Advent Prayers for Peace in Ukraine – 7, 14 and 21 December (online)

The Diocese in Europe offers Advent Prayer services to pray for peace in Ukraine on three Wednesdays this month: 7, 14 and 21 December at 18:30 (06:30 PM) Central European Time.

You can either join by Zoom (please see the details below) or follow the services via a live stream on YouTube at the following link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SFPWCl3lijw

Zoom details:

https://us06web.zoom.us/j/84904201394?pwd=SWZLSU1XYTM2T21kZ2Q4TXN0aXRkdz09

Meeting ID: 849 0420 1394

Passcode: 127875

Calling all cake makers: ‘Carols and Cakes’

This year we will be having a new Christmas carols ‘sing along’, with the choir to lead us, and just as importantly, an interval for tea and home made cakes. Appropriately this offering is called ‘Carols and Cakes’, and it will take place on Sunday 4th December at 16.00.

So, first of all, please invite anyone who likes to have a good old sing at Christmas time to come – there will be opportunity to request your favourites.

And then, if you could make and bring along a cake, please get in touch with Wendy Sprock in advance, to let her know. Ideally we want large cakes that can simply be cut into slices/pieces. (No scones please.) And on the day, we will of course also need helpers to set up before the service, and to serve the refreshments too. Thank you. Please let Wendy know if you can bring a cake on 4th, as soon as you can.

This week’s additional opening times and service

Our church building will be open again this Tuesday from 17.00 – 20.00 and on Thursday from 11.00 – 15.00 to anyone who wishes to come in and pay their last respects to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

The open book of Condolence will also still be available. Please note that on Thursday there will also be a short Eucharist at 12:00, with special prayers for Her Majesty.

‘Rest eternal grant, O Lord, and may light perpetual shine upon her.’

It is with the greatest sadness that we hear of the death of her Majesty Queen Elizabeth ll. Truly the end of an era, and of a great life of selfless service. The official announcement confirms that she passed at Balmoral Castle, this afternoon, Thursday 8th September.

Our Anglican Church building here in Hamburg (Zeughausmarkt 22, 20459) will be open over the next few days, so that anyone who so wishes can come in and pay their last respects. An open book of Condolence will also be available, should you want to leave a short personal written message. At this juncture I can tell you that the church building will be open tomorrow, Friday 9th September between 08.30 and 12.30 and 17.00 and 20.00. Also on Saturday 10th September, 10.00 and 17.00.

Her Majesty was loved and respected the world over and by very many here in the city of Hamburg and environs. She was also Supreme Governor of the Church of England, and a woman of strong personal faith. We pray now for her family, the peoples of the Commonwealth and all who are mourning her loss, wherever they may be. If you wish to post a message in the Church of England online condolences book, you can do so here:

https://www.churchofengland.org/remembering-her-majesty-queen

Revd Jules A. Barnes, Chaplain, Anglican Church Hamburg

Photo credit: PRESS ASSOCIATION / Danny Lawson.

STB tour of the Hamburg Library (Staats- und Universitätsbibliothek Hamburg), with director Robert Zepf

Saturday 24th September, 11.00 – 13.00.

A real treat! This is a private tour, with documents of particular relevance to the history of the English and the church in Hamburg, and the chance to ask Robert questions about his job, and faith.

Registration in advance is essential: please sign up on the list in church, or contact the Chaplain directly to book your place(s). All are welcome, but capacity will be limited.