Services

Our services at the Temple follow the Book of Common Prayer of the Church of England. The Book of Common Prayer reached its present form in 1662.

Most of our services are choral. We invite the congregation to join, of course, in singing the hymns, the Venite (at Mattins) and the Creed (at Communion). For the rest, we hope that you will enjoy the singing of the choir and the playing of the organ.

Such a service is an opportunity to bring our own cares quietly to God; and to set those cares within the vast, unfolding purposes of God, our Creator and Redeemer. We hear in these services of God’s unending love for his people and for his whole creation: in the story of the Old Testament and the songs of the psalms; in the story of Jesus himself; in the letters of the apostles; and in the hymns and creeds of the early church. So we learn, as a church and its members, to trust God’s care for ourselves and for those we love; and to entrust ourselves to the life that he calls us to live.
 

SUNDAYS IN TERM-TIME

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP said)

11.15am Choral Mattins (BCP)

Choral Communion (BCP) is sung on the second and last Sunday of the month.

Kindly note that no services are held in August and September.
 

WEEKDAYS IN TERM-TIME

Wednesday, 6.00pm
Choral Evensong

Thursday, 1.15pm–1.45pm
Holy Communion (BCP said)

Kindly note that the no services are held in August and September.

Please click here for forthcoming services

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What’s On In Summary

SatNov27
Wedding Service 3:00 pm4:00 pm
SunNov28
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Communion Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonNov29
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

TueNov30
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec01
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Advent Carol Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuDec02
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am3:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Bar Choral Society Christmas Concert Concert 7:15 pm8:30 pm
FriDec03
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec04
Wedding Service 2:00 pm3:00 pm

Wedding Service 4:00 pm5:00 pm
SunDec05
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Choral Mattins Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec06
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec07
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am1:00 pm

WedDec08
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Choral Evensong Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
ThuDec09
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm

Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

FriDec10
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec11
SunDec12
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm

Children's Nativity Play Special Event 3:30 pm4:30 pm
MonDec13
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am2:00 pm

TueDec14
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
WedDec15
ThuDec16
Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm

Temple Church Carol Service Service 6:00 pm7:00 pm
FriDec17
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
SatDec18
SunDec19
Holy Communion Service 8:30 am9:30 am

Temple Church Carol Service Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
MonDec20
Church Open for Sightseeing 10:00 am4:00 pm
TueDec21
WedDec22
ThuDec23
Holy Communion Service 1:15 pm2:15 pm
FriDec24
Choral Communion for Christmas Eve Service 11:15 pm11:45 pm
SatDec25
Choral Mattins for Christmas Day Service 11:15 am12:15 pm
SunDec26
MonDec27
TueDec28

Baptism & Confirmation

We are delighted that you are considering the Temple Church for your own or your child’s baptism or confirmation and hope that the following points will be helpful.

— Baptism and Confirmation at the Temple Church is available to all Benchers and members of the Inner and Middle Temple and their children, and to members of our regular congregation and their children.

— If you would like to discuss this further please contact Catherine de Satgé in the Church Office on 020 7353 8559 or catherine@templechurch.com

— We are glad that a good proportion of our baptism and confirmation families are able to return occasionally or regularly to the Temple Church and so become part of our community here.

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Marriage

With this ring I thee wed;
with my body I thee honour;
and all my worldly goods with thee I share:
in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost. Amen.

You are likely to be visiting this part of the site because you have recently got engaged. If that is the case
— many congratulations to you both!

First things first: some administration
The Temple Church is a beautiful church for weddings. In case you are thinking of being married here, it may be helpful to outline the conditions that must be satisfied.

The Church does not have a licence for the celebration of weddings, and it is thanks to kind permission from the Archbishop of Canterbury that we can conduct them here. The Archbishop lays down clear conditions for the granting of the Special Licence that we require. For a couple to be married here,
it is necessary that:

i. either the bride or the groom is a member of Inner or of Middle Temple; or

ii. either the bride or the groom is a child of a member of Inner or of Middle Temple; or

iii. either the bride or the groom is a grandchild of a Bencher of Inner or of Middle Temple.

The Archbishop’s office is also very pleased to consider our applications on behalf of couples where:

iv. either the bride or the groom is employed by Chambers in the Temple or by Inner or Middle Temple; or

v. either the bride or the groom is a regular member of our congregation here

For further details, you may like to download the Wedding Guide and then to contact Catherine de Satgé in the Church Office on 020 7353 8559 or catherine@templechurch.com

We look forward to hearing from you.

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Funeral & Thanksgiving

Go forth upon thy journey from this world, beloved soul: in the name of God the Father who created thee; in the name of Jesus Christ his only Son who hath redeemed thee; in the name of the Holy Spirit who gave thee life and giveth thee life still. Accompanied by angels and archangels and by all the company of heaven, may thy portion this day be in peace, and thy dwelling place the heavenly Jerusalem.

It is a privilege for us to conduct here the Funeral and/or the Thanksgiving Service for a member of one of the Inns or a member of our congregation.

If you would like our help, please contact Catherine de Satgé in the Church Office on 020 7353 8559 or catherine@templechurch.com. We realise that you will need to arrange the funeral, in particular, at short notice and at a most unsettled time.

You will probably be visiting this part of the site if you have yourself been recently bereaved; we are here to help, and hope that we can offer here the farewell and tribute that you are hoping for, for one you love. We will have you in our prayers and thoughts as we prepare the service with you.

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