Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

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Church Opening and Service Update

Dear Friend of St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate,

St Botolph’s church will remain open for private prayer and as a place of public sanctuary from 10am-3pm Monday to Friday. We are continuing with our pattern of services, holding a Choral Mass on Wednesday at 1.10pm and a Said Mass on Tuesday and Thursday at 1.10pm. No one is obliged to attend in person, and all services will be livestreamed via our website. I would particularly discourage people from attending if they are travelling a distance, using public transport, or feel vulnerable in any way.

I assure you, we are maintaining God’s physical presence here in the City for as long as we can.

With God’s love and blessing, Fr David

Welcome to St. Botolph's

Welcome to St. Botolph's
St. Botolph's is a living church set in the heart of the City of London.
We are an Anglican Christian community, a Parish Church of the Church of England, and committed to a welcoming and inclusive ministry in London's financial centre.

Can you help us financially?

During 2020 St Botolph’s was completely closed for three months, and we are now in further strict restrictions. Even though the church remains open for part of the day, our regular income continues to take rather a hit, with the loss of service collections and alms boxes, as well as other normal income streams including Hall and Court hire. If you are someone who usually gives via the collection basket, and are not in financially difficult circumstances at present, might you consider giving
by standing order or direct debit? Contact the Administrator at for details.
One-off donations by PayPal via the link below would also be most welcome.
St Botolph’s is also now registered at Amazon Smile as a beneficiary charity – this is a simple automatic way for you to support us (at no extra cost to you or to us) when shopping online. More information at

From your parish priest, Fr David Armstrong

From your parish priest, Fr David Armstrong
The patron saint of our church is St Botolph, a Benedictine monk and the patron saint of wayfarers. One of the rules of Benedictine monasteries throughout the world is that all guests are to be welcomed as Christ himself, for Christ said: I was a stranger and you welcomed me. I work to honour that Benedictine rule in all my ministry at St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate.
St Botolph’s sits just outside (without) what was Bishop’s Gate, one of the gates of the City of London. It was built there as a place of sanctuary for wayfarers and travellers. This tradition of welcoming all without partiality and providing sanctuary to all those in any kind of need is fundamental to our ministry at St Botolph’s.
As the parish priest dedicated to St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate I strive to build on the church’s tradition of welcome. Wherever possible, I make myself available to all who come in need. In the stresses and pressures of the City the parish priest is someone on hand to support and to listen in confidence – you can always tell a priest, because a priest tells no one but God.
I am based in St Botolph’s church and make it my business to meet as many people as possible who live, work or are passing through the parish. If you see me in the street please say hello, if you want to come and see me at the church, my door is open. If you want some peace and sanctuary in the business of the City, St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate is here for you, and all will be welcome as Christ himself.
I look forward to meeting you,
With God’s love and blessing,
Fr David