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Thursday, 20 May 2010

Cologne and Bonn: Largest Confirmation Class in Years

The Churches of St Boniface, Bonn and All Saints, Cologne are grouped together in one chaplaincy under the parish priest, the Revd Simon Hobbs. The chaplaincy is showing many signs of spiritual growth and development including the fact that on Sunday 16 May a group of 11 young people and adults were confirmed, the largest class in recent years. The preparation classes were led by the Reader, Mr Richard Gardiner, assisted by parishioner Elizabeth Horman, on my left and right respectively, in the above photograph.

As is fitting in Eastertide, the weekend included much feasting: a chinese banquet with the candidates and their families on Saturday night, and a parish pot-luck on Sunday! The Archdeacon of Germany and Northern Europe, the Venerable Jonathan LLoyd was present during the weekend visit, having just attended the ecumenical Kirchentag in Munich.

Anglican services have been held in the two cities on the Rhine for over 150 years. The chaplaincy website is here.

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