Parish & Ward Church of St. Botolph without Bishopsgate

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.

The church is normally open every weekday from 7.30am to 5.30pm and regular services are held every Tuesday (8.10am) Wednesday (1.10pm) and Thursday (12.10pm). Services last no longer than 50 minutes.
However, during the Coronavirus restrictions we will be opening Monday to Friday 12noon to 3pm for private prayer only. Our Tuesday and Wednesday services will be streamed from this website on the "Online service Videos" page.

From whatever religious background you come, from any faith, or from none, please know you are welcome. We encourage you to visit our wonderful church to rest, to reflect, or to join us in prayer.

Can you help us financially?

St Botolph's was closed for three months, and even though we are now open for part of the day our regular income is obviously taking rather a hit at this time, 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, we wonder if you might consider giving by standing order or direct debit? Contact the Administrator at church@botolph.org.uk for details. One-off donations by PayPal via the link below would also be most welcome.

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