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.
There’s lots of different things happening over the next four weeks at Church, with a variety of different speakers. Archdeacon Adèle Kelham was with us on 20th May, Pastor Jean Decorvet will be speaking on 27th and at the 10h30 service on 3rd June there will be a Guest Service!! However, in between now and the end of June we will be walking through 1 Thessalonians in a series of talks entitled “The Unstoppable Story”. Just a reminder that all the talks from the previous series, “From Loss to Gain” can be found on the Church Website.
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.
We are preparing the next edition of Contact magazine to be published at the beginning of July 2018. Following our theme of Food, we have the theme of Mountains. We are surrounded by mountains where we live. They are signs of the strength and power of God and His creation but they are also a challenge of engineering and human ingenuity! Mountains are a place of revelation such as Moses in the Bible receiving the Ten Commandments and a place of retreat for prayer.
We would like people to support us by writing articles about their experiences of either physically climbing mountains or experiencing God in the mountains; or metaphorically discussing some of the mountains we have to face or overcome in our lives, whether that is loss or ill-health or other hard times.Any articles to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com by Monday 25th June.
Here’s a date for your diary! We are planning a Guest Service for Sunday 3rd June at 10h30 geared towards friends and family who do not normally go to church. More information to come but do look out for the Gospel Choir that will be preparing especially for that service. You might want to join in!
We are putting together a Gospel Choir for our Guest Service on Sunday 3rd June and will be preparing two songs over the next few weeks. Would you like to be part of this? Practices are on Tuesday 29th May and Saturday 2nd June in the Church starting at 19h30. For more information contact Michelle Collier, firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the lovely weather we’ve had lately, many of us at All Saints have found ourselves going to the park for picnic lunches after church on Sundays. We’ve started a WhatApp group called “Sunday Picnic Group.”
Sometime late in the week, if the weather forecast looks good for Sunday, we start a message thread about organizing a picnic. Everyone who comes brings a picnic lunch (or buys lunch after church) and a blanket for sitting in the grass or chairs. Our usual picnic spot so far has been the grassy esplanade and playground area in La Tour-de-Peilz, a very short distance down the lakefront from church. If you are interested in joining the picnic WhatsApp group, please send a message to Emily Plank via the Church Office (email@example.com) and she will add you.
Our Church Weekend line up is now complete and we are excited to announce that Dr. Rick & Lulu Williams will be joining us as our keynote speakers this year. Originally from Australia, Rick was the founding Pastor at Riverside Vineyard Church (London), and having retired now speaks, writes, trains and mentors other church pastors and leaders. You can find some of Rick’s talks on his profile on Linkedin. He and Lulu will be joined by Brice Johnson who will lead our Youth Stream, while our generous friends at Westlake Lausanne will lead our Children’s Stream. There will also be a supervised Crèche!! Sign up forms are at the back of Church and can be downloaded here!! Remember there are limited places so first come first served!!
You are warmly invited to attend St. John’s Annual Spring Sale, which is held in the Church at 92 Avenue de Chillon in Territet, as from 10.00 A.M. Always a great selection of books but you can also find cakes, jams and bric a brac, etc., as well as enjoy light refreshments.
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 information on trip to the Holy Land and Jordan being led by Hilary Jones the Chaplain of the Anglican Church in Basel, for September 2018 (30th August to 10th September).
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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 email@example.com or on my mobile 0793362963 or talk to him during coffee downstairs.
The Flower Rota for the Winter is on the board at the back of church. Please sign up if you would like to help with this creative ministry.
As you can expect, this new spring edition contains articles, meditations and a lovely poem about Easter, which I hope you’ll enjoy reading. Among the regular features, « Meet a Member » presents the member of our congregation who, by far, travels the longest distance to get to work and back – and she is no longer a flight attendant! Any ideas who this can be?
Don’t forget that on Sunday 22nd April we will be holding our AGM after the 17.00 service, in the church hall at La Coudre. We would appreciate a good turnout from those living in the area to show our gratitude for all the hard word work done by our Church Council and ministers over the past year. As Ken mentions on page 1 of the magazine, several active members have departed in recent years or will soon be leaving us, for professional and family reasons. Our little church has existed since the 19th century, ministering not just to expats but to all those who prefer to worship in English, and we believe it still has a role to play in the canton of Neuchâtel. Don’t be afraid that if you attend the AGM you’ll end up being elected on to the Council!
Greetings to all those now living abroad that we haven’t seen for a long time. You can always stay in touch by looking at our website www.neuchatel-english-church.org
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Sandra Darra (email@example.com).
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).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also call Pieter or Rene Roux at 021 9443382 if you need someone to visit you
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