Generosity this Advent
The Bishop’s Advent Appeal
As every year, Bishop Robert of the Diocese in Europe promotes one charitable cause this advent season. He invites us to help fund a new toilet block for Bishop Hannington School, Kenya.
Share ACF events
Wouldn’t it be great if lots of people from Freiburg would experience God and the ACF community during this festive season?
There are two easy ways you can help:
Come to church this Sunday to pick up some ACF Advent & Christmas flyers. Give them to friends and display them at your workplace or other spots in and around Freiburg.
- Digital Flyers
Download our Advent & Christmas graphics (see below) and share them on you facebook or instagram profile, Whatsapp status or per email.
- Video Invites
Share our video invitations which we’ll be posting over the coming weeks on our facebook page and on our youtube channel! Individuals from our congregation have recorded short messages as invitations to the ACF services and community.
Watch and share this weeks video by Dorothy here on youtube and on facebook!
Journeying through Advent
Follow the Star – The Great Invitation
This year’s Christmas campaign by the Church of England is again available as a free app and email newsletter.
They daily Advent reflections (1 – 23 December) and 12 days of Christmas reflections (24 December – 6 January). Together, each reflection takes you on a journey that will help you take fresh encouragement and hope from Advent and the Christmas story into the year ahead.
Advent & Christmas at the ACF
To view our 2022 Advent & Christmas schedule visit our website here or scroll to the end of this email.
Here is a summary of some of the events you might want to mark in your diary especially:
- Service of Nine Lessons and Carols
14th Dec at 8 pm
at St Ursula Church, Rathausgasse 50, 79098 Freiburg
A beautiful service based around nine Bible reading interspersed with old & new Christmas hymns and carols sung by the ACF choir, singers of the Old Catholic Church, and the congregation.
- 4th Sunday in Advent
Joyful advent service prepared & led by the ACF Youth
- Blue Christmas
22nd Dec at 7 pm
A contemplative service for all who feel less festive this season
- Christmas Day
25th Dec at 11:30 am
at church & here on zoom
Christmas Service with Holy Communion
- Epiphany Party
8th Jan 2023 at 11:30am
Celebrating the arrival of the Wise Men with a Service of Holy Communion, followed by a party for young & old with food, games and laughter!
More news from the Bahnhofsmission
Last week I introduced to you the campaign ‘Warmth for Freiburg’ that is run by the Bahnhofsmission. In the meantime I, Christine, came across a heart-warming story on Facebook, where a volunteer of the Bahnhofsmission tells us about one of the encounters he had recently. I couldn’t help but share it with you:
Herbert is Going on a JourneyFind the original facebook post here.
Jana is standing at the entrance on the track side. She is wearing blue suit pants and a jacket, also blue, and a red cap on her head. “Do you need the wheelchair again?” asks a volunteer who sees Jana. We are the only ones (!) at the station who can provide a wheelchair. It’s folded up in the closet. “No. Someone would have to come along. We need your help!” Jana works at the Deutsche Bahn service point. I just have time and walk behind her. We go to the travel center where Deutsche Bahn sells its tickets.
We go to an elderly gentleman. He is sitting on a bench. Jana and I squat down so we can talk to him at eye level. “Look, this nice man here is from the Bahnhofsmission. I promised you that we would help them,” she says extra loud. “You don’t have to shout like that young lady. I’m forgetful, but not deaf!” I introduce myself. “I am Franz!” says the gentleman “Or no. Not true. Paul. My name is Paul.” He looks gloomily to the ground, “actually, I don’t know what my name is. But I know where I’m going. To my Liesbeth!”
He beams all over his face as he says the name. “May I show you my Liesbeth?” he asks me excitedly. I nod, “Yes, I would like to see a picture of Liesbeth.” The friendly gentleman takes out a gold pocket watch on a gold chain from his breast pocket. Attached to the lid of the very valuable-looking watch is a picture. It shows a young pretty woman in black and white. The picture looks very old. He strokes the picture and gently closes the watch.
A small shiver passes over my skin. A very short ” moment of wonder” together, one of those unforgettable moments from eight years of work at the Bahnhofsmission. A tear rolls down the gentleman’s cheek. “She’s so beautiful!” he says softly.
We are still trying to find out his name and if he knows where he lives. At some point he says, “I’m not saying anything now. Please call the police! I know my rights.” We had already done that.
The two friendly officers from the federal police suggest that we go to the rooms of the Bahnhofsmission together.
In a more relaxed atmosphere in our guest room with a hot coffee, the “investigative work” continues. At first, the officers don’t find any clues either. Then one of the volunteers on duty has an idea: “My grandma always had her name written in her collar!” Indeed, the name is found there. Herbert M.
The police officers then quickly find out where he belongs and take Hebert home to a retirement home in Freiburg. Herbert does not like this: “I want to go to my Liesbeth in Kiel. Not home!” he shouts indignantly on the way to the patrol car. Later, we learn from the officers that Liesbeth had already died 40 years ago.
Here at the Bahnhofsmission, we try to help where help is needed. Our work is largely based on voluntary work and donations. We are happy about any support. HERE you can simply & directly DONATE:
This week at the ACF
Wednesday, November 16, 2022 at 9:00 pm
- Men’s Breakfast
Saturday, December 3, 2022 at 8:00 am
- The Inkling Reading Group
Saturday, November 26, 2022 at 8:00 pm
This group meets at a private home. For more information email: email@example.com
- Morning Worship – Second Sunday in Advent
Sunday, December 4, 2022 at 11:30 am
in person and on zoom
- Singing Group Practice
Sunday, December 4, 2022 after the service
In preparation of the Service of Nine Lessons and Carols on 14th December 2022
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From the Anglican Church Freiburg
Save the Date!
Ascesion Day Weekend 18th – 21st May 2023
This weekend in the Alsacian Mountains is one of the biggest highlights of the ACF. Don’t Miss it!
More information will follow in due time.
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Telling Freiburg about the ACF!
Freshly from the printing press, ACF posters (A3 format) & invitations (A6 format) have arrived! Please do help distribute them in Freiburg and the region! We would love for more people to hear about our Community of Grace and perhaps find a home here too.
The posters and cards are available to take on Sundays at church. Take them to your local library, the Rathaus or tourist office, shops and more!
Do you, or a family member want to be confirmed?
Then do get in touch via email or by speaking to Vinod.
We are currently in the process of fixing a date for 2023 for the bishop to come to Freiburg and hold a confirmation.
What happens at a confirmation?
At a service of Confirmation, people renew the baptism promises in a public profession of their faith and receive the laying on of hands by the bishop, asking for God’s Holy Spirit to strengthen the candidate for life in the way of Jesus. Services of Confirmation will follow a course of instruction in what it means to be a Christian, so candidates will normally be at least 12 years old. There is no upper age limit and the bishops are regularly confirming adults as people come to faith in Christ in later life. Confirmation is the service at which people become full members of the Church of England, and the bishop will lay hands on the candidates and pray that the Holy Spirit will come upon those who are to be confirmed. Confirmation used to mark the point at which a candidate might receive Holy Communion, but some congregations (such as the ACF) agree to a scheme to admit children to communion before Confirmation, as part of community-based mission initiatives. Do get in touch if you want to find out more about children receiving communion at the ACF.
Find out more: Confirmation FAQ of the Church of England
From the Diocese
Update: Our postcard to Riga
Do you remember us telling you about the Anglican Church in Riga’s upcoming postcard exhibition, and our contribution from Freiburg? Click here to read about the over 250 postcards from 36 countries they received.
From the Churchwarden of the Anglican Church in Kyiv
The churchwarden at Christ Church in Kyiv is urging people around the world to keep praying for Ukraine as it commemorated its Independence Day.
Read Christina Laschenko’s message here.
The diocese’s lay learning course ‘Walking Together in Faith’ got underway but there is still time to sign up. The course, which is on the online learning platform Moodle, comprises four modules each with five sessions and will run over 12 months. Module One, ‘Knowing God’, begins by exploring prayer. Please see diocesan website here for more information. Should you wand to join later, there will be an opportunity to repeat session that have already taken place.
Anglican Church Basel
It is with great joy that we can now announce and share with you the date of the Licensing of the Reverend Caroline Throup, the new chaplain of the Anglican Church in Basel:
Sunday 24 July, 2022,
in the Sacré Coeur Church
(Feierabendstrasse 68, 4051 Basel)
From the Church of England
For all who would like to learn new skills for serving at church
The Church of England are offering a range of webinars on topics like digital communications, pastoral care, practical ideas for the church year, giving & generosity and caring for creation. Their training resource page is well worth a visit!
More on training & development at the ACF