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Review of Journalists' Commemorative Service "In the Eye of the Storm"

This week I was honoured to be at St Bride's for their annual journalists' service, where those who put themselves at risk to keep us informed are rightly remembered. The theme this year was 'In the Eye of the Storm'....

Welcome Robin Turner

We are delighted to welcome Robin Turner as our new Head Verger. Robin joins us from St Edmundsbury Cathedral and brings with him a variety of skills and experience and we look forward to working with him as we move...

Inspire! Sunday - a great success

Gallery of Photos by Ian Bozic It was wonderful to be able to welcome so many of you to St Bride's for what has become a very popular event in the early autumn each year: our annual Inspire! Service....

The Travelling Spire

This week we had a quick visit from Becky Element and David Fellows. Becky and David were married in Coventry on 20th May 2017 but they had a very special part of St Bride's with them on the day....

Farewell to Josh

Many of you will know our senior Verger Josh Delia. After two and half years with us, Josh has left to be ordained for the priesthood. In September he, his wife Emily and their new baby Eva-Maria will take up...

For several years now, St Bride's has supported St James' School, Zongoro, in Zimbabwe, as an essential part of our wider ministry and commitment to social justice. Last year we were able to help them to buy chairs for their...

On Thursday 18th May we held our annual Quiz night for Christian Aid. We were small in number but there was a huge competitive spirit. So much so that an appeal was launched the following day after suspicions were voiced...

During Lent this year we collected non-perishable food items for a foodbank in Hackney and for the Dunloe Centre at St Saviours Priory. Both of these organisations support the most desperate people in our community. Hackney supports local families in...

KING EDWARD'S WITLEY MARKS 150 YEAR ANNIVERSARY AND LONDON BIRTHPLACE WITH TREE PLANTING SERVICE King Edward's Witley - an independent co-educational boarding and day school based in Surrey - celebrated the planting of a holly tree in the grounds of...

Review of Journalists' Commemorative Service "Lest we Forget"

Tools of the journalist's trade Listen Online A service of commemoration is an odd beast. It tries to remember those we have lost in two very different ways: a sorrowful remembering, and a celebratory remembering. The latter perhaps feels...

All Souls' Evensong

Remembering On Sunday 30th October at the service of Choral Evensong, we marked All Souls' tide, remembering many of our friends and loved ones who have died, both recently and a long time ago. The Church has long recognised the...

Guild Installation

Front - Rev Alison Joyce and David Blackwell, Clerk to the Guild.Back, left to right - Rev Mark Fox; David Kirkby; Megan Lewis; Rev Catherine Shelley; Guild member Julie Glaser; Rev Bill Wilson: Oyinbebe Kalabare; and James Sutton. Three...

Dancing in Fleet Street!

Well it was actually in the nave of St Bride's Church. but I'm a sucker for a headline! It seems appropriate, if a little unconventional, to start this piece with the conclusion of Great Balls of Fire - a fundraising...

St Bride's Guildsman, David Kitchen MBE (5/3/1942-19/8/2005) loved music, and a recital of British Music was held at St Bride's back in August to remember him, and also to raise funds for St James' School Zongoro in Zimbawe; thank you...

'Bright & Beautiful' Review

St Bride's Choir & Orchestra combine to lift the roof in Mozart's Coronation Mass St Bride's was full on Sunday, September 25, for the 'Bright and Beautiful' service to celebrate the internal restoration of the church, now that the...

Welcome to Mark Fox

We are very pleased to welcome Rev Mark Fox to the ministry team at St Bride's. He was ordained into the Church of England by the Bishop of London, Richard Chartres, in St. Paul's Cathedral in 2013. Currently he...

French-born British physicist who invented the pressure cooker and was a pioneering figure in steam engineering

It was with great delight that a group of us from St Bride's went to support our Assistant Curate, the Revd Dr Jeff Lake, at his ordination to the Priesthood on 26th June, at St Stephen's, Rochester Row. Jeff Lake...

Ever since St Bride's joyously and with great ceremony, reopened its doors in 1957, the Cathedral of Fleet Street, as journalists affectionately know it, has hosted many historic occasions. Among them, there have been Royal visits, memorial services for the...

Life is a Bubble

On Tuesday 7th June, The Worshipful Company of Stationers and Newspaper Makers gathered at St Bride's for the annual Richard Johnson Memorial Service. Download Order of Service Richard Johnson was born in 1756 and died in 1795. He wrote the...

St Bride's may be renowned for its tiered, "wedding cake" spire but there is a wealth of history to explore on the site. ITV News recently broadcast an item featuring the crypt of St Bride's in its 'Under London' series....

Pancake Party Review

Party Image Gallery Tuesday's Pancake Party was a great success! A candlelit dinner for four was auctioned, anthems were requested and friendly rivalry broke out over the chance to go on a guided cycle tour of London with a...

A work in progress: by Hirst Conservation, specialists in the cleaning and painting of traditional stonework. Note the test ceiling area behind the workmen which has already been cleaned. We are delighted to report that, with almost all the...

Thanks to the generosity of the Listed Places of Worship Roof Repair Fund, we shall shortly begin a programme of work to repair and replace (where necessary) rainwater pipes, hoppers and asphalt on the roof of St Bride's Church. We...

We tend to rush to Bethlehem. Each year the displays of Christmas cards, gifts and decorations in our shop windows seem to appear earlier than ever before; yet the importance of Advent - the very special time of preparation for...

Review of A Telling Witness

'Honouring the Fallen', at St. Bride's, has long had further-reaching connotations than the annual paying of respects to the war dead and the pledging of support to those in the armed forces who still serve. View Order of Service &...

Shoe Box Appeal

Sunday Club's Cake Stall raising money to fill shoe boxes. Since 1991 Computers for Charities, through their networks in communities here and in Eastern Europe, have been distributing Christmas shoeboxes to all those in need. They do not discriminate...

Grumpy Old Rock Star RICK WAKEMAN, the former Strawbs and Yes keyboardist and globally-acclaimed solo artist whose career spans more than half a century, delivered an impassioned speech about music and the state of the industry at this year's Tom...

May Bulman will be the fourth recipient of the Guild of St Bride Journalism Bursary in September 2015. What an honour. They were the words that kept going through my head as I sat in the service at St Bride's...

On the afternoon of Saturday 4th July, at St Paul's Cathedral, the Rector and members of the St Bride's congregation were delighted to attend the ordination to the diaconate of the Revd Dr Jeff Lake, who is our new Assistant...

Wren Lecture Review

David Blackwell's review of the Annual Wren Lecture 2015: "Accident or Artifice? Designing a capital from Wren to Abercrombie" - given by Simon Thurley.

St Bride's is delighted to announce that we shall be welcoming a new member to our ministry team in the summer, Jeff Lake.

The St Bride's Crib Service was held on December 14th and supported by over 80 parents, grandparents and children. The Sunday Club and friends provided a wide cast of angels, kings and shepherds and our very own Mary and Joseph,...

He has all the appearance of a bon viveur. He has presence and there seems almost to be a touch of flamboyancy about him. There he is standing in front of the high altar, suitably emblazoned in colourful purple lighting,...

Nigel Farage spoke of the legacy of the Great War to a packed audience on Monday 10th November, as the guest speaker for the annual Tom Olsen Lecture at St Bride's Church. On the eve of Armistice Day, the UK...

After the sterling work done by Janet and Nicola for so many years there has been a short hiatus while we decided how to take the Sunday School forward. After a few weeks of email discussions and meetings with those...

Related Links → Listen Online if you missed the service → Read David's Farewell Message → Read David's Final Address → Video Thank You and 10th Aug BBQ Invitation St Bride's had not been filled to capacity since the...

Related Links → Video Thank You and 10th Aug BBQ Invitation → Listen Online if you missed the last service → Read a review of the service → Read David's Final Address Last Sunday you gave Rosemary and me...

Very shortly, this and other nations will be remembering the outbreak of the first World War on August 4th, 1914. The Great War, as it was to become known, was also described as being the war to end all wars....

The Reverend Canon Dr. Alison Joyce has been appointed as Rector of St Bride's Church, spiritual home of journalists and to the media at large. Canon Joyce, currently Vicar of Edgbaston Old Church, Birmingham, will be installed at a...

An open letter to The Venerable David Meara on his forthcoming retirement, from Edward Bevin, journalist, PR man and St Bride's worshipper for more than 40 years.

David Meara has announced that he will be retiring from office at the end of July 2014 after 14 years at the church

Making a splash for the angels

The Rector asked a very direct question at Evensong: "What can you do?"

Istanbul to Ephesus

St John on Patmos - Poussin Photograph by Steven Zucker Having gone on pilgrimage to the Holy Land in the footsteps of Jesus, the next best thing seemed to be to travel down the Aegean Coast of Turkey in...

Beating of the Bounds

Join us on Tuesday 7th May at 6:00pm for the traditional Beating of the Bounds ceremony

St Bride's doors will be open on the morning of Wednesday 17th April for a big screen viewing of Baroness Thatcher's funeral

On Friday 8th March members of St Bride's Church, Fleet Street, slept on the streets in support of the Street Child World Cup and raise awareness of children across the world who live or work on the streets.

Duchess of Cornwall attends service of commemoration & becomes patron of the Guild

Peter Hitchens, Daily Mail columnist and author, and Brian Paddick, former Deputy Assistant Commissioner are the co-lecturers in this year's Tom Olsen Lecture

A spectacular 5’ high, sponge cake model of St Bride’s will be on display in the Church from Mon 25th June and cut at Sir Terry Farrell Wren Lecture on Thurs 28th.

On Sunday 22nd July St Bride's will begin a fantastic week of Olympian musical celebration and activities.

Fleet Street had its own street party to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee in St Bride's

St Bride's Guild Journalism Bursary

Guild launch new initiative to support postgraduate MA in journalism

On Tuesday 24th July 2012, St Bride's Church is holding a welcoming service for UK and international sports journalists who will be in London to report on this summer's Olympic and Paralympic Games.

Fools For Christ

To celebrate 25 years of Sunday School we welcomed Roly the Clown to St Bride's.

Where do you find anti-capitalist activists, top business people from the City and industry, journalists and and clergy in the same room to debate the way forward for the world economy?

Big Society Buildings Ditty

Which organisation has 41,000 branches spread all over the country, many with a full-time employee in charge, and backed up by an army of volunteers?

The Venerable David Meara has attacked the Government's proposals to increase VAT on alterations to listed buildings.

New Guild Members

On Guild Sunday, 5th February, new members were installed into the Guild of St Bride.

War zones, crossfire, battles... and the price of freedom

A personal commentary on a very special service held at St Bride's on November 9th.

On 10th November 2011 a service of thanksgiving for the life of Christopher Woodbridge was held at St Bride's Church, Fleet Street.

The Price of Freedom

On 9th November 2011, a service to commemorate journalists, cameramen and support staff who have lost their lives while bringing us the news was held at St Bride's

Guildsman joins the High Court hierarchy

Andrew Popplewell, QC, who has been a member of the Guild of St Bride since 1994, has been appointed a justice of the High Court

A Story of Loyalty & Devotion to the Church

The remarkable loyal devotion and service to St Bride's Church by Janet and Terence has been strengthened by a new stand for the ceremonial mace

On 25th May St Bride's hosted a service for the Worshipful Company of Stationers & Newspaper Makers to celebrate the 400th Anniversary of the King James Bible

Royal Wedding Party

St Bride's, home of the wedding cake, proved a wonderful setting for a Royal Wedding Party

QuizAid 2010

Forty stalwart souls battle to and then at St Bride's

New Master of the Guild is announced

Sir David Bell is appointed to replace current Master of the Guild of St Bride, Vyvyan Harmsworth.

Dean of Westminster joins Guild of St Bride

Ties between St Bride's & Westminster Abbey strengthened as the Dean becomes a Guild Chaplain

St Bride's Sunday School fills record number of shoeboxes as part of the Samaritans' Operation Christmas Child.

Held at St Bride's for members and guests of the Guild of Agricultural Journalists.

The Guild and a strategy for the future

Members of the Court of the Guild of St Bride's have been studying a discussion paper on the future of the Guild.


Our second QuizAid event is a great success and raises welcome funds for Christian Aid

All artists are invited to get creative on the theme of Why is Christmas and the Written Word special to me?

Book tokens for schools is a great success

Nicola Smith has expressed a 'huge thank you' to everyone who has been collecting The Times Books for schools tokens.

St Bride's Rector installed as new Archdeacon of London

A congregation of more than 600 gathered in St Paul's Cathedral for the installation of Canon David Meara

Bishop of London announces the next Archdeacon

Last Thursday the Bishop of London announced that he has invited Canon Meara to become the next Archdeacon of London

The Guild of St Bride is to play a major role in the future development of the famous Fleet Street church.

Carbon Fast

Lent is a period of spiritual renewal. Whatever your Lenten discipline, I commend the Carbon Fast to you over the next 40 days.

A First for Canon Meara

Canon Meara has written the first survey charting the highly skilled craft of memorial brass design and manufacture between 1880 and 2001.

Former Bishop joins Guild of St Bride

The Rt Rev Graeme Knowles, former Bishop of the Diocese of Sodor and Man, has become a Chaplain to the Guild of St Bride.

Fun-and-Finance Night for Christian Aid

Almost £650 was raised as part of Christian Aid's Quiz Aid hosted by St Bride's under quiz master Sue Perkins.

Sunday school children make a big splash

Nearly 20 members of the Sunday School at St Bride's made a big splash to raise funds for Samaritan's Turn On The Tap Challenge.

With split-second timing, our Sovereign Lady, her husband at her side, steps once more into the historical limelight of the spiritual home of journalists.

The story behind the designing of the Guild badge

This year's 50th anniversary celebrations include commemorating the refounding of the Guild of St Bride

Two new Court members

The Court of the Guild of St Bride has two new members, both of whom have been guild members since the 1970s.

A Living Church

St Bride's was packed for this year's celebrations of Guild Sunday on February 4, when the Rev Wallace Boulton - the longest-serving Guild Chaplain - preached a fascinating, thought-provoking and sometimes moving sermon.

Marketors maintain strong connections with the church

Newly installed Master of the Marketors blessed at Sunday morning Eucharist

St Bride's welcomed historian Lady Antonia Fraser, adventurer Michael Palin and Times agony aunt Bel Mooney as it marked the Day of the Imprisoned Writer in November.

St Bride's painting goes on display

Over its long and proud history, St Bride's Church has been the subject of artists. A new painting is on view at St Albans Cathedral.

Dogs invade the church as Puppy Meara is introduced!

Sunday October 1 was a most unusual, if not unique, occasion for the church.

Guild has record numbers, meeting told

St Bride's ancient Guild, founded in 1375 by Edward III, has reached record proportions

Why a ring of bells is a tragic lost treasure of St Bride's

The art of change-ringing has been practised in churches across the British Isles for centuries...

On Friday September 30th St Bride's was one of a myriad of hosts playing its part in the world's biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Relief. This year the very successful coffee morning, which ran from 10.00am until...

Mystery Worshipper

On Sunday 24th April, the 'Ship of Fools' Christian website held a mass mystery worshipper' day

The Church of England in terminal decline?

Not at St Bride's, says its Rector in his annual report...

The Journey through Lent

We are now well into the season of Lent, the time from Ash Wednesday leading up to Easter, the greatest festival in the Anglican church's calendar.

Guild Anniversary

Members of the Guild of St Bride and others connected with it, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of the Guild's reformation on Saturday July 10, when they will pack into the 13th century church of Ss Cosmas and Damian...

Shaping the Future

St Bride's needs your help in a consultation on the future direction of the church

We're nearly there!

The Re-endowment Appeal moves towards its target