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All are welcome to join us on Sunday 29th October at 10:30am for a Special service of Holy Communion, led by Rev'd Tony Lomas and Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan (please note: daylight savings time, clocks -1).

Please note: there is limited parking in upper Limeuil, so our church runs a shuttle system on Sundays, throughout the year. Simply park your car at the bottom of the hill at the school (école), and one of our friendly drivers will shuttle you up the hill to the church, and back down to your car after the service.

Welcome to Saint Catherine's, Limeuil, at the top of the hill

st catherineThe Church of Saint Catherine and the village of Limeuil are just north of the confluence of the Vézère and the Dordogne rivers, between Sarlat and Bergerac.

The church is located in upper Limeuil (Limeuil Haut), near the château, at the top of the hill. To get there by car, drive out of the village of Limeuil, in the direction of Le Bugue, and take the left hand turn indicated "Limeuil Haut". Turn right at the top of the hill, and then right again.

Our members are drawn from the east and central Dordogne. The congregation has been meeting since 1987 in Limeuil, formerly at the Chapelle St Martin, and for the last 14 years at the Church of Ste Catherine in Limeuil Haut.

Church of England forms of worship are used for all services, which are in English. Congregations of over 50 are usual throughout the year, growing into the 100s for major festivals.  We are lucky to have a choir director and a good-sized choir, which enhance the services at major festivals and Evensong each month.

Our normal pattern of services: services every Sunday

Prayer & Praise – every 1st Sunday at 10:30am

Holy Communion – every 2nd, 4th, and 5th Sunday at 10:30am

Morning Worship – every 2nd Sunday at 10:30am

Evensong – next service to be announced

In addition, there is a service on the 3rd Thursday at 10:30am, usually BCP Holy Communion

 

Our fellowship/home groups

We hold Fellowship meetings at various locations at various times within our sector which present the perfect opportunity to meet to explore the works of the Bible, and also to get to know our fellow members over a friendly cup of coffee or maybe even a light meal. The groups are popular, lively, interesting and always welcoming to new members.

For details of meetings in the Bergerac area held on alternate Friday mornings contact Roger Cheale on 05 53 57 16 74 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Shire on 05 53 22 74 08 or, for meetings in the Limeuil area contact Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan on 05 53 61 81 61 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

B & S lunch

Our bring and share lunches

Join us on the 4th Sunday of each month for a 'Bring & Share' lunch following the service. All are welcome! Please just bring something very simple to eat and share plus plate, knife, fork – and don't forget a glass! For a very small donation of 2€ wine and bread are provided, and the excellent conversation comes free!

We look forward to seeing you there.

 

Our charities in 2017-2018

For this year, these are Mercy Ships and Life for a Child.

 

Our Local Wardens

If you would like more information about our church, please contact:

Christine Scott: 05 53 29 39 40 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Gill Sweetman: 05 53 73 13 59 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Who to Contact

Our Local Wardens

Christine Scott

05 53 29 39 40

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Gill Sweetman

05 53 73 13 59

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Services

 Forthcoming Services

Sunday 29 October - 10:30 Special Communion Service, Rev'd Tony Lomas and Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan (attention, daylight savings time, clocks -1)

Sunday 05 November - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Anne Penfold

Sunday 12 November - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas and Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Thursday 16 November - 10:30 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 19 November - 10:30 Morning Worship, Roger Cheale

Sunday 26 November - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Lane

Sunday 03 December - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Albrecht

Sunday 10 December - 17:00 Christmas Carol Service

Sunday 17 December - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Thursday 21 December - 10:30 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 24 December - 22:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas and Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Monday 25 December - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 31 December - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

 

Join us on Thursday mornings at church

Prayers on Thursdays: We continue to gather for prayer – for the Church and for the world, and to thank God for his goodness - on Thursday mornings, at the cottage to the left of the church at 10:30am.

 

Lending Library

 We have a lending library featuring books of a religous nature, located in the tea room. The library is free to all, so simply choose a book, and bring it back when you've finished reading it. Jeff Botger manages the library, please contact him if you wish to donate any books: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

All welcome to join us for Bring and Share lunch - 4th Sunday of the month 

bring and shareA monthly “Bring and Share” lunch is held on the 4th Sunday of each month. Everyone is invited to come and to be a part of this always enjoyable occasion to share some simple food and stimulating conversation. If you can manage to bring along some simple dish that can be shared between friends that’s fine, but if not come along anyway. There’s always more than enough food to go round. It really doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, in fact, the simpler the better. Bread and wine is provided. 

 

 

Gill Sweetman has compiled a brilliant montage of the Holy Week and Easter services, click here to view the images.

 

News

limeuil raffle

Harvest Festival: Picnic, Pétanque, and Summer Raffle!

After the Harvest Festival Holy Communion service on the 24th September, members of the congregation including Rev’d Tony Lomas met below the bridge in Limeuil for a picnic and a game of pétanque. The games were fairly informal and those who got involved had lots of fun, with the more experienced hands showing the less experienced some amazing shots.

Before the pétanque game started, we drew the tickets for the summer raffle. Members of the Limeuil congregation had been busy selling tickets for the very generous prizes on offer all summer. First prize of the hamper went to Phil and Kathryn Carr who were overjoyed as they admitted that they usually have no luck in raffle draws so this was a pleasant surprise.

 

Blessed baptism service

Many of us were looking forward to this event, as it is always a lovely time to welcome new arrivals and this time it was a beautiful baby boy. Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan led the service and we welcomed the choir who sang some lovely songs including “Look to the world” to make this a really special service.

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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songs of praise

Uplifting Songs of Praise

On Sunday August 20th Roger Cheale led a wonderful Songs of Praise service. Before the service he approached members of the congregation to ask them for their favourite hymns. This led to an interesting mixture of old and new, with explanations of why the hymns had special significance.

Everyone was in full voice and enjoyed the variety of hymns. The photo speaks for itself: with hands and hearts uplifted in worship to our God, we respond, "Here I am, Lord..."

 

Blessings and Treats at the July Pet Service

blessing of petsOur service on 30th July saw 8 dogs in person and 4 photographs of cats (plus the promise of a spider next year!) come to Limeuil for the annual Blessing of the Animals service. We began outside where Rev’d Deacon Charlotte Sullivan blessed each animal in turn – not sure if they enjoyed the blessing most or the treat she gave them afterwards! We then moved into the church where we sang creature related hymns, listened to Bible passages about God’s creation and heard a great talk from Charlotte entitled ‘Do animals have souls?’  Interesting to learn that the monks in the 4th century voted  ‘No’ – but also agreed by only one vote that women had souls! And all the pets were so well behaved – thank you to their owners for such good training.

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Jazz evening in Berbiguières

jazz nightOn the evening of 12th July, about 80 people arrived at the salle des fêtes in Berbiguières to enjoy some seriously good jazz music, thanks to the Phoenix Jazz Band. The seven piece band which featured Mel on Clarinet, Phil on Trombone, Eddy on Bass, Henri on guitar, Patrick on the drums, Roger on Banjo, Bram on trumpet and vocals entertained the crowd throughout the evening with many firm favourites which even got a few dancing on the outside terrace.

A sumptuous three-course dinner was prepared with the help of members of the church committee under the direction of Jill Little. This was delicious, particularly the pulled pork!

Many thanks go to all the organisers and helpers who made this event so successful and which raised a princely sum of 710 € for Chaplaincy funds.

 

 

Abundant Holy Week and Easter blessings

palm sundayPalm Sunday celebrations began with ‘All Glory Lord and Honour’ outside the Church with branches of palms swinging in the light breeze before all processed into the Church for a dramatized reading of the Passion Gospel according to Matthew. An inspirational service led by Roger Cheale, with  Rev'd Gill presiding at Communion.

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A Tenebrae Service (Service of Shadows) on Maundy Thursday focused on Christ’s passion, trial and death (The gathering of Darkness) through Taizé prayers and readings, all sitting in the round with a cross of candles being slowly snuffed out. 

Good Friday concert - ‘O Sacred Head ‘ was the story of Holy Week through scripture, poetry and music, and enjoyed by a full church whose singing of ‘All Glory Laud and Honour’ must have been heard across the Dordogne. Peter Skellern’s  unpublished piece, ‘The Last Words’ sung  by a quartet of voices, added to the profound emotion of the ‘service,’ as did the poem ‘Good Friday ‘ by Cheryl Lawrie. Our sincere thanks to Belinda Patterson, our inspired Musical Director for planning and rehearsing the whole story so meticulously, to the choir and the musicians.   So appropriately,  the choir ended the evening  with ‘And God shall wipe away all tears.’

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Holy Saturday  - when creation holds it’s breath. Jesus lies silent in the tomb.

alleluliaEaster Sunday - ‘Jesus Christ is Risen today’ opened our Easter Communion Service as more people arrived to an already full church, all rejoicing, ‘He is Risen – Alleluia, Alleluia!’   The choir, under Belinda’s inspired direction, sang, sublimely, two anthems, ‘Most Glorious Lord of Light’, written by Barrie Simms based on the Edmund Spenser poem, and ‘And can it be’, by Dan Forrest, to further underscore the Easter message. The congregation were on song, ‘Thine be the Glory,’ raised the roof, joy filled the church and children passed out little chocolate eggs to the congregation.

 

 

 

 Gill Sweetman has compiled a brilliant montage of the Holy Week and Easter services, click here to view the images.

 

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Prayer & Home Groups

Join us on Thursday mornings at church

Prayers on Thursdays: We continue to gather for prayer – for the Church and for the world, and to thank God for his goodness - on Thursday mornings, at the cottage to the left of the church at 10:30am.

 

Fellowship groups meet on Friday mornings

The Friday fellowship group meets fortnightly at various locations in the Limeuil area.

For more information, please contact Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan on 05 53 61 81 61 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details of the Bergerac area meetings, also held on alternate Friday mornings, can be found by contacting Roger Cheale on 05 53 57 16 74 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Shire on 05 53 22 74 08 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

Future Events

Monthly Movie Nights in Limeuil

Throughout the coming months, we will be showing some recently released Christian films followed by a simple supper at Rev'd Deacon Charlotte’s house in Limeuil.

Wednesday November 8th - we will be watching Faith of our Fathers (set amidst the furies of the Vietnam war in 1969  - A powerful drama of two generations coming to terms with war and faith)

Thursday December 7th - we will be watching The Case for Christ (based on the bestselling book of the same name, The Case for Christ tells the story of Lee Strobel's search for the truth - perfect or anyone who has hard questions about Christianity)

More dates and movies to follow later in the year. Please feel free to invite your friends along to these evenings - there will be no formal discussions! - It's just a movie and a meal! What's not to like? :-) 

If you would like to come to any of the dates, please let Charlotte know (tel: 05 53 61 81 61 email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Fellowship groups meet on Friday mornings

The Friday fellowship group meets fortnightly at various locations in the Limeuil area.

For more information, please contact Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan on 05 53 61 81 61 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Details of the Bergerac area meetings, also held on alternate Friday mornings, can be found by contacting Roger Cheale on 05 53 57 16 74 or on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Peter Shire on 05 53 22 74 08 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Invite your friends and their children to Messy Church - next date TBA

messy church

What is “Messy Church” ?

Messy Church ....is all age. It’s for adults and children to enjoy together - every element of it should be relevant and accessible to all ages. There is a time of creativity,.... crafts and games using hands-on activities to explore Bible stories, which reflect a God of creativity and give children and families the chance to play together.

There is a time of celebration, including music, prayer and a short address. There is a time of hospitality which is expressed by eating together, enjoying a time to eat cake and chat.

  • Messy Church is:
  • a way of being church for families involving fun
  • found across the world
  • values are about being Christ-centred, for all ages, based on creativity, hospitality and celebration

Messy Church is not a craft club, it is church, a church which reflects a God of unconditional love and helps people encounter Jesus as Lord and Saviour in a relaxed, new and unique way. It is a church for people outside church, providing an oasis of welcome and a safe space in which to thrive.

For more information, please contact Charlotte:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 05 53 61 81 61

 

 

"Come Dine with me"...

Why not think about hosting a "Come Dine with me" evening, to raise money for one of our charities. Please speak to anyone on the Committee if you might be interested in either hosting or attending an event.

 

 

 

The Church of Ste Catherine and the village of Limeuil are just north of the confluence of the Vézère and the Dordogne rivers, between Sarlat and Bergerac. The church is located in upper Limeuil (Limeuil Haut), near the château.

 

Our membersare drawn from the east and central Dordogne. The congregation has been meeting since 1987 in Limeuil, formally at the Chapelle St Martin, but for the last 14 years at the Church of Ste Catherine in Limeuil Haut.

 

Church of England forms of worship are used for all services.  Congregations of over 50 are usual throughout the year, growing into the 100s for major festivals.  We are lucky to have a choir director and a good-sized choir, which enhance the services at major festivals and Evensong each month.