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Forthcoming Programme

10th February Ash Wednesday
1.05pm High Mass & Imposition of Ashes
all welcome

16th February
6.00pm The Bank Churches’ Lent Course
at St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard

23rd February
6.00pm The Bank Churches’ Lent Course
at St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard

24th February
6.05pm JustShare Panel Discussion
in association with Christian Aid:
‘LGBT rights and Christianity: arch enemies or obvious allies?’ Speakers include: the Revd Canon Mark Oakley (Chancellor of St Paul’s Cathedral), Ruth Hunt (Chief Executive of Stonewall), the Revd Sally Hitchiner (Founder and Director of Diverse Church and Coordinating Anglican Chaplain and Interfaith Adviser at Brunel University) details & registration:

25th February
1.05pm Concert
Leonora Dawson-Bowling (mezzo soprano)

29th February – 13th March
Fairtrade Fortnight
further details:

1st March
6.00pm The Bank Churches’ Lent Course
at St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard

2nd March
1.30pm Cantata no. 100 by J.S. Bach

3rd March
1.05pm Concert
The Hummel Ensemble

8th March
6.00pm The Bank Churches’ Lent Course
at St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard

9th March
1.30pm Cantata no.127 by J.S. Bach

10th March
7.00pm Concert
Ad Libitum Chamber Choir
Julian Collings (director)

12th March
7.30pm Concert
The Academyu of St Mary-le-Bow
Alex Fryer (director)

15th March
6.00pm The Bank Churches’ Lent Course
at St Lawrence Jewry, Guildhall Yard

16th March
1.30pm Cantata no.172 by J.S. Bach

18th March
7.00pm Concert (to be confirmed)

Holy Week
21st March
1.05pm Midday Office

22nd March
1.05pm The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ
sung to plainchant

23rd March
1.30pm Cantata no.185 by J.S. Bach

24th March Maundy Thursday
1.05pm High Mass of the Lord’s Supper & Washing of Feet

15th April
7.00pm (time tbc)
The Giltspur Singers
Christopher Maxim (director)

21st April
1.05pm Concert
The Affinity Collective Quartet

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Friday 05

8.15am Morning Prayer

5.45pm Evening Prayer71.05pm Eucharist

8.15am Morning Prayer

5.45pm Evening Prayer


8.15am Morning Prayer

5.45pm Evening Prayer

6.05pm Eucharist

Monday 08

8.15am Morning Prayer

5.45pm Evening Prayer71.05pm Eucharist

8.15am Morning Prayer

5.45pm Evening Prayer


8.15am Morning Prayer

12.30pm Pastoral Conversation or Confession Sacrament Chapel (or apply at the parish office)

1.05pm Eucharist

Ash Wed 01

10th February at 1.05pm

Ash Wednesday

Join us for High Mass & Imposition of Ashes to begin Lent. There will also be a Said Eucharist with Imposition of Ashes in church at 8.00am

Lent Cantatas 2016

Next concert

25th February at 1.05pm

Leonora Dawson-Bowling (mezzo)

Wednesdays in Lent

Cantatas by J.S. Bach

Exploring and reflecting on aspects of the Creed, Cantatas by J.S. Bach arranged for voice and organ may be heard at 1.30pm (following the Euchairst at 1.05pm) on 2nd, 9th, 16th and 23rd March

Opening times:

Monday to Wednesday: 7.30am-6.00pm;
Thursday: 7.30am-6.30pm; Friday: 7.30am-4.00pm;
sometimes open on weekends and bank holidays, please enquire the preceding day. Guided tours are sometimes available by arrangement - enquire. Assisted access to the church is available at the west porch from the Churchyard. For Service times click here.

Recently at St Mary-le-Bow

In January Mark Field MP came on a fact-finding visit to learn about our support of a credit union

In November a new peal board commemorated ringing to celebrate the 800th Lord Mayor's Show

In October we welcomed parishioners and members of the Corporation to celebrate the Eleanor Cross stone

The International Bankers' Company celebrated Harvest here in October - see pictures

The Costermongers celebrated harvest in September and Fr Christopher Woods preached - see pictures

In September Dr Tim Schroder gave a talk on the parish silver at Grocers' Hall - see pictures

JustShare and Global Justice Now hosted a debate on TTIP in September - watch a video

In July a commemorative stone was set in the Churchyard to mark the Eleanor Cross which once stood on Cheapside.

'The slaves next door' was the title of a JustShare panel in July. Read more here

Dr Wilf Wilde gave a JustShare Lecture, 'Magna Carta and the struggle for justice' in June.

We enjoyed wonderful #jazzinthechurchyard with the Kansas Smitty's on a balmy evening in June

The Court of the Vicar General confirmed the election of the Ven. Rachel Treweek to the See of Gloucester in June.

In April we held a Hustings for parliamentary candidates - details here (scroll to 30 Apr)

'Does aid work?' a JustShare Lecture in April by the Rt Hon. Clare Short - watch a video here

‘Change at Every Level: New Structures for Gender Equality.’ Watch a video of the panel discussion organised by JustShare, Christian Aid and St Paul’s Institute, here in March.

'Is agribusiness the only way to feed the world?', asked a JustShare panel here in March. Watch the video here

Dr Russell Re Maning delivered the 2015 Boyle Lecture in February. Link to media here.

The Rector preached at the World's Original Marmalade Awards in March. Read his sermon here.

In February the Revd Stephen Coleman preached on Candlemas: read his sermon here

Prof Barry Godfrey gave the Admiral Phillip Address in January: listen here

In January Mark Hutchinson gave a JustShare Lecture asking if a Christian Businessman is an oxymoron. Listen here

The Revd John Pritchard preached at High Mass on the Epiphany; read his sermon here

The Rt Revd the Lord Harries of Pentregarth gave an anniversary lecture in December about the Revd Jospeh McCulloch - listen here

Dr Neil Faulkner gave a JustShare Lecture in December on the 'real' history of WWI - listen

Congratulations to the Rt Revd Andrew Watson, elected to the See of Guildford here in November.

A lively panel discussion on divestment from fossil fuels took place in November. Details here

Frank Field MP & Nick Timmins debated Welfare Reform in October - watch the debate here

The London 12-Bells Competition took place in October - further details here

Christian Aid launched its 'Tax for the Common Good' report here in October - see what happened

Confirmation of the Election of the Bishop of Hereford took place in October - more here

Prebendary Nick Mercer preached at the International Bankers' Harvest - read here

Opera in the Churchyard - and a Recital by Suzanne Wilson and Alan Wilson - pictures here

In September we hosted a celebratory dinner for 100 in church see pictures

Andy Haldane, chief economist at the Bank of England spoke in a dbate in September watch the debate here

St Mary-le-Bow launched its new Twitter account in September - please follow and share:

Admiral Arthur Phillip RN is commemorated in Westminster Abbey in July - pictures here

July's JustShare Lecture by Andy and Carol Kingston-Smith innovatively explored biblical principles of social justice. Listen here

50th Anniversary Service:
listen to the Bishop of London's sermon

Rupert David Jonathan Tilbury was baptised here in June. See pictures here

June's JustShare panel discussion on tax ethics is available to watch here

In May, historian and author Juliet Gardiner gave a lecture about the Blitz. Pictures here | listen here

Ruth Dearnley OBE gave a lecture in April:
'Stop the Traffik: is prevention possible?'
Listen to the lecture here

The Revd Dr Sam Wells gave a lecture in March, asking: 'What's Wrong with Poverty?'
read a report here listen to the lecture here

The Revd Dr Jules Gomez gave a Lecture about social justice in February. Listen to it here

Dr Eve Poole of Ashridge Business School gave a JustShare Lecture in January.
Watch a video of the event here.

Admiral Phillip was commemorated in January. .

The Revd Dr Alister McGrath delivered the 2014 Boyle Lecture in January. or watch it here.

In December, author the Revd Chris Beales spoke about his latest book, 'Practising Jesus'.
Listen to his lecture here

Our debate in Prisons Week examined the government's reforms of law and order. Listen here

In October, the Lord Mayor and Lady Mayoress attended Evening Prayer at
St Mary-le-Bow. View pictures here

Learn more about St Mary-le-Bow with these two short films

The Church of St Mary-le-Bow today > The history of St Mary-le-Bow: a film made by our sister church, Trinity Wall Street, in New York City >

The Faith and Work Forum offers a distinctive approach to Christian formation at work. Click for further information

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