News & Announcements – updated 23rd January 2018

Geoff Williams: newe bass in the Parish Choir

Geoff Williams has joined the parish choir as a bass, and we extend a very warm welcome to him. His biography and a photograph can be found by going to the choir page and scrolling down to the foot of the page

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Fr Marcus Walker to be Rector of Great St Bartholomew

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Induction of Fr Marcus Walker as Rector of Great St Bartholomew

Fr Marcus Walker’s induction as our new Rector will take place at the 11:00 Solemn Eucharist on Sunday, 11th February, 2018.

The service will be presided over by the Acting Bishop of London, the Right Revd Pete Broadbent. The Very Revd John Hall, Dean of Westminster, representing the Dean and Chapter of Westminster – our Patron – and the Ven. Luke Miller, Archdeacon of London, and Fr Oliver Ross, Area Dean, will also be present and will participate in the service.

We hope very much that the longstanding congregation of St Bartholomew the Less and the Family Eucharist congregation will join us in The Less from 10:30 that morning. The members of the PCC are invited to be there at the same time. We will have the (brief) prayers of preparation there with the Bishop and then the people of St Bartholomew the Less and the PCC will lead the procession (behind the cross and lights) to The Great, so that it is they who lead the new Rector, the Patron, the Archdeacon, and the Bishop to the Induction and Solemn Eucharist. This will be symbol of the unity of our parish and our hopes for the future during Fr Marcus’s time as Rector. There will be reserved seating in The Great for all those who are in the procession.

We want to make sure that the regular members of our congregation are all able to get seats in the central area of the church for the induction service. Here is how we are going to do this:

• Please work out how many seats you would like to reserve.
• Pass this information to one of the sidesmen, or phone the parish office (020 7600 0440), or email the Church Manager (pauline.williams@greatstbarts.com) with the information.
• You need to give us this information by the end of 4th February. This is the last day this information can be accepted. After that, you will need to take pot luck.
• You will get back a code for the seats that will be reserved for you.
• This number will appear on as many contiguous reserved seats in the central area as you have ordered and that is where your “party” will be seated.
• You need to have claimed your seats by 10:40 on the 11th February. After that, the reserved notices will be removed, and anybody allowed to use the spare seats.
• Please note, it is unlikely that we will be able to place you in your usual favourite seat, but beg for your understanding about this in a very complex service to organize.

We know this seems a rather strict procedure, but we want to give the congregation priority in the seating arrangements, and this is our best chance of doing this with only a modest volunteer team of organizers to make it all happen. There will be extra seating in the ambulatory for those who cannot find a seat in the central area. We hope you will understand and beg for your cooperation to make it all run smoothly.

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Arrangements during the Interregnum

Fr Bill Wilson is leading the clergy team as Presiding Priest and Fr Gerry Moate is the Hospitaller, with special responsibility for The Less. Frs Mark Young and Martin Freeman continue to preside and preach regularly at services, and the team has now also warmly welcomed Fr Jeremy Haselock, the former Canon Precentor of Norwich Cathedral. We are also joined from time to time by the Archdeacon, Fr Luke Miller, while some midweek services will be taken by Fr Alan McCormack, Dean of Goodenough College. We are extremely grateful to all our priests for everything they do for us.

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