St Georges Hanover Square, London

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ST GEORGE'S, HANOVER SQUARE:

THE PARISH CHURCH OF MAYFAIR.



Splendidly refurbished in 2010 it was built between 1721-1724 to the designs of John James, as one of the Fifty Churches projected by Queen Anne's Act of 1711. The reredos is from the workshop of Grinling Gibbons and frames a Last Supper painted for St George's by William Kent in 1724. The windows contain Flemish glass of the early 16th century from Antwerp. George Frideric Handel was a regular worshipper at St George's which is now home to the annual London Handel Festival.



We have a reputation for dignified and traditional formal worship based on the Book of Common Prayer, magnificent music provided by our fine professional choir and thoughtful preaching. We strive to be a Christian community in the catholic tradition of the Church standing as a beacon of faith in the heart of the West End of London, with a mission to serve the needs of those locally and our many visitors.



St George's is part of the Church of England's Diocese of London within the Anglican Communion, in some countries known as the Episcopal Church. In an age when many are looking for a disciplined way of spirituality and a more reflective, meditative style of worship, St George's has much to offer. The congregation is varied and friendly and comprises people who travel in from further afield as well as those who live in the surrounding area. It reflects the diversity of the city in which it is set and welcomes people of belief and those who doubt.





The church is open to visitors and for prayer Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 4pm and a priest is usually available to discuss matters of faith and pastoral concern.



SERVICES



Sundays

8.30am Holy Communion (BCP said)

11.00am Sung Eucharist



Wednesdays

5.45pm Holy Communion (BCP said)



Fridays and Saints Days

12.10 pm Holy Communion (BCP said)



Mondays to Fridays

8.45-9.00 am Morning Calm*

12.10pm Midday Prayer except for Fridays and saints days when there is Holy Communion (BCP said)



*Morning Calm - three seasons per annum (coinciding with the university terms) in partnership with the Royal College of Music. Live performances of classical music followed by a quiet time and concluding with prayer.



CONCERTS

St George's is a well known and much used concert venue and has a close association with the London Handel Festival and the Orpheus Foundation. We also host a number of carol services/concerts each year for a range of charities, including DementiaUK, The Story of Christmas, Maggie's, Look Good Feel Better and New Bridge. St George’s and its sister church the Grosvenor Chapel co-host the Mayfair Organ Concerts series of recitals at 1.10pm on Tuesdays, alternating weekly between the two buildings.



WEDDINGS BAPTISMS AND MEMORIAL SERVICES

St George's is legendary as the church in which countless weddings have taken place, and this historic tradition continues today. If you wish to arrange a baptism, marriage or memorial service, in the first instance please contact the verger James O'Hare to discuss your plans: verger@stgeorgeshanoversquare.org



SCHOOL

St George's Hanover Square CoE Primary School has close links with the church. Family worship at the church is provided at the main Sunday service at 11.00am once a term. www.sghsprimary.co.uk



LINKS

There are proud historic links with the Royal Society of Musicians, The Rifles, The Réunion des Gastronomes and The Royal British Legion. St George's is also now the official church for the Royal Society of St George.





HYDE PARK PLACE ESTATE CHARITY provides financial support for residents of Westminster who are vulnerable and needy and are referred by a variety of agencies. It also helps fund need-based social action in the community. The administration is based in the Vestry.



CAMPAIGN FOR ST GEORGE'S

We continue to raise funds to cover the considerable cost of the interior refurbishment carried out in 2010 and the building and installation of our magnificent new organ completed in 2012. Your generosity towards this, will be gratefully appreciated. For details about how you can donate please see: www.campaignforstgeorges.org.uk
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  • St. Paul's Church is well worth the visit. It provides two visions of England, one of them from Queen Victoria, and lots of history. And, don't miss the climb to the top of the church for...  more »
  • Hard to find with all the building around it. The front looks more like a bank. Organ inside is very powerful and commanding sound. Stained glass excellent.  more »
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  • Beautiful church but often has a number of homeless people sleeping just outside it. Couldn't it be opened up so they could sleep inside?!
  • Breathe in, look around and marvel that, around 400 years ago, George Frederick Handel sat and worshipped in this building. Although it is an Anglican church, the layout like a Methodist church, with a prominent pulpit and a gallery all around. The names of churchwardens back to the early 1700s are written on the woodwork, minor saints memorialized.

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