Who we are

Services in December 2016

Hello and welcome to St Peters.

We are an Anglican Church serving the English speaking community in and around the Gstaad valley and the Pays d'EnHaut area of the Swiss Alps. We are home to a multinational Christian family who come from a variety of denominations.

You are more than welcome to worship with us and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

Our vision is to reach out to the English speaking community with the love of God. We aim to be a community where people can become followers of Christ Jesus, and, as part of his community, grow to become like him more and more. We support people in discovering their own unique contribution both in the Church and the world. But above all, our aim is to see Jesus stand out for all to see.

Services at St. Peter's Church, Château d'Oex, December 2016

  • Sunday, 4 December at 17h30: Evening Prayer - Rev'd Clive Atkinson
  • Sunday, 11 December at 17h30: Holy Communion - Rev'd Elizabeth Bussmann
  • Sunday, 18 December at 17h30:  Family Christingle Service - Jonny Torrance and Rev'd Clive Atkinson
  • Saturday, 24 December at 17h30: Christmas Eve Carol Service
  • Sunday, 25 December at 10h00:   Family Service - Rev'd Oliver Benyon
  • Sunday, 1 January at 17h30: Evening Prayer -  Rev'd Paul Cowley

Services at St Nicklaus Kapelle Gstaad, December 2016

  • Saturday, 24 December at 16h00:  Christmas Carol Service - Rev'd Oliver Benyon
  • Sunday, 25 December at 16h00:  Family Service - Rev'd Oliver Benyon
  • Sunday, 1 January at 16:00pm:  Evening Prayer - Rev'd Paul Cowley

Meet our Pastors

Clive has been Pastor of St. Peter’s and All Saints Church Vevey since October 2003. He is originally from Northern Ireland and is married to Yvonne. They have two children, Jacob and Rebekah. When he’s not working, you will find him up a mountain either with a bike or a set of skis.

Clive Atkinson

Clive has been Pastor of St. Peter’s and All Saints Church Vevey since October 2003. He is originally from Northern Ireland and is married to Yvonne. They have two children, Jacob and Rebekah. When he’s not working, you will find him up a mountain either with a bike or a set of skis.


Elizabeth Bussman

Originally from Sussex, GB. Elizabeth was Rector of two parishes near Guildford in 2014 before returning to Switzerland with her husband. Elizabeth and Eddie now live near Spiez with Monty, their Golden Retriever who also often attends St Peter’s! Elizabeth is the Environmental Officer for the Diocese in Europe.

Life Events

The bible compares human life to a journey. Each journey has a beginning, a middle and an end. Along the journey there are a number of significant events where we as a church can offer specific support and assistance.


Baptism and Thanksgiving

Baptism is a public commitment to following Jesus. At St. Peter’s we welcome the baptism of infants whose parents are able to answer in good conscience the baptismal vows put to them. As well as Baptisms we also offer Thanksgiving Services, where we thank God for the gift of a new child and pray for them and for their family. This is sometimes appropriate for those who are either not yet ready for the baptism of their children or who wish to leave that option open until the child becomes a mature believer and is able to make their own decision to follow Jesus. If you would like to know more about baptism at St. Peter’s  please contact the Chaplain.


A wedding is such an exciting, joyful and significant event. We at St. Peter’s love to support those intending to marry by providing both marriage preparation and a wonderful venue in which to hold the service. Please note that according to Swiss Law a civil ceremony needs to be completed before a religious service can take place.


A funeral marks the close of human life on earth. It is an opportunity for family and friends to gather together, express their grief and give thanks to God for the loved one who has died. We at St. Peter’s consider it an honour to share in this stage of the journey with others.

Blog Posts

1914-1918 War: Centenary

On Sunday 29, and Monday 30 May 2016, St. Peter’s Church, Château d’Oex organised a WWI centenary event to remember the sick and wounded prisoners of war, from many nations, who were transferred to Switzerland for internment, under the auspices of the Red Cross (ICRC). The centenary was timed to coincide with first contingent of 700 British soldiers, who arrived in…

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Brief History of St. Peter’s

English in Château d’Oex St. Peter’s was one of thirty or so English churches built in Switzerland during the last quarter of the 19th century, when thousands of British people began to discover the beauty of this country. They first came as tourists, but then settled in significant numbers. Château-d’Oex was one such area and with their arrival came the…

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Giving to St. Peter's


As a self-financed Church, St. Peter's is totally dependent on the donations of its members to pursue its ministry. We are therefore grateful for any financial contribution you might be able to make. You can give in one of the following ways:

Pink payment slips are available in the entrance hall of St. Peter’s.  You can also request some from the treasurer, Guy Girardet, guy.girardet@gmail.com

You can make a bank transfer to:
St. Peter’s Church Château d’Oex
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
IBAN CH08 0076 7000 K055 3316 0

UK residents can make a contribution via the website of the Intercontinental Church Society (ICS) and claim Gift Aid.
Please be sure to specify in the comments field that your contribution is for St. Peter’s, Chateau d’Oex.
ICS website:  http://ics-uk.org/supporting-ics/donate

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