Our vision

To see the city of Berlin—the heart of Europe—transformed by the love of God in Christ Jesus.

OUR MISSION

To be and make disciples of Jesus Christ, who follow Him, worship every Sunday in His Church and pray, work and give for the spread of His Kingdom!


OUR VALUES

The following values with corresponding action words capture the essence of our mission and serve as the "DNA" of our church planting efforts.

  • PROCLAIM

     

  • FOLLOW

     

  • WORSHIP

     

  • PRAY

     

  • WORK

     

  • GIVE

     

  • MULTIPLY

     

PROCLAIM
Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners.

This is good news! This is very good news the apostle Paul says is worthy to be received by all, which means it is news that needs to be proclaimed to all.

Therefore, we preach (proclaim) Christ crucified and risen again according to the Scriptures–as the message the world needs to receive in order to be reconciled to God and to come into the peace and freedom of His everlasting kingdom.

The Gospel (“good news”) of the Cross and Empty Tomb of Jesus Christ is the message that defines and shapes our ministry.

FOLLOW
The call of Jesus is, “Follow me.”

As we consider the path Jesus took in obedience to the Father was a path that led to the Cross, we come to realize the call of Jesus is essentially a call to come and die.

Faithful discipleship is a daily taking up the Cross of Jesus, a daily dying to self by submitting our selves–our thoughts, words and deeds–to His lordship.

But Jesus is a Lord worthy of our allegiance. By His own obedience to the will of God, He has accomplished our salvation through His death and resurrection. He is worthy of the title, King of kings and Lord of lords. Indeed, all authority in heaven and earth belongs to Him.

In that authority, He calls us not only to come and be disciples (followers), but to go and make disciples, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey His commandments.

We are committed to being and making faithful disciples in the way of the Cross. We believe this is properly done in the context of community, that is, the Church. In other words, we are not called by Jesus to walk alone. We walk together in and by His Spirit, who indwells His Church.

WORSHIP
Individual disciples of Jesus worship God every day by demonstrating faith, hope, and love in the world. This is done within the respective vocations and activities to which we dedicate our time, talent and treasure–whether at work, at home or at play. In this way we are continually offering up our bodies as living sacrifices unto the Lord.

But we have the privilege and duty to gather every Sunday to lift up our sacrifice of praise and thanksgiving in worship together as His Church.

There are many benefits in coming together on Sundays, but our primary purpose is to praise and magnify Almighty God, who has revealed Himself as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. To that end, we try to ensure that every aspect of our Sunday service of worship centers our attention on God, for He alone is worthy of our praise.

Being in God’s house for worship is a great blessing, but we do not come to get something on Sundays; we come to offer something. We are not an audience of spectators gathered to watch or hear or experience worship, we are active participants, engaged in offering corporate praise to the Lord.

Each week in our service, we are reminded our worship is a participation in the heavenly worship of God, as we declare, “Therefore with Angels and Archangels, and with all the company of heaven, we worship and magnify your glorious name; forever praising you, and saying: Holy, holy, holy, Lord God of hosts, heaven and earth are full of your glory. Glory be to you, O Lord, most high.

Our God is the King of Glory. Let us make His praise glorious!

PRAY
Prayer is our first and foremost work. Oswald Chambers writes, “Prayer does not equip us for the greater works; it is the greater work.”

Prayer is the notable duty which both disciplines and dedicates the soul to God. It is a sacrifice of our time and the foundation of Christian HOPE. Prayer teaches us dependence upon God and focuses our attention on His promises.

The Lord’s Prayer is our model both for prayer and for life, as it reminds us that we obtain everything we need for life and godliness when seeking first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

WORK
By our Christian service we dedicate our selves (our bodies) and sacrifice our talents to God. We manifest Christian LOVE by engaging in acts of service that edify (build up) the body of Christ and shine His light in the world.

The Ten Commandments are the foundation of our love for God and our neighbor.

Fasting is the notable duty that disciplines faithful devotion of the body to God.

GIVE
Giving is the dedication of our substance, the sacrifice of our treasure to God. It is an outpouring of Christian FAITH.

While the Creeds provide us the content of Christian Faith, giving is, perhaps, the easiest way to measure our faith in action. (Easy, because there is something tangible to be measured.) Our finances and how we use them are very much a spiritual matter. There is spiritual disconnect, when one claims to trust God with the eternal state of his soul, yet is unwilling to trust God by giving generously of his temporal estate and substance. Faithful Christian stewardship of what God has given to us includes generous giving.

We hope to cultivate a spirit of generosity in our church that corresponds joyfully and appropriately to the lavish generosity of God’s grace in Christ Jesus.

Alms giving (giving to those in need) in particular is the notable duty that disciplines the devotion of our substance to the Lord.

MULTIPLY
We do all of the above for the spread of God’s kingdom on earth. But sometimes we forget this is our purpose. Too often church programs–even good ones–become ends in themselves. Home groups, Bible study groups, even churches become stagnant, because they do not have an intention or expectation to grow.

Of course, the kingdom does not grow merely through our being intentional. We recognize that genuine growth is the work of the Holy Spirit in the hearts of people and in society. But we must always be looking outward–how do we bring the lost sheep of Christ within the fold? How do we shine the light of His Gospel so that others might see and come into the light?

We pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Building, spreading, advancing, growing, multiplying: the kingdom of heaven filling every corner of this world as every heart and mind is set free from bondage to sin and death and brought into the liberty of the lordship of Christ.

And so we work by the power of the Holy Spirit to reconcile the world by winning the heart of Europe–embracing Berlin in the love of God’s Kingdom!

We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God!

 

our faith

We ascribe to the historic creeds of the Christian Faith.

I believe in God, the Father almighty,
creator of heaven and earth.
I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord.
He was conceived by the Holy Spirit
and born of the Virgin Mary.
He suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died, and was buried.
He descended to the dead.
On the third day he rose again.
He ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and the life everlasting.
Amen.
We believe in one God,
the Father, the Almighty,
maker of heaven and earth,
of all that is, visible and invisible.
We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ,
the only Son of God,
eternally begotten of the Father,
God from God, Light from Light,
true God from true God,
begotten, not made,
of one Being with the Father;
through him all things were made.
For us and for our salvation
he came down from heaven,
was incarnate from the Holy Spirit
and the Virgin Mary,
and was made man.
For our sake he was crucified under Pontius Pilate;
he suffered death and was buried.
On the third day he rose again in accordance with the Scriptures;
he ascended into heaven
and is seated at the right hand of the Father.
He will come again in glory
to judge the living and the dead,
and his kingdom will have no end.
We believe in the Holy Spirit,
the Lord, the giver of life,
who proceeds from the Father and the Son,
who with the Father and the Son is worshiped and glorified,
who has spoken through the prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come.
Amen.

Our Affiliations

Christ Church is an English-language mission of the Anglikanische Kirche in Deutschland, which is a missionary diocese of the Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) in the United States. The REC is a founding jurisdiction of the Anglican Church in North America.

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Anglikanische Kirche in Deutschland

Reformiert Episkopalkirche
http://rekd.de


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reformed episcopal church

http://www.rechurch.org


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anglican church in north america

http://anglicanchurch.net


Our leadership

Pastor

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In 2011, David followed his heart to Germany where he married Patricia. Prior to his move to Berlin, he served as Rector of St. Luke’s & Bishop Hofmann Memorial Reformed Episcopal Church (REC) in Philadelphia and also as Dean of the Pennsylvania (REC) Clergy Convocation.
David & Patricia live in Spandau.

David Ayres, B.A., M.Div.
david.ayres@christchurchberlin.de
+49 (0) 177 271 1795


bishop

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The Rt. Rev. Gerhard Meyer, serves as our bishop ordinary for the Anglikanische Kirche in Deutschland.

He resides with his wife, Grace, in Schwarzenborn.

Bischof Gerhard Meyer, M.Div., D.D.
Büro Richbergstraße 11
34639 Schwarzenborn
Telefon/Fax: +49 (5686) 9309235
Büro: +49 (5686) 730
eMail: ordinariat@rekd.de
Website: christusgemeinde.rekd.de
Facebook: Reformierte Episkopalkirche


archbishop

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The Most Rev. Ray R. Sutton assumed the office of Presiding Bishop of the Reformed Episcopal Church in November 2016, following the death of the Most Rev. Royal U. Grote. He was installed officially as Presiding Bishop during the General Council of the Reformed Episcopal Church held in Dallas, Texas, in June 2017.

Office of the Presiding Bishop
The Reformed Episcopal Church

Diocese of Mid-America
17405 Muirfield Dr.
Dallas, TX 75287

Phone: +1 (972) 248-6505
Email: BishopSutton@rechurch.org
Website: www.recdma.org

OUR WORSHIP




We worship God every day by exercising the three theological virtues, FAITH, HOPE, and LOVE in the context of the world and the communities in which we live and work.

But we gather together on the Lord's Day in His House where we offer up our sacrifice of common prayer, praise and thanksgiving, and where we encounter Christ through His Word and Sacrament.

Our prayer is that we would ever worship the Lord in Spirit and in Truth.


What to expect

We are a small group of people who gather together on Sundays for worship in the meeting room of Connections Library/Café.

We generally celebrate the Eucharist (Holy Communion) weekly, using a traditional English-language liturgy (blending in some German elements.) Our service booklets are printed with English and German side by side. We sing mostly traditional hymns. Holy Scripture is an important part of our worship.

Services run approximately 90 minutes.

Children are very welcome in our services. In fact, we offer a children's message during the service each week. But we also have an adjoining nursery room if needed.

After service we offer coffee and tea and a time for conversation and fellowship.

OUR foundation

"One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic" - these are the four historic defining marks of the Church, built on the one true foundation: Jesus Christ.

ONE

The Church is ONE because it is one Body under one Head.

HOLY

The Church is HOLY because the Holy Spirit dwells in it, and sanctifies its members.

CATHOLIC

The Church is CATHOLIC because it is universal, holding earnestly the Faith for all time, in all countries, and for all people, and is sent to preach the Gospel to the whole world.

APOSTOLIC

The Church is APOSTOLIC because it continues steadfastly in the apostles’ teaching and fellowship.

For no one can lay any foundation other than the one already laid, which is Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 3:11