Spanish Place: New guide for anniversary

Last week the Archbishop of Santiago in Spain was unable to be present at the 125th anniversary Mass at St James’s Spanish Place.

But the church was still packed. Copies of the service sheet and prayer card are available at the church for those who could not be there.

A new edition of the church guide is on sale at £2.50.

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Feast of Lancelot Andrewes

The Lancelot Andrewes Festival at Southwark Cathedral opens on Friday 25 September with  Choral Evensong at 5.30pm.

On Saturday 26 September the Lancelot Andrewes Festival Eucharist is  at noon.

At 2pm the Lancelot Andrewes Lecture will be given by Dr Nicholas Cranfield.

Solemn Evensong and Procession, ending with prayers around the tomb of Lancelot Andrewes, is at 4pm.

Lancelot Andrewes was a Bible translator and Bishop of Winchester (including Southwark) at the time of the Gunpowder Plot.

There is a 10% discount on all purchases from the Refectory for all attending the Festival.


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Smithfield: Holiday services at St Bartholomew the Less

The main 11am Sunday Eucharist in the Parish of Great St Bartholomew at Smithfield will be in the Hospital Church, St Bartholomew the Less, during the present holiday season.

However, there will be a return to the Priory Church for St Bartholomew’s Day festival  around 24 August. This is the end of St Swithun’s forty days of holiday rain or sunshine.

Rector’s 20 years: In  September it will be 20 years since Dr Martin Dudley, the Rector, came to the Priory Church. He is the 25th rector in succession to the priors. The anniversary will be marked with Choral Evensong on Wednesday 9 September at 6pm. The preacher will be the Dean of Westminster Abbey, the priory’s patron.

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Nicholas Wheeler: Holy Trinity Sloane Square rector

Canon Nicholas Wheeler has been inducted as Rector of Holy Trinity, Sloane Square.

The service of welcome was last night on the Eve of St Swithun’s Day, Tuesday 14 July.

The new rector has returned to London after seven years as Priest Missioner in the parish of Christ the King, in the City of God, Rio de Janeiro.

A week before moving to Sloane Square he read one of the prayers at the 7/7 tenth anniversary service at St Paul’s Cathedral. In 2007, as Team Rector of the Old St Pancras, Canon Nicholas was called to King’s Cross Station soon after the explosions on the Underground.

During his decade in the St Pancras parish he returned St Michael’s Camden Town, ‘the church next to Sainsbury’s’, to its landmark status with doors open and a growing congregation.

Present at the Holy Trinity induction by the Bishop of London was Bishop Michael Marshall who was ‘Bishop in Residence’ at the church for ten years from 1997. Then the unique Arts & Crafts building was on the verge of closure but Bishop Michael insisted on having the doors open all day as the congregation rose to over 300. He has described his time there as the “happiest chapter in my whole ministry”.

Michael Marshall will return on Thursday 24 September at 7pm to mark 40 years since his consecration with an evening Celebrating the Gift of Music. Tickets £15 with proceeds being divided between the Anglican Parish of Christ the King Church and Bishop Michael’s contemplative prayer ministry, SPA.

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Bertrand Olivier’s decade at All Hallows

This Sunday 5 July Bertrand Olivier will mark ten years as Vicar of All Hallows-by-the-Tower.

He is preaching at the 11am Sung Eucharist.

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The Transfiguration at Walbrook

Choral Evensong for the Feast of the Transfiguration at St Stephen Walbrook is at 6pm on Thursday 6 August.

Those wishing to attend the garden party afterwards in the outdoor space behind the church should contact the Administrator.

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St Mary’s Rotherhithe celebrates 300 years

St Mary’s Rotherhithe was rebuilt between 1714 and 1716 and this week the church is marking its 300th anniversary.

The Solemn Mass is on Friday 3 July at 7pm when the Bishop of Fulham will preside and former Archbishop of Canterbury Rowan Williams will preach.

The church is a landmark on the Thames Path.

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Spanish Place special days

The Archbishop of Birmingham Bernard Longley of Birmingham will preside and preach at the St James’s Spanish Place patronal festival at noon on Saturday 25 July.

The first church opened across the road in 1793 but this year, 2015,  is 125th anniversary of the present building. To mark the occasion the Archbishop of Santiago (Spain) is to preside at the 125th anniversary Mass on Tuesday 29 September at 7pm.

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Annual Wren Talk 2015

Former Chief Executive of English heritage Simon Thurley is giving this year’s Wren Talk at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street.

The lecture is on Wednesday 10th June at 7pm when the speaker will take a broad historical perspective on the planning of London from the Great Fire to the Blitz and ask what makes London like the other great European capitals and what sets it apart.

Tickets are £10 in advance online or £15 on the door.

Students can purchase a free ticket online and bring student ID to the talk.

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Natalie Bennett choses St Bartholomew the Great

Green Party leader Natalie Bennett has chosen St Bartholomew the Great in Smithfield as her favourite church.

This is encouraging and must be a genuine preference because the three main leaders played safe and chose churches in their constituency.

St Bartholomew’s is outside the Holborn & St Pancras seat where Natalie Bennett is candidate.

“My favourite church is St Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield, London – laying a hand on the walls dating back to Henry I, I reflect back on the many tumultuous events they’ve witnessed, and survived, from the Great Fire to the Blitz.”

UKIP leader Nigel Farage chose St Thomas à Becket Church on Romney Marsh which is outside the South Thanet constituency where he is candidate.

“A uniquely situated church in the middle of the marsh. Quite enchanting.”

The National Churches Trust asked the party leaders for their choice.

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