This coming Sunday we will be focusing in our worship on those around our world who are seeking refuge, a safe place to live and contribute to life. We will be welcoming Marie-Christine Nibagwire, who is a refugee from Rwanda who will be sharing her story in our services, helping us to engage more deeply in the issues.

So our prayer this week gives thanks to God whose love knows no bounds nor boundaries, and who blesses us with friendships across cultures and difference.

God Beyond Borders

God beyond borders,
we bless you for strange places and different dreams,
for the demands and diversity of a wider world,
for the distance that lets us look back and re-evaluate,
for new ground where the broken stems can take root, grow and blossom. 
We bless you for the friendship of strangers,
the richness of other cultures
and the painful gift of freedom.
Blessed are you, God beyond borders.
But if we have overlooked the exiles in our midst,
heightened their exclusion by our indifference,
given our permission for a climate of fear,
and tolerated a culture of violence,
Have mercy on us.
God who takes side with justice.
Confront our prejudice;
stretch our narrowness;
sift out our laws and our lives with the penetrating insight of your Spirit
until generosity is our only measure. Amen.

Source: “Refugee Evensong” by Woolman House Community, Liverpool, England. Published by KAIROS: Canadian Ecumenical

Justice Initiatives in Seeking Shelter: Advent 2012 Ecumenical Resource for Justice Seekers


Giving thanks for our Gift Day

A warm thank you to everyone who participated in our Gift Day, joining us on the day either online or in person, for all your prayers and for the generous donations for our Gift Day. We have been so encouraged and humbled by your generosity. The total amount so far is nearly CHF 18,000. On behalf of our church and ministry, thank you to everyone who has contributed.

 If you would still like to make a donation – there is still time. Please ensure that you designate the gift to “La Côte Church Gift Day”. You could bring it to our in-person worship this Sunday or donate online.

Worship this coming Sunday 27th June
Focusing on World Refugee Day

10.00 Holy Communion in Divonne
16.00 Evening Prayer at Gingins
For these two services, please register with Liz and read the
Covid measures

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

Coming up this week
Monday 28th Church Council
Tuesday 29th Bible Study 
07.30 Mon to Fri, 08.30 Sat Morning Prayer

New Treasurer for La Côte Church

We are very thankful to Geoff Senogles for faithfully serving our La Côte community as church treasurer. Due to his personal work load he has given in his resignation and we are now looking for a volunteer to take on this role. If anyone is interested please get in touch with who will explain what the job entails. If you have accounting and book-keeping skills, please prayerfully consider whether you could take on this role. You would be working with a committed team – Liz Bramley and Mark Warren – together with a Swiss accountancy firm in Nyon who oversee all our transactions.

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: 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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