St George's Day Festival 2010
The Eve of St George's Day
The Festival started with Ecumenical Prayer on the Eve of St George's Day. The Rector was joined by Fr Peter Newby (PP of St Mary Moorfields). The Bishop of Clogher (The Rt Revd Dr MG St-A Jackson) and the RC Bishop George Stack. "
The wedding couples of St Botolph's church joined with the young catholics of the Catholic Church of St Mary Moorfield, to stage a 'Walk of Faith' through the streets of the Bishopsgate Area folowing the first part of the service at St Botolph's to St Mary Moorfields where the service was concluded and then followed by Dinner.
St George's Day
The actual festival day started with Morris Dancers performing in the Churchyard at midday.
The Thanksgiving service in Church featured a procession of city livery with roses; a mustering of pikemen and fine sermon by the Bishop of Clogher, The Rt Revd MG St-A Jackson.
The service concluded with everyone gathered outside to watch the ceremonial slaying of the dragon (pinata) by the Archdeacon of London The Venerable David Meara (who was kindly given loan of a City Police Baton to use in place of a suitable sword), and to enjoy a glass of Cava in the sun.
The afternoon entertainment included African drumming and singing from pupils of St Matthias School Bethnal Green, and a splendid set from the Bassment Jazz band from Coopers' and Coborn School. Even St George made an appearance.
The rector is deeply grateful to our parish businesses and especially to the King's Arms and the Bath House, to Laura and to Tava.