All Saints News Sheet
If you are new to All Saints and are considering making us your spiritual home, please pick up a welcome brochure at the back of Church or better still, please say “hello” to one of our Welcomers. You can also contact our Church Office (email@example.com) if you have any questions. You can also find tonnes of information about our Church on this website.
The local Vevey churches are gathering together on Sunday 14th July to celebrate and pray for the beginning of the Fête des Vignerons. All Saints will cancel its Sunday service and join them for this trilingual service.
We are preparing the Service Rota for July, August and September. An email with a doodle link was sent this week and hard copies are available at the back of Church. Don’t forget to fill in the dates when you are NOT available. It would help so much if we could have your response by Sunday 16th June. Not on the service rota? We’d love you to be part of this!!!! Speak to Clive or one of the welcomers for more information.
There are already a number of our Church family involved in the Fête des Vignerons from performing in the main event to helping behind the scenes. Please do pray for them in what is an exceptionally time-consuming investment.
Local Churches have also come together to support the Fête des Vignerons by providing a quiet space away from the noise and busyness of the Fête. Based in St. Claire, this space will offer a warm welcome, a place to relax, light refreshments and an exhibition based on the theme of vines in the Bible incorporating work by local artists. It will be open each afternoon from 18th to 11th August from 14h00 until 18h30. If you would like to volunteer to help make this a success, please click here and inscribe or ring 0041 21 331 57 60, leave a message and you will be contacted.
It’s that time again when the Contact Magazine team make their plea for articles. The theme this edition is “Being Local”. We are all part of the family of God at All Saints but we are also part of the local community in which we live and work. Are you part of a Sports club or a choir? Craft group? Book club? Been on a school trip with your friends? Rehearsing hard for the Fete de Vignerons? Drama Society?
It is important that we are part of the culture and society of where we live, so tell us about it. Why is it important to you, the people you meet and to our mission to witness to our faith at all times?
All articles to: firstname.lastname@example.org by 27th June 2019
This Sunday we continue our new series of talks on Jacob, a key figure in the book of Genesis. We’re calling the series, “God’s Antihero”, and spotlights the fact that Jacob, although a key player in God’s plans, sticks out for all the wrong reasons. As such, Jacob is a contemporary figure and easy for 21st Century people to relate to. It’s fair to say that he has more struggles, more failures, and more doubts than most of his contemporaries. And yet, God makes himself know as the “God of Jacob” and through Jacob builds a people through whom his own Son would emerge. Struggling to fit into the contemporary Christian box? Feel more like a Wolverine than a Captain America; more of a Claire Underwood than a Wonder Woman? Why not see what the God of Jacob has to say to you.
Registration forms for the Church Weekend are available at the back of Church or if you click here. If possible, payments should be made directly through your bank, ensuring that you mark the payment “Church Weekend”. We would love as many as possible to attend this special time away, and if finance is a problem please speak directly to Clive. Please note that rooms at the Alpine Classic Hotel are limited to 50 this year, so first come first served. However additional rooms are available at the Central Residence, about a 10 minute walk from the conference.
Our speaker this year is Malcolm Duncan. Our teen programme will be provided by Brice Johnson and Youth Compass, and our children’s programme by Westlake Church Lausanne. Odile Pollard and Suzanne Germann will provide a supervised Crèche.
Our Cluster scheme provides practical support to Church members in times of need in areas such as cooking a meal, offering a lift etc. It relies on the help of volunteers to function and we are now looking to replenish our lists of willing helpers. Please consider if you may be able to spare a little bit of time occasionally to serve those who need help. If the answer is yes then you will find sign-up sheets in Church and also on the All Saints website. Please place completed forms in the box at the back of Church or return to me. If you have any questions about the scheme please do not hesitate to speak to Gilla Stead – Pastoral Cluster Coordinator.
In general, on a Sunday morning, we try to keep the Church Carpark free for the older members of All Saints as well as families with babies or disabled members. Alternative parking can be found along the Route de Blonay (above the railway bridge).
The EasyEnglish New Testament app is available free of charge and has already been downloaded in 150 countries around the world. The EasyEnglish Bible is a new version of scripture using a limited vocabulary of just 1200 words and simple syntax which was devised by a small team of MissionAssist volunteers. It is ideal for people who are learning English, or speak English as a foreign language. Find it here (www.easyenglish.bible).
Becky is considering starting an Inductive Bible Study and would like to know who might be interested in taking part. If you are interested please contact Becky directly (email@example.com). To get the most out of an Inductive Bible Study, participants will need to do some “homework” before each session as well as commit to attending regularly. Once Becky has a feel for who is interested, she will then set a time that suits as many as possible.
Neuchatel Church have decided to replace their quarterly magazine with a short monthly news bulletin announcing service times and forthcoming events, as well as some recent news items. They propose to concentrate my efforts on the website, to which they hope to add some new pages – for example, letters received from their friend Beryl Baker in Paraguay, whose work with the Chaco Indians we have supported for many years, a Chaplain’s letter, recent sermons from Ken for those who couldn’t come to the services, photos of past church events and some articles from readers!
Please check their website, www.neuchatel-english-church.org, regularly in case of last minute changes to times or venues.
During coffee time some of our younger members camp in the Youth Room and – how can we put it – rearrange the furniture in “creative ways”. Often this “creativity” means that those cleaning up on Monday mornings are faced with putting things back together again. We’d appreciate your help in ensuring that the Youth Room is kept tidy and ready for use by the next group.
BOP, aka Birds of Pray, is a group of women who meet to chat, pray and read the bible together once a week at Maxine’s house in Fontanivent. We meet on a Tuesday morning during term time between 9.30 and 11, our first get together will be on Tuesday 4th September. There is always coffee and an opportunity to share, support each other and build our faith and our friendships. We always welcome new members, whatever age or stage and wherever we are on our Christian journey. We’d love for you to join us. Come and give it a try, you can contact Maxine at firstname.lastname@example.org or on 079 329 0222 if you want to know more.
You may already have heard that Data Protection Laws are changing. Your privacy is important, and All Saints wishes to ensure that the manner in which we handle your personal data, complies with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), coming into effect at the end of this month. In response to this new legislation, you will have already received an email from All Saints this week asking for permission to continue to contact you by email. If you haven’t answered it could we ask you to do so by the end of this week coming. In order for us to use your personal data (address, telephone number and email address) we need your explicit consent and so in addition, we will be sending you a consent form. Again, we would be very grateful if you could complete this and return it as soon as possible. Sadly, if we do not receive your consent, we will no longer be able to contact you in line with this new legislation. Thank you on behalf of Louise, Clive and Michael in the Church Office.
Are there people in your community with professional skills and a solid faith who desire to put these and their compassion to work by applying for a position with Medair in the field or in our Swiss headquarters? Are there prayer warriors in your community who are willing to pray for our work, our teams and the nearly two million people in crisis we serve each year? If so, we would love to connect with them, because without them we cannot do this work. Please contact Medair for more information.
At the back of church, you can find various pamphlets from different mission groups. These include the Open Doors (Portes Ouvertes), ICS and The European Anglican. Please feel free to take one home.
All Saints wants to grow the number of volunteers responsible for the Sound Desk at either the 09h00 or 10h30 service. This service opportunity is open to anyone and will involve some training in addition to working alongside the current team. If this would interest you, please contact Clive (email@example.com).
Children and Youth
Working with Children and Young People is a daunting task, the noise, the energy, the chaos. But it is also one of the most rewarding and fulfilling roles there is within the life of the a church. We are at a point within the life of All Saints that we need more volunteers to help with our youth and children’s work. If you can make juice, or can play games, or can lead a discussion group, or can make crafts I would love to meet you. Can you contact Michael Anderson at firstname.lastname@example.org or on my mobile 0793362963 or talk to him during coffee downstairs.
The Flower Rota for the Summer is on the board at the back of church. Please sign up if you would like to help with this creative ministry or contact Katie Shaw for more information.
ASIS is a Swiss humanitarian and Integration association in collaboration with the ebereijere foundation www.ebereijerefoundation.com in Nigeria. Doris Gomwalk, the founder and President, is currently seeking clothes (ages 3 to 12), English children’s books, teaching aids and donations for orphanages and the less privileged children and babies for a most worthwhile project in Nigeria. If you are able to help, please contact Doris email@example.com or Sandra Darra (firstname.lastname@example.org).
In addition to Prayer Ministry in church, you now have the opportunity to also send prayer requests for you or loved ones by completing a prayer request card at the back of church or email your request to email@example.com. You can also call Pieter or Rene Roux at 021 9443382 if you need someone to visit you