The Sunday worship, mornings in Preussenallee and evenings in the Marienkirche, is the central focus of our parish life. After the service there is time to meet each other over coffee and most often a group of people share a meal afterwards.
Also during the week several activities are organised at church and at people’s homes througout the city. Activies include Bible studies, Lent courses, evenings of meditiation and prayer, a spiritual journaling group and occasional retreats.
Our congregation is very international, with roughly equal numbers of British, North American and German natives, and smaller numbers from African countries and the rest of the world. It is the nature of a modern capital city that many members stay only a few years but almost all make good, often life-long friends and find valuable fellowship and fun during their time at St George’s.
Marc Chagall - Noah and the Rainbow
It is remarkable how many new insights you get when you are studying the Bible together. During the year St George’s organises seasons of Bible Study, where we focus on a certain aspect or book of the Bible. Recently we have studied the book of Genesis using the book by Gerald West, Genesis, The People’s Bible Commentary, as guide. One of the participants writes:
The little book accompanied me on daily bus rides across the city, bringing the stories of Genesis alive and throwing a new light on those I thought I knew so well. Never before had I conceived of the story of Adam and Eve as “collapse of communication”, for example. Each little section ended with a stimulating prayer or suggestion for reflection.
Meditation and Prayer
St George´s Church is open each Wednesday from 14.00-16.00 for silent meditation.
Taize prayers in the Marienkirche (S and U Bahn Alexanderplatz) on the last Monday of the month 18.30 (Oct to March) or 19.30 (April to Sept) in the side chapel.
This type of prayer comes forth from the ecumenical Taizé community in France. Frère Roger, founder of the community said: “We should speak as little as possible in church”, and we try to live that out in these services.
The alternate Tuesdays we explore passages from Scripture and meditate on them with the aid of music and song. We let the text speak to our soul and this enables us to discover new truths.
Dickensian Christmas Fair
The Christmas Fair has been a mainstay of St George’s holiday celebrations for many years, but in the few, we have given it a new theme. Our fair has taken on a Victorian glow, with carolers and vendors in period dress, Christmas pudding and mince pies, and all the little things that make English Christmas memorable.
The Christmas Fair is also one of St George’s largest and most important fund-raisers. The Raffle and Market provide a much needed aid to our entirely self-supporting parish. This complex event can only happen with the help and support of the members of the parish, contributing their time and talents, both on the day of the Fair and in the many months of preparation beforehand.
At the Sunday morning service children have their own special activities. They leave the church during the singing of the Gloria and return before the Communion.
We usually focus on the same readings or theme that are used for the service. We try to learn something from them and have our own worship with prayer and a story with the children. There are many different ways to do apart from this: sometimes we learn a new song; we play out the Bible story or we make something to be shown in church.
If you would like to know more about what we are doing, if you have children who would like to join Children's Church or if you would like to help, do contact one of the Children's Church team members or the clergy.
Children who would like to stay in church are invited to help serving at the altar alongside the clergy and servers: carrying candles, receiving the elements and collection and holding the Gospel book. Children who are interested in joining them to find out how the liturgy works and to experience the service from the other side of the altar rail are invited to contact the church office.
During the morning service, parents may take restless toddlers to the Church Office, where you can follow the service by loud speaker.
The Pastor of St George’s is the Revd Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler, who is British; the Assistant Priest, the Revd Dr Irene Ahrens, is German.
Both Priests are always happy to have a chat or to help in any pastoral matters – just contact the Church Office.
Tel 030 304 1280
The Reverend Christopher Jage-Bowler
Born in Northampton. Boarding school in Rutland (and semester in New England). Studied Geography at Nottingham. Tour guide for Moet et Chandon in France. Trained as a teacher at Oxford. Student welfare officer on Study Abroad programme for American undergraduates in London. Studied Theology at Cambridge (and semester in India). Ordained in Bristol Cathedral and served curacy in suburban Bristol. University Chaplain in Bristol with responsibility for a church rejoicing in the name of St Michael's the Archangel on the Mount Without. May 1997: appointed Pastor of St George’s. Married to Kerstin, two sons Frederic (born 1994) and Louis (born 2001).
The Reverend Dr Irene Ahrens
Born in Berlin 1940. Studied in Bonn, Berlin and Elmira, N.Y., USA – art history, archaeology, and English and American literature (PhD in 1969). Married to a diplomat, two children (one died in a motor accident 1980). Worked in London from 1984 as freelance illustrator, becoming in 1987 Art Director with Saatchi and Saatchi. Came to Christ in 1984 through Holy Trinity, Brompton. Studied Theology at London Bible College, Kings College London and South East Institute of Theology London. Ordained Deacon in 1994 to serve as honorary curate in two churches in Kew/London. Ordained Priest in 1995. Continued in Kew until the end of 1999. Ignatian Spirituality Course in London to train as spiritual director. Since 2000 Assistant Pastor at St George’s. Married to Gustav since 1988.
Details of forthcoming concerts can be found here.
Information about our choir can be found here.
Information about the chant that Sir Arthur Sullivan composed for St George’s can be found here.
St George’s has excellent ecumenical relationships with other Christian Churches and enjoys the friendship and support of its local neighbours. It is especially close to the Old Catholic Church and Lutheran Churches in the city and leads a monthly evening service in the Dresden Frauenkirche.
Old Catholic Church Berlin
The Old Catholic Church in Berlin celebrates a Eucharist every Sunday at 10:30. Wednesdays at 18.00 there is an evening worship (Eucharist/Evening Prayer/Taize Prayer). All events take place at Detmolder Straße 4, 10715 Berlin.
St George’s is member of the Cross of Nails Fellowship and is increasingly involved in reconciliation and inter-faith work, participating in the Ecumenical Council Berlin-Brandenburg and the International Fellowship of Foreign Churches (Internationaler Konvent).
Friends of St George’s
At St George’s we have good contact with other congregations and organisations:
The Anglican Church in Bridge of Allan (Scotland), St Saviour’s Episcopal Church
The Anglican Church in Nablus (West Bank), St Philip’s Episcopal Church
The Old Catholic Church Berlin, Altkatholische Gemeinde Berlin
Prayer for healing
The Ministry of Prayer and the Laying on of Hands at St George’s takes place in the morning service on the first Sunday of every month. Those who would like to, after receiving Communion, can come to the side chapel, where a team offers prayer for specific concerns, and anoint you with oil on your hands and forehead and lay hands on you as a sign of God’s healing power.
Daily Prayer can help you to find time for God during your day. The Church of England offers two sets of texts for a Morning, Evening and Night Prayer, one with texts from Common Worship (CW) and one from the Book of Common Prayer (BCP):
Another alternative is Sacred Space, where you can find a prayer for each day.
Please let the office know if you want to pray with us or have a special concern that you would like us to pray about. You are invited to write requests for prayer on a piece of paper and leave it in a basket in the narthex (or send an email to the office), we will pray for the situation every day for a week.