This year’s Easter Sunday service was a special occasion. We celebrated Easter Sunday and at the same time said our fond goodbyes to our Chaplain, the Revd Paul Brice who is retiring, and his wife Hananja. Our service was held in beautiful sunny weather outside on the grounds of a nearby school, the choir sang delightfully and we were happy to welcome so many people to the service.
Paul has been Chaplain at St Andrew’s since October 2015 and when he and Hananja joined us they were plunged into a whirlwind of a new ministry in a new home, a new country, pre-Christmas and Bazaar preparations and all the challenges that these brought. They met those challenges with aplomb and good humour. We thank Paul for his commitment and compassion, his pastoral care and all the music! We will miss Paul and Hananja very much; their friendliness, warmth and kind-hearted approach has enriched the life of St Andrew’s and we wish them all the best for this next chapter of their lives. Viel Glück und Gute Reise!
We also thank Paul for valiantly navigating all the necessary bureaucracy to successfully recruit our Assistant Chaplain, the Revd Jackie Sellin, together with her husband Mark, to St Andrew’s, and, doing this in the midst of the pandemic. Going forward, Jackie, as Assistant Chaplain, and being already licensed to the Chaplaincy by the Bishop, will be leading worship and pastoral care. Revd Steffan van Munster, who read the Gospel at Sunday’s service, will be continuing to support the community at Zug and occasionally leading worship in the wider chaplaincy. After a certain time the recruitment process to find a new Chaplain will begin, but in the meantime we ask for your support and encouragement for Jackie as she guides us during this interregnum.
Ruth Bailey, Church Administrator