Are you just a little piece of an English parish in Germany?
We have people of many different nationalities as part of our church, including British, German, American, Kenyan, Ugandan, Nigerian, Indian, Chilean, Iranian, and Finnish. Everyone is welcome here.
How do I get my child baptised?
Please contact the chaplain. If you are not a regular member of the congregation, we ask you to have a thanksgiving ceremony and attend a preparation course first.
How do I get baptised as an adult?
Please contact the chaplain, who will prepare you for baptism.
How do I get a Patenschein from your church?
Please contact the chaplain, and give at least one month’s notice that you need a Patenschein. If you have worshipped at Christ Church for less than six months, please contact your previous church.
How do I book a funeral at your church?
Please contact the chaplain.
Can I get married in your church?
Yes, you may, but please note that church weddings are not legally valid in Germany, so you will need to have a second ceremony in a Standesamt (registry office).
How are you financed? Do you receive any German church tax?
Christ Church does not receive anything from the German church tax; we get no money from the German and British governments, or from the Church of England. We are supported solely by the giving of our members. For more information on how to support Christ Church see: link.
Do you do pastoral visits?
Yes- the chaplain is very happy to visit people at home, or in hospital etc. Please speak to the chaplain if you or someone else would like a visit.
Is your church just a Sunday morning church?
No- we also have home groups where members of the church meet to read the Bible, pray, and support one another. For those who are new to the Christian faith, we recommend that you take the Christianity Explored course.
What do you teach about same-sex relationships?
If you are lesbian, or gay, or bi-sexual, or transsexual, or straight, we would love you to come to Christ Church, and meet a God who loves you more than you can imagine. We are just like you: we are sinful people who need to be forgiven and transformed by God. Because we believe that the Bible is God’s clear, final word, we believe that the only right place for sex is within a marriage between a man and a woman.
We also believe that hope and happiness for everyone is found in Jesus Christ. You are very welcome to come and talk in complete confidence to the chaplain; and we also recommend the ministry of Living Out: http://www.livingout.org/
Are your services in English, or are they also in German?
All our worship is in English.
What can I do to serve God at Christ Church?
Many things! We always need people to serve in many different roles, such as sides people, cleaning, and serving refreshments. But the most important one is “the ministry of turning up”. Simply by being here on a Sunday, singing God’s praise, and listening to his word, you are encouraging other Christians.
Then we encourage you to pray for the church and the world, and to start speaking God’s word- both to other Christians, to help them grow, and to non-Christian friends, to bring them to Christ.