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All are welcome to join us on Sunday February 12th at 10:30am for a Family Service at the church in Négrondes, led by Patrick Sturges.
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.
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.
Services and Events
Sunday 12 February – Négrondes, 10:30 Family Service, Patrick Sturges
Sunday 19 February – Chancelade, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Stephen Traves
Sunday 26 February – Négrondes, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Barrie Green
Sunday 12 March – Négrondes, 10:30 Family Service, Madeleine Holmes
Sunday 19 March – Chancelade, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by the Local Annual Meeting)
Sunday 26 March – Négrondes, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Stephen Traves
Local Annual Meeting on March 19th
The Centre’s Annual meeting will be after the Service in Chancelade on the 19th March. We are still looking for 2 Wardens and if we find them then we will need Committee members. Without Wardens or Committee, but we do have a volunteer for Treasurer, it will be extremely difficult to continue running as a Chaplaincy Centre.
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 05 53 05 42 76.
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.
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Delightful Christian Unity service
Some of us attended the service on 19th January in the Protestant Temple, Périgueux, hosted by Pasteur Pierrot Munch. There were priests, ministers and congregation from all the local Christian religions in the area, Catholics, Protestant, Evangelists, Orthodox, Adventists etc.
Father Stephen Traves and Patrick Sturges represented the Church of England. The theme was about building an obstructive wall from boxes marked with unpleasant things that the human race does, such as prejudice, hate, lies. Then the wall was rebuilt in the shape of a cross showing the opposite side of the boxes with words such as love, unity, equality, sharing. This is always a cheerful, friendly service with quite a bit of congregation participation in the way of short readings, singing and the lighting of candles. The service is followed by a finger food buffet and a chance to talk to each other, then there is a “conference” lecture after it (in French).
It has been a busy December for our small Centre. As we worship in 2 separate churches we’ve had 2 lovely Carol Services. The Chancelade Carol service is the bigger one as French people come to it as well as the English and the Variations Choir come to sing. But there is one disadvantage – lack of heating. Numbers have fallen, 105 this year. The most we have had is 225. Could this be because of the cold or that more people have moved back to the UK or died? This has affected our Centre in the last few years. But it is always a lovely service, led this year by our Chaplain, Tony, and Père Sebastien, the Prior of the Abbey, with Patrick Sturges. The Abbey is beautiful and was decorated with greenery and berries by Liz Oaten and Frances Pengelly. Veronica Dare Bryan and her helpers organised the party in the presbytery afterwards with the serving of mince pies and mulled wine.
The Négrondes Carol service is smaller and more intimate. The church is smaller and cosier as it’s heated. There were 30 of us and the moving service was led by Chaplain Tony and LLM Patrick. Sparkling wine and finger foods, donated by the congregation, were served afterwards.
Christmas Day fell on a Sunday this year and Tony very kindly drove up to Négrondes to lead the Holy Communion Service. Several congregation members were away, with families and friends, so only 12 were present. But the Sermon was memorable, about gifts, involving a cracker and the pulling of it by Tony and Patrick!
Rembrance Sunday Service
We had a lovely, moving Remembrance Service with Sheila Marshall assisted by Patrick Sturges. Barrie Saunders carried a wreath up to the altar and later Frances Pengelly carried a candle up to the altar. Poppies were sold at the entrance of the church.
Harvest gifts donated to Secours Catholique
The Centre wardens were invited to attend the opening of the newly opened Secours Catholique drop-in centre in Négrondes on Wednesday 19th October, which proved to be quite a grand affair with the presence of the depute and other local dignitaries. We have been supporters of the Secours Catholique for about twelve years, particularly with our Harvest Festival gifts and have developed a close relationship with the local members. If you look carefully at this photograph of the gathering you will spot Liz Oaten.
Having held our first Harvest Festival at Chancelade under the presidency of our Chaplain on 16th October, local members of the Secours Catholique joined us at our second service in Négrondes on Sunday 23rd October to receive all our harvest gifts. After the service, about 25 people enjoyed a delicious Harvest bring and share lunch chez Liz Oaten. The day before, several of us attended the service at Sorges when the Bishop of Périgueux and Sarlat licenced the new curé of our sector, which was another wonderful opportunity to build ecumenical links.
Our new Chaplain Tony and his wife Ingrid came to Chancelade for the first time on Sunday to lead our Holy Communion Service. It was a lovely service with Alison Chew, the founder of “Variations” choir at the keyboard, so we were able to sing some beautiful hymns and the “Gloria” and “Sanctus”. We all enjoyed Tony’s sermon.
Four of us went to Tony’s Licensing Service in Bordeaux, (Liz, Alexandra, Cedric and Patrick). Patrick carried the Cross at the beginning and end of the service, which was led by the Bishop of Europe, the Right Rev'd Robert Innes. It was a really good day and a delicious Bring & Share Lunch was enjoyed by all.
The Centre still needs volunteers for Local Wardens and Treasurer as Liz, Patrick and Cedric will be resigning next year, owing to length of service and other commitments. Please consider coming forth to help out.