On one of the hottest days of the year, Saturday 13 July, members of the London Chapter of the Company of Servers gathered at St Saviour's, for our Summer Social. Before heading off to find a shady picnic corner in the gardens of St George's Square, we all participated in a Sung Eucharist, held in the chancel of St Saviour's. This beautiful and spiritual space with a very fine High Altar enabled the Mass to be conducted with an enhanced intimacy and inclusivity.
It was a great pleasure to welcome Fr Alan Moses, Vicar of All Saints, Margaret Street, as celebrant and preacher. In his sermon, Fr Alan told us of his days as a server, and reminded us of the importance of serving in helping the congregation engage in God's mysteries. He gave us practical advice and stressed the importance of preparation and teamwork as essential parts of a seamless liturgy. Leaders of serving teams would also have been delighted to hear him endorse the virtues of vesting smartly and with care, or as he put it rather pithily ‘don’t look as if you’ve just fallen out of bed’! We then repaired for a very convivial lunch, al fresco, which was much enjoyed by all.
Our next meeting will be held on Saturday 12 October at St Saviour’s, when David Stephenson, the Company of Servers’ Chairman General and author of the Company’s handbook ‘A Companion for Servers’, has kindly agreed to lead a session on the practicalities of serving – ‘What we do and why’. For further details see companyofservers.org/chapters or contact Fiona Andrews, the Chapter Secretary at firstname.lastname@example.org