St Martin in the Fields is a landmark church in the heart of London. It is just at the edge of Trafalgar Square. It is a vibrant, open and inclusive church with over twenty services a week. It is sometimes called the ‘Church of the Ever Open Door’
It is a place of worship with an extra service for Music. St Martin is a committed Christian community in the Anglican tradition. They believe in God who creates and sustains all things. It made known to them in the humanity of Jesus of Nazareth.
Mission Statement of St Martin-in-the-Fields:
To honour God by being an open and inclusive church that enables people to question and discover for themselves the significance of Jesus Christ
The Lunchtime Concerts of St. Martin is one of UK’s longest running free concert series. Local and visiting audiences can enjoy listening to tomorrow’s classical music stars today. This is free from pianists to choirs, play and sing at this beautiful church.
Some of London’s finest voices and regular performers on the BBC perform here. It is a concert venue for over 250 years from performances by Handel and Mozart during the 18th century. St Martin organise a world-renowned concerts programme and many other activities. Over 700,000 visitors visit a year.
A decision by The Archbishop of Canterbury in 1222, this place was used by the monks of Westminster. In around 1542 Henry VIII built a new church and extended the parish boundaries. He wanted to keep plague victims from being carried through his palace. This church was pulled down in 1721 to be replaced by the current building.
The present church was designed by James Gibbs and completed in 1726. In the 19th century, whilst planning Trafalgar Square, John Nash created Church Path and the range of buildings to the north.
St Martin is also working with those who are homeless in London. They give to those in need around the country through the Christmas Appeal. There is also a service of Baptism or Marriage for regular visitors.
Monday to Thursday and Friday: 8.30am-1.00pm/1.15pm and 2.00pm-5.00pm/6.00pm.
Saturday: 9.30am-6.00pm, Sunday: 3.30pm-5.00pm
WC2N 4JJ, London
Tel: 020 7766 1100.
Enjoy Lunchtime Concert at St Martin in the Fields: Gayatri Nair
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