The church building will once again be open each Thursday during the three summer months of July, August and September between 11.00 and 14.00.
Pop in for a cup of tea, a chat, to visit the English bookstall, or to show your friends around St. Thomas.
Each Thursday someone from St. Thomas is also needed to be officially ‘on duty’ (along with the Chaplain), welcoming those who come in, brewing up as required, giving information, and generally keeping a watching brief. The sign up list for this (very pleasant!) duty is in church, or you can write to the Chaplain instead, if you would like to extend a welcome on one or more of the ‘Open Thursdays’.
We are currently looking for person(s) who could play the organ in our services, and potentially lead our music at St. Thomas. As the only Anglican Church in north Germany, this is a unique opportunity to work in this rich, satisfying and distinctive tradition. Remuneration will not be huge, but there is a mini-job on offer for the right person.
The full vacancy description can be downloaded in PDF format here. It includes contact details for our Chaplain and our choir leader who interested candidates can contact for an informal discussion.
Some of you will remember reading about the Church Recording project, organised by The Arts Society of Hamburg, whereby a small group of volunteers has recorded the contents and features of the inside of St Thomas à Becket in Hamburg to a high professional standard. The end result is a large, wonderfully bound book, which will be presented to the church after the morning service on Sunday 25 June.
This Record is the culmination of approximately 5 years’ work and its presentation has been delayed by Covid and by the church being closed in the winter as far as services were concerned. During the course of the research many interesting historic facts came to light as the team documented the memorials, metalwork, internal stonework, woodwork, textiles, pictures and documents.
We (the group of volunteers) very much hope that as many of you as possible will come along to this presentation and view the Record, which will thereafter be the property of the church.
A more detailed article will appear in the next Becket News giving you some background and history in respect of Church Recording.
Pat Pledger (Co-ordinator of the Church Recording Team)
The big re-union! Please bring something to eat/drink, invite your family and friends, and allow time to stay on and chat. This will be our first Sunday back in our own Church building in Zeughausmarkt.
If you feel that St. Thomas is your church, and you would like to learn more about your faith, this could be the thing for you; and a real affirmation and blessing, as you affirm your commitment.
There will be a course of preparation (around six sessions), with the topics of God, the Bible, worship and Anglicanism and plenty of opportunity to explore both your questions and doubts. You can potentially be confirmed at any age, so this is an invitation to adults as well as younger people too.
Please get in touch with the Chaplain (chaplain (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de) to express your interest, or to ask for further details.
This year’s course will be based around the film ‘The Theory of Everything’ (2014, about Stephen Hawking.) As part of each group sessions we will watch clips from the film (technology permitting), but please do view the film in advance too if you wish.
The course is organised to run over the five weeks of Lent, and will consist of 1. a group meeting each week in Zeughausmarkt, AND 2. a short daily Bible passage and reflection for you to undertake as individual devotion, for each day inbetween. All materials provided.
The Lent course group sessions will be offered on Thursdays AND Sundays in Zeughausmarkt 22 (upstairs in the warm room), with a maximum of 8 places in each – ie 16 places in total. Pre-registration is required, please email chaplain (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de to register.
On Saturday 25th February at 15.00, we will hold a World Day of Prayer worship service in Zeughausmarkt 22. The host country this year is Taiwan.
You are warmly welcomed to attend, learn more about Christianity in Taiwan, as well as explore this year’s theme. Christian groups from churches across Hamburg attend this service, and it is a good opportunity to share stories across the board.
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.