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 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.
This year our Festival Service took place in St Paul's Cathedral on Tuesday 15th May at 5pm.
The Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, was our preacher. You can read Bishop Sarah's sermon here.
Music was 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 held a Dinner at Merchant Taylors' Hall. Our speaker at the Dinner was the broadcaster, entertainer, and clergy son, Timmy Mallet.
The 365th Festival of Sons & Friends of the Clergy will take place on Tuesday 21st May 2019.