This coming Sunday, 12th September, we are focusing in our worship on the abundance of Creation – with a particular focus on bread. Iona member and baker Joy Mead writes: “In bread we see the true connectedness of all life – the uniting of body and soul, spirit and material. It is not just a symbol of life, it is life itself. Without food, life is impossible, so eating becomes sacred. Take and eat means take and live; to share food is to share our life. Jesus, in a simple act, made eating and sharing sacred.”

I wonder when you last chewed on fresh bread and really savoured its simple, profound, body-mind-spirit nourishment?

The One Loaf

Out of fire it comes with bodily contours satisfying to all senses:
A warm loaf; seedy and grainy soft and being-shaped,
Its yeasty smell, homely and heavenly,
Of fungus and damp autumn woodlands…and the sun’s warmth.
All life is here:

Ordinary, good and beautiful: growing things and cow dung,
Woody roots and seeds, bodies of creatures long dead in the soil;
All in this given bread of our beginnings; all in our breaking and sharing
Our one loaf.

Joy Mead


Worship this coming Sunday 12th September 
Creation Time: Abundance 
10.00 Holy Communion in Divonne with Sunday Club
16.00 Holy Communion in Gingins
We will try to livestream both these services, if you would like to join us use this zoom link
Please register with Liz Bramley and read the Covid measures for our in-person services

Do you have unlimited 5G in France?
If so, please let Louise know so that we can stream our service in Divonne this Sunday.


Thank you to many of you who have responded to serve refreshments, the rota is filling up well. Please be in touch if you would like to help. We are aiming to offer coffee/ tea/ a soft drink after church, while implementing Covid safety measures, including servers who are double vaccinated and the wearing of masks and social distancing. Sharing a drink after the service will help us strengthen our community - re-connecting after a long time apart and welcoming new-comers. 

 Important Community Message
Vaccination is recommended by the WHO and the medical profession as the best way of containing the virus and its mutations, of which the Delta variant is gaining ground in Switzerland in general.  We would like to encourage anyone who is not yet vaccinated to consider doing so to protect themselves and the other members of the congregation, some of whom are especially vulnerable. In this way we can all return to worshipping together safely. If you have any concerns or questions, please do consult your doctor.

PLEASE do make sure you wear your mask properly in church to protect yourself and others - it must cover both your mouth and your nose. We will also ensure ventilation and proper spacing between households.

Coming up this week

09.30 Tuesday Prayer group chez Traceys
19.00 La Côte Blokes' dinner at Le Prieuré, Nyon
07.30 Mon to Fri (
08.30 Sat) Morning Prayer on zoom

Click here for zoom links and other details

Coming up elsewhere

Do you know if anyone in the church community who would have an empty house for a formerly wealthy Geneva educated Afghan government minister, his wife and three chuldren(4,3, 2 months) in CH? Thru qualify for 13,000 Airbnb francs but the houses listed are at 6000 a month. Looking for an alternative. It has to be on the swiss side! Please contact Vanessa Mitchell Thanks!

16th September: Start of Community Bible Study (CBS) on the book of Revelation. For more information about this study course click here and for more information about CBS click here.

GEMS are looking for vaccinated helpers to support an outreach for English speaking mothers of young children. For more information click here. If you would like to help please contact Caryn Cornelisse. Please tell any young English speaking Mums you know about GEMS. 

Stephen Ministry provides high-quality, one-to-one, Christ-centered care to people experiencing life difficulties. Would you like to train to become a Stephen Minister in the Geneva region? Click here for more information.

Sarum College, Salisbury, is offering a course by Zoom on the theology of reproductive loss on Wednesday 29 September, 11:00 - 17:00 (with a break for lunch). For more information, click here and to register, click here.

Next Sunday 19th September at 10.00: 
An ecumenical service at Bonmont instead of gathering at La Côte

We hope that you will be able to attend this special service which will have a Celtic and Taizé flavour, conducted in three languages and welcoming the new students from the Bossey Ecumenical Institute. This service marks the “Jeûne Fédéral”, an annual day which traditionally called on the Swiss people to fast and pray for the welfare of the nation.

Bonmont Abbey is a beautiful former Cistercian Monastery, where Christians of many different traditions will gather. We look forward to seeing you there – and do bring children for our activities outside, in French and English – unless it is pouring with rain!  

Click here for further details.  

Please register by phone 022 361 78 20 (9-12.00) or by email by 15th September.

Click here for directions to Bonmont Abbey. You will need to drive up from Crassier to La Rippe, or from Cheserex, and park above the Abbey.

From your safeguarding team

As the Rentrèe 2021 approaches we look forward to worshipping together again. Our volunteers will take up or renew their roles to maintain our vibrant church activities. We thought it timely to remind you about our role as safeguarding officers in promoting and working towards keeping our church a safe place where our congregation can feel secure and cared for. Safeguarding is an integral part of the wellbeing of our Church community. We are here not only to work through the formalities of short training or administrative safeguarding checks with you but to support you in strict confidentiality if concerns relative to abuse arise. You can count on our understanding and goodwill in all things safeguarding.

Christine Warren, Cate Bichara and Liz Martinez

Contact email:

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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