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.

Please refer to these web pages for further information: scroll down this page for latest News , read our parish magazine, Becket News have a look at our Facebook page or the News Archive to see what goes on, or do get in touch !

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


STB 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.

Bank details can be found on the bottom of the contents page of Becket News . Please mark any transfers as 'Spende' in order to receive a tax certificate.



Anglican Church Hamburg News

Summer picnic

Saturday 11 July sees the Church Wanderers' traditional summer picnic and stroll in the Stadtpark. Meeting point is the S-Bahnhof Klein Flottbek (Botanischer Garten), on the platform at 11:20. Take the S1 (Wedel) which leaves the Hauptbahnhof at 10:59. For those joining in Altona, the train leaves there at 11:11. Please bring a picnic lunch and something to sit on. Please let Nicki Schiller know if you are coming by Friday 10 July at 10 pm (Landline 04104 695537; mobile 0176 30393063 or Nicki.Schiller (at) gmx.de.)

Fleas? We have a market for them

Don't forget, tommorrow (4 July) is the flea market at St Thomas Becket, from 10 am to 4 pm. 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. Don't miss it!

Sundays at St Thomas Becket during the vacancy

The church was packed on 28 June to give our departing chaplain, Revd Matthew Jones, a warm send-off. Our prayers go with him as he returns to Australia to become Rector of the parish of Ballina, within the Diocese of Grafton. Meanwhile in Hamburg locums are already lined up into the New Year to take Sunday services and, in many cases, fulfil the chaplain's other duties. Our next service, on Sunday 5 July at 10.30 am, is a family service and will be taken by Revd Christopher Jage Bowler from St George's Anglican Church, Berlin.

Becket News wants your news

The next edition of our parish magazine, Becket News, will be published at the end of July. Please send your articles, reports of events, news, photographs with short text, announcements, thoughts, etc, etc, to becketnews (at) dawescom.de (note new address) by 18 July.

Synod round-up

This year's Diocesan Synod was held in Cologne. You can find a summary, including links to plenty of online resources, on the diocesan website.

Don't let MOGO make church a no go

Just a reminder that next Sunday, 14 June, is the MOGO, or Hamburger Mottorrad-Gottesdienst, at our next-door neighbours', the Michel. If you're not joining in on your own motor bike, you might consider leaving your vehicle at home and coming to church by public transport.

Sun, sea and sand

The next Church Wanderers walk, on Saturday 13 June, starts in Sankt Peter-Ording and will be led by Marion and Jo Dawes. The full-length walk is about 13 km and runs through coastal pine woods, saltmarsh, sand dunes and along the huge beach, but there are several opportunities to cut the walk short and get the bus. There'll be a picnic lunch along the way and time for an ice cream in Bad St Peter before finishing in St Peter-Dorf, with its thatched houses and cafés. From there it’s a short bus ride to Bad St Peter Süd station, where trains home leave at 18:36, 19:36 and 20:36 (change at Husum).

Please bring a picnic lunch, plenty of water, a sun hat and sun screen, plus 3 euros in change to buy a “Gästekarte”, which also includes free travel on the local bus. Please be at Altona main station outside the Reise Zentrum at 8:20 at the latest to buy Schleswig-Holstein tickets together and catch the 8:40 NOB train (direction Westerland), changing at Husum on to the 10:36 for Bad St Peter-Ording, arriving 11:27.

Please let Nicki Schiller know by Thursday 11 June if you are coming. (Landline 04104 695537; mobile 0176 30393063 or Nicki.Schiller (at) gmx.de.)

New Archdeacon appointed

The Diocese in Europe has appointed the Venerable Colin Williams to take over care of the archdeaconry of the East and the archdeaconry of Germany and Northern Europe. The Diocese's first full-time Archdeacon, he speaks fluent German and will be based in Frankfurt. You can read the full story on the Diocese in Europe website.

Taizé service in memory of Brother Roger

In memory of Brother Roger and to mark the 75th anniversary of the Taizé community, there will be a short Taizé service at St Thomas Becket on Saturday, 30 May at 7 pm - all welcome. You can find a flier here.

Return of the flea market

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.

Bishop’s Lent Appeal

A huge thank you to all who contributed. We raised 749.19 euros to support unaccompanied refugee minors in Athens.

Wanderers off to Dithmarschen

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.)

Nepal earthquake appeal

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.

Don't let your journey to church become a marathon

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.

New churchwardens and council elected

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 news archive can be found at anglicanchurchhamburg.blogspot.com


Newcomers to the parish choir are welcome. More information here


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