Who we are
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.
April 2017 – Services and events
Sunday, 9th April – there will be the AGM at 4pm at St Peter’s Church, all welcome to come and hear what is going on. This is followed by our 5:30pm Palm Sunday service.
Monday, 10 April – the film Risen will be shown at 7:00pm at Chalet Notre Dame. Light supper beforehand from 6:00. Please let Marilyn know if you can come, it is suitable for the whole family. The film is a professional production about the last days of the resurrection, seen through the eyes of the non believer Clavius, a Roman tribune.
Wednesday, 12 April – the musical Noah is being produced by a Swiss Christian group involving 60 local teenagers in Rougemont. It will be at 8pm in the Grande Salle Rougemont (it is in French).
Good Friday 14 April – Clive Atkinson will hold a special hours meditation at St Peter’s Church from 2:30-3:30pm.
Sunday 30 April – there will be a supper after the evening service at Marilyn Dyrbus. Please let her know if you are coming, all welcome and bring friends!
SERVICES IN APRIL – all held at 5:30pm on Sunday evenings in St Peter’s Church
Sunday, 2 April – Evening Prayer – Rev’d Clive Atkinson
Sunday, 9 April – Palm Sunday service – Rev’d Clive Atkinson
Sunday, 16 April – Easter Service – Rev’d Elizabeth Bussmann
Sunday, 23 April – Evening Prayer – Rev’d Elizabeth Bussmann
Sunday, 30 April – Evening Prayer – Rev’d Clive Atkinson
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.
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.
The bible compares human life to a journey. Each journey has a beginning middle and end. Along the journey there are a number of significant events where we as a church can offer significant 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.
St. Peter’s Blog Posts
NOE (Choral concert), Rougemont, Wednesday 12 April 2017 The churches in the Pays d'EnHaut are contributing to this concert by providing accommodation and meals to the participants for their one night (12 April) in the region. This involves: 1) Accommodation 2)...
The Church Today St Peter’s, the Anglican Church in Chateau d’Oex, continues to play an important role in the Pays-d’Enhaut and Saanenland, in spite of the fact that the number of British citizens has been decreasing over the last few decades. It is the only Anglican...
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...
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...
Giving to St. Peter’s
Pink Bank Slip
Pink payment slips are available in the entrance hall of St. Peter’s. You can also request some from the treasurer, Guy Girardet, firstname.lastname@example.org
You can make a bank transfer to:
St. Peter’s Church Château d’Oex
Banque Cantonale Vaudoise
IBAN CH08 0076 7000 K055 3316 0
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