Order your Christmas cards in aid of our church – on sale now

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.

Come and visit us for Nacht der Kirchen 2021 on 18 September

We are excited to participate in Hamburg’s “Nacht der Kirchen” again, which is going to take place on 18 September this year. We will be open from 5pm to 10pm.

Please find details below:

From 5pm: Open Church

Our church will be open for tours from 5pm to 10pm continuously. Just come and visit! Parishioners will be present and happy to answer your questions (in German or English). 

6pm – 6:30pm: Evening Prayer

Traditional Anglican Evening Prayer, led by Susanne Hergoss. 

9pm – 9:30pm: Compline

“Compline” derives its name from a Latin word meaning “completion” (completorium). It is primarily a service of silence and reflection before rest at the end of the day. Led by Revd Jules A. Barnes.

Banker, Bankrupt, Builder – Henry Canning Esquire

A short illustrated biography researched and written by Dr. Madeleine Resuehr is available now.

It is thanks to Henry Canning, British Consul General to Hamburg from 1823-1841 that we have the historic building in Zeughausmarkt, and can still worship there as STB church today. Henry succeeded in persuading the Hamburg Senate to give the British community a plot of land on which to build a new church and in encouraging British merchants, their Hamburg associates and the British Government to donate the funds necessary.

The new English Church was dedicated in 1838 and, as a mark of respect, Henry Canning was laid to rest there after his death in 1841.

This short booklet fills in the gaps about his childhood, tells of his business ventures, his marriage and family, and solves a mystery. 

You can buy a copy after Sunday morning services (see Madeleine) or order one, by sending an email to Price: €7.50. All proceeds go to church funds. 

A Benefit Concert of Classical Music – 10 Sept 7:00pm – with Astrid Müller and Rudolf Kelber

As part of the “Tag des offenen Denkmals”.

Works by J.S. Bach, Henry Purcell, Henry Eccles, Paul Hindemith, William Flackton, César Franck.

Astrid Müller, voila and Rudolf Kelber, organ

Astrid Müller studied viola in Berlin, the USA and Israel and played with the Jerusalem Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonie Hamburg and others. She taught viola at the Hochschule für Musik und Theater Hamburg, 1996-2012.

Rudolf Kelber is the former church music director of St Jacobi, Hamburg (1982- 2015). He has given concerts all over Europe, most recently in Paris and took part in the inauguration concert which featured the new Elbphilharmonie organ.

Tickets: €12.00.

Please order your tickets at or speak to Madeleine R. or Christian in church. Cash or bank transfer. Bank details will be sent with confirmation of booking. E-tickets or paper tickets available.

If you wish to make a higher donation to the church, please add the sum to the price of your tickets.
All proceeds go to church funds. Thank you!

Corona regulations apply: vaccinated, recovered, tested – geimpft, genesen, getestet, and registration at the door.