Newsletter 28/6/2020

Sunday 28th June | 3rd Sunday after Trinity

Hello Everyone,

On Sunday 5th July at 10am we will have our first in person worship service since the lockdown began in March.  Its very noticeable that different people are approaching the lifting of restrictions in different ways. Some are embracing the freedom with gusto while others are approaching things more cautiously.   Whatever your approach may be, please be assured that the safety of our church family is a priority as is our commitment to ensuring no-one is left behind.

That said, I hope the following information will help as Sunday 5th July approaches.

Registration
Yes, it’s a little strange, but as a result of social distancing and the capacity of our church building, there are a limited number of places available – between 40 and 50. As a result everyone will have to register for the service.

You can do this in three ways. Online via Event Brite (click here), by email to Clive (cliveatkinson@bluewin.ch) or by telephone to Clive (078 710 18 60 or 021 943 22 39).  Please note that registration will open on Monday 29th June and close on Saturday 4th July at 12h00.

Just a gentle word of warning. If you don’t register and arrive at church and find it at capacity, sadly we will have to turn you away. Sorry ☹.

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
The service will last around 45 minutes. We hope there will be music and following a recent change to Federal Guidelines, there will also be the option for 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 will resume on Sunday 12th July with Climbers and Explorers available on 12th and 26th and Core Jr and Sr available on 19th July and 2nd August after which they will take a break until September.  The sharing of Holy Communion is sadly still not possible.  Online service resources will be available throughout July and August. 

How Can I Help?
To enable us to offer an in person service each Sunday we will need volunteers to Welcome, Read the Bible, Lead the Intercessions and do the PA. Would you be willing to help? If so please fill in this Rota indicating when you are NOT available, indicating in the comment section the areas of service you would be willing to be involved in. Alternatively, you could simply email Clive directly. Thank you!! 

This Sunday
This Sunday’s service video includes an interview with Sue and Steve Shaw. Steve and Sue have been living in Switzerland for the past 28 years though sadly they are preparing to the return to the UK.  In the interview they share with us some of their memories of working and living in Switzerland.

In Him,
Clive

Midweek Moment | Pressing the Pause Button
Midweek Moment has been running since the beginning of April offering a time of sung worship and fellowship each Wednesday evening. Yvonne and I have greatly appreciated this time. As lockdown has eased and the summer has begun to kick in, we feel its fair to say that Midweek Moment has run its course, at least for now. Enjoy the summer!!

Online Alpha Course | Alpha Bitesize
A new Alpha Course is starting within the next few weeks. Here’s what you need to know. It’s online. It’s at lunchtimes. It’s happening two times a week, TBC. Each session is 60 minutes long. It’s limited to 12 people. To register contact Mark Jones, admin@allsaints.ch.

Giving
A question has arisen regarding giving, particularly for those of us who give primarily during the Offering at our Sunday services.  With details available on the church website, you can make a donation at any time.

Children and Youth
This Sunday, Climbers and Explorers meet via Zoom.  

Core Junior on the Computer continues: we rehearse our lovely play, and see what Luke has to say- 10h30

Also this Sunday: 18h, Youth Alpha continues with week 8: Healing: Does God heal today

Other News: 
July 5th:  Interchurch jam session, hosted by La Côte Anglican Church, Gingins, 14h; if you can bang on a stick or hum a note, you’re welcome

July 13th begins our once-a-month gathering for parents of teens, via zoom: 20h for about 30 minutes, a time to pray for our young people and learn ways in which we might be equipped to mentor them in these formative years- for further information please contact Calen Gayle or Claire Daglish

July 20-22nd: “Acting it out”- A Theatre and Faith workshop for 11-18s, led by Saskia Werkhoven, member of La Côte anglican church and student  actress at Inverness: for more details, contact Calen

August 9-14: The KidsGames Riviera begins! week-long half-day events hosted by local church communities. We need volunteers, particularly comfortable with working with young children in French as monteiurs/ monitrices.  Contact Calen Gayle or check out the website: https://www.kidsgames.ch/regions/riviera/.

More church news can be found here.

Rev. Canon Clive Atkinson

All Saints’ Church
Avenue de la Prairie, 40
1800 Vevey

Office tel: +41 (0) 21 922 94 57
Office hours:  08h30 to 12h30 Mondays
                       12h00 to 16h00 Tuesdays
                       08h30 to 12h30 Fridays

WEB: http://www.allsaints.ch