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All are welcome to join us on Sunday March 26th at 10:30am for a service of Holy Communion led by Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by a bring and share lunch, reminder: clocks move forward1 hour).

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 – every 3rd Sunday at 17:00pm (May-October)

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 2016-2017

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.

Ian Strachan: 05 53 58 12 58 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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Ian Strachan

05 53 58 12 58

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Services

 Forthcoming Services

Sunday 26 March - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by a bring and share lunch, reminder: clocks move forward 1 hour)

Sunday 02 April - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 09 April - 10:30 Palm Sunday Holy Communion, Rev'd Gill Strachan and Roger Cheale

Thursday 13 April – 17:00 Maundy Thursday Tenebrae Service, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Friday 14 April - 17:00 Meditation at the Foot of the Cross with music and readings

Saturday 15 April – 17:00 Taizé Easter vigil and healing

Sunday 16 April - 10:30 Easter Day Holy Communion, Rev'd Gill Strachan

Thursday 20 April - 10:30 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 23 April - 10:30 Morning Worship (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Sunday 30 April - 10:30 Iona Holy Communion, Rev'd Gill Strachan

Sunday 07 May - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, David Albrecht

Sunday 14 May - 10:30 Morning Worship, Chris Scott

Thursday 18 May - 10:30 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Gill Strachan

Sunday 21 May - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Gill Strachan

Sunday 28 May - 10:30 Morning Worship (followed by a bring and share lunch)

 

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

Christmas Carol service video

Many thanks to Belinda, the choir, and all who participated to make this year's Christmas Carol service so special. Belinda has created a video which is "something a bit different from the usual, and inevitably it has my own mark on it, but I think it reflects what was a beautiful service and all the contributions from so many people." We do hope you will enjoy it.

Click here to view the video which features an audio recording and images of the service.

 

4th Annual Carol singing outreach in retirement homes

Such a pleasure to report that once again, our carol singing choir has been well received (6 events!) this year at local retirement homes and Le Bercail, a centre for developmentally disabled adults. Accompanied by piano, flute, guitar, and tambourine, the repertoire includes traditional English, French, and bilingual carols (alternating verses in English and French) such as “Joy to the World” and “O Come all Ye Faithful”, the French favourite, “Il est né le divin enfant”, and a new bilingual carol this year, "Once in Royal David City".

Residents and staff receive booklets with the words to sing along, which makes for a shared musical experience. It has been wonderful to Reach out Together to bring the Christmas message to the residents and staff, sharing Christ’s love with others outside of our church.

This project has really been a team effort, and huge thanks go to all the musicians and carollers who have been involved, whose enthusiasm and suggestions are always so welcome!

We continue to hope that this project will lead to more long term volunteer projects at the retirement homes. There are English-speaking residents who would benefit from pastoral care visits from time to time. This could include game playing, a monthly chat over a cup of tea, singing together informally... If you would be interested in helping with the evolution of this project, or have any suggestions to share, please do let us know (Amy Owensmith, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

View the embedded image gallery online at:
http://churchinaquitaine.org/index.php/limeuil#sigFreeId838fb4c4c6

 

Moving Taizé-inspired Evensong services

taizéThe ever widening impact of the September Taizé Service has reached the Catholic Church in the village of Audrix, who invited the Limeuil Choir and Taizé Team to bring the whole service to their church on October 23rd. Such ecumenical benefits are immeasurable. Join us for a Taizé-inspired Advent service at Limeuil on Saturday November 26th, at 17:00. Also, plans are underway for a Taizé-inspired Week of Prayer for Christian Unity celebration. We give thanks for two Taizé Services - At Limeuil and St Pierre Audrix - Many thanks to Belinda for organising two very uplifting and memorable services.

Click here to watch a photo montage of the two services.

 

Cinquatore Lunch Time Concert

cinquatore concertThe sublime joy of soprano voices singing ‘Jubilate’ (Leslie Woodgate) and ‘Amazing Grace’ as a Southern Folk Hymn was awe inspiring for the fifty or so music lovers on Friday 7th October at St Catherine’s Church.

The Cinquore Group of Chrissie Anderson (soprano) Barbara Pollard (soprano), Belinda Patterson (alto), Olivia Simms (oboe) and Nasrine Talog-Davies (piano), once again showed their professionalism with a rich and varied programme of arrangements for two or three singers, and for oboe and piano. For Rameau’s La Poule, the audience were invited to count the number of oboe egg laying squawks, and the lucky winner was Anne Brown who received….a box of eggs!! The Ensemble rendering of Over the Sea to Skye (The Skye Boat Song ) had the audience applauding justly and wildly, and the retiring collection for the Chaplaincy and the Choir’s Piano Fund reached 384€. Thank you Cinquore, and thank you music lovers for your support. A Bring and Share lunch in the Cottage rounded off a magnificent day.

 

limeuil harvest

Blessed Harvest Service - Rejoice!

We welcomed Rev'd Louise Courtney to Limeuil for our Harvest Holy Communion service and a full church sang some of the wonderful traditional harvest hymns with great gusto. Veronica Hudson created a beautiful harvest arrangement in front of the altar as well as a lovely floral piece, and other offerings.

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The choir, under the direction of Belinda Patterson, sang settings of  ‘For the Beauty of the earth’ as their anthem and during communion Dona Nobis Pacem. Everyone gave generously to the collection as it was shared between the Chaplaincy and Resto du Coeur.

After coffee and chatting with our visitors, about 25 of us repaired to the cottage for a lively bring and share lunch. Thank you, Louise, for leading a lovely harvest celebration – we hope to see you again soon!

 

Youth Ministry with Pokemon Go Gamers!

pokemon goMid-July saw the launch of Pokemon Go in France. Its easy to spot those who are playing - they walk along glued to the screen of their phones and then suddenly stop as a virtual Pokemon appears and then they try to catch it inside a small ball. Many local landmarks are designated "Pokestops" or "Pokegyms" where players can pick up essential items to help them play the game or battle their favourite Pokemon against others.

pokemon fever

 

We were made aware that Ste Catherine's church in Upper Limeuil was both a "Pokestops" and a "Pokegyms" when Deacon Charlotte Sullivan came across 5 young people on the steps of the church playing the game. We thought it would be wonderful to enter into the spirit of Pokemon fever.  From 15th -18th August we were at the church all afternoon offering hospitality to all youngsters playing the game, as well as refreshments and competitions to win Pokemon goodies.

We welcomed nearly 50 young people, many of them with their parents who came along to visit the beautiful village and church. Our new Chaplain Tony Lomas entered into the spirit of occasion and managed to catch a good number of Pokemon's throughout the afternoon.

 

Powerful and moving performance of Stainer's Crucifixion

On Good Friday the Limeuil Church choir together with friends from Lot & Garonne gave a wonderful performance of John Stainer's Oratorio, 'The Crucifixion'. Directed and accompanied by Jonathan Smalley and with Peter Fowler and George Vellacott as the main soloists, those listening heard some beautiful singing. There were some spine-tingling moments such as when the choir sang 'God so Loved the World' unaccompanied. Thank you to everyone who took part and to those who came to listen. A retiring collection for the Médecins sans Frontières charity raised 320€.

View the embedded image gallery online at:
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Rev'd Gill's birthday surprise

birthday surpriseUnbeknown to Revd Gill, an afternoon tea was planned by Lynn Ralph as a surprise. About a dozen friends gathered in the church ready to sing Happy Birthday as soon as she appeared. Ian had managed to time their arrival beautifully though to begin with I think Gill was more interested in Chaplaincy Warden David’s new grandchild, Oliver, than in the tea! It was a wonderful afternoon full of laughter and friendship.

 

 

 

 

 

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Future Events

March 3rd - Lunchtime concert 12:00noon

musicThe next event in St Catherine's will be another of the delightful lunchtime concerts on Friday 3rd March from 12.00 - 1.00pm.

This time the concert will have a Spanish theme and will consist of poetry, prose and music.  In addition to some lovely singing there will be music from oboe, flute and piano, all in all an event not to be missed.

Entry is free with a retiring collection in aid of Chaplaincy funds. For more details, please contact Jill Little on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Join us for a Fellowship discussion sometime!

Fellowship groups are held on a regular basis at two locations locally where all are welcome to come for Bible study and prayer.

For details of the Limeuil area group held on alternate Friday mornings contact Gill Strachan on 05 53 58 12 58 or gillstrachan@ wanadoo.fr or, 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.