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!

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


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

Please help unaccompanied child refugees

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.

Becket News deadline looms

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.

English Passiontide music in Hamburg

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.

Rissen to Wedel: Wanderers try again

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.

Chaplaincy Council statement on Fr Matthew's resignation

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.

Revd Matthew Jones to return to Australia

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.

Music hall sing-along with the Victorian Minstrels

Yes, that's right, tomorrow - Saturday 21 February at 7.30pm - is the music hall sing-along evening with the Victorian Minstrels. The event's in aid of the church, so do come along and help swell the numbers. Entrance is free but donations are welcome. See more on Facebook.

Meeting point for Hahnheide walk

The meeting point for the Church Wanderers' exploration of the Hahnheide on 14 February is the Großenseer Straße bus stop in Trittau at 11:10. Those coming by public transport can catch the U2 to Steinfurter Allee (direction Mümmelmannsberg) at 9:54 am at Hauptbahnhof, arriving 10:10 am at Steinfurter Allee. Then catch bus 133 to Trittau at 10:23 am. Those coming from the north-east can use bus 369 from Ahrensburg / Großhansdorf or 364 from Rahlstedt. Please let Anke Peters know if you are coming by Thursday, 12 Feb - just_det [at] web.de

Don't miss choral evensong

On Sunday at 5pm our own Anglican Consort will be singing choral evensong with a Candlesmas theme. Music includes O nata lux by Tallis, canticles from the Short Service by Gibbons and Lord now lettest thou by Mendelssohn. See more on the STB Facebook page.

Wanderers head for the Hahnheide

The next Church Wanderers walk, on 14 February will be through the Hahnheide, beginning and ending in Trittau. Further details to follow.

Out now: Becket News

The latest edition of our parish magazine, Becket News, is out. You can pick up a printed copy in church or download a PDF here.

CofE consecrates first woman bishop

Libby Lane, the first woman bishop in the Church of England, was consecrated on 26 January. You can watch highlights of the service from York Minster on the BBC website.

Junior Church begins new ‘Family Sing and Pray’ group

Junior Church now has a new group for families with children from birth to six years in addition to the regular group for school-age children. ‘Family Sing and Pray' is for children with a parent or caregiver and takes place during the Sunday service in the school near the church. Through developmentally appropriate activities, music and movement, Junior Church leaders introduce beginning scriptural concepts and prayer in a way that is fun for the children and encourages family bonding and fellowship. At the end of the lesson we return to the Church to join in communion with the congregation. Please come join us with your little ones!

Do we have your address?

If you made a donation to the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket in 2014, are not on the church electoral role and require a receipt for tax purposes, please let us have your postal address. Please send details by e-mail to info (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de or by post to The Treasurer, Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket, Englische Planke 1A, 20459 Hamburg.

Cicely Hollingsworth 15.2.1929 – 20.12.2014

Cicely will long be remembered as one of the kindest, most active, serious, and thoughtful, also most knowledgeable, members of the congregation in recent decades. In every respect, she possessed a tough constitution. As late as September last year, she was leading a country walk for the Church Wanderers, whom she led and ran for many years.

Cicely and her husband Geoffrey, a retired naval officer and keen cyclist, first came to Hamburg in 1978, when he joined the frigate sales unit of Blohm & Voss shipyard. Cicely was a graduate in French and German of St. Andrew’s University. During Geoffrey’s naval career they had lived in both Oberammergau and Toulon, and had a daughter and a son, Lesley and Robert. Of the three grandchildren, Cicely was especially pleased to see Anna graduate at Cambridge last summer.

After Geoffrey’s early death in 1995, Cicely was elected People’s Warden, and as such played a central part in the life of the church on into the 21st century. For years she was one of the church delegates to the Council of Anglican and Episcopal Churches in Germany (CAECG), often staying on after the bi-annual meetings to visit the host church. Closer home, until the end she gave up a lot of her time to representing St Thomas Becket at the ACKH, or Working Group of Christian Churches in Hamburg. As one of the church’s relatively few car owners, she regularly collected supplies for its Fair Trade stall and was otherwise a pillar of the Mothers Union. She was a generous hostess, among others for the Western Hamburg House Group.

Aside from all these group commitments, Cicely was an immensely thoughtful and considerate friend to people of a wide variety of ages and backgrounds. She was invariably generous with her time, a good listener, especially for people with problems. She tended to shun frivolity, but participated actively in the life of several English-speaking associations in Hamburg. She did so despite having a home in England and family there and in Finland, which she visited annually for Christmas.

Cicely personified the ideal of Christian service, and will be seriously missed.

The news archive can be found at anglicanchurchhamburg.blogspot.com


Newcomers to the parish choir are welcome. More information here


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