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Dronne Valley church at Bertric Burée

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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.

Welcome back to church, in the garden!

All are welcome, please join us in the Upper Room garden!

garden open air service outdoors

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Forthcoming services:

Sunday 26 July - 10:30am, Upper Room Garden, Outdoor Holy Communion, Rev'd Andy Horlock

August and September services TBC

Please note: social distancing guidelines and health/safety precautions will be in place (such as hand gel available, one-way system in the church, wearing of masks, strict cleaning, no refreshments, etc.)

The Chaplain writes:

"We have finally arrived at the stage when we can take our first steps to open our churches for Sunday worship.With the absolute necessity to ensure robust barrier measures and distancing, this will not be worship as we experienced it before the lockdown and, indeed, I hope in some ways that it never will be. That’s not to say that what we used to do was not good but I feel that we have moved a long way in the last four months and I would love for that to be reflected in our future Church life. I am quite convinced that God wants us to come out of this time like a butterfly out of its cocoon – different but even more beautiful than before.Please do keep an eye out for future communications that will give the latest updates about the times and locations of services each week."

 

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'Church Online' continues with weekly worship services online

Please click here to visit Church Online, an online space to keep us connected during this time, sharing worship liturgy resources, videos, prayers, and a blog.

 

Join us via zoom for prayer on Wednesdays at 17:00

A reminder that each Wednesday at 17:00 there is a 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 Peter Robinson for the zoom link (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

 

July Fundraising Events to remember Janis Adams in July

janis adamsWe're remembering our dear friend and a big part of BB Church, the late Janis Adams (see photo, right), and we’re offering these events, timed to be close to her birthday. With donations from grateful customers going to the charity 'Fondation Arc en Ciel'.

Please email the hosts for more details and locations:

Tuesday 21st July - Cold Lunch @ Rosemary Robinson (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Friday 24th July - Afternoon Tea with home-made cake @ Ian Jameson 15:00-17:30 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Saturday 25th July - Coffee and Cake @ Pam Duncan 10:00-12:00 with min suggested donation 5€ (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Wednesday 29th July - An Afternoon of Art @ Upper Room Gardens, BB with Roger Adams, who will supply materials 5€ (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

 

Bertric Burée

L'Eglise Saint Pierre - Saint Paul  lies in the centre of the village 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.

Church of England  forms of worship are used for all services. Congregations of over 40 are usual throughout the year, growing for major festivals. Music to suit all tastes is provided by the choir, organ or the music group. Our musicians and singers meet at least once a month to learn new hymns and to practice old ones as well as songs for the coming services. We have a new organ to support worship in our church.

Monthly events and activities:  6 Home Groups meet regularly in the Riberac area to read and study the Bible, pray and often share a meal together. Throughout the year, events such as the Summer Fête, Harvest Supper and a Barn Dance provide events for regular members and new friends to meet and enjoy social activities. During the summer months our informal walking group is at its most active, meeting at about 10:30am once a month to enjoy a walk alongside our dogs before meeting up with others who are unable to walk for a convivial lunch together in a local restaurant. All are welcomed for one walk or more. Our church and social events are also advertised in DVN (Dronne Valley Network).

Pastoral Care Group  We can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more. We really would appreciate being informed of perceived needs so that where possible we can be of help.

 

prayer ministry

Prayer Ministry available - look for the white dove badge

Prayer ministry is offered at Bertric Burée by members of the team at the services on Sundays in the side chapel. Please take advantage of this for anything for which you would like prayer support.

On the 1st and 3rd Sundays this is available after the service and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays during the serving of communion. Also, Prayer ministry is available after each service in the Upper Room.To help you to identify members of the team, we will be wearing these white dove badges.

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

 

Contact Information

The Dronne Valley 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.

Steve Long: 05 53 91 96 48 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

 

 

Bertric Burée News

Summer festivities at Bertric Burée

Our annual Summer Fair was held on 27th July, a great success and attracted many people of all ages, English, French and Dutch. After the extreme heat of the week preceding the weather was perfect and included light showers of rain to refresh us all. The event raised about 2,400€. More importantly, though, a great day of fellowship and outreach.

The following day, the guitar concert in the church was delightful, as we would expect, and it was a joy to have la famille Jones with us. The church was packed and were treated to a varied repertoire of guitar pieces some of them specially arranged by Dan. Dan and Steve also read extracts from Dan’s recently published book ‘Extracting Goats from Jean-Claude’s Kitchen’. Great fun! Afterwards we all enjoyed aperos in the warm, sunny,early evening in the garden of the Upper Room. We also raised 360€ towards the work of mission and ministry in the Chaplaincy.

 

Generous donations received for Charity in May

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Events

Knit and Natter Group - 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month

currently suspended

craft groupWe meet in the Upper Room from 2-4pm, on the 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month.

At the moment, we are blessed with a lot of donated knitting yarn and are busy making items for sale and for charity. The main charity that we are supporting is ‘Knit for Peace’ www.knitforpeace.org.uk which sends knitted garments to people in need, whether in Britain or abroad. It has also been suggested that we make blankets for ‘Phoenix’, and we have been asked to knit plain, simple hats for the Mediterranean Mission for Seafarers in Gibraltar.

Of course, if anyone would rather just knit for themselves, that is fine too. We are a group of ladies, with differing abilities, who enjoy chatting to each other and helping each other out with knitting problems. We all learn from each other. If anyone else would like to join us for knitting, crocheting, or just nattering they are very welcome.

Please come along if you can knit, crochet or just want a natter. If you would like to learn about knitting and crocheting, come and see us. We have a few ideas of things to make as a group but if you would rather do your own thing, then that would be fine too. If you need any more details please contact Jean Stocks at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

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Monthly Randonnée: or "Stroll to Lunch" if you like

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

For more details, please contact Sheila Marshall 05 53 90 95 69, or Jaki Moorhouse on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

Pastoral Care

We can provide company, hospital visits, a phone call, a shoulder to cry on and hopefully much more.

We really 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 Elizabeth Faulkner on 05 45 98 41 25 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) so we can arrange for a member of the team to help out.

If you need help from Cancer Support France (by English speakers for English speakers) your contacts are 06 43 67 86 11 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Cancer Support France).

 

Secours Catholique

Secours CatholiqueThis is a charity we support annually with our Harvest Gifts. They are based in Riberac and run by the Catholic Church to help those in need. The committee agreed that it would be a good idea if we could make a regular donation to them. This is an excellent way to support the local people.

Geoff Cogger has volunteered to be responsible for ‘the box’ and delivery to the Secours Catholique and is providing a collecting box at the back of church for your donations of tinned, dried goods, toiletries etc. Please remember to bring a packet or tin – in date please – to fill the box!

Try leaving something in your car - somewhere obvious - after the weekly shop as an 'aide mémoire'!

 

 

Home Groups

Home Groups in the Dronne Valley

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Home Groups  are a key part of Dronne Valley church life -

There are six to choose from:

Alternate Monday afternoons in Nontron - Meeting chez Ricketts 14.00 till 15.30, Contact Marie Ricketts 09 83 77 46 69 for more info and directions

Alternate Tuesday mornings near Verteillac - 10.00 for 10.30. All are welcome. For more information contact Mike Duncan 05 53 91 30 64

Alternately with the Verteillac Group, fortnightly on Tuesday mornings in Bertric Burée - 10.00 for 10.30 in the Upper Room, Bertric-Burée. (Monday afternoons during Lent 2020). We are reading The Acts of the Apostles with reference to the original Greek texts. Please contact Brian Cook on 05 45 98 43 00 or Rosemary Robinson on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information.

Monthly at Chez Noury, Le Fouilloux (17270) - 14:00 for 14:30, David and Julie-Ann Jackson invite you to this group which meets in their home, Check future meeting dates with them: David and Julie-Ann 05 46 86 49 66

Usually fortnightly on Thursdays at 2.00pm (but can vary depending on who's available) Chez Foucaud, Montboyer (between Chalais and Montmoreau), Contact Ann Knight for dates and directions – 05 45 98 22 17

Alternate Tuesday evenings in St Aulaye - 19:00 for 19:30 (alt. to Verteillac group weeks) at Steve and Jenny Long’s home, La Gare, St Aulaye Further info from Steve or Jenny 05 53 91 96 48

The groups are made up of friendly people who get together to talk over a small part of the Bible or another Christian book and enjoy a cup of coffee and cake. All of the groups are keen to welcome newcomers, but it’s a good idea to phone, so that we know you’re coming.

 

News from Thursday Home Group chez Ann Knight

home groupOur home group has grown over the years in terms of numbers and spiritual growth. We endeavour to be a support mechanism to each other and can pray for specific needs. We’ve been studying ‘What’s so Amazing about Grace’ by Philip Yancey. 

We are looking forward to starting a new study soon as we’ve been doing this one for over twelve months now! Very good and quite challenging. We’re thinking of ‘Chocolat’ something that was suggested by Margaret.  We’ve also got a study on the ‘Bride of Christ’ relating the old Jewish traditional wedding which relates to specific biblical text, which could also be very interesting.

For dates and directions please contact Ann on 05 45 98 22 17 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

 

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