St Thomas à Becket church will reopen on Sunday 5 July for a short service of Morning Prayer at 10.30 a.m.
As a result of the ongoing crisis, churches are required to offer shorter services for a greatly reduced number of people so that hygiene and safety regulations can be strictly observed. Full Holy Communion services are not yet possible.
Until our locum arrives, Morning Prayer will be led by members of the congregation. If there are too many people for the 10.30 service, it may be possible to offer a second service at 11.15 a.m.
Please read this message from the wardens and council for full details of hygiene and safety regulations.
Please also check the news section of this website for updates.
Feeling anxious or lonely?
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. He will continue to do this until our next locum arrives in mid-July. 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, Canterbury Cathedral is offering Morning and Evening Prayer daily as well as Sunday services online and 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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)