Summer Break 2019

Summer Break 2019

Enjoy some quiet days and we see you by the end of july.


Summer is here! All Souls Protestant Church is having a summer break. There will be no sunday service on two dates: july 14th and 21st.

  • July 7th: Last sunday service before the summer break (with a baptism)
  • July 28th: First sunday service after the summer break (Swiss Day celebration)

During the summer break, Scotty Williams will be on vacation. For urgent matters only (!) he can be reached on the regular phone number as listed > here.

Check the special events just before and right after the summer break. All is listed in the events list.

Everyone a healthy, great, restful summer!


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What is Rally Day?

What is Rally Day?

Rally Day is a social event commonly celebrated among English speaking protestant churches worldwide. It is a day of renewal and fellowship. Rally Day is focussed on the joys of being in a community.

As a church we celebrate during the church service and follow-up with an afternoon barbecue. We are asking ourselves what it means to be a church member, how we can view eachother.

The bible text for this day will be:

And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.
Hebrews 10:24-25

Rally Day will be celebrated on June 30th, 2019. Be part of it.


New All Souls Website

New All Souls Website

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Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care

Your life and wellbeing are important to us.


Get in touch with the pastor

To make requests for baptisms (infant and believer’s), baby dedications, weddings, funerals, visitations, or pastoral counseling, please email or call our pastor:

Note: Our services are meant for English speakers only.


Sacraments

Sacraments

Baptism and Communion


What are Sacraments?

“Sacrament” (derived from the Latin word sacramentum) is the word Christians use for a special moment where God shows up and gives His grace. Though there are many moments of grace in our lives, Sacraments have special rites or ceremonies instituted by God and commended by Christ.

Sacraments are also signs by which we show our allegiance to Christ who seals us in redemption, renews our identity as His people, and marks us for service to the world in His name. Among the Church’s traditions there are differing opinions over the number of Sacraments, and in some Churches there are as many as seven. In the Reformed tradition to which All Souls belongs, there are only two Sacraments which are Baptism and Holy Communion.

Baptism at All Souls

Like all other Reformed Churches, with the exception of Reformed Baptists, our community practices both infant and believer’s baptism (by sprinkling and immersion) in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

In infant baptism, we confess our confidence in God’s gracious initiative, that a baby who cannot turn to God is nonetheless claimed as a member of the covenant community, a child of God, cleansed by grace and sealed by the Spirit.

In believer’s Baptism, we confess our confidence that God’s grace can make us new creations at any stage of our lives.

Since our tradition holds that all Trinitarian baptisms are an act of God which cannot be undone, we do not encourage rebaptism. Instead we offer a reaffirmation of baptism, and will only “rebaptize” those who were not baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

  • To register for a baptism or reaffirmation, go to:
    Guidelines and Forms (Baptism)
  • Though we are affiliated with the Evangelical Reformed Church of St. Gallen, baptism within our community does not make one a member of the cantonal Church or the All Souls Verein [Association]. It is solely a Sacrament and a blessing that bears no legal weight.  

Though our tradition permits infant baptism, we are aware that some who wish to join our community might come from traditions that do not. Therefore, we also practice infant dedication where parents bring their child before the Church to be formally introduced, prayed over, and brought into the care of the congregation.

Communion at All Souls

In Holy Communion, we confess that as we eat the bread and share one cup in remembrance of Christ, the Holy Spirit unites us to Him. We do so that His resurrection life may nourish, strengthen, and transform us. We want to live lives that reflect the Father’s love.

Though differences of opinion have divided Christians over where Jesus is present during Communion (e.g. in the elements or among His people), we believe such differences need not divide us. All that matters is that Christ is with us, and through this Sacrament He showers us with grace and love.


Music

Music

Heartfelt comfort for our souls


At our worship gatherings we experience music that speaks to our hearts and souls. We love to sing, and if you are ever in St. Gallen on a Sunday we would love for you to visit us and sing along!


Children

Children

We welcome children to partipate in our celebrations.


Our worship gatherings are designed to be a place where children can be themselves and participate in learning about and praising God. We joyfully welcome all children to worship with us during the service, and we have toys and coloring sheets that depict our Scripture readings for the day.

We recognize that children aren’t always silent and still, and we welcome the vitality that children bring to a service. However, if a parent needs to take a restless or fussy child from the sanctuary, there are open rooms close by that you can use.

During Communion, children are welcome to come to the Table for a blessing and a piece of bread.


Bible Study

Bible Study

Exploring the scriptures to gain understanding.


Time and Location

Our Bible Study is biweekly and takes place on Wednesdays from 7:00pm to 9:00pm at the Parsonage (Schulstrasse 7, 9300 Wittenbach). For more details check out our Events page.


Sunday Gatherings

Sunday Gatherings

Check the event calendar to see what's going on next sunday


What to expect

We have two types of worship gatherings that take place on alternating Sundays:

A. Classic service


Our classic service is a liturgical gathering where we follow an order of worship that reflects what Christians have believed and practiced for thousands of years. As for music we try to avoid the worship wars [traditional vs. contemporary], and during this gathering you will find hymns with thees and thous and modern songs that ring with praise.

Though some congregations require formal wear, we encourage you to dress as you like and not put on a “Church face” or cleaned up act to fit in. We are all misfits in need of God’s grace, so just be yourself with your questions, culture, joys, concerns, faith, and doubts.

B. Table Talk


Similar to an Alpha Course, Table Talk is an informal gathering where we share a meal and explore a passage of Scripture through an open discussion. All are welcome to this time of fellowship and learning more about the Word of God!

Common questions


As you consider worshipping with us, you might be asking one or more of these questions:

  • What is liturgy?
    Liturgy means the “work or service of the people”, where Christians gather to adore, confess, and thank Christ through Word, Sacrament (Baptism and Holy Communion), Fellowship, Song, Prayer, Creeds, and keeping His way of service and love. Since Christians are diverse, liturgy gives us a common way of worship that points us to Christ and unites us amidst our differences.
  • How should I worship?
    Worship is about Jesus meeting us where we are and embracing us with grace. So if you sing without lifting your hands, lift your hands in joyful praise, sit in silence, bow in reverence, or cry to God for comfort and peace, Jesus Christ is with you and accepts your worship as rightful praise.
  • What if I’m not Christian?
    If you are not a Christian or religious, we are still glad to have you with us. Know that you will not be expected or forced to affirm or sing about things you don’t believe. Nevertheless, you are welcome to participate to whatever degree you feel comfortable.