Our Background

The winter chaplaincy programme in Verbier started in 1986 through the initiative of Sandy Millar and Leslie Ratcliffe, with a formal invitation by the Commune de Bagnes.

For the first five seasons the programme was run by the Intercontinental Church Society (ICS), actively supported by Holy Trinity Brompton Church in London.

In 1991 The Two Tim Two Trust, a Christian charity formed by Revd David Steele and registered with the UK Charity Commission in 1992, was invited by ICS to take over the management of the programme.

In 2009 the profile of the chaplaincy programme was raised within the resort by the launch of the The English-Speaking Church (ESC) Verbier.

Following the death of Revd David Steele in 2009, ESC became affiliated to Christian Outreach in the Alps (CORA), a UK registered charity.

In January 2022 ESC became a Swiss Association, a new legal entity, for administrative purposes. The affiliation with CORA continues unchanged.

The hope and prayer is that the chaplaincy programme in Verbier, in its thirty-fifth season, will be a catalyst and role model for Christian activities in other resorts in the Alps.

 

Bible Verse of the Day

Look, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to each person according to what they have done.
Postcard Church

From the outset, our friends in the Swiss Reformed Church have kindly allowed us to use their chapel in Verbier for our services. The Little Church (as it is affectionately known) in Chemin du Temple serves as a centre for Christian worship and fellowship amid the hustle and bustle of this international ski resort.