Fundraising for the restoration of St. Peter’s started in late 2016 and many generous contributions have been received from individuals and businesses in Château d’Oex and Gstaad.
Restoration of Building
Work on the building started in summer 2017. Since then the interior has been completely repainted, new electrical wiring and heating has been installed and six stained glass windows have been installed on the south side of the church.
Restoration of Stained Glass Windows
The objective of the restoration is to:
- improve the stability of the glass to deal with movement;
- replace cracked panes;
- install insulation glazing on the outside of all the nave windows and, possibly, also the chancel windows;
- improve the ability of the windows to absorb changes in temperature.
The church has a welcoming ambiance that is enhanced by the simplicity of the stained-glass windows on the side walls. After over 100 years, these windows now have to be restored if we want to keep the church in good condition for future generations.
We have been fortunate to find an experienced restorer in Saanen who is prepared to do this for us.
The church has 14 stained glass windows. The three chancel windows are very precious and depict parables from the bible. The windows on either side of the nave are simpler and give the church its cosy atmosphere.
Ways that you can help
All donations are welcome. The estimated cost of this restoration is CHF140,000.
With a donation of CHF 12,000 you can sponsor a complete window and we will be pleased to put a plaque with your name on it next to the window, inside the church.
Payments may be made in several ways. Please be sure to note in the comments field of whichever form you complete that your contribution is for “St. Peter’s Church Windows, Chateau d’Oex”.
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, window fund.
ICS website: http://ics-uk.org/supporting-ics/donate