Weekly Newsletter

Midweek Meditation

Lauren talks today to us about a serious topic that is close to her heart.
Read the Meditation here.

Here you can find Vinod’s homily from last Sunday.

Watch and share is this week’s ‘Voices from the ACF’ video from Linda here on YouTube and Facebook.

Upcoming ACF Events

Lent Bible Studies

Starting on 1st March we will be having a bible study each Wednesday during lent at 8 pm on zoom.
We will follow the Church of England’s lent campaign Dust and Glory: A Lent journey of faith, failure and forgiveness

What do you think: would you like to lead one of these sessions? The topic and plenty of accompanying material will be provided and there is help at hand if you have any questions.

To find out more or put your name down email Vinod at chaplainfreiburg@gmail.com.

CAECG Meeting in Freiburg

From 9th – 11th of March the Council of Anglican and Episcopal Churches will be meeting in Freiburg. We are expecting around 40 people from all over Germany to attend (20 clergy from Thursday to Saturday, plus 20 lay representatives from Friday to Saturday). It would be great if as many of us as possible could open our homes and host one of two people for a night or two. This would be a wonderful display of hospitality and it will for sure be exciting to get to know some other Anglican and Episcopalians living and worshipping in this country.

If you have any questions or would like to be a host, speak to Solveyg or Vinod, or contact us via email or the website contact form.

Closer to the date we’ll also be asking for ACF members to bring snacks or cakes, and help looking after our guests at church for the duration of the meeting.

From the Anglican Church in Budapest

Budapest, as many other cities in Europe, has received Ukrainian refugees. Our sisters and brothers from the Anglican Church in Hungary are helping to care for them.

At the ‘Ukrainian Space‘ they offer schooling in Ukrainian to about 20 children between the ages of eight and 16. The project has also been providing parental networking opportunities, psychological counselling, and language tuition for all ages in Hungarian, English and other Western languages.

Read more about this amazing project here.

This week at the ACF

  • Compline
    Wednesday, January 25, 2023 at 9:00 pm
    on zoom
  • Women’s Prayer Group
    Thursday, January 26, 2023 at 8:00 pm
    on zoom
  • The Inkling Reading Group
    Saturday, January 28, 2023 at 8:00 pm
    This group meets at a private home. For more information email: inklings.freiburg@gmail.com
  • Morning Worship
    Sunday, January 29, 2023 at 11:30 am
    In-person and on zoom (see website for the link)
  • Singing Group Practice
    Sunday, January 29, 2023 after the service

Click here for the ACF zoom link and here for the ACF calendar for the coming months.

The ACF Events & Services Calendar

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From the Anglican Church Freiburg

Women’s Breakfast

Our first women’s fellowship breakfast in 2023 will happen on Saturday, 11th February at 09:00 am
Speaker: Sonia Diaz 
Topic: My life, Second Season 

The other dates for the 2023 Women’s Fellowship Breakfasts are:
1st April (as a combined Women’s and Men’s Breakfast)
17th June
16th September
18th November

Christmas Greetings

We hope, you had a blessed Christmas Season!
Here are some Christmas Greetings for you from near and far:

Archbishop of Canterbury’s Christmas message to the Anglican Communion

Bishop Robert‘s Christmas Day Sermon

Archdeacon Leslie Nathaniel‘s Christmas Message

Christmas Greeting from the Conference of European Churches

Christmas Greetings from the Arbeitsgemeinschaft Christlicher Kirchen Deutschland

Epiphany Party

On the 8th January 2023 we celebrated our first big church get-together since the beginning of the pandemic. There was a lovely international bring&share buffet, dressing up, a kids scavenger hunt, lots of chatting & laughter, and some songs to round it all off. Everyone had a great time and all lend a helping hand to make light work.
Thank you to all of you who came!

We are planning to have shared lunches after church more often, so keep your eyes peeled for the next dates!

Weekend Away

ACF Weekend Away 2023 Get out your calendar and block the Ascension Day Weekend 18th -21st May 2023! This weekend in the Alsacian Mountains is one of the big highlights of the ACF’s year. Don’t miss it! More information will follow in due time.

News from the Göppert Family

Many of you will remember Simon & Danielle Göppert and their children who used to be part of the ACF until a couple of years ago. They live in Austria now and are going through a rough patch. One of their children has had a severe diagnosis which means that they have to juggle many things in the months to come: hospital visits, caring for the siblings, work, financial pressures.

Read their December newsletter to learn more, consider visiting their funding campaign if you would like to support them financially and most of all, keep them in your prayers!

You want us to pray for you?
Email at prayer@anglican-church-freiburg.de

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!

From the Diocese

Statement from our Bishops

Bishop Robert & Bishop David have published a statement on the death of Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI.

Find it here on the diocesan website.

European Anglicans

It is time for a new edition of the diocese’s quarterly magazine ‘European Anglicans’!

Read the online magazine here.

International Church Society (ICS)

Click here to read the ICS’s news magazine.

Intercontinental Church Society (ICS) is an Anglican mission agency. Founded in 1823, they have worked in most parts of
the world, ministering and reaching out to people from many nationalities and backgrounds. From the early days they have
planted churches in mainland Europe where their work is still strong but also in and around the Mediterranean, North Africa,
the South Atlantic and South America. The ICS has played also a big part in founding the ACF chaplaincy.

Praying for Ukraine

Three special online services to remember the people of Ukraine in prayer and to pray for peace were being organised by the diocese during Advent. The format will follow the pattern of the prayer vigils which took place in Lent, shortly after the Russian invasion.

Click here to find out more.

Watch the service, with Archbishop Justin, on the 21 December here.
Watch the service on the 14 December here.
Watch the service on the 7 December here.

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

New Minister
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,
at 16:00
in the Sacré Coeur Church

(Feierabendstrasse 68, 4051 Basel)
Anglican Church Basel Freiburg

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

From the wider Church

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