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.
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 next walk with the Church Wanderers will be on Saturday, 11 April from Ohlstedt to Poppenbüttel. The route runs for almost its entire length along the Alster River and is a section of the justifiably popular Alster Wanderweg. Meeting point is in front of the Ohlstedt U-Bahn Station at 11:33. Take the U1 with destination Ohlstedt (not Farmsen or Grosshansdorf or you may be late). For those leaving from Hauptbahnhof, the latest train departs at 10:58. The walk ends at Poppenbüttel S-Bahn Station and should take about four hours. This includes time for a picnic lunch and a couple of stops to admire the view. Please bring something for lunch and plenty to drink.
On Friday 17 April at 7pm the Hamburger Konzertduo of Cornelia Schünemann (Saxophone and Soprano) and Andreas Gärtner (Organ) will be performing music by Henry Purcell, Georg Friedrich Händel, Edward Elgar, Ralph Vaughan Williams and others at the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket. Admission costs €10 at the door (concessions €8).