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Sainte Nathalène (near Sarlat)

Ste Nathalène

Eglise de Sainte Nathalène

Service Patterns

11:00am services: 1st Sunday of the month Prayer & Praise with Communion, 3rd Sunday of the month Prayer & Praise. (From Jan-March, 3rd Sunday only. Mid-July to late August, weekly services. Sunday School during summer school holidays)   Please see the Services page for details.

All our services are followed by a Bring and Share lunch. Please feel free to join us, even if you haven’t brought anything; there is always plenty, and spare plates/cutlery.

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The Church of Sainte Nathalène (near Sarlat) is located in the village of Ste Nathalène some 8 kms east of Sarlat-la-Canéda. Please see the map for directions. The congregation at Ste Nathalène started after a bi-lingual Carol Service in 2004. Monthly services began in January 2005, with weekly services during July and August in conjunction with ICS. As our Church grew, building on the success of the ICS programme, we were able to independently manage the weekly summer services. We now hold services on the first and third Sundays from September to mid-July and weekly services from mid-July to late August. We have a regular core congregation of 14 who all play their part in the life of this family of God. We are joined by several others who come when they can, plus second home owners and tourists. We seek to shine the light of Christ for all to see. The summer services have a lively family feel but still revere our Lord God Almighty. They are greatly enhanced by the work done with the children. Activities are available for the younger members of our congregation and they are encouraged to take an active part in our worship.


church family

Those of all Christian denominations are welcome to attend our services. We have a modern style of worship, encouraged by our musicians. We are a lively congregation with a love for offering worship in Spirit and truth to our Father. Church of England forms of worship are used for all services; open prayers of thanksgiving and the sharing of testimonies are encouraged. Prayer ministry is available after the service.

Our congregation comes from a wide area of the Dordogne, Corrèze, and the Lot. All newcomers will receive a very warm welcome from your brothers and sisters in Christ.

music group

Music Group

Worship time with the Father is so important for re-focusing, refreshing and reminding us of all God wants for us and His world. We are blessed with a talented group of musicians. We regularly have a keyboard and two guitarists to lead our singing which is greatly appreciated. We have a modern repertoire as well as including some traditional hymns. The group are also able to include songs in French when we have bilingual services.





Bring and share lunches: After each service the family of Ste Nathalène continue fellowship over a picnic lunch. This is outside the church, when weather permits. You are welcome to join us, even if you have not brought a contribution. Fear not! Our God is a God of abundant provision so there is plenty to go around. John 6:12 When they had all had enough to eat, he said to his disciples, “Gather the pieces that are left over.”




Worship on Wednesdays: see you in September!

wow meetingPsalm 98: 1 & 4 Sing to the LORD a new song, for he has done marvellous things; ... Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth, burst into jubilant song with music;

We offer our songs of thanks and praise to God, led by Dave on guitar. We pray as we feel led between the songs. There is an opportunity to share any prophetic words or pictures we have received and to minister to each other with prayer.

We meet at 14.30 fortnightly at the home of Dave and Jan Wilton. They live near Carlux, a few kilometres from Ste Nathalène. We are grateful to them for opening up their home and leading us in worship. If you would like to join us for this uplifting time of worship, please one of the Local Wardens for dates and directions.

Eph 5: 18-20 Instead be filed with the Spirit. Speak to one another with psalms, hymns and spiritual songs. Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.


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Forthcoming Services

he is risenJoin us for a bring and share lunch after all our services.

Sunday 6th May - Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 20th May - Pentecost Prayer & Praise, David Albrecht

Sunday 3rd June - Prayer & Praise, Madeleine Holmes

Sunday 17th June - Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 1st July - Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Gerald Rootham

Sunday 15th July - Prayer & Praise


Blessed Summer services

The family of Ste Nathalène have been enjoying the blessings of the summer visitors. We have received very good feedback from them, saying how surprising it is to find a vibrant fellowship, with up to date songs and a heart for exalting God, in rural France. Dave and Jan and others have done a brilliant job of leaf-letting the local campsites to advertise our services. We have been blessed by the various folk who have lead the services, all with something unique to offer. Thanks to all who are involved in our weekly summer services, which are always such a special time of worship, prayer, and fellowship.

God has been faithful in providing an abundant lunch to all who join us. It is lovely to hear of their church families in the UK and their personal journeys. It is a blessing to be part of their holiday experience. "Bonne continuation" as they say in France, wishing you well on this next part of your journey!


Easter Prayer & Praise and fun!

easterThe Easter service was led by Revd. Deacon Charlotte Sullivan. The reading was Matt 28:1-10 The empty tomb. How do we respond when miracles happen? Is our response sceptical or belief? Is it easier to believe in a miracle that happened two thousand years ago, than the same God doing the miraculous today? We are Easter people, this changes who we are. He has brought us out of death and into life. We no longer fear sin because he took away our sin. There can be joy in our lives, no matter what we are going through. As we face the confusion of this world, lets us fall at his feet and worship him with all our hearts.

We were joined by 6 adults and 4 children on holiday in the area. Beatrice and Joseph played the maracas with gusto. Alex and Harry did a word search in the shape of the cross. Thankfully the fun fair was not open so we didn’t have to compete with the music of the dodgems. It was too good a photo opportunity to miss! It was fun seeing the adults trying to get their legs in the little cars!


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WOW meetings

Worship on Wednesdays (near Sarlat)

We look forward to the next WOW in 2018, after the winter break. We hope to see you there, when we can raise the roof in praise and gratitude for all Our Lord does for us.

wowWow meetings take place from 14.30 at Dave and Jan's home in Carlux (near Sarlat). We are about 5 miles SE of Ste Nathalène and we can send a map and co ordinates if you contact us at (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). We usually meet fortnightly but there are breaks in July, Aug, Sept, Jan so please check with us to find out when the next one is. It is an informal gathering of the family of Christ for worship, prayer, listening to God, giving thanks. To receive from Him and to intercede with Christ for the needs of others. Drinks and cakes are provided on your arrival.

It is always a delight to lift our voices to praise the Lord and enter His courts with thanksgiving in our hearts. Prayer ministry is also a big part of this gathering of Christians from the north east Dordogne. We are a mixed group – some from Ste Nathalène, a couple from the Gourdon House church and a couple from the Café Church Bergerac. Anyone is welcome to come!

During our Worship we might be challenged by a word from God. We pray for each other’s situations where some difficult choices have to be made and pray for healing, with a great sense of the presence God upon us. For more information, dates, or directions, please contact Dave and Jan Wilton on: 05 53 30 45 59, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


When Jesus is your only option:

The Scriptures are yours because they testify and tell His story.

The Father is yours because He has revealed Himself to you through his Son.

The Holy Spirit is yours because He has been sent to bring you the power, wisdom & life of Jesus.

Ministry is yours because He has sent you into all the world to make Him known.

Prayer is yours because He has given you access to the throne of God.

Forgiveness is yours because His blood is upon the mercy seat.

Joy is yours because He has put a new song in your heart.

Colossians 3:11 Christ is all and in all.



Wonderful Christmas Carol service by candlelight


Thoughtful thank you from summer visitors

Dear Colin, Thank you very much for your kind greetings. Our visit to the church at St. Nathalene was a highlight of our trip to France, we so enjoyed the service and the lovely meal you invited us to afterwards. Thank you for making us so welcome. We pray God will continue to bless you all and give you increase as you seek the proclaim the Gospel for His Glory. Our best wishes to you all. Anne and Barrie.


Terrific August charity quiz night

Our thanks to Jeff and the Campbells for organizing a wonderful evening. Roger and Norman were on fine form as were ‘neat & tidy’ ably assisted by their granddaughter in the back room! The Auberge put on a tasty meal – lots of clean plates is a good sign! The table number flower decorations were very effective. Thanks to all who donated raffle prizes, it increases the amount we raise.

The grand total, after expenses for the quizmasters, meals and prizes was 290€ - a brilliant result. The money will be donated to New Dawn Nepal. Finally for those who weren’t able to come …. The winning team by 14 points was Andrew & Rebecca’s - well done!


Encouraging thanks from visitors

"It was lovely to meet and worship together at the church and very kind of you to invite us to stay for lunch. We met some lovely people and we would have liked to get to know more of the congregation.  Fellowship meals are a great way to build Christian relationships and also offering fellowship and hospitality to those, like ourselves who are on holiday in the area. As I mentioned, it reminded me very much of my time in Israel where most fellowships are decidedly non denominational, even though there may be strong 'influences'! Sometimes just the experience of being outside of our own culture can be marvellously liberating. Pauline was greatly blessed by the meeting. We would love to stay in touch with your fellowship and see how the Lord leads you all. Kind Regards, John and Pauline Winlow"

"We enjoyed our time with you in Ste Nathalène. The fellowship was the best part of our holiday. We will be returning for 6 weeks mid April to May. Look forward to the worship & friendship once more. Sue & Bob." We have enjoyed having Sue & Bob with us for this extended break and we look forward to seeing them again in September.

"Thank you so much for the warm welcome we received in the summer, when we visited your lovely church. Wishing you a wonderful Christmas, the Beaumonts."

"You are so hospitable and you are so much more adventurous than our little village church of St Andrews, where we only serve coffee after church. You are doing all the things we ought to be doing at St Andrews. Every blessing to you all at Ste Nathalène, in Christ, Judith Hegg."

"Thank you so much for your welcome when we worshipped with in August. Then we received your card which was a lovely surprise. Yes, we will visit again when we are back in the Dordogne. May God be with all this Christmas and we hope you have a peaceful New Year. John & Jo Blair."


Warm welcome to Rev'd Andy and Annie Horlock in May

lovely lunchWe were delighted to welcome Andy and Annie Horlock to Ste Nathalène for the first time at the service on on May 7th and hopefully not the last. They have recently bought a second home in the north west of the Dordogne. They have been friends of Gill and the Chaplaincy over the years.  They organised a ministry swap a few years ago where Andy took services at Limeuil, while Gill took services at his church in Lugano. Andy also served in Bordeaux last August.

His sermon encouraged us to experience that Jesus is the gatekeeper. We need his continuing protection and nurturing. We are not to stay in the fold, he leads us out into the world. We trust Him to lead us in the right path. How do we hear Jesus? Many ways: prayer, Bible, teachers, music, creation. We have to be open and listen. We have to tune-in to his voice. We can find nourishment in unexpected places. He wants us to have life to the full. He draws us out of our self-centredness to the needs of others. This leads us to cross bearing for others. Open the gate and welcome others in Jesus' name. 

They write, "Annie and I enjoyed our time with you very much and greatly appreciated the fellowship at the tasty lunch afterwards. It was great seeing the depth of friendships and how many were involved in the service - and a great band! I would be very happy to come over again if you would like this to happen."

Lunch was an array of colour and variety, easily exceeding the recommended 5 a day! Sharing a meal together is a lovely time to deepen the bonds that bind us and very Biblical. Look at how often Jesus is found in a home. He loves to come and sit and eat with us. Quality family time.


January 2017 Prayer for Christian Unity

christian unityWe enjoyed a meaningful service of Prayer for Christian Unity in Sarlat. Rev'd Gill co-celebrated with Père Philippe (Roman Catholic) and Pasteure Elisabeth Brinkman (Protestant).
It was a lovely service. Our hosts served cake and vin chaud which was very welcome after the service. Many people took part reading out various prayers and readings, and bringing forward the bricks and candles.









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Sunday School

Matt:18 v 5. "Anyone who welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me."

Summer youth ministry fun at Sainte Nathalène


Fun August  'My Light House' song

At the August 20th service, June Rootham encouraged the little ones to come to the front to show us the actions to 'My Light House', which was great fun! The lyrics explain that God is "the peace in my troubled sea..."

Click here to listen to the catchy tune and listen to the truth of the words then check out various versions of the actions.

Above all have fun, love God and enjoy Him, He loves us more than we will ever know.

Sunday School: July and August plus other school holidays

sunday schoolIn our services, we aim to have an action song with percussion for the children to join in with. Also, a brief explanation of the Bible story at their level, before they go to their own activity. 
Anne Stokes prepares booklets for the children to complete with pages for various ages and abilities.  The Bible story and theme are usually taken from the Gospel reading.  The youngsters are at the back of the church so they are not far from parents, if they are shy. The children come to the front to show and tell what they have been doing.
sunday school
We have many holiday visitors from the surrounding camp sites and Gîtes, in addition to our regular holiday home families.  As the family of God, we hope the children gain a sense of God's love and have a fun, relaxed time. 


Luke 18:16 but Jesus called the children to him and said  "Let the children come to me and do not stop them because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these."


Summer craft activities

cross and beads



Craft activities during the summer included a piece of carefully folded paper which with one tare unfolded into a cross. The children also made bracelets and necklaces with letter beads to spell love, peace, etc.








Our Charities

 2 Corinthians 9:7-8. So let each one give as he purposes in his heart, not grudgingly or of necessity; for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound towards you, that you, always having all sufficiency in all things, may have an abundance for every good work.

Our charities for 2016 are "Little Feet" Orphanage in Nepal and "Run with the word" in Nepal.

209 € raised for New Dawn charity

The Vide Grenier on the 26th November was successful, and a huge thank you to Jeff, Andrew & Rebecca, for setting up the stall.

209 € was raised for the 'A New Dawn': Nepal project, and more for Resto de Coeur. We are pleased to report that so far this year 870€ has been raised for various charities.

Read the December letter from 'A New Dawn' here.


7th Mission Training school in Kathmandu

We are pleased to announce that Jenny has returned and sent encouraging news about the 7th Mission training school in Nepal.

Since the first school in 2010, we have had the privilege of initiating and partnering with Pastor Krishna in this special work. In 2015, following the 2 tragic earthquakes in April and May which killed over 9,000 people, the proposed school was cancelled. The Bible school building was also very badly damaged. However, it has been possible, due to some generous donations, to repair part of the building, making it possible to host the 6th and now 7th School in part of its premises.

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Generous donations for our charities

The government in Nepal is cracking down on Christians and Christian children homes like the 'little feet' Orphanage. We had a donation table at the back of the church where you could take a cake/DVD/jewellery in exchange for a donation. With your generosity we raised 200€ for New Dawn Nepal.

We had a retiring collection for Haiti - Shelter box and raised 335€ well done!

fellowship feastsFellowship Feasts recipe booklet: We are very grateful to Anne Stokes who produced a recipe booklet of our bring and share lunches. This is being sold in aid of Emmaus and Restro de Coeur. These regionally run French charities focus on the disadvantaged, unemployed and homeless. We are mindful that while we are full to the brim, others are lacking life's basics of food and shelter. A minimum donation of 5€ is suggested but please be generous. To date 70 € has been raised for Emmaus and the booklets will continue to be sold in 2017.

The collection from our bi lingual carol service on the 8th December raised 241.69€ for Les Restos du Coeur.

Our total donation to charity in 2016 was 846.69€ which is over 12% of our gross income. We serve a generous Father who loves to give to his children and delights to see them being a practical extension of his love to our community and beyond. 

Gen 12:2 I will make you a great nation; I will bless you and make your name great; and you shall be a blessing. 

Well done to all who contributed so generously to the needs of others. Thankful hearts are generous and the light of Jesus shines through them. It is not material wealth that makes us rich. Having Jesus is our greatest wealth. Stand bold and righteous in Christ and expect to receive His best! 

Heb 6:14 Surely blessing I will bless you and multiplying I will multiply you.


News from New Dawn Association in Africa

new dawnNew Dawn Association Newsletter April 2015

New Dawn Association is an international, humanitarian, non-profit making association, initially working in Sub-Saharan Africa. Inspired by the Gospel, New Dawn Association’s aim is to help the most needy, and more specifically, orphans and widows, without race, social or religious discrimination.

We have had another very busy, rich and challenging year since our last newsletter was circulated, and we have made trips to Kenya and Rwanda, in January and February 2015. We also hosted a special “Nepal open-day” in our home in early June 2015, to inform local supporters about the on-going crisis since the two earthquakes. On this open-day, we also gave brief up-dates on New Dawn’s other projects...

To read more from the Newsletter, click here.

Click here to read about "Runwiththeword".


Our Videos

Prayer focus August 2011



Ste Nathalène 24hr Prayer focus from Charlotte Sullivan on Vimeo.


In September 2010, we were asked to prepare a short presentation of our church and congregation for a visit by Bishop Geoffrey.  We decided to prepare a short film as we thought pictures can always say so much more than words!

Ste Nathalène September 2010 from charlotte sullivan on Vimeo.


The song Go Light Your World is performed by Kathy Troccoli and can be purchased  here