The Service was held in the magnificent Church of St Bartholomew the Great, West Smithfield, London, attended by leaders and residents of the Abbeyfield Society. Our Oxford resident Tony (pictured) read again, this time the lesson Matthew 2 v 1-12, the visit of the Wise Men to Bethlehem for the birth of Christ.
There was superb singing by the Church Choir, good representation from other Abbeyfield Homes, and refreshments. Tony enjoyed chatting to a lively group of residents from Nonsuch, Surrey
Saint Bartholomew the Great is London’s oldest surviving church. Founded in 1123 as an Augustinian Priory, it has been in continuous use since 1143. It is now an Anglican/Episcopal Church. Today the Church is noted for its wonderful architecture, traditional formal worship, marvellous music and intelligent preaching. It has appeared in many films including Four Weddings and a Funeral, Shakespeare in Love, Amazing Grace, Elizabeth: The Golden Age, The Other Boleyn Girl, as well as in many television programmes, including Richard II from the BBC’s The Hollow Crown.