Southwark Diocesan Guild of Servers’ Festival

Special Event

Each year there is an occasion for those who are servers in the churches throughout the Diocese to come and celebrate their ministry at a festival in the Cathedral.

All who are servers are invited to join in with the Diocesan Servers’ Festival which this year will be held on Saturday 26 January 2019 12.30 pm – 4.45 pm at Southwark Cathedral.

The day begins at 12.30 pm with the Choral Eucharist at which the Bishop of Southwark will preside and preach. The occasion offers an opportunity for servers 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. 

Clergy and Readers who accompany their servers are very welcome to robe and process at the Choral Eucharist (alb/white stoles for clergy). The music will be sung by Lux Aeterna, a visiting choir conducted by Jack Gonzalez-Harding.

During the lunch break there will be a room available for those who have brought their own lunch, where drinks are provided. All attending are asked to bring their own food, or to buy lunch locally from one of the many outlets around the Cathedral. There will also be an optional mini tour of the Cathedral.

At 2.45 pm there is the opportunity for both older and younger servers to engage in separate sessions:

  • for adults, a talk entitled Called to Serve given by The Very Revd Andrew Nunn, Dean of Southwark;
  • for the under 16s an activity with the title Why do we serve?  led by Confidence Chukwu, Carol Bartels and others from St Peter's, Walworth.

The Festival will end with Choral Evensong at 4.00pm sung by the Harvard Memorial Chapel Choir, USA, conducted by Barry Rose.

In order to assist those who are responsible for its organisation, you are asked to register in advance on Eventbrite indicating your age-group and whether you are a server or minister.