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300th Anniversary Service at the French Protestant Church of London

We marked our 300th Anniversary with a special service at the French Protestant Church of London on 30 June 2018.

We were welcomed by Stephane Desmarais, Pastor of the French Protestant Church of London, and archivist Benedicte Fougier provided a brief history of the Church. The Church holds a special place in Huguenot history as it is the last remaining French Protestant in London. The Church was originally conceived by architect Aston Webb and completed in 1893. Today, it provides regular worship services and is an important part of the local Soho community.

Deputy Governor Peter Duval gave the Old Testament lesson and Charlie Martineau, Chair of the Quarterly Committee, gave the New Testament lesson. The Governor of The French Hospital, The Right Reverend and Right Honourable Lord Chartres delivered a moving sermon.

Jenny Turner, Chairwoman of the Residents’ Social Committee gave a special reading – Charles Swain’s poem Home Is Where There’s One to Love Us. Choir members included Emily Benson, Katy McAdam, David Gabbe, Philippa Ouvry-Johns, Luke Phillipps, Samir Savant, Richard Ford and Adrian Smallwood. Christopher Ouvry-Johns served as the organist.

Drinks and nibbles were enjoyed in the Church immediately following the service.


Pete Dowds, Elder