Southwark Diocesan Servers' Festival 2020

Special Event Special Service

This Festival offers an opportunity to servers of all ages to give thanks for the privilege of serving God and church, to rededicate themselves to their ministry and to get to know others from across the diocese who exercise a similar ministry. You will also be able to join the Guild of Servers during the day

The day begins at Southwark Cathedral on Saturday 25 January at 12.00 noon with an All-Age Choral Eucharist sung by the Choir of St John’s, East Dulwich. The Rt Revd Christopher Chessun, Bishop of Southwark, will preside and Revd Andrew Moughtin-Mumby, Rector of St Peter’s, Walworth, will preach. Clergy and Readers are very welcome to robe and process at the Choral Eucharist (alb / white stoles for clergy).

During the lunch break there will be a room available for those who have brought their own lunch, where drinks are provided. Arrangements are being made for lunch to be provided for young people under the age of 16. All adults attending are asked to bring their own food, or to buy lunch locally from one of the many outlets around the Cathedral. 

The afternoon begins at 2.00 pm with a variety of workshops to choose from after lunch, some of which will be offered at different times to allow more people to attend and which are designed for people of all ages. They will include:

  • Being a Thurifer – have a go!
  • Processing with Cross and Lights
  • A Treasure hunt in the Retrochoir
  • Writing prayers for today’s Evensong
  • The meaning of the Eucharist
  • A mini-tour of the Cathedral

The day finished with Choral Evensong at 4.00pm at which young servers will be invited to join the procession.