CHRIST CHURCH VIENNA

Christ Church, the Anglican Church in Vienna (Church of England), seeks to be a welcoming and caring church, providing a spiritual home for all generations that respects diversity and invites people from every walk of life to worship God, to grow as Christians in faith and understanding, as well as to participate in God’s mission to the world.

You can learn more about our mission on our About page.

"Eternal Father, whose Son Jesus Christ ascended to the throne of heaven that he might rule over all things as Lord and King: Keep the Church in the unity of the Spirit and in the bond of peace, and bring the whole created order to worship at his feet; who liveth and reigneth with thee, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever."

—Collect for Christ the King

MINISTRY EXPERIENCE SCHEME
The Ministry Experience Scheme (MES) in Europe is a year-long internship designed for young people, aged 18-30, who desire to discern their vocation in the Church of England. It runs for an academic year (from September to the end of the following June) and includes opportunities to explore and deepen your faith, discern where and to what God might be calling you, spend a year learning about yourself and your faith tradition with a caring support structure, and acquire life-long skills and formative experiences which will enrich your life, discipleship, and faith.

The scheme consists of Chaplaincy work (practical experience within a church in the Diocese and working with a Chaplain), pastoral mentoring (personal development through working with a pastoral advisor), and theological training (educational work with a theological mentor). For more information about the MES or to apply, see the Diocesan website or contact the Coordinator of the Ministry Experience Scheme, Dr. Clare Amos (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.).

Here in Vienna, we've had four MES interns since the program began:

2020-2021: Rosie Evans
2019-2020: Gabriel Byng
2018-2019: Benjamin O'Neill
2017-2018: Philip Milton
CHRIST CHURCH BOOKS & LITERACY INITIATIVE
MISSION STATEMENT
The Christ Church Books literacy initiative aims to support the improvement and enhancement of literacy within our community, particularly for underprivileged children, here in Austria and elsewhere in Central Europe. Children are our future. We must nurture their intelligence and enthusiasm for learning!

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BACKGROUND AND HISTORY
This Literacy Project Initiative has been in operation for over 30 years, initially inspired through the wisdom and leadership of Diana Dopheide. Since 2013, Ian Begg has been co-ordinating the Christ Church Books initiative, networking with a wide range of publishers through book fairs, whilst also expanding our outreach to many schools and other educational institutions throughout Central Europe.

Books take up a lot of space; space is at a premium. What to do with the existing stock of books no longer required by the publisher? Rather than letting these excellent books go to waste, through pulping or landfill, we have suggested to many publishers around the world, that they send us their surplus unwanted books. From a small acorn a big oak tree has grown over the last 30 years.
Our primary resource stems from the generous donations of brand-new books, in English, from many publishers around the world. Around 5 tons of books arrive every year which are sorted by a team volunteers, who organise and categorise for subsequent donations and/or sale to beneficiaries.

SCHOOLS INITIATIVE
Through the generous contributions from publishers,Christ Church Books has helped a significant number of under-privileged educational and other private and public institutions across Central Europe. In particular, a dual language school library in Slovakia has been established due to the co-operation between our two communities.

The Christ Church Books team visits many schools in and around Austria, Slovakia, and Hungary, donating books and educational materials, which augment the educational resources of those schools to enhance the learning capabilities of the children. Many school libraries have their resources supplemented by our new English books; meanwhile we also redistribute unwanted library books between school libraries to cater for particular requirements.

Christ Church Books organises regular book fairs at schools, often in conjunction with the PTA, to enable parents and children, librarians, and teachers, to browse and purchase brand new English books at a fraction of their regular price. Proceeds of sales contribute to our supported charities.

ANNUAL BOOK SALE

Christ Church Books conducts an annual sale featuring brand new English books in conjunction with our annual Advent Bazaar. This sale contributes to the outreach work of Christ Church through whom Christ Church Books conducts its charitable activities.

CHURCH LIBRARY
Donations of books from our publishers have helped to augment the quality of the religious books in the unique, but rather small, English language library in Christ Church which is a widely used and a most useful resource centre for many English-speaking people in Vienna.

CHARITIES
We support a significant number of well-known charities, both Christian and secular, and distribute books wherever they are needed. In the past, books have been donated to hospitals, children’s homes, prisons as well as to schools. You can also learn about the charities we support.

CHRIST CHURCH SHOP
We have the Christ Church Shop in the 3rd District of Vienna which sells a variety of donated articles, including second-hand books and publications, thereby providing a much-needed source of English books.

THE ENVIRONMENT
Thirty years ago, climate change policy issues were low down the political agendas. Today the G7 discuss these important eco and environmental issues. By rescuing books from being pulped and shredded, and by selling second-hand items in our shop, we are also contributing to the cause of sustainability.

BOOK FAIRS
Christ Church Books is represented at the following annual Book Fairs: Frankfurt, Bologna and London, which enables us to network with the world’s foremost Publishing Houses.

CHALLENGES
Storage Space: Books require space for storage which is at a premium in Vienna. We are always seeking new ways to reduce our warehousing expenses.

Transport: Moving heavy loads of books across Europe and further afield can be a cumbersome and costly process. Perhaps you may know of some generous transport companies and/or storage companies willing to sponsor our literacy initiative?

Thank you for your support.
Ian Sinclair Begg
'S HÄFERL (SOUP KITCHEN)
's Häferl (Soup Kitchen)
's Häferl is a charity run by Stadtdiakonie Wien, which Christ Church Vienna has been supporting since 2014. ‘s Häferl provides a warm meal for free four times a week for people in need. Approximately every two months Christ Church Vienna sends a team of volunteers to ‘s Häferl for an intense morning of cutting and peeling, and an afternoon of serving our guests and cleaning up.

If you are interested in serving at the soup kitchen, please contact the Church Office.
PRISON VISITING
Prison Visiting
Then the king will say to those on his right, "Come, you have my Father's blessing! Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was ill and you comforted me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the just will ask him: Lord, when did we see you hungry and fed you or see you thirsty and give you drink, when did we visit you when you were ill or in prison? The king will answer them: "I assure you, as often as you did it for one of the least of my brothers, you did it for me." (Matthew 25:34-40)

The Rev'd Sally Wells started the Prison Visiting Programme at Christ Church in 2000. The prisoners are mostly young English speaking adults aged between 16 and 25. Our team gives practical, spiritual and pastoral care to these young people while they are imprisoned. For many prisoners, the visitor provides the only social contact from outside the prison, giving them an opportunity to chat about ordinary things or share common interests. Through his presence and care, the visitor is valuing the prisoner and encouraging the development of his self-respect. Sometimes, just getting things off his chest will make it easier for the prisoner to cope with the frustrations of his situation. There is therefore an added benefit for the prison in the easing of tension and the improvement in relationships, which can help to reduce the risk to security and prisoner supervision. Of course there may be longer-term benefits to society and potential victims if the visitor's interest contributes to a change of behavior and reduces re-offending on the prisoner's release. The prison visitor's role is to give the prisoner attention, to listen to his/her story without judging, to show empathy without pity, extend tolerance toward his/her misconduct, to help protect whatever self-esteem is left.

If you are interested in serving at the Prison Visiting Ministry, please contact the Church Office.
CHURCH SHOP
Church Shop
Only 50 metres from our church building is the Christ Church Shop (under the umbrella of the Christ Church Support Association). The shop, entirely run by volunteers, sells a variety of items. These are donated by the church congregation and members of the public. They include clothes and accessories, toys, linens, books written in English, household items, and all those small possessions that are too good to throw away and which may be of use to someone else. We aim to provide a good, attractive service within an accepting and relaxed atmosphere where we can be of service to all who enter, regardless of whether they are coming in for a chat, for the warmth, or to buy.

Donations in good condition are most welcome. Regrettably there is limited space for large items and the shop cannot accept electrical goods. Most sports items are too difficult to display and no one seems to want videos or cassettes. Again, due to limited space, we concentrate only on English books. Please don’t bring donations of books in German. When in doubt as to what is a suitable donation, please telephone the shop. Due to the enormous generosity of a number of publishers, we hold special book sales from time to time. Please check this website for dates of special events. The income from all sales goes towards the upkeep and running costs of the Church and to the charities it supports.

The Church Shop has re-opened!

SHOP HOURS
Tuesday - Friday, 9.30-13.00

ADDRESS
Salesianergasse 20, 1030 Vienna

TELEPHONE
+43-1-718-4634

If you have any questions or are interested in volunteering at the Church Shop, please contact the Church Office.