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Sainte Nathalène (near Sarlat)

Ste Nathalène

Open the doors, church services begin again!


Sunday 04 October - 11:00am, Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 18 October - 11:00am, Prayer & Praise, Sheila Campbell

Sunday 01 November - 11:00am, Prayer & Praise with Communion, Rev'd Tony Lomas

Sunday 15 November - 11:00am, Prayer & Praise, David Wilton

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

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.)

Alexandra writes:

"I hope you have all stayed safe and received support when needed and been a support to others. The Christian community showing the love of Christ in action, cannot be shut down. We are making our first tentative step towards resuming regular services by having a service this Sunday. The situation will be kept under review.

We are planning to hold services on the 1st and 3rd Sundays in July and August, not our usual weekly services in the holidays or Sunday School. I hope you will welcome this new start and feel able to join us to praise the Lord together in person, rather than virtually. Love and blessings for long life and good health."

 

'Church Online' continues with weekly worship services online

church onlinePlease 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.

 

 

 

 

 

Eglise de Sainte Nathalène

Video of our church

We are delighted to share this short video with you: "The stones make the church building, the family of God make the church without walls."

 

 

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

All are welcome to join us on Wed 20th November, 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 at various dates, often 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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News and Photos

 

Delighted to meet again for summer services


 

5th July - We returned to church for our first service with a Praise & Communion service lead by Tony. Thank you to all who who rallied round to make this possible. It was so good to be back!  

 

19th July - Prayer & Praise led by Dave. We were blessed by everyone's contributions and encouraged by being together.

 

Winter services in our homes

We have enjoyed meeting in homes over the winter. We sing God's praises, give Him thanks and intercede for others.


 

Christmas Carol service: lovely to see friends old and new

We enjoyed a wonderful Carol service on Dec 16th, welcoming Tony and the new Catholic priest in Sarlat, Père Christophe Lafaye. Dave and the rest of the team did an excellent job of putting the service together, which showed two videos from l'eglise Momentum, of Chris Tomlin songs: Il régnera (He shall reign forevermore) and A Christmas Alleluia, both in French. The readings alternated in French and English and every carol had some verses in French. The team all played their parts to make it run smoothly and be a fitting remembrance of that day long ago.

It was lovely to see old friends and meet new ones. The church was decorated with night lights, light ropes and greenery. At the end there was a welcome cup of vin chaud, coffee or mulled apple juice together with stollen, mince pies and spiced biscuits.

 

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.

"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."

 

November 'Vide Grenier' - fundraising out in the community

On 3rd November we had a stall at the Vide Grenier in Le Bugue. In spite of bad weather conditions Jeff, Andrew and Rebecca managed to set up the stall and enough people came along for us to raise 228€ for our charity in Nepal.  Many thanks to those who came along and those who donated goods to sell.

 

Rejoicing with summer worship services

We are blessed with so many different worship leaders, who spoke on the following topics this summer:

Prayer, the feeding of the 5,000 and feeding on the Word of God which endures for eternity. Faith, which is something God gives us, it doesn't come by us working at it but the Bible helps us grow in faith. Our faith and confidence in Jesus allows us to do what we couldn't without him. Trust in God, our pilot, in Jesus he has shown us what our future will be like.

Testimony, harvest and gratitude, God's faithfulness, gratitude, a way of life that grows from God's faithfulness to us. A profound gratitude for life itself. God is the fountain and source of life. When we give thanks for the bread and the wine we acknowledge Jesus' presence at the centre of everything.

The children made a prayer die which had prompts for prayer on each side. There was also a prayer tree which we could hang our prayers onto.

 

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.


 

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!

 

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WOW meetings

Worship on Wednesdays

Date for 2020 meetings to be announced later. 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.

 
 
 
 
 

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 2020 is "Run with the word" in Nepal.

 

Charity Update

(July 2020) Alexandra writes:

'Thank you very much for your generous donations, born from your hearts of compassion for the disadvantaged. We now have 350€ to give to New Dawn for their work in Nepal, with the Little Feet Orphanage and Run with the Word Mission school. Thank you for being willing to share what God has blessed you with. Together with the Disaster Relief donations our total to date is 580€. Glory to God.'

New Dawn Nepal: Jennie Waterman writes:

'We are so grateful for your constant care and interest for the on-going work specially in Nepal. It is not easy at all there at the moment. I will give you a fuller report soon on the circumstances over there. They live mainly from hand to mouth and, for the impoverished community, this extended lockdown is having dramatic effects on the community. Don and I have not been able to do some of our usual fund-raising events this last spring period, and we hope to be able to do something a bit later. Anything you can do to raise funds will be so appreciated. We will pray.'

This is a difficult country at the best of times, with poverty and persecution of Christians but now with Covid 19, the pressure on an inadequate health system, is adding to their hardships. If you would like to donate to this worthy cause, please send a euro cheque payable to 'Chap-Aid' to: Mme Billing, 314 Rouffiaguet, 24270 Angoisse, France.  Thank you very much.

Emergency Appeal: Thank you for your contributions of 230€ which went to MSF and Local Emmaus for their response to Covid 19. 

 

Giving thanks for generous charity fundraising

Thank you all for your generous giving to those in need. In 2019 we gave the following donations:

Disaster relief via Shelter box/MSF (335 €), New Dawn for Run with the Word and Little Feet Orphanage (558 €), Emmaus (65 €), Resto du Coeur (175 €), for a total of 1 233 €, which is 10% of our collection income received last year.

This amount was raised by 2 collections for disaster relief, sale of Fellowship Feast booklets, Ceildh Scottish evening, Vide Grenier, Christmas Carol Service collection.

In 2020 we will also be contributing to the Samaritan's Purse International Relief charity. Click here to visit their website page.

 

November 2019 'Vide Grenier' - fundraising out in the community

On 3rd November we had a stall at the Vide Grenier in Le Bugue. In spite of bad weather conditions Jeff, Andrew and Rebecca managed to set up the stall and enough people came along for us to raise 228€ for our charity in Nepal.  Many thanks to those who came along and those who donated goods to sell.

 

September 2019 Newsletter from Nepal

Click here to read the September 2019 Newsletter.

 

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.