Church News and Updates

Update for Monday, December 5th

Dear Church family and friends,

Food is a good way to draw people in – for example having cookies at the end of the service – and giving someone something to eat can be an excellent act of service. A couple at our Church will be welcoming their third child very soon and, already having two active boys, we are sure that they would be appreciative of the offer of some cooked meals to save them the hassle of preparing food as the new-born gets settled into the family. If you feel able to provide a hot meal, please write to Priska at office@ibc-giessen.org , who will be able to tell you all that you need to know.

Contrary to what was announced last week, it was Pastor Buddy who preached on hope this Sunday: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CCGqvDzS9As . Johannes unfortunately was taken ill – and we pray for his swift, complete, recovery.

Lastly, we have our Bible Studies! There’s Young Adults’ Bible Study (YABS) on Tuesday at 7pm. Your contact if you’d like to join in is yabs@ibc-giessen.org.
For our joint mid-week Bible Study on Psalm 23, you can either come along to the Israel Room at the FTH facilities – or online – on Wednesday evening at 7pm. For any further questions and the link to the Zoom meeting, you are more than welcome to write an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org

Have a blessed week!


Update for Sunday, December 4th

Dear Church family and friends,

As good as the dictionary is, for some words, a couple of lines of definition really doesn’t cover everything that that word might represent – especially when it comes to emotive or non-palpable terms, which can be experienced in a different way among a variety of different people. Lines can also become blurred between closely linked words, and they then become a matter of interpretation.

One such complicated word is “hope”. We use it easily nowadays – “we hope you join us on Sunday at 11am at the FTH facilities!” – although its concept is so much bigger. In last week’s sermon, Pastor Buddy talked about anticipation; this week Johannes will preach on hope, a central element of faith. Please do join us at the afore-mentioned time, as we delve deeper into hope and its relationship to this Advent season.

We are aware that there are several colds and flus going around, as well as the coronavirus. Therefore, we kindly ask you not to come to our Church service if you are feeling unwell. Instead, you can be part of our online congregation via Zoom. To get the link, or if you have any further questions about our services at all, please write an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Update for Monday, November 28th

Dear Church family and friends,

The beautifully laid tables, the spread of food and encouraging testimony of one of our own ladies – oh how glad we are that we could have a Women’s Christmas Brunch this past Saturday! If you were paying attention to how the front of the stage was decorated for Sunday morning’s Church service, something in the picture above might be familiar to you…

Our next special event will be the Christmas Cantata on the 18th December, so there’s a while to wait yet. For this week, though, we will be having our usual Young Adult and mid-week Bible Studies meeting on Tuesdays and Wednesdays respectively. For more information on YABS we recommend that you e-mail yabs@ibc-giessen.org directly and ask where they are meeting and at what time. The mixed mid-week Bible Study, however, will be held in a hybrid way, with those unable to get to the FTH for 7pm being able to take part via Zoom. For a link to the meeting, or if you have any other questions, please write to office@ibc-giessen.org

We pray that you are having a blessed first week of Advent!


Update for Sunday, November 27th

Dear Church family and friends,

Anticipation and then realisation, preparation and then the main event – life is full of these moments, but we are most keenly aware of the period of waiting and wanting at Advent. The lead up to Christmas: the countdown to something life-changing.

What exactly are we waiting for, though? The present under the tree? A warm-and-fuzzy feeling? Or perhaps something less temporary in our lives? The expectations on that first Christmas were also huge: they were looking for a king in battle armour, arriving triumphantly, probably in a chariot or some other imposing mode of transportation. What they got, however, was a baby, wrapped in cloth, laid in an animal’s feeding trough. Maybe what you get isn’t what you want, but what you need.

Let us search together through Advent for what it is that we need. You can join us each Sunday at 11am at the FTH facilities or online via Zoom – for this week’s Zoom link, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org – where we will light the advent wreath, sing songs and listen to God’s Word.

What are you looking for this season? We look forward to helping you in your search this Sunday (27th)!


Update for Monday, November 21st

Dear Church family and friends,

Off the back of Johannes’ sermon about unity and harmony – which you can listen to again, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i49FZ0E-TGw – we’d like to offer some opportunities to put that into practise in Church this week!

Our Young Adults’ Bible Study (YABS) will be meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) in their different groups beginning at 7pm. To find out where and what they’ll be doing, e-mailing yabs@ibc-giessen.org will provide you an answer.

This week, Wednesday’s Bible Study will be held online as well as live from the Israel Room at the FTH at 7pm. If you need a link, then please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org. Otherwise, you’ll need a Bible and a desire to dig deeper into Psalm 23.

If you are a woman and have not yet signed up to this Saturday’s Christmas Brunch, you have not completely missed your chance! While there are no more Sundays to write on the sheet, you can drop an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org and tell us that you would like to attend. Contributions to the buffet are welcome! If you’d like to know what to bring – or what we already have plenty of – don’t be afraid to ask!
The Brunch itself will take place this coming Saturday (26th) at 10am in the FTH facilities.

We look forward to spending more time with our Church family this week!


Update for Sunday, November 20th

Dear Church family and friends,

One more Sunday to go and then we’re back to lighting candles, putting on special events and counting down the days until the promised King arrives. The First Advent Sunday marks the beginning of the Church year – but before we get too ahead of ourselves, we have this coming Sunday’s service to think about. Starting as always at 11am at the FTH facilities, you are invited to join us live or via the livestream – please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org for a link – and worship God as we give thanks for all that He has given us and aided us through.

As mentioned, there are some special dates coming up. The closest to us is the Women’s Christmas Brunch on Saturday 26th November at 10am. There will be a sign-up sheet at Church this Sunday, so, even if you are unsure what you would like to bring with you, ladies, please put your name somewhere on the paper; that way you will definitely have a seat waiting for you! If you won’t be at Church on Sunday, but would still like to come to the brunch, please write an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org and we will forward your name to the appropriate place.

Beyond that, there will be a Christmas Cantata service on the 18th December, which will be followed by an opportunity to bring and share Christmas cookies with one another. It will be a great time of fellowship and catching up with each other, as well as talking about how good the choir was!

There will be another chance to talk and be with one another after the Christmas Eve service. Held in the evening at 5pm, the service takes around an hour and will be followed by a finger food buffet. We invite all planning on coming to contribute something to the buffet which does not need warming up to be enjoyed.

It is odd to finish the Church year in November – it is however, wonderful, that the new Church year starts with anticipation and hope of a promise fulfilled!


Update for Monday, November 14th

Dear Church family and friends,

After the schedule change on Sunday, the challenges just kept coming – but we faced every one of them knowing that our strength to do so comes from God, and that He deserves our very best efforts.

One of these difficulties had to do with Zoom and the recording of the sermon. As a result, we unfortunately cannot provide a recorded version of what Kennedy had to say to us. The issue also affected the livestream, which after a momentary pause did manage to continue. We are confident that this is a one-off problem and will continue livestreaming and recording future services.

In fact, we will be having our mid-week Bible Study via Zoom only this week. Pastor Buddy will continue leading us in our reading and consideration of Psalm 23 and looks forward to people joining him virtually from 7pm on Wednesday evening. To be part of the (joint Men’s and Women’s) Bible Study, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org for a link.

YABS (Young Adult Bible Study) will meet this week, too, in their various groups. If you would like to be part of a group, or to find out more about YABS, please e-mail yabs@ibc-giessen.org for more information. Usually, all groups meet at 7pm on a Tuesday evening.

Last, but by no means least, it still isn’t too late to join the Christmas choir – especially if you are a man! Rehearsals are being held on Sundays after the Church service and Simone would be very appreciative if some brave male voices were to take part. The ability to read music is not essential, just motivation and willingness to participate. To show your interest either write an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org, or turn up ready to sing after the service this coming Sunday.

Whatever difficulties you face this week limitless opportunities given by God’s grace to stand up, shake yourself off, and try again. Have a blessed week!


Update for Sunday, November 13th

Dear Church family and friends,

We can make our plans, but often God has other ideas.

In recent weeks we have mentioned that this coming Sunday would be a concert-service given by the pianist Theresa Walters. Unfortunately she has tested positive for COVID and is therefore unable to perform live at the FTH. While we try to re-schedule this event, please join us in prayer for her swift and full recovery.

A Church service will still be taking place on Sunday, though! Please do join our congregation at 11am for worship, prayer and His Word. If you cannot join us physically – perhaps you too are unwell – then you can send an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org and watch via our livestream.

Perhaps, as we kept our distance over the last couple of years, it seems that now more people are getting sick from other illnesses as well as coronavirus. The message from the beginning of the pandemic remains: stay safe, stay healthy and look after yourselves and each other.


Update for Monday, November 7th

Dear Church family and friends,

The link for yesterday’s sermon is already up and ready to be listened to, in case you missed it. Just click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=czM2rTyuhr0

Now that Sunday’s over, what’s happening during the week?
Tomorrow (Tuesday 8th November) Young Adult Bible Study (YABS) will be having an all-groups-together gathering in the student lounge of the FTH. Starting with dinner at 7pm, it will be a good time of fellowship and encouragement. If you’ve been thinking about going to YABS but haven’t quite made that step, tomorrow’s meet up is a great opportunity to meet everybody and get to know what YABS is all about. So that they can plan a little better, it might be worth dropping an e-mail to YABS@ibc-giessen.org to say that you’ll be there.

Wednesday (9th) sees the return of our mid-week Bible Study. This time, both men and women will meet together and take an in-depth look at Psalm 23. Again, it’s a 7pm start time at the FTH facilities, but there is an option to join in via Zoom if you cannot get there in time. For a link, please write to office@ibc-giessen.org

Church doesn’t just happen on Sunday – we’re here all week!


Update for Sunday, November 6th

Dear Church family and friends,

In last week’s sermon, we were re-directed on our journey through Jesus’ life from the book of Luke to the book of John. In chapter 11, verses one to seven, sisters Mary and Martha send the news to Jesus that their brother, Lazarus, is sick. The story continues this week with Jesus ultimately deciding to go to him, despite the disciples concerns (verses 8-16).

Of course, Jesus’ attempts to reassure his disciples also provide a lesson or reminder for us in our own walk with Christ. So, we invite you to our service this Sunday at 11am at the FTH facilities or online – please write to office@ibc-giessen.org for a link to our Zoom livestream – to listen to God’s Word and open your ears, minds and hearts to what He has to say.

Perhaps the more alert among us may have noticed what the next chapter and event in the book of Luke would have been had we continued in that way: Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem, before he is betrayed, disowned, put on trial and then crucified. In other words, what we commemorate at Easter. In our focus passage for this week, however, one of Jesus’ responses more appropriately fits the season we are currently approaching…

See you on Sunday!


Update for Wednesday, November 2nd

Dear Church family and friends,

November has arrived and that means our next mid-week Bible Study is only one week away. Both Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies will be combined to look through Psalm 23 from next Wednesday at 7pm.

Until then, you might want to catch up on a few recent sermons from IBC Giessen:

16th October : https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-dgWMrBla4U

23rd October :  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N9kIQgTHviI

Lastly, we’d like to remind you of our upcoming Worship Night. We’ll have an evening of praise, prayer and music this coming Friday (4th November) at 7:30pm at the FTH facilities. It would be brilliant if we could fill the room with voices singing of God’s goodness!

There are quite a few events coming up in the next months here at IBC Giessen. We pray that God will keep you safe and healthy so that you can join us in our worship to Him. We look forward to seeing you soon!


Update for Sunday, October 30th

Dear Church family and friends,

As things get busier again, it would be useful to have a few more hours in the day – and this Sunday we reach that day in the year when we are given just that, albeit only one hour. The clocks will go back an hour early on Sunday morning, so whether you choose to get some extra sleep or wake up early and get going we hope that you enjoy the extra time!

The Church service will, of course, take place at 11am at the FTH facilities, with a livestream for those unable to make it. Please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org for a link to the online service.

After the service, the Christmas choir will start their rehearsals. Interested in taking part, but forgot to get in contact? It’s not too late! Simone looks forward to seeing and singing with you on Sunday at about 12:30.

Something else to look forward to is our next Worship Night this coming Friday (4th November). A time to come together and sing His praises, worship Him and thank Him for all that He gave and gives to us: we look forward to seeing you at the FTH facilities at 7:30pm.

We pray that you are being kept safe from any of the illnesses that are going around at the moment. If you are unwell – we encourage you to stay at home – but we will pray for your quick recovery. Look after yourselves and be blessed!


Update for Wednesday, October 26th

Dear Church family and friends,

This mid-week message has a musical motif!

We would like to invite you to our next Worship Night, which will be held on 4th November at 7:30pm at the FTH facilities. Come and join us as we praise the Lord together in song.

Also, we would like to reminder you that we will be having a Christmas Cantata again this year – and we need singers to make it happen! It doesn’t matter if you can read music, or have had any choir experience; you just need to be able to commit to rehearsals after Church on Sundays, starting this Sunday, the 30th October. For more information please contact Simone (Simone.Mueller@bot2.bio.uni-giessen.de).

Have a blessed rest of the week!


Update for Sunday, October 23rd

Dear Church family and friends,

In our last announcement we highlighted several events that we’ll be having at Church in the run up to Christmas. On one side, it still feels very early to be talking about Christmas; on the other, we are at the end of October and the children are now off school for a week – so Christmas and the end of the year seem worryingly close! Maybe you are looking at your already over full schedule, or your metres-long to-do list and are wondering how you are going to manage. Before you become overwhelmed though, we invite you to take a moment, pause, and rest.

Church can be a place full of activity, but it’s also a place to meet with God and others to get the energy, comfort and support that we need to keep on going in our day-to-day lives. So take some time to visit us this Sunday at 11am – either online or at the FTH facilities – and re-focus on what’s really important. Should you need a link for the livestream, all you need to do is write a quick e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org

We hope that the children and parents among us have an enjoyable week away from school. For everyone else, we pray that this week does not overwhelm you, and that you find some time to stop and reflect on the goodness of God.  
Be blessed!


Update for Sunday, October 16th

Dear Church family and friends,

Grab your diaries and calendars – as IBC Giessen starts its run up to Christmas, there are a few dates to take note of:

Firstly, the Christmas Cantata is back and needs some singers! If you are interested in joining them for a performance in December, or if you would generally like more information, please contact Simone M. (Simone.Mueller@bot2.bio.uni-giessen.de). Rehearsals start after the service on 30th October.

Remaining on a musical theme – on Sunday 13th November, we are doing something a little different during our worship service by having a concert given by Teresa Walters.

Another returning event is the Women’s Christmas Brunch, which will be held on its traditional spot of the Saturday before 1st Advent (26th November).  We would love to see as many ladies there as possible – as well as lots of food! If you’d like to attend, we ask that you write to office@ibc-giessen.org.

This Sunday (16th October) though, it’s business as usual with Pastor Buddy returning to the pulpit. We are also looking forward to meeting lots of first year students from the different universities in Giessen – including the FTH. So, we look forward to seeing you on Sunday morning at 11am at the FTH facilities. In case you cannot physically attend, you are more than welcome to be part of our online congregation; just write to office@ibc-giessen.org for a link.

There’s some wonderful things coming up – we look forward to sharing these events with you!


Update for Sunday, October 9th

Dear Church family and friends,

In a way, autumn isn’t so different from spring: they both have a palette of colours that only the Creator Himself could mix up. Spring’s burst of colour brings us hope – shouldn’t autumn’s do the same? Perhaps that’s why some people get a sense of renewal or beginning in autumn; or maybe it has something to do with the engrained habit of starting a new school, college or university year…

There’s something afoot in IBC Giessen this Sunday. As we announced last week, Johannes has started his new role in the Church, but this week he and his wife Anne will be officially welcomed. Not only that, but he will also be bringing us the Word of God. 

Sadly, we will also be bidding farewell to two families as well this week. Andi has finished his master’s degree and he and his family will be returning to their home church, where he we will take the position of Pastor. Ben and his family, however, have already moved but will return for one last Sunday. He too has taken a Pastor’s position at a Church. Valuable teachers in the children’s and teen’s groups, with Andi also taking over as treasurer, we will miss their contributions not only to those ministries but the love and encouragement they give to our Church family as a whole.

We will be saying these “hellos” and “see you laters” on Sunday morning at 11am at the FTH facilities. If you are ill or otherwise unable to join us, we have a livestream that you can watch. To access the livestream, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org for a link.

Be blessed this week! Enjoy the more bearable temperatures of autumn – get out and marvel at His creation!


Update for Sunday, October 2nd

Dear Church family and friends,

The weekly announcements are back – and we bring news with us!

While he is a known name and face in our Church, we are delighted this week to welcome Johannes A. back into the family as part-time assistant pastor. He has already been organising the summer services and will be taking on more tasks as time goes on, helping us to grow and develop as a family in and of God. Let’s pray for him and his wife, Anne, as Johannes starts this new chapter!

Another returnee will be bringing us the Word of God during this Sunday’s sermon; Harri and his family have been back in Germany for a while now, and this will be his first time preaching since their move back. To listen to what he has to say, we would love to see you at the FTH facilities at 11am on Sunday morning, or via the livestream at the same time. Please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org should you need a link to the livestream.

In case you didn’t know already, there’s another Bank Holiday just around the corner. On Monday (3rd October) all shops, schools and offices will be closed to celebrate the reunification of Germany. We hope you enjoy this last long weekend of the year!  Be blessed!


Update for Sunday, September 11th

Dear Church family and friends,

For months we have watched buildings being torn down and new ones being built in the FTH premises; waiting and wondering whether it’s our turn to move in. Well, now it is! This Sunday we will be meeting in the new building to the right of the grounds – next door to the “old” building. We will be meeting in a new, slightly larger sanctuary on the ground floor, making it accessible to all.

Of course, with any change there may be some teething problems, especially in regards to technology. We do still hope to livestream our services, but we might need to experiment with new solutions and procedures to get the best audio for both online viewers and those in the congregation. Please be patient with us! For a link to the (11th September) livestream, please write to office@ibc-giessen.org

Completely un-related to this transition, these weekly announcements will be taking a break for a couple of weeks. There’s nothing to worry about – the writers just need a rest! We do not expect there to be any changes in the date or times of the service; they are always on Sunday morning at 11am.
For links for the next two Sundays’ livestreams (18th and 25th), or if you have any other questions, please contact Johannes.

Until the next announcement – scheduled for the first service in October – lend a listening ear to the three guest speakers (Daniel, Felix and Lucas respectively), be kind to one another, stay safe and be blessed!


Update for Sunday, September 4th

Dear Church family and friends,

When a month starts on a Monday, the following Sundays in that month are divisible by seven. The upside to this is that it makes talking about and organising events at Church a little easier; the downside is that it seems to make the month go by quickly. For the month of August, which has just finished, this is particularly sad for the school children and teachers among us, as it means that their summer holidays have flown by too. We pray that you have had a good rest, embraced the change of schedule and made some brilliant memories in this time.

While September has started, it isn’t actually autumn until the 23rd – so there are a few weeks of summer sunshine still to go! Not only that, but our Summer Guest Speaker series continues with Johannes this week. Make sure to join us at 11am on Sunday either at the FTH facilities or on the livestream to hear what he has to say. You can get a link to the livestream by writing to office@ibc-giessen.org

As the new school year starts on Monday, we pray for all those involved in educating, mentoring, maintaining school buildings – and those who are learning! May your school year be less complicated than the last one; and may God give you enough strength and determination to keep going in tough situations.

Be blessed!


Update for Sunday, August 28th

Dear Church family and friends,

Going that extra mile is something that we all do from time to time – especially if we feel that the subject of our efforts is particularly worth it. We might look for ways to make our loved ones more happy; our work more pleasing to our superiors, or just stand out more from the crowd. In Mark 10, verses 17 to 22 we see that Jesus has some advice to a man who also wants apply himself more and go further in his attempts at inheriting eternal life.

Kennedy will be looking into Jesus’ response in his sermon this Sunday, and will investigate what holds us back in our relationship with Jesus. You can listen in online – a livestream link can be acquired by writing to office@ibc-giessen.org – or be part of our congregation at the FTH at 11am.   

Until then, let’s think of the things that we value most in our lives, the things that we treasure the most, and what we would do to appreciate them more, maintain them or keep them.
Be blessed!


Update for Sunday, August 21st

Dear Church family and friends,

This week’s Sunday announcement brings you all the same information as the others before it have done for a while now – service is at 11am Sunday morning at the FTH facilities and will be livestreamed – but there is one major difference: we are starting our Summer Speaker Series!

For the next month or so we will have various friends and members of IBC Giessen take turns bringing us the Word of God during our service. Daniel will be kicking the series off with a sermon on Job 1: 6-22, “Men err as long as they keep striving”.

For a link to the livestream, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

See you on Sunday!


Update for Wednesday, August 17th

Dear Church family and friends,

We (temporarily) said “bye” to another person on Sunday! Like Linus the week before, Fleming will also be going on a semester abroad and returning at some point in January. So, while we are sad to see him go – we do know that he will back!

As we won’t be having the mid-week Bible Studies this week, it gives you the perfect opportunity to catch up or listen again to some recent sermons. May we suggest you start with this week’s from Pastor Buddy? You can choose from English (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BviSzkxWe2U) or German (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rjJW4IjQQ-w).

Have a blessed week!


Update for Sunday, August 14th

Dear Church family and friends,

“It’s too early.”

Anyone responsible for the food shopping in their household might have exactly the same response – the first Christmas treats have been spotted in the supermarkets. Of course, the idea is to heighten the excitement toward the season and look forward to all the cinnamon-filled warmth that it brings: but it is out of place in the summer. Moreover, it’s out of place when the build-up is leading to the wrong end-goal. Sweets and goodies help to build the atmosphere and “vibe”; we, on the other hand, are looking forward to the King.

We don’t need to wait until Christmas to get to know this King, though. We can learn about Him, experience Him and worship Him in our service on Sunday at 11am. Pastor Buddy will be preaching from the book of Luke, in which Jesus tells a parable of a different sort of king. To find out what type of king, and how this applies to our King and our relationship with him, you can be part of the congregation at the FTH facilities or join in online. For a link to the livestream, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

Whether you’ve had enough of summer and are indeed looking forward to the (hopefully) wetter and colder weather that autumn will bring, or really want to wring out summer and its heat as much as you can, may you know that there is a season for everything, and a reason to rejoice in each season. The King was born to us, died for us, and still lives among us. Be blessed!


Update for Wednesday, August 10th

Dear Church family and friends,

What a busy Sunday that turned out to be! We listened to Pastor Buddy’s sermon on the simplicity of Christ – (German) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=076l7tfmEMk ; (English) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hz7A4n0Z41A – said a temporary goodbye to both Stephen and Linus, and then later on celebrated the baptism of Naomi, Samuel and Tim.

While our Sunday services will not be taking a break over the summer, our mid-week Bibles studies will. Wednesday will see the last session on Nehemiah and the last meeting of both Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies until the autumn – but it’s still not too late to join for the first time! The groups meet at 7pm at the FTH, but also online. For more information, or a link to the meeting, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org . You can also write to this e-mail for more information on YABS (Young Adults’ Bible Study) and their summer plans.

We look forward to seeing you on Wednesday!  


Update for Sunday, August 7th

Dear Church family and friends,

Just when you think that Church is “winding down” for summer, an announcement with lots of information comes along!

Is anyone missing any salad bowls? Our Church BBQ was just under a month ago now, and there are a few salad bowls which didn’t make it home. No-one at the FTH has claimed them, so they must belong to someone at our Church. Thank you for the salads – they were very tasty – we’d like you to be able to bring another for next time!

This Sunday we will be having a Baptism Service at the Wissmarer See in Wettenberg. This is in addition to our regular service at the FTH facilities starting at 11am. The morning service will be livestreamed, the afternoon service, however, will not be. We are hoping to start at 2:30pm and would love to see as many of our Church family there to watch those who are being baptised make this next step in their faith journey.

Construction work at the FTH is progressing nicely, and as some of you may have seen last week, the entrance from Rathenaustrasse is now blocked off. Instead, you can access the FTH via Heegstrauchweg – which is literally just around the corner. On top of that, getting into the building has changed. Rather than entering through the glass doors at the front where the book shop is, you will need to walk around the side of the building. The outside doors to the café/lounge area where we used to meet for snacks after the service will be open. The way from there should be clear: it just adds a few more steps!

Your go-to e-mail address for all these matters is office@ibc-giessen.org. It’s where you can claim your salad bowl, ask for a link to the morning service, ask for directions to the Baptism service, or anything else IBC related that you would like an answer to.

Be blessed – and stay hydrated and safe in the on-going hot temperatures!


Update for Wednesday, August 3rd

Dear Church family and friends,

Now the formalities of the Business Meeting and the last sermons of July are over – English: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1xzFE_nsPM ; German: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vixKuiE8hu4 – let’s turn our focus to August and the next important event!

We will be having our first Baptism Service in a while this coming Sunday! This service will follow after the morning service, but in a different place. Listening and learning of others’ experiences with Jesus is always a joy, and watching people as they make this public declaration such a privilege: so please do come to the Wissmarer See in Wettenberg at 2:30pm on Sunday to support and cheer on those who are making this decision.

Before that, though, we have our Wednesday Bible Studies. Both Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies will meet at the usual time of 7pm at the FTH facilities. If you’re not able to make it to the FTH for that time, but will still like to join in, we do have a Zoom link you may use to attend remotely, and all you need to do is contact office@ibc-giessen.org to get hold of it.

We pray that you are all having a great start in this new month, and that those either going on holiday or having a school/university break are enjoying the change in schedule!


Update for Sunday, July 31st

Dear Church family and friends,

Those of you who attended, or hoped to have attended, the mid-week Bible Studies’ Zoom meeting on Wednesday would have been left disappointed by the lack of sound. We are very sorry for this – and share in your disappointment. It is frustrating when the technology which is designed to improve our lives doesn’t actually do so.

Hopefully, this problem doesn’t persist and those joining our livestreamed service and livestreamed Business Meeting afterward can do so comfortably. To be able to watch remotely, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org for a link. You are more than welcome to stay and listen in on the Business Meeting even if you aren’t a member or regular attendee. Providing Zoom works completely the way we intend it to, there will also be a chance to vote on certain items in the meeting. Please only do so if you are a member.

If you would like to be part of the face-to-face congregation and go to the meeting in person, the service takes place at the FTH starting at 11am. Again, everyone is invited to sit and listen to the meeting, and only members are allowed to vote. If you are interested in becoming a member of IBC Giessen, we encourage you to talk to get in contact with Pastor Buddy.

We look forward to seeing – and you hearing us! – on Sunday!


Update for Wednesday, July 27th

Dear Church family and friends,

Mid-way through the week already! Let’s come together in our Bible Studies and pray for one another and read His Word together. Both Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies are looking at the book of Nehemiah and are always happy to have more people to discuss with. You can join them online or at the FTH facilities at 7pm on Wednesday evening. For a link to the Zoom meeting, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org .

We would also like to remind you – or inform you if you missed Sunday’s announcement – that there will be a Business Meeting after our Church service this Sunday. If you are a member you will be able to vote when applicable, but if you are a visitor you are more than welcome to just sit and listen in. To get more information about becoming a member, please write to Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org

Lastly, you can listen to the second part of Pastor Buddy’s sermon on the generous employer (Matt 20) in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kTkvhozmNOA . For the German version, click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_6zgjrtnKI

We trust and pray that you are having a blessed week!


Update for Sunday, July 24th

Dear Church family and friends,

A fair number of you might be thinking „phew!“ this week. For teachers and pupils, the school year has finished; and those not designed to tolerate heat must be glad that the heatwave of the first few days of this week has subsided. Phew!

The summer usually means that people are travelling and going on holiday – something much deserved after not being able to do so easily for the last two years! We would, however, like to inform you that we will be having our summer Business Meeting after the service on 31st July, and hope to see as many of you there as possible. If you aren’t able to attend in-person, we will be keeping the livestream running after the service so that you can listen in. Those listening online should bear in mind that they will not be able to vote, regardless of if they are an IBC member or not. Voting is only open to members, but everyone may join the meeting, in which ever form that takes. For more information about membership please talk to Pastor Buddy, or write an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org

This Sunday though, we will have our service at the usual time of 11am at the FTH facilities and online. For a link to the Zoom livestream, please write to office@ibc-giessen.org

After that long announcement you may also be thinking “phew”! We hope that you enjoy your summer – whether you thrive in hot weather or not – and that you make plenty of time to delve into, and rest in, God’s Word.


Update for Wednesday, July 20th

Dear Church family and friends,

Before we remind you of this week’s mid-week Bible Studies, let’s go back to Sunday and Pastor Buddy’s sermon on the manager described in Matthew 20. To listen again in English click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o9o-AaYHhc0 – and for German, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YQ-g478DxnY

We will be having our mid-week Bible studies for both the men and women at the usual time of 7pm online only – due to the extreme heat – with both groups looking at and reflecting on the book of Nehemiah. Newcomers are always welcome! To take part via Zoom, please send an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org

We hope that you are beating the heat and staying safe and well this week. Be blessed!


Update for Sunday, July 17th

Dear Church family and friends,

Sometimes in life it’s all a matter of perspective. Take, for example, the passage for this coming Sunday’s sermon: Matthew chapter 20. Is the manager generous, fair or neither? Do the workers who arrived early have a right to complain? Have the workers that arrived later taken advantage of the original offer of the manager? Or is there yet another angle to this parable that we haven’t considered?

On Sunday at 11am we will be delving into these viewpoints during our service at the FTH. If you can’t make it, but are still intrigued, please do join us via the livestream – for a link, you will need to e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

Having different starting points and seeing things differently is all part of Church life – let’s embrace it! See you on Sunday!


Update for Thursday, July 14th

See you tomorrow at our first Worship Night of 2022!


Update for week of July 11th

Dear Church family and friends,

… as you can see, we had a very successful BBQ on Sunday! Some people were very polite and even left some food over – but there was enough for everyone, and we all enjoyed being back with each other in fellowship. Praise God!

Church isn’t over for the week though: on Tuesday, Young Adults’ Bible Study (YABS) will take place; on Wednesday it’s the turn of the mid-week Women’s and Men’s Bible Studies, and on Friday we will be having a Worship Night. It’ll be a busy week!

For more information on YABS, please write to office@ibc-giessen.org. You can also use this e-mail address to request a link to the Zoom meeting for both the mid-week Bible Studies and Worship Night should you need it. Both the Wednesday Bible Studies and Friday’s Worship Night will be taking place at 7pm at the FTH on their respective days.

You can listen to Pastor Buddy’s sermon from Sunday in English here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XmPT6y8dnhA

…and in German, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kuPTi5HYWn4

A week can go by quickly – let’s not wait until Sunday to meet with each other again!
Be blessed!   


Update for Sunday, July 10th

Dear Church family and friends,

One last reminder before the event: we would love for as many as possible to come to our Church BBQ this coming Sunday. If you plan on attending, please write an e-mail to office@ibc-giessen.org telling us how many people you are bringing with you and what side-dish or dessert you plan on sharing with everyone. The Church will provide the grill, sausages, bread rolls and drinks.

Obviously, livestreaming a BBQ is a little strange – it’s not exactly an easy way to share food! We do have a Zoom link for the service beforehand, which starts at the usual time of 11am. To access the service online, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org – otherwise we’ll see you at the FTH facilities.

Another event has recently come to our attention, and that’s the next Worship Night. It has been a while since our last one, but our worship team have been busy preparing and practising for this coming Friday (15th July 2022). Let’s join them at 7pm and raise our voices in praise together!

Have a blessed weekend: we look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Update for Wednesday, July 6th

Dear Church family and friends,

At the end of the week we will finally have our first Church-wide fellowship in a long time, by having a BBQ. The Church will provide sausages, bread rolls, drinks, and the grill itself – but we will need your help with side dishes and desserts. So that we don’t have many of the same things, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org and tell us what you are going to bring with you.

Before we get to Sunday though, there’s the rest of the week to get through – and our mid-week Bible Studies. Both Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies will meet at the FTH facilities and online at the usual time of 7pm on Wednesday evening. If you need a link to join in via Zoom, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org.

Lastly, the sermon from Sunday 3rd has been pre-recorded in two languages. The English version can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8AoiEwVsMWY  ; the German version, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_LVOalnaTjU

We hope that you are having a brilliant week, and look forward to seeing you at one of our events! Be blessed!


Update for Sunday, July 3rd

Dear Church family and friends,

July! Schools break up for their summer holidays in 3 weeks – before you know it, it will be September… But before we get there, we have our Church BBQ next week. On the 10th we would like to meet together after the service for grilled sausages, drinks and fellowship. We would love to see as many there as possible – and we would be especially grateful if you could bring some side dishes, salads or desserts. So that we can plan a little, please could you write to office@ibc-giessen.org to tell us that you are attending.

With the FTH’s move into their new building, it might still be that we have to improvise certain technical elements of our service: last week, for example, we needed to use a portable projector rather than the one mounted to the ceiling! The main thing, though, is that we were still able to worship together, and will do so again this coming Sunday at 11am. While we do plan on livestreaming the service, it could be that there is no internet connection at the FTH. We will not know for certain until Sunday morning – so bare that in mind when you have e-mailed office@ibc-giessen.org for a link.

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday – and eating with you the week after!


Update for Wednesday, June 29th

Dear Church family and friends,

For a while, we had been worshipping in a classroom setting, with everyone sitting behind a table. This was partially due to physical distancing regulations, but mostly because the FTH needed to use all the space available to them as classrooms. The move into the new building meant that all the tables in the sanctuary were removed by Sunday, and we were able to celebrate our service more freely, in a somewhat normal setting – and it felt so good! If you weren’t able to make it and experience it with us, we look forward to seeing you this coming Sunday. In the meantime, you can listen to the concluding part of Pastor Buddy’s sermon on Zacchaeus, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eJPnY2av0fU

You are also invited to attend one of our small groups this week. We have YABS on a Tuesday evening, and Men’s and Women’s Bibles Studies on a Wednesday evening at 7pm at the FTH facilities and via Zoom. For more information, or a link to the Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

Have a blessed last few days of June!


Update for Sunday, June 26th

Dear Church family and friends,

There are just two weeks to go until our Church BBQ on the 10th July. The Church will provide all the meat and drinks – you just need to provide a side dish or dessert and attend!

As for this week, we are hoping to have service as usual. If you recently visited us, or have driven by the FTH facilities during the week, it cannot have failed your notice that a new building has appeared on campus. It might be that we meet in the new building this week – but then again it might not. Either way, if you would like to join us for our service, we will meet at 11am on Sunday morning and direct you from there! The plan is to also have our livestream available for those who cannot make it. For a link, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

With summer rolling around, there seems to be an event every weekend to make up for the ‘lost time’ of the last two years. We pray that you pace yourself and stay healthy. Have a blessed weekend!


Update for Wednesday, June 21st

Dear Church family and friends,

Pastor Buddy’s sermon last Sunday was the first of two parts concerning the story of Zaccaheus the tax collector. Before this coming Sunday’s conclusion, you can catch-up or refresh your memory with what has happened so far, here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jCKOy6bvv2I

There are, however, a few more days until Sunday – including a Wednesday, when we will be having our Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies at 7pm in the evening. Both groups are looking at the book of Nehemiah and you are more than welcome to join them. In case you cannot commit to 7pm at the FTH facilities, that’s no problem, as you can participate via Zoom. For an invite link, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

We pray that you are having a wonderful week so far!


Update for Sunday, June 19th

Dear Church family and friends,

Provided that we haven’t melted by then, we will be having our service as usual at 11am at the FTH facilities – and we’ll be trying to keep everything as cool possible. As it’s a Bank Holiday weekend, we are aware that some may have taken the opportunity to go on a short trip, so the invitation to join our livestream extends to them this week, as well as to any who is ill – or to those who simply find the idea of going anywhere too hot right now! To join in via Zoom, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

In this case, when we ask you to “keep safe”, we mean in light of the heat: drink plenty of water, wear sun cream and seek shade! Otherwise, enjoy the beginning of summer – and we’ll see you on Sunday!


Update for Wednesday, June 15th

Dear Church family and friends,

While there is no link to a recorded version of Sunday’s sermon this week, there will still be Bible Study! Both Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies will be meeting at their usual time of 7pm at the FTH facilities. If you cannot make it there in person, you are more than welcome to join via Zoom and work through the book of Nehemiah with them. For a link, please e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org

We hope that you are having a brilliant week so far and that you are looking forward to the Bank Holiday weekend, which starts on Thursday. Be blessed!


Update for Sunday, June 12th

Dear Church family and friends,

There’s only one month to go until the next IBC date for you diary! On Sunday 10th July, after the service, we will be meeting together for an extended time of fellowship in the form of a Church BBQ. We will provide the grill, meat, cutlery and crockery and the drinks – all you need to do is provide some salads, other side dishes and desserts. So get thinking about what you would like to bring along with you: we look forward to seeing you (and your food) on the 10th July!

You won’t need to wait quite as long for our next service, though, which takes place on Sunday at the FTH facilities at 11am. If you are unwell or cannot make it for any other reason you can join in our livestream via Zoom. You can get a link to it by e-mailing office@ibc-giessen.org

It would be so easy to make some sort of parallel between spiritual nourishment from the Word of God and bodily nourishment from food, but we’re too hungry from the idea of our BBQ to be able to form it properly…
Have a blessed weekend!


Update for Wednesday, June 8th

Dear Church family and friends,

What a great Sunday we had, celebrating Pentecost by joining together for the Lord’s Table and remembering the unity that we have with one another and Jesus Christ. If you were not able to make it on Sunday, you can listen to Pastor Buddy’s sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W9v05833v4

Our mid-week Women’s and Men’s Bible Studies will be meeting this Wednesday at 7pm at the FTH facilities and via Zoom. To attend via Zoom, please e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org for a link – it’s not too late to join!

We hope that you have had a brilliant Pentecost weekend and enjoyed the extra day off. Even during this slightly shorter week, we pray that you are blessed by His goodness.


Update for Sunday, June 5th

Dear Church family and friends,

Emmanuel, God is with us, is something that we often hear at Christmastime. Yet it is not just true of the Christ Child, but also of His Spirit that He sent down on that first Pentecost. God longs to be with us and we are reminded of this so often in our day-to-day lives as well as the main celebrations of the Church calendar. This coming Sunday is Pentecost Sunday – therefore Monday is a Bank Holiday – and we will worship the God who never leaves us nor forsakes us, creating His Church so that we may follow Him as a family with the support and encouragement of others.

Last week, we yet again had issues with the livestream in that it didn’t start at all. There was a connection issue at the FTH, which we now believe to be resolved. Should an issue arise again, you can listen to Pastor Buddy’s sermon here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1W9v05833v4. For a link to this week’s livestream, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

The service will not just take place online, but also in person at the FTH. To be part of our congregation, you can join us at 11am on Sunday morning.

Have a blessed and peaceful Bank Holiday weekend safe in the knowledge that God never leaves your side.   


Update for Wednesday, June 1st

Dear Church family and friends,

We’re at the middle of the week already, so that means it’s time to remind you of our Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies taking place at 7pm at the FTH facilities on Wednesday evening. Should you be unable to attend, but still keen on taking part, please e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org to get involved via Zoom. We look forward to seeing you there!

In the meantime, here is a pre-recorded version of Pastor Buddy’s sermon from Sunday, in case you missed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4L6lgxLgG-I

We pray that you are have a blessed week!


Update for Sunday, May 29th

Dear Church family and friends,

Ascension Day, which we celebrated on Thursday, marks Jesus’ return to heaven and to His Father. He went before us to His place at God’s right hand side to vouch for us. He went before us to make a way for us to join our eternal Father when we are called. He keeps His promise, yet He doesn’t leave us alone. Next Sunday we will mark Pentecost, when the Holy Spirit was sent to be in us and with us as Jesus once was. While it might take us a while to realise it, when we do figure out how much we need God’s grace, mercy and love, we quickly notice that we can no longer live without it – and He knows that too.

When we finally see Jesus for who He is we can’t help but bow down in worship and joyfully praise Him – much like the blind beggar in Luke 18, the focus of Pastor Buddy’s sermon this Sunday. We will meet at 11am at the FTH facilities for our service, but if you are unable to make it you are more than welcome to be part of our online congregation. Please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org for a link to our Zoom livestream.

We hope that you can see God blessings for you in this upcoming week, and can feel His presence in all that you do!


Update for Wednesday, May 25th

Dear Church family and friends,

Even though we’ve already shared the link to Pastor Buddy’s pre-recorded sermon, here it is again so that you don’t have to go searching if you missed it or would like to listen again: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFZX9vvE1e0

We are so grateful for all the feedback on our experiments with improving the sound quality on the livestream of Sunday’s service. A massive improvement has been made, but we aware that not everything is perfect. We will continue to make adjustments and changes to further better our online experience.

For our Women’s and Men’s Bible Studies this week we will also have the possibility of meeting via Zoom if you cannot make it to the FTH facilities for the start time of 7pm. We will, as always, be meeting on Wednesday evening with both groups studying the book of Nehemiah, but in different ways. To learn more, get the link to the Zoom meeting or to register an interest in joining, please e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org

Lastly, a quick reminder that Thursday is a Bank Holiday. The shops will be shut and schools closed to mark Ascension Day – when Jesus went before us to heaven. We will not be having a special Church service on this day, but hope that you enjoy the day off.

Have a great week!


Update for Sunday, May 22nd

Dear Church family and friends,

For our livestream viewers, this week’s service has a “Work in Progress” sign hanging on it. In our attempts to improve the audio quality, and the experience in general, we will be testing out some new equipment. To see the results, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org for a link. Just in case it shouldn’t work as desired, we would like to share the pre-recorded version with you now: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DFZX9vvE1e0

Of course, our experimentation with new technology will not stop us from having a traditional “live” Church service at the FTH facilities at our usual time of 11am. Please join us if you can!

No matter which way you have been attending Church in the last couple of months, we would like to thank you for your patience as we have been figuring out how best to continue or re-build Church life since the lockdowns and restrictions. We are not finished as perhaps some more things need changing that we had not yet thought about – but we thank you for your support, ideas and prayers. 

Be blessed – and see you on Sunday!


Update for Wednesday, May 18th

Dear Church family and friends,

On Sunday, Pastor Buddy looked at Luke chapter 18, where Jesus advises the rich ruler to sell everything and follow him. The full sermon can be found here, if you would like to refresh your memory or listen for the first time:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbc5rL9SjZM

The Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies will be meeting again this week to explore the book of Nehemiah. While the men will be taking a chapter by chapter approach, the women have a specific book to work through. To get involved with either group, or for more information, please e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org . Both meetings happen on Wednesday, starting at 7pm, and take place in the side building at the FTH facilities.

Another group that we have meeting during the week is YABS. YABS stands for ‘Young Adult Bible Study’, and they meet on a Tuesday evening. If you would like to join them, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

Have a blessed week!  


Update for Sunday, May 15th

Dear Church family and friends,

While most are rejoicing in the sunny, almost summer-like weather, let’s spare a thought for the people that are suffering the most because of it – those with hay fever or other allergies.
Pollen. It gets everywhere. Sometimes it lands on fruitful ground and creates the most beautiful flowers; more often we find it stuck to freshly cleaned windows, car windscreens and garden furniture. A fine yellow dust that everyone can see causes irritation for some and a violent reaction in others. It’s a bit like spreading the Good News, isn’t it?

On Sunday we’ll meet indoors, protected from the weather and its consequences, at 11am in the FTH facilities and our service will also be livestreamed. To join in online, please e-mail office@ibc-giessen.org

For those who are affected by springtime health issues, we pray that you can stay safe and find some relief! The same applies to you as it does everyone else: keep hydrated, seek shade and don’t overdo it. Have a blessed week!


Update for Wednesday, May 11th

Dear Church family and friends,

After weeks of pre-announcements, it’s finally time for the Men‘s and Women’s Bible Studies to return! Both groups will be studying the book of Nehemiah and both groups will be meeting on Wednesday evenings at 7pm. If you have any questions, or would like further information, please e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org

Not only did Johannes A. join us during Sunday’s service to preach, but he also pre-recorded his sermon for those who missed it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rwohvs7HQew

We pray that you are having a brilliant week and are making the most of the spring weather!


Update for Sunday, May 8th

Dear Church family and friends,

It’ll be the second Sunday of May this coming Sunday: that means that it’ll be Mother’s Day! While it is not a Bank Holiday, it is a day for showing appreciation for those who are mothers or mother-figures. For those who long to be mothers, or do not have a good relationship with their own, we pray that this day isn’t too hard for you, and that you may be comforted.

The original idea of Mother’s Day was to have a day when you could take your mothers along with you to Church. If you were to do that this Sunday – 11am at the FTH facilities – they too would have the privilege of hearing Johannes A. bringing the Word of God to us. Of course, there will be a livestream of the service, too. For a link, please e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org

We look forward to seeing you on Sunday!


Update for Wednesday, May 4th

Dear Church family and friends,

„Alles neu macht der Mai“ – May makes everything new…

… well, nearly. This week’s Zoom Bible Study will be the last on the book of Revelation before our new Men’s and Women’s Bible Studies start. For a look at the last chapter and a re-cap and summary of everything that we have learnt so far, you are more than welcome to join us at 7pm on Wednesday evening. Just e-mail Pastor Buddy or office@ibc-giessen.org for a link.

We have heard that some people were struggling with the audio quality during Sunday’s service livestream. To listen again to an uninterrupted version of Pastor Buddy’s sermon, just click here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RhzBE66JsJI

Have a blessed rest of the week!


Update for Sunday, May 1st

Dear Church family and friends,

It’s a Bank Holiday on Sunday: not that you’d notice it as the banks, shops, schools and majority of the other workplaces are closed anyway. In Germany, if a Bank Holiday with a fixed date falls on a weekend there is no “compensation” day during the following week – which means that you just have to make the best out of it and wait for the longer weekends in late May and June.

The occasion of this particular Bank Holiday is “Day of Work”, where, historically, rights regarding the length of a work day were campaigned for and eventually enforced. Perhaps we can use this day to be thankful for our workplaces and how working conditions may have improved – as well as the wide choice of different vocations and jobs one can now have. Similarly, we could use this day to pray for those in training for a specific field of work, or those desperately trying to find employment.

As it is a Sunday, however, we will be having a Church service at the usual time of 11am in our usual place of the FTH facilities. A livestream link is available for those who cannot get there for whatever reason, which can be acquired by e-mailing office@ibc-giessen.org

We pray that God blesses your hands, thoughts and actions as you go about your work, and that you have a productive week!


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