The new edition of our parish magazine, Becket News, is out. It’s a really good read, so don’t miss it. You can read it on screen or download it here.
We have been producing Christmas cards by recycling used cards in aid of the historic English Church of St Thomas à Becket for over 30 years. After the success of the last two years’ online sales of these popular cards 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 double 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. However, cards will also be on sale at various events this year giving you the opportunity to choose your motifs personally. Please come to our Church Bazaar on 19 November 2022 from 11:00 – 17:00 hrs, visit our stand at the Victorian Christmas Market on 26 + 27 November 2022 from 11:00 -18:00 hrs or purchase your cards after the Sunday service from 20 November until 18 December 2022.
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 year’s church bazaar will take place in the church on Saturday, 19 November from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
The Bazaar is a much-loved and integral part of the church calendar. Visitors and the worshipping community get together on the day to buy foodstuffs, handicrafts, handmade Christmas cards; browse the extensive and newly-refreshed English-language bookshop, and more. And to enjoy food from many nations, or a cup of tea in the cafe.
All proceeds go to charity, that is to the upkeep of the church and its work.
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.
For details contact Arwen and Ale on stthomashandicrafts (at) gmail.com
On Sunday, 2nd October, at 10:30 we are going to have our Harvest Thanksgiving service.
If you can, please bring a gift of food to the service with you (non-perishable). All gifts will be donated to the Salvation Army charity, as usual.
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.
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:
Revd Jules A. Barnes, Chaplain, Anglican Church Hamburg