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Lot et Garonne/Gers
Dronne Valley church at Bertric Burée
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Next service: Join us on Sunday January 29th at 10:30am for a Special Service for Christian Unity, led by Rev'd Tony Lomas (Pasteur Guy Delarbre invited to preach). All are welcome!
L'Eglise Saint Pierre - Saint Paul lies in the centre of the village and can be seen for miles around. The village is just off the D708 between Riberac and Verteillac. Previously we met either in the nearby town of Riberac or in the village of Chapdeuil. Our members are drawn from across the north west of the Dordogne and from part of the Charente.
Church of England forms of worship are used for all services. Congregations of over 40 are usual throughout the year, growing for major festivals. Music to suit all tastes is provided by the choir, organ or the music group. Our musicians and singers meet at least once a month to learn new hymns and to practice old ones as well as songs for the coming services. We have a new organ to support worship in our church.
Our service schedule:
1st Sunday: Service of the Word: 10:30
1st Sunday: Evensong: 18:00 from April (16:00 in winter)
2nd Sunday: Holy Communion + Sunday School: 10:30
2nd Wednesday: Holy Communion: 11:00
3rd Sunday: Family Service: 10:30
4th Sunday: Holy Communion + Sunday School: 10:30
5th Sunday: Prayer and Praise: 10:30
Monthly events and activities: 3 Home Groups meet regularly in the Riberac area to read and study the bible, pray and often share a meal together. Throughout the year, events such as the Summer Fête, Harvest Supper and a Barn Dance provide events for regular members and new friends to meet and enjoy social activities. Each month there is an organised walk of up to 12kms. We meet at around 10.30am with a picnic lunch and enjoy getting to know each other and the local countryside better. From time to time, some of the congregation meet for lunch following the midweek service in the nearby restaurant. More details are found on the Services & Events tab.
Pastoral Care Group We can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more. We really would appreciate being informed of perceived needs so that where possible we can be of help.
The Dronne Valley local wardens is:
Bertric Burée News
Reconciliation: Prayer for Christian Unity service in Ribérac
A fragment of the Berlin wall, in the shape of a cross, was used as a symbol of the need for reconciliation during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
A particularly ‘special’ Ecumenical service took place in the Hospital Chapel in Ribérac, underlining the warmth of friendship and fellowship with our brothers and sisters from the Roman Catholic and Eglise Réformée congregations. The service was led by Rev'd Tony Lomas, Père Philippe, Sheila Marshall and Pasteur Pierrot Munch who gave a moving and thought-provoking homliy.
This year’s theme ‘Reconciliation – the Love of Christ Compels us’ (2 Cor. 5.14) focused upon the main concerns of the churches marked by Martin Luther’s Reformation and a recognition of the pain of the subsequent deep divisions that afflicted the unity of the Church. As well as looking back 500 years, a more recent symbol of division was used - the Berlin Wall - to reflect on the meaning of reconciliation.
During the service a symbolic wall was constructed, and as each sin was named ‘lack of love’, ‘hate and contempt’, ‘false accusation’, ‘discrimination’, ‘persecution’, ‘broken communion’, ‘intolerance’, ‘religious wars and conflicts’, ‘division’, ‘abuse of power’, ‘isolation’, ‘pride’, a ‘stone’ was brought forward. Following a prayer for reconciliation the wall was dismantled, and the ‘stones’ were laid in the shape of a cross. The Berlin Wall was brought down by ordinary people lighting a candle and saying a prayer. May we be compelled by the love of Christ to live reconciled lives and to break down the walls that divide.
Blessed Advent and Christmas: Carols, Jazz, and Worship!
We started Advent with a traditional service of Advent Carols lead by Sheila Marshall and Rev'd Tony Lomas followed by a time of fellowship over refreshments in the Upper Room.
Our Service of Lessons and Carols was rather earlier than usual this year, on the 9th December, at Riberac church and lead by Rev'd Tony Lomas and Fr Philippe Doumenge. The Variations Choir were accompanied at the organ by Keith Lowe and on flute by Jill Balfour and lead us in our singing of traditional Christmas Carols. The congregation was made up of folk from our own church and from the Roman Catholic and Eglise Reformée churches. A wonderful opportunity to share worship and fellowship with friends old and new, and of course, followed by mince pies and mulled wine.
After many years of Shirley and Brian Cook providing us with an opportunity to sing Carols and enjoy afternoon tea at their home, for which we thank them, sadly, they have decided not to continue and enjoy a well earned rest. Quite by chance, though, we were able to accept an offer by Dan Jones to arrange a Jazz Carol event.
Our thanks are due to Helen and James Gray who made their home available to us, to the St Laurent Jazz Quartet for the music, and to all those who provided delicious food and wine. About 60 of us enjoyed an entertaining, fun filled evening on the 17th December and proceeds from the event were donated to the Bishop’s Advent Appeal along with the offertory from the Riberac Carol Service.
On Christmas Day we had a full church and enjoyed meeting friends and relatives visiting family living in France. Revd Brian Davies presided at the Eucharist.
Joyful Harvest Celebration
We had a joyful harvest celebration on October 9th with Rev'd Brian Davies and Sheila Marshall leading the congregation with familiar and new harvest hymns. The church was beautifully decorated by our flower ladies to which the congregation added their gifts which will be donated to Secours Catholic. After the service we met for coffee in the Upper Room and many stayed on to enjoy our harvest bring and share lunch.
Holy Spirit Day held at the Echourgnac Abbey - Alpha Course
We received a very warm welcome from the nuns at 9:30, who provided us with excellent meals and on-going refreshments throughout the day.After attending Vespers, the day finished with supper at 18:30. A long, sunny and spiritually refreshing day!
We at Bertric Burée are blessed with people who think of, and help organise, such events. We owe a special thanks to our own Suzanne Reason and Steve Long, who organised our ALPHA course, and a big thank you to Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan for giving us such a wonderful insight into the meaning of The Holy Spirit. She is such a wonderful communicator.
Blessed 10th Anniversary weekend: 9th/10th July
We celebrated the joining of our two Dronne Valley congregations in the Church of St Peter and St Paul, Bertric Burée. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day for the stalls and refreshments in the Upper Room gardens. The kitchen helpers worked hard to keep up with the demand for cream teas in the Upper Room kitchen.
The Sunday morning service was decorated with a colourful banner featuring handprints of many of the congregation – One in Christ Jesus. Rev'd Brian Davies, who had been Priest in Charge for five years until the end of 2015, gave the homily at the service.
Member of the church Laurie John writes, “We were blessed with music from Kirsty and Dan Jones, Annie and Keith Shave and Keith Lowe on the organ - not to mention a full throated choir and congregation. Stories were told of how it all began and what it has meant to several. As so often with me, one particular offering stood out. We have among us a very fine sculptor and artist, Roger Adams. Roger had painted for us as a memento of the day a beautiful scene of a silhouetted figure standing offshore in a limpid sea, backlit by the hint of a sunrise or sunset. The figure could have been wading out or coming back. As Roger later said to me, he was taught that a good painting should not be too explicit; there should be room for the viewer to add something of his or her own interpretation. During the service Roger gave us in his burnished mahogany baritone voice the story of the Good Samaritan. Roger was once in the police force, so it was with the stern tones of A Copper that he intoned the final words of that story: “Go thou and do likewise!” I fancy we all sat up a bit straighter! So many blessings and so much to be thankful for. ” The service was followed by a delightful bring and share lunch, and the Celebration Cake was delicious!
Sunday 29 January - 10:30 Special Christian Unity service, Rev'd Tony Lomas, Pasteur Guy Delarbre invited to preach
Sunday 05 February - 10:30 Service of the Word, Janis Adams
Sunday 05 February - 16:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall
Wednesday 08 February - 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies
Sunday 12 February - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by the Local Annual Meeting)
Sunday 19 February - 10:30 Family Service, Patrick Sturges
Sunday 26 February - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies
Wednesday 01 March - 11:00 Ash Wednesday Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas
Sunday 05 March - 10:30 Service of the Word, Madeleine Holmes
Sunday 05 March - 16:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall
Wednesday 08 March - 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas
Sunday 12 March - 10:30 Holy Communion, Ven. Meurig Williams and Rev'd Tony Lomas
Sunday 19 March - 10:30 Family Service, Trevor Hodgkiss
Sunday 26 March - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green
*** Please join us for tea and coffee after each of the Sunday services ***
Prayer Ministry available - look for white dove badge
Prayer ministry is offered at Bertric Burée by members of the team at the services on Sundays in the side chapel. Please take advantage of this for anything for which you would like prayer support.
On the 1st and 3rd Sundays this is available after the service and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays during the serving of communion. Also, Prayer ministry is available after each service in the Upper Room.To help you to identify members of the team, we will be wearing these white dove badges.
August Sunday School Fun
Alexandra and Michael led the Sunday School on 24th August and shared their art work and ideas on light when they returned. Many of the congregation were able to help them sing 'This little light of mine' which they had learnt during their time.
Church for Children at Bertric Burée
There’s a Sunday School every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and all children are welcome. They stay in church for part of the service and then spend time together having fun, learning about Jesus and the Bible.
Each week the children read or act out a bible story, learn a song, do something crafty, play games and we always end each session with prayer time. Usually we do a short 'show and tell’ or ‘sing and tell' for the congregation after each session so that they can see what we’ve been doing. All are welcome.
Wednesday Prayer Group
All are invited to join those who meet to pray for ourselves and our church on 1st and 3rd Wednesdays of each month between 5 and 6 pm in church. We look forward to seeing you. Please phone a warden for more information.
Church for Children
There’s a Sunday School every 2nd and 4th Sunday of the month and all children are welcome. We spend time together having fun, learning about Jesus and the Bible.
Each week the children read/act a bible story, learn a song, do something crafty, play games and we always end each session with prayer time. Usually we do a short ‘show/sing and tell’ to the congregation after each session. The children and parents have established really close friendships and often meet during the week as well. Please pray for the children’s work!
Knit and Natter Group - 3rd and 4th Thursday of each month
We meet in the Upper Room from 2-4pm, on the 3rd and 4th Thursdays of the month. That means that in May we will meet on 19th and 26th.
At the moment, we are blessed with a lot of donated knitting yarn and are busy making items for sale and for charity. The main charity that we are supporting is ‘Knit for Peace’ www.knitforpeace.org.uk which sends knitted garments to people in need, whether in Britain or abroad. It has also been suggested that we make blankets for ‘Phoenix’, and we have been asked to knit plain, simple hats for the Mediterranean Mission for Seafarers in Gibraltar.
Of course, if anyone would rather just knit for themselves, that is fine too. We are a group of ladies, with differing abilities, who enjoy chatting to each other and helping each other out with knitting problems. We all learn from each other. If anyone else would like to join us for knitting, crocheting, or just nattering they are very welcome.
Craft Group: 3rd Thursday of each month
The craft group will now meet on the 3rd Thursday of each month in the Upper Room at Bertric Burée, at 2pm.
Monthly Randonnée: or "Stroll to Lunch" if you like
Organised walks are scheduled to take place once per month, in various locations. Suggestions are always welcome!
We can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more.
This is a charity we support annually with our Harvest Gifts. They are based in Riberac and run by the Catholic Church to help those in need. The committee agreed that it would be a good idea if we could make a regular donation to them. This is an excellent way to support the local people.
Geoff Cogger has volunteered to be responsible for ‘the box’ and delivery to the Secours Catholique and is providing a collecting box at the back of church for your donations of tinned, dried goods, toiletries etc. Please remember to bring a packet or tin – in date please – to fill the box!
Try leaving something in your car - somewhere obvious - after the weekly shop as an 'aide mémoire'!
Home Groups in the Dronne Valley
Home Groups are a key part of Dronne Valley church life -
There are five to choose from:
- Tuesday mornings near Verteillac: 10.00 for 10.30am. All are welcome. For more information contact Mike Duncan: 05 53 91 30 64
- Alternate Tuesday evenings at 7.30pm near Ribérac. For dates and location please contact Gwyneth Marison 05 45 24 06 89
- Fortnightly on Tuesday mornings, 10.00 for 10.30am. For dates and venue this month please contact Brian Cook on 05 45 98 43 00
- Fortnightly on Thursdays at 2.00pm at Ann Knight’s home, Chez Foucaud, Montboyer, between Chalais and Montmoreau. Contact Ann for dates and directions – Ann Knight 05 45 98 22 17
The groups are made up of friendly people who get together to talk over a small part of the Bible or another Christian book and enjoy a cup of coffee and cake. All of the groups are keen to welcome newcomers, but it’s a good idea to phone, so that we know you’re coming.
News from Thursday Home Group chez Ann Knight
Our home group has grown over the years in terms of numbers and spiritual growth. We endeavour to be a support mechanism to each other and can pray for specific needs. We’ve been studying ‘What’s so Amazing about Grace’ by Philip Yancey.
We are looking forward to starting a new study soon as we’ve been doing this one for over twelve months now! Very good and quite challenging. We’re thinking of ‘Chocolat’ something that was suggested by Margaret. We’ve also got a study on the ‘Bride of Christ’ relating the old Jewish traditional wedding which relates to specific biblical text, which could also be very interesting.