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Sainte Nathalène (near Sarlat)

Ste Nathalène

Winter services in the village hall, next to the church

summer worshipDuring the winter months, we choose not to meet in the church due to the cold weather, and our services are held next door, in the village hall (salle des fêtes). All are welcome to join us for the service followed by lunch together.

Sunday 4th Feb - 11:00, Prayer & Praise, Dave Wilton, followed by a bring and share meal

Sunday 18th Feb - 11:00, Prayer & Praise, followed by a bring and share meal

Sunday 3rd March - 11:00, Prayer & Praise, followed by a bring and share meal

Sunday 17th March - 11:00, Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas, followed by our Local Annual Meeting, and a bring and share meal.

 

Delighted to sing Christmas Carols together

The 19 December 2023, was our Bilingual Carol Service, once again led by the Rev’d Tony Lomas, supported by a host of musicians, and singers, readers in French and English, and a wonderful gathering of about 36 people. This year we were able to provide additional heating, as well as blankets were provided for all our guests on their chairs. The service was wonderful, such love and fellowship shared amongst friends and neighbours, there were also French and Dutch visitors. It was particularly lovely to meet up with friends whom we hadn’t seen for a long time.

We had a lovely spread of Christmas cookies, stollen, mince pies, and gingerbread, and mild wine, (alcoholic and non alcoholic), and apple juice for all to enjoy before making their way home, made ready for Christmas.


God crept into this sleeping world on tiptoe...

Kay Doney shares this poem written by a very good friend, Howard, a retired Salvation Army Major:

 

God crept into this sleeping world on tiptoe,

So silently that no-one would have known,

Had it not been for the angels’ great announcement,

And the star that led men to his humble home.

 

Few realised that God was now among them,

That he had come to share their earthly strife,

That he’d show the world the depth of his devotion

With a life brim-full of love and sacrifice.

 

Though you may feel that God is nowhere near you,

If he exists he’s somewhere far away,

We are told that we will find him if we seek him,

Like the shepherds and the wise men in their day.

 

So while we search for gifts to give our loved ones,

In crowded shops or countless hours online,

May we also seek and find the gift that God gave,

When he crept into our world at Christmastime.

H.P.W.

 

Reflections on the past year, giving thanks

This year seems to have just flown past, one season flowing smoothly into another. We are fortunate to have met so many lovely families during the year, and particularly during our Summer Church, when we meet for worship and praise every Sunday. We are so blessed to have a great worship team, with musicians and singers coming together as needed, but of course the rest is down to all of our members, each giving of the gifts to which they have been blessed. Isn’t it good that we each have something different to bring to the whole, making it complete. God doesn’t want us to be someone we aren’t, he asks that we bring ourselves, with our individual ways and personalities, so no one is left out.

 

charityChap- Aid update: donations to charities in 2022

Thanks to your generosity, we have given 1,111€ to charity. You certainly have the heart of the Father, showing your compassion to those in need. We have given to disaster relief in Tonga and Pakistan, aid to Ukraine, New Dawn's work in Nepal and closer to home, Resto du Coeur.  There were no fund raising events, this was all donated at services. We are blessed, to be a blessing to others.

 

Eglise de Sainte Nathalène

Video of our church

We are delighted to share this short video with you: "The stones make the church building, the family of God make the church without walls."

 

Our Bi-Monthly Magazine: Please contact Kay Doney to receive a copy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

welcome

The Church of Sainte Nathalène (24200, near Sarlat) is located in the village of Ste Nathalène some 8 kms east of Sarlat-la-Canéda. Please see the map for directions. The congregation at Ste Nathalène started after a bi-lingual Carol Service in 2004. Monthly services began in January 2005, with weekly services during July and August in conjunction with ICS. As our Church grew, building on the success of the ICS programme, we were able to independently manage the weekly summer services. We now hold services on the first and third Sundays from September to mid-July and weekly services from mid-July to late August. We have a regular core congregation of 14 who all play their part in the life of this family of God. We are joined by several others who come when they can, plus second home owners and tourists. We seek to shine the light of Christ for all to see. The summer services have a lively family feel but still revere our Lord God Almighty. They are greatly enhanced by the work done with the children. Activities are available for the younger members of our congregation and they are encouraged to take an active part in our worship.

 

all are welcome

Our congregation comes from a wide area of the Dordogne, Corrèze, and the Lot. All newcomers will receive a very warm welcome from your brothers and sisters in Christ.

 

 

 

 

 

Those of all Christian denominations are welcome to attend our services.

We have a modern style of worship, encouraged by our musicians. We are a lively congregation with a love for offering worship in Spirit and truth to our Father. Church of England forms of worship are used for all services; open prayers of thanksgiving and the sharing of testimonies are encouraged. Prayer ministry is available after the service.


worship the lord

Music Group

Worship time with the Father is so important for re-focusing, refreshing and reminding us of all God wants for us and His world. We are blessed with a talented group of musicians. We regularly have a keyboard and guitarist to lead our singing which is greatly appreciated. We have a modern repertoire as well as including some traditional hymns. The group are also able to include songs in French when we have bilingual services.

 

 

lunch in the sunshine

Bring and share lunches:

After each service, the family of Ste Nathalène continue fellowship over a picnic lunch, generally held outside the church, when weather permits.

You are welcome to join us, even if you have not brought a contribution. Fear not! Our God is a God of abundant provision so there is plenty to go around.

John 6:12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over.”

 

Worship on Wednesdays - next date TBC

wow meetingPsalm 98: 1 & 4 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvellous things; ... Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;

We offer our songs of thanks and praise to God, led by Dave on guitar. We pray as we feel led between the songs. There is an opportunity to share any prophetic words or pictures we have received and to minister to each other with prayer. We generally meet at 14.30 at various dates, in homes around the Sarlat area.

Eph 5: 18-20 Instead be filed with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
 
For more information, please contact Dave: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 05 53 30 45 59.


Communications

Alexandra Billing is responsible to the committee for all communications and web entries for the congregation of Ste. Nathalène. Please submit all material and updates for this page to her via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to receive our fortnightly newsletter "Ste Natters Matters", please contact Alexandra and she will add you to the circulation list.

 

Contact Information

Alexandra Billing on: 05 53 62 86 11 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rebecca Easdale on: 05 53 31 13 32 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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News and Photos

Summer services, God is good!

What a blessing to gather together for weekly worship services this summer! Bring and share lunches gave us a chance to catch up with old friends afterwards, enjoying Christian fellowship around a bountiful table.

 

May services bring a spring to our step

Our service of Prayer and Praise, on the 1st May was led by one of our own worship leaders, Dave Wilton. We were 17 folk in total, including two visitors who came for the first time, we do hope that they will join us again. As to be expected the sound of music and our singing resounded around the church, and hopefully beyond the doors, (which are always open). We finished with coffee and biscuits, before setting up our tables outside, in the sunshine for our shared lunch, and as usual we had a feast.

On May 15th, we were very blessed to welcome the Rev'd Paul Willis, to lead our meeting of Prayer, Praise and Communion. Unfortunately his wife was unable to join us this time, but we all hope that there may be another opportunity in the future. Our worship group kept us in tune, and as usual we were blessed by all that took part in the service. We concluded with coffee and biscuits, followed by our Bring and Share lunch, and once again we were able to set our tables up in the beautiful sunshine. We are delighted to share worship with those visiting this beautiful area, that we are fortunate to live in.

 

 

 

WOW meetings

Worship on Wednesdays

Next meeting date TBC. For more information, please contact Dave: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 05 53 30 45 59.

We hope to see you there, when we can raise the roof in praise and gratitude for all Our Lord does for us.

wowWow meetings take place from 14.30 at homes in the Sarlat area. We usually meet fortnightly but there are breaks in July, Aug, Sept, Jan so please check with us to find out when the next one is. It is an informal gathering of the family of Christ for worship, prayer, listening to God, giving thanks. To receive from Him and to intercede with Christ for the needs of others. Drinks and cakes are provided on your arrival.

It is always a delight to lift our voices to praise the Lord and enter His courts with thanksgiving in our hearts. Prayer ministry is also a big part of this gathering of Christians from the north east Dordogne. We are a mixed group – anyone is welcome to come!

During our Worship we might be challenged by a word from God. We pray for each other’s situations where some difficult choices have to be made and pray for healing, with a great sense of the presence God upon us. For more information, dates, or directions, please contact Dave Wilton on: 05 53 30 45 59, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 
 
 
 
 

Sunday School

Matt:18 v 5. "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."
 

Sunday School: July and August

sunday schoolIn our services, we aim to have an action song with percussion for the children to join in with. Also, a brief explanation of the Bible story at their level, before they go to their own activity. 
 
Anne Stokes prepares booklets for the children to complete with pages for various ages and abilities.  The Bible story and theme are usually taken from the Gospel reading.  The youngsters are at the back of the church so they are not far from parents, if they are shy. The children come to the front to show and tell what they have been doing.
 
sunday school
 
 
 
 
 
 
Visitors join us from the surrounding camp sites and Gîtes, in addition to our regular holiday home families.  As the family of God, we hope the children gain a sense of God's love and have a fun, relaxed time. 
 
 
 

 

Luke 18:16 but Jesus called the children to him and said  "Let the children come to me and do not stop them because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chap-Aid & Charities

 2 Corinthians 9:7-8. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

In 2022 we continue to support the charity "Run with the word" in Nepal.

 

Looking back on 2022 - Financial Report

Our charitable contributions for 2022:

Disaster fund (Tonga): 200 €

Disaster fund (Ukraine): 350 €

Bishops lent appeal Ukraine: 100 €

Nepal: 100 €

Disaster fund (Pakistan): 80€

Resto du Coeur food bank (carol service): 271 €

Total: 1,101 €

 

Disaster relief was given to Shelter Box and Médecins Sans Frontières. (www.msf.org. and www.shelterbox.org.)

Nepal: For many years we have supported the work of A New Dawn’s work in Nepal (www.a-newdawn.org). They are involved with Little Feet Orphanage and Run with the Word, a mission training school. The website tells of their work but is not up to date. However, we are grateful to Jennie Waterman who gives us regular updates and newsletters.

Restos du Coeur: Our harvest donations of goods are given to the local branch in Sarlat who are very grateful. Thank you Rosemary for delivering them for us. Our financial donations from the carol service each year goes to the regional branch.

Our gross church budget was 9,300 €. Our actual end of year gross income was 10,161.

We are delighted to confirm that we have given over 10% of our income to charity. There were no fundraising events, this was given in collections at our services. We are blessed to be a blessing to others. My grateful thanks to you all, who have God’s heart of compassion for those in need. Our giving is also underpinned with prayer as we intercede for the needs of others.

We give praise and thanks to God for letting his resources flow through us.

Alexandra Billing. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to make a donation at any time, simply click here to access the Chap-Aid fundraising page.

 

Thanks be to God for successful fundraising for 2021!

vide grenier

Our grateful thanks to everyone who made generous donations throughout the year. Our total for 2021 was 1,400€.  This is an incredible achievement from our small congregation of 8 core households.  A huge thank you to Jeff, Andrew, Rebecca and Rosemary for their contributions to the successful Vide Grenier on 7.11.21 which raised 334€ on the day to put together with other donations. Thank you to all who contributed goods to sell. Our final charitable contribution of the year came from our carol service on 14th Dec.  This collection was donated to the local Resto du Coeur. 

 

11th Mission Training school in Kathmandu

“Runwiththeword” is inspired by a scripture in 2 Thessalonians 3:1, “…pray for us that the word of the Lord may run swiftly and be glorified…” The aim of “runwiththeword” is to help get the simple Gospel message to particularly remote places, often where the name of Jesus is not yet known. It often involves training people who are willing to walk for days to reach isolated villages, inaccessible by road or transport.

To find out more, visit the charity's website here

Click here to read the spring 2021 Newsletter.

 

Charity Update: New Dawn Nepal

(July 2020) Alexandra writes:

'Thank you very much for your generous donations, born from your hearts of compassion for the disadvantaged. We now have 350€ to give to New Dawn for their work in Nepal, with the Little Feet Orphanage and Run with the Word Mission school. Thank you for being willing to share what God has blessed you with. Together with the Disaster Relief donations our total to date is 580€. Glory to God.'

New Dawn Nepal: Jennie Waterman writes:

'We are so grateful for your constant care and interest for the on-going work specially in Nepal. It is not easy at all there at the moment. I will give you a fuller report soon on the circumstances over there. They live mainly from hand to mouth and, for the impoverished community, this extended lockdown is having dramatic effects on the community. Don and I have not been able to do some of our usual fund-raising events this last spring period, and we hope to be able to do something a bit later. Anything you can do to raise funds will be so appreciated. We will pray.'

This is a difficult country at the best of times, with poverty and persecution of Christians but now with Covid 19, the pressure on an inadequate health system, is adding to their hardships. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please send a euro cheque payable to 'Chap-Aid' to: Mme Billing, 314 Rouffiaguet, 24270 Angoisse, France.  Thank you very much.

Emergency Appeal: Thank you for your contributions of 230€ which went to MSF and Local Emmaus for their response to Covid 19. 

 

Giving thanks for generous charity fundraising

Thank you all for your generous giving to those in need. In 2019 we gave the following donations:

Disaster relief via Shelter box/MSF (335 €), New Dawn for Run with the Word and Little Feet Orphanage (558 €), Emmaus (65 €), Resto du Coeur (175 €), for a total of 1 233 €, which is 10% of our collection income received last year.

This amount was raised by 2 collections for disaster relief, sale of Fellowship Feast booklets, Ceildh Scottish evening, Vide Grenier, Christmas Carol Service collection.

In 2020 we will also be contributing to the Samaritan's Purse International Relief charity. Click here to visit their website page.

 

November 2019 'Vide Grenier' - fundraising out in the community

On 3rd November we had a stall at the Vide Grenier in Le Bugue. In spite of bad weather conditions Jeff, Andrew and Rebecca managed to set up the stall and enough people came along for us to raise 228€ for our charity in Nepal.  Many thanks to those who came along and those who donated goods to sell.