When I travel, I find it fascinating to attend places of worship. I attended Christ Church in Philadelphia which had as former members, Betsy Ross, Benjamin Franklin, and George Washington to mention a few. I shared the previously reserved pew of George Washington with my Mother and My Aunt and it was an amazing experience. Even in countries where the service is not in English regardless of the type of religion, it can also be an uplifting experience. I have spent fascinating and emotional moments in France where I lived for a while in Basque Catholic churches (where the priests spoke Basque and I barely spoke French!). The men were seated in the balcony and the women were down at floor level. Guess which ones got communion first (in the order of the eldest leading the descent)? Nice was also a good place to go as the cathedral is large and the ambiance is excellent for feeling peaceful even though I’m not Catholic.
When I arrived in Geneva, Switzerland, I went to a local protestant church and felt comfortable but still a bit foreign (and understood very little even though it was in very clearly spoken French). Then I found out that there were English speaking churches in Geneva so I made the rounds. They are all a bit different, but at least I could understand what was happening and it is a wonderful way to meet other expatriates or English speaking tourists and actually have a conversation in which I could correctly conjugate the verbs.
If you are of a particular religious orientation or simply interested in participating in an English speaking service of worship, this could be a very helpful list for you. Even though this is the city of Calvin and the Protestant movement, you will find most religions represented here which have worship gatherings in English.
English Speaking Places of Worship in Geneva, Switzerland
Geneva Conference Centre of Buddhism
20 bis, Chemin du Terroux
1218 Grand-Saconnex Geneva
TEL: 022 929 80 80
Follow PLACE DES NATIONS then towards Grand Saconnex
Avenue d’Aire 75,
Tel: +41 (0)22 344 10 93
Missional community movement in Geneva embracing Judeo-Christian essentials.
Institutions Habad Genève
12, Avenue Théodore Weber
TEL: 0 22 860-8613
2-4 Rue Neuve du Molard, 2floor.
(Tram 12/16/17 – station: MOLARD)
Geneva Unitarian Universalist Fellowship
13 ave du Mervelet,
Isabelle (TEL: 0 22 366 0919)
They meet at the Quaker House
Number 14 or 16 tram (direction Avanchet)
Fondation Culturelle Islamique
The Islamic Cultural Foundation (the Big Mosque)
34, chemin Colladon
Le Petit-Saconnex (1211 Geneva)
TEL: 0 22 798 37 11
By train:3 Champ d’Anier
Always open for prayers
Library: Mon-Sat 10-12 and 2-4
Centre Islamique de Genève
Islamic Center of Geneva (the Little Mosque)
104, rue des Eaux-Vives
TEL : 022 736 75 86
Close to Lake Geneva in the Les Eaux-Vives neighborhood. The largest room on the lower level of the house has been converted into a mosque.
By train: 2,7 Les Vollandes
Lutheran Church of Geneva
rue Verdaine 20
TEL: 022 310 50 89
Near la Cathédral de St. Pierre
Holy Trinity Church, Church of England
14bis Rue du Mont Blanc
Case postale 1627
1211 Geneva 1
Telephone and fax: 022 731 51 55
Between the bridge (Pont du Mont Blanc) and the Railway Station
Seventh Day Adventist Church
3 rue Monthoux
TEL: 41 076 470 04 79
Enter the American library (across from the Kempinski Hotel side entrance) and go upstairs.
Church of Scotland – Geneva
Presbyterian / Reformed Church
1, Place de la Taconnerie
TEL: 022 798 29 09
Next to St Pierre Cathedral in the Old Town with nursery facility.
Church of the Living Saviour
The first International Pentecostal Church established in Geneva.
20, avenue Ernest-Pictet
TEL: 022 344 70 70
Near Parc Geisendorf going towards the airport.
Evangelical Baptist Church of Geneva
Chapelle de l’Oratoire
7 rue Tabazan
TEL: 022 311 43 01
Near La Cathédral de St. Pierre.
American Episcopal church services with child care and Sunday school. 3, rue de Monthoux, 3, rue de Monthoux
TEL: 022 732 8078
Located on right bank of Lake Geneva across from the Kempinski side entrance.
The banner image at the top of the page is courtesy of the Emmanuel Church.
Peace be with you.
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