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The people in our church come from a wide range of church backgrounds and our worship reflects this diversity. We warmly welcome you, wherever you are on your journey of faith.

Forthcoming services - Bertric Burée church community (24320)

The church repairs have been finished, and we are delighted to return to worship in this beautiful church. All visitors are most welcome to attend our services!

welcome back to churchSunday 25 Feb, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (+Local Annual Meeting)

Friday 1 March, 14:30 Upper Room, World Day of Prayer, Sheila Marshall (liturgy prepared by Christian women of Palestine)

Sunday 03 March, 10:30 Upper Room, Open Door for prayer

Sunday 03 March, 16:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall

Sunday 10 March, 10:30 Mothering Sunday Morning Worship, Carol White

Wed 13 March, 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 17 March, 10:30 Morning Worship (Praise, Prayer, and Listening), Rosemary Robinson & Peter Robinson

Sunday 24 March, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies, Peter & Rosemary Robinson

Thursday 28 March, 17:00 Maundy Thursday Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Friday 29 March, 14:00, Good Friday Prayers, Sheila Marshall

Sunday 31 March, 08:30 Easter Sunrise Praise in the garden, Steve Long, Ann Knight

Sunday 31 March, 10:30 Easter Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Sunday 07 April, 10:30 Upper Room, Open Door for prayer

Sunday 07 April, 18:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall

Wed 10 April, 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Brian Davies

Sunday 14 April, 10:30 Morning Worship, Peter Robinson

Sunday 21 April, TBC

Sunday 28 April, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Sunday 05 May, 10:30 Upper Room, Open Door for prayer

Sunday 05 May, 18:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall

Wed 08 May, 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Sunday 12 May, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas (followed by a bring and share lunch)

Sunday 19 May, 10:30 Pentecost Morning Worship, Steve Long

Sunday 19th May, Chaplaincy Celebration Day in Monbazillac, all are encouraged to attend, details to follow soon

Sunday 26 May, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Michelle Godbold

Sunday 02 June, 10:30 Upper Room, Open Door for prayer

Sunday 02 June, 18:00 Evensong, Sheila Marshall

Sunday 09 June, 10:30 Morning Worship, Carol White

Wed 12 June, 11:00 BCP Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Sunday 16 June, 10:30 TBC

Sunday 23 June, 10:30 Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

Sunday 30 June, 10:30 Mattins, Sheila Marshall

 

Christingles and Carols in Bertric Burée

On 9th Dec, children and adults enjoyed making Christingles and learning about how they represent light, hope, love, and unity. Following this candle-lit tradition, we gathered together in the church to sing carols and reflect on the joy and true meaning of Christmas together.

 

Delighted to return back to worship in Bertric Burée church!

After twelve months since the church at Bertric-Burée was closed due to a loose stone in the chancel roof, we are now able to return to worship in this treasured place. Over the past year, we have been extremely blessed with God's provision of the Upper Room and in the summer it was wonderful being able to worship in the open air of the garden. What a joy and a blessing to be worshiping in nature with the birds singing in the background.

Eventually, we saw that the scaffolding had come down and we were given permission to go back into the church, which meant it needed cleaning, and a group of 24 volunteers came together with ladders, mops, buckets and cloths to clean the church. As they say, ‘many hands make light work’, and it was such a wonderful day of fun, fellowship, comradery, blessings and an atmosphere of spiritual togetherness. The Lord was definitely present. One couple described the day as more spiritual rather than physical, which seemed to emanate from the church saying, ‘Welcome and Thank You’. In a time that may have tested us as a congregation, we have come so far, and pray that that spirit of togetherness continues to bind us together as one in Christ.

 

'Open Door' at Bertric Burée

The idea of the Open Door came about through the Day of Prayer back in July 2021. Someone had said they would be quite upset if they just decided to go along to church on a Sunday morning only to find the doors closed and no one there! That got people thinking about doing just that - opening the doors to see what happens.

Some people might still be wondering what the 'Open Door' is all about. It is simply, the church door being open on a Sunday morning between 10:30 and 11:30 when there isn't a Service taking place. You can just come and go as you like, spend time in church to pray, to listen to God and if you feel led, to share.

Open Door is not a service. There is no agenda, no one owns it but God. So far, the 'Open Door' has averaged between 16 to 20 attending with different people each time. One Sunday, a Belgian lady on holiday came in wondering what was going on. She stayed a while to pray and left.This is an exciting and positive venture and our prayer is that the Lord will indeed bring people to the church at Bertric-Burée.

 

Prayer (zoom) on Wednesdays at 17:00

Anyone is welcome to join us each Wednesday at 17:00, for our zoom prayer meeting. We invite all to join us for this time together in weekly prayer for our community. If you wish to join in, please email Mike Duncan for the zoom link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).


About our church community

bertric buree churchL'Eglise Saint Pierre - Saint Paul lies in the centre of the village of Bertric Burée (24320) and can be seen for miles around. The village is just off the D708 between Riberac and Verteillac. Previously we met either in the nearby town of Riberac or in the village of Chapdeuil. Our members are drawn from across the north west of the Dordogne and from part of the Charente. There is a large car park nearby.

Anglican services of worship: The diversity of our church community, coming from a wide range of church backgrounds is reflected in our styles of worship. There is a service every Sunday morning, alternating between Holy Communion, a more informal Service of the Word or Church on line. Once each month there is a Sunday Choral Evensong and a Wednesday morning Book of Common Prayer Holy Communion Service. Depending on the type of service, the style of music varies from traditional hymns to more modern worship songs. Whatever suits your particular Christian Spiritual needs, we warmly welcome anyone to join us.

praise and worshipAn active and thriving Church Community: Church doesn’t finish on Sunday! We are an active church holding events during the week and throughout the year. We are fortunate to have a building, named the Upper Room just across the road from the church where we can share tea, coffee and fellowship after Services. The building and the garden provide many opportunities to host a lot of our activities and events.

The Book Barn has an extensive collection of second-hand books, DVDs and CDs. It is open after services and during the week and is situated in the front garden of the Upper Room.

Weekly and fortnightly, there are several Home Groups meeting at people’s homes or on zoom for Bible Study, fellowship and sharing. At certain times we may run additional groups such as Lent courses.

Once a month we enjoy a Bring and Share lunch following the service in the Upper Room or in the garden, weather permitting! It’s a good opportunity to get to know each other.

Apart from winter, a walking group meet with their dogs once a month to enjoy a walk before sharing a convivial lunch together in a local restaurant.

In addition to the very popular Summer Fête and Christmas Market, there are a variety of social and fundraising events throughout the year when we welcome seeing new faces. These include Quiz Nights, Wine Bingo, Burn’s Night, Valentines Supper, Dances in the local Salle de Fete and much more! Our events are advertised on the Dronne Valley Network (DVN) so look out for what’s on next.

Pastoral Care TeamWe have a dedicated pastoral care team who can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more. They will always try to do what they can to help.

 

prayer ministry

Prayer Ministry available

Prayer ministry is available at Bertric Burée by members of the team during and after services. If there is anything for which you would like prayer support, there is always someone available to pray with you.

If you have any questions about prayer ministry, any ideas or suggestions, please contact Cathy and Brian Wheatcroft (05 53 90 62 85 This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.), or speak to another member of the team.

 

'Bible Study Fellowship' - online meetings on Friday mornings

bible study fellowshipA subgroup of the Ladies’ Home Group, continue to do ‘Bible Study Fellowship’ BSF.  This is an international organisation meeting online from places across the globe.  Meetings take place each Friday morning with a set programme of study which is both illuminating and satisfying.   If you would like to be part of this group or know more about it, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 

 

Contact Information

The Bertric Burée local wardens are:

Rosemary Robinson: 05 53 91 45 15 or (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Ann Knight: 05 45 98 22 17 or (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

If you would like more information about any of our events or activities, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

 

 

 

Activities & Events

Prayer (zoom) on Wednesdays at 17:00

Anyone is welcome to join us each Wednesday at 17:00, for our zoom prayer meeting. We invite all to join us for this time together in weekly prayer for our community. If you wish to join in, please email Mike Duncan for the zoom link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

Monthly Randonnée: Church Walkers

enjoying nature

Organised walks are scheduled to take place once per month, in various locations. Suggestions are always welcome!

For more details, please contact Joy Collett on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pastoral Care

Our pastoral care team can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a listening ear, and prayer support. We would appreciate being informed of perceived needs so that where possible we can be of help.

If you know of anyone who would welcome a visit or call, please contact Jaki Moorhouse, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

 

 

 

News

Returning to church and rejoicing!

It is twelve months since the Church at Bertric-Burée was closed due to a loose stone in the Chancel roof.  It was quite a testing time exploring places suitable for us to worship in whilst our own spiritual home was out of bounds, and all just before Christmas too! 

In time a suitable place was confirmed a church was found and we were able to celebrate Christmas day together in a beautiful little Church at Saint Victor. 

We have been extremely blessed with Gods provision of the Upper Room and in the summer it was wonderful being able to worship in the open air of the garden.  What a joy and a blessing to be worshiping in nature with the birds singing in the background. 

Eventually, we received word that the work on the church would commence and we waited in anticipation for its completion.  The time had come when the scaffolding came down and we were given permission to go back into the church, which meant it needed cleaning.  Although I’m sure many of us had during services looked up and noticed the cobwebs, there was no mistaking them now as the dust clung to them and made them look even worse.  The place was a dusty dirty mess.  Well, what did we expect after twelve months!!

On Monday 20th November a group of 24 volunteers came together with ladders, mops, buckets and cloths to clean the church.  The cleaning started at around 9:30 and with a break for coffee and pastries, then after a lunch of soup and bread, the church was spick and span and finished by 14:30.  Amazing!  As they say, ‘many hands make light work’. 

It was such a wonderful day of fun, fellowship, comradery, blessings and an atmosphere of spiritual togetherness.  The Lord was definitely present. One couple described the day as more spiritual rather than physical, which seemed to emanate from the church saying, ‘Welcome and Thank You’. 

In a time that may have tested us as a congregation, I am reminded of someone’s encouraging words ‘and look how far you have come’ we certainly have come far and I pray that that spirit of togetherness continues to bind us together as one in Christ.

 

Joyful Easter Day celebrations

What a glorious Easter morning sunrise service led by Ann Knight and Steve Long in the garden of our own Upper Room, recalling the accounts of that glorious morning through the eyes of Mary, Peter and Thomas. We praised Christ in the song ‘See what a morning’ amongst others, and than shared a 'Full English' breakfast together in the Upper Room.

We then gathered in our adopted church at St Victor where we broke bread and shared wine in the Easter Eucharist. It was a joy and a blessing to have the Rev'd Michelle Godbold and Sheila Marshall with us to preside over our service, which was a truly moving and inspiring service of thanksgiving and celebration of our dear Lord’s Resurrection and of the whole morning in shared fellowship. Christ is Risen. He is Risen indeed, Alleluia! A memorable day which will help carry us through any challenging times ahead.

 

 

A Little Night Music in April

The Upper Room was filled with music and singing Friday April 21st, when Bertric-Burée staged its first pub night.

Doors opened at 7pm and thirty-two excited music lovers were welcomed into the "pop-up pub" where they sat at tables set up for the event in two adjoining rooms. Patrons paid €10 each for a meal of chicken and chips or burger and chips with a cash bar available to quench their thirst.

The musicians, carrying guitars and music stands, started arriving shortly after and at around 8:30 began playing selections of sentimental ballads, saucy ditties and beloved classics. Our own Martin Garfoot added percussion to the mix by playing his bongos during some of the pieces.

An unexpected surprise came in the form of the wife of one of the musicians who is herself a gifted vocalist. She treated the audience to several songs, some accompanied by guitar, some a cappella. Hand clapping, foot tapping and song singing lasted until after 11pm, though everyone would have happily stayed longer listening to their music.

It was a night of pure enjoyment and one that will be remembered for a long time to come.

 

Jubilee Saturday Festivities!

Jubilee Saturday 4th June saw the grounds of the Upper Room hosting a Quiz and Tea Party.

Carol White commented afterwards: “It was amazing- so well attended and the quiz was based on the four countries of the United Kingdom. We made over 750 euros! Afternoon tea was delicious and the weather didn’t stop us despite a heavy downpour in the afternoon.”

Here you can see Rosemary Robinson – with an authentic Jubilee Pudding.Those who tasted it said it was jubilicious, but Rosemary says it took a lot of effort to make.

 

Welcome to Bertric Burée!!

We were so pleased to be able to invite the new Archdeacon of France, Ven. Peter Hooper, for his first visit to Aquitaine. During his stay he conducted a memorable service at our church, which included the re-licensing of our Chaplain, Rev'd Tony Lomas.

 

 

 

Book Barn

Welcome to the Book Barn in Bertric Buree - helpful information


Where is Bertric Buree?

Bertric Buree is located just north of Riberac on the D708 towards Verteillac.

What is the Book Barn?

In the grounds of the Upper Room building through the grey gates is a barn and within are stored books, cds & dvds in library style.

When is the Book Barn open?

2022 hours: The Book Barn is open Tuesday (10:00am to 4:00pm), Wednesday (10:30-12:00), and on Sunday mornings (10:30-12:00). However, it is always advisable to contact Martin Garfoot (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or telephone (+44 7768 537 402) the day before your visit to confirm.

How will I find the Book Barn?

When entering the village look for the Salle de Fete building and opposite you will see a sign for the Upper Room. Cross over the road and walk towards the church and the Book Barn is through the grey gates (30metres away) and inside you will see the entrance to the Upper Room on the first floor and the Book Barn is immediately through these gates on the left.

What is in the Book Barn?

We have a large collection of both fiction & non-fiction books. Within the non -fiction section there are books on cookery, gardening, D.I.Y, health, children’s section, leisure pursuits ,travel, books in French, history, art and biographies. We also have a large collection of cds which include all genres ie classical, jazz, & popular. We have a large selection of DVDs for all age groups. Some vinyl.

How much are the books?

All books, cds & dvds are free but we suggest a minimum of 50 centimes per item.

Where do the donations go?

We only ask for donations which we would ask to be put in the Honesty Box. Donations go to the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine, which is totally self funding and we welcome your support.

Do you take Books CDs & DVDs?

We are able to receive donated books, cds & dvds on prior arrangement only when space permits.

 

Stewardship & Fund-raising

Stewardship & Generosity

generosity"I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly" - John 10:10

Generosity is at the heart of our faith, we believe in a generous God and our own generosity is a testament and hallmark of our faith in action. The ministry and mission of our church here in this Chaplaincy of Aquitaine is largely funded through the incredible generosity of those who give to it.

The Covid pandemic has restricted so much of our church life together but not our generosity which has been shown in our sustained giving both to the Chaplaincy, for ministry and mission, but to charities in financial support or as in the case of Croix Rouge, our contributions of food to the Banque Alimentaire. We do commit annually to raise and donate the equivalent of 10% of our church’s income to charitable causes.

The Chaplaincy, is an Association Cultuelle and cannot, by law, give money to any outside person or organisation directly and so we raise this giving by fundraising specifically for the charity and we donate that to Chap-Aid whose objectives are to collect and distribute funds to enable it to provide relief to those in need, to support outreach, and to care for individuals in France or elsewhere, and to collect and distribute funds to those ends in a spirit of Christian concern.

 

Ongoing collections for our local Food Bank

food collectionsUnfortunately, the local Croix Rouge has had to close for the time being in line with the latest Covid19 requirements. However, the good news is that we are still able to donate items of non-perishable foods, tins and sealed packets, at the drop off point inside the Book Barn at Bertric Burée. For the time being these items will be kept secure within the Upper Room until we are once again able to deliver them to the good ladies in Ribérac.

Please continue to be generous. In these difficult times, more so than ever, there are so many people within our area that rely on these food donations to help put a substantial meal on the family table. Just an extra tin or two in your weekly shop is all it takes. Thank you, Geoff and Caroline Cogger

 

 

 

 

 

Home Groups

Home Groups in the Dronne Valley

home groups

Home Groups  are key to the life of the Church at Bertric-Burée

Near Verteillac – Meeting fortnightly on Tuesday mornings at the home of one of our group members or at the Upper Room - 10:00 for 10:30. All are welcome. For further details, contact Mike Duncan (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 05 53 91 30 64

The Feraillou Bible Study Group, which is a part of the Verteillac group, meets on alternate Tuesdays at 10:30am at the home of Peter and Rosemary Robinson, so it is possible to go to both groups. We are currently looking at the letters of St. John. For more details, please contact (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)  05 53 91 45 15

Ladies Home Group meet once a month, usually the last Wednesday in the month between 14:00 and 16:00 in Montboyer. We meet to share fellowship, prayer and support. If you would like more information, please contact Ann Knight on 05 45 98 22 17 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Nontron, alternate Monday afternoons - Contact Marie Ricketts 09 83 77 46 69 or (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) for more info and directions

 

'Bible Study Fellowship' - online meetings on Friday mornings

bible study fellowshipA subgroup of the Ladies’ Home Group, continue to do ‘Bible Study Fellowship’ BSF.  This is an international organisation meeting online from places across the globe.  Meetings take place each Friday morning with a set programme of study which is both illuminating and satisfying.   If you would like to be part of this group or know more about it, please contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more details.

 

 

 

Sunday 03 November - 10:30 Service of the Word

Sunday 03 November - 16:00 Evensong

Sunday 10 November - 10:30 Holy Communion

Wed 13 November -11:00 BCP Holy Communion

Sunday 17 November - 10:30 All Age Worship

Sunday 24 Nov - 10:30 Holy Communion