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All are welcome to join us on Sunday 22nd April for a Family Service at the church in Négrondes at 10:30am led by Madeleine Holmes.

 

 

Chapelle St Jean

Worship Services are held in two churches:

The Chapelle Saint Jean in Chancelade is located six kilometers to the west of Perigueux. Chancelade was the historic capital of the Dordogne and its abbey was founded in the early 12th Century. The Chapelle St Jean was the first building to be erected to provide those working on the Abbey with a place of worship.

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The Church in Négrondes is located between Thiviers and Perigueux on the N21 north of Perigueux and Sorges. Services were previously held in the village church of Sorges.

 

Our Members are drawn from the north-east, north, and central Dordogne.

 

Church of England forms of worship are used for all services. Holy Communion is celebrated every third Sunday at Chancelade at 10:30 am. A Family Service is held every second Sunday in the church of Négrondes at 10:30 am, and a Holy Communion service is held every fourth Sunday at Négrondes at 10:30 am. Please see the Services page for more details.

 

Contact Information

Liz Oaten on 05 53 05 42 76 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Patrick Sturges on 05 53 35 48 09 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 


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Services and Events

Forthcoming Services

Sunday 22 April – Négrondes, 10:30 Family Service, Madeleine Holmes

Sunday 13 May – Négrondes, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 20 May – Chancelade, 10:30 Pentecost Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 27 May – Négrondes, 10:30 Family Service, Sheila Marshall

Sunday 10 June – Négrondes, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 17 June – Chancelade, 10:30 Holy Communion, Ven. Chris Sims

Sunday 24 June – Négrondes, 10:30 Family Service, Patrick Sturges

Sunday 08 July – Négrondes, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 15 July – Chancelade, 10:30 Holy Communion, Ven. Chris Sims

Sunday 22 July – Négrondes, 10:30 Family Service, Patrick Sturges

 

Monthly 'Cushion, Char and Chat' meetings

sewing cushions for churchThe next meeting of the Char, Chat and Cushions group will be held in Sorges chez Penny and Patrick Sturges at a date to be announced soon; please note the change of day from Thursday to Tuesday. All are welcome; we still have cushions to complete for the church in Négrondes but we hope to move on to our next project which is a door curtain for the church to halt the winter draughts.

For more information, please contact Penny Sturges on: 05 53 35 48 09, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We had our first Char, Chat and Cushions on the Thursday 18th May hosted by Penny Sturges at Sorges. Plenty Char and Chat, the cushions will take a a little longer to produce but there was lots of fabric and fillings to put together so we worked together with end product of 8 cushions for the church pews. More in the pipe line! Do come and contribute time, talents, and fabric to help see this project through, it's fun.

 

Sunday School

Sunday School takes place during our Family Service on the second Sunday of each month. Children are invited to go to the activity table at the back of the church during the sermon. There, they are encouraged to discover more about our great big God! The children are more confident to leave their parents, knowing they are still close by, rather than taking them to a separate room. We look forward to welcoming your children soon. You are welcome to contact Alexandra Billing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to discuss the abilities of your children so that appropriate activities maybe planned to suit their individual needs.

 

House Group Meetings take a break

Our House Group is taking a break, and we hope to begin meeting again soon. Meetings usually begin with lunch at 12:30, then continue with a Bible study. We do hope you will be inspired to join us, for more information please phone Patrick Sturges on 05 53 35 48 09.

 

About us...

At the Chancelade and Négrondes churches, we are a bit like a box of chocolates. Some dark and bitter, some creamy and milky and a few white and very sweet. Likewise our churches are varied - soft, hard, crunchy and creamy. A wonderful mixture! - lets's all keep it that way, and join together to exchange our different ways of doing and seeing things. This will enrich our lives and especially our worship.

 

Contributions to the website 

Frances Pengelly and Elizabeth Brook are responsible for all local communications and web site entries for the Congregations at Chancelade and Négrondes. So please submit all material and all updates for this page to them on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

We look forward to hearing from you!

 

News

Positive Local Annual Meeting - Feb 18th

local annual meetingThe overall feeling is that over the past year, the Centre seems to have been managing well without a Warden or Committee. Our thanks go to everyone at Chancelade and Negrondes who has stepped into the breach this last year and forward thanks to those who keep doing so. Bless all of you.

Licensed Lay Minister, Patrick Sturges, proposed thanks to the clergy who have travelled long distances to preside at our Services, especially to Rev'd Stephen and Anthea Traves who moved back to England last year. He said that the special services, such as Sea Sunday and Harvest Festival, had been well supported. 

Patrick felt that our fellowship came together as a Christian family, even without a committee.

Elizabeth Brook offered to be a co-ordinator for Négrondes, Veronica for Chancelade (which she has been doing already) and Liz Oaten will be the Centre Secretary to deal with Admin. Iain McGrory volunteered to be part of Chap-Aid along with Treasurer responsibilities.

Sadly we heard on arrival home after the meeting that one of our members had gone to be with her Lord. Dear Ann Morgan, our organist of some years, but more recently in a care home, left us Sunday morning peacefully.

 

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Patchwork curtain sewing project underway

Using these patchwork pieces, the women at Négrondes are working towards a curtain for the main door of the church.

If you are interested in helping to create more pieces, please contact Penny Sturges on: 05 53 35 48 09, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

Joyous Carols and Christmas celebrations!!

The Christmas Carol Service at the Abbey in Chancelade was a moving event. As usual, 'Variations' Choir gave us some lovely renderings of much loved carols. Afterwards we all ate mince pies and mulled wine in the Vestry. Thanks go out to all those who gave up their afternoon and volunteered to help with the feast.

We began our local Christmas at Négrondes, decorating the church. This was great fun and the church looked lovely. Somehow it knitted everyone together as did our Carol Service on the evening of the 20th. We were very pleased to have so many French in the congregation. The Church really looked lovely with a tree and greenery and many of us had made little figures of kings, shepherds and even sheep. Thanks go out to all who decorated the church, spent time making figures, and generally helping the evening get on its way. Some of the French ladies commented on our bright and welcoming decorations, and thanked us for such a warm welcome.

 

Annual September BBQ sunny and well attended

On Saturday 2 September we had our annual BBQ at Elizabeth Oaten’s house. Many thanks to her for all the preliminary work setting up tables and generally organising the meat and the cooking, which was a big job. The paying guests brought lovely food, and the whole day was most enjoyable. We were lucky with the weather, and it turned into a sunny day after rather a dull early morning. A total of 375 € was earned, which was shared as following: 225 € went to our charity 'All as One', an orphanage in Sierra Leone run by nuns. After all the flooding life must be very hard and miserable for them all. A further 150 € was given to the Chaplaincy.

 

Encouraging talk on Miracles at August service

The Négrondes service on the 13th August was led by Patrick Sturges and he opened our eyes to miracles, how many miracles can sometimes be ordinary things made super special , wonderful, exceptional, by the many small contributions of other peoples generosity and love. This is not to denigrate the miracles of the Bible but to open our eyes to the posibilites that we are living in the same age and they are and can continue to happen. After the service there was a bring and share lunch chez Brook at their new home.


 

Farewell to our dear friend Jacqueline Morgan

memorial serviceFor many in our area we had the very sad news of our dear friend Jacqueline Morgan's death from cancer, she fought a long and brave battle but in the end the call came and we are sure she is in heavenly realm making new friends there.

There was a memorial service for her at Chancelade on the same day as the funeral in the UK, Thursday 13th July. This was led by Rev'd Tony Lomas. Dr. Jacqueline Mary Morgan had been suffering from cancer and bore her suffering with laughter and fun and a positivity, never a word of complaint did we hear. The lovely home she and Rev'd John had in Bourdeilles was a haven she hoped to return to, her beautiful garden that she had created, the tranquility of the river running by. Surely her spirit will rest there God willing. She will be missed by many.

 

Another successful June Strawberry Tea!!

The ‘not to be missed’ Strawberry Tea on June 10th was a success, with lovely hot weather, delightful company and beautiful surroundings in Liz and Cedric's garden setting. About 40 people attended, 80 € made on plants, and a total of 536 € was earned for the Chaplaincy. Thanks to Liz and Cedric for their hospitality, and all who gave their time up to help, you were much appreciated.

 

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Brocante in Sorges: Thursday May 25th

Sorges Brocante, what a hot day to be sitting in the sun and trying to sell beautiful things to various folks that passed our way and they already have plenty of everything! However we enjoyed each other's company. The Brocante and Belloc church weekend clashed, as did various of our fellowship being on holiday so we were very few, just 2 of us selling our wares.

Patrick and Penny, as is their way, opened their home and we were joined by various friends and enjoyed a bring and share lunch together. We all noted that this year there were many more activities  over the region so quite some competition for attendance, c'est la vie, we enjoyed our day meeting old friends and new. We received donations of a little over €180 for church funds.

 

Active in ecumenical events

les voix de la bibleOur church has been active in the work of the Bishop of Perigueux's ecumenical committee - by contributing and taking part in a service of Passion readings in the Cathedral on Good Friday and having twelve of our church family, with two from Bertric Buree, taking part in the 'Les Voix de la Bible' non-stop reading of the Bible in the Cathedral between 9th and 12th May. As in past years, we are most grateful for the hard work of Veronica Dare-Bryan who plans the input of the Anglican team for this annual event. One of twelve descriptive panels prepared for the 'Voix de la Bible', prepared by different members of the ecumenical committee, has been one describing the Anglican Communion. This has been on display throughout the period of the reading and was prepared jointly by the Chaplain and Patrick Sturges.

 

Easter services at our church

palm sundayWe had a lovely Palm Sunday service with Janis Adams, which included a short procession around Négrondes church.

Our Easter service was led by Father Steven Traves, his last here in France before returning with his wife Anthea to the UK. The service at the Chapel St Jean, Chancelade was a lovely joyful service and the chapel looked beautiful with easter flowers. 

The service was followed by a bring and share lunch at the home of Liz Oaten  which was as ever a vey happy time with great food. Gifts and cards were given to Steven and Andrea along with many good wishes for their future in Britain.

Watch this space for more photos to come.

 

 

 

 

Sunday 17 November - 10:30 Holy Communion