We are happy to announce that starting October 3rd we will have a new chaplain for The English Church Heidelberg. Rev. Canon John Newsome has agreed to be our chaplain in addition to his duties as Area Dean. He will lead our regular Sunday worship and will be in Heidelberg an additional 2 days a week for in-person visits. Days he is not in Heidelberg, he may still be reached via phone, email or tele-conferencing.
Belonging to The English Church Heidelberg
Everyone coming to our services is a “member of the Body of Christ.” We welcome baptised members of all Christian churches to share in the sacrament of Holy Communion. We encourage and prepare any who seek Baptism, Confirmation or Reception into the church. More formal membership is as follows: The Electoral Roll lists all those who attend services reasonably regularly and play an active part by electing church office-bearers and possibly standing for election themselves at the Annual Church Meeting. There is no financial requirement. Donations are welcome however to help cover our expenses as we serve the greater Heidelberg community.
The Verein der Freunde und Förderer der englischen Kirche Heidelberg e.V. (Friends and Patrons of the English Church Heidelberg) is the recognised charity which finances our church under German law. Money donated to the Verein can be deducted from taxes payable in Germany. We suggest that members give at least €30 per year. For bank details see Giving to The English Church Heidelberg.
For many years The English Church Heidelberg has chosen an annual project to be supported by regular collections, prayer, a dedicated Project Sunday Service and a display at church with feedback and up-to-date information. Our current project focuses on Medair, an NGO working in Lebanon. More than 300,000 people were left homeless after the devastating port explosion in September 2020. Despite these struggles Lebanon still hosts more refugees than any other country in the world. Alex, a young energetic former member of our community, left Heidelberg to join Medair as it works to improve healthcare and living conditions for the Lebanese and for the refugees residing there.
Please support this project through prayer and funding, and take an interest in its progress at their website: Medair Lebanon. You can contribute through the offering collection at the special Project Sunday Service or on any Sunday in cash to church leaders. You may also contribute by direct transfer through the bank by indicating the purpose of payment as a Medair contribution.