Church reopening: when and how?

The Chaplaincy Council met on 6 May (via Zoom) and discussed the reopening in the context of the guidance received from our Bishops and what is permitted in Hamburg. Although churches may open, there are very strict conditions set. The Council therefore decided that the church will stay closed until the beginning of June to allow for proper preparation.

Fr Pete Wright is still our locum until the end of May, however, and will continue until then to film services together with members of the congregation and post them here: see church online.

There is a small group of people working on what we need to do to reopen the church. We will let you know as soon as we can when that will be and how we are going to do it.

#stayconnected: Who would you like us to pray for?

As many of you know, we have been offering Compline/Evening Prayer on Zoom since the lockdown started and continue to do so every Saturday at 7pm. If you haven’t joined us yet, you can do so any time, simply by getting in touch with Yotin.

But, we are also aware that meeting on Zoom is not something for everyone. If you cannot join us online, but would still like to offer a prayer (for example for a specific person in your life or for a group of people or anything really you’d like to pray for), we are happy to include it on your behalf during the shared prayers part of our Evening Prayer.

Simply contact Yotin and Arwen at and they’ll make sure your prayer request gets included.

#stayconnected: Do you have a favourite spot for praying?

We were told already when we were kids: You can pray anywhere. And at the same time people have their favourite spot and also their favourite time to spend some moments in prayer. 

When I had a phase where the Daily Office was very important to me I had of course a corner in my bedroom with a candle and an icon. That was my spot for Morning and Evening Prayer. Setting apart a time and a place helped me stay in a healthy rhythm. Now I am rather unstructured. I have suggested reading (or praying or singing) through the psalms. And honestly these days I would just read them lying in bed before sleep. That’s my time and place. And that’s it at the moment. 

What about you? Do you have a favourite spot for prayer? Is it at your kitchen table? Is it somewhere in a park? Or do you have a little corner for a candle, or a cross, an icon or some other symbols? Easiest way would be to send in a picture. We’d collect and share them next week!

Yotin Tiewtrakul, Choirmaster