“This is your church, you are always welcome here”
Rev. Dr. Sam Wells made us all feel at home in St Martin in the Fields Church on May 23rd as we met together for our Founder’s Day service.
As the school celebrated 90 years of being in South London it was great to return to Trafalgar Square to the church where it all began. Getting the whole school on coaches up to central London was no mean feat, but the plan worked like clockwork and we all arrived safely for our special service. We are very grateful to the Worshipful Company of Farriers who generously provided the coaches.
We were greeted on the steps of St Martin's by year 7 students dressed in 17th century school uniform, as is our tradition. The service was led by Rev. Wells, and comprised hymns, musical performances and a Eucharist. We were delighted to have artist Jude Stark as a special guest. Jude has worked with students this year to design and make three stained glass windows for our school chapel, and the glass was brought to the church to be commissioned before it is installed at school.
Her Majesty the Queen had been invited to attend the service, and although she was not able to join us, we listened to the lovely letter she sent in which she expressed her fond memories of visiting the school in the past. The service ended with a resounding rendition of the St Martin’s School song which we hope echoed all the way to Buckingham Palace.