Our origins date back to 1655 when a group of sons of clergymen gathered for a service in St Paul’s Cathedral and a collection was taken for destitute clergy and their families.

Our Festival Service has continued each year since then. It is an opportunity to give thanks to God for the work of the charity, which is to provide assistance to Anglican clergy and their families in times of need.

The Festival Service provides an occasion for bringing together representatives from the Church, City, commerce, public life and our supporters.

2020 Festival - cancelled

The 2020 Festival of Clergy Support Trust, which would have been our 366th and was to be held on Tuesday 12 May 2020, has been cancelled due to the Government advice regarding COVID-19 and the closure of St Paul's Cathedral.

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Festival 2019 Choirs

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Festival 2019 - Livery Representatives

Festival Dinner

There is also an annual dinner held after the Festival Service at Merchant Taylors' Hall. More details

Past Festivals

See some photos and a report on the 365th Festival (2019) with the visiting choirs from Coventry and Canterbury Cathedrals, and read the sermon from The Very Revd Stephen Lake, Dean of Gloucester.

We have listed choirs and preachers who have joined us at the Festival Service in recent years.