Fresh from a recently visit to STB during Kirchentag for the Meissen Service, members of the Meissen Commission met with Archbishop Justin Welby in Leicester. In his address Archbishop Justin said 'Good relations between different Christian traditions are the “oxygen” that allows the Church to fulfil its mission and proclaim the Gospel'.
Don't we know it!
Full report on the ABC's website.
Archbishop Justin Welby's website has this short video about Pentecost.
Or the quick 2 min version courtesy of Busted Halo via Bosco Peters' Liturgy Blog.
Friends of Britain eV are organising a charity event with a showing of a film of the Queen's Coronation narrated by Laurence Oliver, eats and stalls to raise money for Kinderhaus Mignon which is under threat of closure. Kinderhaus Mignon provides a residential home for children and young people who have suffered trauma.
The event will be held in church 3 June at 19:00 (doors open 18:00). This is also an opportunity for STB members to raise some money for the church by contributing food and things to sell and helping out.
Please help promote the event and let Wendy Sprock know if you can help out.
On Tuesday 21 May at 19:30 there will be a healing service with the Sacrament of Anointing for those who desire.
On Wednesday 22 May at 19:00 Bible Study of the synoptic Gospels will continue, meeting in the Chaplain's flat.
Sunday 26 May:
10:30 Holy Communion – this will be our monthly service with traditional liturgy
17:00 Contemporary Worship Service with modern style worship, prayer and scripture for young and young at heart.
Bishop David as ever was quick to file his report – his impressions of Kirchentag can be found on his Eurobishop blog.
An article written by your webmaster appears on the Diocesan website.
The Wanderers are off to enjoy the apple blossom in Altes Land this Saturday, 11 May.
If you would like to join, meet at Hauptbahnhof in front of the Reise Zentrum 10.35 to catch the 11.06 Metronom train to Buxtehude (This will allow us time to work out what tickets, if any, are needed. Those of you with a Profi card can take another person along for free, while those with a card valid for Grossbereich only will need to buy a € 1.90 Ergänzungskarte)
Route: From Buxtehude along the east dyke to Estebrügge with its interesting church;then back along the west dyke to Buxtehude. Total distance c.12kms
Please bring a picnic for lunch. Delicious ice-cream in Buxtehude old town, if the café still exists; otherwise Kaffee u. Kuchen in one of the other numerous cafés.
Return journey Metronom to Hamburg at 21 mins past each hour, or S Bahn every half hour at 25 and 55.
Anyone finding it more convenient to meet at Buxtehude – the train arrives at 11.37 – must let me know when booking. Deadline for booking 18.00 Uhr on Friday, 10 May.
Contact Cicely-hollingsworth(at)t-online.de; 040/86 07 90; 0162 635 93 98
Despite having to compete with the press conference for Hafengeburtstag, STB's activities still make good copy, thanks to Jo! The press conference held Monday 6 May to launch the building renovation is reported in the Hamburg Abendblatt to be printed 7 May. (Article is behind a paywall but can be read on a Smart Phone). Also articles appeared on Die Welt online and in English on Anglo Info.
For those who missed the Very Revd Dr John Arnold's sermon on Sunday, and for those who wish to ponder it some more, John Arnold has kindly provided the webmaster with the text which can be found here.
Sorry not much of a restful break, post the hectic of Kirchentag as we immediately move forward with the renovations.
These commence with a press conference at 10:15 Monday 6 May. Do come if you have the time.
Bible Study resumes Wednesday 8 May in the Chaplain's flat. The study will be on comparing texts of the synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark and Luke).
St Thomas Becket Church will be open during Kirchentag 2-5 May
Do join us on for
Morning Prayer at 9:00am (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Midday Prayers at 12:00 noon (Thurs, Fri, Sat)
Or just pop in during the day to find rest and respite. There is a book stall and coffee and friendly people.
Thursday 2 May 3:00pm, we will be hosting a Children's Service (Kindergottesdienst).
Thursday 2 May 7:00pm Evensong with Kantorei Sankt Marien Rostock
Friday 3 May 7:00pm Feierabendmahl United Church of Christ
Saturday 4 May 4:00pm Healing Service (you might need it by then!)
Saturday 4 May 7:00-8:30pm Meissen Service
Sunday 5 May 10:30 Holy Communion with Revd John Arnold, former Dean of Durham Cathedral, preaching
Do visit the CAECG stand in the Exhibition Centre and the stand of the Anglican-Lutheran Society Hall A1 H30.