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
"At Christmas, when we speak of peace and goodwill, how should we respond to the many atrocities, acts of violence and hardships that we hear about throughout the world? What can we do to make a difference? I think the first, and perhaps the most powerful, is prayer," writes Father Matthew in his Christmas message. You can find the whole message along with a list of Christmas services at St Thomas Becket and Bishop Robert's Christmas message in the Christmas Flier.
This week's Church of England podcast features an interview with Libby Lane, who is to be the first woman bishop in the Church of England, on her reaction to the news, dissenting views, her hopes and the challenges ahead. You can find the podcast on the CofE website front page or follow this link.
This Sunday's Family Service with Holy Communion at 10.30 will include a dramatised Gospel with assistance from Junior Church. Also, the flame of the Peace Light of Bethlehem will be brought to us from the Church of the Nativity. If you want to share the light and take it home, please bring some way of carrying it (a lantern, for example). Members of the Scout and Guide Movement distribute the light, brought from Bethlehem to Austria, throughout 30 European countries and beyond. You can read more about the Peace Light here in English and in German.
Revd Libby Lane is to be the new Bishop of Stockport, and the first woman bishop in the Church of England. She is currently Vicar of St Peter's, Hale, and St Elizabeth's, Ashley in Cheshire. She will be consecrated as Bishop of Stockport on 26 January 2015 at York Minster and will serve as a suffragan bishop in the Diocese of Chester. Follow the links to the announcement on the Church of England website and a background story on the BBC website.
This Christmas "we need to feel again the shocking reality of God becoming incarnate in conditions of extreme vulnerability and deprivation," Bishop Robert reminds us in his Christmas Message, and says this reality carries responsibilities for us. You can read the whole of Bishop Robert's Christmas Message or listen to it as an audio file on the Diocese in Europe website.
You don't have to be an Anglican to come to church at St Thomas Becket. We welcome everyone. On Christmas Eve we will have a Children’s Christmas Service at 4 pm and Midnight Mass at 11.30 pm. There will be services of Holy Communion at 10.30 am on Christmas Day and New Year's Day in addition to our usual Sunday Services. You can find details of Christmas Services by clicking on the link on the right of this page and of all other services on the services page.
Bishop Robert's Advent Appeal is raising funds for the Sant’Egidio project in Italy which offers emergency help to migrants who land off the Sicilian coast, raises awareness of their rights as asylum seekers and eventually assists their integration into Italian society. It focuses particularly on young people and children. Full details are available on the Diocese in Europe website. Please give as generously as you can. Donations can be made in church and will be collected and sent to the Diocesan Office.
The next walk with Church Wanderers this Saturday, 13 December, will start at Aumühle after all. Please meet at Ausmühle S-Bahnhof at 11:36. (From Hamburg Hbf you need to take the S21 to Aumühle at 11:04.) The walk through pretty country, woods and along the Bille river to Reinbek will take no more than two hours, so there'll be plenty of time to get back for the the Carol Service! Please let Nicki Schiller know if you are coming by 10pm on Thursday, 11 December - nicki.schiller [at] gmx.de
Is bigger always better? Is being small being a failure? What does it mean to be a small church community? On five evenings in January and February we are going to "visit Bethany", the home of Mary, Martha and Lazarus, the siblings who welcomed Jesus in a simple way. For more information about the Small church Reflection Meetings, please download the PDF.
Our service of nine lessons and carols is on Saturday 13 December at 6pm, followed by refreshments. Please come to this very popular service and bring your friends.
Because we can't sing ALL the carols and songs at our traditional carol service, Mothers' Union is inviting us again for sing-along Christmas carols on Friday 5 December at 6pm. As if that weren't enough to give you a lovely warm feeling, there'll be hot chocolate on offer, too. Admission is free, but donations to church funds are welcome.
A big thank you to everyone who helped make the Church Bazaar on 22 November a success, whether by working behind the scenes, helping on the day or buying what was on offer. This year's event made over EUR 14,000 to support the running expenses of the church, up on last year.
Are you a lucky winner?
Please check your raffle tickets. You could have won a prize. Click on the link to see the list of winning tickets and how to claim a prize if your number's come up.
Now that the Church of England has signed the legislation enabling women to be appointed bishops into canon law, an announcement of the first woman bishop is expected in the New Year. Four bishoprics are currently vacant, with a further five appointments of suffragan bishops due. You can read the Church of England's announcement here and a background article on the BBC website here.
Next Monday and Tuesday 24/25 November sees the launch of the Church Recording Project that BRIDFAS (British Decorative and Fine Arts Society of Hamburg e.V) has initiated with the Anglican Church. A Church Recording expert from London is coming to Hamburg for two days to give the volunteer team some training and go around the church identifying the specific areas to be recorded. There will be a launch event in the church on Monday 24 November at 6pm. All are welcome and there is still pleanty of opportunity to get involved. For more information on the project and the launch, please click the BRIDFAS logo on the right of this page or go to the BRIDFAS website.
Don't forget, this Saturday, 22 November, is the Church Bazaar from 10.30am to 4pm. Daniel Loarte would still welcome helpers on the day. You can contact him on daniel.loarte (at) gmail.com. Please tell your friends about the bazaar. Even better, bring them along.