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All are welcome to join us on Sunday 27th August at 10:30am for a service of Morning Praise and Baptism, led by Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan.

Please note that to ease parking, a shuttle service is now in place on Sunday mornings: simply park at the bottom of the hill next to the school (école), and one of our friendly drivers will shuttle you up, and back down after the service.

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

 

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 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 Gill Strachan on 05 53 58 12 58 email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 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 27 August - 10:30 Morning Praise + Baptism, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 03 September - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 10 September - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Bramwell Bearcroft

Sunday 17 September - 10:30 Morning Worship, Anne Penfold

Thursday 21 September - 10:30 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 24 September - 10:30 Harvest Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 01 October - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Albrecht

Sunday 08 October - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 15 October - 10:30 Morning Worship

Thursday 19 October - 10:30 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 22 October - 10:30 Holy Communion, Re'd Liz Lane

Sunday 29 October - 10:30 Special Communion Service, Rev'd Tony Lomas

 

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. 

 

 

 

 

 

News

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.

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://churchinaquitaine.org/index.php/limeuil#sigFreeId28fd4e1095

 

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.

 

Fellowship study: 'The Church and Kingdom Pilgrim Course'

The Friday fellowship group has re-convened this month to start a new study called ‘The Church and Kingdom Pilgrim Course.’ This is a recognised follow on from the Alpha course that finished just before Easter. Ten of us met at Charlotte’s house for the first session looking at what it means to be a good Christian and looking at ways to improve our daily discipline in our walk with God. Of course we had a very wide ranging discussion around these topics but to share our views with others is very helpful and allows us to deepen our relationship with each other.

 

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.’

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://churchinaquitaine.org/index.php/limeuil#sigFreeId272e4ef792

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Future Events

Fellowship study: 'The Church and Kingdom Pilgrim Course'

The Friday fellowship group has re-convened this month to start a new study called ‘The Church and Kingdom Pilgrim Course.’ This is a recognised follow on from the Alpha course that finished just before Easter. Ten of us met at Charlotte’s house for the first session looking at what it means to be a good Christian and looking at ways to improve our daily discipline in our walk with God. Of course we had a very wide ranging discussion around these topics but to share our views with others is very helpful and allows us to deepen our relationship with each other.

For more information, please contact 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.

 

Service of blessings for our pets: July 30th

This service is always a family favourite and this year it is being taken by Charlotte on the 30th July. All animals are welcome but we do insist that all dogs are kept on leads as we don’t want any unplanned arguments amongst the congregation. We are often guilty of taking our animals for granted and this service gives us an opportunity to thank God for the wonder of his creation.

 

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.