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A Zoom Study morning on Saturday 6th March, organised by Holy Trinity Church, Geneva

Saturday 6 March: 10.00am-11.10am and 11.30am-12.30pm Zoom Study meeting, organised by  Holy Trinity Church, Geneva Led by Dr Clare Amos ‘Why did Jesus have to die?’  This study morning, held in the middle of Lent, as we prepare together for Passiontide, will seek to explore this fundamental question at the heart of our Christian faith. WeContinue reading “A Zoom Study morning on Saturday 6th March, organised by Holy Trinity Church, Geneva”

2021 Bishop’s Lent Appeal for the English Church of Liège (Belgium)

A message from The Right Reverend Dr. Robert Innes, The Bishop in Europe: My Lent Appeal this year is concerned with restarting ordained ministry in a chaplaincy that has gone through tough times but where there is great potential. The new chaplain is one of the (very few) stipendiary, trained curates from our own diocese.Continue reading “2021 Bishop’s Lent Appeal for the English Church of Liège (Belgium)”

Favourite Hymns

Guide me, O thou great Redeemer ‘Guide me, O though great redeemer’ is without doubt one of the great Welsh hymns. It has a tune that is difficult to forget and a text that is personal but not sentimental. The words contemporises the Exodus from Egypt, so that the singer identifies their own ‘pilgrim’ withContinue reading “Favourite Hymns”


“Hope” is the thing with feathers BY EMILY DICKINSON “Hope” is the thing with feathers –That perches in the soul –And sings the tune without the words –And never stops – at all – And sweetest – in the Gale – is heard –And sore must be the storm –That could abash the little BirdThat keptContinue reading “Hope”

Ash Wednesday, 17th February, online services on this date

This year we are regrettably unable to hold a service for Ash Wednesday here in church at St Andrew’s. Instead, you may be interested in participating online with one of these online services: A pan Diocesan service starting at 19.30 CET will be live-streamed for everyone to join on Diocesan YouTube and Diocesan Facebook page.Continue reading “Ash Wednesday, 17th February, online services on this date”

Favourite Hymns

Dear Lord and Father of mankindThe second line runs, “Forgive our foolish ways…..”, which I’m sure we quickly forget ! Notes on the music by our organistThis is one of the hymns where music and words are so inextricably married to each other. Hubert Parry wrote the tune, but it was the director of musicContinue reading “Favourite Hymns”

Lent Group 2021

Lent Group ‘2021 will take place at 18:30 hrs on Wednesdays, as is our habit, and will start with an introductory session, for which no preparation is required, on 24 February. The sessions will be online. The Chaplain will send out the book details next week and anticipates using an e-book version, due to BritishContinue reading “Lent Group 2021”

Thine be the glory

À toi la gloire Nothing shouts ‘Easter’ like this grand hymn at the end of an Easter Day service. The tune is taken from the oratorio ‘Judas Maccabaeus’ by that great German-turned-Englishman Handel. The text, however, was written in French by a Swiss minister Edmond Budry (1854-1932), and afterwards translated to English. Another twist toContinue reading “Thine be the glory”

Do you prefer a pdf or paper?

We recently had a delivery of ‘daily notes’ booklets. Yes! – printed on paper, for subscribers from St Andrew’s . . . This question is an on-going debate, perhaps equivalent to the new phrase ‘being zoomed-out’ and wanting physical presence. St Andrew’s members have been using Daily Bible reading notes here for many decades. WeContinue reading “Do you prefer a pdf or paper?”

Pan Diocesan service on Ash Wednesday, 17th February

The Diocese in Europe will be holding an online service of Evening Prayer with a Homily on Ash Wednesday, February 17th, at 19.30 CET/18.30GMT. Revd Sam Van Leer, the new Archdeacon of North West Europe will lead the service and Bishop Robert will preach. The service will be streamed live on the Diocesan YouTube channelContinue reading “Pan Diocesan service on Ash Wednesday, 17th February”

Favourite Hymns

Love divine all love’s excelling – this great hymn by Charles Wesley isamong the most universally published hymns in hymnbooks of allpersuasions. And yet there was little agreement on what tune it shouldbe set to: contenders included “Beecher”, “Love divine” (by Stainer), oreven that grand Welsh tune “Hyfrydol” – but in recent decades anotherWelsh tune,Continue reading “Favourite Hymns”

Music on Sundays

In our efforts to offer more music (in the absence of our beloved choir), Shaun and Eleanor will present two pieces this Sunday, January 31st, from the repertoire of the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple. Eleanor continues… “We quickly discovered that there is ‘little’ (for which, read ‘none’) solo vocal musicContinue reading “Music on Sundays”

Wednesday Prayers continue – come rain, come shine

The grass is always greener… when it’s not snowing! Green was the grass in the garden, when we began our weekly outdoor communion service this morning at 9:30. By the time we’d finished, the table and the grass had become white with snow. The text of the president’s service sheet gradually changed from black toContinue reading “Wednesday Prayers continue – come rain, come shine”

Favourite Hymns

Amazing Grace Amazing Grace is perhaps the most well-known Christian hymn of all time. It was written in 1772 by John Newton, who through a compelling spiritual experience, turned from a slave-trader into an abolitionist. The tune it is now sung it to was written in 1835 by William Walker, an American composer. In thisContinue reading “Favourite Hymns”

Re: think – The Revd Gloria Naylor

Join our zoom gathering next Tuesday evening to consider contemporary issues. Tuesday 26 January 18:30 [ a zoom link will be sent to members of St Andrew’s on the day. To ensure your participation, or if you are a guest from elsewhere in the Archdeaconry, drop an email to the Chaplain, stating which chaplaincy youContinue reading “Re: think – The Revd Gloria Naylor”

Pancake Tuesday

Calling all pancake lovers!  If COVID restrictions in place at the time allow us to, we will be selling pancakes on Sunday February 14, the Sunday before Shrove Tuesday.  You may order them in bags of 6 (hygienically prepared and packaged by our team of home cooks) for 10 chf per bag.  Just re-heat onContinue reading “Pancake Tuesday”


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