February 20, 2022
Pastor Paul Oppenheim
We are joyfully celebrating our services again after the shutdown in March and April of 2020. In order to minimize risk of infection, we have to comply with a set of rules and restrictions which may change on short notice.
Please note: If you feel any signs of an infection, please protect yourself and others by staying at home. Call your doctor and ask him or her by phone how to proceed.
FFP2 face masks: All visitors are required to put on an FFP2 face mask before entering church and to wear it throughout the service. Masks made of fabric, masks with a valve, or makeshift solutions like scarves are not allowed.
Contact tracing: In order to be able to follow up on chains of infection, we are required to take down your name and contact information. This information will not be used for any other purpose, and it will be destroyed after three weeks.
Seating: We are required to seat people at a certain distance from each other. Members of one household may of course sit together. We ask you to please not move the chairs around however.
Singing: The rules on congregational singing depend on the pandemic situation. We will announce the current rules at the beginning of each service. We will provide you with service sheets in any case so even if singing is not allowed, you can follow along and sing in your hearts.
Sunday School: We have not been able to recommence with Sunday school yet.
Get-together: One of the most enjoyable parts of Hannover International Worship is having coffee and refreshments in the annex after the service, enjoying fellowship among visitors from many different nations and backgrounds, getting to know each other or just having a relaxed chat. Unfortunately, this essential part of Hannover International Worship has become very difficult under Covid conditions. We have in fact begun having our get-together again after some services, but we will have to decide on short notice for each service if the situation permits this. If so, it can currently take place only under 2G restrictions, so please have your vaccination certificate ready. As much as everyone enjoys home-made food, please do not bring any along at this point. We will provide cookies or other small snacks.
These restrictions limit our possibilities, but we will not let them keep us from celebrating joyful services again!
Hannover International Worship mourns the death of Pastor Dr. Drea Fröchtling who passed away a few days before Christmas. She was a regular preacher at HIW.
Since 2012 she was Professor for Practical Theology with an intercultural perspective at the College for Intercultural Theology in Hermannsburg. Her main focus was the intercultural ministry of caring for and serving to the needy. For several years she lived and worked in South Africa and had ecumenical contacts all over the world.
She will live on in our memories of her, of her warmth, her humour, and her joy in life. We commend her to God's care.
This year's World Day of Prayer comes from England, Wales, and North Ireland. As these are some of the main regions our visitors have a connection to, we have decided that it would be a wonderful opportunity to celebrate this in our March service.
The World Day of Prayer is described as "a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice."
The exciting part is that we get to experience a different country from around the world each year, which is so much more special in these times when travel has become so difficult. The focus still is on the women of the country the service comes from, but the days are long past that this was called "Women's Day of Prayer"... men are very welcome to join and to participate!
In this special service that has been prepared by a committee of British women from different denominations, we will get to hear scripture readings and the voices of women from those parts of the British Isles. These voices will be made heard by members of our own Hannover International Worship community.
Please join us in celebrating this service - and in making the voices heard! Just drop us a note via e-mail at kirche-zuhause [at] petri-nikodemus.de (please substitute @ for [at]) if you are willing to enrich this service by reading a short text in whatever variety of English you speak!
Picture by artist Angie Fox, © 2020 World Day of Prayer International Committee, Inc.