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Sainte Nathalène

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.

Our Bi-Monthly Magazine: Click here to view our bi-monthly edition of Ste Natter's Matters 

 

welcome

The Church of Sainte Nathalène 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, for our regular congregation and the many summer visitors. 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.

 

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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.


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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.

 

 

 

lunch

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

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.


Communications

Alexandra Billing is responsible to the committee for all communications and web entries for the congregation of Ste. Nathalène.  Please submit all material and updates for this page to her via e-mail: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

If you would like to receive our fortnightly newsletter "Ste Natters Matters", please contact Alexandra and she will add you to the circulation list.

 

Contact Information

Local Wardens:

Alexandra Billing on: 05 53 62 86 11 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Rebecca Easdale on: 05 53 31 13 32 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Services

Forthcoming Services

easterSunday 02 April - 11:00 Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 16 April - 11:00 Easter Prayer & Praise, Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan

Sunday 07 May - 11:00 Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Sunday 21 May - 11:00 Prayer & Praise

Sunday 04 June - 11:00 Pentecost Prayer & Praise

Sunday 21 June - 11:00 Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Angela and Rev'd David Marshall

 

worship and praise

March Prayer & Praise and Local Annual Meeting

19th March Prayer & Praise with Communion led by Revd. Gill Strachan  

It was lovely to be reunited with all the family after various absences. Thank you to Jeff, Rosemary and Valerie for the readings, to Sheila for the intercessions and the musicians. In Isaiah we heard how the Israelites lost the plot when they were thirsty and took it out on Moses. How quickly they forgot how God had provided for them up to then. It is good for us to keep remembering God's past provision in our lives so we build our faith for his future provision.  The woman at Jacob's well had a gradual revelation of who Jesus was, v 9 you are a Jew, v 11 Sir ... are you greater than our father Jacob? v 19 Sir I can see you are a prophet. v 25 I know that the Messiah is coming. v 29 could this be the Messiah?  We too are called to be his witnesses. v 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony. Are we sharing our testimonies with those around us? This was our final service in the Salle.

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Gill chaired the meeting which followed the service, and commented on the faith and hearts on fire for our Lord which are manifest in this family of vibrant worshippers. It is a joy to serve when we realise we are working for the family business and not for an employer. We are not employees but co workers with Christ. The warmth of the reports was also commented on. We welcomed Jeff onto the committee. Sheila Campbell was elected as second Chaplaincy Council rep. Many thanks were given for all the commitment of those continuing in their various roles and for the generosity of this community. 

 

Autumn Services

At our October Prayer & Praise with Holy communion lead by Revd' Gill Strachan, we broke with tradition and sat at the front of the church in a semi circle. We raised our voices to praise the Lord accompanied by music on CDs. Gill's reflections on the readings incorporated interactive discussions.  Thank you Anne for leading our intercessions and to Charlotte for the CD. We were pleased to be joined by a Phil and Mary who have moved to the Dordogne. There was just enough sun, to be able to enjoy lunch outside. Everyone enjoyed a bowl of warm homemade soup and bread, thank you Kay.

The October 16th service featured worship songs interspersed with open prayers, as we entered his courts with thanksgiving in our hearts, how we love to praise him. Charlotte opened up the passage from Luke 18: 1-8. Thank you Anne for producing the 'Fellowship Feasts' booklet. Favourite recipes from our Bring and Share lunches, which are now available to buy. We suggest a minimum donation of 5€. All the donations will go to Emmaus and Resto de Coeur. The service was followed by our committee meeting. Afterwards we enjoyed a scrumptious lunch, with samples from the booklet!

 

Reflection on summer church services

lunch

It never ceases to amaze me, what wonderful people God sends our way in the summer. The tourists return year on year and recommend us to their family and friends. They seek us out, via the web site or leaflets left at camp sites.  They are pleased to find contemporary worship in the middle of the French countryside. Some have joined us for several weeks while house hunting. Thank you Dave and Jan for giving up your Saturday mornings to do the leaflets drop.

I'm also astonished that the holiday home owners, offer to help and contribute so much to our worship. They live busy lives in the UK but are always willing to bless us with their service, rather than sitting back for a well earned rest from active church work. It says a lot about their devotion to our Lord and reflects where they are on their Christian journey. God is good and always exceeds our expectations.

We were delighted to have Colin and Sheila Campbell in our midst again, accompanied by Amber and Samuel. We missed Emily who was away on an archaeological dig so couldn't be with us this summer. Hannah was kept doubly busy assisting with the children's ministry and the music! Anne was very grateful for her help together with Mark and Sue. We looked forward to the children's show and tell at the end of the service. Anne had many imaginative ideas to inspire the adults and children - though we are always children of our Father! We had so many Dutch children in the first couple of weeks that we need to buy a Dutch Bible for next year.

The teaching we received from (in order of appearance!) Dave Wilton, David Albrecht, Revd. Cameron Watt, Revd, Robin Nash, Revd. Tony Lomas, Revd. Deacon Charlotte Sullivan was to the usual high standard, Biblicaly sound, inspired, informative, practical, encouraging, thank you all for sharing your revelations on the text. A big thank you to all who contributed to the weekly services, for the music group, intercessors, Sunday School, Readers and hospitality. Top marks for a top team!

 

Joyful July Services

july serviceOn July 3rd, Rev'd Gill Strachan took a considered service with reverence. It was lovely to be engrossed in worship and the time flew by. The noon bells chimed as the names of the sick were read out. Gill has been ordained for 10 years now. We are blessed to have her as our Priest. Lunch cannot be described as a picnic. It is a feast of food fit for Sunday lunch.  We are well fed spiritually and nutritionally at Ste Nathalene!

During the service on July 17th, Anne Penfold spoke about Mary and Martha. How Mary paid gracious attention to her guest and Martha's distraction prevented her from being truly present with Jesus. All our activities take us away from resting and listening to Jesus. Trying to serve without being nurtured by His Word is like expecting an uprooted tree to produce fruit.  Jesus invites us all to sit and rest in his presence and know that we are loved and valued by God. Only one thing is needed - attention to our guest who is also our host who gives abundant gifts. Usually we seek to sit in the sun for lunch but at 32 degrees we sort the shade!


 

 

 

 

WOW meetings

Worship on Wednesdays

wowWow meetings take place from 14.30 at Dave and Jan's home in Carlux. 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.


 
 
 
 

News

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).
 
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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.
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here for the "Ste Nathalène Previous News" page

 

 

Sunday School

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

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.
 
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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.

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.

 

6th Mission Training school in Kathmandu

We are pleased to announce the encouraging news that the 6th Mission training school is currently running under the leadership of Pastor Krishna.

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 School in part of its premises.

To read the May Newsletter with updates, click here.

To read more from the winter/spring Newsletter, click here.

 

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