International churches provide an important link for the expatriate community in the Rhine-Ruhr region - a veritable home away from home. The region boasts an impressive offering of religious communities to meet the spiritual needs of its diverse international population. For some expatriates, relocating to another country means giving up some of the comforts of daily life – sacrificing activities that define how we see ourselves and how we want others to see us.
But it doesn't have to be that way. The churches, synagogues and other organizations listed below represent a strong and well-established commitment to families and communities of all faiths. Do not be surprised to discover that many of the spiritual activities you enjoyed at home can be continued here in Germany. Given that many people in the international community are here only temporarily, religious communities in the Rhein-Ruhr region are attuned to the needs of newcomers. Many offer a diverse and dedicated parish or congregation, which brings a very international element to services and observances.
Some of the institutions go to great lengths to integrate the local German population with their international members. Many share their houses of worship with a German congregation, and that can sometimes mean there are dual services and personnel to meet the needs of both the German-speaking and non-German speaking communities.What follows is a listing of mostly English-speaking religious services.