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St. Marienkirche am Alexanderplatz


1 August 2021

Restart of Sunday Evening Eucharist in Marienkiche 

We are delighted to be able to celebrate Sunday Evening Eucharists together and in person again at our second worship location, the Marienkirche (Evangelische St. Marienkirche am Alexanderplatz) after such long months. 

The first service is on 1 August, 18:00. 

NO pre-registration is required for our services in the Marienkirche. However, we do ask that you follow the usual hygiene rules, only sit in the designated areas and wear an FFP2 mask at all times in the church, which must cover your nose and mouth.


1 September Midweek Evening Eucharist in Saint George's Church

From 1 September we will be celebrating a simple weekday Eucharist in St George's every Wednesday at 18:00. This can help us to find some rest even in the hustle and bustle of everyday life and to encounter God in His Word and Sacrament. We look forward to seeing you!
Pre-registration is not necessary.


For Sunday Morning Eucharists at Saint George's you are asked please to pre-register online or via the parish office during office hours.

Concert 

St George's Anglican Church

Friday 30 July 19:30

Walhalla zum Seidlwirt: „Und ein Lied erklingt". Berlin-based acapella ensemble, with professional international singers and diverse repertoire from Jiddisch, through German folk song and even "Turkish delights".

Free entrance but pre-registration online necessary (see button below)

Collection at door: to support free-standing musicians in Berlin and to build a well in a refugee camp in Yemen

 “Save me, O God, for the waters have come up to my neck…I have come into deep waters and the flood sweeps over me.” (Psalm 69) 

A letter from our Bishops on the flooding disaster in parts of Germany, Belgium, France, The Netherlands and Luxembourg




Asking Forgiveness

A Declaration of the Evangelical Church Berlin-Brandenburg-schlesische Oberlausitz (EKBO) on its mistreatment of LGBTIQ people. 

Online Evening Prayer and Bible Study

Thursdays 19:00 Berlin Time 


Since February we have been meeting on Thursdays via Zoom to look together at the readings for the coming Sunday. From 5 August, this will include a short Evening prayer. The meeting lasts one hour and all are welcome. Please email Christopher or the church office if you would like the zoom link to join!

Photos of the Priestly Ordination of Martin and three other deacons by Bishop David on 4 July in Milan

Special thanks to Pietro Vito Spina, 
All Saints' Anglican Church, Milan for the lovely photographs.

St George's Wanderlust Initiative

There is a new initiative for parishioners and friends of St George's. The idea is to see sights close to Berlin as well as travel to other locations further afield, whether you are a newcomer to the area or a seasoned resident. The idea is to get to know each other better in a fun setting while experiencing all that the area has to offer.  Depending on interest, it could be as simple as a day touring Potsdam and Wannsee, a day hiking trip to Sächsische Schweiz (Saxon Switzerland, about 2 hours away), 
or weekend trips to Bavaria, Dresden, Prague, 
or anywhere else people might be excited to go.  
The goal is to organize one outing per month, schedules permitting. Our new church council member Kim Purvis is collecting names and email addresses for anyone interested, and will handle the organizing of the trips. If you enjoy touring or have suggestions on where to go, please send an email to Kim via office@stgeorges.de


Happy Wandering!   

The Lutheran World Federation elects 

Estonian Anne Burghardt 

as new General Secretary 

 

Election marks first woman and first Central and Eastern European pastor to head global communion of churches.

Theology Reading Group

 

The St George's Theology Reading Group will meet again after a Summer break on Sunday, September 12, at 19:30 via Zoom. Please contact Tim Redfern for more information and the zoom link via office@stgeorges.de. 

All are welcome to join; no prior theological background is required.

Anglican Germans and Friends

Jeden letzten Mittwoch im Monat, 18:30 auf Zoom!  Wenn Deutsche von Anglikanischer Kirche oder der Kirche von England hören, dann sagt vielen das fast nichts.  Bei manchen kommen auch spontan Reaktionen, wie: „Das ist doch die Kirche des englischen Königs,  mit den vielen geköpften Frauen!“  oder „Bei denen ist die Queen der Papst“. Natürlich wissen deutsche Muttersprachler, die sich für St George‘s interessieren, mit der Gemeinde verbunden fühlen oder gar Gemeindemitglieder sind, weit mehr über die Kirche von England, als diese Klischees ausdrücken. Dennoch gibt es auch für sie, viel an Geschichte, Liturgie, Spiritualität, Kunst und Musik zu entdecken.

Unsere Gruppe möchte die Möglichkeit geben, sich gemeinsam mit dem „Phänomen Anglikanismus“ und seinen verschiedenen Facetten zu beschäftigen und diese auf Deutsch zu diskutieren, so dass der Austausch gänzlich "Sprachbarrieren frei" ist. Wenn Sie sich für die Kirche von England bzw. die Anglikanische Kirchengemeinschaft interessieren, dann sind Sie herzlich eingeladen und willkommen! Nächstes Zoom-Meeting 28.07., 18:30: Thema "The Book of Common Prayer - The Lord's Supper". Falls Sie interessiert sind, dann schreiben Sie einfach eine Email an Revd Joachim Reich: joachimreich@posteo.de

HuK

Homosexuelle und Kirche.
German Ecumenical Work Group Homosexuals 
and the Church.

Labyrinth in Saint George's Garden

A newly formed Prayer Labyrinth Planning group met for its first Zoom meeting and discussed labyrinth models, materials, settings, and ways of designing and realizing of a labyrinth project which had been commissioned by the Church Council in its last meeting. The idea is to create an open place for prayer and meditation while walking slowly the meandering path of the circular labyrinth towards the centre.  The group will meet several times this spring, report to the Church Council, and inform you. If you are interested in the work's progress and want to share ideas, please write to Deacon Martin George, head of the Prayer Labyrinth Group, at: martingeorge​@​posteo​.de.

3 Prayer Resources not only for the Summer Time:



The Archbishop of Canterbury

A five-part series on speaking and listening to God

Exploring Prayer 

 Over five lessons, Archbishop Justin explores different ways of praying. From asking for things and giving thanks, to expressing deep sadness and anger, Exploring Prayer helps you begin – or develop – your conversation with God. 

The Church of England

The Pilgrim Way


is a new guide to the core beliefs of the Christian faith. Set out in a question and answer format, it follows one of the Church’s very earliest ways of teaching and training disciples. 


 

The Episcopal Church of the United States of America

Getting Started with the Way of Love

 More than a program or curriculum, it is an intentional commitment to a set of practices. 
It’s a commitment to follow Jesus: Turn, Learn, Pray, Worship, Bless, Go, Rest.

St George's Towards an Eco Church

The Church of England

What is an Eco Church?

Webinar on Youtube: An introduction to and overview of Eco Church

This webinar will tell you everything you need to know to get started. Come along if you’ve heard of Eco Church but haven’t started yet, and want to know a little more before you take the plunge. The webinar will answer questions like: “What is Eco Church? Why take part? 


Joining a Parish Group?

St George's offers a variety of ways to meet and share in groups (currently online only). Are you looking for a parish group? There is sure to be something for you!

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Bishop Rose Hudson- Wilkin 

And yet it moves : Words that give courage and confidence


Confirmation Course Started

This year's confirmation class met for the first time on 29.5. and we are continuing to meet on zoom, every fortnight, Saturdays, 18:00. 
Our confirmands are: Bennet, Chinasa, Johanna, Nella and Jeremy.

Joachim together with Andrea Bianchi are leading the course and are very happy to be accompanying our wonderful confirmands on their journey to confirmation. The congregation is kindly asked to pray our confirmands and their families.



Students’ Fellowship Group 

CALL FOR MEMBERS 

The Student Fellowship group invites all students to a remote weekly bible verse review in context with the experiences of the 21st century. We have lost contact to what kept us spiritually, emotionally, and physically engaged. All that is left is reach and zeal, 
join us via zoom, gather, and other platforms every Wednesday at 18:30 
to make the best of the challenging times. 

For more information please contact Christiane 
via email: christianealpers@posteo.de or the church  office.

Living in Love and Faith Course and Process

Up to 12 very brave parishioners and clergy 
have met online over 6 sessions to learn about 
and share with each other on issues such as: 

How do questions about identity, sexuality,
relationships and marriage fit within the bigger picture of the good news of Jesus Christ?
What does it mean to live in love and faith
together as a Church? The course is a Church-wide process of study, discussion and sharing initiated by the Church of England Bishops on issues of sexual morality and power in the Church of England.
All parishes are invited and encouraged to participate in this process and to report back to the bishops the respective outcomes of the discussion process. It became clear that St George's, with its transformation from a military chapel to a international parish, has always understood itself to be an open-hearted, generous and inclusive parish, welcoming all people, whatever their ethnic background, gender, age, sexual orientation, identity or economic status.
As already expressed in our mission statement:
"We bear witness to the inclusiveness and universality of God’s love."
We agreed that this tradition needs to be put forward and even strengthened, that our contribution as Anglicans in Berlin needs to be even clearer, bolder and more visible. 
If you are interested in the course, which you can do on your own, and the various materials, please visit the Church of England website:



To Look over the Rim of a Tea Cup

The Church of England News


The Diocese in Europe News

Anglican Communion News

The Protestant Church in Germany News

The Roman Catholic Church in Germany News

Germany News

Berlin News

St George's offers Covid Vaccination Support 

Do contact the church office if you need some assistance in making an appointment or travelling to the Vaccination Point.

St George's 

Emmaus Walk & Emmaus Talk

 

Our clergy offers Emmaus Walks,
i.e. a time of walking together in the fresh air (keeping social distance!)
to talk about things that are on your heart.
For people who don't like to walk for whatever reason,
we also offer
Emmaus Talks, i.e. pastoral talks on the phone or with Zoom.

Like the Emmaus disciples who shared their frustrations and hopes with each other on the road and who found themselves accompanied by the Lord, 
we also want to talk to each other by walking through a park or on the phone/zoom and encourage each other, offering support and confidence. If you are interested in such Walks or Talks, please email Christopher, Joachim or Martin so that you can arrange directly with them when (and where) you will meet to have a (walk &) talk. 
We look forward to hearing from you! 

Diocese in Europe

Prayers during a Time of Pandemic

Bible Reading Challenge


God's word in human word, the Bible is the foundation of our Christian life. 
It gives orientation, comfort, inspiration - and it is a provocation to reflect on our lives and to take new paths. 
God's Word is essential for our spiritual growth. 

Make 2021 your Bible year and engage with the Bible in new or more intensive ways. 
Bible reading plans can help you to dive deeper into God's Word (in its many translations) 
and to rediscover the literary and spiritual diversity of biblical texts.


Updated Offical Information Concerning COVID-19 in Berlin