Welcome to the website of the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket, Hamburg.
A welcoming, active and inclusive church, growing in our relationship with God and the wider community
We are an English-speaking church in Hamburg, located on Zeughausmarkt 22, (at the city end of the Reeperbahn) part of the Church of England Diocese in Europe, worshipping in the Anglican Episcopal style, consisting of people of many nations and Christian traditions.
The Chaplain is the Revd Matthew Jones.
Contributions to the website from near and far are also very welcome. We also hope that newcomers to Hamburg, or those thinking of moving here, may find information of use, and be encouraged too, to get in touch.
You can find out more about activities of the Anglican Church in Europe by visiting the Eurobishop blog of Bishop David Hamid .
Get to know the thoughts of the new Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Justin Welby, via his blog here.
APPEAL FOR FINANCIAL SUPPORTSTB church does not receive any money from any other sources other than donations made explicitly to the church. While we have been very successful in raising funding for renovations to the fabric, we are struggling to meet the running costs of the church. These are mainly the salary and housing costs of a full time chaplain which it is an enormous privilege to have.
Please consider making a regular donation to the church so that it can continue to provide Christian ministry in English in Hamburg, which it has done for 400 years.
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Anglican Church Hamburg News
No, nothing to do with the vote on Scottish independence, but the next walk with the Church Wanderers, who are off to Fischbeker Heide on Saturday 13 September with the aim of enjoying the heather in bloom. There are two routes, a short one of about 5km and a longer one of about 9km. Please bring a picnic and travel on the S3 train departing Hamburg Hbf from Gleis 4 at 10.58 (dep Altona 10.44, Landungsbrücken 10.50). Try to get in a carriage near the front and get out at Harburg Rathaus to catch a relief bus to Neugraben and then the 250 bus to Fischbeker Heideweg, arriving soon after 11.30. Please let Cicely know by 12 noon on Friday, 12 September if you plan to come: cicely-hollingsworth (at) t-online.de, tel: 040/86 07 90, mobile: 0162 635 93 98.
The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, is opening up Lambeth Palace to adults aged 20–35 to spend a year living, praying and studying together as a radical new Christian community. Read more on the Archibishop's website or listen to him talking about the project to Edward Stourton on the BBC's Sunday programme
A new feature of this year's Church Bazaar on 22 November will be an auction. We need some "interesting" items for auctioneer Manfred Struck to put under the hammer. If you have something "antique" or "collectable" that you would like to donate, please let Father Matthew know.
STB's new chamber choir, the Anglican Consort, will be singing choral evensong in the church on 11 September at 7pm. Music director Yotin Tiewtrakul says: "The Anglican Consort will sing pieces by Henry and Daniel Purcell. Father Matthew Jones, chaplain of our 400-year-old Hamburg parish, will conduct this distinctive Anglican service where beauty meets spirituality." You can find details of the music on STB's Facebook page.
You are invited to the second Church Recording meeting at St Thomas Becket on Tuesday 9 September at 6 pm. The meeting, to discuss next steps, will take about an hour.
Pat Pledger of BRIDFAS, who is coordinating the project, reports that the person in charge of church recording for NADFAS in London (the head office of the Decorative and Fine Arts Societies) will come to Hamburg later in the year to provide some training, take the group around the church and point out details and aspects that should be considered.
Pat will also be bringing some Church Recording Manuals to the meeting. She says, "please think about giving this project your support and come along to our meeting anyway to see what it is all about - there are no strings attached". For more information, click on the BRIDFAS logo on the right of this page or visit the BRIDFAS website.
St Thomas Becket's first ever flea market was a great success, coming in over budget at more than €1200. Well done to Deb Zeni for organising it and to everyone else who helped make it happen.
Our summer flea market takes place next Saturday, 16 August, 9am - 4pm. Please come and help in any way you can. We need people early to put out tables and carry the goods. We need sellers and people to give fliers to passing people on the footpaths.
Most importantly, please come and buy!
British Flair is taking place this weekend, 9 and 10 August at the Hamburger Polo Club (Jenischstraße 26, 22609 Hamburg), with plenty of fun for all the family. The Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket is performing a musical comedy routine on Sunday at 3pm on the Small Stage. Please come and support Matthew, Yotin and the rest of the team and help raise money for this year's British Flair charity, the Förderverein für Stadtteilarbeit in St. Pauli Süd e.V. The easiest way to get there is by S-Bahn to Klein Flottbek (Botanischer Garten). See the British Flair website for more information.
In view of the heat, the Church Wanderers are proposing to stroll gently under the trees in Ohlsdorf Cemetery on Saturday 9 August, meeting at the main gate at 10.15 am. If you want to join in, please let Cicely know as soon as possible: cicely-hollingsworth (at) t-online.de, tel: 040/86 07 90, mobile: 0162 635 93 98.
Can't resist a mystery? Good at photography or making lists? Then the BRIDFAS church recording team would love to hear from you. BRIDFAS is working with us to compile a church record of the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket, known to many as the Englische Kirche. The project is still in its early stages, but there will soon be plenty of practical help needed, such as compiling records of silver, wall plaques and memorials, and textiles. You don't need to be a BRIDFAS member or part of the church to get involved; everyone's welcome. To find out more, click on the BRIDFAS logo on the right of this page or visit the BRIDFAS website.
The Contemporary Worship Service "Worship@17:00" planned for 20 July will not take place.
The Church of England's General Synod has voted in favour of women bishops. The vote on the measure was carried by the required two-thirds majority in all three houses: Bishops, Clergy and Laity.
You can read how the houses voted, the reactions of Archbishops Justin Welby and John Sentamu and what happens next on the Church of England website.
The General Synod of the Church of England is currently meeting in York. Synod is due to vote today (14 July) on legislation to admit women to the episcopate. A livestream of the Synod meeting can be found on the Church of England website.
The summer edition of Becket News is out, a bumper edition packed with news. Pick up your copy in church or read it here.
Bishop-designate Canon Robert Innes has appointed Ian White, an EU regional funding specialist, and David Fieldsend, an EU representation expert, to join the Bishop’s Office team in Brussels to strengthen links with the European Institutions. You can read more about the appointments on the Diocese in Europe website. Canon Robert will be consecrated on 20 July in Canterbury Cathedral and formally welcomed as the new Diocesan Bishop in Europe on 4 September in the Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Gibraltar.