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by Monica

The Bishop of London

February 19, 2012 in Greetings

16th February 2012
To all at St Thomas á Becket, Hamburg

Dear Friends,

As 132nd Bishop of London, the link with The English Church in Hamburg goes back at least to Bishop Laud’s time in 1633 and possibly to Bishop John King, a notable Calvinist surprisingly remembered for his lavish entertainment of Pocahontas in 1617. The relationship has continued and changed over the centuries but I welcome this opportunity to renew the link.

Your Patron Thomas á Becket was a notable Londoner, son of a Mercer in business in Cheapside. His place of birth here is marked by a pilgrim badge in the City. Hamburg had and continues to have a very close trading relationship with London and it is good that we have a share in a London Saint who defied the secular power in the name of the church.

So right gladly do I send my greetings and best wishes to you as you look back on 400 years, praying that you may continue to be a faithful witness to Jesus Christ and a place of worship, support and friendship in the great city of Hamburg for many years to come.

With thanks for our partnership in the Gospel.

The Rt Revd & Rt Hon Richard Chartres KCVO DD FSA

by Monica

The 400-year-long history of the Anglican Church in Hamburg

April 1, 2011 in History of the Anglican Church in Hamburg

The 400-year-long history of the Anglican Church in Hamburg, is story is intertwined with both Hamburg’s illustrious trade history and the Church of England’s history in Europe. Although English-speaking Christians had worshipped in Europe since before the Reformation, the Hamburg congregation played a particularly pivotal role in the 17th century in establishing the Church of England’s presence in Europe. In 1611 the English in Hamburg, at that time as members of the  Guild of Merchant Adventurers – for centuries the most powerful cloth-trading company in northern Europe – were granted by the Senate of Hamburg the privilege of holding services in the English language according to the rite of the Church of England. In securing an unprecedented religious freedom, the church became the first sanctioned non-Lutheran congregation in the city. For much of its history the church was simply known as ‘The English Church’.

historical drawing of the Anglican Church of St Thomas Becket in HamburgThe current church located on Zeughausmarkt was consecrated after building on 11 November 1838. The name St Thomas Becket, the patron saint of the Merchant Adventurers, was given to the church after it reopened after the war in 1947.

by Monica

Announcing a very special birthday!

March 27, 2011 in 400 years St Thomas Becket

The Anglican Church in Hamburg is celebrating its 400th anniversary in 2012. This website tells you what’s going on and how you can get involved.

We’ve planned a series of birthday events covering many themes throughout the year, including a high-profile concert series in our neo-classical listed building. You can find more information under ‘Events’.

The ‘History’ section tells you about the origins of the church in Hamburg, the first non-Lutheran church to be permitted religious freedom to practise public worship within the City of Hamburg walls, and its links to the Merchant Adventurers.

We need to raise funds to secure the future of the church and its important role as a spiritual home for English speakers in Hamburg, and we would like to give something back to Hamburg by supporting community projects. The ‘Sponsors’ section of this website has information about individual and corporate sponsorship. We also welcome donations to the St Thomas Becket 400th Anniversary Fund – see the ‘Donations’ tab on this page.

If you’d like to know more about St Thomas Becket Church today, please visit the church website www.anglican-church-hamburg.de where you’ll also find a link to our Parish Profile.

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