercy Ships and Life for a Child.

 

Our Local Wardens

If you would like more information about our church, please contact:

Christine Scott: 05 53 29 39 40 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gill Sweetman: 05 53 73 13 59 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Who to Contact

Our Local Wardens

Christine Scott

05 53 29 39 40

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Gill Sweetman

05 53 73 13 59

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Services

 Forthcoming Services

Sunday 04 June - 10:30 Pentecost Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 11 June - 10:30 Holy Communion, Ven. Chris Sims

Thursday 15 June - 10:30 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 18 June - 10:30 Morning Worship, Anne Penfold

Sunday 25 June - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Gerald Rootham (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Sunday 02 July - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 09 July - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 16 July - 10:30 Morning Worship, Anne Pernfold

Thursday 20 July - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Thursday 20 July - 17:00 Evensong

Sunday 23 July - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Sunday 30 July - 10:30 Service of Blessing for Pets, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

 

Join us on Thursday mornings at church

Prayers on Thursdays: We continue to gather for prayer – for the Church and for the world, and to thank God for his goodness - on Thursday mornings, at the cottage to the left of the church at 10:30am.

 

Lending Library

 We have a lending library featuring books of a religous nature, located in the tea room. The library is free to all, so simply choose a book, and bring it back when you've finished reading it. Jeff Botger manages the library, please contact him if you wish to donate any books: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

All welcome to join us for Bring and Share lunch - 4th Sunday of the month 

bring and shareA monthly “Bring and Share” lunch is held on the 4th Sunday of each month. Everyone is invited to come and to be a part of this always enjoyable occasion to share some simple food and stimulating conversation. If you can manage to bring along some simple dish that can be shared between friends that’s fine, but if not come along anyway. There’s always more than enough food to go round. It really doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, in fact, the simpler the better. Bread and wine is provided. 

 

 

 

 

 

News

Abundant Holy Week and Easter blessings

palm sundayPalm Sunday celebrations began with ‘All Glory Lord and Honour’ outside the Church with branches of palms swinging in the light breeze before all processed into the Church for a dramatized reading of the Passion Gospel according to Matthew. An inspirational service led by Roger Cheale, with  Rev'd Gill presiding at Communion.

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A Tenebrae Service (Service of Shadows) on Maundy Thursday focused on Christ’s passion, trial and death (The gathering of Darkness) through Taizé prayers and readings, all sitting in the round with a cross of candles being slowly snuffed out. 

Good Friday concert - ‘O Sacred Head ‘ was the story of Holy Week through scripture, poetry and music, and enjoyed by a full church whose singing of ‘All Glory Laud and Honour’ must have been heard across the Dordogne. Peter Skellern’s  unpublished piece, ‘The Last Words’ sung  by a quartet of voices, added to the profound emotion of the ‘service,’ as did the poem ‘Good Friday ‘ by Cheryl Lawrie. Our sincere thanks to Belinda Patterson, our inspired Musical Director for planning and rehearsing the whole story so meticulously, to the choir and the musicians.   So appropriately,  the choir ended the evening  with ‘And God shall wipe away all tears.’

Holy Saturday  - when creation holds it’s breath. Jesus lies silent in the tomb.

alleluliaEaster Sunday - ‘Jesus Christ is Risen today’ opened our Easter Communion Service as more people arrived to an already full church, all rejoicing, ‘He is Risen – Alleluia, Alleluia!’   The choir, under Belinda’s inspired direction, sang, sublimely, two anthems, ‘Most Glorious Lord of Light’, written by Barrie Simms based on the Edmund Spenser poem, and ‘And can it be’, by Dan Forrest, to further underscore the Easter message. The congregation were on song, ‘Thine be the Glory,’ raised the roof, joy filled the church and children passed out little chocolate eggs to the congregation.

 

Christmas Carol service video

Many thanks to Belinda, the choir, and all who participated to make this year's Christmas Carol service so special. Belinda has created a video which is "something a bit different from the usual, and inevitably it has my own mark on it, but I think it reflects what was a beautiful service and all the contributions from so many people." We do hope you will enjoy it.

Click here to view the video which features an audio recording and images of the service.

 

4th Annual Carol singing outreach in retirement homes

Such a pleasure to report that once again, our carol singing choir has been well received (6 events!) this year at local retirement homes and Le Bercail, a centre for developmentally disabled adults. Accompanied by piano, flute, guitar, and tambourine, the repertoire includes traditional English, French, and bilingual carols (alternating verses in English and French) such as “Joy to the World” and “O Come all Ye Faithful”, the French favourite, “Il est né le divin enfant”, and a new bilingual carol this year, "Once in Royal David City".

Residents and staff receive booklets with the words to sing along, which makes for a shared musical experience. It has been wonderful to Reach out Together to bring the Christmas message to the residents and staff, sharing Christ’s love with others outside of our church.

This project has really been a team effort, and huge thanks go to all the musicians and carollers who have been involved, whose enthusiasm and suggestions are always so welcome!

We continue to hope that this project will lead to more long term volunteer projects at the retirement homes. There are English-speaking residents who would benefit from pastoral care visits from time to time. This could include game playing, a monthly chat over a cup of tea, singing together informally... If you would be interested in helping with the evolution of this project, or have any suggestions to share, please do let us know (Amy Owensmith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

 

Click here for the "Limeuil Church Previous News" page

 

 

Future Events

Join us for a Fellowship discussion sometime!

Fellowship groups are held on a regular basis at two locations locally where all are welcome to come for Bible study and prayer.

For details of the Limeuil area group held on alternate Friday mornings contact Charlotte Sullivan on 05 53 61 81 61 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details of the Bergerac area meetings, also held on alternate Friday mornings, can be found by contacting Roger Cheale on 05 53 57 16 74 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Shire on 05 53 22 74 08 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Invite your friends and their children to Messy Church - next date TBA

messy church

What is “Messy Church” ?

Messy Church ....is all age. It’s for adults and children to enjoy together - every element of it should be relevant and accessible to all ages. There is a time of creativity,.... crafts and games using hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, which reflect a God of creativity and give children and families the chance to play together.

There is a time of celebration, including music, prayer and a short address. There is a time of hospitality which is expressed by eating together, enjoying a time to eat cake and chat.

  • Messy Church is:
  • a way of being church for families involving fun
  • found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Messy Church is not a craft club, it is church, a church which reflects a God of unconditional love and helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour in a relaxed, new and unique way. It is a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive.

For more information, please contact Charlotte:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 05 53 61 81 61

 

 

"Come Dine with me"...

Why not think about hosting a "Come Dine with me" evening, to raise money for one of our charities. Please speak to anyone on the Committee if you might be interested in either hosting or attending an event.

 

 

 

The Church of Ste Catherine and the village of Limeuil are just north of the confluence of the Vézère and the Dordogne rivers, between Sarlat and Bergerac. The church is located in upper Limeuil (Limeuil Haut), near the château.

 

Our membersare drawn from the east and central Dordogne. The congregation has been meeting since 1987 in Limeuil, formally at the Chapelle St Martin, but for the last 14 years at the Church of Ste Catherine in Limeuil Haut.

 

Church of England forms of worship are used for all services.  Congregations of over 50 are usual throughout the year, growing into the 100s for major festivals.  We are lucky to have a choir director and a good-sized choir, which enhance the services at major festivals and Evensong each month.