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“Temple d’Eymet is committed to bringing the love and hope of Christ to impossible situations through the preaching of the gospel with a mandate that drives us to do all we can to bring help and hope to our part of South West France through the Anglican and Protestant tradition. Our head is Jesus. Our help is the Holy Spirit. Our focus is the Great Commission!”

Forthcoming services in the Temple - 2022

We delight in the Félibrée celebrations at Eymet, a joy to be part of this community spirit!


Sunday 7th August, 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 14th August, 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Allan Petchey

Sunday 21st August, 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Allan Petchey

Sunday 28th August, 10:03 Fresh Expressions, Allan Petchey

Sunday 4th Sept, 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Allan Petchey

Sunday 11th Sept, 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 18th Sept, 10:30 Fresh Expressions, Allan Petchey

Sunday 25th Sept, 10:03 Fresh Expressions, David Albrecht


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'Let's Pray' - join us in Eymet on Thursday afternoons

Jprayer, light, and heatingoin us for a time of prayer at the Temple in Eymet every Thursday from 14:00 – 15:00. Anyone is welcome for 5 minutes, 30 minutes, or the whole hour.

Also, join us for Fresh Expressions gatherings every Sunday at the Temple in Eymet at 10:30am. All are welcome to join us!

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

Please tell your friends in the Eymet area about this project. We pray for the Lord's work in this place.








Eymet News

Spring 2021 - News from Eymet Temple

worship at eymetWe continue to meet via Zoom on a Wednesday evening with our extended Church family here and in the UK. It is good to "see" people who are sheltering and feel connected. Although the town is quiet we have had a number of people arrive and then move on to new places as they've settled into the rhythm of life in France and then purchased their properties. Sometimes we think our mission is just to be here to help the settling in process!

At the end of January we had an excellent ecumenical service with Tony and the Eglise Protestante Pasteur Joel Dehan. Joel lead the singing on guitar and also did one of his own compositions. Joint meetings with our Mission partners are always a joy and we look forward to Joel returning for another joint service with Tony at the end of May.

Over February, during our Sunday services,  we did a series on the Psalm's and looked at various aspects from Praise to Complains. We considered how encouraging the psalms are as well as how the psalmist does not pull his punches when raging over the injustice done by the wicked in the world.

Thursday afternoon "Let's Pray" continues to be well supported as we pray through this pandemic! As we move into March and the run up to Easter and our weekly services continue, we rejoice that at least this year we will be in the Temple rather than discovering the oddities of running services over the internet as we did last year!


Winter 2021 - News from Eymet Temple

worship at eymetA quiet but steady post Christmas period. Sunday services have continued every week and we are pleased to report fair attendance at each one considering the time of year and pandemic. Our online presence continues with weekly Zoom Bible Studies where over Christmas we did the Journey's of Christmas covering the various journey's people did in the run up to Jesus' birth After Christmas we started a series looking at Men and Women of Faith based on Hebrews 11.

During this time we have had new persons joining us for 10:30am Sunday Worship and this is very encouraging. We have been able to maintain social distancing by spacing the chairs and we have kept things fun and Christ focused trying different ways of bringing the Good news to people, even in the finery of a home made cracker!

Thursday 14:00 to 15:00 "Let's Pray" seems to have a particular poignancy at present as we focus on God supporting business in the town and individual health concerns.

With still many people missing and shielding, we are pleased to be able to maintain our presence in the Bastide and we look forward to, once again, seeing visitors to the area who come a share worship.


Nothing like a bit of heat and light (October 2020)

heating and lightsAs the congregation at Eymet Temple pass their 6th Anniversary of existence as a joint Mission between the Eglise Protestant and Chaplaincy, we are pleased to report that we now have heat and light! As this now combines with the earlier triumph of water and toilet, it can now be declared that Eymet Temple has at last joined the 20th Century! Who knows what the 21st Century will bring? Unfortunately, this is where the triumph stutters and stumbles a little as we are in the midst of Pandemic and this inevitably impacts on the everyday workings of the team here in Eymet. However, we do hope that the next stages of decoration and rotten wood removal will go ahead so that the Temple starts to feel even more alive and cared for to the glory of God.

The establishment of bible study over Zoom has been a great benefit allowing those persons living further afield or shielding to join in with a Study of Hebrews followed by a study of the words of Jesus "I am". This will take us up to the Christmas period where we will do the various "Journeys" from different aspects of the Christmas Story participants.

Thankfully the flexible space of the Temple has enabled us to re-open our doors, socially distance our chairs to enable "masked" Prayer on Thursday and Worship on Sunday. Being open in Town has attracted in English and French visitors. The holidaying Brits just pleased to be able to attend Worship at last and some French people "God prompted" to reassess their spiritual life.

As we head for the Christmas period we have a busy time ahead and although our numbers are smaller than they were, we are determined to ensure the community in Eymet know that we are praying for them, their businesses and of course to remain in good health.    - Allan & Julia Petchey - Congregational Worship Leaders


2019 Christmas craft fair - making connections in the community

We are pleased to report that the Nov 16th Christmas craft fair at the Eymet Temple raised a total of 349.24€. Thank you to all who helped to make this such a successful Christmas market, especially Anne who did a great job with posters, getting stall holders and organising the event. It wasn't just raising funds, but building good relationships in our community, and we were delighted that the mayor was able to attend.


2019 Palm Sunday at the Temple

palm sundayYou can see from our coats and sunglasses that it was a cool but sunny Palm Sunday in Eymet Centre Square. Yet from our smiles, see that the warmth of the Holy Spirit was with us as we sang Hosanna accompanied by Ros on Guitar and Judith on Violin, before processing to La Temple. One of the great things about Eymet as a place of worship is that we do get seen by people! Standing around us in the square were small groups of curious onlookers, regarding our public witness to our Lord Jesus Christ. Hallelujah!

In the Temple, with the door wide open as is the tradition at Eymet Fresh Expressions, we sang heartfelt praise and worship songs, spoke psalms, prayed and reflected on the Gospel reading from Luke whilst Rev.Tony reminded us of the arduous journey our Lord took from Jericho, through Bethany to Jerusalem. How blessed we are to have such a central place of worship and have public witness available to us as we humbly attempt to share our faith. Hallelujah!


Winter news and updates

Once again our focus has been on “heating” as the Temple has none and it does make the winter services a challenge. We move to our winter quarters over the Tourist Information Office from January until it warms up again in March but this has logistical problems for music and sound equipment. Hence our first Christmas Artisan Sale was aimed at raising money for the Fabric Fund; our aim is to have heating installed before winter 2019. We had a steady stream of people come in all day and the team raised nearly 300 €. Our Team of Anne, Jane, Sue, Mandy, Ginny, Svetlanna, Jill, Marion and a host of others made the day a success and likely to be repeated.

Christmas was busy with a number of visitors, in particular some Americans who enjoyed the singing, welcome and fellowship at the Temple. Although there was no joint service with the Catholic Church this year we do hope that this will be remedied for 2019 as the Community do enjoy coming together ecumenically.

In the run up to Christmas Eymet Temple completed another Faith Encounters series, this time based on “We Bought A Zoo”. We also had a number of Men’s and Ladies Breakfast’s that took place on a Saturday morning giving people a chance to share their faith and views. The Breakfast’s will start again later in the New Year along with a new Faith Encounters Course based on the film “Invictus”. The Core Reflection Group will also be meeting in January to consider how the previous few months went. Prayer and Coffee continues in the Temple every Thursday 2pm until 3pm followed by music practice.


Special Commissioning service on 22nd July

On Sunday 22 July, the weekly morning service at Eymet Temple was an extra special one in the history of the Eymet Fresh Expression project. The vibrant service, led by Rev’d Charlotte Sullivan with the theme of ‘compassion’, included the commissioning of six newly elected members of the congregation to support Julia and Allan Petchey in their leadership roles. Daniel Vajou was also invited on behalf of the Eglise Protestante Unie du Bergeracois to formally Commission the Team. Julia and Allan are the Congregational Worship Leaders and founders of the Fresh Expressions project at Eymet Temple and they started the project four years ago with this mission:

“Temple d’Eymet is committed to bringing the love and hope of Christ to impossible situations through the preaching of the gospel with a mandate that drives us to do all we can to bring help and hope to our part of South West France through the Anglican and Protestant tradition. Our head is Jesus. Our help is the Holy Spirit. Our focus is the Great Commission!”

Over the last four years the project has borne much fruit and has grown to include weekly services delivered in French and English, a thriving worship band, two weekly prayer meetings, which are all held in the Temple, as well as fellowship and fundraising to make improvements to the Temple. Already a toilet and kitchen has been installed and heating will be next. The congregation has grown over the years from two, to four....to fifty four in attendance today, plus some children.

The congregation welcomed and prayed for its new team of eight. The team will be known as ‘The Core Reflections Group’ and will meet regularly to help shape the Fresh Expressions project at Eymet Temple going forward.

The Fresh Expressions project at Eymet Temple is jointly supported by the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine and Eglise Protestante with today’s commissioning being represented by both the Chaplaincy and Eglise Protestante.


Allan Petchey completes "Mission Training Course"

fresh expressionsCongratulations to Allan Petchey, who has recently completed a year-long "Mission Shaped Ministry Training Course" to equip the trainees with planting and sustaining a fresh expression of Church, which has been very useful in developing the Fresh Expressions minstry in and around the area of the Eymet Temple.

'Fresh Expressions' are new forms of church that emerge within contemporary culture and engage primarily with those who don’t go to church.

Allan writes, "What the training hinged on was how to reach your community. How to be seen as part of the community and along the way to do some “myth busting” about Christians and Christianity. Creating a safe environment to ask life questions, to get people engaged with Jesus and to be seen as part of a worshiping community as they develop as disciples."

Read the full piece here.


Tour de France outreach in Eymet: 'Water of Life'

water of lifeOn Wed 12th July, the village of Eymet hosted 15,000 visitors for stage 11 of the Tour de France, many passing directly in front of the entrance to the Eymet Temple, where weekly Fresh Expressions services are held. The Eymet Temple was established as one of the 'meeting points' of the event, and with the support of Allan and Julia Petchey, the congregation took advantage of the opportunity to be a beacon of light and living water during this event.

In a united effort of faith in action, many from the Chaplaincy gathered at the Temple to offer water to the crowds, prayer support for those in need, worship music inside the Temple, and a listening ear to those trying to reconnect or discover God for the very first time. Most of the congregation came on the day and beforehand to help prepare the Temple, and were supported by our Chaplain Rev'd Tony Lomas and Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan.

The Temple also featured a new summer exhibition on the water of life, with verses from John's Gospel in French and English adorning the walls on big colourful posters, along with beautiful paintings of water scenes painted by a member of the congregation.

The result was that an estimated 1,000 people were touched by the initiative: at least 120 people used the new WC (contributing donations towards the WC ‘flush fund’) often queuing up inside the Temple where they could chat to members of the congregation and read the posters on the walls, 436 water bottles were given away with a smile, a laugh and sometimes a few words, 250 postcards advertising the Temple services and the Chaplaincy in French and English and 200 copies of Mark's Gospel, in French were also given away.

This was a splendid team effort, and many thanks to all who were involved in this very special day.

Charlotte writes, “I was struck by the determination Allan and Julia who, supported by the rest of the congregation, made sure everything was ready for the day. I enjoyed the atmosphere and how friendly everyone was. There were times when people seemed reluctant to take things from the hands of someone wearing a dog collar - in case some sort of cost was involved. For most a reassuring smile was all that was needed to show them that hospitality is a gift freely given.

All morning I kept asking the Armée and the Gendarmes if they wanted water as they patrolled up and down the street - and for hours I was met with simple shakes of the head. Then very late morning a weary pair of Gendarmes approached us - we thought we might be in trouble for handing out religious postcards etc - but no, they simply needed water.”


Palm Sunday procession and joyful worship

On Palm Sunday, in the warm sunshine, the Fresh Expressions group led by Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan, celebrated by starting their service in Eymet square with prayer and song before processing to Eymet Temple. As worshippers arrived, each of us was handed a Palm cross by Charlotte. Several onlookers smiled and some stopped to watch us :) Eymet is used to hearing us sing as Sunday services are always held with the Temple door open and sometimes Eymet residents and passers by come and sit at the back of the Temple and listen to our service.

Spring update: road works progressing, Tour de France plans

making progressEymet Temple is entering an interesting stage in its development in the heart of the Bastide. As part of the redevelopment of the area as the Mairie has renewed the Rue de Temple as part of a plan to make it the main thoroughfare to the town square. Part of the plan has been to remove the railings from the front of the Temple and create a paved area.  This removes an obstacle for people coming to the doors of the Temple. Inside the Temple there is now drainage and water pipes so we can now begin to plan a toilet and kitchen area.

Eymet residents may also be used to our prayers, as every Thursday afternoon at 2pm, prayers led by Julia Petchey are held with coffee, again with the Temple doors open. The men working on the Rue de Temple improvements look forward to their weekly coffee and who knows what effect the small ripples of listening to prayer will have in their lives...

Water of life at the Tour de France: We are now in a race to get the Temple ready for the Tour de France Wednesday 12th July 2017. What do we hope to do? Offering water to people who need a drink, prayer for those who need prayer and a listening ear to those trying to reconnect or discover God for the very first time. We are preparing a new exhibition on the water of life and we will have prayer areas dedicated to encouraging that connection. The Mairie will mark the Temple as a place for people to meet or to find someone who is lost. This is a big commitment for our congregation but we recognise the importance of being a beacon of light and living water when Eymet is a guest to what could be 15,000 visitors on the Tour de France trail.

Easter is about bringing new life and the hope of the resurrection.  For the Temple in Eymet we have an opportunity to bring new life to many people and enable them to discover the life giving water of Jesus. If you would like to be part of this event, please contact Julia and Allan Petchey on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


News from the Bergerac Protestant church: Vals et Coteaux

We are delighted to share the Protestant Newsletter, Vals et Coteaux, which features news on the Eymet Temple on page 3.

View the Newsletter here.



Two baptisms in Eymet

We are delighted to share the news of 2 baptisms in Eymet on Sunday, 7th August, in the Eymet Temple. Our congregation at Eymet welcomed Leyla and Serena Orme into the Christian family; both girls received the gift of an ERV Authentic Youth Bible.

The service was followed by a celebratory picnic. We give thanks for Charlotte's ministry, as this was her first baptism service as an ordinated deacon.


May pot luck supper and discussion well attended

15 of us managed to squeeze into our living room, where we enjoyed great fellowship talking and eating together.

Then Rev'd Charlotte opened up a discussion based on the Chaplaincy-wide bereavement course led by Julie Nicholson (who came recently to speak at in the northern Dordogne). A thought provoking discussion.


Bacon Butty Sunday!

bacon butty sundayThe smell of frying bacon has got to be one of the most enticing smells ever - So the church community at Eymet decided to hold a "Bacon Butty Sunday" on January 10th (Fried egg butties were available for vegetarians). We welcomed and served all who were enticed through the doors by the wonderful smells.
Breakfast was followed by an informal worship service with an interactive discussion on "What is church" led by Rev'd Deacon Charlotte Sullivan. 


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Fresh Expressions

Fresh Expressions in Eymet

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fresh expressions

The Fresh Expressions "Temple Project" in Eymet started in August 2014, and continues to grow!

"Fresh Expressions" seeks to transform communities and individuals through championing, resourcing and multiplying new ways of being church. We work with Christians from a broad range of denominations and traditions and the movement has resulted in thousands of new congregations being formed alongside more traditional churches.

The Team comprises of 2 Worship Leaders from the Chaplaincy of Aquitaine, Allan & Julia Petchey, along with the Chaplain, Rev'd Tony Lomas, working in collaboration with the Eglise Protestant Unie de France (Pastor Joël Dahan). The aim of the Project is to raise awareness of the Christian faith in Eymet by engaging with local English and French communities.

A weekly “Let's Pray” is undertaken on Thursday afternoon 14:00 until 15:00. There is an advertised schedule of Contemporary worship 10:30 Sunday morning: always the 2nd Sunday alongside other services. The 5th Sunday is always a Communion Service lead by the Pastor. Services are for one hour.

église protestante Contemporary services are held at the Temple every Sunday at 10:30am, in English with some French translations.The service is projected on screen and the music is modern presented either by a band, musician or ipod. The Communion Service is conducted in French with some English translation. Services are open to all age groups and there are activities for children.

An activity table is available for children.  Refreshments follow all services.  A collection will be taken to help fund work to be done on the building and to meet expenses.  Toilets are available at the Café des Arts.

The Temple provides a flexible space for worship and life’s key events of Baptism, Marriage or Bereavement. Enquiries or information about faith and the gospel of Christ are most welcome. Whatever stage you are on life’s journey you will find a warm welcome at the Temple in Eymet.

For more information, please contact Julia and Allan Petchey on: 05 53 74 92 07 (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Click here to read an article in the spring 2018 edition of Vals et Coteaux from the Eglise Protestante de Bergerac.



Tuesdays: Eymet Prayer Watch

Join us on Tuesdays - Eymet Prayer Watch lead by Anne Nadal - Worshipping God in His Temple from 2:00pm

For more information, please contact Julia and Allan Petchey on: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.




Trypraying: give it a try!

Trypraying is for those who don’t do church. Visit the website here.

It’s the work of a traffic planner, a shop manager, a writer, a designer, an entrepreneur, a civil engineer and others.

Many people have been impacted by praying at difficult times in their lives . Watch the videos in the story section, as a few people share their experiences of prayer. Also featuring stories of those such as Jenna and John who have started out on the trypraying journey of faith.

Download the prayer booklet here.


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