From the Anglican Church Freiburg
All Six Continents represented in the Anglican Church of Freiburg Council
The Anglican Church of Freiburg at its Annual General Meeting held on the 15th of May 2022 voted in favour of one of the most inclusive Councils possible.
With the Vicar from Asia, the Council has representation from North America, South America, Europe, Africa and Australia. Three are Germans and one of them a Bobbele- born and raised in Freiburg. Coming from Ile ife in Nigeria, Columbia, South Africa, Chicago, London, Sydney, Trivandrum and other cities the council will reflect the multi-cultural nature and fabric of the Chaplaincy. With most of them being in Freiburg for over a decade or more they would each truly be able to represent everyone who are part of the life and work of the church.
The Annual General meeting was marked by Hope, Joy and Prudent Caution as together dreams for the future were woven trusting in the grace of God.
Please note the ACF calendar
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No ACF Service on 29th May
Due to the ACF’s Weekend Away and many church members traveling otherwise, there will be no Sunday service held on 29th May. You are invited to join our sisters & brothers at the Old Catholic church for eucharit at 10 am (St Ursula Church, Rathausgasse 50, Freiburg).
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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
A Postcard to Riga
Recently, an intriguing message arrived via the ACF website contact form, written by Joe, the churchwarden from the Anglican Church in Riga, Latvia:
“…We have a huge favor to ask: Each year in Latvia at the end of May we have a country-wide event called “Baznīcu nākts” (Night of Churches) where almost every church hosts concerts, lectures, discussions, etc, and visitors will visit multiple churches throughout the night. Our church also usually displays different exhibitions of art done by our members, and one idea I had for this year would be a wall/display of post cards from churches throughout the COE, particularly our diocese! That way, we would be able to represent not only ourselves on this special occasion, but our entire denomination and your special church as well!…”
What an exciting project! And of course, a postcard from Freiburg is already on its way to our brothers & sisters in Riga!
Want to find out more about the Anglican Church St Saviour’s in Riga, the soup kitchen they run and their very own church cat Grācija? Then head over to their website or facebook page.
Anglican Church Basel
Our brothers & sister in Basel are currently, in a period of interregnum and we feel honoured to join them in prayer for the appointment process of a new chaplain. Going through the recruitment process during a pandemic is even more challenging than at other times.
We, the Anglican Church Freiburg, are continuing to pray for our sisters and brothers in Basel and their future priest.
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
11TH ASSEMBLY OF THE WORLD COUNCIL OF CHURCHES
Karlsruhe, 31 August – 8 September 2022
This event only happens every 7 years somewhere in the world, and this year it is coming right to our doorstep! Registrations to participate are now open via the WCC website here.