The new edition of Becket News is out, with lots of news and interesting articles. You can read or download it here.
Due to the new Hamburg covid regulations, the Church Bazaar on 20 November will be run as a 2G event.
Access to the bazaar will be permitted only for people who are
- recovered fully from covid with written proof
- under 18
- or have a medical written document exempting them from vaccination
This will be cross checked against ID cards/passports/your smartphone before entering the church.
Standard precautions – masks, social distancing – apply. Not more than 50 visitors may be in the church at any one time.
We hope you still come, enjoy and buy all the wonderful things on offer.
After the success of last year’s online sales of our popular recycled cards sold in aid of the historic English Church of St Thomas à Becket, we are repeating the online ordering option this year alongside physical sales. Motifs range from religious and nativity scenes, winter landscapes, robins, Christmas scenes, animals, humorous, and other festive themes such as wreaths, flowers candles, etc. The cards, complete with envelopes, are 148 x 110 mm and have a Christmas and New Year greeting in English and German.
Cards can be ordered using this Order Form or by telephoning Judith Holst. The cards will also be on sale at some events including the Church Bazaar on 20 November, and after the Sunday service from 21 November until 19 December.
Looking at the week ahead, including the invitations to this week’s Saturday Evening Prayer and Wednesday Morning Prayer on Zoom.
(If you cannot download the PDF for some reason, please get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org, so we can email you a copy.)
The latest edition of Becket News, our parish magazine, is fresh off the virtual press. You can read it or download it here.
On Friday, 9 April, Buckingham Palace announced the death of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh. We join with people around the world in mourning his loss.
Due to the coronavirus pandemic, there will be no books of condolence in the UK or overseas. Members of the public wishing to express their condolences may do so here – www.royal.uk.
Prince Philip, who was born on the Greek island of Corfu on 10 June 1921, was named Prince Philip of Greece and Denmark and baptised into the Greek Orthodox Church. He became a member of the Church of England in 1947, renouncing his membership of the Greek Orthodox Church and his Greek and Danish royal titles on his marriage to Princess Elizabeth, who was to become Queen on the death of her father, King George VI, in 1952.
The Archhbishop of Canterbury celebrated and preached at a Eucharist and Service of Remembrance for The Duke of Edinburgh at Canterbury Cathedral on Sunday, 11 April. A recording of the service can be found on the cathedral website.
BBC Radio 4’s ‘Sunday’ programme on 11 April 2021 devoted segments to The Duke of Edinburgh’s Christian faith and how it informed his views on the environment. You can find it on the BBC Sounds website or the BBC Sounds app.
17 February marks the beginning of Lent. We are not having our own service, but there are two opportunities to join other services online:
Our sister church in Berlin, St George’s, has invited us to join them for their streamed Ash Wednesday service.
The service will be livestreamed at 19:30 CET (on Facebook and available later via YouTube).
The Diocese in Europe Service of Evening Prayer is also at 19:30 CET.
Rev’d Sam Van Leer (Acting Archdeacon of NW Europe) will lead the service. Bishop Robert is the preacher. The liturgy includes an invitation to light three candles at the start of the service and extinguish them at certain moments during the service.
You can watch the service being livestreamed on the diocesan YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/S79rMG_zEWA
Mark’s group will continue to look at some saints, this time saints who are ‘linked’ to Germany, not necessarily German saints, and not necessarily canonised, but who are celebrated on festival days in the Church of England. He would like to share with you a basic biography of a few of these personalities, namely: Alcuin, St Elizabeth of Hungary, Tyndale and Margery Kempe. After each talk, there is a chance to share views of these theological figures, as well as to meditate and draw lessons from their example in our own lives. The sessions are about an hour long. These Lent talks and thoughts will be on Tuesdays (23 February, 2 March, 9 March and 16 March at 7pm via Zoom). Please email Father Mark at email@example.com if you are interested and he will send you a Zoom invitation.