Patronal Service and Luncheon
When: Thursday 25th November
Timings: 12 noon for the service
This is the annual service when members of the Company and their families come together to remember and celebrate the lives and fellowship of Company members no longer with us. The service will be held at St Bride’s Church, Fleet Street and will begin at 12 noon.
As is the custom, the Company will be inviting the surviving widows to join Company members at the service and at the informal luncheon afterwards at Apothecaries Hall. This event is very popular with the invited widows and a good representation from the Company makes the day so much more memorable for them. It is free to attend the service. If you wish to attend the lunch at Apothecaries Hall, the cost is £70 per person. Bookings can be made through the Members Area of the website (preferred) or by contacting the office.
Photos from the last service that was held in November 2019
St Bride’s: Worship & Ministry
St Bride’s Church is a magical space in which the beauty of its architecture, the power of the liturgy and the weight of history all meet and enrich each other. The building was designed by Sir Christopher Wren and completed in 1703, with the 226 foot spire dominating the surrounding area. Its graceful tiers became the inspiration for the traditional tiered wedding cake! When sunlight shines in through the large windows the interior gains a special luminous quality as a place of peace and prayer.
The worship is complemented and enriched by our professional choir of twelve adult singers, all first class musicians who sing for our Sunday services, weddings and memorial services, as well as pursuing their own international careers.
Wren’s church was bombed in the Second World War and rebuilt in 1957, making this the 8th church on this site. In the crypt a fascinating exhibition shows the results of the extensive excavations in 1953, the remains of previous churches, and a pictorial history of Fleet Street, which used to be the centre of the newspaper industry. Even though the presses have scattered across London the media still retain strong links with St Bride’s which is the spiritual home of journalists everywhere.
Reputedly the earliest Christian site in the City of London, there are fragments of a Roman pavement of the second century AD behind the crypt chapel, where worship has been offered for over 1500 years. If you haven’t visited a church for some time, I hope you will find that St Bride’s helps you to reconnect with your spiritual roots, and makes you want to find out more.
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