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Forthcoming services and events at the Eymet Temple - join us!

eymet singing groupSunday 22 July - 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Rev'd Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 29 July - 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Allan Petchey

Sunday 05 August - 10:30 Protestant Communion, Daniel Vajou

Sunday 12 August - 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Rev'd Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 19 August - 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Allan Petchey

Sunday 26 August - 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Rev'd Tony Lomas

For information or more details, please contact: 05 53 74 92 07 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


'Vals et Coteaux' Newsletter from the Eglise Protestante

Read news about the January Christian Unity services, and news about the Eymet Temple.

Read the latest spring edition of 'Vals et Coteaux', the quarterly Newsletter from the Eglise Protestante Unie de Bergeracois.










Eymet News

Allan Petchey completes "Mission Training Course"

fresh expressionsCongratulations to Allan Petchey, who has recently completed a year-long "Mission Shaped Ministry Training Course" to equip the trainees with planting and sustaining a fresh expression of Church, which has been very useful in developing the Fresh Expressions minstry in and around the area of the Eymet Temple.

'Fresh Expressions' are new forms of church that emerge within contemporary culture and engage primarily with those who don’t go to church.

Allan writes, "What the training hinged on was how to reach your community. How to be seen as part of the community and along the way to do some “myth busting” about Christians and Christianity. Creating a safe environment to ask life questions, to get people engaged with Jesus and to be seen as part of a worshiping community as they develop as disciples."

Read the full piece here.


Tour de France outreach in Eymet: 'Water of Life'

water of lifeOn Wed 12th July, the village of Eymet hosted 15,000 visitors for stage 11 of the Tour de France, many passing directly in front of the entrance to the Eymet Temple, where weekly Fresh Expressions services are held. The Eymet Temple was established as one of the 'meeting points' of the event, and with the support of Allan and Julia Petchey, the congregation took advantage of the opportunity to be a beacon of light and living water during this event.

In a united effort of faith in action, many from the Chaplaincy gathered at the Temple to offer water to the crowds, prayer support for those in need, worship music inside the Temple, and a listening ear to those trying to reconnect or discover God for the very first time. Most of the congregation came on the day and beforehand to help prepare the Temple, and were supported by our Chaplain Rev'd Tony Lomas and Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan.

The Temple also featured a new summer exhibition on the water of life, with verses from John's Gospel in French and English adorning the walls on big colourful posters, along with beautiful paintings of water scenes painted by a member of the congregation.

The result was that an estimated 1,000 people were touched by the initiative: at least 120 people used the new WC (contributing donations towards the WC ‘flush fund’) often queuing up inside the Temple where they could chat to members of the congregation and read the posters on the walls, 436 water bottles were given away with a smile, a laugh and sometimes a few words, 250 postcards advertising the Temple services and the Chaplaincy in French and English and 200 copies of Mark's Gospel, in French were also given away.

This was a splendid team effort, and many thanks to all who were involved in this very special day.

Charlotte writes, “I was struck by the determination Allan and Julia who, supported by the rest of the congregation, made sure everything was ready for the day. I enjoyed the atmosphere and how friendly everyone was. There were times when people seemed reluctant to take things from the hands of someone wearing a dog collar - in case some sort of cost was involved. For most a reassuring smile was all that was needed to show them that hospitality is a gift freely given.

All morning I kept asking the Armée and the Gendarmes if they wanted water as they patrolled up and down the street - and for hours I was met with simple shakes of the head. Then very late morning a weary pair of Gendarmes approached us - we thought we might be in trouble for handing out religious postcards etc - but no, they simply needed water.”


Palm Sunday procession and joyful worship

On Palm Sunday, in the warm sunshine, the Fresh Expressions group led by Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan, celebrated by starting their service in Eymet square with prayer and song before processing to Eymet Temple. As worshippers arrived, each of us was handed a Palm cross by Charlotte. Several onlookers smiled and some stopped to watch us :) Eymet is used to hearing us sing as Sunday services are always held with the Temple door open and sometimes Eymet residents and passers by come and sit at the back of the Temple and listen to our service.

Spring update: road works progressing, Tour de France plans

making progressEymet Temple is entering an interesting stage in its development in the heart of the Bastide. As part of the redevelopment of the area as the Mairie has renewed the Rue de Temple as part of a plan to make it the main thoroughfare to the town square. Part of the plan has been to remove the railings from the front of the Temple and create a paved area.  This removes an obstacle for people coming to the doors of the Temple. Inside the Temple there is now drainage and water pipes so we can now begin to plan a toilet and kitchen area.

Eymet residents may also be used to our prayers, as every Thursday afternoon at 2pm, prayers led by Julia Petchey are held with coffee, again with the Temple doors open. The men working on the Rue de Temple improvements look forward to their weekly coffee and who knows what effect the small ripples of listening to prayer will have in their lives...

Water of life at the Tour de France: We are now in a race to get the Temple ready for the Tour de France Wednesday 12th July 2017. What do we hope to do? Offering water to people who need a drink, prayer for those who need prayer and a listening ear to those trying to reconnect or discover God for the very first time. We are preparing a new exhibition on the water of life and we will have prayer areas dedicated to encouraging that connection. The Mairie will mark the Temple as a place for people to meet or to find someone who is lost. This is a big commitment for our congregation but we recognise the importance of being a beacon of light and living water when Eymet is a guest to what could be 15,000 visitors on the Tour de France trail.

Easter is about bringing new life and the hope of the resurrection.  For the Temple in Eymet we have an opportunity to bring new life to many people and enable them to discover the life giving water of Jesus. If you would like to be part of this event, please contact Julia and Allan Petchey on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


News from the Bergerac Protestant church: Vals et Coteaux

We are delighted to share the Protestant Newsletter, Vals et Coteaux, which features news on the Eymet Temple on page 3.

View the Newsletter here.



Two baptisms in Eymet

We are delighted to share the news of 2 baptisms in Eymet on Sunday, 7th August, in the Eymet Temple. Our congregation at Eymet welcomed Leyla and Serena Orme into the Christian family; both girls received the gift of an ERV Authentic Youth Bible.

The service was followed by a celebratory picnic. We give thanks for Charlotte's ministry, as this was her first baptism service as an ordinated deacon.


May pot luck supper and discussion well attended

15 of us managed to squeeze into our living room, where we enjoyed great fellowship talking and eating together.

Then Rev'd Charlotte opened up a discussion based on the Chaplaincy-wide bereavement course led by Julie Nicholson (who came recently to speak at in the northern Dordogne). A thought provoking discussion.


Bacon Butty Sunday!

bacon butty sundayThe smell of frying bacon has got to be one of the most enticing smells ever - So the church community at Eymet decided to hold a "Bacon Butty Sunday" on January 10th (Fried egg butties were available for vegetarians). We welcomed and served all who were enticed through the doors by the wonderful smells.
Breakfast was followed by an informal worship service with an interactive discussion on "What is church" led by Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan. 


 bacon butty sunday












Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions in Eymet

fresh expressions

fresh expressions

The Fresh Expressions "Temple Project" in Eymet started in August 2014, and continues to be well received!

"Fresh Expressions" seeks to transform communities and individuals through championing, resourcing and multiplying new ways of being church. We work with Christians from a broad range of denominations and traditions and the movement has resulted in thousands of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches.

The Team comprises of 2 Worship Leaders in training from the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine, Allan & Julia Petchey working in collaboration with the Pastor Elisabeth Brinkman Eglise Protestant Unie de France. The aim of the Project is to raise awareness of the Christian faith in Eymet by engaging with local English and French communities.

A weekly Prayer and Coffee “open door” is undertaken on Thursday afternoon 14:00 until 15:00. There is an advertised schedule of Contemporary worship 10:30 Sunday morning: always the 2nd Sunday alongside other services. The 5th Sunday is always a Communion Service lead by the Pastor. Services are for one hour and followed by Tea and Coffee.

église protestante Contemporary services are held at the Temple every Sunday at 10:30am, in English with some French translations.The service is projected on screen and the music is modern presented either by a band, musician or ipod. The Communion Service is conducted in French with some English translation. Services are open to all age groups and there are activities for children.

An activity table is available for children.  Refreshments follow all services.  A collection will be taken to help fund work to be done on the building and to meet expenses.  Toilets are available at the Café des Arts.

The Temple provides a flexible space for worship and life’s key events of Baptism, Marriage or Bereavement. Enquiries or information about faith and the gospel of Christ are most welcome. Whatever stage you are on life’s journey you will find a warm welcome at the Temple in Eymet.

For more information, please contact Julia and Allan Petchey on: 05 53 74 92 07 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Click here to read an article in the recent spring 2018 edition of Vals et Coteaux from the Eglise Protestante de Bergerac.



Tuesdays: Eymet Prayer Watch

Join us on Tuesdays - Eymet Prayer Watch lead by Anne Nadel - Worshipping God in His Temple from 2:00pm

For more information, please contact Julia and Allan Petchey on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Singles Together in Friendship - "Seuls ensembles"

"A new group where we can share and grow. There are always new skills to learn, skills to exchange, and a world of opportunities to explore with help and encouragement from others."

Gill and Marian are delighted to announce the creation of a new group to bring singles together in friendship, around the Eymet/Lot et Garonne/south Dordogne. All are welcome to participate, your suggestions would be very welcome. For more information, please contact: Marian Evans (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), Gill Nurse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Visit the new website by clicking here.





Trypraying: give it a try!

Trypraying is for those who don’t do church. Visit the website here.

It’s the work of a traffic planner, a shop manager, a writer, a designer, an entrepreneur, a civil engineer and others.

Many people have been impacted by praying at difficult times in their lives . Watch the videos in the story section, as a few people share their experiences of prayer. Also featuring stories of those such as Jenna and John who have started out on the trypraying journey of faith.

Download the prayer booklet here.


Video on Reasons (why people don't go to church)

Watch a video on Reasons (why people don't go to church).

Reasons (Why People Don't Go to Church) from Capital City Grace on Vimeo.