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.

366th Festival

The 366th Festival of Clergy Support Trust will be held on Tuesday 12 May 2020. Full details will be shared on the Festival Service 2020 page as they become available.

Past Festivals

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

List of the names of recent choirs and preachers who have helped us celebrate the work of the charity.