Evening Services

We warmly invite you to join us for our Evening Services held each Sunday at 5.30 p.m. Services are being held in-person at St. Peters and also online. 

Please contact us for Zoom details or join our YouTube live stream. Our weekly newsletter provides details of services and activities.

Find out a little more about our chaplain, Mark Fletcher and his family here.

St. Peter's Renovations

Please join us in preserving the rich heritage of St. Peter’s, our local Anglican church in Château d’Oex.

September 2024 will mark 125 years since the original building of St. Peter’s was completed. Despite the harsh conditions of the Alpine winters and the summer storms, the building has weathered well. Over the years, however, time has taken its toll. A recent assessment by our architect, Beat Wampfler, together with the Swiss Monument Protection Society, has revealed that it is urgent that we restore the façade and address related areas of concern on the exterior.

Your support and generosity in contributing to this renovation will ensure that future generations in the Pays d’Enhaut will continue to find solace, inspiration and a sense of community at St. Peter’s.

 

At the end of 2023 we were just short of our initial target. 

Donations at the excellent New Year recital by Grace and Theo together with sales of work has now brought the total received up to 75,000 francs. This means that we are now in a position to take the project to its next stage of finalising the specification and seeking quotations for the work.

Having reached that level does not mean that the Appeal is closed!

The overall project, based on preliminary figures, was estimated to cost twice that amount and we will only know the final sum when the quotes are received. The more we can raise now will help ensure that all other necessary work can be done at the same time. 

The response to our Renovation appeal has been very encouraging and we sincerely thank all those who have contributed to it; without your support it would not be possible for the work to go ahead.

If you are still planning to help finance the Church repair project, as a reminder, here are our bank and giving details:

Donations in Swiss Francs (CHF) to St Peter’s Church account at BCV

  • IBAN: CH08 0076 7000 K055 3316 0

Donations in British Pounds (GBP) in the UK (through Intercontinental Church Society):

  • IBAN: GB40 BUKB 2031 5290 5179 68

Alternatively, donations can be made by card payment through their website:

Remember to quote “St Peter’s restoration” on your payment!  We are grateful for your support and for the various fund-raising activities that have taken place and been planned.

More details in the full fundraising campaign in English and French.

About St. Peter's, Château d'Oex

St. Peter’s is an Anglican Church which has served the English-speaking community of Château-d’Oex and the Gstaad region of the Swiss Alps since 1899. We are home to a church family from a wide variety of denominations and nations.

We exist to reflect the love of God and to be a community where people can explore the life of faith, ask questions and encounter God. We are a community where all are welcome, and we love to see people grow and flourish as they find their place and discover their unique contributions to the Church and the world.

Worship is simple, thoughtful and accessible. We would love to welcome you to worship with us and if you have any questions please don’t hesitate to contact us.

St. Peter’s is an Anglican church within the Diocese of Europe. We are a member of the Federation of Anglican and Old Catholic Churches in the Canton de Vaud. Learn more about the FACVV on their website here

St. Peter’s is committed to being a safe place for everyone, but particularly children, young people and vulnerable adults. 
We are a member of the Anglican Communion, and follow the House of Bishops guidance and policies on Safeguarding. 
Our Safeguarding Officer is Caroline Hatchell who can be contacted by email.
 
The Diocese of Europe’s safeguarding page can be found here and it contains important information including contacts for the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. If you are concerned that a child or adult has been harmed or may be at risk of harm please contact Caroline or the Diocesan Safeguarding Advisor. And of course if you have urgent concerns about the safety of someone, please contact the police and your local authority’s children or adult social care services.

Life Events

Saint Peter's Anglican Church, Château d'Oex - Serving Château d'Oex and Gstaad region, Switzerland

There are milestone events in life, and we are delighted to walk with you at these moments.

For more information about Baptisms, Weddings or Funerals at St. Peter’s please contact the Chaplain.

Baptism is more than just a thanksgiving for the birth of a child. It marks the beginning of the life of faith and becoming a part of the Church. 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.
 

There is nothing quite like a church wedding. They are beautiful and romantic and deeply significant moments in your life together, as you stand before friends and family and God, and make solemn vows of love to one another. St. Peter’s is a beautiful church to be married in, and we would be delighted to share in the preparation for this most special day. 

Despite the sadness and loss that we experience at the end of life, funerals can be deeply significant events, that help us to grieve, offer the comfort of faith, and celebrate the life of our loved ones. We consider it an honour to share this stage of the journey with others.

How to find us

Services on YouTube

Visit the St. Peter’s YouTube channel to see some of our previous services or the link below to watch last Sunday’s sermon. 

Last week we looked at the teachings of John 15:1-17 to explore the essence of a meaningful life from a Christian perspective. In a world often preoccupied with outward appearances, possessions, and social standings, God values the state of the heart. Central to this message is the concept of “remain” or “abide,” a term that echoes throughout the passage, inviting us to deepen our connection with the divine essence of love and unity that Jesus represents.

The imagery of the vine and the vine grower served as a poignant metaphor, mirroring the scenic vineyards of Switzerland, to unfold the teachings of Jesus. Jesus, as the true vine, offers a connection to a spiritual heritage where believers are expected to bear good fruit. A key aspect of a life well-lived involves bearing fruit rich in love, joy, peace, and other virtues. The necessity of pruning, both in vineyards and in personal lives, signifies that undergoing challenges and hardships can lead to greater personal growth and fruitfulness. Joy, a lasting and profound contentment which differs from fleeting happiness, is found in a life deeply rooted in Christ and is a product of a life abundant in the fruits of the Spirit.

See the sermon below, or find the full service here