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)
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.
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 will be the second meeting of the group, and anyone who enjoys crafting is very welcome to come along. This time, the plan is to meet in the church building in Zeughausmarkt. There will be the chance to learn new skills, and/or you can bring along whatever you are already working on.
This year Council have decided that as the Anglican Church in Hamburg, we should have our own stand during the three days of the British Flair event. Friday 26th, Sat 27th and Sun 28th August:https://www.britishflair.de/start.html
This takes place at the Hamburg Polo Club, a short walk from S Klein Flottbek. It’s a high-profile and charmingly anglophile event, which raises money for good causes too; so it offers us great opportunities, especially in this the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee year, for networking and mission.
Many of you I know already attend British Flair, and/or the Saturday evening concert: ‘Klassik unterm Sternenhimmel’. So, if you’re coming this year, please do make sure you visit the STB stand. And, Wendy Sprock can offer reduced price concert tickets for €25. Contact her directly: wendysprock (at) t-online.de
There is still opportunity to help on the STB stand. Should be fun! Please consider helping, and if you can do a stint, get in touch as soon as possible with Norbert Schoen (norbertwschoen (at) web.de), who is coordinating the rota for our church stand: thank you! We need 3 or 4 people during the whole time, signing up in advance, for shifts of a few hours. It would be good to have people of different ages and nationalities, so that we can show the diversity of STB in all its fullness. Please contact Norbert as soon as you can.