Remembering Bishop Geoffrey Rowell

The Right Reverend Dr Geoffrey Rowell, who was Bishop of Gibraltar in Europe until 2013, died peacefully after a short illness on Trinity Sunday at the age of 74.  The Diocese in Europe has posted a tribute on its website at the following link:

You might remember Bishop Geoffrey’s sermon at the 400th anniversary service for our church in 2012. If you would like to listen to it again in his memory, you can do so on our STB400 website:

Beethoven: Concert on 10 June canceled

We just got word from ProPiano that unfortunately the concert  “Der Sturm” that was supposed to take place at our church on Saturday 10 June 07:30 PM has to be canceled due to health reasons.

Please also note that the afternoon concert on the same day (“Hammerklavier”) was moved to the Klangmanufaktur (Wendenstraße 255).

All other concerts will take place as planned at our church. Please see our event calendar for details.

Wanderers: Break in June, back in July

While there won’t be a walk in June, our walking enthusiasts can look forward to one in July. Details to follow!

If you are not on our wanderers’ mailing list yet but would like to receive updates on dates and locations, please get in touch with Nicki Schiller at nicki.schiller (at)

Sir Jeffrey Tate

Sad news: Sir Jeffrey Tate, chief conductor of the Hamburger Sinfoniker, has died aged 74. Sir Jeffrey was a good friend to our church, last visiting in March to hear Clare Hammond play. Together with Daniel Hope and Sebastian Knauer, Sir Jeffery gave a gala benefit concert at the church in February 2012 during our 400th anniversary. Further details in English can be found on the websites of the BBC and Deutsche Welle.

New Youth Club

A Youth Club for the over-11s kicks off in June, with meetings alternating between a weekday evening and a Sunday. It will be launched after the Sunday service on 4 June. Please see the website events calendar for further details.

A prayer in the light of the tragedy in Manchester

A prayer by Father Leslie Nathaniel:
Almighty God, our Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer, the violent assault in Manchester has brought pain, tears, and anger to people across Britain and beyond. We grieve with a nation in shock at the loss of so many innocent lives, both children and adults. We ask you to receive the souls of those who have died, and we pray for the gifts of healing and peace on all those who are injured. We remember before you those tending to the injuries and pain in body and mind of those affected by the attack.
Grant peace, comfort, and patience to all the grieving families, friends, colleagues and loved ones at this difficult time. We ask you to bring security and peace to the people in the city of Manchester and to all in Britain. Safeguard and strengthen the bonds of unity and friendship between the diverse communities that they may work together against the forces that would sow division and hatred.
We at the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket also pray to you, the source of all life, that you bless us with the light of your presence in our midst, and we look for your mercies. May we be blessed with your protection through all the changing scenes of life and with the resolve to make peace.
Lord make us channels of your peace. Where there is hatred let us bring your love. Where there is injury, your pardon, Lord. Where there is doubt, faith. Where there is despair in life, let us bring hope. Where there is darkness, only light. And where there is sadness, ever joy (after St Francis of Assisi 1181–1226).

Worship material for the G20 summit

global.gerecht.gestalten, the church alliance for the G20 summit in Hamburg on 7 and 8 July, has published material that can be used by churches as a basis for their prayers for peace on Friday 7 July at 1800 hrs. It includes a suggested format prepared by our own chaplain, Revd Canon Dr Leslie Nathaniel.

The material can be found on our website or downloaded from the alliance’s website:

The alliance was founded to accompany the summit with prayer and action and to participate in peaceful activities before and during the summit. Its goal is to campaign for sustainable, viable development and draw attention to the churches’ standpoints on the issues addressed by the G20 summit.