The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great   Great Arms
West Smithfield, London EC1A 9DS  
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Welcome to the website of the Parish of Great St Bartholomew

The High Altar of the Priory Church The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
The Priory Church of St Bartholomew the Great
Photo: Andrea Liu
The Hospital Church of St Bartholomew the Less
Photo: Andrea Liu

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
and is the 1st Rector of Great St Bartholomew
since 1st June 2015

The Policy of the Priory Church

NEXT SUNDAY IN GREAT ST BARTHOLOMEW

Sunday, 21st July 2016
Trinity IX

09:00 Holy Eucharist
in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector

10:00 Family Eucharist with hymns
in 'The Less'
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller

11:00 Solemn Eucharist
at the High Altar of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
Setting: Messa da Capella (1641) – Monteverdi
At the Offertory: Exsultate justi – Viadana
Postlude: Voluntary in D minor – Stanley

18:30 Choral Evensong of S. James & Sermon
in 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
Introit: Misit Herodes rex manus – Handl
Responses: Radcliffe
Canticles: Evening Service in E minor – Wood
Anthem: How beauteous are their feet – Stanford
Postlude: Postlude in D minor – Stanford


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Artwork at Great St Bartholomew

Christopher Green Richard Harrison:Golgotha Exquisite Pain Josefina de Vasconcellos Alfredo Roldán Sukhi Barber Colloquy
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St Bartholomew-the-Great
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Exquisite Pain
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ANNOUNCEMENTS

Plaque to Commemorate David Trendell 1964–2014

Plaque to commemorate David Trendell
David Trendell
David Trendell was a much-loved, respected, and admired Director of Music at St Bartholomew the Great from 1996 until 2009. He was the first Director of a then new professional choir that has sung at the church ever since he first called it together. The performances they gave under his direction were as remarkable for the performers as they were for the congregations that heard them. He added enormously to the experience and quality of the sacred liturgies of the church.

David's sudden death at the end of October 2014 was an enormous shock for all his many friends and everyone who appreciated his work. The Parish of Great St Bartholomew is commissioning a plaque to be placed on the wall of the church Cloister, between plaques that commemorate two other great Directors of Music at the Church, Paul Steinitz, who was there from 1949 to 1961, and Brian Brockless, who was Director twice, from 1961 to 1969, and from 1979 to 1995.

David's music was a service to the church and to the community, and we want to give an opportunity for everyone who would like to do this to be able to contribute to a permanent memorial to him at Great St Bartholomew. As with the other two plaques, David's will be made from slate into which gilded letters are cut.

In order to make this as convenient as possible, we have established a JustGiving.com page where donations can be made. Click here to go to our JustGiving.com page to donate

Alternatively you can give by texting TREN01 and the amount you wish to give to 70070 – so, for example, you might text TREN01 £10 to 70070

Thank you for any donation you feel able to give for David to be commemorated in this way.

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Summer Programme 2016 at Great St Bartholomew

Our Summer programme begins on the feast of S. James the Apostle (25th July) and ends on that of the Apostle Bartholomew (24th August). There will be no weekday celebrations of the Holy Eucharist at the Great during that period. The Solemn Eucharist will be either at S. Bartholomew the Less or in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great', and Evensong (without sermon) will be at 'The Great' as usual. We will celebrate the Feast of S. Bartholomew the Apostle on Sunday, 28th August, when the Bishop of Fulham will be with us for Evensong and will officiate at Benediction. We celebrate the feast of Dedication of the Priory Church on 4th September. The Family Eucharist at S. Bartholomew the Less ends its present season on 24th July, and resumes on Sunday 11th September.

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Founder's Dinner at Founders' Hall

The annual dinner in honour of our Founder, Prior Rahere, this year will be on Tuesday, 20th September, the anniversary of his death in 1143. It will be a three-course black-tie dinner with wines, next door at Founders' Hall. Full details will be posted here shortly.

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Mission Action Plan 2016–2021

The PCC of Great Saint Bartholomew has prepared a draft text of a new Mission Acton Plan for the period 2016–2021 which is now being circulated for consultation. Any comments on or suggested alterations to the text should be sent to the Rector – click here to email rector@greatstbarts.com – by 3 September 2016. They will be discussed by the PCC on 8 September.

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

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Next Rahere Singers Evensong: Sunday, 25th September 2016

The next Choral Evensong sung by the Rahere Singers will be on Sunday, September 25th at 18:30 in The Great.
The repertoire will be posted here as soon as possible.

Rehearsals will be on Friday, September 9th and Friday, September 23rd, both at 18:00 in the Great,
and also at 17:00 on the Sunday afternoon itself.

The administration of these services has now been handed on to Roy Sully.
If you would like to take part, please contact him by writing an email to
roysully@btinternet.com.

The Rahere Singers are also invited to sing services on the following dates in 2016:
Sunday, 6th November 2016 (Trinity XXIV): Evensong
Sunday, 11th December 2016 (Advent III): this will be the Mid-Advent Carol Service, when the Rahere Singers and the Church Choir join forces to create a special service for the Third Sunday of Advent based around the 'O Antiphons')

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Pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi in 2017 – please note approaching deadline!

In 1120, Prior Rahere, our Founder, made a pilgrimage to Rome. The Rector will be leading a pilgrimage, organised with McCabe Pilgrimages, from 22nd to 29th May 2017. Pilgrims will visit both Rome and Assisi, with a focus on aspects of Rome that Rahere himself could have seen, before enjoying the peace, beauty and tranquillity of Assisi. Brochures will be available in church and online shortly. The cost per person, half-board, sharing a twin-bedded room is £1,445. Bookings must be received in the Parish Office by noon on 5th September to make it possible for us to visit the scavi under St Peterís Basilica (which has to be booked well in advance).

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 Ninth Sunday after Trinity
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 August 2016
Church Diary for July 2016
For the diaries for earlier months, please click here to go to our archive page

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which includes the week's calendar and notes about the Sunday music
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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


Sunday, 24th 2016, The Ninth Sunday after Trinity
The church 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: Messa da Capella (1641) – Monteverdi
Preacher: The Revd Dr Martin Dudley, The Rector
At the Offertory: Exsultate justi – Viadana
Postlude: Voluntary in D minor – Stanley
Music Notes for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity
18:30 Choral Evensong of S. James & Sermon in 'The Great'
Introit: Misit Herodes rex manus – Handl
Responses: Radcliffe
Canticles: Evening Service in E minor – Wood
Anthem: How beauteous are their feet – Stanford
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
Postlude: Postlude in D minor – Stanford
Music Notes for the Ninth Sunday after Trinity

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Church Diary 25th to 30th
Mon 25th S. James, Apostle
Our summer programme begins today. This means that there are no weekly celebrations of the Holy Eucharist while the programme is running. The Family Eucharist goes 'on holiday' and does not take place again until after the Feast of Dedication in early September. The 11:00 Solemn Eucharist on Sundays takes place in St Bartholomew the Less. There are no sermons at Evensong.
       
Tue 26th Ss Joachim & Anne, Parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary
12:00 Angelus & Prayers in St Bartholomew the Less
12:30 Holy Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
       
Wed 27th
       
Thu 28th
       
Fri 29th
       
Sat 30th
10:30–16:00 The Café is now open for these hours each Saturday for coffees, teas, wines, beers and soft drinks together with hot pies, cakes, snacks and other food
14:00 Marriage Blessing Campbell & Ross
       

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Sunday, 31st 2016, The Tenth Sunday after Trinity
The church is open 08:30–20:00
09:00 Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel of 'The Great'
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
09:30–18:30 Cloister Café open
10:00 There is no Family Eucharist during our Summer Programme
11:00 Solemn Eucharist in St Bartholomew the Less
Setting: Missa In simplicitate – Langlais
Preacher: The Revd Jeremy Davies, The Hospitaller
At the Offertory: Ave Maria – Fauré
Postlude: Plein-jeu à la Française, from 'Suite In Simplicitate' – Langlaia
18:30 Choral Evensong (without Sermon) in 'The Great'
Responses: Smith
Canticles: The Second Service – Tomkins
Anthem: My shepherd in the living Lord – Tomkins
Postlude: Fantasia in A minor – Byrd

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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


Mon 15th Aug The Assumption of the BVM
Wed 24th Aug Feast of S. Bartholomew the Apostle
Sun 28th Aug Sunday of S. Bartholomew the Apostle
Feast of Title
Sun 4th Sep Feast of Dedication of the Priory Church
Thu 8th Sep Nativity of the BVM
19:00 PCC Meeting
(Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Newgate Street)
Sun 18th Sep Founder's Day
Tue 20th Sep Death of Prior Rahere, our Founder, 1143
Thu 29th Sep Feast of S. Michael & All Angels
Sun 9th Oct Feast of the Apparition of the BVM to Canon Hubert
Mon 17th Oct 19:00 PCC Meeting
(Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Newgate Street)
Tue 25th Oct Translation of the Relics of S. Bartholomew
Sun 30th Oct BRITISH SUMMER TIME 'FALLS BACK'
& ENDS AT 02:00 THIS MORNING

Sunday of All Saints
Mon 31st Oct Eve of All Hallows (Hallowe'en)
Tue 1st Nov Feast of All Saints
Wed 2nd Nov Feast of All Souls
Sun 13th Nov Remembrance Sunday
Sun 20th Nov Christ the Universal King
The Last Sunday after Trinity
The Last Sunday in the Church's Year
Wed 23rd Nov 19:00 PCC Meeting
(Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Newgate Street)
Sun 27th Nov Advent Sunday
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Advent Carol Service
Thu 1st Dec Anniversary of death of Henry I, 1135
Sun 4th Dec Advent II
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Choral Evensong & Benediction
Thu 8th Dec Immaculate Conception of the BVM
Sun 11th Dec Advent III
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Mind-Advent Carol Service
Tomorrow I will come
Fri 16th Dec Church Carol Concert
Sun 18th Dec Advent IV
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist
18:30 Nine Lessons & Carols
Mon 19th Dec Carol Service: The Ceremony of Carols
Tue 20th Dec Nine Lessons & Carols
including reserved seating for
Livery Company guests
Wed 21st Dec Carol Service: A Star-Spangled Christmas
Christmas music in the traditions of the USA
Thu 22nd Dec Carol Service: Stille Nacht
Christmas music in the German tradition
Fri 23rd Dec Carol Service: The Spirit of Christmas Past
A Carol Service from yesteryear
Sat 24th Dec Christmas Eve
12:30 Vigil Mass
23:45 Blessing of the Crib & Midnight Mass
Sun 25th Dec The Nativity of the Lord
Christmas Day
09:00 Holy Eucharist
11:00 Solemn Eucharist with Procession
Mon 26th Dec S. Stephen, Protomartyr
Church closed
Tue 27th Dec S. John, Apostle & Evangelist
Wed 28th Dec Holy Innocents
Sat 31st Dec 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
Karen Falkner
(Children's Champion)
Deanery Synod (until 2017)
Dominique Lazanski Deanery Synod (until 2017)
Julia Leonard Deanery Synod (until 2017)
Nicholas Riddle* Churchwarden
Zoë McMillan* Churchwarden

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

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