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
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 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!
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 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 next issue of Becket News is due to be published at the end of January/beginning of February. What events are you planning for the next quarter? How are your activities and groups progressing? Is there anything you'd like to promote or share? Your Becket News editor would like to know. Photographs are great, too, preferably accompanied by an informative caption or a longer article.
PLEASE send your articles, event news, reports on activities and information by Friday 16 January at the latest to becketnews (at) aol.com.
On Sunday 8 February, the Sunday after Candlemas, STB's own chamber choir, the Anglican Consort, will be singing choral evensong at 5pm. The music will include Thomas Tallis's beautiful anthem, O nata lux, canticles by Orlando Gibbons, and the anthem Lord now lettest thou by Mendelssohn. You can find details of all four choral evensongs planned for 2015 here.
Due to the storm, the Church Wanderers walk for tomorrow, Saturday 10 January, has been cancelled.
The next walk with Church Wanderers this Saturday, 10 January, will be from Rissen to Wedel, ending with the traditional New Year's lunch in the Dolce Vita restaurant in Wedel at 1.30pm. The walk will begin from Rissen S-Bahn station at about 11 am. (Catch the S1 which leaves Hamburg Hauptbahnhof at 10:19 and gets to Rissen at 10:54.) Please let Nicki Schiller know if you are coming by 4pm on Friday, 9 January - nicki.schiller [at] gmx.de, tel. 04104 695537 or 0176 30 393 063.
Oliver Martinez, alias "Elvis", is back at St Thomas Becket by popular request on Thursday, 8 January 2015 for a fun evening of songs to celebrate Elvis Presley's 80th birthday. Doors open at 7.30pm and the concert begins at 8pm (no reserved seating). There is no admission charge, but a collection in aid of the church will be taken up during the evening. Download the flier here.
The funeral service for Cicely Hollingsworth, who died on 20 December, will be held on Wednesday, 14 January 2015 at 3pm at St Thomas Becket Anglican Church.
Almighty God, you have given us your only-begotten Son to take our nature upon him and as at this time to be born of a pure virgin: grant that we, who have been born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen
Collect for Christmas
"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.