This week I have been encouraged by the bold assertions of some leaders to cut carbon emissions, as unveiled in the global online climate summit. I feel we need to pray for the leaders at every level of our society to take courageous steps to clean up our act with regards to planet earth.  Yet I sense that we also need to be praying daily for courage to live differently ourselves, adopting a Sabbath vision of life that is willing to regularly step away from consumption, production, activity, always more. I was challenged this morning as I joined in a conversation with our “Coffee, Cake and Catch Up” group who were discussing “the art of saying No.” (This is a chapter in “An Altar in the World” by Barbara Brown Taylor).

This Sabbath vision can potentially permeate every aspect of our lives and help us to become far less focused on grasping the resources of creation and instead giving us space to reverence what is. Just one small example was around the purchase of strawberries that have appeared on our supermarket shelves. Maybe you do this already, but we discussed being well informed about what we are buying. For example, we can check the label, know where they come from, how much precious water was used to irrigate them, how much pesticide, the extent of travel to reach our shops. A Sabbath approach nurtures contentment with what is in season around us, encourages us to wait for local produce and to be more thankful when at last it does arrive. 

Here is a prayer to help us tune in to Sabbath resistance, cherishing and preserving the fragile beauty of our world in a way that might just turn us into mini revolutionaries!


Loving God,

Thank you that you invite us into Sabbath rest in our own lives. Help us to live into a pattern of work, play and rest that you ordain for our good.

Thank you, Creator God, for this Sabbath way of being that you long for all creation.

Deepen our wonder for the natural world – as we learn to stop and see that it is good.

Help us to honour you, the Maker of all, with daily steps to care more and to cherish the resources that we have.

Inspire us each day to know when to say no, when to wait, how to give away, rather than to grasp for more.

Creator God, in your great mercy, hear our prayer.  




AGM next Sunday!

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Worship this coming Sunday 25th April
3rd Sunday after Easter: The Good Shepherd lays down his life for the sheep

10.00 Service of Holy Communion zoom link and order of service
11-11.10 A chance to discuss the sermon after the service
11.15 Sunday Club


Coming up this week

Monday 26th Church Council
Tuesday 27th Prayer Group
Friday 30th CCC
Sunday 2nd Morning Prayer and AGM
07.30 Mon to Fri, 08.30 Sat Morning Prayer


Other news
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.

French Residency

If you are a UK citizen and live in France, but have not yet applied for residency, then you might find this information from the Diocese in Europe helpful.

Are you a keen photographer?

Johan is looking for photographs to use for the La Côte Facebook and Instagram accounts. If you take a beautiful photo please think of sending it to Johan so that we can share them with our followers (and it's handy for us to have local instead of copyright-free images).

You can send him your photos at :

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
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
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Merci beaucoup, diolch yn fawr, Geoff Senogles


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