366th Festival Service - 11 May 2021 at 6pm
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, cancelled only in 2020 due to the pandemic. 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.
This year we are bringing the Festival Service to you, a service that is centred at St Paul's Cathedral with the choirs of Liverpool and Southwark singing in their cathedrals and The Rt Revd Paul Butler providing a homily from Durham cathedral.
Ways you can give
You can support our annual Festival and the work we do supporting clergy and their families financially by:
- Bank Transfer / Standing Order
- Cheque made out to Clergy Support Trust and posted to our office at 1 Dean Trench Street, London SW1P 3HB
- Debit/credit card via give.net (monthly or one-off)
- CAF Account (using our charity number: 207736)
If you are a taxpayer, please consider filling out a Gift Aid form which will help us to reclaim 25p for every £1 you give.
Other ways to support us
- Become a Steward of the Festival, joining this historic group of individuals who organised the Festival in its early days in the 17th and 18th centuries and who now support its costs. Stewardship costs £50 a year minimum and enables your name to be included in the Order of Service and a ballot to process (when in-person services resume) into the cathedral at the beginning of the service.
- Become a Governor of the charity, for a one-off donation of at least £100. This role involves holding the trustees to account, being an ambassador for the charity, and an advocate of our work.
- You might also wish to remember the charity in your will.