Thank you for your interest in our work supporting Anglican clergy and their dependants.
- The charity was established in 1655 by merchants in the City of London who were sons of clergymen who wanted to support widows and orphans of clergy.
- The charity received a Royal Charter from King Charles II in 1678.
- For many years the charity was known as the Sons of the Clergy, and then the Sons & Friends of the Clergy. We changed our name to Clergy Support Trust in March 2019.
- Clergy Support Trust is an independent charity and hence cannot speak on behalf of the Church of England or any other church of the Anglican Communion.
- We have an annual Festival Service at St Paul's Cathedral with three choirs, bringing together the Church and City of London.
- The Festival celebrates both the history and current work of the charity and raises awareness.
- 366th Festival Service, 11 May 2021 from 6pm
- Hosted at St Paul's Cathedral (as it has been every year), but online for the first time ever
- Choirs of Liverpool, Southwark and St Paul's singing in their respective cathedrals, including a joint anthem!
- Four people that we have supported give their stories from where they live
- Bishop of Durham, Paul Butler, gives an address from Durham Cathedral
- Bishop of London, Sarah Mullally, gives the blessing
- The Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell, gives a reading
- Video invitation from the Archbishop Justin Welby (Honorary President of the Clergy Support Trust)
- Available online at www.clergysupport.org.uk/festival
- Will be online for at least a month
- IMAGES: Behind the scenes pictures (Dropbox)
News and press releases
- 28 Apr 2021 - World’s oldest choral festival goes online for first time in 366 years
- 22 Apr 2021 - Statement on From Lament to Action and BBC Panorama
- 22 Oct 2020 - New support for sleep/insomnia launched
- 21 Oct 2020 - Clergy Support Trust supports launch of new CofE resource on clergy wellbeing (How Clergy Thrive)
- 13 Jul 2020 - Clergy Support Trust appoints Ben Cahill-Nicholls as its new Chief Executive
- 20 Jan 2020 - Jeremy Moodey to step down as Chief Executive to become a vicar himself
- 23 Oct 2019 - New grants for research into clergy wellbeing
- 24 Jul 2019 - New Grants and Grant-making Policy
- 24 Jul 2019 - Our Strategy for 2019-2022
- 18 Mar 2019 - Sons & Friends becomes Clergy Support Trust
- 11 Nov 2018 - Simon Butler Appointed Chair
Other documents: Annual reports and policies
Facts and figures
These figures come from our existing reports, highlighted here for your ease:
- 2,437 clergy family members were helped through the £2.42 million of grants provided in 2020
Contact and interviews
If you would like to arrange an interview or have further questions, please contact Nick Gazard on firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 3946 0876.
Photos and video
Please do not copy photos and images directly from our website as these are copyrighted, with some from commercial stock libraries. We do have some images of clergy but would need to ask their permission.
- Behind-the-scenes photos from the 366th Festival Service via Dropbox
- The video summarising our work (below) can be embedded from YouTube.
Two high-resolution versions of our logo are available for use within our Brand Guidelines (PDF):