Our origins date back to 1655 when a group of sons of clergymen gathered for a service in St Paul’s Cathedral and a collection was taken for destitute clergy and their families. Our Festival Service, as it is now known, has continued each year since then. Its primary purpose now is one of thanksgiving and rededication to God of our work in providing assistance to clergy and their families in times of need.
The Festival Service provides an occasion for bringing together representatives from the Church, City, commerce, public life and our supporters. It is noted for a sermon by a distinguished preacher, music and pageantry but it remains a service of worship to God through familiar liturgy.
This year our Festival Service took place in St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 9th May at 5 p.m.
Our preacher this year was the Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu.
The Festival Dinner was at Merchant Taylors' Hall, after the Festival Service.