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The High Altar of the Priory Church The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
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The Priory Church of Saint Bartholomew the Great is London's oldest surviving church. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since 1143. It is an active Anglican/Episcopal Church located in the part of London known as The City.


Originally known as the Chapel of the Holy Cross, and founded nearby in 1123, the Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less, just inside the hospital gates, moved to its present site in 1184. It was called the Less just to distinguish it from its larger neighbour.


On 1st June 2015, the two parishes formed the new united benefice of Great St Bartholomew, which now contains both churches. The Parish Church is St Bartholomew the Great, while St Bartholomew the Less is what is known as a Chapel of Ease – this means it is a church provided primarily for the convenience of those close to it, in this case especially those working or present as patients in the hospital.


The Smithfield area, which includes St Bartholomew's Hospital and Smithfield Market, has a large number of restaurants, bars and pubs both north and south of the Market. At the heart of it all is the Priory Church (that is, the Great), which was built when Henry I, son of William the Conqueror, was King of England. It survived the Great Fire of 1666, and the bombs dropped in Zeppelin raids in World War I and during the Blitz in World War II. In the late 19th century, it was renovated and restored to its medieval plan as far as possible by Sir Aston Webb, his first major restoration project. Drawing on their nearly 900-year history, our Churches today are noted today for their remarkable architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching.


The area around the churches is now in the process of changing significantly, and this expected to make the area even more active than it has been until now. To the north of the church, the new Crossrail Farringdon Station is being built. Crossrail expects that 140 trains per hour will travel through the new interchange, which will link Thameslink, Crossrail and the Underground networks. It will also be possible to reach three of London's airports from there. Farringdon will be one of London's busiest stations, and is likely to increase visitors to the area very considerably. To the south of the church, Helical Bar and The Baupost Group of Boston will be re-developing former hospital buildings on Bartholomew Close and Little Britain. When finished, these are expected to comprise 236 new apartments, 21,400m2 of office space, and 2,200m2 of retail space.


The church has appeared in many films, including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, Muppets: Most Wanted, Snow White and the Huntsman, Sherlock Holmes, Jude, The End of the Affair, and Robin Hood, Prince of Thieves, many TV shows, including Richard II from the BBC's The Hollow Crown, the BBC's Edwin Drood, and the T-Mobile Royal Wedding Advertisement, with more shows and films now in post-production.


The Revd Martin Dudley BD MSc MTh PhD DArts FSA FRHistS AKC was the 25th Rector of St Bartholomew the Great since the Reformation,
has been since 1st June 2015 the 1st Rector of Great St Bartholomew,
and will be retiring from the parish on 31st December 2016
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SUNDAY IN GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW

Sunday, 11th December 2016
The Third Sunday of Advent
GAUDETE SUNDAY

09:00 Holy Eucharist
in the Lady Chapel
of St Bartholomew the Great

Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector

10:00 Family Eucharist
in St Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller

11:00 Solemn Eucharist
at the High Altar of St Bartholomew the Great
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
This will be the third of the Rector's 'Four Last Sermons'
Setting: Mass for Double Choir op.44 – Leighton
At the Offertory: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Poston
Postlude: Fantasy on 'Helmsley' – Leighton

18:30 Tomorrow I will come
Mid-Advent Carol Service

in St Bartholomew the Great
Music:
Magnificat – Chant
The truth from above – Vaughan Williams
O Clavis David – Vytautas Miškinis
Remember O thou man – Ravenscroft
O Nata lux – Tallis
Lift up your heads – Handel
Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – arr. Willcocks
Postlude: Prelude & Fugue in B minor BWV 544
Johann Sebastian Bach


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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Advent, Christmas & Epiphany 2016–2017

Further details of events and services at Great St Bartholomew during this Advent and Christmas can be found by clicking this link. There are numerous events and services presented by external organizations, either alone, or in collaboration with the church. There are also eleven carol services presented by the church, including Advent (which took place on 27th Nov), Mid-Advent, and Epiphany, as well as eight Christmas carol services.

The following services are still to come:

Sun 11th Dec at 18:30: Mid-Advent Carol Service based on the traditional O Antiphons that are part of the run-up to Christmas, and are the basis of the great Advent hymn O come, O come Emmanuel.

Thu 15th Dec and Wed 21st Dec, both at 13:00: Two shortened Lunchtime Carol Services, designed to fill a City lunch break

Sun 18th Dec at 18:30: Our principal Service of Nine Lessons & Carols, based on the tradition of King's College, Cambridge.

Tue 20th Dec at 18:00 A further Nine Lessons & Carols, mainly for many of the livery companies associated with the Priory Church (but everyone is welcome).

There are also four "special" carol services:

Mon 19th Dec at 18:00: A Ceremony of Carols, using Britten's beautiful work for three-part upper voices and harp, which is performed complete during the service.

Wed 21st Dec at 18:00: A Star-Spangled Christmas, celebrating the wonderful American Christmas musical traditions, with carols composed by American composers, and hymns sung to the tunes used in the USA.

Thu 22nd Dec at 18:00: Stille Nacht, our carol service based on the great German Christmas music traditions – an unforgettable experience.

Fri 23rd Dec at 18:00: A Christmas Carol – a Dickensian carol service, a new carol service with readings from the works of Charles Dickens and his contemporaries. The music is made up entirely of carols and hymns that Dickens could have known and sung. This promises to be a very special occasion.

Midnight Mass & Christmas Day:

Christmas Eve, Sat 24th Dec
Midnight Mass – begins at 23:45 (please note the start time)
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Preb. Nick Mercer

Christmas Day, Sun 25th Dec
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'the Great'
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Celebrant: The Revd Preb. Nick Mercer; Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies

We are especially grateful to the former Archdeacon of London, the Revd Preb. Nick Mercer, for joining us for these services

Click here for full details of all Advent, Christmas and Epiphany Events and Services at Great St Bartholomew

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The Rector's Retirement – What happens next?

If you would like to read the announcement in full, together with an appreciation
written by Ian Kelly, former Senior Churchwarden, please click here to go to the page

Arrangements for the Rector's Farewell
Reception on the evening of 16th December 2016 at 18:00

A reception has been arranged for Friday 16th December, at which the Parish will bid farewell to the Rector. It will be from 18:00 to 20:00 in the Great Hall of St Bartholomew's Hospital (entry via Henry VIII Gate). There is no charge for attending the reception but for security and catering purposes it is necessary to book a place. This can be done by e-mailing sadie.page@greatstbarts.com (please put 'Reception for Dr Dudley' in the subject line).

The Parish will be making a presentation to the Rector at the reception to mark his twenty-one years here. Donations should be sent to Mrs Lilian Reid (Lay Chair of the PCC), c/o Church House, Cloth Fair, London EC1A 7JQ, or may be handed to a sidesman in church. Cheques should be made payable to 'Great St Bartholomew'. To contribute by bank transfer, please ring the Parish Office (020 7600 0440) for account details.

Arrangements after 20th December 2016

Fr Jeremy Davies will officiate at the Carol Services after the Rector’s last service on 20th December. Christmas Services (Midnight Mass and Christmas Day) will be taken by the Revd Preb. Nick Mercer (formerly Archdeacon of London) and Fr Jeremy.

From 1st January 2017, the Venerable Peter Delaney has been appointed by the Bishop of London as his Chaplain to St Bartholomew’s during the interregnum (the period until a new Rector takes office). Fr Peter, formerly Vicar of All Hallows-by-the-Tower, has also been Archdeacon of London and priest-in-charge of St Stephen, Walbrook. Fr Jeremy Davies, Fr Mark Young, Fr Bill Wilson and Fr Martin Freeman will also officiate at services.

Fr Peter recently wrote to the Rector: I am very conscious of your legacy at St Bartholomew and certainly wish to respect that and keep to the character of your ministry during my time caring for the interregnum. St Bartholomew the Great will continue with its strong emphasis on excellence in liturgy, music and preaching during the interregnum and thereafter.

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Next Rahere Singers' Service
Sunday, 11th December 2016 (Advent III) at 18:30
Mid-Advent Carol Service

This is the Mid-Advent Carol Service, when the Rahere Singers and the Church Choir join forces
and create a special service for the Third Sunday of Advent based around the 'O Antiphons'
Rehearsals at 18:00 on 25th November in 'The Great' & 9th December in 'The Less'
Sunday rehearsal on 11th December at 17:00 in 'The Great'


The administration of these services is undertaken by Roy Sully.
If you would like to take part in either or both of them, please contact him by writing an email to
roysully@btinternet.com.

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Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in 2017

In 1120, Prior Rahere, our Founder, made a pilgrimage to Rome. A modern-day pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi has been organised with McCabe Pilgrimages, to take place from 22nd to 29th May 2017. Pilgrims will first visit Rome, with a focus on aspects of the city that Rahere himself could have seen, before enjoying the peace, beauty and tranquillity of Assisi.

You may have wondered what would happen to this pilgrimage in the light of the present Rector's imminent retirement from the parish. The answer is that all those who have signed up for this already have expressed a wish for it to go ahead, and for it still to be led by Dr Dudley.

The formal deadline for joining the pilgrimage has passed, but if still you wish to come, or have any other questions about this, please get in touch with Dr Dudley as soon as possible by emailing him on martin.dudley@btinternet.com (or just click the link)

If you would like to know more, click this link to open a PDF about this pilgrimage

If you would like to download the booking form, click this link to open it as a PDF

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Music Notes
Music Notes for the Second Sunday of Advent
Click here for the Music Notes Archive 2015/2016

Monthly Church Diary
NB These diary files are correct as at the time the printed version (available at the entrance desk) goes to print.
Please check the live diary below for any new bookings or changes to the church's schedule.

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Church Diary for December 2016
Church Diary for November 2016
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

If you would like to receive our weekly Email Newsletter
which includes the week's calendar and notes about the Sunday music
please click this link

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DAY BY DAY IN THE PARISH OF GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW
Except where indicated, all events take place in the Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great

Church Diary 5th to 10th
Mon 5th
17:00  Worshipful Company of Cutlers: 600th Anniversary Service 
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Please contact the Worshipful Company of Cutlers for details about attending this event
       
Tue 6th S. Nicholas of Myra, Bishop, c. 342
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
18:30  The Silver Line Service 
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Please contact The Silver Line for details about attending this event
       
Wed 7th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
14:00  Abbeyfield Carol Service 
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Please contact Abbeyfield for details about attending this event
18:00  Travers Smith Carol Service 
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Please contact Travers Smith for details about attending this event
       
Thu 8th The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
18:30  Investec Carol Service 
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Please contact Investec for details about attending this event
       
Fri 9th
18:30  Action on Hearing Loss Concert 
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Please contact Action on Hearing Loss for details about attending this event
       
Sat 10th
14:00 Wedding of John Hatcliff & Lauren Pelling
16:00 Wedding of Alexander Pinder & Samila Hettiarachi
       

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Sunday, 11th 2016, Gaudete Sunday: The Third Sunday of Advent
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Setting: Mass for Double Choir op.44 – Leighton
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley: "Four Last Sermons III" The Rector
At the Offertory: Jesus Christ the Apple Tree – Poston
Postlude: Fantasy on 'Helmsley' – Leighton
18:30 Tomorrow I will come Mid-Advent Carol Service in 'The Great'
Music:      Magnificat – Chant
                  The truth from above – Vaughan Williams
                  O Clavis David – Vytautas Miškinis
                  Remember O thou man – Ravenscroft
                  O Nata lux – Tallis
                  Lift up your heads – Handel
                  Tomorrow shall be my dancing day – arr. Willcocks
Postlude: Prelude & Fugue in B minor BWV 544 – Johann Sebastian Bach

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Church Diary 12th to 17th
Mon 12th
18:30  Carol Service of the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers 
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Please contact the Worshipful Company of Feltmakers for details about attending this event
       
Tue 13th S. Lucy, Virgin & Martyr, 304
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
18:00  Addleshaw Goddard Carol Concert 
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Please contact Addleshaw Goddard for details about attending this event
       
Wed 14th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
17:45  Barts Health NHS Trust Carol Service 
This is an unticketed and free event.
Most seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis.

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Thu 15th
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
13:00  First Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
The first of two specially shortened carol services in this season that have been designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
Music:      Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – arr. Wood
                  Adam lay y'bounden – Ord
                  The truth from above – Vaughan Williams
                  The Star Carol – Rutter
Postlude: Toccata-Prelude on 'Von Himmel hoch' – Garth Edmundson
18:30  Carol Service of the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists 
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Worshipful Company of Information Technologists

Please contact the Worshipful Comany of Information Technologists for details about attending this event
       
Fri 16th
18:00  A Farewell to Fr Martin
A free reception in the Great Hall of St Bartholomew's Hospital to bid farewell to the Rector, the Revd Dr Martin Dudley, whose final service before retiring from the Great St Bartholomew will be on 20th December. There is no charge for attending the reception but for security and catering purposes it is necessary to book a place. This can be done by e-mailing sadie.page@greatstbarts.com (please put 'Reception for Dr Dudley' in the subject line). 
       
Sat 17th
14:00 Wedding of Thomas Ford & Jessica Lazar
15:45 Wedding of Kevin Sullivan & Alissa Quantrill with Nuptial Mass
       

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Sunday, 18th 2016, The Fourth Sunday of Advent
 This is Dr Dudley's final Sunday at Great St Bartholomew 
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with Nativity Play in St. Bartholomew the Less
Celebrant: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of 'The Great'
and Holy Baptism of Hugo Meyer-Mallorie

Setting: Missa Ave Maria – Penalosa
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley: "Four Last Sermons IV" The Rector
At the Offertory: Auxilium meum – Passereau
Postlude: Wachet auf, ruft uns die Stimme BWV 140 – Johann Sebastian Bach
18:30 A Service of Nine Lessons & Carols in 'The Great'
Music:      Adam lay y'bounden – Howard Skempton
                  On Christmas Night (The Sussex Carol) – arr. Ledger
                  The truth from above – Vaughan Williams
                  The Coventry Carol – arr. Doug Andrews
                  A babe is born – Matthias
                  O my dear heart – Aston
                  Suo-gȃn – arr. Rupert Gough
                  O Magnum mysterium – Victoria
                  The Star Song – Jonathan Dove
Postlude: Toccata-Prelude on 'Von Himmel hoch' – Garth Edmundson

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Church Diary 19th to 24th
Mon 19th
18:00  Priory Church Carol Service: The Ceremony of Carols
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
This carol service contains the entire Ceremony of Carols by Benjamin Britten, accompanied by harp, and sung by the upper voices of the Priory Church Choir. Britten's settings are distributed among a squence of readings and hymns for the whole congregation
       
Tue 20th
12:00 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Great
This will be Dr Dudley's last Eucharist as Rector of Great St Bartholomew
It will be followed by a reception in the Cloister Café
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
18:00  Priory Church: A Service of Nine Lessons and Carols 
This is an unticketed event, but most of the central area of the church is reserved those coming from Livery Companies especially associated with the Priory Church. All other seats are on a first-come, first-seated basis.
 This will be Dr Dudley's last service as Rector of Great St Bartholomew 
Music:      Adam lay y'bounden – Howard Skempton
                  On Christmas Night (The Sussex Carol) – arr. Ledger
                  The truth from above – Vaughan Williams
                  The Coventry Carol – arr. Doug Andrews
                  A babe is born – Matthias
                  O my dear heart – Aston
                  Suo-gȃn – arr. Rupert Gough
                  O Magnum mysterium – Victoria
                  The Star Song – Jonathan Dove
Postlude: Toccata-Prelude on 'Von Himmel hoch' – Garth Edmundson
       
Wed 21st S. Thomas, Apostle
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
13:00  Second Priory Church Lunchtime Carol Service 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
A second specially shortened carol service this season that has been designed to fit into a lunchtime in a busy working day
Music:      Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – arr. Wood
                  Adam lay y'bounden – Ord
                  The truth from above – Vaughan Williams
                  The Star Carol – Rutter
Postlude: Toccata-Prelude on 'Von Himmel hoch' – Garth Edmundson
18:00  A Star-Spangled Christmas
A Service of Lessons and Carols from the Christmas tradition in the USA
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Numerous Christmas Carols that we regard as part of an English Christmas actually began life in America and only came here later. It came upon the midnight clear, O little town of Bethelehem, We three Kings of Orient are, Away in a manger, Deck the Halls, are all examples of this. In many cases, they are still sung in the USA to the original tunes with which they were equipped when they were first sung. This carol service includes choir carols written in the Americas, and where there is an American tune for a familiar congregational carol, that is the one we will be using.
Music:      A simple Gloria– Libby Larson
                  Veiled in darkness – Glenn L. Rudolph
                  Ding! Dong! Merrily on high – arr. Howard Helvey
                  The Angel Gabriel – Stephen Paulus
                  O holy night – Adolph Adam, arr. Mack Wilberg
                  Silent Night – arr. Paul Johnson
                  Away in a Manger – arr. Bob Chilcott
                  Lux aurumque – Eric Whitacre
                  Go tell it on the mountain – Rosephanye Powell
                  Veiled in darkness – Glenn L. Rudolph
Postlude: Sleigh Ride – Leroy Anderson
       
Thu 22nd
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
18:00  Stille Nacht
A Service of Lessons and Carols with music from Germany
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many aspects of an English Christmas in fact come to us from Germany. Prince Albert, consort of Queen Victoria, introduced the domestic Christmas Tree and Christmas Cards to the United Kingdom, and they spread from there to the United States. While the UK and the US share a great deal of Christmas music, German Christmas music is almost completely different from UK Christmas music – but it is also very wonderful. This is a service with a difference, a sequence of Lessons & Carols with music drawn from the German Christmas tradition.
Music:      Wachet auf – Johann Sebastian Bach
                  Weihnachtslied – Rheinberger
                  Es ist ein Ros – Brahms
                  O Jesulein Süẞ – Reger
                  In dulci jubilo – Prætorius
                  Stille Nacht – arr. Rupert Gough
                  Uns ist gebor'n ein Kindelein – arr. Peter Schubert
                  Drei Könige wadern aus Morgenland – Cornelius
                  Weihnachten – Mendelssohn
Postlude: Von Himmel hoch, da komm ich her, BWV 606 – Johann Sebastian Bach
       
Fri 23rd
18:00  A Christmas Carol
A Service of Readings from Dickens and his contemporaries, together with carols that he would have heard and known
 
This is an unticketed event and all are welcome to attend
Many of our images of Christmas are drawn from the Victorian era. Some come from the works of Charles Dickens, and especially his book A Christmas Carol. This service focuses on musc and readings from the period, with carols sung to the music that would have been used at this time of the year during his lifetime. Most of the choir carols are taken from the very influential contemporaneous collection, 'Christmas Carols, New and Old' by Henry Bramley & John Stainer
Music:      Welcome Yule – Parry
                  The Lord at first
                  The Holly and the Ivy
                  The Cherry Tree Carol
                  When I view the mother holding
                  The Babe of Bethlehen
                  Hallelujah Chorus – Handel
Postlude: Allegro maestoso e vivace; Fuga: Allegro moderato;
                  from Sonata II – Mendelssohn
       
Sat 24th CHRISTMAS EVE
Please note, the Church will be closed today until 23:00, when it opens for the Midnight Mass
Please note, the Cloister Café will be closed throughout today

The church will be open from 23:00

 
23:45
Please note the start time
The Midnight Mass of the Nativity of the Lord
with the Blessing of the Crib & Procession
Processional Introit: Hodie Christus natus est – Rihards Dubra
Setting: Ego flos campi – de Padilla
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Preb Nick Mercer, Former Archdeacon of London
Communion Motets: In the stillness – Sally Beamish; Silent Night – Rupert Gough
Postlude: Toccata-Prelude on 'Von Himmel hoch' – Garth Edmundson
       

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Sunday, 25th 2016, CHRISTMAS DAY
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
 
All Day NB: the Cloister Café will not be open today
10:00 There is no Family Eucharist in 'The Less' today
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession to the Crib at the High Altar of 'The Great'
This service is especially suitable for children as well as all adults
Setting: Missa Sancti Nicolai – Haydn
Celebrant: The Revd Preb Nick Mercer, Former Archdeacon of London
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
At the Offertory: Hodie Christus natus est – Sweelinck
Postlude: Radetzky March – Johann Strauss Sr
10:00 There is no Evensong in 'The Great' today

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Church Diary 26th to 31st
Mon 26th S. Stephen, the Protomartyr
Please note, the Church will be closed throughout today
Please note, the Cloister Café will bw closed throughout today
       
Tue 27th S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Please note, the Church will be closed throughout today
Please note, the Cloister Café will be closed throughout today
       
Wed 28th The Holy Innocents
       
Thu 29th S. Thomas of Canterbury
       
Fri 30th
       
Sat 31st New Year's Eve
S. Silvester, Pope, 335
 At the end of today, The Revd Dr Martin Dudley retires as Rector of Great St Bartholomew 

 The Parish wishes him all the very best for the future 
       

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2017

Sunday, 1st 2017, The Sunday after Christmas
St Bartholomew the Great is open 11:30–14:00
Today is New Year's Day
We wish everyone a very Happy New Year
We welcome the Venerable Peter Delaney MBE as Bishop's Chaplain to St Bartholomew the Great
The Cloister Café will be closed today
There is no 09:00 Holy Eucharist today
There is no 10:00 Family Eucharist today
NOON – Please note time Holy Eucharist with Christmas Carols at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Followed by a glass of Prosecco
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
There is no 18:30 Evensong today

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Church Diary 2nd to 7th
Mon 2nd Today is a Bank Holiday in the UK
We wish everyone on holiday today a very happy and enjoyable time
The church and the Cloister Café will be closed all day today
       
Tue 3rd
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 4th
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Thu 5th
08:30 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
       
Fri 6th The Epiphany of the Lord
       
Sat 7th
       

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Sunday, 8th 2017, The Sunday of the Epiphany of the Lord
St Bartholomew the Great is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns in St. Bartholomew the Less
11:00 Solemn Eucharist at the High Altar of 'The Great'
18:30 Epiphany Carol Service in 'The Great'

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Damien Hirst: Exquisite Pain

Damian Hirst: Exquisite Pain Damien Hirst's remarkable statue of S. Bartholomew, called Exquisite Pain, is back in the Priory Church.

Click here for more details and images.



Photo © Damien Hirst and Science Ltd.
All rights reserved, DACS 2015

St Bartholomew's Museum
at Barts Health NHS Trust

Set in the historic North Wing of St Bartholomew's Hospital, the museum tells the story of this renowned institution, celebrates its achievements and explains its place in history.
Click on this link to go to the Museum's website


Grants & Gifts towards our Music

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts that are supporting the musical life of the church:


For funds to support the training and development of choir members:


* GE and especially Corey Anderson, for support of Marie Macklin
Click here for details about GE


* Westminster Almshouses Foundation
Click here for details about the Westminster Almshouses Foundation


For assistance with acquiring and purchasing music:


* Shorter House Music
Click here for information about Shorter House Music


* Faber Music
Click here for information about Faber Music


* Oxford University Press, Music Publishing Department
Click here for details about OUP Music Department


* Music Sales Ltd, Music Publishers
Click here for details about Music Sales


* The Vaughan Williams Charitable Trust, for a grant to enable us to purchase music by Ralph Vaughan Williams
Click here for details about the Trust


* The Ouseley Trust, for a grant for the purchase of music
Click here for details about the Trust


* Banks Music Publications
Click here for details about Banks Music Publications


* The Edition Peters Group, Music Publishers
Click here for details about the Edition Peters Group


For funds to support the music in general:


* Dr Monica Darnbrough
* a number of anonymous donors

for donations to the Heritage Trust to support the performance of music in the Priory Church


We are very grateful to all our donors who make it possible for us to continue a high standard of music in this special place.


Grants & Gifts to the Great Project

The Priory Church is very grateful to the Trusts, companies, and individuals mentioned below for grants and gifts towards our Great Project. Details of this substantial and important project that is intended to equip the church for the next 900 years will be posted on the website soon.


* We are very grateful to Alan Baxter & Associates for their contribution to the Great Project
Click here for more information about Alan Baxter & Associates


Joining the Electoral Roll

Membership of the Priory Church is based on the Electoral Roll, and gives you, among other things, the right to take part in electing the PCC and Churchwardens. If you are over 16, baptised, resident in the parish or habitually worshipping here, you will qualify to be entered onto the Roll. Please contact the Parish Office for an enrolment form, or you can download one here and send it to the Parish Office or hand it in at church. More information is available by clicking this link


Booking the Priory Church

If you would like to book the Priory Church for a Group Tour, for a concert or other kind of performance, or for filming or a photoshoot, we have application forms for each of these that can be downloaded from here, filled in, and emailed to us. These are for Microsoft Word, so you will only be able to use them if your software is able to work with such files. Please note: filling in a form and sending it in doesn't mean acceptance. It must first be confirmed by the Parish Office in writing.

Group Visit Booking Form

Concert & Performance Booking Form

Film & Photoshoot Booking Form

Click here to see how to contact us


Our Charities

• The Parochial Church Council of Great St Bartholomew (Registered Charity No. 1163024) is run by the elected PCC (Parochial Church Council) & church officers and exists to promote the whole work of the church.

• The St Bartholomew the Great Heritage Trust (Registered Charity No. 283623) is run by a board of Trustees independent of the PCC. It exists to maintain, preserve and improve the fabric, ornaments, furniture and monuments of the church. It is not itself a religious charity.


Become a Friend of St Bartholomew's

The Friends are an essential part of the Trust providing ongoing annual revenue, enabling the trustees to plan for future projects.
Click here to learn more.


Support us

You can make a donation to The Priory Church registered charity through the Charities Aid Foundation by clicking below:
Donate to the Church through CAFOnline


Stewardship

You can provide regular support to the Priory Church and its work by clicking this link and joining our Stewardship Scheme


Key Dates for Great St Bartholomew in 2016


December
Thu 8th Immaculate Conception of the BVM
Sun 11th Advent III
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Mind-Advent Carol Service
Tomorrow I will come
Fri 16th Event to mark the departure of the Rector, the Revd Dr Martin Dudley. Details to be announced.
Sun 18th Advent IV
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Nine Lessons & Carols
Mon 19th Carol Service: The Ceremony of Carols
Tue 20th Nine Lessons & Carols
including reserved seating for
Livery Company guests
Wed 21st Carol Service: A Star-Spangled Christmas
Christmas music in the traditions of the USA
Thu 22nd Carol Service: Stille Nacht
Christmas music in the German tradition
Fri 23rd Carol Service: A Christmas Carol
A Dickensian Carol Service
Sat 24th Christmas Eve
12:30 Vigil Mass
23:45 Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass
Sun 25th The Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Day
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession
Mon 26th S. Stephen, Protomartyr
Church closed
Tue 27th S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Wed 28th Holy Innocents
Sat 31st S. Silvester
New Year's Eve


PCC & Election Dates in 2017
Tue 10th Jan 19:00 PCC Meeting (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Newgate Street)
Tue 21st Feb 19:00 PCC Meeting (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Newgate Street)
Sun 2nd Apr After Mass: Election of Churchwardens
(Lady Chapel)
Tue 4th Apr 19:00 PCC Meeting (Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Newgate Street)
Sun 30th Apr After Mass: Annual Parochial Church Meeting (Lady Chapel)

Governance in Great St Bartholomew
2016/2017


Ex officio
The Revd Dr Martin Dudley* Rector (until Dec 31st 2016)
Karen Falkner
(Children's Champion)
Deanery Synod (until 2017)
Dominique Lazanski Deanery Synod (until 2017)
Julia Leonard Deanery Synod (until 2017)
Nicholas Riddle* Churchwarden (elected annually)
Zoë McMillan* Churchwarden (elected annually)

Elected Members

Date of retirement/re-election
Amelia Braddick 2017
Christin Cockerton*
(Also Deanery Synod to 2017)
2018
Ruth Gibbs
(Church Safeguarding Officer)
2019
Michael Jones
(DBS Checker)
2018
Christian Moon
(Electoral Roll Officer)
2018
Jane Morgan 2019
Lilian Reid*
(Vice-Chair)
2017
Nigel Reid
(Fire, Health & Safety Officer)
2019
Virginia Rounding*
(Secretary)
2017
Marc Sidwell 2018
Roy Sully* 2019
Graham Wallace 2017
Co-opted
Sarah Kelsey*
(Treasurer)
Paul Simmons

* = Members of the Standing Committee

Committees of the PCC
The Rector is an ex officio member of all PCC committees
but is not a member of the Employment Panel

Finance Committee
Michael Jones
Nicholas Riddle
Roy Sully
Graham Wallace
Sarah Kelsey – The Treasurer (ex officio)

Great Project Committee
Sarah Kelsey
Zoë McMillan
Christian Moon;
Nicholas Riddle (Music & Events Committee representative)
Graham Wallace (Finance Committee representative)

St Bartholomew the Less Committee
Karen Falkner
Julia Leonard
Paul Simmons
Fr Jeremy Davies – The Hospitaller (ex officio)

Music & Events Committee
Amelia Braddick
Christin Cockerton
Karen Falkner
Ruth Gibbs
Jane Morgan
Nicholas Riddle (Finance Committee representative)

Employment Panel
Ruth Gibbs
Zoë McMillan
Christian Moon
Lilian Reid
Virginia Rounding
Marc Sidwell

Mission Action Plan 2016–2021

Click here to see the PCC's Mission Action Plan 2016–2021 v.1


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Original website design by Joseph Dudley