Next Wednesday, 3 November, we hold our annual All Souls service when we remember our loved ones who have gone before us. The music at the Choral Requiem Mass at 1.10 pm will be the Missa Defunctorum by Viadana. As usual this service will include a special Act of Commemoration during which the names of the departed will be solemnly read aloud, and relatives and friends are encouraged to come forward and light candles in their memory. There is a Requiem Book

St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate in now officially an Inclusive Church.  Inclusive Church is an organisation founded in 2003 that advocates for the full inclusion of all people regardless of ethnicity, gender and sexual orientation, in the Christian churches, including in the threefold order of bishops, priests and deacons.  Churches which are members of Inclusive Church celebrate and affirm every person and do not discriminate in any way.  

World Homeless Week this year culminates in World Homeless Day which falls on Sunday 10 October.  To mark the day, we at St Botolph’s will be donating the money given in donations that week to the community housing organisation St Mungo’s with whom we have close links. The St Botolph-without-Bishopsgate Homeless Hub continues to be open every second Wednesday in the church hall.  The Hub has been successful in receiving funding from the Corporation of London which will ensure the good work

Creatures great and small, young and old, joined their human companions in St Botolph's for our annual St Francis Day Animal Blessing Service on Friday 1 October.  Each animal and owner came up for a blessing and the choir sang appropriate music and led the congregation in hymn-singing. The animals were (mostly) well-behaved and after the service there were refreshments for both humans and animals. Make a note in your calendars of the date and time of next year's service