* COVID-19: Winter Season in Switzerland.
We are delighted to announce that the Winter Season is expected to start on schedule and to continue, in Wengen and Zermatt, through to April as originally planned. There will also be Christmas celebrations in Interlaken and Murren. It won't be 'business as normal' as there will be many and varied restrictions on our worship and outreach through the season, but we will continue to do all we can within the legal and safety constraints of the time.
We look forward to restarting in the Swiss resorts in December with renewed hope and energy. We also plan to celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Dedication of St Peter's Zermatt, in August 2021, with the same enthusiasm and gratitude as we had planned for the 150th anniversary of its opening in June 2020.
ICS has been sending out Chaplains to work in holiday destinations since 1844 when the Interlaken seasonal chaplaincy was founded! If you are interested in offering to serve as a Resort Chaplain, find more information here.Our Chaplains are friendly and approachable, hosting meet ups and services every week, we’d love to connect with you and hear about your holiday highlights. We love meeting new people holidaying, working or living in Switzerland and Greece.
Sadly, we were informed on 19 November 2019 that our long (c.30 year) partnership with the Union Lido resort in Cavallino (near Venice) has been ended, due to the decision of the new management to stop offering English and German chaplaincies to their guests.
Resort Mission takes place in the following destinations:
Summer resort mission in the Gouvia region, Kassiopi and Messonghi
Summer resort mission (served from Interlaken)
Summer resort mission - but with a special service for Christmas
Christmas resort mission in the village, and pastoral care offered summer and winter seasons by our chaplains in Wengen.
Winter and Summer resort mission at St. Bernard's Church
Winter and Summer resort mission at St. Peter's Church