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Monteton

All are welcome to join us at the church in Monteton on Sunday 16th June at 10:30am for a service of BCP Morning Prayer, led by David Albrecht. Hope to see you there!

During Lent, a series of simple soup and bread lunches were held, accompanied by Prayer and Meditation led by Barrie and Ainsley Green.

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L'Eglise Notre Dame

The Church of Notre Dame is located off the D423 between Miramont-de-Guyenne and Duras, about 6 kms south west of Eymet and the Dordogne. The congregation at Monteton has been meeting for over 30 years in this church. Originally, a group of friends met in the homes of the Atkinson families but numbers grew and larger premises were soon needed. We are grateful to Abbé Grimaud who, all those years ago, made us so very welcome in this church.

Our congregation: We are part of the Church of England and our services are Anglican, as are most of our members, but others come from a variety of backgrounds including Methodist, United Reform Church, Baptist, Church of Scotland, The Brethren and other denominations: all are welcome!

Church of England forms of worship are used at all services. Holy Communion and BCP Morning Prayer follow traditional forms and our Morning Worship and Prayer and Praise services are more informal.

Our service schedule is as follows: (changed April 2019) Services every Sunday at 10:30: Prayer & Praise every first Sunday, Holy Communion every second and fourth Sunday, BCP Morning Prayer every third Sunday, and a Special type of service every fifth Sunday. All are welcome!

 

Contact Information 

Local Warden:

Currently vacant - standing in: Sally Davies, 05 53 88 01 81, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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News

Easter Day at Monteton: such joy!

Easter Day at Monteton was celebrated with a joy-filled service of Holy Communion led by Rev'd Barrie Green. It was also a feast of sacred and choral music led by Marjorie and the choir, plus the talents of oboist Jane Davison who, with her husband Michael, has recently moved to France. The two of them are also members of the choir, Jane as alto and Michael bass. The choir gave us James Gibb’s glorious “Introit for Easter Day” with its peal-of-bells Alleluyas, Jane accompanied the singing of the Sanctus and Benedictus and later she and Marjorie played and sang a beautiful baroque Postlude, Vivaldi’s “Domine Deus”. For the Anthem the choir (plus Barrie) sang Handel’s uplifting “Since by Man came Death” from the Messiah. All of this with Roger Williams on the organ accompanying the Easter hymns, including “I am the bread of life” with its rousing refrain of “and I will raise him up…… on the last day”! In his very thought-provoking sermon, Barrie pointed out the deliberate change he had made to the traditional Gospel reading of The Resurrection of Jesus, giving us instead the later part of Luke Chapter 24, “The walk to Emmaus”. This is where Jesus appears as a walking companion to the disciples but they do not recognise him until the evening when he is at table with them and breaks bread, “Then their eyes were opened, and they recognised him: and he vanished from their sight. They said to each other “Were not our hearts burning within us while he was talking to us on the road, while he was opening the scriptures to us?” Barrie related this to the kind of life-changing experiences most of us have during our lives, whether it be a cataclysmic local or world event or something more personal such as the death of a much-loved family member or friend and where, as a result, nothing is ever the same again.

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Palm Sunday at Monteton

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April 7th concert 'From Darkness to Light'

concertWe brought our Lenten contemplations to a near close in the afternoon of Sunday 7th April with a concert of sacred music “From Darkness to Light” by The Becket Consort, a choir of professional singers associated with Norwich and Canterbury Cathedrals. This had been most kindly arranged for us by visiting members of our choir, Peps and Adrian Inscoe, who have a holiday home nearby. They both and with son William, are members of the Consort and their older son George, who is organist at Norwich, is Director and Conductor of the Consort. It was a very moving experience to hear this ‘Cathedral sound‘ filling the beautiful little parish church of Notre Dame at Monteton, perhaps an echo of an earlier era for the Commune. The programme was mostly a cappella, with magnificent polyphonic versions of works from the 16th century to more modern times including Tallis, Victoria, Handel, Elgar and Lauridsen. Few in the congregation will forget the spine-tingling introductory piece, “Magnificat Octavi toni” by David Wood, the exquisite Handel duet “As steals the morn” and the two organ solos, Dubois’ “Fiat Lux” and Widor’s “Toccata”, where George Inscoe really exploited our recently acquired organ to the full! We are enormously grateful to the Consort, and especially to the Inscoe family, for giving so generously of their time and their talents in this way. It was good to meet them all afterwards for the Vin d’honneur, and to return baby Albert, who had behaved impeccably throughout, to his Alto singing father and mother! In all, we raised 1000 € to be divided between the Chaplaincy and Chap-Aid charities.

 

Lent Lunches

We gathered during Lent, for prayers and meditation, followed by a light soup, bread and cheese meal. Many thanks to Norma and Leslie for opening their home to us for these lunches and for providing the delicious food.

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Friendly and festive Christmas Carol service

carolsOur Ecumenical Service of Lessons and Carols took place on Tuesday 11th December in a candlelit church decorated with festive greenery and in the company of our French friends and their priest, Père Taillade, from the local Roman Catholic congregation. Our Assistant Chaplain, Rev'd Liz Morris and Parish Priest, Père Taillade, led the service jointly whilst members of the French congregation read some of the Lessons. It was a moving experience to hear these traditional readings spoken in French, as it was to hear Père Taillade’s thoughtful message in his homelie, where he spoke warmly of the coming together of the two communities.

 

carolsThe Monteton Choir, led by Marjorie, gave us a selection of beautiful English and French carols which interspersed the readings, including Boris Ord’s setting of ‘Adam lay ybounden’, John Rutter’s glorious ‘Nativity Carol’ and David Wilcock’s setting of ‘Quelle est cette odeur agreable’, then led the congregational singing of other well-loved hymns and carols. Simon Kenworthy, on our wonderful ‘new’ organ, really pulled out all the stops!

The beautiful little church of Our Lady was full to bursting, the French numbering at least half of the 130 in the congregation, and our French friends were full of praise for the event as they tucked into the vin chaud and mincepies served afterwards. Many thanks to all those who made this such a success, Revd Liz and Père Taillade, Marjorie, Simon, the choir and visiting members, but also not to forget those kind makers and servers of mincepies and mulled wine!

 

September BBQ Lunch and Harvest Festival

Our service of Harvest Festival on 30th September was led by Roger Verrall and took place amongst beautiful seasonal decorations and generous gifts of non-perishable foods which were later donated to, and gratefully received by, our local branch of the French charity 'Secours Populaire de France'.

The day before, we also enjoyed a wonderful barbecue Harvest Lunch on Saturday 29th September at the home of Jim and Dorothy Browne near Lauzun. In the warm late summer sunshine, over 50 people, friends old and new, sat in the shade of the barn at beautifully arranged tables whilst Rev'd Liz and husband Richard manned the barbecue and Charles and Elizabeth Clarke regaled us with Kir aperitif, elderflower spritzers and local wines. A splendid raffle was held of donated prizes and we raised over 750 euros for Chaplaincy funds and Chaplaincy sponsored charities. Our most sincere thanks go to Dorothy and Jim for welcoming us to their home and for all their hard work before and after, to Liz and Richard, to Charles and Elizabeth, and to all the friends who contributed to the delicious meal and to the setting up tables…. the list could go on and on! It was both a most successful event and a day of fellowship to remember!

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Delightful Ploughman's Lunches for charity

The second Ploughman’s Lunch organised by Charles and Elizabeth Clarke at their home Le Pauvert, near Cogulot, on Saturday 8th September was yet again a resounding success, raising in excess of 250 € for our charities. A delicious selection of English and French cheeses, pickles and chutneys, salad garnishes and wine was enjoyed in the Clarkes’ lovely garden by a large number of our congregation and friends. Charles is proposing to co-ordinate a diary of social and outreach events with the aim of promoting enjoyable fundraising for our charities and for enjoyable fellowship, so please contact him with your ideas on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

The first Ploughman’s Lunch held at the home of Charles and Elizabeth Clarke on Saturday 14th July was a delightful occasion attended by 28 people and raised funds for our Church charities. Many thanks to the Clarkes for all their hard work on what will have been one of the hottest Bastille Days!

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Wonderful Flower Festival!

What a lovely service held at Monteton church on Sunday 8th July, shared with the Roman Catholic community, celebrating the Flower Festival weekend at Monteton. We give thanks for these artistic creations which made the church so welcoming and colourful. Many thanks to all who contributed to making this such a special occasion.

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fellowship lunches

Fellowship Lunches

Here is a photograph of one of the Fellowship Lunches.

All are welcome!

 

 

 

 

Church Banner

Monteton Sector BannerA particular thank you to Norma Eckett for the magnificent textile church banner she has produced from ‘bricks’ contributed by members of the Lot et Garonne congregations, and which will hang in rotation in each of the churches.

 

 

 

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Services & Events


Forthcoming Services in Monteton 

Sunday 16 June - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, David Albrecht

Sunday 23 June - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Louise Courtney

Sunday 30 June - 10:30 Service of Thanksgiving for Pets, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 07 July - 10:30 Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 14 July - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 21 July - 10:30 BCP Morning Prayer, Roger Verrall

Sunday 28 July - 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

 

Saturday Drop-in Coffee and Cakes morning: 8th June

coffee and cakes

Norma Eckett continues to host a monthly ‘drop-in’ Coffee and Cakes morning. The next event will be held on Saturday 8th June 2019,  from 10.00 am until 12:00 noon, at Norma and Leslie’s home Le Bousquet, 47120 Auriac sur Dropt, situated on the D668 between Allemans du Dropt and Duras.

Entry will be 5 euros, well worth it for the mouth-watering goodies that members of our Monteton congregation are renowned for producing! Put this in your diary as moment perhaps between shopping or other Saturday tasks, to meet with friends – or to introduce new ones - and to have a chat! Proceeds from the event will go to Chaplaincy supported charities. If you plan to attend, for catering purposes just let Norma know on 05 53 93 53 86 or 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.)

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The New Road Group: meets the last Monday of each month

The New Road Group is a self-help group for bereaved people. It meets on the last Monday of each month from 15h30 – 17h30. If you know of anyone who might be interested, please contact Rev'd Liz Morris on 05 53 23 40 51 for further information.

 

Explore Silence group meets on Wednesday mornings

The Exploring Silence Group meets on Wednesday mornings at 10h00. Contact Rev'd Liz Morris, as above, for further details.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Notices

Recruiting new members for the choir

A message from Marjorie Holdsworth- Etschmann, Choir Leader at Monteton:

Monteton Church Choir is hoping to recruit new members. Soprano, Alto, Tenor or Bass, all are welcome to join us. Monteton has had a choir for over 40 years and has built up a tradition of choral singing in the services. If you enjoy singing and could commit yourself to two practices a month, on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays at 14.30 in the church, then come along, we would be very happy to see you!

 

Searching for copies of music books

The Monteton Church Choir is anxious to acquire copies of the following music for use at their services. If you or someone you know would like to donate or to sell copies, please contact Philippa Tillyer email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , or telephone 0553 743901.

Carols for Choirs Book 1 (green book)

Carols for Choirs Book 2 (orange book)

Hymns Ancient and Modern, New Standard (red book)

We may also be interested in other anthems or other church music. Why not have a look around ?

 

Monteton Prayer Chain

Dave Lee is Prayer Chain Co-ordinator for Monteton church, and may be contacted on 05 53 48 42 85 or email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Sidesmen/Sideswomen, Lesson Readers and Intercessionary Prayer Readers

Take an active and very rewarding part in the life of our church at Monteton! Some key members of our congregation have moved from the area and we need replacement people to fill these duties.

Sidesperson duties are not onerous and involve helping the Local Wardens to set out the church for the service, welcoming people to the service and handing out service books.

All duties are allocated on a rota basis, so that your turn would not occur very often.  If you feel you could take on one of these roles, please contact Sally Davies on 05 53 88 01 81 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Flowers in Church

The church in Monteton is a listed building and is regarded as the finest Romanesque church in the area. It is a great privilege for us to be able to use such a beautiful building, indeed we are warmly welcomed to do so by local Roman Catholic clergy, the Maire and the Commune.  

Please help us to make it look even more beautiful for our services by providing flowers for a particular Sunday, perhaps in memory of a loved one or for a celebration. A rota for this can be found on the church Notice Board at the end of every service.