General Information

To get a bird's-eye-view of the many programmes, organisations, meetings, and activities that St. Bartholomew the Great offers, please scroll through our A to Z list below, or click on the letter of whatever matter you wish to read about. Please let us know how we can help you become involved, or just learn more about St. Bartholomew's.

Adult Education
Architecture and History
Baptisms
Bells
Bookstall
Candles
Children
Choir
Concerts
Confirmations
Evensong
Funerals & Memorials
Membership
Music
Parking
Pastoral Care, Off-Site
Prayers
Tours
Weddings

Adult Education

At St. Bartholomew's we believe that there should be opportunities for adults to deepen their faith and their knowledge of the Church, its history and theology. We pride ourselves on being a community where questions can be asked and doubts expressed. We are willing to struggle with the major questions of life. As it is not a residential parish it can be difficult, however, to find regular opportunities to meet, so short courses are offered at various points in the year. Details are always on the webiste, and are also displayed on the Parish Notice Board and printed in the weekly notice sheet and monthly diary. If there is a particular subject that interests you, please contact the Parish Office.

Architecture and History

Please see the the Architecture and History page opn this website page.

Baptisms

Please see the Baptisms and Confirmations page.

Bells

The Priory Church has a very rare set of five pre-Reformation bells that now hang in the tower that was added to the Church in 1628. There is a team of bell-ringers, and training in ringing can be given. For more information, please contact the Parish Office.

Bookstall

The Church Bookstall carries guidebooks to the Church, a number of illustrated publications relating to London churches, medieval history and monasteries, postcards, a Church video, books by a former Rector of the church, the Revd Dr Martin Dudley, and devotional cards. We also sell church candles and incense.

Candles

Candles may be lit in the Lady Chapel, at the Chapel of the Holy Icon of the Mother of God and at the shrine-tomb of our Founder, Prior Rahere.

Children

We welcome children at all our services and only ask that, if children are noisy, parents respect others' desire to pray during the liturgy. A Family Eucharist is held on most Sundays of the year at S. Bartholomew the Less, which is within the hospital grounds just inside their Main Gate from West Smithfield. That is just a short walk from our Elizabethan Gatehouse along the wall of the main hospital building. Click here for more information about these services.

Choir

The Choir of St. Bartholomew the Great is a fully professional ensemble under our Director of Music. The Choir sings for the Solemn Eucharist at 11:00 on Sundays, at Evensong at 18:30, and on all major festivals. We also have a volunteer choir drawn from the wider community and known as The Rahere Singers, who sing several services – usually Evensongs – throughout the year. They are also usually directed by ther Director of Music. On (usually) Advent III, both choirs join together for our Tomorrow I will come Mid-Advent carol service. Details about Rahere Singers rehearsals and services are always posted on the News & Announcements page. The details of the music that will be performed at all our choral services can be found on the church diary page. The details of next Sunday's music is also on the home page of this site. Notes on the forthcoming Sunday's music are published most weeks throughout the year. They are emailed as part of a weekly e-bulletin from the parish office that is sent to anyone who has asked to be on our email list. You can join this by clicking on this link. The Music Notes are also stored in an archive as they are produced. This can be reached by clicking on this link. There is a CD of the choir singing wedding music, which is available from the bookstall.

Concerts

From time to time, our own music team presents choral or other concerts in our churches, and a wide range of other musical events are also presented by external performers. Details of all these concerts can be found on the concerts page on this site, are on the church diary page of this site (if they fall within its currenty time range), and are included in the e-bulletin newsletter for the relevant week, when it comes around. Wherever possible, we also include links for online ticketing.

Evensong

Please see the weekly services page.

Funerals

Please see the Funeral & Memorial Services page.

Membership
The register of members at St. Bartholomew the Great is based on the Church Electoral Roll. Those appearing on this Roll can participate in electing the PCC and Churchwardens, can themselves stand for election to the PCC or as a Churchwarden, can become a sidesman or server, and are entitled to be baptised, confirmed or married in the church as well as have a funeral or memorial service held here. If you are over 16, baptised, resident in the parish or habitually worshipping here, and intend to make this your principal place of worship and to support the Church financially, 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. (Unfortunately, we are obliged to have the original forms, so currently scans or other electronic means of transmission cannot be accepted.) We also offer opportunities for adult Confirmation, Reception from another Christian denomination, and Reaffirmation of Christian faith. For more information on membership, please contact the Parish Office.

Music

There has been a strong commitment to good music at the Priory church since Rector Panckridge founded the choir in 1885. There have been a series of outstanding musical directors, including Paul Steinitz, Andrew Morris, Brian Brockless, David Trendell, Nigel Short, and currently, Rupert Gough. The details of the music that will be performed at each service can be found on the church diary page, which can be reached by clicking on this link. It is also listed in the current diary that can be found and downloaded from the diaries page by clicking on this link. Notes on the forthcoming music are published most weeks throughout the year. They are emailed to anybody who has asked to be on our email list. You can join this by Filling in the form after clicking on this link. The Music Notes are also stored in an archive as they are produced. This can be reached by clicking on this link.

Parking

Please see the Find Us page.

Pastoral Care, Off-Site

The Rector or, in the absence of a Rector, one of the assistant clergy, is normally able to visit those in central London hospitals, or confined to their own homes near the Church. The Holy Sacrament can be brought to those unable to come to Church by the Rector, or by an assistant priest, or by one of the lay Eucharistic ministers. Please contact the parish office to arrange this. Those who live further away from the Church, or are in more distant hospitals or nursing homes, can be ministered to from a nearby local congregation, or by hospital chaplains, and the Rector (or one of the other priests, in the absence of a Rector) will be glad to arrange this.

Prayers

Please see the Prayer & Intercessions page.

Tours

Individual and group tours of the Church are available by appointment. Tours are also often given after the 11:00 a.m. service on Sundays. For more information about planned tours, see details on the church diary page. If, however, you want to book the church for a group visit (or for any other purpose) please visit this page.

Weddings

Please see the Weddings & Blessings page.

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