ADVERTISING
 
Sunday, February 23   Sign in or Register
 
Evangelical Focus
 
Flecha
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
FOLLOW US ON
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • Google +
  • Instagram
  • Soundcloud
 

Newsletter
Newsletter, sign up to receive all our News by email.
 
 

POLL
Society
Should Christians join social protests?



SEE MORE POLLS
 

 
TOP 10 MOST VIEWED



Bern
 

Kids celebrate Christian youth movements in front of Swiss parliament

About 1,400 children and teenagers (with parents and youth leaders) asked the Swiss government to readmit nine Christian youth organisations that have been expelled from the national “Youth + Sport” programme.

AUTHOR Evangelical Focus BERN 12 JULY 2017 17:02 h GMT+1
The party-demsontration was held in Bern. / M. Gertsch, M. Nagler

The central “Bundesplatz” square in Bern (Switzerland) was the scenario of a colourful party organised by Christians to express their suport for nine youth organisations which were banned by the government in March.



About 1,400 young people with their parents and youth leaders gathered in front of the Swiss national parliament to protest against the exclusion of nine Christian youth organisations from the national sports programme.



 



Balloons covered the Swiss parliament. / M. Gertsch, M. Nagler



These Christian movements serve 10,000 young people in the country. They were expelled from “Youth + Sport” because of their faith orientation. They suddenly lost training for mentors, materials and financial support that is given to other youth organisations.



 



Andi Bachmann-Roth, during a speech. / M. Gertsch, M. Nagler



“It was a happy and colourful party”, Andi Bachmann-Roth of the Youth Alliance of the Swiss Evangelical Alliance told Evangelical Focus. “The Kids had fun playing, singing and dancing.”



MPs of the national parliament addressed the crowd with speeches. Among them were chief of the “Youth + Sport” programme, Pierre-Andre Weber, who was given “500 Postcards portraying young people participating in activities organised by the Christian youth movements”.



 



A scene of the day. / M. Gertsch, M. Nagler



Weber said he was optimistic that a way could be found to build a new partnership between the authorities and these Christian organisations.



 



MOBILISATION AND 26,000 SIGNATURES



Evangelical Christians have been mobilised across the country to express their disapproval for a decision that “degraded” Christian youth.



In the last weeks, letters were sent to political leaders, as well as to church leaders, and 26,000 signatures against the exclusion have been presented to Guy Parmelin, Head of the Department of Defence, Civil Protection and Sports.



 



Politicians and church leaders took part in the event to support Christian youth organisations. / M. Gertsch, M. Nagler



Another meeting was organised with the directors of the two state departments involved in the case to discuss alternatives to the situation.



After weeks of conversations and the creation of a special round table with social and governmental actors, the leaders of the Christian youth movements accepted a new proposition which could “avoid a long judicial fight.”



 



NINE MOVEMENTS MERGE IN NEW PLATFORM



“We have asked a work group of five people to create a final solution together with the government”, Bachman-Roth explains. “The nine youth movements have had to found one new movement.”



 



The movements serve more than 10,000 children. / M. Gertsch, M. Nagler



The national Charter of Ethics and Sport, the Charter of Christian Kids and Youth Work (by the SEA) and the aims of “Youth + Sport” will be the basic documents of this new Christian movement.



This steps should lead to a new scenario in which the Christian youth organisations are welcomed back to the national “Youth + Sport” programme.


 

 


0
COMMENTS

    If you want to comment, or

 



 
 
YOUR ARE AT: - - Kids celebrate Christian youth movements in front of Swiss parliament
 
ADVERTISING
 
 
AUDIOS Audios
 
Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels Julia Doxat-Purser: 25 years of EEA office in Brussels

An interview with the socio-political representative of the European Evangelical Alliance about how evangelical Christians work at the heart of the European Union.

 
Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation Ruth Valerio: A lifestyle that cares about creation

Are Christians called to make a difference in environmental care? What has creation care to do with "loving our neighbours"? An interview with the Global Advocacy and Influencing Director of Tearfund.

 
Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church Lars Dahle: Nominal Christianity, a mission field for the church

An interview with Lars Dahle, of the Steering Committee of the Lausanne Movement Global Consultation on Nominal Christianity held in Rome.

 
Testimony: Wildfires near Athens Testimony: Wildfires near Athens

Nico Spies, a Christian worker in Athens, gives details about the wildfires in Greece.

 
PICTURES Pictures
 
Photos: European Week of Prayer Photos: European Week of Prayer

Christians joined the Evangelical Alliance Week of Prayer in dozens of European cities as local churches came together to worship God. 

 
Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’ Photos: Students at ‘Revive Europe’

Photos of the student conference that brought together 3,000 European Christians in Germany. ‘Revive our hearts, revive our universities, revive Europe’.

 
Min19: Childhood, family and the church Min19: Childhood, family and the church

The first evangelical congress on childhood and family was held in Madrid. Pictures of the event, November 1-2.

 
VIDEO Video
 
What is Paul's main message in Galatians? What is Paul's main message in Galatians?

“God the Father, the Son and the Spirit are at work in our lives, through the gospel, to bring us into a relationship with theTrinity”, Peter Mead, Director of Cor Deo, says.

 
Why are some Christians opposed to higher education? Why are some Christians opposed to higher education?

“I can understand why people are cautious about higher education, but we need to understand that education in itself is not the danger”, says Daryl McCarthy.

 
Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election Christian candidacies in Taiwan increased by 40% in 2020 election

Many hope their effort will inspire a new generation of political representatives with a strong Christian faith. “God has a long-term plan”.

 
Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’ Video: Highlights of ‘Revive Europe’

A video summary of the student conference that gathered 3,000 in Karlsruhe, Germany. 6 days in 6 minutes.

 
 
Follow us on Soundcloud
Follow us on YouTube
 
 
WE RECOMMEND
 
PARTNERS
 

 
AEE
EVANGELICAL FOCUS belongs to Areópago Protestante, linked to the Spanish Evangelical Alliance (AEE). AEE is member of the European
Evangelical Alliance and World Evangelical Alliance.
 

Opinions expressed are those of their respective contributors and do not necessarily represent the views of Evangelical Focus.