There has been an “English Church” in Heidelberg since the 19th century. A chaplaincy was established in 1835, and from 1844 the congregation met in the former Dominican Convent chapel where we still worship today. We share use of the church with the Old Catholic congregation.
Since 1980 The English Church Heidelberg has been a lay-led congregation within the Diocese in Europe. Our congregation is international and drawn from many different backgrounds.We use the Common Worship liturgy of the Church of England but also integrate elements from other traditions in our worship. Our Ministry Team – consisting of Reader, Lay Assistant and clergy who are with us for a time – plan and conduct services. We generally have Holy Communion twice a month (presided by locums or visiting clergy or the local Old Catholic priest) and Morning Prayer or Family Worship on the other Sundays.
Responsibility for the day-to-day running of the church is in the hands of the Reader and Churchwardens and the elected Church Council with its Lay Chair.
The English Church Heidelberg is active in the ecumenical body of local churches ‘Arbeitsgemeinschaft christlicher Kirchen’ (ACK).
English Church Heidelberg & Anglican Church
The English Church Heidelberg is part of the Church of England Diocese in Europe (www.europe.anglican.org), which covers a vast area of the continent. Our Bishop is Dr Geoffrey Rowell. The Diocesan Synod meets annually, at present usually near London.
Our Archdeaconry is made up of Germany and Northern Europe. It meets every three years in Archdeaconry Synod. Most of our contacts and exchange with other chaplaincies take place at the level of the Deanery of Germany. The Deanery Synod meets twice a year in one of the chaplaincies in Germany.
The Council of Anglican & Episcopal Churches in Germany, CAECG, brings together on a regular basis all the Church of England chaplaincies and Episcopal Church of the USA (ECUSA) congregations in Germany. The CAECG Developing Christian Ministry programme offers events and programmes for exploring faith and ministries (see information on church noticeboard).
The Old Catholic Church is a Catholic (not Roman Catholic) church in full communion with the Church of England under the Bonn Agreement of 1931. In Heidelberg we share the church building and have regular joint bilingual services as well as other shared activities. For more information see: www.alt-katholisch.de
Belonging to the English Church Heidelberg
More formal membership is as follows:
The Electoral Roll lists all who worship reasonably regularly at the church and play an active part by electing church office-bearers at the Annual Church Meeting and possibly standing for election themselves
The Verein der Freunde und Förderer der englischen Kirche Heidelberg e.V. (Friends and Patrons of The English Church Heidelberg). Money donated to the church can be deducted from tax payable in Germany. We suggest that Verein members give at least 20 euros per year.
Our bank account is:
Sparkasse Heidelberg (BLZ 672 500 20), Account No. 7358.