Belonging and Donating 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 can be obtained through becoming a member of the Electoral Roll and the Verein.
If you would like to play an active part in our community by electing church office-bearers and possibly standing for election themselves at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) then you must be on the Electoral Roll. Attending services (and the AGM) regularly is preferred before registering on the electoral roll.
Donations to the church are done through the Verein der Freunde und Förderer der englischen Kirche Heidelberg e.V. (Friends and Patrons of the English Church Heidelberg). This is the recognised charity which finances our church under German law. Our church is financially independent (we receive no financial assistance through German taxes or the Church of England). We therefore encourage donations from our guests and members as they feel able. Money donated to the Verein can be deducted from taxes payable in Germany. Money may be donated through an offering during the service, a direct transfer to the bank or through a monthly pledge form. Forms for this are available at church (or ask our Verein Chair, Elaine Griffiths, for an online copy).
Our bank account is:
Englische Kirche Heidelberg
IBAN: DE39 6725 0020 0000 0073 58
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 those in need.
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.
We continue to support the Lebanese cause although Alex is now in Poland helping with Ukrainian Refugees. Medair is working at a number of reception centres near the border receiving refugees and providing a place to stay before heading further into Poland or other countries of Europe. They provide equipment, health services, shelter and help with translation. Here is a short video of Medair’s work at the Polish/Ukrainian border: