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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.

Our Bi-Monthly Magazine: Please contact Alexandra Billing to receive a copy: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

welcome

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 near sarlat

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.

 

 

 

 

 

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.


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.

 

 

 

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: TBC

After a summer break, join us in September at the home of Dave and Jan Wilton, near Carlux. For more information, please contact Dave: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 05 53 30 45 59.

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

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

he is risenOur regular Sunday services start at 11:00am. We invite you to join us for a time of fellowsip over coffee and a bring and share lunch afterwards.

Sunday 25 August - 11:00 Prayer & Praise, Sheila Campbell

Sunday 01 September - 11:00 Harvest Celebration and Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 15 September - 11:00 Prayer & Praise, Dave Wilton

Sunday 06 October - 11:00 Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Liz Morris

Sunday 20 October - 11:00 Prayer & Praise, David Albrecht

Sunday 03 November - 11:00 Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 17 November - 11:00 Prayer & Praise, Anne Penfold

 

2019 - Winter and spring services, thanks be to God!

 

2018 - Autumn and winter services at Ste Nathalène

Our December Christmas Carol service was delightful: Everyone helped with the preparations arranging greenery, candles, lighting, hospitality etc. and it all looked wonderful. Thanks to all the musicians, readers, and Tony for leading the service. It was well attended by English and French friends and neighbours who all enjoyed some vin chaud and stolen. A lovely way to start the festivities remembering our Lord and saviour. Praises sing to God our King.

In early December, we were blessed to have Liz Morris with us again for our Prayer & Praise with Communion.Special thanks to Andrew and Rebecca for literally guiding her safely to Ste. Nathalene's via a route that bypassed the "Yellow Vests" demonstrators in Sarlat!  Valerie led us in the Intercessions, which then concluded with the 16th century French song "Reveillez-Vous Les Bergers by Pastourelle ("The Wake-up Call") being sung and played on guitar by Henri, accompanied by Valerie on the hurdy gurdy. The song relates to the angel of the Lord instructing the shepherds to arise and spread the good news of the Lord's birth. It was a lovely musical prelude to the reading of the Creed from 1 Corinthians 15 and then the taking of communion at the Lord's table. It was a lovely service which we will all remember.


 

 

 

WOW meetings

Worship on Wednesdays: TBC

WOW meetings are generally held at the home of Dave and Jan Wilton, near Carlux. WOW is taking a break, so for more information, please contact Dave: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. - 05 53 30 45 59. 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.

 
 
 
 
 

News

Ceidilh at Le Coux on May 4th

With tartan across the stage and bunting galore the Salle de Fetes was transformed into a Scottish party. Tables were laid down one end of the room to leave enough space for Strip the Willow and other traditional dances, which had almost the entire room joining in, regardless of ability, with enthusiasm.

Sheila and John called the dances and told us all what was required but it usually took a couple of trials runs before it began to sink in, even then the results were frequently good natured chaos!  The callers must have been puzzled by our (at least initial) ineptitude but being kind people they didn’t comment! Like a proper ceilidh there was more than just dancing. We didn’t have poetry but Chrissie, Barbara, Phil and Roger all sang for us.

The tables were equipped with wine to encourage dancing and lots of water to enable recovery afterwards! The callers did permit us to rest after two dances which is probably just as well!

At half time we were rewarded with bread and cheese and homemade Scottish shortbread before girding up our loins again. The Limeuil PA has probably never played such music before but it did the job very well.

Thanks to everyone’s generosity we raised a good sum for the two charities Toilet Twinning for Limeuil and 230€ for New Dawn, the Nepalese orphanage. We burned off a few calories and discovered muscles we had forgotten existed. A fun and profitable evening.

 

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."

 

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."
 

Summer youth ministry fun at Sainte Nathalène

 
 

Sunday School: July and August

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."

 

 

 

 

 

 

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 charity for 2018 is "Run with the word" in Nepal.

 

Spring charity fundraising and donations

The Vide Grenier on June 17th raised 74€ for our charity in Nepal. 

We collected 75€ to donate to Shelter Box after the volcanic eruption in Guatemala.

 

8th Mission Training school in Kathmandu

Click here to read the spring 2018 Newsletter.

 

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.

Click here to read the April 2017 Newsletter

 

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".