Dear *|FIRSTNAME|*,

Summer seems to be in full swing and schools and universities are winding down for the year. Secondary school students are wandering around in all their finery, going to and from end of year celebrations. The morning sun is shining in a clear sky, promising a long day of warmth and outdoor living.

In Celtic spirituality, the Celts were said to have two homes: the house inside and the universe outside. In winter-time the hearth was their centre, and from May to November, the sun. In Ireland they imagined God as the divine thatcher, building the house of the world. As we cherish the vibrance of summer, here is a Celtic prayer speaking to our creator and creating God as the “householder of all”.

Householder of all, you made this house by hand
from sea-bed foundation to canopy of heaven.
You designed every touch and finished off every detail
and still you keep creating.

Create in me a sense of wonder at my body’s doing this day.
Forgive me when I am dissatisfied with my appearance or ability.

Create in me a desire to care for the blest inheritance that is your house.
Forgive me when I put my comfort first.

Create in me a love for all who inhabit your house this day.
Forgive me when I find love difficult.

Create in me an awareness of your sacred ground as I set foot on paving stone and work-place floor this day.
Forgive me when I am dull to all around me.

Heavenly Householder, bless the work of all our hands
so we may co-create this house with you and make it a fit habitation for all.
May I cherish this house as my home this day. Amen.

(Commentary and prayer taken from “The Celtic Wheel of the Year”, Tess Ward)

Carolyn

Refugee Sunday

Last Sunday we had the privilege of welcoming Marie-Christine Nibagwire, from Rwanda who shared her story of fleeing with her daughter from the Rwandan genocide of 1994 and her passion to support refugees. Click here for the script from what she shared. Click here to watch a short film which was made in 2016 about Marie-Christine and the plight of refugees.

 

Worship this coming Sunday 4th July
God coming through – God’s story – our story

10.00 Morning Prayer on Zoom, click here for the order of service, and click here to join
16.00 Holy Communion in Gingins, please register with Liz and read the Covid measures

16.00 Online Holy Communion, livestreamed from Gingins, click here to join in at 16.00, or to watch later.

Coming up this week

07.30 Mon to Fri Morning Prayer
08.30 Sat
Morning Prayer

Regular activities are quietening down over the summer but we are still gathering each day for online Morning Prayer. You are welcome to join us if life is a little quieter, as a way of starting the day. You can dip in and out as works best for you.  

Services coming up in July and August at La Côte Church

During the summer we are gathering to worship each Sunday, with a mix of in person and online services. Please note the times and places of our worship and register with Liz Bramley if you are coming to our in-person services.

Please bear with us as we experiment with live-streaming our services in the afternoon in Gingins during July. We would be grateful for constructive feed-back, for your patience and support. Do log in for the service at 16.00 in July.

Giving thanks for our Gift Day

We have been so encouraged and humbled by your generosity. If you would like to make a donation there is still time. Please ensure that you designate the gift for “La Côte Church Gift Day” and either bring it to our in-person worship this Sunday or donate online.

Safeguarding is increasingly important in a virtual world 

The safeguarding team:

-Is there when someone suspects or has observed abuse or is a victim.

-Is there if someone feels uncomfortable about a relationship or situation themselves

-Does not judge, can flag up help and is discreet.

Covid lock downs and confinements 2020 have resulted in an increase of abuse in the home, if you have concerns don't hesitate to get in touch: safeguarding@lacotechurch.ch and check our page on the website
 
Work with those seeking refugee status
- Mentoring opportunities: Please contact Andrea Goovaerts.
- Accommodation: Please speak to Diantha Terry with any thoughts you have.
- Do you have jobs that need doing? Please contact Diantha Terry.
 
For useful resources click here and scroll to 'links of interest'!
 
Giving online and in person 
 
Many thanks as ever for your giving to the life of our church and thus to our mission and service within and well beyond our community. Here are the bank details for our church: 

IBAN            CH42 0022 8228 5504 9740 H
Holder         The La Côte Anglican Church Development Association, 1267 Coinsins 
BIC               UBSWCHZH80A

Merci beaucoup, diolch yn fawr, Geoff Senogles
 

 

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