Dronne Valley church at Bertric Burée

Bertric Burée Home

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Next services: Join us on Wed 11th Dec at 11:00am for a service of BCP Holy Communion led by Rev'd Tony Lomas, and on Sunday 15th December at 10:30am for a Family Service led by Steve Long. All are welcome!

Forthcoming services:

Sunday 22 December - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 22 December - 16:00 Christmas Carol Service

Wednesday 25 December - 10:30 Christmas Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 29 December - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Steve Long

The people in our church come from a wide range of church backgrounds and our worship reflects this diversity. We warmly welcome you, wherever you are on your journey of faith.

 

Sat 7th Dec - Annual Christmas market

Our annual Christmas market will be held Saturday December 7th from 10am to 3pm in the Salles des Fêtes as well as the Upper Room located across the road from Petits Oignons.

We have a large number of vendors selling Christmas crafts, gift items, jewellery and much more. Christmas cakes, puddings and crackers will also be available for purchase. Bacon butties and mulled wine along with teas and coffees will be for sale throughout the day. Don't miss out on a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit! See you there!

 

Bertric Burée

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 - October (16:00 in winter)

2nd Sunday: Holy Communion: 10:30

2nd Wednesday: BCP Holy Communion: 11:00

3rd Sunday: Family Service: 10:30

4th Sunday: Holy Communion: 10:30

5th Sunday: Prayer and Praise: 10:30

Monthly events and activities:  6 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. During the summer months our informal walking group is at its most active, meeting at about 10:30am once a month to enjoy a walk alongside our dogs before meeting up with others who are unable to walk for a convivial lunch together in a local restaurant. All are welcomed for one walk or more. Our church and social events are also advertised in DVN (Dronne Valley Network).

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.

Contact Information

The Dronne Valley local wardens are:

Rosemary Robinson: 05 53 91 45 15 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Steve Long: 05 53 91 96 48 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

Services

 Forthcoming services 

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Wednesday 11 December - 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 15 December - 10:30 Family Service, Steve Long

Sunday 22 December - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 22 December - 16:00 Christmas Carol Service

Wednesday 25 December - 10:30 Christmas Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 29 December - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Steve Long

Sunday 05 January - 10:30 Service of the Word, Patrick Sturges

Sunday 05 January - 16:00 Epiphany Carols, Sheila Marshall

Wednesday 08 January - 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 12 January - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green

Wednesday 15 January –18:30 Périgueux, Eglise St Georges, Christian Unity service

Sunday 19 January - 10:30 Family Service, Steve Long

Sunday 26 January - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Saturday 01 February - 15:00 Ribérac Hospital Chapel, Christian Unity Service

*** Please join us for tea and coffee after each of the Sunday services ***

 

Prayer Ministry available - look for white dove badge

prayer ministryPrayer 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.

If you have any questions about prayer ministry or any ideas or suggestions, please contact Cathy and Brian, or speak to another member of the team. Cathy and Brian Wheatcroft 05 53 90 62 85 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

August Sunday School Fun

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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.

Sunday School is temporarily on hold, but we will feature an update soon about plans for youth ministry at our church. Children are welcome at all our services, there are activity bags, books, bulletin sheets and toys for them. The Family Service on the third Sunday, and children and families are welcome to attend any service.

 

 

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.

 

 

Bertric Burée News

Summer festivities at Bertric Burée

Our annual Summer Fair was held on 27th July, a great success and attracted many people of all ages, English, French and Dutch. After the extreme heat of the week preceding the weather was perfect and included light showers of rain to refresh us all. The event raised about 2,400€. More importantly, though, a great day of fellowship and outreach.

The following day, the guitar concert in the church was delightful, as we would expect, and it was a joy to have la famille Jones with us. The church was packed and were treated to a varied repertoire of guitar pieces some of them specially arranged by Dan. Dan and Steve also read extracts from Dan’s recently published book ‘Extracting Goats from Jean-Claude’s Kitchen’. Great fun! Afterwards we all enjoyed aperos in the warm, sunny,early evening in the garden of the Upper Room. We also raised 360€ towards the work of mission and ministry in the Chaplaincy.

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Generous donations received for Charity in May

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Week of Prayer for Christian Unity service

A Christian Unity service was held at the Hospital Chapel in Ribérac on Saturday 19th January and was a meaningful time of celebration and fellowship, with our Chaplain Tony invited to give the sermon.

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Delightful Carol and Christmas services

On Sunday 23rd Dec. our Communion Service, led by Rev. Tony Lomas was very well attended. This service was followed at 4pm. by a wonderful Bilingual Carol Service organised  suggested by our one of  our wardens, Steve Long. The purpose was to invite residents of the village of Bertric Burée to further our wish that they should feel our church is a part of their community. The church was packed to overflowing, with both English speakers, coming because it was a Carol Service, and about 2 dozen French people. The service was shared by Rev. Tony Lomas and Abbé Body. All of the service was printed in both languages, including all the carols. We were very fortunate to have a guest organist, Mr Carl Grainger, a professional organist, to accompany the carols,  as all our musicians were away, spending Christmas with their respective families. The service was followed by mulled wine and miscopies in the Upper Room.

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On Christmas Day our service at 10.30 was a Communion service, also led by the Rev. Tony Lomas, who lit the final Advent Candle and give us an uplifting address for this special Day. Again many of us repaired to the Upper Room for mince pies and Mulled wine.

 

Lovely Thanksgiving meal

thanksgivingOur Thanksgiving meal followed a service lead by Trevor Hodgkiss, a very powerful address discussing the Second Coming of Christ, and the need to take the message out to the community and not to think that Christianity is just for Sundays. This was followed aptly by the American Thanksgiving Dinner, including some guests who were not regular church goers.

Thanks to our usual dedicated team, Ann, Dave, Kathy and Mark, plus other helpers from our Upper Room Committee, the event was well planned and the dinner was excellent. We have come to expect this, but need to remember how much work beforehand and on the day itself is done by everyone involved. Thank you all who made the occasion such a success!

 

Terrific 1970s disco dance night!

What a splendid night! Thanks to  Anne and Dave, Kathy and Mark and Steve, who put together all the music and the visuals,  to mention just the main stalwarts that organised and ran this amazing evening! Thanks to everyone else who helped but were not visible to us. A professional team could not have put on a better evening, of fun, music,  learning how to do the Hustle, and the supper, chicken and chips in a basket (very 1970s!), which was well cooked and a dessert, which was unexpected...trifle no less!

They say every picture tells a story, and the story this evening was.. we members of Bertric Burée church know how to have a good time and encourage our friends to do the same! To those of you who missed out, don’t leave it too late to book your place next time!

To top it all, the night made 512€ for our Church funds, thanks to everyone who made it happen, and to everyone who came. We couldn’t have done it without you! This has got to be a fun way to raise funds! So here’s to the next time!

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What a wonderful, uplifting Harvest Festival!

During the service, Andy reminded us all how grateful to God we should be for the wonderful world we share and the bounty we receive from the harvest. Also we were reminded that we should trust in the Lord as, if he cares for the small things, the birds and the flowers in the fields, how much more does He love and care for us, His greatest creation, for whom he gave his only Son, to save us. We were asked to bring our thanksgiving offerings to the altar during the first hymn, all of which will go to the Croix Rouge in Ribérac, for those less fortunate than ourselves. 

The service was followed by coffee, then our monthly Bring & Share lunch. A magnificent spread, including many dishes using seasonal fruits and vegetables, appropriate for the day! One of our French visitors commented that she loved how there is so much participation by the congregation, responses and enthusiastic hymn singing! She was overwhelmed by the friendship and smiles, loved the shared lunch, despite the noise of about 40 people chatting and laughing, and pronounced us, "très sympa”! 

We are delighted for the love and caring that we are so lucky to have in our church, but we mustn’t be complacent. The message is not to keep it to ourselves, but to share the love and care with the wider world, our friends and neighbours and those in need of a friend. This is more difficult but is at the heart of discipleship.

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Events

Sat 7th Dec - Annual Christmas market

Our annual Christmas market will be held Saturday December 7th from 10am to 3pm in the Salles des Fêtes as well as the Upper Room located across the road from Petits Oignons.

We have a large number of vendors selling Christmas crafts, gift items, jewellery and much more. Christmas cakes, puddings and crackers will also be available for purchase. Bacon butties and mulled wine along with teas and coffees will be for sale throughout the day. Don't miss out on a wonderful way to get into the Christmas spirit! See you there!

 

Knit and Natter Group - 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

craft groupWe meet in the Upper Room from 2-4pm, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

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.

Please come along if you can knit, crochet or just want a natter. If you would like to learn about knitting and crocheting, come and see us. We have a few ideas of things to make as a group but if you would rather do your own thing, then that would be fine too. If you need any more details please contact Jean Stocks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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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!

For more details, please contact Sheila Marshall 05 53 90 95 69, or Jaki Moorhouse on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Pastoral Care

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. If you know of anyone who would welcome a visit or call, please contact Elizabeth Faulkner on 05 45 98 41 25 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so we can arrange for a member of the team to help out.

If you need help from Cancer Support France (by English speakers for English speakers) your contacts are 06 43 67 86 11 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Cancer Support France).

 

Secours Catholique

Secours CatholiqueThis 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

Home Groups in the Dronne Valley

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Home Groups  are a key part of Dronne Valley church life -

There are six to choose from:

Alternate Monday afternoons in Nontron - Meeting chez Ricketts 14.00 till 15.30, Contact Marie Ricketts 09 83 77 46 69 for more info and directions

Alternate Tuesday mornings near Verteillac - 10.00 for 10.30. All are welcome. For more information contact Mike Duncan 05 53 91 30 64

Fortnightly on Tuesday mornings - 10.00 for 10.30, For dates and venue this month please contact Brian Cook on 05 45 98 43 00

Monthly at Chez Noury, Le Fouilloux (17270) - 14:00 for 14:30, David and Julie-Ann Jackson invite you to this group which meets in their home, Check future meeting dates with them: David and Julie-Ann 05 46 86 49 66

Usually fortnightly on Thursdays at 2.00pm (but can vary depending on who's available) Chez Foucaud, Montboyer (between Chalais and Montmoreau), Contact Ann Knight for dates and directions – 05 45 98 22 17

Alternate Tuesday evenings in St Aulaye - 19:00 for 19:30 (alt. to Verteillac group weeks) at Steve and Jenny Long’s home, La Gare, St Aulaye Further info from Steve or Jenny 05 53 91 96 48

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

home groupOur 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.

For dates and directions please contact Ann on 05 45 98 22 17 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Sunday 03 November - 10:30 Service of the Word

Sunday 03 November - 16:00 Evensong

Sunday 10 November - 10:30 Holy Communion

Wed 13 November -11:00 BCP Holy Communion

Sunday 17 November - 10:30 All Age Worship

Sunday 24 Nov - 10:30 Holy Communion