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.
Carols by Candlelight | Sunday 9th at 17h30
Nativity Play | Sunday 16th at 10h30
Christmas Eve Midnight Communion Service | Monday 24th at 23h00
Christmas Day Family Communion | Tuesday 25th at 10h00
This year we are having a Nativity Play! Children in Climbers and Explorers will be telling the story of the first Christmas. The Nativity will take place during the 10h30 service on Sunday 16th December. Please feel free to invite your friends, neighbours and family! What a celebration we shall have.
The 7.4 magnitude earthquake on 28 September 2018 triggered a devastating tsunami up to six metres high. Over 2,000 people have died, with hundreds still missing. More than 67,000 houses have been damaged or destroyed by the earthquake, tsunami and resulting landslides. 82,000 have been displaced. Two months on, many people are still living in heavily damaged houses that are at risk of collapsing. Some affected communities have moved to makeshift camps up in the hills. They are living under crude, leaky tents without any sort of waterproofing.
Medair responded immediately deploying teams to distribute emergency hygiene and shelter kits to vulnerable communities in the most affected and hardest-to-reach areas. They are still there. Your gift this Christmas can go even further thanks to our matched funding opportunity. Donations will be doubled until 31st December 2018 and will have double the impact on our work with the most hard-hit communities.
The Offering from the Carol Service will go to this appeal and Gift Envelopes will be available at the back of Church from the beginning of December.
21st December 19h00 to 21h30
To close out this term in Place2Be on the 21st December we are celebrating with a one off event in the church hall. All those aged 11-18 are invited to share in a night of food, dancing and wonderful entertainment. The cost is 10chf and tivkets can be purchased from Michael Anderson at all church events. This will be Michaels last Friday night with All Saints, he would love a great turn out. If you need any more information please feel free to talk to Michael Anderson.
Welcome the Travelling Crib to your home this Christmas and with the Figures and story book enjoy the Christmas Story in your own home. The Crib has left All Saints on Sunday 2nd December and will be returning on Christmas Eve. To host the Crib this December please see Jo Longson after the services this Sunday (9th) or contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Next Sunday, the 16th December, Jacquie Devereux’ choir, the Montreux Gospel Singers, warmly invite you to their Advent Concert of traditional Gospel songs and Negro spirituals at 5.00 P.M. in the Chapelle St. Joseph, ch. de l’Hotel Mirador 3, Le Mont-Pèlerin, followed by the ‘verre de l’amitié’.
Offering Hospitality at the Carol Service We are so grateful to Mike and Jill Cubbin who are heading up the team providing Mulled Wine, Mince Pies and other Christmas goodies after of Christmas Carol Service on Sunday 9th at 17h30. However they do need your help!!! They need an additional two or three people who could help serve downstairs in the Church Hall. And of course, we needs lots of wonderful people willing to make mince pies or something Christmassy. If you can help please contact Mike and Jill directly email@example.com.
All Saints’, Vevey, Switzerland
Children’s and Youth Worker
A fantastic opportunity is waiting for someone to invest in the lives of children and young people and through them, to make a real impact on the local community and the world. Come and be part of a leadership team where you will be trained, nurtured and loved and on top of that get to live in the fantastic country of Switzerland with all it has to offer.
We are a church with around 200 people of many nationalities bound together by a love of Jesus and His cause. We are seeking a Children’s and Youth Worker who will co-ordinate our ministry to children and young people. This post would be ideal for someone considering Church Leadership at a later stage.
The successful candidate will have proven experience in children’s and youth ministry and be willing to work alongside the Minister in other areas of church life. Bilingual English French is preferred but not essential. Preferred fulltime but part time considered. Enhanced disclosure/background check required.
All Saints Church is part of the Church of England’s Diocese in Europe and works in partnership with the mission agency, Intercontinental Church Society. Vevey is between Lausanne & Montreux, on Lake Geneva. For more information contact Rev. Clive Atkinson at All Saints’ Anglican Chaplaincy, Ave de la Prairie, 1, 1800, Vevey, Switzerland (firstname.lastname@example.org, www.allsaints.ch). Closing date 17th December.
Please note that the Tri-lingual Carol Service between All Saints and the French and German speaking congregations of the Swiss Reform Church of Blonay/St. Légier and Vevey, will take place in the German speaking Swiss Reformed Church, Rue de Panorama, Vevey, opposite Parking Panorama.
The Community Christmas lunch will take place on Friday, the 21st December, at 12.30 in the Church Hall. The usual five francs in the tin and warm welcome to all. To help with the catering, please enroll by the previous Tuesday with Ruth (021/944.36.01 or email@example.com) or Sandra (021/943.32.63 or firstname.lastname@example.org) or sign up on the list in the hall.
You are invited to join the FLASHMOB, an exciting event in Vevey and Montreux coming up just before Christmas that involves Christians from the Churches in the area, and is being organised by City Life Church which meets in Vevey Theatre. The idea is simple, as many local Christians as possible will appear in Manor (Vevey) and then later in The Forum (Montreux) at the same time, sing a Christmas worship song (!!) and then blend back into the crowds of Christmas shoppers. 165 people have already subscribed but they would love more. Want to be involved? There is more information and a link to register on www.citylife.ch/agenda. The next and last rehearsal is on the 20th December at 20h15 at La Passerelle.
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.
Brice Johnson has invited a group of men from All Saints to join Project Compassion 2019. Practically speaking this would mean flying from Geneva to Budapest on Easter Monday (22nd April), staying in a local “hotel” near the project itself (Taut, western Romania north east of Arad), serving as needed, and returning on Saturday (27th April). Clearly details are limited but if this would be of interest to you, please contact Clive. You can sign up at pc19.eventbrite.com.
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 email@example.com 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 (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 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.
Here is the autumn edition of our newsletter. On reading it, you will realise that we are going through a time of bereavement and uncertainty, which explains why we are organizing fewer events and concentrating on the essential – holding two services a month in La Coudre church and as far as possible continuing with our fundraising for Beryl Baker who is dependent on help from abroad to carry out her work among the Chaco Indians of Paraguay. If you live in the Neuchâtel area and are free on the afternoon of 28th October, we’d love to welcome you to our Harvest Festival service at 17.00, with refreshments beforehand at 16.00, and whose proceeds are sent entirely to Beryl.
Please check our website, www.neuchatel-english-church.org, regularly in case of last minute changes to times or venues.
Best wishes for a restful autumn.
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).