Ascension Day has been marked around the diocese with services and events and at La Côte in Switzerland, a country not lacking in mountains, the mountain-top farewell was marked in an energetic manner, as Elizabeth Bramley reports: 

“Summer took a long time coming to western Switzerland this year, but it finally arrived on Thursday 25 May – with a cloudless sky and temperatures over C° 26. The fine weather was good news for La Côte Anglican chaplaincy (serving the lakeside region between Geneva and Lausanne plus the nearby town of Divonne-les-Bains in France) which held a Prayer Walk to mark Ascension Day.

“Starting in the village of Coinsins – and returning there for a potluck meal later in the day – 16 walkers followed a route through local vineyards and woodland. The walkers paused at a series of picturesque locations to read aloud Bible passages, to thank God for the wonders of his Creation and to remember parts of the world where war, greed and intolerance mar that Creation. The final prayer in a sunlit clearing in the dark woods focused on the message “Thy Kingdom Come”.”