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TV coverage of the Service of Thanksgiving

February 24, 2012 in In the media

Both NDR Hamburg Journal and SAT.1 Regional were in church on 18 February to report on the 400th anniversary. Their reports were broadcast on 18 Feb at 7.30pm and on 20 Feb at 5.30pm. If you missed them, you can watch the SAT.1 clip here.

Die Welt Online 20.02.12

February 24, 2012 in In the media

Report on the gala fundraising concert on 17 February by Monika Kötter-Nellissen

400 Jahre English church St. Thomas à Becket

Hamburger Abendblatt 14.02.12

February 24, 2012 in In the media

Article by Hanna-Lotte Mikuteit on the 400th anniversary and gala fundraising concert (paywall)

400-Jahr-Feier mit Stargeiger Daniel Hope

Die Welt Online 08.02.12

February 24, 2012 in In the media

Article by dpa correspondent Almut Kipp on 400th anniversary

Kirche feiert 400 Jahre Glaubensfreiheit

Hamburger Abendblatt 28.01.12

February 24, 2012 in In the media

Article Schirokko’s Seereisen, Ensembe Schirokko’s concert on 28 January (paywall)

Barocke Seereisen mit dem Ensembe Schirokko

NDR 90,3 vom 14. Februar 2012

February 22, 2012 in In the media

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Beitrag von Daniel Kaiser im Abendjournal von NDR 90,3

„Blickpunkt Diesseits“, NDR Info 12.02.2012

February 21, 2012 in In the media

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Wo sich fremde Welten treffen
400 Jahre englische Gemeinde in Hamburg
Von: Susanne Gommert

Gesendet am 12.02.2012 innerhalb der Sendung „Blickpunkt Diesseits“, NDR Info

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

Deutschlandradio 08.02.12 06:17

February 14, 2012 in In the media

400 Jahre anglikanische Kirche in Hamburg

By Hamburg correspondent Verena Herb

My warmest greetings …

February 14, 2012 in Greetings

… to the priests and people of St. Thomas Becket Hamburg on the occasion of the 400th anniversary of the Anglican presence in Hanseatic Hamburg.

The original reason for the Senate’s grant to the English merchants of a chaplaincy in the City near the old Dom was as much commercial as spiritual generosity. “Alles geht um’s Geld!”  So the Hanse enjoyed reciprocal privileges of Lutheran worship in London.  But there’s more to it than that.

In recent times St. Thomas has moved on from being essentially a church for British ex-patriates, to one welcoming and valuing the presence of people from all over the world-with of course Germans! Nowadays we are regarded as standing alongside the two main churches, the Lutheran and the Roman Catholic, in witnessing to God’s love in Christ. Indeed confessional boundaries have become somewhat blurred, thankfully. And of course the regard the City Authorities have for the Church and Congregation and their support in maintaining the structure has been much appreciated.

Despite the fact that the church building has to be used for both secular and sacred activities, it is still primarily a sacred space. Those who have gone before us, those who worship now and those who will come hereafter form a timeless pattern of praise to him who creates and redeems us in his Son. We come old and new to St. Thomas in the search for what T.S. Eliot calls ‘The intersection of the timeless moment,’ in a place ‘where prayer has been valid.’ (Little Gidding-the last of the Four Quartets) The dignified beauty of the nave and sanctuary can provide glimpses of the eternal.

I learned much during my time as chaplain of the love and service of my post-war predecessors, together  with talented people, both past and present, in the congregation. But I look back on my 10 years in office with equal appreciation and regard for the many unsung people who have worshipped, prayed and undertaken Christian service, in church and out.

May your anniversary year bring blessings to all who prepare and work for the special events, and to those who visit you and share in the celebrations.  May all this be to many a springboard to a deepening and widening ability to share in life’s purpose and goal; waiting upon God, and receiving grace to effectively live out faith in action. St. Thomas Becket was the patron saint of the medieval Merchant Adventurers. Most of us aren’t merchants but we can still embrace the Christian adventure!

Roger White
Chaplain 2001-2010

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