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.
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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
After last year's successful flea market premiere in aid of the church, STB will be repeating the procedure on 4 July from 10am till 4pm. There will be bric-a-brac, clothes, jewellery, sports items, second-hand English books, DVDs/videos/CDs/records, a Fair Trade stall, plus hot and cold drinks and local and Indian food. If you have clean, usable goods that you would like to donate, please contact Petra Osinski or Lottie Lankenau for more information.
A huge thank you to all who contributed. We raised 749.19 euros to support unaccompanied refugee minors in Athens.
The next walk, on Saturday 9 May, starts in Burg (Dithmarschen), led by Eileen Liebender. This is a walk of approx. 11 kilometres and runs through lovely countryside and along the towpath of the Kiel Canal, ending up at the "Hacienda" for what has now become a legendary cake and coffee break before returning to Burg station for the journey home.
Please bring a picnic lunch and meet at Altona main station outside the Reise Zentrum at 8:20 at the latest to catch the 8:40 NOB train (direction Westerland), changing at Itzehoe. We arrive in Burg at 9:58 to be met by Eileen.
Please let Nicki Schiller know by Thursday 7 May if you are coming. (Landline 04104 695537; mobile 0176 30393063 or Nicki.Schiller (at) gmx.de.)
We are supporting the Nepal Rapid Response appeal coordinated by ‘Us’ (formerly USPG) to provide emergency relief following the massive earthquake in Nepal. You can find further information on the church notice boards or the Us website.
It's that time of year again. The Hamburg Marathon on 26 April means that access to the church on Sunday will be limited. Please leave your car at home (or outside the marathon route) and use public transport. You should allow plenty of time, as the trains will be full. Follow this link for information on road closures and diversions.
Susanne Hergoss and David Hercus were elected as churchwardens at the St Thomas Becket AGM on 19 April. The following were elected to the Chaplaincy Council: Peter Alexander, Jo Dawes, Lucia Fürthmann, Samuel Quaye, Daniel Loarte, Emmanuel Saarkodie, Norbert Schoen, Monica Schofield and Gerd van der Jagt. The wardens and council will be commissioned at the Parish Eucharist at 10.30 on 3 May. Please pray for the new team as they shoulder the extra responsibility that appointing a successor to Fr Matthew will entail.
The next walk with the Church Wanderers will be on Saturday, 11 April from Ohlstedt to Poppenbüttel. The route runs for almost its entire length along the Alster River and is a section of the justifiably popular Alster Wanderweg. Meeting point is in front of the Ohlstedt U-Bahn Station at 11:33. Take the U1 with destination Ohlstedt (not Farmsen or Grosshansdorf or you may be late). For those leaving from Hauptbahnhof, the latest train departs at 10:58. The walk ends at Poppenbüttel S-Bahn Station and should take about four hours. This includes time for a picnic lunch and a couple of stops to admire the view. Please bring something for lunch and plenty to drink.
On Friday 17 April at 7pm the Hamburger Konzertduo of Cornelia Schünemann (Saxophone and Soprano) and Andreas Gärtner (Organ) will be performing music by Henry Purcell, Georg Friedrich Händel, Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others at the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket. Admission costs €10 at the door (concessions €8).
Spring is in the air. Well, one can only dream; the cold wind is howling, the river Elbe has high waves and ferry boats are fighting against the fierce winds roaring across north Germany. However curl up and enjoy the spring edition of the church magazine full of news and updates of events. This is the final edition by your current Becket News editor. A big thank you to John for his hard work and tenacity in getting our news out of us and into print.
There is still time to donate to Bishop Robert's Lent Appeal, which this year is in support of “Hestia”, a hostel for unaccompanied minor refugees in Athens. Children who have fled their homes in Afghanistan and Pakistan, the Middle East and Africa are being held in prison conditions because there is nowhere else for them to go, and Greece has no money to care for them. Hestia, which means "home", is a hostel provided by "Apostoli”, a social action charity operating under the auspices of the Greek Orthodox Church. You can find full details of the Bishop's Lent Appeal on the Diocese in Europe website. You can donate to the Lent Appeal in church.
The deadline for articles and photographs for the Easter edition of Becket News is 21 March. A lot has gone on over the last couple of months, says your BN editor, and he would like articles, event news, reports on activities and information by Saturday, 21 March at the latest. If you can let him know that you plan to send something, that will also help with planning. Please e-mail to becketnews (at) aol.com.
Saturday 28 March 2015, at 7pm, sees the premiere of the English Passiontide composition “40 days+nights” in the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket (Zeughausmarkt 22). The piece is a choral cantata on the theme of the English hymn “Forty days and forty nights” and has been composed by Yotin Tiewtrakul (born 1975), Director of Music at the Anglican Church.
While Germany has the St Matthew and St John Passions, there is nothing comparable in the UK. “40 days+nights” is also a Passiontide cantata with a difference. Set for unison voices, baritone sole (Gabriel Kyne), organ (Jochim Trede) and piano (Tobias Saalmann), it seeks to approach Jesus’s experience of suffering through the time in the wilderness. A musical setting of words by the Cologne pastor and poetry slammer, Holger Pyka, complements the verses of the hymn.
There is no admission charge, but donations are appreciated.
With spring in the air, the Church Wanderers are planning to have another go at walking from Rissen to Wedel on 14 March - a shortish stretch of about 8km - after January storms forced the last attempt to be cancelled. The walk will begin from Rissen S-Bahn station at 11.15 am. (Catch the S1 which leaves Hamburg Hauptbahnhof at 10:39 and gets to Rissen at 11:14.) A table has been booked at La Dolce Vita trattoria in Bahnhofstrasse for 2pm. Walkers may want to bring a bite to eat in view of the late lunch. Please let Nicki Schiller know if you are coming by 10pm on Thursday, 12 March - nicki.schiller [at] gmx.de, tel. 04104 695537 or 0176 30 393 063.
On Sunday, 22 February, a statement was made on behalf of the Chaplaincy Council on Fr Matthew's resignation and the process of selecting a new chaplain. You can read it here.
Today Fr Matthew announced to the congregation that Bishop David has accepted his resignation as Chaplain in Hamburg, and that he will be leaving Hamburg and returning to Australia to take up the position as Rector of the parish of Ballina, within the Diocese of Grafton. His last Sunday in Hamburg will be 28 June, 2015. You can read Fr Matthew's statement to the congregation here.