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									Swiss Church News
Winter 07
Swiss Church in London Eglise suisse de Londres Schweizerkirche in London Chiesa Svizzera a Londra Baselgia svizra a Londra

Dear Reader, Welcome to the last issue of the Swiss Church News in 2007 – the Christmas Issue. In it, we shall explore some aspects of the works of Karl Barth, one of the most influential theologians of the 20th century. Known by all theologians around the globe, he is far less known among lay people. Still, he exercised his influence on many aspects of our churches by influencing thousands of Ministers and other theologians. Barth is no easy read as you will probably realise when looking at the article next to this column. Also, in the Theological section, you will find another article about Karl Barth and his reaction to the Second World War. He addressed the British in an open letter “A letter from Switzerland to Great Britain” and theologically legitimised the British struggle against Nazi Germany. An important theological letter, which is worth noting! There is also another historical contribution: one about the old clock in the foyer of the Church. Please have a look at our Events section. Our film series has started and will continue until February next year. Our Christmas Fair is nearly upon us and I hope that many of you will be able to come and join us.

Giotto di Bondone, The Epiphany, 1320-25

”And she placed him in a manger” “It is not necessary for the Saviour to be born again. He was born for once and for all. But that He may come to us. The place, where He is within us, has much in common with the stable in Bethlehem: it is not looking nice, but rather desolate. Not cosy and comfortable, but rather uncomfortable and inhumane – not all that far form the animals. Our proud or modest inns and us as their inhabitants – they are but the surface of our lives. Underneath, there is a hidden depth, a foundation, even an abyss. And there we are, everyone in his own way, destitute, lost sinners, sighing creatures, all bound to die, people who do not know what to do or where to turn to. And in this very place, Jesus Christ visits us, even more: he has visited all of us already! Thanks be to God for this dark place, for this manger, for this stable in our lives! Down here, we need Him. Down here, He has also good use for us, every one of us. He is waiting

Luke 2,7

for us to recognise Him, to get to know Him, believe in Him and love Him. Down here, He welcomes us. Here, we have no choice but to welcome Him again. Let us not be ashamed to be so close to the donkey and the oxen! Especially here, He is very close to all of us.” By Karl Barth

In this edition
From the organ loft - - - - - - - - - - - - 2 Parish Weekend - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 5 THEOlogical - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 6 All about Time - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 House Auction - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 8 Youth and Family - - - - - - - - - - - - - 9 Events Listing- - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 10 Quiz corner - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - - 11

From the organ loft
Minister’s report
I would like to start my report with a personal note. In September I informed the Consistoire and the Parishioners of my intention to leave the Swiss Church in May 2008. This was by no means an easy decision and certainly not one I took light-heartedly. I would like to return to University for some further studies and I feel that this is the right time for me to do this. When I will be leaving in May next year, I will have been in London for four and a half years, a decent period of time which I thoroughly enjoyed and will continue to enjoy until my last day at the Swiss Church. It is too early to say good bye now and too early to look back at my time in London. There are still about six intense months to go – months during which many exciting activities will take place. Advent and Christmas is traditionally a busy time not only for us at the Church, but for everyone living in the Western world. On the second Sunday of Advent, the City of London Choir together with Dr Hilary Davan Wetton, our Organist, will give a Christmas Carol Concert. Like last year, Margaret MacDonald and Thorsten Therweiden, who both work for the Swiss Embassy, will sing solo parts. A week later, on 16 December, we will be holding our traditional Family Christmas Celebration. For other events, like film screenings, concerts and faith outings, please have a look at our events page or check our website at: www.swisschurchlondon. In September we welcomed our former Youth- and Parishworker, Beatrice Waelti, together with her partner, Simon Dettwyler, their daughter Salome and their families and friends to the Swiss Church. Salome was baptised and wel-

Father Joaquin Fernandez

Our annual Parish retreat took us to beautiful Leicestershire where we spent a nice week end in good company. Please read Chris Dyke’s report on the week end.
Beatrice with Salome

comed as a member of the universal Church of Christ. On the same day, we celebrated Emel Rochat’s 80th birthday. Two weeks later, on 16 September, after our ecumenical service, we celebrated another birthday: the 85th anniversary of Elena Bertin. I wish both Emel and Elena God’s blessing and good health.

At the end of October, we had to say farewell to Carine Brendel, our secretary. She left London for her native Leukerbad after 14 months at the Swiss Church. Carine will be greatly missed and I wish her well for her future! Looking forward to seeing you in Church! Rev David Leuenberger

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Elena’s birthday

For our ecumenical service, we invited Father Joaquin Fernandez from the French Catholic Church at Leicester Square. Fr Fernandez preached on the parable of the Lost Son and conducted the liturgy together with me.

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From the organ loft
News from the Consistoire
“Saint Esprit consolateur, viens souffler sur les inquiétudes qui peuvent nous retenir loin de toi. Et donne-nous de découvrir les sources de confiance déposées au plus profond de nous.”
Frère Roger de Taizé

the Swiss Church to meet with potential candidates. The Consistoire has been actively involved in evaluating the plans of Christ and Gantenbein for the Swiss Church Project and providing feedback to the Architects. We have also formed a subcommittee consisting of Ruth Luka, Valérie Lehmann, David Leuenberger and myself. We are planning a presentation of the new plans on Sunday, 2nd December following the Service. The architect, Emmanuel Christ, will be present. Below you will find a long section showing the planned new layout. There will be four levels; basement, entrance hall, office and a meeting room on the top. David Leuenberger and I have also attended a number of Design Team Meetings. The meetings are headed by Rolf Peruzzo, from Jackson Coles, our Project Manager and Quantity Surveyor. What a coincidence that he is Swiss, but work-

specialists: Christ & Gantenbein, the leading Architects, the building surveyor/architect who is responsible for renovating the historical parts, the project manager & quantity surveyor, the structural engineer, the mechanical and electrical engineer, the acoustical engineer, the lighting

It is a very beautiful and comforting image; the holy spirit blowing away the worries that keep us at a distance from God. We might not be aware of those “inquiétudes”, still the Holy Spirit will puff them away. And then the prayer asks for help in finding the sources of confidence within us. In this manner we can become less vulnerable to our many “inquiétudes”. At the first Sunday service in September, we announced that David Leuenberger, our Minister, will be leaving at the end of May 2008. His contributions over the past four years have been many and the Consistoire looks forward to his continued support and drive over the next eight months and recognises the difficult choice he has had to make at this stage of his career. It will not be easy to replace David, but then it never is when an individual has left so many positive marks in his role. The Consistoire together with the Federation of Swiss Protestant Churches has started the search for a new Minister. If all goes well we plan to have potential candidates presenting themselves early 2008 at Services in the Swiss Church. As always, the engagement of the congregation in the selection process is valued by the Consistoire; accordingly please keep the Sundays in January free to come to

Architect meeting

consultant, the building control consultant who approves the plans in terms of safety regulations and disability access, the party wall surveyor and the CDM coordinator. I wonder how many specialists were supporting George Vulliamy when he built our Church in Endell Street in 1854/5! The building works might start in May, if there are no delays in getting planning permission. Construction will last approximately nine months. During this period we will need to find alternative accommodation. David Leuenberger has written to several Churches, and we are visiting and talking to a number of Parishes. The building works might start in May, if there are no delays in getting planning permission. Construction will last

Long section, date 11.10.07

ing for an English firm of construction consultants. The team now consists of the following


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From the organ loft
approximately nine months. During this period we will need to find alternative accommodation. We are again planning a new Concert Series starting in January. Very generously, the City Swiss Club has decided to award us the proceeds of the Annual Banquet and Ball on 24 November. Their generosity is most welcome, all the more so in light of the Building Project under way. On behalf of the Consistoire I would like to thank Carine Brendel for the excellent work she has done for the Swiss Church. We wish her all the best in her new endeavours back in Switzerland. Wishing you a peaceful Advent and Christmas Season. Ursula Jost

Youth and Parish Worker’s report
The long summer break ended with a bang and a triple event at the Church on 2nd September! We had Salome’s christening, Emel’s 80th Birthday celebration and an organised tour through the famous SACRED exhibition at the British Library in the afternoon. The next event on the calendar was the Arts and Crafts Workshop led by Ray Andrews, where the participants crafted a big communal poster for Harvest Festival, which is now on display in the church lobby (see picture on the last page). On 22nd September, I organised a big breakfast for the Youth group at the church. This was a good opportunity for au-pairs to get to know each other as most of them have only just recently come over to the UK. Needless to say that I got inundated with questions of why/where and how things work over here in London and as I have been here a fair while myself I was competent in answering most of their questions! Then we were off to Hothorpe Hall for the Parish Weekend. This was a very positive experience for me, as all of the young people with the ages ranging from 9 to 22 years took part in my key ring and calendar making using photos which we took and printed out on site together with other arts and craft material which I took with me. Also part of my programme was the Games evening on the Friday night where we all came together for a new Quiz (a little invention of mine) and round trip to view all the historical sites. In the afternoon we visited the so-called “pump room” for high- tea, where I told them about the English tea culture and how to drink tea properly. So we were all sitting there in a very refined British manner, making light conversation to the tune of Eric Coates’ “ By the sleepy Lagoon” being played on the grand piano in the corner! We also each had a taste of the healing Bath Spa water, which is served straight from the hot wells. Due to its sulphuric content it tastes rather horrible and it got passed on quickly…

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as everyone joined in, we had a lot of fun competing against each other! As I play the piano, I was also happy to teach the children some simple tunes which we performed at the African style service on the Sunday. The following week I took the Youth group to Bath, where we went on a

BSL workshop at the Swiss church

On the following Wednesday I conducted an introductory workshop into BSL (British Sign Language) for the Muettergruppe that meets once a month. There were about 25 people interested in this and after 2 hours everyone felt fairly competent with signing basic phrases, finger spelling the ABC and doing some of the NMF (Non Manual Features). I hope they are all busy practising at home right now!
Youth Outing in the “Pump Room” in Bath

Juliette Pfaff


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Parish Weekend
Report by Chris Dyke
What have Jacob, a Fox and Good Company got in common? You guessed! Another Parish Weekend. This time at a venue often used in the past, Hothorpe Hall in rural Leicestershire. In the hustle and bustle of our daily lives it is often difficult to find space to relax and contemplate the wider issues of life. This weekend was such a chance, with good food, good company and copious free coffee. Add to that Hothorpe is in a fantastic rural setting and was blessed by the beautiful weather of an Indian summer. So where does Jacob come into the story? Well in fact Jacob was the story taken from the Old Testament, which formed the theme of the weekend. Now to be fair I always see these Old Testament characters as nearly all the same. Pious old men with long beards, whom we are life I could not wait for the next episode to see what happened. For our younger members they had a great weekend mixing social chit chat as only teenagers can do with small projects and games, not only amongst themselves but with our two youngest members who made great key rings and calendars to remember the weekend by. a pleasant excursion to see the locks in action. It is always a salutary lesson to see how advanced our forebearers in the late 1700’s were. We even talked with a man taking his barge back to London

Foxton Locks

Youth Group

for the winter. He expected the journey to take eight days which means as I sit here writing this he has still not finished the journey our train did last week in 50 minutes!

If by now you are wondering about the Fox... That is Foxton Locks. The Grand Union Canal runs from the East Midlands past Hothorpe Hall on its way to London. To do so it has to climb a hill nearby. This is accomplished by a flight of locks called the Foxton Locks. On Saturday we had Another Parish Weekend is being booked, perhaps even at the same venue. Be there. You are missing something!

Chris Dyke

Bibliolog workshop

supposed to look up to. How wrong can you get? Here was a story of scheming, devious people trying to gain riches and glory and never mind who suffers. This story makes Eastenders look pretty tame by comparison! For the first time in my

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Karl Barth & WWII: A letter from Switzerland to Great Britain
Karl Barth (10 May 1886 – 10 December 1968), a Swiss Reformed theologian, was one of the most influential Christian thinkers of the 20th century. Born in Basel, Barth spent his childhood years in Bern. From 1911 to 1921 he served as a Reformed Minister in the village of Safenwil in the canton Aargau. In 1913 he married Nelly Hoffman. They would have four sons and a daughter. Later, he became professor of theology in Göttingen, Münster and Bonn. He had to leave Germany in 1935 after he refused to swear allegiance to Adolf Hitler. Barth went back to Switzerland and became professor in Basel. or possessions. Manifesto of the Ninety-Three German Intellectuals to the Civilized World Barth was originally trained in German Protestant Liberalism but reacted against this theology at the time of the First World War. The 1914 “Manifesto of the NinetyThree German Intellectuals to the Civilized World” carried the signature of some of his former teachers. Barth believed that they had been misled by a theology which tied God too closely to the finest, deepest expressions and experiences of cultured human beings, into claiming divine support for a war which they believed was waged in support of that culture, the initial experience of which appeared to increase people’s love of and commitment to that culture. Barth broke with Liberalism when his former teachers and colleagues expressed their support of the German war aims. Barmen Declaration In 1934, as the Protestant Church attempted to come to terms with the Third Reich, Barth was largely responsible for the writing of the Barmen declaration which rejected the influence of Nazism on German Christianity - arguing that the Church’s allegiance to the God of Jesus Christ should give it the impetus and resources to resist the influence of other ‘lords’ - such as the German Führer, Adolf Hitler. Barth mailed this declaration to Hitler personally. This was one of the founding documents of the Confessing Church and Barth was elected a member of its leadership council, the Bruderrat. He was forced to resign from his professorship at the university of Bonn for refusing to swear an oath to Hitler and returned to his native Switzerland, where he assumed a chair in systematic theology at the university of Basel. In the course of his appointment he was required to answer a routine question asked of all Swiss civil servants, whether he supported the national defense. His answer was, “Yes, especially on the northern border!” Time Magazine: Barth Declares War On Monday, 8 September 1941, the Time Magazine published an article with the title: Karl Barth Declares War. “We Christians do not accept this war as a necessary evil,” Barth writes. “We approve it as a righteous war, which God commands us to wage ardently.” And the Time article went on to say: ”So last week declared the world’s most influential Protestant theologian, Swiss Calvinist Karl Barth. So saying, he reversed his pre-war stand that Christianity need not concern itself with such mundane struggles, that war never K. Barth on the April 20, 1962 solves anycover of the TIME magazine thing. Dr. Barth is a theologian’s theologian. Known to few men in the pew, he nevertheless profoundly affects them at third hand - for the theologians whom he influences influence the preachers of the Christian world. Nazis ousted him from his chair at Bonn in 1935 for his resistance to Hitler, and now he teaches in his native Basle. Last week the first copy of his latest book, A Letter to Great Britain

Karl Barth

Römerbrief His most important early book was a commentary on Paul’s Epistle to the Romans. In it, Barth argued that the God who is revealed in the cross of Jesus challenges and overthrows any attempt to ally God with human cultures, Book by K. Barth achievements,


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from Switzerland, was sent to TIME. Its influence will be enormous - and more immediate than usual. Wrote Dr. Barth: A Letter to Britain from Switzerland “The Christians who do not realize that they must take part unreservedly in this war must have slept over their Bibles as well as over their newspapers. . . . “Adolf Hitler attempts to force his ‘New Order’ on Central Europe today, on the whole of Europe tomorrow, and on the whole world the day after tomorrow. Its establishment is to be achieved by the whole might of Germany’s military power, which is impelled by the force of a heathenish religion of blood, despotism and war. . . . We Christians cannot say ‘No’ nor ‘Yes and No’ to this war; we can only say ‘Yes.’ . . . We must not evade our responsibility for seeing that this war is waged, and waged ardently”. “You may have been struck by the fact that the ultimate reason which I put forward for the necessity of resisting Hitler was simply the resurrection of Jesus Christ. I have been struck, on my side, by the fact that in your pronouncements various other conceptions have been put forward as primary and ultimate reasons - such as ‘Western civilization,’ ‘the liberty of the individual,’ ‘freedom of knowledge,’ ‘the infinite value of the human personality,’ ‘the brotherhood of man,’ ‘social justice,’ etc. . . . ceptions sufficiently indicate the distance between us and Hitler? Must we not make the gulf much wider? Ought not our opposition to him to be genuinely Christian? . . . Our resistance to Hitler will be built on a really sure foundation only when we resist him unequivocally in the name of peculiarly Christian truth, unequivocally in the name of Jesus Christ . . . “. “I cannot venture to prophesy when, where and how Great Britain will conquer. But that she will conquer I am sure, because I have more confidence in British toughness than in German energy, and because ultimately I ascribe greater historical weight to the better cause . . . than to the evil and fundamentally fantastic cause of Adolf Hitler.” After the end of the Second World War, Barth became an important voice in support both of German penitence and of reconciliation with churches abroad. Rev David Leuenberger

Karl Barth writing...

“There is no need for me to assure you that the terms you use have a very positive meaning for me also . . . but do those con-

Swiss Church Postcards
If you live in the UK, you will have noticed a set of postcards which has been enclosed with your copy of the Swiss Church News. These postcards make our new brochure, introducing people to our Church. They have been designed by Jannuzzi Smith Ltd. We are very grateful to both Michele Jannuzzi and Lisa Brioli for their help and all the effort they put into the creation of these cards. One of the five cards serves as a reply card which can be returned to us to either join the Swiss Church or to request some more information. We would be grateful if you could pass these cards on to someone you know who might like to become involved with us. Also, if you are not a member or a friend yet, please feel free to take this opportunity to fill in the reply card yourself and return it to us. If you need more sets of cards to pass on, please get in touch and we will happily provide you with some more.


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All about Time
All about time keepers... How observant are you?
In our meeting room there is a very interesting clock on the wall. It seems to have been there at least since living memory – and may well have survived the fire of 1930 which caused much damage in our Church. Inside, someone has written “cette pendule a été donnée à l’Eglise par Vu l l i a m y, horloger du Roi”. It seems likely that it was donated by Benjamin Vulliamy, the Clock in Swiss Church Lobby son of Justin Vulliamy, the found of our Church. Benjamin was “Keeper” of the Kings Clocks. Further explanation is handwritten inside our clock. “In 1797 tax imposed on all persons in respect of possessing and use of watches al well as clocks.” The produce was far from reaching the estimated yeald (sic) while the operation of the tax was such as nearly to ruin manufactures in less than a year. The manufacture had diminished by one half - thousands of personnes (sic) were deprived of employment. Although the imposition of this obnoxious tax paralised (sic) the horological trades it had the effect of creating a new kind of time keeper for Tavern Keepers, anticipating a society of time keepers among individuals with one mind, seem to have adopted a bold mural- time piece for the benefit of those who visited their public rooms. These “Act of Parliament clocks” as they were called had a large dial of wood painted black with gilt figures not covered by a glass, and a trunk long enough to allow of a second pendulum.”

Inscription inside clock

Here the writer ran out of space! What do you think about the clock?

Emel Rochat

“House Auction”
House for sale
This year the Swiss Church will be hosting an open “house auction”. Rosmarie Sabir has been working on this remarkable Doll’s House for the last five months. She remembers fondly owning a very similar one when she herself was a child and would now like someone else to benefit from this exquisite toy. Ideally it should go to someone with a child, as it would be a great shame if it remained on display only, as in it are hidden hours of fun. You can place your bid by calling the office on 020 7836 1418 or by sending an email to It is with great precision, that all the rooms specially selected from the UK and Switzerland. This was a long and still on-going process, as Rosmarie keeps spotting items for the house wherever she goes and if deemed suitable, they have to be bought on the spot! The Doll’s House is now on show at the Swiss Church and anyone interested is most welcome to come and view this masterpiece.
Rosemarie’s Doll’s House

and most of the furniture have been hand decorated and all the materials have been

All the proceeds will go to the Swiss Church.


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Youth and Family
“Being an au-pair in London” by Sarah Burkard & Rahel Moll
“Today is an exciting day: I can go out of London for the first time, since I arrived here as an au-pair. I am going to make a trip to the seaside, to be precise, to Eastbourne organized by the Swiss Connection. The programme says: Meeting at 9 am at Victoria station, by the main ticket office. But what a station! As everything else in London the station is huge. Ok, over there is the main ticket office and there ... a glimpse of red. I have finally found Juliette. As always, she is wearing a red coat and several Swiss accessories so that everybody can recognise her. With a warm welcome in High German, Swiss German and English, all together in one sentence, she introduces me to some other girls. Juliette tries to get us the cheapest tickets possible and as she knows more about the different “group saving offers” than the confused man at the ticket office, the guy finally gives in and makes a cheap offer for the whole group! We spend the journey having a snack and chatting with each other about experiences and everyday problems as an au-pair. Most of us wake “our children” up, have breakfast with them and get them ready for school or nursery. Once the kids are at school, we have to do some tidying up and cleaning and then we are normally free until we pick the kids up from school in the afternoon. This allows us to attend language school, to meet friends or simply to go shopping. As soon as the children are back, there is a lot for us to do. It is not always easy to entertain kids who are tired from school and grumpy and especially to motivate them to do their homework. After preparing tea it is bedtime. But going to bed is not possible without the daily bedtime story. The daily routine is similar for most of us, even though the au-pairs with younger children are spending more time with them, whereas those with older kids normally have to do more housework. Nevertheless our experiences are quite varied, depending on the relationship with the host family. While some of us are seen as real family members, others are going through a nightmare, being more servant than au pair and finally decide to change their families. The next stop is Eastbourne. We walk along the beach to the cliffs of Beachy Head, where we enjoy the fantastic weather! It was a great day and I had a fantastic time and found some new friends. In the following months, I have taken part in several great events organised by Juliette. So thanks to her and the Swiss Church, I got some very interesting impressions of London and other parts of England, which I certainly wouldn’t have had without the Swiss Connection.” Rahel Moll (22 yrs) Sarah Burkard (22 yrs)

Family activities
For the families, the year started in September, with the children going back to school and the families going back to their routines. We have had two outings, one in Hyde Park, where the wind was blowing so strong and sooo cold (!) and one in Greenwich Park. Greenwich Park was great! Five families joined us. We first had a quick look in the National Maritime Museum and then went in the Park. We have also had four Sunday-Crèches, where the children enjoyed making their own puzzles with their own drawings and creating a Harvest collage. By the time you will have received the Swiss Church News, we will have had some nice events, like our first Family Fondue and the Swiss Christmas Fair. I sent out the invitations to the Fondue a few days ago and four families have already registered! At the Swiss Christmas Fair we will have a children’s corner with activities for children of all ages and a children’s raffle with a prize for each “picked drawer”. December will be a very busy time. The first event will be our Christmas Workshop, then we will meet Father Christmas in our Christmas Family Service (16 December at 3pm). We are still looking for some more actors/singers to take part in a Christmas Show. If you are interested in joining the company, please contact Juliette (020 7836 1418) or myself (07958 305 218). In January we will have a Sports Day in Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre and in February we will take part in a family event proposed by the National Portrait Gallery. Please have a look at the family calendar, where you will find more information. You will also find further details in the invitations to the outings in the foyer or sent to you by email, if you wish. We are looking forward to meeting you! Valérie Lehmann


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Events listing
Sunday-Crèche: 2.12 (Christmas workshop*), 16.12 (Christmas Family Service starting at 3pm, traditional Family Service with Santa Claus, music, nativity play, angels, shepherds), 6.1, 20.1, 3.2, 17.2 Toddlers group 5.12, 16.1, 30.1, 6.2, 20.2 *This is a “Drop-in-at-any-time“-workshop for children of all ages! Adults are welcome to take part, too. As Christmas is getting nearer, houses are being decorated and prepared for this beautiful time!! It will be great fun to make our own Christmas decorations, snowmen, window decorations etc.

Saturday, 12 January Sports Day, Rascals soft play area for 2 - 12 year old Swiss Cottage Leisure Centre, Adelaide Road Fees: Under 5: £ 4.65 Time: 10am The Soft Play area is great fun for the children who can climb on ladders and through holes, slide down and walk through tunnels in a safe environment. Please bring comfortable sportswear and a lot of drinks for the children, as they will sweat a lot!! The leisure centre has a nice restaurant, where we will eat together afterwards.

There is also an outdoor playground, a nice swimming pool with family sessions and a climbing wall. Saturday, 16 February National Portrait Gallery, St. Martin’s Place Fees: free We will take part in family activities organised by the National Portrait Gallery. Further details will follow in the invitation to this outing. Contact details: Valérie Lehmann: 079/5830 5218, Juliette Pfaff: 020/7836 1418,

Concerts and Swiss Films
Concert by Central School of MacDonald, Soprano followed by mulled wine and mince pies Speech and Drama Tickets: £10 (£8 concessions) Thursday, 22 November 07
At 7.30pm at the Swiss Church We are delighted to be hosting this con- Swiss Film: Vitus cert, performed by artists/pupils from the Thursday, 17 January 08 Central School of Speech and Drama, a renowned Acting/Musical School. Directed by Dr. Paul Barker, the Senior Lecturer in Music Theatre, they will be performing Fauré’s “Requiem”, Mozart’s “Ave Verum” and choral numbers from musicals such as “City of Angels”. Entry is free. Donations welcome. At 7.30pm at the Swiss Church

Swiss Film: Das Fräulein - Uprooted orderly lives Thursday, 14 February 08
At 7.30pm at the Swiss Church A drama by Štaka. Ruza left Serbia, her country, over thirty years ago and lives in Zurich. Her daily life is a string of repetitive moments until, one day, Ana arrives on the scene and upsets Ruza’s painstakingly organised world. A subtle friendship develops between the two strong-willed women. All films are in German (CH) with English subtitles

Christmas Carol Concert Sunday, 9 December 2007
At 6pm at the Swiss Church City of London Choir Dr. Hilary Davan Wetton, Conductor Thorsten Terweiden, Tenor, and Margaret

A moving comedy-drama. Vitus is a boy who almost seems to be from another planet: He has hearing like a bat, he plays piano like a virtuoso and studies encyclopaedias at the age of five. No wonder his parents begin to anticipate a brilliant future for him…

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Quiz corner
How well do you really know Christmas?
I can’t believe a year has passed and Christmas is on our doorstep already. Time seems to fly as fast as Santa’s sledge in the sky! But have you, and this goes for young and old, ever asked yourselves how much you really know about Christmas? CHRISTMAS QUIZ Our culture has influenced our understanding of the story of the birth of Jesus. A lot of misconceptions have arisen due to this. The more difficult questions help clarify the difference between the original Bible story and modern ideas. This biblical Quiz should answer some of your questions... Good luck and I wish you a merry Christmas and happy New Year! 1. • • • • Jesus was born in what town? Jerusalem Nazareth Bethlehem New York 7. What does “wise men” most likely refer to? • lawyers • star gazers. • priests • doctors 8. Who told Joseph and Mary to go to Bethlehem? • an angel • Caesar Augustus. • Herod • No one told them to go. 9. In which books do we find the story of Jesus’ birth • Matthew • Mark • Luke • John • 10. How many wise men came to see Jesus? • One • Two • Three • The Bible doesn’t say see Jesus. The Bible never describes them as kings. It‘s just the song that says “We three kings of orient are“ Matthew 2:1 “Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem,” 6. None of the Above. Luke 2:12 “And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.” peace, good will toward men.” 7. Star Gazers. Star gazers could often navigate, predict the times for best planting, knew math, astronomy and calendar systems. They were very important in agricultural societies. 8. Caesar Augustus. Luke 2:1, 4 9. Matthew and Luke only. Mark and John to not talk about the birth of Jesus. 10. No one knows, but more than one. Some SUPPOSE that there were three since there were three gifts, but that is just a guess. Matthew 2:1

2. Joseph was a: • Carpenter • Doctor • Engineer • Fisherman 3. Why didn’t Joseph and Mary stay at the inn? • It was too expensive • There was no inn • There was no room • None of the above 4. After being born, Jesus was placed in a: • Basket • Manger • Pile of hay • On the back of a donkey 5. From what area were the three kings that visited Jesus? • the west • the east • the orient • none of the above 6. What sign were the shepherds told to look for by the angel? • a lion and a sheep together in peace • a tree with a star on top • a star over Bethlehem • none of the above

============== ANSWERS: 1. Bethlehem, Matthew 2:1 2. Joseph was a: Carpenter, Matthew 13:55 “Isn’t this the carpenter’s son? 3. There was no room. Luke 2:7 4. Manger. Luke 2:7 5. None of the above. The Bible only talks about the wise (magi) coming to

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