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Tuesday, 8 December 2015

Young faith celebrated in this ancient University city

Every Sunday, an English-speaking community in the heart of the ancient university city of Heidelberg meets for worship and fellowship. It is called the "English Church in Heidelberg", perhaps best understood as a home for English-speaking Christians (and those who choose to worship in English) rather than a place for the English. It is  part of our Diocese in Europe, but is home to people from dozens of nations - including a growing number of students from around the world.

The first Anglican services in the city can be dated back to 1613 and were held in Heidelberg Castle! In fact, John Donne, the poet-priest, once preached here. In 1971 the services which had been suspended since the outbreak of World War I, were restarted. Now, almost 45 years later, the congregation is growing and developing.

Two younger members were confirmed last Sunday, providing a joyous occasion for the parish to celebrate and to be reminded of their own calling as friends of Jesus, each day to bear his light in a darkened world.

The parish priest is the Revd Dr Elizabeth Koepping, who is ably assisted by the Reader, Dr Rosemary Selle. The website of the Church is here.

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