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 will take place in St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 15th May at 5pm.
We are delighted that the Bishop-designate of London, Sarah Mullally, has agreed to preach at the Festival Service this year.
The music will be provided by the choir of St Paul's Cathedral, directed by Andrew Carwood, and the choirs of Chelmsford and Gloucester Cathedrals.
After the Festival Service we will be holding a Dinner at Merchant Taylors' Hall. Our speaker at the Dinner will be the broadcaster and entertainer, and clergy son, Timmy Mallet.
You are cordially invited to attend the Festival Service. Tickets are FREE and there is always a high demand.
If you would like tickets for the Festival Service please send an email to - firstname.lastname@example.org.