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ICS is a Church of
England mission
agency and a member of Partnership for
World Mission


Ski Club of Great Britain working in partnership with ICS supporting
Seasonal Chaplaincy work in Zermatt & Wengen



Christ Church Cathedral, Falkland Islands

Seasonal Ministry,
Kandersteg

Holy Trinity, Corfu


Christ Church,
Amsterdam


Welcome to the website of Intercontinental Church Society

  • church growth
  • church planting
  • outreach to tourists
  • helping you find a church abroad

ICS is an international Church of England mission agency: we make known the good news of Jesus Christ to people who speak English, who find themselves living, studying, working or holidaying away from home in countries where English is not the main language. In continental Europe ICS's ministry also touches the lives of increasing numbers of Europeans who speak English. We are also an Anglican patronage society, recruiting ministers to serve in many of the international Anglican churches we partner, and whose buildings we often own. We work mainly in continental Europe and around the Mediterranean and are funded entirely by donations from individuals, churches and trusts that share our aims. Information about projects we support, papers and mission-related topics can be found at here. If you have any questions or for information about local supporters/prayer meetings call the ICS office, or if you would like someone to speak at your church or group about ICS why not invite your area representative? Click on Contacting ICS for details.

Click here for current clergy and other vacancies


The latest ICS News and Prayer Diary
For the latest news from ICS and inspiring articles about English-language ministry across the world click on the link below. To subscribe to ICS News and Prayer Diary please scroll down to the section
Enabling ICS to spread the good news below or click on
'make a donation'.

To view or download a PDF past issues of the news sections of ICS News and Prayer Diary click here

Moving abroad? Going on holiday?
Let us help you find a church where you can worship in English. First check our Find a church pages which list international Anglican churches linked to ICS and our seasonal chaplaincy programme. There are also links to other sites such as those of Anglican dioceses listing other international churches. Just click on
Churches Abroad.

Secondly to help you find English-speaking churches abroad you can order our unique Directory on line or by calling us - click on the advert to the left for more information. Wherever you go, we hope that you will journey safely.

Thirdly, every summer ICS provides English-language church services in holiday resorts across Europe at the historic English church in Zermatt (see below) through to the holiday island of Ibiza: chaplains in these resorts are there to help in time of need, and talk about life and the Christian faith with holidaymakers, resort workers and (in Kandersteg, Switzerland) scouts and their leaders who are using the International Scout Centre. To learn more click here for our Friend of the seasonal outreach leaflet which explains where we will be providing chaplaincies, and how you can pray for and support this outreach, which (like all of ICS's work) depends entirely on donations to enable it.  Alternatively click here to donate now and select 'seasonal outreach' as the project you want to support.

Make sure you worship God whilst on holiday! Go along to a service to find a warm welcome, friendship, and be encouraged in the Christian faith.

ICS Christmas cards & notelets: Click here for an order form, to order our ICS Christmas cards and notelets featuring Zermatt, Wengen & Kandersteg. Stock subject to availability.

St. Peter's, Zermatt: 140th Anniversary Appeal - £70,000 needed
Since 29 June 1870, ICS has welcomed visitors and worshippers to this chapel high in the Swiss Alps. Nicknamed 'The English Church' and 'The parish church of the Alpine Club', countless people (climbers, skiers, those touring, snowboarders, walkers, and local people - to name but a few) have enjoyed its peace and tranquillity, worshipped God and found faith in Christ or been encouraged through the ministry of its volunteer chaplains (each summer and winter). ICS built, owns, maintains and staffs St. Peter's. For information about its 140 years of public ministry click here or call us for a Zermatt 140th brochure (which contains a brief history and information about the Anniversary Appeal - £70,000 is needed for essential repairs and improvements to the lighting, heating and wiring: you may also donate on line). To order a copy of the official history, A Church in the Alps, see publications or call the ICS office on 024 7646 3940 (international: +44 24 7646 3940). For 140th Anniversary press releases and images of St. Peter's go to
http://www.ics-uk.org/churches/Switzerland_Zermatt.shtml

We held two events in 2010 to mark the 140th anniversary: click for a copy of the sermon preached by Alan Strange on Monday 14 June at the UK Thanksgiving Service, or here for a copy of the sermon preached by David Healey at the Zermatt Thanksgiving Service on Sunday 11 July. For a brief history of St. Peter's given in the church on 10 July click here

One year internships
Are you interested in working at Holy Trinity Brussels, ministering at the heart of the European Union?  For details of an exciting opportunity to both gain experience of and serve in Christian ministry at a thriving international Anglican church go to Working with ICS

Events
If you are not on our mailing list but would like to come to one of our supporters events please e-mail or call us.






Stamps, stamp collections, first day covers and coins
You can enable us to spread God's good news by recycling, collecting and donating used postage stamps, stamp collections and coin collections to ICS. Our volunteers then sort them and auction them to collectors: click here for more information, what stamps to collect, and call or e-mail us for a supply of ICS used stamp collecting envelopes - why not order one for every member of your church? All proceeds go towards ICS's work.
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New facility for tax-deductible giving by US taxpayers
Click here for information

Enabling ICS to spread the good news

  • Prayer ICS depends entirely on donations from individuals, churches and trusts to fund our work. If you would like to pray regularly for ICS using our monthly e-mail News and Prayer Update, please e-mail us to be added to the distribution list (go to Contacting ICS and remember to include your name and postal address in case of query).
  • By becoming a Friend of ICS If you wish to receive our magazine ICS News and Prayer Diary by post for a year, we suggest a minimum donation of only £16 (UK) or €20/CHF30 (other addresses): any amount above this minimum will help further our work, so please be as generous as you can. To donate just click on 'make a donation' or download the 2011 donation form.
  • On-line you can give tax-efficiently if a UK taxpayer, but also order from our range of publications, and become a Friend of one of the historic English Churches in Zermatt or Wengen and help us maintain these important historic buildings and develop their outreach.
  • Helping us look after many important significant or historic English-speaking church buildings across Europe of which ICS is trustee: we are for example currently working with the congregations that use them to repair and restore churches in Chantilly, Château d'Oex, Rotterdam, and Utrecht, and with Versailles on a major church redevelopment. Your support of these important projects would be a great encouragement.  Just send in your donation made out to 'Intercontinental Church Society' and include a covering note expressing the wish that ICS use your gift for the repair and restoration or redevelopment of the church concerned or donate online selecting for example 'Chantilly - building project' from the drop down menu.
  • If you subscribe to the aims of the Society and agree with our Basis of Faith you may apply for membership: call us for a membership application form (see Contacting ICS), e-mail enquiries@ics-uk.org to request a 'membership application form' (remembering to include your name and postal address) or use the 2011 donation form and mail it in to ICS. Membership also requires payment of a minimum annual donation which varies according to status (see http://www.ics-uk.org/support/index.shtml) for rates.

For information about our work, to request donation forms, used stamp collecting envelopes, collecting boxes for your Lent or mission appeals. details of how your church can support us, or a copy of a DVD audio-visual presentation (for use on PC or Mac) write to or call us at Intercontinental Church Society, Unit 11, Ensign Business Centre, Westwood Way, Westwood Business Park, COVENTRY, CV4 8JA. United Kingdom. Telephone: 024 7646 3940 (from abroad +44 24 7646 3940). For someone to speak at your church or group about ICS click on contact us For more information about giving or to donate by phone (with your credit, debit or CAF card to hand) call 024 7646 3940 (from abroad +44 24 7646 3940) .

In case of technical problems (i.e. facilities or links not working) with this site please contact webmaster@ics-uk.org. For comments about editorial and content please go to E-mail ICS.


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