The Church District of Hattingen-Witten is our partner in Germany. It's located in the Ruhr area, Germany's industrial heartland. Hattingen and Witten are two medium sized towns, not far from Bochum, Sheffield's twin town. The urban and cultural centres of Dortmund, Dusseldorf, Cologne and Essen are not far away. It's a diverse and interesting area - and much greener than you might imagine. The Church District forms part of the Protestant Church of Westphalia, and is made up of twenty-seven parishes. It's a lively and varied church. It faces similar questions to our Diocese: how do we find fresh ways of communicating the gospel, while remaining faithful to our roots? How can we serve Christ in our neighbour? How can we be a confident and effective Christian presence in a secular, multi-faith society?
A bit of history......
The Diocese of Sheffield's link with the Church District of Hattingen Witten goes back to 1987. The partnership was ratified in 1990, and a year later in 1991 the Meissen Declaration was published. The Meissen Declaration commits the Church of England and the EKD (the Evangelical/Protestant Church in Germany) to "take all steps in steps to closer fellowship in as many areas of Christian life and witness as possible, so that our members may advance on the way to full visible unity."
What's the link about?
It's about partnership, reconciliation, and friendship. Through our mutual visits, we deepen our understanding of Christian discipleship. By experiencing church in another context, we gain fresh insights on what it means to be church in our own situation.
How do I get involved?
By hosting a German guest for a week on a link visit, or by coming along - we hope to visit Germany in the autumn of 2016. You don't need to speak German, but you to need to be fit enough to take part in a busy programme of talks, visits, discussion and shared worship - with time to relax too! If you want to explore what Christian discipleship means in different context, then the link could be for you.
Who do I contact?
Chair: Revd Vicky Camber 01909 771101
Secretary: Mrs Jayne Spaven 07852 312363
27 October to 4 November 2017
The Diocese of Sheffield Hattingen-Witten link invites you to join a group visiting our partner diocese in the Ruhr area of Germany at the end of October this year.
Travel is via coach and overnight ferry (from Hull) on 27th October and will return to Sheffield on 4th November. The week will coincide with the culmination of a year of events to mark 500 years of the Lutheran reformation, with a special day of events and services on 31st October which is Reformationstag, and a public holiday this year. Accommodation will be with families, and it’s not necessary to be a German speaker, though even speaking a few words is much appreciated. The focus of the visit is on learning and sharing together in our life of faith.
The programme will be full, so is best suited to those who have the energy to participate in a busy and stimulating week of visits, talks, discussion and worship. The hope is that those who take part will want to share what they’ve experienced with their own parish. The cost will be in the region of £230 for adults, and £160 for children, inclusive. If you would like to book or simply find out more, please contact Revd Vicky Camber, 01909 771101, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The recent visit of German Guests from our link Diocese in the Ruhr District of Germany has been a great success. The theme of 'Gods Creation and Caring for the Environment' was explored with visits to Holy Trinity Thorpe Hesley and Old Moor RSPB Reserve, Eyam and St Lawrence Church, Drax Power Station and Snaith Priory and All Saints RC High School Sheffield. Lots of ideas were shared regarding our churches and homes becoming 'greener' as well as the visit allowing us to share Christian Witness and Fellowship. Thanks to St Peters Warmsworth for the welcome service and meal and St Mary's Bramall Lane for the farewell service and meal. Further information about the link can be found on the Diocese Website.