Church Reopening Update:
The Current status on reopening the church can be found here. We will inform you as soon as we have further updates.
IMPORTANT: Services cancelled until further notice
Following the decision of the Nordkirche and the Erzbistum Hamburg to cancel services, the churchwardens Dr. Madeleine Resühr and Susanne Hergoss have also decided that, to reduce the probability of passing on the coronavirus, there will be no services or any other programmes in our church for the time being.
Please check the news section of this website for updates.
If you are feeling anxious or are in isolation and need to talk to someone, please get in touch with either of the churchwardens, Susanne Hergoss or Madeleine Resühr. They are supported by a team of volunteers who are available for a chat. You can find their phone numbers on our contact page. They are also available via email at covid (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de
Our church online
While services are suspended during the coronavirus pandemic, our locum chaplain Fr Pete Wright is working with members of the congregation to offer services online. We have listed links to services here.
Other church services online
BBC Radio 4 broadcasts Sunday Worship in English every Sunday morning. To find it, go to bbc.co.uk and search for “Sunday worship”. It can also be found on the BBC app iPlayer Radio. (The BBC Sounds app doesn’t work outside the UK.) Radio 4 also broadcasts the Daily Service on weekdays.
Services are also being live streamed on the Church of England website and many churches are streaming services regularly. For example, St Martin-in-the-Fields in London is streaming Sunday and weekday services.
Resources from the Church of England
Making a Spiritual Communion
The term ‘Spiritual Communion’ is used to describe the means of grace by which a person, prevented for some serious reason from sharing in a celebration of the Eucharist, nonetheless shares in the communion of Jesus Christ. The Book of Common Prayer instructs us that if we offer ourselves in penitence and faith, giving thanks for the redemption won by Christ crucified, we may truly ‘eat and drink the Body and Blood of our Saviour Christ’, although we cannot receive the sacrament physically in ourselves. A form of words for making a Spiritual Communion can be found on the Church of England website.
Public health information for Hamburg in English
Public health information from Hamburg’s health ministry in English can be found here, though the daily press release updates are available in German only.
There is a telephone hotline set up with the following number: 040 / 428 284 000.
If you suspect you have been infected with COVID-19, call 116 117.
Two members of our congregation have kindly offered to provide face masks. Please email us at covid (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de if you need one and we will get you in touch. In the meantime you can use a scarf to cover your nose and mouth.
Corona Hardship Fund Appeal
We are aware of a number in our community who are experiencing extreme financial hardship at this time. We are appealing to those who can, to make a special donation to the church account so that some financial support for the purchase of basic necessities can be provided.
Donations made to the church account marked ‘Spende – Hardship Fund’ will be used to provide provisions for those in very urgent need.
For anyone who donates regularly to the church, this amount will be added to the annual donation for the annual tax (Spende) certificate. For others, a Spende certificate can be provided for amounts >€100 if name and address is provided.
Questions about this appeal can be sent to email@example.com.
Thank you for your generosity.
A prayer for all those affected by coronavirus
Keep us, good Lord,
under the shadow of your mercy.
Sustain and support the anxious,
be with those who care for the sick,
and lift up all who are brought low;
that we may find comfort
knowing that nothing can separate us from your love
in Christ Jesus our Lord.
(Source: Church of England website)