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Our New Chaplain
We are pleased to announce that the Bishop has appointed the Reverend Prebendary Stephen Stuckes as the next permanent chaplain of St Ursula's. He took up his duties on 1 May. Stephen Stuckes was previously Vicar of Alcombe, near Minehead in Somerset, was Rural Dean of Exmoor and a Prebendary Canon of Wells Cathedral. Stephen is in his fifties, and before he was ordained was in the Somerset police. His wife Jane is currently teaching at a school near Taunton. We pray that Stephen's ministry will bear much fruit among us.
Stephen's first service at St Ursula's was on 7 May. His formal installation service will be on Saturday 27 May at 3.30 p.m.
Our Summer Fête
Our Summer Fête on 20 May was a great success. The sun returned, and there was good fellowship. Although the bookstall reported a lower level of interest, the shortfall was made up by Georgina's cake stall, and by the usual success of Jana's English food. The restaurant, barbecue, Pimms on the Lawn and fun and games all contrinbuted to the good atmosphere.
And we took over Fr6'200 (not all profit, by any means!) - almost as much as last year, and more than the Fête in 2015.
(We've put some pictures of the fête in a photo album)
Water, water, Uganda
We and our Junior Church have been taking a keen interest in a project to bring clean water to villages in the Kigezi diocese in Uganda. Some of our church members have been to the area and helped with the work, and he have dedicated our Harvest and Christmas collections to the plan, which is also supported by Tear Fund Schweiz. We have also become friends with Revd Reuben Byomuhangi, who has spoken to us on a number of occasions.
On 21 May, the Bishop of Kigezi, the Right Reverend George Bagamuhunda, came to St Ursula's, and updated us about what is going on in a brief illustrated talk during coffee time.
Our Building and Energy Project - An Update
We hope to bring you regular news about the building project. For the current state of progress, click here.
New Things in Biel/Bienne
Our Assistant Chaplain, Mark Pogson, is establishing a pattern of English services in Biel/Bienne. Services will be held at 1700 on the first and third Sundays in the month, thanks to the hospitality of the Old Catholic community there, who have placed the Epiphany Church at Quellgasse/rue de la Source 27 at our disposal.
The church has its own website, biel-english-church.ch, which gives more information.
New Things in Thun
We have held services in Thun for many years. They have always been on Thursday evenings, and for a long time were in rather a remote part of Thun.
Now we have moved, to the French Chapel at Frutigenstrasse 22, less than five minutes' walk from the station. Our first service there was on 19 January, and you can seem some pictures of it here. There is a flyer here - print one out for a friend! Details of how to find us can be found here.
Be Green - Raise Funds
We still need to raise funds for our Sustainability Project. A while ago, we held a British Pub Quiz evening with traditional "pub grub". "The Mushy Peas" triumphed over "The Roundheads" and we raised over Fr1000.
An Ethiopian Night is planned for 9 June - flyers available here. We hope to see you there!
Lots of further events are under investigation - we'll keep you informed!
Money, money, money
Many of our members pledge to give a regular sum to support the church. We receive no state support, and have to finance the ministry here ourselves. Our pledge appeal was sent out in October, but there is still time to add to the growing number of people who pledge to the church. You may fill in a form (there are several in the church hall) and give or send it to the Treasurer, or pledge online.
Our Chaplaincy Survey
As part of our preparation for a new chaplain, we conducted a short survey to get solid facts about our congregation - they are not all over 70, they are not all women, they are not all cradle Anglicans, they are not all English (or even British). We also asked what the church meant to them, and how they saw its future.
Isabelle Wienand, did the hard work of sifting through the answers and preparing a report for Council (to help us draw up the profile) and for the congregation. You can find a copy of it by clicking on this link.
Energy and Sustainability
Over the past three years, a team headed by Hans Goepfert has been studying and analyzing the church's energy use. We have also taken expert advice, and where possible have made use of the cantonal energy programme.
Our plans are now mature. The 2016 energy report is available here along with Annexes I, II, III, V, VI, VII, VIII and IX. The aim (in no particular order!) is to have a warmer church, to make major savings in our heating and energy costs and at the same time to benefit the environment. This will cost money - more than we have!
We are pressing forward with planning the work and raising the money. It makes little sense to delay, or to do the work in stages - like many things in this world, our many projects are bound up together. Doing them by stages would increase the overall cost of the work, and mean a series of small appeals, which would be less assured of success than a single big one!
We placed a contract in August for managing the project, and the preliminary work is under way for getting building and planning permission where it is needed (for all the complex is listed and under Denkmalschutz).
Our Sustainability Appeal has already had a spectactular response. An anonymous donor has given us the Fr250,000 which was the original target suggested by the GEAK report. Alleluia!. This does not mean that the appeal is over - we have several projects (church lighting, church sound system, hall kitchen update) which need funding - and with building work, one never knows if an estimate of Fr250,000 will turn into a bill for Fr350,000 - or more! So our appeal team will continue in place, and you can help consolidate its strength by sending a donation to Postfinance account 60-666488-7 (IBAN: CH61 0900 0000 6066 6488 7), St Ursula's Charitable Association. Donations are tax deductible.
There is more information on our Appeal pages.
As an English-speaking church in a German-speaking land, we have few direct contacts with the flood of refugees who come from the Middle East. We donate money to our sister congregation in Athens, who are directly involved in the hardships there. We give to specific projects run by Refuge Egypt, Tear Fund and Partner Sein, and other charities which are directly involved in this problem.
Books for our Book Sales
Our book sale team have produced some notes on how you can help them by briniging the right kind of book, and not bringing the wrong kind of book. You can read their notes here.
Many of our members have responded to our appeal, which we have tried to keep simple and direct. Trying to move with the times, we are introducing the possibility of pledging "on-line" - the pledge page on our website has details. We hope that paying on line will come later. In any case, every rappen is appreciated!
We have started a series of reviews to bring interesting books to people's attention. These consist of short talks in church, or articles in the magazine. We hope this leads to wider use of the library.
Our librarians have been very busy over the past few months drawing up a catalogue of books available in our library (although we haven't catalogued the abundant children's books (yet)). You can see their catalogue here. The library is open most Sundays after church during coffee time, and everyone is welcome then to browse or to borrow.
Breakfast at Church
Since May 2014, we have enjoyed a church breakfast on the first Sunday of the month. We provide the food (cereals, fruit, juice, yoghurt, croissants, bread, tea, coffee), you provide the company.
Some 20 people have turned up for these regular breakfasts, which have been greatly appreciated. There are some pictures on our Picasa site.
Our next breakfast at church is on Sunday, 4 June. See you there?
There's up-to-the-minute news as well on the church's Facebook site. Take a look!
Dates for your Diary
|Sat||27 May 2017||1530||Installation of Revd Stephen Stuckes as chaplain|
|Fri||9 June 2017||1830||Ethiopian Dinner|
|Sat||2 September 2017||1000-1400||Autumn Book and Food Sale|
|Fri-Sun||8-10 September 2017||Archdeaconry Retreat at Männedorf ZH led by Rt Revd George, Lord Carey.|
|Sat||28 October 2017||1000-1200||Children's Toy and Equipment Sale|
|1 December 2017|
2 December 2017
|Every Wednesday||0915||Parents and Tots|
|Every Friday||0930||Patchwork Group|
|Every Saturday||0930||Choir Practice|
Flyer with details of our Lent and Easter Services and activities
What's Happened Recently?
A Time of Transition
After Peter's departure and before Stephen's arrival, we had the chance of experiencing different styles of ministry, and the Diocese arranged for us to be served by a variety of "locum" chaplains (the Latin locum tenentes means "standing in place of"). These have included
We are grateful for all they have done for us, and for the change to enjoy the rich diversity of their ministry.
The Bishop's Lent Appeal
The Bishop's Appeal this year was for the Menedékház Foundation in Budapest. Menedékház is Hungarian for "shelter", and the Menedékház, founded in 2005 on the outskirts of Budapest, helps homeless families with children reintegrate into the workplace and society at large. Further information about the appeal is on the diocesan website.
The church has been be supporting this appeal. Although Lent is past, you can still give your own donation by a payment to the charitable association's Postfinance account, 60-666488-7, marking the payment clearly "For the Bishop's Appeal".
Mission Sunday - 26 February
For many years we have been supporting the Holy Land Institute for the Deaf at Salt in Jordan. With the support of the Anglican Bishop of Jerusalem, they have bben providing schooling and training for deaf people in that part of the Middle East. They run a boarding school, and have been perfecting a sign language for local Arabic speakers.
With the war in Syria, their task has become harder, with the large influx of refugees coming to Jordan. We made them the focus of our Mission Sunday service. Gerhard Tschanz, who is active in support for the mission from the Swiss side, and who knows their work well, told us something about their work, with some practical demonstrations for us all of what it is like to be deaf, or even daf and blind. After the service, there was a bring-and-share lunch.
Pancakes and Ashes
28 Feburary was Shrove Tuesday, and we held our traditional pancake evening, with copious pancakes for all tastes - from chili con carne to sugar and lemon! And, of course, a quiz...
The next day, 1 March, was Ash Wednesday, withour traditional service and imposition of ashes.
Our Christmas Bazaar
Our Christmas Bazaar on 25 and 26 November was well-attended as always. People commented on the warmth of the welcome and the usual wide selection of stalls. You can find some pictures on our Facebook pages and our Google photo albums.
Our takings were a very satisfactory Fr22,000. Food, cakes, patchwork, books, bric à brac all did well, as well as our guest stalls, with fudge, with aloe vera products, and with mulled wine, samosas and mince pies. The roast turkey lunch on the Saturday and the raclette on the Friday evening were well appreciated.
Nativity Play Our annual Nativity Play was a successful adaptation of the theme. The children had written their own take on the events at Bethlehem from the viewpoint of the principal characters - Mary, Elizabeth, a shepherd, the wise men, Herod, even the donkey! You can see some pictures here.
Christmas Baking & Crafts Day Thanks to Ruby Wildhaber, we held a Christmas season day of baking and craft-making for young and old on Saturday, 10 December. The cookies and other products were sold after the Nativity Service the next day, and raised over Fr400 for Tear Fund. There are some pictures here.
Do you know that we regularly put pictures of church events on our Google website? They are worth taking a look at to see if there are faces you recognize, or memories you recall. Take a look!
We also want to keep our address lists up to date, so that we can contact you if the need arises. There are cards in the porch and in the hall for newcomers to give us their details. If you have not yet filled one of these cards in, please help us by doing so and leaving it in the box in the porch, or giving it to the sidesperson. And if you change your address, please let us know!
We want you to make the most of the information we have on the web. Have you looked at our sitemap to see just what there is you can find out about? Have you tried clicking on some of the links on our pages to find out more?
In addition to photographs on this website (see the magazine index page for a list), the church has a Picasa site, with pictures of church events, new and old, and many of the sermons in St Ursula's in recent years have been recorded for you to listen to.
If you have ideas for improving the information we can give, or if you have pictures of the church or our activities that you would be willing to share on this site, do please contact us.
The church magazine appears every two months, in paper format and on the web. If you are interested in saving paper and reading the magazine on line, please use this link to ask us to provide you with details.
Shrinking the Footprint
We are committed to the Church of England's environmental campaign, Shrinking the Footprint, which aims to make church members more aware of their place in the world around us. It also aims to reduce the church's consumption of non-renewable resources, and specifically to cut carbon emissions by 60% by 2050.
Walter Bisig is our chaplaincy's environmental officer, working on making our activities greener.
A team of church members is helping with measurement, evaluation and proposals, drawing up an energy audit of the church's premises, which should lead to a long-term strategy for reducing our consumption. See the item above for details of what they have achieved.
HD - Page last modified 26 May 2017