English-Speaking Reformed or Lutheran Church Near Zürich?

Discussion in 'Ecclesiology' started by Andrew G., Jul 24, 2017.

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  1. Andrew G.

    Andrew G. Puritan Board Freshman

    I'll be moving to Zürich for six months and am looking for an English-Speaking Reformed or Lutheran church in the area. The closest I can find is a PCA mission 115 km north-west in Neuenburg, Germany. It's almost impossible to be a faithful member at such a distance. While I can speak and understand Hochdeutsch on a B2 level, Schweizerdeutsch is pretty much unintelligible to me. I'd be grateful for any information offered.
     
  2. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    It may take me a week, but I should be able to come up with an answer.

    Meanwhile, you might check out the folks mentioned in this thread:
    https://www.puritanboard.com/thread...seaking-senior-pastor-english-speaking.77095/

    Edit: Or not, as the case may be - the senior pastor looks to be PCUSA with Calvin College/Princeton training and service at First Presbyterian Church Wheaton (PCUSA) . The number two guy trained at Denver Seminary.
     
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  3. Andrew G.

    Andrew G. Puritan Board Freshman

    Much thanks! I'd even be interested in any Hochdeutsch-speaking Reformed or Lutheran churches that you can tell me about, if you're able.
     
  4. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    I just noticed you were including Lutheran. I think I spotted an English speaking WELS that meets monthly. And I recall seeing a church that had Hochdeutsch, again, as I recall, on a less than weekly basis. I'll try to dig around again when I get home from work. And, as I mentioned, I should be able to come up with some real information Saturday evening from a 'reliable source'.
     
  5. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    I found a site saying that the Wisconsin Synod Lutherans had an English service at 2 pm the third Sunday of each month at a Methodist church Evangelisch-methodistische Kirche Grundstrasse 12, 8134 Adliswil but I couldn't find anything current on that. This was the phone number given: 965 9813. The host Methodist church (UMC) doesn't seem to have anything in English; they (the Methodists) do indicate that they are homosexual - friendly. Proceed at your own risk. (There is another UMC in town that does have services in English).

    Here's one that looks worth pursuing. The Baptists tout the 1689 Baptist Confession of Faith as their formal expression.
    And in Baptist tradition, they seem enthusiastic. http://www.ibcz.ch/ It will likely be too informal for your tastes, but choices are slim. And it certainly appears to be a better bet than most of what you'd find in Europe. It's a bit down the lake, but they give directions for public transportation.
     
  6. hammondjones

    hammondjones Puritan Board Sophomore

    My understanding is that there is a Evangelical Reformed Church (Westminster Confession) congregation in Winterthur.

    http://winterthur.erkwb.ch/

    EDIT:
    NEVERMIND, you said English. Looks like German. I'll leave the post up for posterity.
     
  7. Edward

    Edward Puritan Board Doctor

    I did confirm that the Baptist church I referenced above is the best bet theologically for English speaking but the worship is probably going to be more contemporary than you might like. I've got a lead on a couple of small churches that have German (as opposed to Swiss) pastors that might be a good fit if you want me to track down details on them. I don't think that you'll find any non instrumental EP congregations.
     
  8. Edm

    Edm Puritan Board Freshman

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    For a 1689 confessing church, I find it odd that 4 out of their 5 deacons are women...
     
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