A new Chapter for Servers
Recently, the London and Southwark group Chapters of the Company of Servers held a defining day at the London AGM, at St Saviour’s Church Pimlico. The important meeting determined the futures of both chapters, operating across the capital.
After regular London Chapter AGM business had commenced, the main item was a proposal to create a more formal arrangement between the two Chapters. The two have been meeting together informally since 2016, as the Southwark Chapter has had an absence of a chair person, or an AGM for the past 2 years.
Prior to the meeting, views of members on both sides of the river had been canvassed and the proposals were universally agreed. Essentially, while retaining membership of each Chapter and their financial contributions separately, the new Southwark and London Chapter will hold similar financial arrangements, with one bank account, one annual programme, a joint committee and meeting venues at St Saviour’s Church Pimlico and Southwark Cathedral. The new Chapter is a great example of how cross-river co-operation can be enthusiastically received, with Michael Lewis as the newly elected chairman.
Fr Matthew Catterick (London) and Fr Geoffrey Thompson (Southwark) agreed to continue as Chaplains with the proviso that either could admit Companions from both sides of the Thames in which ever Diocese they presented.
Following the AGM, the meeting heard from former Secretary General of the CoS, Sion Hughes Carew who, gave a very informative and illustrated talk on his discernment for ordination. He movingly spoke about the first inklings of vocation as ‘the itch you cannot scratch’ and discussed his training at Westcott. Many questions followed with a discussion on how rigorous and demanding the selection process was.
The meeting ended with a celebration of the Eucharist led by Fr Matthew Catterick. All who serve at the altar are welcome to join and further details see are on the CoS website the Chapter Secretary, Alastair Knott.
There are a selection of events coming up including the UK-wide Company of Servers Festival, at Chelmsford Cathedral, in May; the London Chapter Summer Festival, with the Bishop of Croydon preaching, and a chance for networking and great hospitality; also, the Autumn gathering at Southwark Cathedral, hearing from the Dean’s Verger, Paul Timms on his role as a Cathedral Verger. Before that, in March, the Chapter has its Spring Meeting 9th March, in Chelsea.
To find out about joining and more see the Company of Servers website.