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All are welcome to join us at the church in Monteton on Sunday 19th August at 10:30am for a service of Prayer & Praise, led by David Tervet. Hope to see you there!

Wonderful July Flower Festival!

What a lovely service held at Monteton church on Sunday 8th July, shared with the Roman Catholic community, celebrating the Flower Festival weekend at Monteton. We give thanks for these artistic creations which made the church so welcoming and colourful. Many thanks to all who contributed to making this such a special occasion.

L'Eglise Notre Dame

The Church of Notre Dame is located off the D423 between Miramont-de-Guyenne and Duras, about 6 kms south west of Eymet and the Dordogne. The congregation at Monteton has been meeting for over 30 years in this church. Originally, a group of friends met in the homes of the Atkinson families but numbers grew and larger premises were soon needed. We are grateful to Abbé Grimaud who, all those years ago, made us so very welcome in this church.

Our congregation: We are part of the Church of England and our services are Anglican, as are most of our members, but others come from a variety of backgrounds including Methodist, United Reform Church, Baptist, Church of Scotland, The Brethren and other denominations: all are welcome!

Church of England forms of worship are used at all services. Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer/Evensong and Holy Communion follow traditional forms and our Service of the Word, Prayer and Praise, is more informal.

Our service schedule is as follows: Morning Worship every first Sunday (from March to September - please consult the Services & Events tab for forthcoming service information), Morning Prayer every second Sunday at 10h30, Prayer & Praise service for families every third Sunday at 10h30, Holy Communion every fourth Sunday at 10h30, and Evensong every fifth Sunday at 16h00. All are welcome!

 

Contact Information 

Local Warden:

Currently vacant - standing in: Sally Davies, 05 53 88 01 81, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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News

Delightful Ploughman's Lunch for charity

The Ploughman’s Lunch held at the home of Charles and Elizabeth Clarke on Saturday 14th July was a delightful occasion attended by 28 people and raised funds for our Church charities. Many thanks to the Clarkes for all their hard work on what will have been one of the hottest Bastille Days! We are planning future events soon.

 

Wonderful Flower Festival!

What a lovely service held at Monteton church on Sunday 8th July, shared with the Roman Catholic community, celebrating the Flower Festival weekend at Monteton. We give thanks for these artistic creations which made the church so welcoming and colourful. Many thanks to all who contributed to making this such a special occasion.

 

25 mile coastal walk for charity

Congratulations to Rev'd Liz and Richard Morris! Our Assistant Chaplain and her husband recently completed a 25 mile coastal walk for charity, about which Liz writes, 'When Richard and I started out on our 26 mile sponsored walk, our first step was one of over 55,000 that we were to take that day! We knew where we would be walking, (the glorious Suffolk coast and countryside), we knew roughly how long it would take us, (between 7 and 8 hours), but we didn’t know if our legs, our feet and our willpower would allow us to reach our journey’s end safely, (luckily they did!), and we raised the funds for our charities.'

 

Monteton Pentecost Prayer & Praise

prayer and praiseBy the normal run of events the morning service for 20th May would have been in the usual style of Prayer and Praise. However, it being Pentecost Sunday, Holy Communion was incorporated into the service, which was led by Rev'd Liz Morris.

Innovation didn’t stop there as instead of seating the congregation in rows a circle was formed including Liz herself. Communion was made special by passing the (real) bread and wine round the circle, each member presenting it to their neighbour. A stimulating and memorable experience.

 

Moving Holy Week and Easter services

Our service for Palm Sunday was led by Rev'd Louise Courtney and included a beautiful and very moving tri-part reading of St Mark’s Gospel by Norma Eckett, Janet Tarr and Ron Tillyer. The congregation joined in the rousing singing of much loved Palm Sunday hymns whilst the choir gave us John Rutter’s setting of “God be in my head”. In spite of wet and windy weather, we gathered together again on the evening of Maundy Thursday for a solemn service of Holy Communion celebrated by Rev'd Liz Morris, with Liz carrying out the Washing of Feet and the final silent Stripping of the Altar.

Easter Sunday Holy Communion was again celebrated by Rev'd Liz Morris, beginning with James Gibbs’ wonderful peal-of- bells “Introit for Easter Day” by the choir, its numbers boosted by ‘the swallows’ - our talented band of holiday visitors – and with Roger Williams at the organ. The choir also gave us Thatcher’s lovely Anthem “Come ye faithful” and the very large congregation enjoyed the singing of the Easter hymns. It was on this occasion that we marked also the formal retirement of Lay Reader Roger Verrall, thanking him for ten years of service to our congregation, but hoping that from time to time he might step in to lead us again.

The service of Morning Prayer on 8th April saw our choir still boosted by our ‘swallows’ in the singing of Rutter’s setting of “For the Beauty of the Earth”, augmented at the organ by the son of Adrian and Peps Inscoe , (second organist at Norwich Cathedral), a great treat!

 

Lovely Mothering Sunday service

Our service of Morning Prayer for Mothering Sunday on 11th March was led by Lay Minister Roger Verrall. This was the day when traditionally people returned to their ‘mother’ church, the one where they were baptised; it also became the day when young people ‘in service’ were given a holiday to visit their families, presenting their mothers with a bouquet of wild flowers, usually picked en route home. The Lenten fast was also relaxed on this mid-Lent Sunday, often with the eating of Simnel cakes, hence the other name, ‘Refreshment Sunday’. At our service, as ever, Norma Eckett kindly provide bouquets for all the mothers in church but this time the bouquets were filled with chocolates, for our ‘refreshment’! Despite having no Choir – most were looking after members of the wonderful Crimean Choir who had given a concert in the church at Eymet the night before – Marjorie led the congregation in heart-felt singing of the hymns. Our thanks to Roger, Norma and everyone else involved for a lovely mid-Lenten service.

 

Joyful Service of Lessons and Carols/Chants de Noël at Monteton

Our service this year, held on the evening of Tuesday 12th December, was a joyful ecumenical event which we celebrated with the local Roman Catholic congregation. The service was conducted by our Chaplain Rev’d Tony Lomas and Père Taillade, responsible for the local Roman Catholic parish Saint-Vincent de Paul en Guyenne. The Monteton Choir, led by Marjorie Etschmann, gave us a wonderful selection of traditional French and English carols, beginning with “Once in Royal David’s City”, Liz Berks leading us in a lovely solo for the first verse. Pere Taillade gave the “Acceuil” or “Welcome”, where he reminded us to think particularly at this time of all the suffering and poverty in our world, and our Chaplain Tony gave the “Priere d’Appel” or “Bidding Prayer”. French carols included “Noel Nouvelet”, “Les Anges dans nos campagnes”, Il est ne le Divin Enfant”, and the exquisite lesser-known “Le Sommeil de l’Enfant Jesu”. It was a moving experience to hear some of the well-known Lessons read in French, and so beautifully read by members of Pere Taillade’s congregation. After the service we all, both French and English, enjoyed delicious refreshments of mulled wine and mince pies and an opportunity to talk together and to form new friendships. Many thanks to all those who made this gathering such a memorable experience, and one which we all hope to be repeated.

Our service of Holy Communion for Christmas Eve was also a very moving occasion, held at our Chaplain’s suggestion on the morning of 24th December. Tony was also our celebrant and it was lovely to have Ingrid as reader of the 2nd Lesson. The Choir, boosted by its loyal contingent of occasional visitors, gave a magnificent rendering of the Basque carol, “The Infant King”, as well as lots of carols to welcome us before the service. It was very good to have Roger Williams back on the organ for Christmas, also to have Marjorie’s family from Germany with us in the congregation, the children having made special festive cookies for us to enjoy after the service!

 

fellowship lunches

Fellowship Lunches

Here is a photograph of one of the Fellowship Lunches which always follow our monthly services of Prayer and Praise on the third Sunday of the month.

All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

Church Banner

Monteton Sector BannerA particular thank you to Norma Eckett for the magnificent textile church banner she has produced from ‘bricks’ contributed by members of the Lot et Garonne congregations, and which will hang in rotation in each of the churches.

 

 

 

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Services & Events

 

Forthcoming Services in Monteton 

(Gift Aid Month, envelopes available for donations; we are grateful for your generosity)

Sunday 19 August - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Tervet

Sunday 26 August - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall

Sunday 02 September - 10:30 Morning Worship, Rev'd Barrie Green

Sunday 09 September - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Roger Verrall

Sunday 16 September - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Anne Penfold

Sunday 23 September - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 30 September - 10:30 Harvest Morning Worship, Roger Verrall

Sunday 14 October - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 21 October - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Albrecht

Sunday 28 October - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney (reminder: clocks -1)

 

Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes morning: October date TBC

coffee and cakes

Norma Eckett continues to host a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The date of the next event will be in October, date TBC,  from 10.00 am until 12:00 noon, at Norma and Leslie’s home Le Bousquet, 47120 Auriac sur Dropt, situated on the D668 between Allemans du Dropt and Duras.

Entry will be 5 euros, well worth it for the mouth-watering goodies that members of our Monteton congregation are renowned for producing! Put this in your diary as moment perhaps between shopping or other Saturday tasks, to meet with friends – or to introduce new ones - and to have a chat! Proceeds from the event will go to Chaplaincy supported charities. If you plan to attend, for catering purposes just let Norma know on 05 53 93 53 86 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Singles Together in Friendship - "Seuls ensembles"

"A new group where we can share and grow. There are always new skills to learn, skills to exchange, and a world of opportunities to explore with help and encouragement from others."

Gill and Marian are delighted to announce the creation of a new group to bring singles together in friendship, around the Eymet/Lot et Garonne/south Dordogne. All are welcome to participate, your suggestions would be very welcome. For more information, please contact: Marian Evans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Gill Nurse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Visit the new website by clicking here.

 

The New Road Group: meets the last Monday of each month

The New Road Group is a self-help group for bereaved people. It meets on the last Monday of each month from 15h30 – 17h30. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Rev'd Liz Morris on 05 53 23 40 51 for further information.

 

Explore Silence group meets on Wednesday mornings

The Exploring Silence Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10h00. Contact Rev'd Liz Morris, as above, for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notices

Recruiting new members for the choir

A message from Marjorie Holdsworth- Etschmann, Choir Leader at Monteton:

Monteton Church Choir is hoping to recruit new members. Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass, all are welcome to join us. Monteton has had a choir for over 40 years and has built up a tradition of choral singing in the services. If you enjoy singing and could commit yourself to two practices a month, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 14.30 in the church, then come along, we would be very happy to see you!

 

Searching for copies of music books

The Monteton Church Choir is anxious to acquire copies of the following music for use at their services. If you or someone you know would like to donate or to sell copies, please contact Philippa Tillyer email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or telephone 0553 743901.

Carols for Choirs Book 1 (green book)

Carols for Choirs Book 2 (orange book)

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard (red book)

We may also be interested in other anthems or other church music. Why not have a look around ?

 

Lot et Garonne Prayer Chain

Helen Raphael writes:

I have always believed in the power of prayer and especially collective prayer, as a result I place great value on the Prayer Chain. Over the past year, I have felt privileged to be be involved in co-ordinating of the Lot et Garonne sector of The Chaplaincy Prayer Chain. 

I was grateful for the opportunity to repay my debt to the Prayer Chain as I am particularly fortunate, and give thanks, that when my grandson was very ill the prayers of those in the Prayer Chain were answered.  Sadly, this is not always the case. However, those who have requested our prayer may gain some comfort from knowing that they are being remembered in people’s prayers.

To read more, click here.

Helen Raphael is Prayer Chain Co-ordinator for Lot et Garonne and may be contacted on 05 53 47 78 93 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sidesmen/Sideswomen, Lesson Readers and Intercessionary Prayer Readers

Take an active and very rewarding part in the life of our church at Monteton! Some key members of our congregation have moved from the area and we need replacement people to fill these duties.

Sidesperson duties are not onerous and involve helping the Wardens to set out the church for the service, welcoming people to the service and handing out service books.

All duties are allocated on a rota basis, so that your turn would not occur very often.  If you feel you could take on one of these roles, please contact Sally Davies on 05 53 88 01 81 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Flowers in Church

The church in Monteton is a listed building and is regarded as the finest Romanesque church in the area. It is a great privilege for us to be able to use such a beautiful building, indeed we are warmly welcomed to do so by local Roman Catholic clergy, the Maire and the Commune.  

Please help us to make it look even more beautiful for our services by providing flowers for a particular Sunday, perhaps in memory of a loved one or for a celebration. A rota for this can be found on the church Notice Board at the end of every service.