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FIRST COMMUNION YOUNGSTERS WELCOMED IN SWITZERLAND

Posted on 15 June 2017

FIRST COMMUNION YOUNGSTERS WELCOMED IN SWITZERLAND

Elizabeth Bramley writes; “The 12th century stone church in Gingins, Switzerland, tends to be cool even in summer, but on Trinity Sunday with the temperature well over 30° outside and a large crowd packed inside, the place soon started to warm up. Parents, grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins and friends all turned up to the mid-afternoon service to see 15 young people of La Côte Anglican chaplaincy taking their first communion. La Côte’s youth band, directed by youth worker Calen Gayle, led the music and singing.

“Following the prayers led by our CEMES intern, Alison Speed, the young people were welcomed to the Lord’s Table. When the adult congregation was asked “Will you parents and all the church family continue to worship and learn together, supporting these children and young people as we grow together in faith and love?” the answer was a unanimous and resounding “We will”.

“Our chaplain Carolyn Cooke led the service, but our former chaplain Paul Holley who now has a parish in Bodmin, Cornwall, just happened to be on holiday in the area and stopped by for the service. Paul recalled having baptized three of the children during his time at La Côte.

“Another member of the congregation commented that the “fantastic service” was a truly “special occasion” for the children. “I’m sure it will stick in their memories forever,” she said. “It was such a privilege to share in giving them Communion for the first time. I found it very moving.””