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.

Open Thursdays are back starting 7 July!

Our church building in Zeughausmarkt is there ‘7 whole days’ – so why not spend some time there on a Thursday this month too? 

Every week, the building will be open between 11.00 and 15.00.

So, pop in and visit or take a quiet moment; meet a friend, or have a cup of tea, or bring your summer visitors to have a look around our historic building. There is also a short said Eucharist starting at 12.00 noon each week, and lasting 30 minutes. 

Our chaplain, Jules, will need someone to be officially ‘on duty’ with her during these ‘Open Thursdays’, so if you can volunteer, please sign up on the list in church, or email Jules (chaplain (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de) with the date(s) you can do. Thank you!

Calling musicians for our ‘Family Services’

Our new Family Services which will take place on the third Sunday morning of each month, starting September (at least that’s the plan!)

Do you play an instrument / sing in a band? Would you like to take part in this more informal service, on a regular or occasional basis? 

Repertoire will be varied, but include worship and children’s songs, as well as some more traditional hymns. Rehearsals will be on the day, at 09.45, just before the service, and we are especially keen to attract some new musicians. (Our choir and organist have 3rd Sunday mornings off!) 

If this might be your thing, don’t be shy. Please contact the Director of Music (Yotin, music (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de ) or the Chaplain (Jules, chaplain (at) anglican-church-hamburg.de ).

Take the STB 20 Euro Challenge!

THE STB 20 Euro Challenge – PLEASE help your church this Summer.

What’s it for?

To have some fun and to enable each one of us to raise some money for church this summer.

How does it work?

Based on the Parable of the Talents (see below)  you collect a 20 Euro note on Sunday 26th June or 3rd July at the 10.30 service. (On loan to you from STB.)

Then, YOU do something creative with it, to make this E20 ‘seed’ money ‘grow’ and bear fruit:

During July, August and September: involve your friends, colleagues, neighbours, family, wherever you are (people you know outside church).

Early October you bring back all the money you have made,

and we ‘harvest’ it to help STB.

The Euro20 Summer Challenge is based on the Parable of the Talents from Matthew 25:14-30.

In this well known Bible story, the master and owner of a property is going to be away for some time. So, he entrusts some money to each of his workers. (The coins he gives them are called ‘talents’) During the time he is absent, the workers use the money entrusted to them to make more money. So, when the master returns he is pleased with their efforts, and says: ‘enter into the joy of your master’ and “well done’. That is save for one, who simply buried his coin, and did nothing to make it bear fruit for the master.

In the Euro20 challenge, we are similarly entrusted with money from our church, and asked, over a three month period (whether at home or on holiday), to make it grow – in the service of our heavenly Lord and master, and saviour Jesus Christ!

Please join in, be creative and help your church!

Book your place for a special Ascension Day dawn liturgy – and breakfast!

The tradition in the Church of England (Anglican Church) is to go to a high place at dawn on Ascension Day, to celebrate the ascension of our Lord. This would usually be a church tower, or the summit of a nearby hill – but we don’t have either of these, so we’re going on to the roof of the Ecumencial Forum instead. 

God is gone up with a merry noise, with the sound of the trumpet!

Please email chaplain@anglican-church-hamburg.de to book your place.

Sunday morning Services during February in the Michel crypt

Due to the ongoing heating situation in our church, St Michael’s Church (Michel) kindly offered us their crypt to temporarily use for Sunday worship. For now, this is going to be the case for all February services. They are going to take place during our regular time, starting 10.30.

Please enter the Michel through the main door at Englische Planke. The crypt is downstairs to the left hand side.