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Where? We meet at the
Swiss Reformed Church
Crêt-du-Chêne
La Coudre,  Neuchâtel NE
(Opposite the Chaumont Funiculaire)

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Contact Us
admin@neuchatel-english-church.org

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Find Your Faith
Neuchâtel Church at La Coudre, Switzerland provides worship, in English, in Neuchatel .

The purpose of our church is to continue to provide a bedrock of attractive and growing fellowship in English in Neuchâtel .

Whether you are just settling in Neuchâtel, have been here for a while, or are part of the expat community, we welcome you with open arms!

Our Aims

We seek to reach out with the love of God, to help people find faith in Jesus Christ and to grow in their faith. We welcome all who wish to worship with us in the name of Jesus Christ, and all who are looking for meaning in their life.

We work together to demonstrate God’s love and mercy to everyone we meet, and to be a church whose love for God, and for each other, shines out in the wider English-speaking community !

Our Means

We offer regular worship and prayer, as well as continued growth, spiritual development, and training of all members with Bible study and Training courses. Join us for regular debates and discussions on contemporary problems.

Study Groups

Study groups on Bible topics are regularly held. Recently our Live Lent course was well attended.  For more details about times and locations of future study groups, please email:     admin@neuchatel-english-church.org

Prayer Group

Our prayer group, led by Rev. Roy Farrar meets regularly, and all are welcome.

Prayer changes things so even if you only have a few minutes, please drop in and join us. Please make any prayer requests known via email:  admin@neuchatel-church.ch
Prayer requests will be dealt with in strictest confidence unless otherwise indicated, so if you would like the wider church body to be praying beside you or for you, please let us know.

Weekend Seminars

Teaching days, sometimes a weekend away, are arranged once or twice a year. It is a great opportunity to come together in fellowship and deepen our awareness of the Lord’s purpose and plan.

Children and adults

Jesus called the children to him and said “let the children come to me and do not stop them, because the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these” (Luke 18:17).  We welcome families, children and young adults of all ages.

Safeguarding Policy We adhere to the Anglican policy and protocol on the safeguarding of children and vulnerable adults of the Diocese of Europe.

 

Social Fund Raising Evenings
Often we pool our talents and resources together for a special fundraising events. Below is a picture of last year’s Greek night to raise money for a hostel in Athens for unaccompanied child refugees.
This year we organized a simple soup meal for the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal, which raised 400 francs for work done in Calais by the churches, once again  amongst under-age refugees.
We also continue to support our friend Beryl Baker, a nurse/missionary in her clinic in Paraguay, working among the Chaco Indians and our collections at Christmas, Harvest Festival and its accompanying auction of produce are vital for her ongoing work.
Breakfast Church

On months with a 5th Sunday,  we usually have an informal breakfast church in the downstairs hall at 9.30.    Please see the list of our  Services for the next Breakfast Church scheduled.

 

 

 

 

 

Useful Links

We are part of the Anglican diocese and linked with All Saints Church, Vevey in Canton Vaud.
http://www.allsaints.ch/

Our very close Anglican Church friends in Biel/Bienne
https://www.facebook.com/Biel-English-Church-630845540373369/

St Ursula’s Berne is another English-speaking Church in Canton Berne.
http://www.stursula.ch/

Christ Church Lausanne is another English-speaking Church in Canton Vaud.
http://www.christchurch-lausanne.ch/

The Diocese in Europe is the parent Diocese for Switzerland.
http://www.europe.anglican.org/

The Intercontinental Church Society is established to advance the Christian gospel by evangelical mission and ministry to English-speaking people throughout Europe and the world.
http://ics-uk.org/

The Swiss Reformed Church of Neuchatel whose Chapel at La Coudre we gratefully use for our Sunday services

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http://www.eren.ch/

 

About


Neuchâtel English Church would love to have you come
and share with us in God’s love.  We’re happy to answer
any questions you have or to help you in any way we can.

Reach out to us today. 

Service Times
Normally on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month (please check on Upcoming Events page)

Holy Communion
on the 2nd and 4th Sundays

Service of the Word
on the 1st Sundays

Where we meet
The Neuchâtel English Church

EREN  Swiss Reformed Church
Crêt-du-Chêne,
La Coudre,   Neuchatel.
(opposite the Chaumont Funiculaire)

 

Who we are

Chaplain : Rev. Clive Atkinson (All Saints Church, Vevey)

Neuchâtel ministry team : Rev. Kenneth Kvistad, Rev. Roy Farrar

Church Council: Jenny Veenendaal (Churchwarden, Synod representative), Pat Smith (Treasurer), Maggie Matthews, Teblez Beyn & Abbie Therrien (ordinary members)

Ex-officio: Hazel Moreau (interim safeguarding officer), Rosemarie Zimmermann (organist), Ann Morel Huber (Website, Magazine editor, Electoral roll officer), Kirk Kvistad (Worship leading, occasional speaker and website assistance), Nick & Louise Spanner and family (Breakfast Church)

Echos of the 2018 AGM held on Sunday 22nd April

Elections & Appointments

Jenny Veenendaal was unanimously re-elected Churchwarden and warmly thanked for agreeing to continue in this important role.

The following council members were duly proposed, seconded and unanimously elected:

  • Teblez Beyne
  • Maggie Matthews
  • Pat Smith
  • Abbie Therrien

The following auditors were duly proposed, seconded and unanimously elected:

  • Brenda Girardbille
  • Paul Matthews

In his Chaplain’s Report, Rev. Clive Atkinson expressed his thanks for the support and friendship of everyone in the church, and his huge thanks to Ken and Jenny for their role at NEC and the time they have invested over the past year.  He also expressed his thanks to Rev. Roy Farrar for his work in the ministry team, to Pat Smith the Treasurer, to the Council Members and to everyone who helps out enabling Neuchâtel English Church to continue in the face of present and future uncertainties.  He noted with satisfaction that we continue to meet, to support each other and to grow in faith, saying that just staying on course takes endurance and commitment.  He congratulated  everyone.

Clive, Ken and Jenny will organize an evening meeting of the new council as soon as possible, inviting all members to attend, in order to discuss the future of the church.

In her Churchwarden’s Report, Jenny Veenendaal reminded us that we have continued to operate.  We have nurtured our spiritual life, and tried to remain a shining light of Christ in Neuchâtel.  We have continued to play a role in the ecumenical movement in the canton with members being involved in the monthly cantonal “Taizé” prayers and in the ecumenical celebration of the 500thanniversary of the Reform movement.  We also took part in the international Day of Prayer, and the week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

Bible Study sessions were led regularly by Ken, with a break for Live Lent 2018.  Prayer meetings were held.  We continued our charitable work, not only through our tithes, but by supporting our nurse/missionary Beryl Baker through the collections at the Carol Service and the auction of produce at the Harvest Festival, and by organizing a Lenten Meal and sale of Fudge and Marmalade in support of underage refugees in Calais as part of the Bishop’s Lenten Appeal.

Jenny concluded by encouraging us to see Christ in all those around us and to continue to pray for guidance.  She also expressed her sincere and heartfelt thanks to Clive, Ken and Roy for their leadership, to Rosemarie for our music, and to everyone who works to keep our church functioning.

The Treasurer’s Report was presented by Pat Smith. She commented the figures on the handouts, noting that our income was considerably lower than in 2016, so that rather than beginning to replace the 20,000 CHF invested in our endeavours to have a house-for-duty priest, we had an operating deficit of 653 CHF.

She noted with satisfaction that Villa Yoyo, a recipient of part of our tithes, was growing and had opened a second after-school club for under-privileged children.

She explained that the budget for 2018 was closely based on the Actual 2017, but noted that our Diocesan Contribution will almost certainly increase, probably by 5%.

Pat was thanked for all her work, and the Treasurer’s Report was duly proposed, seconded and unanimously accepted.

The Auditors’ Report was given by Paul Matthews. Speaking for himself and Ann Morel Huber, Paul  reported to the Assembly that they had examined the accounts, that all their queries had been clearly answered, that the accounts were well kept and were an accurate account of the church’s financial situation.

The Assembly thanked the auditors for their work and for their report.

Archdeaconry Synod Report

Jenny Veenendaal, the Synod representative reported on the two meetings that had taken place.  Both sessions of the first meeting had been largely devoted to work on Bishop Robert’s wish to inspire the Diocese in Europe with a sense of common purpose and with evangelization.  Time was also devoted to discussion of violence in society, particularly interfaith conflict, and the suffering caused by divisions within the church community regarding human sexuality.  The Environmental Officer also gave information about raising awareness in our churches of environmental issues.  The second meeting was largely devoted to church administrative and financial business.

Any other business:  In view of their plans to leave Neuchâtel in the second half of the year, Bernard and Hazel Moreau were thanked by all members present  for their work for the church.

 

 

SERVICES Normally on the 1st, 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month: Holy Communion on the 2nd and 4th Sundays, Service of the Word on the 1st Sundays, Informal Breakfast Church on 5th Sundays

Our address is Chemin du Crêt-du-Chêne, 2000 Neuchâtel (no street number)

  • Financial Giving

We do not receive any external funding, and rely on the gifts of its members to sustain the Lord’s work in Neuchâtel.

We are a church that believes in tithing, so 10%+ of our income is given to support missions in Switzerland and overseas.

We also support Beryl Baker, a medical missionary in Paraguay.

In 2016 the offerings at the Carol and Harvest services meant that we could send ≈2,200 CHF for her medical work with the Indian people of the Chacos.

If you would like to support us, the church maintains an account at the

UBS, Place Pury, Neuchâtel.

  • Account number: F28003141
  • Sort Code: 0290
  • IBAN: CH25 0029 0290 F28003141