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10-16 November: HomeLos in Zurich

General News – Friday, October 13th, 2017

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In December 2015, former rough sleeper Andy Palfreyman hold his first photography exhibition Cardboard&Caviar at the Swiss Church showing the doorways and places where he slept. Read more

We decided to bring Andy’s exhibition to Zurich. From 10-16 November 2017 the Offene Kirche St....

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Saturday, 21 October, 5pm: Organ recital with Ben Sheen

General News – Monday, October 9th, 2017

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Benjamin Sheen is one of the UK’s brightest young organists, having recently won the inaugural Longwood Gardens International Organ Competition. He has also recently been awarded Second Place and the Jon Laukvik Prize at the 2013 St. Alban’s International Organ Competition in its 50th year. He...

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Saturday, 28 October, 6pm: Youth Choir from Zurich-Enge

General News – Monday, October 9th, 2017

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We are delighted to welcome the youth choir from Zurich-Enge to the Swiss Church, led by Ulrich and Barbara Meldau. A group of young people from Zurich will travel to the UK to perform a series of concerts.

They will present a varied programme with works by Burkhard, Archer, Delibes, Film Music...

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Wednesday, 11 October, 10am: Coffee morning for young families

General News – Monday, October 9th, 2017

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Parents and their children are invited to an informal get together with coffee and tea and toys from 10am. The confirmation class from the parish church of Sempach in Switzerland together with the Swiss Church Mother’s Group will meanwhile prepare a short prayer meeting and cook lunch for...

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28/29 September: Exhibition Biblioclasm by Edwin Pickstone

General News – Monday, September 18th, 2017

Biblioclasm is a large-scale site-specifc print installation by Glasgow-based typographer Edwin Pickstone. Immersing the main hall of the Swiss Church in thousands of prints, it highlights the contribution that print has, and has had, on movements of social, theological, and political...

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1 October, 11am: Sunday service with guest preacher Rev Catherine McMillan

General News – Monday, September 18th, 2017

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Rev Catherine McMillan is the Minister of the Reformed Church in Duebendorf, Switzerland. Rev McMillan is one of the Ambassadors of the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches for the reformation year. She is also known from Swiss television where she she regularly speaks the ‘Wort am...

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Friday, 6 October, 7pm: Annual Mosimann’s Fundraising Dinner

General News – Monday, September 18th, 2017

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Enjoy a meal by one of the greatest chefs… and support the Swiss Church!
Globally renowned food business Mosimann’s, founded by Swiss chef Anton Mosimann, will host a fundraising dinner at the Swiss Church London on 6 October 2017, 7pm.

You will be served a three-course meal and a welcome...

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Saturday, 9 September, 5pm: Organ recital Lukas Hasler

General News – Sunday, September 3rd, 2017

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Lukas Hasler, born in 1996, studies organ at the University of Music and Performing Arts in Graz, Austria. Additionally, he studies cultural management at the University of Hamburg. The 20-year-old organist, harpsichordist, composer and choir conductor has attended master classes with Ton...

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Wednesday, 13 September, 11:30am: Lunch for young families

General News – Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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Liebe Schweizer Eltern und Freunde

Dear Swiss parents and friends

Seit vielen Jahren trifft sich die Müttergruppe einmal im Monat zum Zusammensein in der Schweizer Kirche in Covent Garden. Mittlerweile sind die meisten von uns Grossmütter und sogar Urgrossmütter.

Wir würden gerne etwas...

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20 August, 10 Uhr: Pfrn Carla Maurer predigt im Fraumünster, Zürich

General News – Monday, August 14th, 2017

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Am 20. August um 11 Uhr ist Pfarrerin Carla Maurer zu Gast im Fraumünster und wird zusammen mit Pfarrer Niklaus Peter den Gottesdienst gestalten. Alle sind herzlich eingeladen!

Anschliessend findet ein Kirchenkaffee statt mit einem kurzen Bericht über die Schweizer Kirchgemeinde in...

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Swiss Church News autumn edition

General News – Thursday, July 20th, 2017

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The latest edition of the Swiss Church News is out!

The focus of this issue is loneliness, a topic that affects us all at some stage in our life. Read interviews and articles from people who are affected by loneliness. You will also find words farewell from our departing President Johannes...

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1 August, 4-9pm: Celebrate Swiss National Day!

General News – Monday, July 17th, 2017

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Celebrate Swiss National Day at the Swiss Church!

Swiss Food, family activities and singing of the National Anthem.

4-6pm: Cake, tea and family fun

6-9pm: Traditional Swiss food and drinks, catered by Mosimann’s

Click here to donwload the flyer and share it with your friends: Swiss National...

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New organ recital programme 2017/18!

General News – Monday, June 26th, 2017

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Director of Music Peter Yardley-Jones has once again put together an exciting international programme of organ recitals that will showcase our amazing Swiss-built Späth organ. We will host recitals from organists from around the world as well as domestic musicians.

All recitals are free, with...

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17 July, 7-9pm: Evening course “I (don’t) believe in God, but…”

General News – Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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On the third evening of the five part course we will discover the struggles of the Israelites during the Babylonian Exile and read some of the heartbreaking and poetic Psalms of the people far away from their home.

Renate Rothwell awill open the evening with a mindfulness meditation, followed...

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Saturday, 1 July, 5pm: Organ Recital Daniel Glaus (Berner Münster)

General News – Wednesday, May 17th, 2017

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Daniel Glaus is an internationally acclaimed church musician and has composed numerous works.

Since 2007 he is the Director of Music and organist at the Minster in Berne. He teaches at the University of Arts in Zurich and in Berne.

Daniel is currently in London with a Landis&Gyr scholarship...

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Saturday, 3 June, 5pm: Organ recital with Andrew Forbes

General News – Tuesday, May 16th, 2017

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Andrew Forbes is a young British organist, harpsichordist and conductor. Andrew performs throughout Europe as a soloist and accompanist, for services, recitals and concerts.

Andrew is the Director of Music at Glasgow Cathedral, and winner of the 2014 Northern Ireland International Organ...

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7 May, 3pm: Bach Cantata at the Dutch Church

General News – Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

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As part of the ‘Still Reforming – Reformation on London’s Doorsteps’ programme, the Dutch Church invites us to a musical afternoon on 7 May at 3pm.

“A Cantata by J.S. Bach on period instruments”

Johann Sebastian Bach was one of the greatest composers of the Reformation period. A cantata by him...

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4 May, 8pm: Film ‘Langholm Stories’

General News – Wednesday, April 19th, 2017

 

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Langholm Stories by Jamie Telford. A film about people and places.

An affectionate portrait of a tight knit community. A local’s view of the Scottish Border ‘Muckle Toon’ of Langholm and its people, who are bound together by the main event of the year, the Common Riding.

Entrance £5. Cash...

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22 April, 5pm: Organ recital with Thomas Ospital

General News – Tuesday, April 11th, 2017

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Born in 1990, Thomas Ospital began his musical studies at the Conservatoire Maurice Ravel in Bayonne, France. From 2008 until 2015, he was a student at the Conservatoire National Superieur de Musique de Paris. The conservatoire awarded him first-place prices in organ, improvisation, harmony,...

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16 April, 11am: Easter service with group from Rapperswil-Jona

General News – Monday, April 10th, 2017

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Celebrate with us the joy of Easter when we commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. There will be communion.

Rev Cyril Schmitt-Martinez and Celina Braendle from the Reformed Church in Rapperswil-Jona, Switzerland, together with a group of young people will participate in the service. They...

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Things to do in WC2

General News – Sunday, April 2nd, 2017

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Welcome to buzzing WC2!

We are working closely with charities and churches in the Holborn and Covent Garden area to contribute to a lively community and bring people together. Whether you would like to try chair yoga or attend Royal Opera House lunchtime recitals, help gardening or shake your...

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9 April, 11am: Deutschsprachiger Gottesdienst mit Konfirmationsklasse

General News – Friday, March 31st, 2017

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Wir feiern einen deutschsprachigen Gottesdienst am Palmsonntag, zusammen mit der Konfirmationsklasse der Friedenskirche in Bern und Pfarrer Christian Walti. Die Konfirmanden und Konfirmandinnen werden den Gottesdienst grösstenteils selber gestalten und einige werden auch getauft. Alle sind...

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Reformation 500, 7 April, 7pm: German Christ Church

General News – Thursday, March 30th, 2017

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The German Christ Church is home to one of several German Protestant congregations in London.

We are invited on Friday, 7 April at 7pm to learn more about the German congregations in London at the event: “Things we really care about: Tracing the German Protestant heritage”

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3-17 March, 7-10pm: Exhibition ‘Hierophanies’

General News – Friday, March 10th, 2017

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Curator Marian Stindt is the winner of the Swiss Church MFA Curating competition 2017, in collaboration with Goldsmiths college. Her proposal ‘Hierophanies’ by artist Patrick Hough impressed the Art Committee with its reflection of iconoclasm. During the reformation five-hundred years ago, a...

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30 March, 7:30pm: Frank Martin’s mass for double choir

General News – Friday, March 10th, 2017

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The Brandenburg Choral Festival of London exists as a platform for amateur choirs to perform in Central London venues.

It is London’s biggest and broadest celebration of all things choral!

On Tuesday, 30 March, 7:30pm, Vivamus, a London-based chamber choir, is going to sing Frank Martin’s Mass...

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Reformation 500, 11 March, 1-6pm: “Leave Christians a free choice”

General News – Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
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Join us to mark the 500th anniversary of the reformation at the Swiss Church in London!
1pm: Sausage lunch with a twist
After the Zurich printer Christoph Froschauer served sausages to his guests during Lent 1522, the Swiss city and its Church changed for ever. Froschauer was arrested for...
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Royal Opera House lunchtime recitals

General News – Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

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We are delighted to host the Royal Opera House Jette Parker Young Artists Programme at the Swiss Church. The programme is designed to support the artistic development of talented singers at the beginning of their career.

Hear the Young Artists in an intimate setting with the programme of...

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Reformation 500, 12 February, 2pm: A Quaker Meeting

General News – Monday, February 6th, 2017

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The Protestant reformation in Britain continued after the establishment of the Church of England. By the mid-1600s there were several groups of radical dissenters and one of them, the Society of Friends, also known as Quakers, is alive and well in Forest Hill as are many other Meetings...

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“Reformation on London’s Doorsteps” is mentioned in The Times. Read it here!

General News – Wednesday, February 1st, 2017

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The ecumenical project ‘Reformation on London’s Doorsteps’, initiated by the Swiss Church, was recently mentioned in The Times in an article by Ian Bradley from St Andrews. You can read the article here.

To learn more about the project ‘Reformation on London’s doorsteps’ click

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Reformation 500 in January: Exhibition “Baptism, a radical act”

General News – Friday, January 6th, 2017

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The year 2017 marks 500 years since, according to the legend, an Augustinian friar named Martin Luther nailed to the door of a German church 95 Theses that challenged the malpractices of sections of the Roman Catholic hierarchy.

Throughout the year, twelve parishes across London will welcome...

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9 February, 7pm: Fondue night

General News – Thursday, January 5th, 2017

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Join us on this fundraising event for melted Swiss cheese with bread, white wine, a pub quiz and goody bags and help us to raise funds for our work with the homeless, families and the elderly.

Tickets are £35 / £25 concession.

Bookings taken via Lili in the office: 020 7836 1418 or...

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Saturday, 14 January, 5pm: Organ Recital with Jonathan Hope

General News – Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017

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Jonathan Hope is quickly gaining a reputation at home and abroad as one of the most dynamic young organists of his generation. Educated at George Abbot School in his hometown of Guildford, he studied initially with Stephen Lacey, John Belcher and David Sanger, and then at the Royal College of...

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1/8/15 December: Sit in Silence

General News – Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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December is a hectic month. We invite you to escape the busy streets of London and enter a calm space, illuminated by hundreds of candles. Sit, stand or lie in silence on the first three Thursdays in December from 5-6pm and enjoy a moment of peace and quiet, or a cup of tea and a chat with one...

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18 December: Christmas Carol Concert

General News – Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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Join us to celebrate Christmas with the talented Dieci Voices choir. This evening will feature performance and audience carols and readings by members of the Swiss Church and Christ Church. Mulled wine and mince pies will be served.

Starts at 5pm. Admission free – retiring collection.

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19 December: Video Screening

General News – Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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Collectif-fact presents Swiss and international video artists.

Donation bar will be open from 7pm.

Supported by Dragon Hall Trust.

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11 December: Family Christmas in the Woods

General News – Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

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Wrap up warm and join us for stories, carols and hot drinks in Queens Wood!

We will meet outside Queens Wood Cafe (N10 3JP) at 2:45pm which is a 5 minutes walk from Highgate tube station.

For more information, please contact Lili.

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26 November: Christmas Fair

General News – Monday, November 21st, 2016

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11am-4pm

Saturday, 26 November

There will be a selection of hot Swiss food to enjoy and many Swiss products that are hard to find in the UK. Kids and grown-ups can handcraft their own Christmas presents. On top of this amazing raffle prizes are to be won! The Christmas Fair is one of the main...

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21 November: Vintage movie night with live music

General News – Monday, November 21st, 2016

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CELEBRATING CELLULOID

A Vintage Movie Night with Jon Driscoll

7:30pm
Centenary Screening
The Rink (1916) Charlie Chaplin
24min | Comedy, Short | 4 December 1916 (USA)
Live piano accompaniment Matthew Scott

8.15pm
Monsieur Hulot’s Holiday (1953) Jacques Tati
Les vacances de Monsieur Hulot...

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18 November: Panel discussion London – Boom and Crisis

General News – Friday, November 4th, 2016

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Friday, 18 November, 6:30-8pm

London has been undergoing rapid changes in recent years. The capital has become ever more defined by its contradictions – poverty and wealth stand side by side, and wile the luxury property market is thriving, homelessness is rising relentlessly.

Join us for a...

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Things to do in WC2

General News – Thursday, September 22nd, 2016

Have a look at the booklet below to see a range of activities happening in our local area. You are invited to join any of these events. For more events, go to our events page.

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What does the Swiss Church mean to me?

General News – Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We recently asked Symeon some questions and we hope his answers will give you an insight into day-today life at the church.

What the Swiss church means to me in terms of my personal spirituality,?

I have never been part of a church as I never admired any of the priests in the traditional Greek...

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I am now 76 years old but certainly do not feel life is over – quite the contrary: Lotti’s Story

General News – Wednesday, July 22nd, 2015

We love Lotti, she brightens up the church with her joyful presence whenever she comes, which I am glad to say is on a regular basis. We asked Lotti to write a part of her story and we’re very happy to share it here.

Aged 18, I came to London in 1957 to learn English. I fell in love, stayed,...

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Loved in to Life at The Field

General News – Sunday, July 5th, 2015
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‘The Field’ has long been an unofficial name for Lee Abbey’s well-loved campsite, so it seemed the obvious choice as title for what will be less of a ‘camp’ and more of a retreat for 18-30s in July/August 2015. The Field’s history is a huge part of its charm for the 35-strong...

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Andy’s story

General News – Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

I first met Andy about a year ago, I don’t want to say too much because he has written his story below, only that we feel honored that he has chosen to hang out with us and become a part of this community that is growing in Covent Garden.

In August 2014 I was walking past the Swiss Church...

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Just Festival: On the Edge

General News – Thursday, April 30th, 2015

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Just Festival On the Edge started life as a conversation over coffee between Dawn Savidge from Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and me. As community workers on the same patch we thought, why not put on a series of events celebrating our mission and the people and communities who engage with...

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Honouring the stranger

General News – Wednesday, November 19th, 2014

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Ezra: taking a stroll accross the Middle East

General News – Friday, October 31st, 2014

In the book of Ezra we read how the exiled Israelite s traveled back to Jerusalem from Babylon, which is modern-day Baghdad.

This journey was over 700 miles and took them over 4 months to complete.

They started off near Baghdad not too far from the current border with Iran and would have...

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Harvest

General News – Monday, October 27th, 2014

I preached on harvest a couple of weeks ago and here is what I said…

As a Londoner I don’t really know much about Harvest.

So apparently what they do, them farmers in the country, they go around collecting all the plants in the field, and apparently this is a big job that involves things...

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Broken Open

General News – Thursday, October 9th, 2014

We had a great day yesterday at church, a group of teenagers from Switzerland who are doing a confirmation class together came and prepared a service and a meal for our Mothers Group (these days ‘grandmothers group’ is probably a more accurate name).

It was beautiful to witness the...

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full of flavour

General News – Friday, September 19th, 2014

So we are thinking about salt and saltiness this week.

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Matthew 5, Jesus says ‘You are the salt of the earth’

I had to work out what this really means, so i did a bit of research. Salt was very precious, in the middle ages it was known as White Gold and up to the 20th century it...

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All broken, all beautiful

General News – Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Homelessness is a part of our story here at the Swiss Church. This connection is partly because of our locality, we are on the border between the two boroughs (Camden and Westminster) who together host 40% of all rough sleepers in London, and partly because of who we are, a church. As a church...

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Easter Vigil at the Swiss Church

General News – Monday, April 14th, 2014

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Basically, it’s going to be great!

Running over Saturday night and into Sunday. A time and space where people are invited to connect with the Easter story, the Passion, in many different ways. It will be a sensory experience that you will not forget.

Don’t let the practicalities get in the...

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Baptised in a Punch Bowl…

General News – Thursday, April 10th, 2014

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I hope this is not seen as a profanity or a endorsement for superfluous drinking in church…  The reality was that we had someone who needed baptising but a bowl or font or anything to do it from.

The local Baptist church have a full immersion pool, the Anglican church a font attached to...

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Thinking out loud… Community in Covent Garden

General News – Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

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The many different communities in Covent Garden present both a joy and challenge for me as a community worker. There are housing estates, so we have local people, there are countless shops with both casual and full time staff that gives the area a transient and changing feel from one day...

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Swiss National Day in London

Swiss Church Newsletter – Sunday, July 28th, 2013

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Traditionally the Swiss in London celebrate the Swiss National Day not on the official date of 1 August, but 2 weeks earlier as so many return to Switzerland on the actual day, and also to start summer holidays.

The newly appointed minister of the Swiss Church...

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