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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions. You can also find tonnes of information about our Church on this website.
In common with the rest of the Diocese in Europe, we have robust procedures to ensure the safety of young children and vulnerable adults. Our Safeguarding Team comprises Bernice Reid, Louise Bowley and Sue Shaw. Please contact them with any queries or concerns. The new email for the Safeguarding Team is email@example.com.
Early on during lockdown, we interviewed Thabbeth Cotton who shared about the needs in Zimbabwe arising from Covid-19 and the current drought. Sethule Orphan’s Trust was responding with a food distribution and invited our support. You can find a very helpful report here which describes the practical support Sethule has been able to offer with your support. Thank you for supporting the work of Sethule!!
The video of “Never Forget”, Anne-Marie Van Eeden’s new single, was released this week? It’s beautiful. You can find it here. Anne-Marie shared the story behind it in an interview recorded for the online service released on Sunday 21st June. It’s worth listening here to this honest, vulnerable and inspiring interview again.
The Shaw Family are leaving on Friday 11th September if all goes well and would appreciate your prayers for a smooth transition to the UK.
They are now in the process of trying to sell their Mini, a much loved car in excellent condition and with low mileage. If you are interested please contact Sue Shaw directly or via the Church Office (firstname.lastname@example.org).
On 24th June the Federal Government released a revised set of guidelines for churches in Switzerland. The guidelines relaxed previous restrictions around social distancing, singing, Holy Communion, and general eating and drinking together.
Our Church Council met on Monday evening past and discussed how best to approach these revised guidelines as we reopen All Saints. We see this Sunday as the first step in moving towards a more ‘normal’ service. The second step, on Sunday 12th, involves the introduction of children’s and youth ministry.
What about singing, coffee time and Holy Communion? Our guiding principle is to have meaningful in-person worship whilst ensuring the safety of the congregation and respecting federal guidelines.
Our intention is to see how things go with steps 1 & 2, and as July unfolds, the Warden’s Team and myself will keep an eye on how things are evolving in Switzerland (we are mindful that currently the infection rate is increasing). Our plan is to gradually reintroduce, coffee time, Holy Communion and sung worship as soon as seems possible.
Do remember the priority of washing your hands thoroughly with soap or using a hand sanitizer. Social distancing is currently set at 1.50m. At All Saints during the services we are practicing 2.00m. If you are feeling unwell, the recommendation is to stay at home.
When You Arrive
When you arrive at the Church carpark you will be welcomed at the main door. Please enter through the main doors only and not through the Church Hall.
The Welcomer may ask you to wait a moment to ensure social distancing is maintained as we enter the church. It would help us if you could arrive at least 10 minutes before the beginning of the service to avoid a last minute rush.
When you enter the porch, you will find another friendly Welcomer who will offer you hand sanitiser, ask you to confirm your registration and take your contact details. We will hold these details for 14 days before destroying them.
Once inside you will be taken to your pew. Yes, you will have assigned seats!! You will notice that every second pew has been roped off, and the cushions and kneelers removed. This is to ensure social distancing and to help with the effective cleaning of the church.
The service will last around 45 minutes. We hope there will be music but at this moment there will be no singing. At the end of the service, for those who are able, we would ask you to leave the church by the side door. Federal Guidelines encourage a One-Way System to be in effect. We fully appreciate that exiting the church through the side door requires navigating two sets of steps. If this is not possible for you, please do not worry. Coffee time is sadly not possible at the moment.
Some last thoughts
Children’s and Youth programmes are taking a break now until September. The sharing of Holy Communion is sadly still not possible. Booking is necessary for the All Saints’ “in person” service by noon the Saturday before. Please contact us here for more information or phone Clive, the Chaplain, on +41 78 710 18 60.
Online service resources will be available throughout August. The Online Worship Service Video for this Sunday 16th August can be found here.
As Christians we find hope in our risen Lord who walks with us through life’s storms, and at this time we are particularly glad that we can turn to Him 24/7! Even so, we all recognise that the current situation we find ourselves in is a source of great concern for many of us.
We may be worried about our own health or a vulnerable loved one, not to mention the unique challenges as we learn to deal with children at home, feelings of loneliness, isolation, anxiety or financial concerns.
We can pray alone anytime, but we can also draw strength and encouragement from one another. Many of us can vouch from personal experience that it’s sometimes really helpful to have another Christian brother and sister to pray with us and listen on the end of the phone.
With this in mind the Daglish’s and Roux’s have kindly stepped in to offer you their personal phone numbers for you to call if you need prayer for any reason during this challenging time.
Every evening after 20h, weekends, Wednesday and Friday afternoons:
Claire Daglish & Jeremy Daglish (contact email@example.com for their phone numbers)
Pieter and Rene Roux (contact firstname.lastname@example.org for their phone number)
This week the Church of England launched “A Daily Hope Line”, a telephone service which allows you to listen music, prayers and reflections as well as full worship services from the Church of England at the end of a telephone line. The line – which is available 24 hours a day on 0044 800 804 8044 – has been set up particularly with those unable to join online church services during the period of restrictions in mind. Please do be conscious of the cost thought. Standard international rates will apply but may vary depending on your contract.
Blonay, Lausanne and Villars Small Groups are all meeting online and anyone can join. For more information please contact our Church Administrator, Louise Bowley, email@example.com.
The Leysin’s Lady’s small group is meeting every Wednesday evening at 18h00 via ‘Google Hangouts’. If you would like to join , please contact Carol via firstname.lastname@example.org.
All Saints’ has a Facebook Page. Please click here to Like the page. If you would like to receive details from this page, also click Get Notifications (found by clicking the arrow on the Like button). Please share articles from this page to increase publicity for our events. If you have any photographs of current or previous events, please contact Louise Bowley on email email@example.com
Due to the current Covid-19 situation, Cantonal and Federal directives and in order to reduce the risk of exposure, the Neuchâtel English Church committee has decided to postpone their AGM until later in the year.
In addition their regular formal services on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month and bible study are cancelled until further notice. Instead they will be joining All Saints worshipping online every Sunday and an online Bible Studay is being held on Wednesdays at 2pm.
Please periodically check their website, www.neuchatel-english-church.org, for additional information and updates.
Can you help with the first step towards a supervised Crèche? Our goal is to provide a supervised Crèche on the fourth Sunday of the month (23rd) for the next few months with the hope of extending this to twice a month on the 2nd & 4th Sundays of the month.
What needs to happen to make this a reality? Firstly, we need volunteers. Each Crèche needs two (potentially three depending on numbers of children) volunteers, one of whom needs to be Safeguarded. Could this be you?
Since the 23rd December you will be pleased to know that there is a special ’emergency service’ at the Providence Hospital in Vevey (not far from the Church), Ave de la Prairie 3, 1800 Vevey, which is open 7 days a week between 8h and 20h for adults and children from 4 years old for all medical problems. You do not need a rendezvous. Telephone number is 058 773 21 46.
An equivalent service is offered at the Monthey Hospital, Route de Morgins 54, 1870 Monthey. Telephone number 058 773 11 46.
For emergencies for all especially babies phone 144 or visit Hôpital Riviera-Chablais, Route du Vieux-Séquoia 20, 1847 Rennaz. To contact a duty doctor in Vaud phone 0848 133 133 and in Valais phone 0900 144 033. More information can be found here. 30 minutes free emergency parking – 2CHF per hour in main car park afterwards.
There is also a Permanence at both Montreux and Vevey Gare from 08h-18h30 each week day and 09h-13h on Saturdays. A Paediatrician will be available at Vevey Gare 50% of the time.
The Church Council is aiming to provide two parking spaces in the Church Carpark for people with disabilities. Currently one space (by the Church Hall) is marked on Sunday mornings with a traffic cone. Thanks for respecting this! More formal signage will appear soon.
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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).
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