St George’s
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St George’s

ANGLICAN EPISCOPAL CHURCH, BERLIN

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Services and events

Sunday Services

(in English)

10:30 EUCHARIST | St George’s Church

Preussenallee 17-19

14052 Berlin.

U-Bahn Neu-Westend

S-Bahn Heerstrasse.

18:00 EUCHARIST | St George’s in Berlin-Mitte

Marienkirche

Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 8

10178 Berlin.

S/U-Bahn Alexanderplatz.

 

Wednesdays

14.00-16.00 ORT DER STILLE

The Church is open for silent prayer

 

Other events

Richard Rohr Meditation Group meets fortnightly on Tuesdays at 18.30-20.00 at Melchiorstr. 8 bei Mizani U-Heinrich-Heine-Str. All welcome! Contact fiona_mclellan@yahoo.com

 

Morning Prayer in the Parochialkirche (Klosterstr. 67, 10179 Berlin) at 9.00: Mon is in German, Tues-Fri: is Anglican Matins.

 

St George´s Visiting Team: do contact the church office if you or someone you know would appreciate a visit.

 

Confirmation classes, one for adults and also one for teenagers will be starting in March. Please see Christopher or tell us in the office if you are interested.

 

 

 

write to us

by email to office@stgeorges.de

 

 

 

latest news

email: news@stgeorges.de
twitter: @StGeorgesBerlin

 

Summer Concert

St George’s Summer Concert

On Friday 21 June at 19.30 in St George's.

The Embassy Singers directed by Andrew Sims:

"Thou art my joy" Love Songs for a Summer Evening.

Followed by garden party!

Entrance free — collection at the door to raise money...

 

Irene Ahrens

Revd Dr Irene Ahrens

It was with great sadness we learned of the death on Saturday 11. May 2019 of the Revd Dr Irene Ahrens.

 

 

 

Parish life

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

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.

Parish activities

Bible study

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.

Youth work

Children’s Church

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.

Acolyting

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.

Pre-school children

During the morning service, parents may take restless toddlers to the Church Office, where you can follow the service by loud speaker.

CLERGY

The Pastor of St George’s is the Revd Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler, who is British; the Assistant Curate, Joachim Reich, is German.

Both of them are always happy to have a chat or to help in any pastoral matters – just contact the Church Office.

Tel 030 304 1280
Email: office@stgeorges.de

The Reverend Christopher Jage-Bowler

The Rev. Canon Christopher Jage-Bowler is the pastor of St. George’s Anglican Church in Berlin. Born in Northampton, he studied theology in Cambridge and India before he was ordained at Bristol Cathedral. He is co-chair of the Council of Anglican/Episcopal Churches in Germany. For many years Christopher was the area dean for Germany. He is specifically interested in inter-religious dialogue and spirituality. In 2006 Christopher introduced the ‘Pfarrer - Imame’ (Pastors - Imams) inter-religious football game in Berlin. (We now have an interfaith cricket team too: Cricket for Peace.)

The Revd Joachim Reich

Born in 1966 in the south-west of Germany and originally a Roman-Catholic, Joachim studied philosophy, theology, Islam, and comparative religion at the Universities of Freiburg im Breisgau, Bonn and St Patick's College, Maynooth and spent a study year in Egypt's capital Cairo. He entered the Dominican order in 1989 and has been ordained priest in 1999. Post ordination training took place in Istanbul. Joachim served as assistant priest and later as vicar in Berlin and Leipzig and was eight years in charge of a psychological counselling centre in Berlin. After his reception into the Church of England he has been trained at ERMC, Cambridge for his ministry as an Anglican priest.

Joachim is a licensed systemic therapist and clinical sexologist. He works as psychosocial forensic counsellor in Erfurt and as therapist in his own practice in Berlin.

You can reach Joachim for pastoral counselling at reich.joachim@email.de

Music

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.

Ecumenical relationships

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

In 1931 full communion between the Anglican Churches and the Old Catholic Churches was established in a document called the Bonn agreement.

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.

Ecumenical organisations

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

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

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):

  • CW Morning Prayer
  • BCP Morning Prayer
  • CW Evening Prayer
  • BCP Evening Prayer
  • Another alternative is Sacred Space, where you can find a prayer for each day.

    Prayer requests

    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.

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