The Ministries at the Scots Kirk provide community and spiritual nourishment for English-speaking families living in Lausanne and further afield. We serve all generations and their different needs.
Every Sunday we have a crèche which looks after young kids from 8-month-old babies up to toddlers of 3 ½ years old. Children are present in church for the first part of the service and leave for Sunday School after the children's talk. Christian education is provided for children according to their age.
The Pastoral Care Team, together with the minister, is available to offer help and support, both practical and spiritual, for everyone. During our Sunday worship, Pastoral Care members wear a badge so that they are easily identified.
Should you, or someone you know, be feeling stressed, worried, unwell, or be transitioning to the Lausanne area, we are ready to visit and either listen, with respect and in confidence, or lend a practical hand.
The aim of the Outreach Team is to generate ideas and opportunities for the Scots Kirk to engage with others who may not normally come to church.
It organises an Open Mic Night every quarter and Open Church during Holy Week, Advent and in the summer. We also participate in the Lausanne Christmas Midnight Run and join local churches in the neighbourhood to mark the week of prayer for Christian Unity.
The Scots Kirk supports a number of charities, raising funds primarily through the annual bazaar, retiring collections and other events through the year. The church's five-year project is Kalunba, a charity in Budapest that works with refugees.
Prayer and Bible Study
Every Sunday at 10h00, a small prayer group meets in the Fellowship Centre in St Andrew's House to pray for the concerns of the church. Bible studies are held in people's homes throughout the year, and periodically, e.g. during Lent, we hold themed discussions.
Visit the Prayer Matters website to prompt and resource your personal prayer. It is compiled by Irene Bom, prayer promoter in the International Presbytery.
The small youth group meets up in the youth room or in town at a coffee shop or café, where they discuss relevant and important questions concerning their lives. Individual timetables permitting, they also participate in the International Youth Presbytery, which is held annually at one of the presbytery’s churches. In February 2018 it was our turn to host the event, to which we welcomed 18 youth from as far afield as Sri Lanka (see photo).