St Bride's Parish Profile: Special Occasions

Updated 21/04/21: We are delighted that St Bride’s doors are now open six days a week for those wishing to worship, pray and visit (closed on Saturdays). Our two Sunday choral serices have also resumed.
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St Bride's: Worship & Ministry

Special Occasions

Advent & Christmas

Crib service.jpgThe weeks in the run-up to Christmas Day are a marathon of carol services and concerts, in addition to the usual Eucharistic worship. On four special Sunday evenings, having held a said Evening Prayer in the crypt at 5.30pm, we host a selection of events showcasing the music and Liturgy of the season; including a Service of Advent Carols, a Come & Sing Workshop and Concert, Britten's A Ceremony of Carols and the traditional Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols.

In the working weekdays of December, we host up to 25 carol services and concerts, most open to the public and catering for companies, charities, newspaper groups and other organisations with connections to St Bride's.

Local Firms.jpgFinally, our Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve and Family Eucharist on Christmas Morning greet the arrival of the big day with great style and a full house.

Lent & Easter

We usually begin the Season with a Choral Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday, and mark Maundy Thursday with the symbolic stripping of the Altars.

Egg Rolling.jpgOn Good Friday, we offer contemplative music such as Pergolesi's Stabat Mater and Stainer's Crucifixion as well as words of devotion at the foot of the cross.

Easter Day has, for the last thirty years, begun with a Dawn Service and Kindling of the New Fire now at 6:00am followed by breakfast and egg-rolling in Fleet Street, with the main 11am service celebrating the risen Christ with a sizeable congregation.

Other events and activities


In the summer, we Beat the Bounds: an ancient ceremony designed to highlight the parish boundaries and bring together institutions within the parish in communal solidarity.

July sees our annual Summer Party and barbeque in the churchyard to encourage those who work in the area to come through the gates; we often have live music and stalls selling a variety of goods.

Rick Wakeman Olsen LectureIn the autumn, we host the annual Tom Olsen Lecture, set up in memory of a former journalist to look at issues of freedom and responsibility. This has been held for the last 23 years, and speakers have included David Attenborough, Andrew Marr, John Simpson,George Osborne, PD James, Margaret Hodge and Nigel Farage.