Annual Church Service Wednesday 14th October 2020

The Company of Nurses Annual Church service was held on Wednesday 14th October 2020. The service took place at St Laurence Church, Catford and the Company’s Honorary Chaplain, The Rev’d Canon Charles Pickstone officiated. The service was live streamed and it was wonderful to know that so many Freemen were able to watch and take part.

Readings were given by The Right Honourable Alderman William Russell, the Lord Mayor of London and Founder Warden Anne Milton, who read a passage from Jeremiah in honour of Florence Nightingale’s birthday. The Rt Rev’d & Rt Hon Dame Sarah Mullally DBE Bishop of London, who trained as a nurse at St Thomas’ Hospital London and is now an Honorary Freeman of the Company gave the sermon, also based on Jeremiah about how God calls us not, despite of who we are but because of who we are.

There were several pieces of music. The first, at the opening of the service, was an organ prelude - Voluntary by Andrew Campling, played by Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley. The second piece was the recessional - Celebration for trumpet and organ, played by Tony Rickard and Alderman Dr Sir Andrew Parmley.

Freemen were invited to take part in the act of rededication led by the Master, Frances Davies. Helen Pickstone, Past Master read a poem by Michael Rosen called “These are the Hands”. The service concluded with final blessing given by The Rev’d Canon Charles Pickstone.

A recording of the service can be watched by following this link;

In lieu of a collection at the service, donations are welcomed to St Laurence Church, Catford c/o The Company of Nurses.