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All are welcome to join us on Sunday 28th April at 10:30am for a service of Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Barrie Green (followed by a bring and share lunch).

car shuttlePlease note: there is limited parking in upper Limeuil, so we run a free shuttle system to the church on Sundays. If you would like a ride, please simply park your car at the bottom of the hill at the school (école), and one of our friendly drivers will shuttle you up the hill to the church, and back down to your car after the service.

 

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 at 10:30am

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

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

Morning Worship – every 3rd Sunday at 10:30am

Special Holy Communion - every 5th Sunday at 10:30am

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

 

Our fellowship/home groups

We hold Fellowship meetings at various locations at various times, 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, please 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or, for meetings in the Limeuil area contact Kathryn Carr, 05 53 22 56 64, 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 2019

We have chosen to support: Toilet Twinning, El Shaddai, Shelterbox, and Resto du Coeur.

 

Our Local Wardens

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

Jill Little, 05 53 28 36 15, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Kathryn Carr, 05 53 22 56 64, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Services

 Forthcoming Services

shuttle to churchPlease note: there is limited parking in upper Limeuil, so we run a free shuttle system to the church on Sundays. If you would like a ride, please simply park your car at the bottom of the hill at the school (école), and one of our friendly drivers will shuttle you up the hill to the church, and back down to your car after the service.

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Sunday 28 April - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Sunday 05 May - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Albrecht

Sunday 12 May - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft

Thursday 16 May - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Anne Penfold

Sunday 19 May - 10:30 Morning Worship, Anne Penfold

Sunday 26 May - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Sunday 02 June - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Anne Penfold

Sunday 09 June - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Robin Nash

Sunday 16 June - 10:30 Morning Worship, Roger Cheale

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

Sunday 23 June - 10:30 Holy Communion

Sunday 30 June - 10:30 Special Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

 

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. To donate any books, please contact Kathryn: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (05 53 22 56 64)

 

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

Reaching out into the community with Resto du Coeur

reaching outOn Friday March 9th, Tim and Linda Heathfield and I represented our church at the Siorac Carrefour, with local volunteer Christine, to help collect goods for the Resto du Coeur national collection throughout France. We made a good team, with Linda packing the food, and Tim joking with the shoppers. Shoppers made comments such as, "We've all been there, haven't we?", "I currently benefit from Resto du Coeur", or "I'm planning to come and sign up for benefits this week", "Since I have become a widow, I am having a hard time making ends meet, but I still want to donate", etc. Our overwhelming thought was how generous some people were - some of them donating whole bags or shopping baskets of food.

resto du coeur

 

The Le Bugue centre would like to extend heartfelt thanks for our church's generous donations over the past few months. Please continue donating throughout the summer, as provisions are now provided year-round, due to the increased need. Families who receive benefits in the summer are on the lower end of the income threshold.  

Currently the Le Bugue Resto du Coeur serves many people living on their own, so they have asked for small tins, and 1-portion meals. Please remember to purchase some extra items during your weekly shopping trip. If you bring a bag of food with you to church, I can then take it to the Resto du Coeur. Or, if you would prefer to donate funds for a shopping trip, this is also possible, just let me know: (Amy Owensmith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Christmas outreach: singing carols at retirement homes

T'is the season of good will! For the 5th year, we were invited to sing Christmas carols in 6 locations... Arriving at the retiremement homes, it is wonderful so see so many people who gather to attend the occasion.

The repertoire includes traditional English carols ('Good King Wenceslas'), as well as bilingual carols (alternating French and English verses – 'Silent Night', 'Joy to the World'), and of course the French favourite, 'Il est né le divin enfant'. Singing with the residents is such joy: many are able to follow along and sing with the booklets provided, others simply move and clap to the rhythm, or shake musical eggs.

These centres have little place in their budget for entertainment, so the staff, volunteers, and residents are very grateful for our visits. Many residents tell us that this is the highlight of their festive season, and hope we will return again next year.

This project is a real team effort, and I'd like to express heart-felt thanks to the musicians (Phil, Harry, Geoff, Henri) and the many singers, who gave of their time and talents to help lift the spirits of the wider community.

There are several English-speaking residents who would benefit from occasional visits: playing a game of cards, reading to someone with limited vision, or just having a simple chat. If you would be interested in helping, please let me know, Amy: 06 07 04 07 77.

 

Wonderful Christmas Carol service


 

Remembrance Sunday ceremony and worship service

 

Thanksgiving and Harvest Festival

Tony led our Harvest Festival celebration service on the 14th October. The church was decorated with fresh produce in front of the altar and our Ste. Catherine’s singers joined us to sing out some of the traditional harvest hymns we know of old. Everyone made a very generous contribution of dried goods for Resto du Coeur as well which is to be delivered to the centres at Le Bugue and Lalinde. At our bring and share lunch afterwards the summer raffle was drawn and the lucky winner received the hamper stuffed with lots of goodies.

Gift of Thanks

A gift of a pot of various indoor and outdoor plants was made to Alan and Doreen Chapman for their longstanding work in pastoral care and as part of the welcome team. Having resigned their position several weeks ago after various bouts of ill-health the church wanted to say a big ‘thank you’ for all their hard work.

 

Uplifting and joyful Pet Service

On August 5th, we gathered to give thanks for the gift of creation, and ask for blessings on our pets. The music was very uplifting: 'All creatures of our God and King', 'Who put the colours in the rainbow?', 'All things bright and beautiful', and a very lively 'All God's creatures got a place in the choir'. Many thanks to David Albrecht for leading us in our worship.

And God said, "Let the earth bring forth living creatures of every kind." (Genesis 1:24)

 

Festive and Fun 4th of July Jazz in Le Bugue

Despite the storm raging, electricity in Le Bugue carried on and we were able to enjoy a fantastic evening of music with the Phoenix Jazz Band, with an 'Independence Day' theme. Many thanks to all who helped make this such a memorable soirée.

 

 

Click here for the "Limeuil Church Previous News" page

 

Study & Fellowship Groups

2019 Lent Course Tuesday meetings for lunch and discussion

big pictureThis year our Lent course will take place on Tuesday afternoons, beginning Tuesday 5 March and finishing just after Easter (30 April); taking place in the 'cosy' cottage (the fire will be on!), we plan to begin each week with a light lunch (soup & bread etc.) at 1pm, with the course starting at 2pm, finishing by 4pm.

The 'God's Big Picture Bible' overview course traces the story of the whole Bible from Genesis to Revelation to see how it all fits together, telling of God's wonderful plan to save the world through Jesus Christ. Each of the 9 units consists of a 10-minute video followed by a group Bible study with time for discussion and questions. The entire course is free to download and you can have a look at it here:

www.godsbigpicture.co.uk

We would love as many as possible to join us, so please do be in touch with This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (05 53 22 56 64) so that we know to expect you for catering purposes.

 

Book club meeting and lunch discussion: April 30th

We have a book club which meets monthly to discuss together over lunch.

The April book club choice is ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamant. The story is told by Dinah, only daughter of Jacob and Leah, an insight into the lives of Old Testament women.
Plenty of time to read before we meet on Tuesday 30th April to discuss, all are welcome.

Everyone is welcome to attend, please let us know who would like to stay for lunch with us all. Please contact Kathryn Carr: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (05 53 22 56 64)

 

Thy Kingdom Come: May 30th - June 9th

thy kingdom comeThy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement, which invites Christians around the world to pray between Ascension (May 30th) and Pentecost (June 9th), for more people to come to know Jesus Christ. What started out as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York in 2016 to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

The hope is that:

People will commit to pray with God’s world-wide family - as a church, individually or as a family.

People will be empowered through prayer by the Holy Spirit, finding new confidence to be witnesses for Jesus Christ.

To learn more about this prayer movement, visit the website here.

View the music video produced by Pete James for this year's event.

'I cannot remember in my life anything that I've been involved in where I have sensed so clearly the work of the Spirit.' - Archbishop Justin Welby

For more information, please contact Amy Owensmith: 06 07 04 07 77, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Our fellowship/home groups

We hold Fellowship meetings at various locations at various times, 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, please 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 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) or, for meetings in the Limeuil area contact Kathryn Carr, 05 53 22 56 64, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Events

Book club meeting and lunch discussion: April 30th

We have a book club which meets monthly to discuss together over lunch.

The April book club choice is ‘The Red Tent’ by Anita Diamant. The story is told by Dinah, only daughter of Jacob and Leah, an insight into the lives of Old Testament women.
Plenty of time to read before we meet on Tuesday 30th April to discuss, all are welcome.

Everyone is welcome to attend, please let us know who would like to stay for lunch with us all. Please contact Kathryn Carr: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (05 53 22 56 64)

 

Fundraising Coffee morning: come one, come all!

fundraiser

chap aidJoin us on Thursday 25th April for a coffee morning to raise funds for Chap-Aid, to distribute to the charity 'Shelterbox'. So invite your friends, as the more the merrier. We will be holding a competition for the best cake baked, so bring along your best effort and get it judged by an expert. Bring along your brocante and secondhand clothes and set up stall for a donation to the charity.
Come and enjoy coffee and cake with friends and raise money for a very worthy charity.
Date - Thursday 25th April from 10am chez Gill Sweetman (lieu dit Champ de Rivière, 24480 Bouillac)

For directions or more information, please contact Kathryn: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (05 53 22 56 64).

 

Our fellowship/home 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, please 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 Kathryn Carr, 05 53 22 56 64, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

"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.

 

 

Who to Contact

Our Local Wardens

Kathryn Carr

+33 (0) 553 22 56 64

cell: +44 (0) 773 689 2363

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Jill Little

+33 (0) 553 28 36 15

cell: +33 (0) 783 30 08 37

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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.