Thursday, 12 May 2011
Thanksgiving and Rededication at St Brides
The annual Thanksgiving and Rededication Service at St Brides is one of the most important events in the Marketors' Calendar. It is a time to reaffirm our commitment to the Company and its aims and values. It is also a quite wonderful but simple church service.
One of the pleasures and privileges of being Master is being able to choose the hymns, the anthem and all of the music for the service. Which I did on the basis of making the very best use of the wonderful choir and choosing hymns which everyone could sing. It was a truly uplifting service.
As is traditional, we then walked part of the parish, on a beautiful sunny evening for a change, beating the bounds with sticks to either the amazement or amusement of passers by. Part of the way round we were royally entertained by the Master of the twelth century Temple church who opened his lovely private garden and generously provided liquid refreshments. The evening comncluded in the Bridewell Institute where 46 of us sat down to a buffet supper during which I was pleased to present, fittingly, a cheque from the Company to Archdeacon David Meara towards the upkeep of St Brides. Our relationship with St Brides is a valued and continuing aspect of the Company and there are plans to enhance further the Rededication service next year