Sunday 5th July | 4th Sunday after Trinity
Yvonne and I are looking forward to welcoming you this Sunday as we gather together whether that is online or in person at church. Whether online or in person, we are one family, united by the same Spirit who is present in us all, being rescued and restored by the same Lord Jesus, and sharing the same Father who loves us and calls us his daughters and sons.
Thank you for reading to the end of this email which contains information about this Sunday, 5th July, next Sunday 12th July as well as some thoughts about the rest of the summer.
This Sunday 5th July
This week’s Online Worship Service Video will be available from this Saturday afternoon. I am very grateful to our “behind the scenes” team, Louise, Millie, and Richard, whose wonderful efforts continue to make these resources available.
If you are planning to come to the “in person” service at All Saints this Sunday, don’t forget to register by noon on Saturday. You can register through Eventbrite (click here), email Clive (firstname.lastname@example.org) or text or call Clive.
Please note that the service will be projected onto the screen. If you would prefer to use a service sheet, please print your own copy at home and bring it with you. You can download the service sheet here.
Please note that although previously I had announced that we would sing this Sunday, this will now not take place. We will continue to review this possibility.
Next Sunday 12th July
Registration for next Sunday’s service, 12th July, will open on Monday 6th July. Please note that Climbers and Explorers programmes will be available on Sunday 12th. Crèche aged children will be welcome to join the Climbers programme if accompanied by a parent.
You can register in three ways. Online via Eventbrite (click here), by email to Clive (email@example.com) or by telephone to Clive. Please note that registration will close on Saturday 11th 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 ☹. If you feel unwell, it’s essential that you remain at home and enjoy the service online.
How Can I Help?
To enable us to offer an in person service each Sunday we 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. It would be helpful if you could mention 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!!
Reopening All Saints – A Roadmap for the Summer
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.
Guidelines for Coming to All Saints on Sundays
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 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
What’s on this week for children and youth from Calen
Firstly, a huge thanks to Millie Andrews and the entire crew having put together this week’s CLimbers and eXplorers video: do check it out with your littles.
Youth: A lot is on this weekend: while there is no on-site Core Junior or Core Senior, you’re invited to the following:
Core Junior: online zoom gathering at 10h30 (link to be sent SAturday)
Core Senior: Youth Alpha gathering via zoom at 18h on Sunday evening
All: Emily Reid (youth pastor and ultimate ninja at La Côte Anglican Church, Gingins and Divonne ) and I are hosting the best ever jam session for kids between 10 and 18, this Sunday, at 14h in at the Temple de Gingins: this brings together youth from La Côte and from here in Vevey: if you can play spoons, you’re welcome: do contact Calen Gayle, who, with additional chaperone will valiantly accompany young people from the gare de Vevey to Gingins and back again (bring masks for the trains, please)!
What’s on in two weeks: the theatre workshop “Acting it out” allows our cores to look at theatre as a chanec to make friends, grow in their creativity, and maybe learn more about their faith as well! flyer attached.
Finally: all those going on the Youth Alpha Day away need return the registration form by Monday July 6th!
More church news can be found here.
Rev. Canon Clive Atkinson
All Saints’ Church
Avenue de la Prairie, 40
Office tel: +41 (0) 21 922 94 57
Office hours: 08h30 to 12h30 Mondays
12h00 to 16h00 Tuesdays
08h30 to 12h30 Fridays