St Vedast is one of only a very few City churches that are open all 7 days of the week. We have an active weekday congregation made up mostly of city workers, who join us for our weekday mass. We also have a vibrant Sunday congregation, who hail from the City and surrounding suburbs, and some who travel in from further afield.
With schools, businesses, livery companies and thousands of workers nearby, St Vedast is a popular venue not only for services and musical events, but also for local groups, social occasions, meetings and small conferences.
Our parish hall is used for activities ranging from yoga to Slimming World, and various community groups hold meetings here weekly. Measuring 8.6m x 5.3m, it makes an ideal venue for children’s parties for up to about 30 children and adult overseers, meetings with seating in theatre format for up to 40, and boardroom-style or round table meeting of up to 20. participants. Adjacent to the hall is a well-equipped kitchen and two separate toilets.
The hall is entered via the lovely hidden courtyard, which is partly covered on two sides, and which can be used as part of the hall letting.
Sister Church: St Botolph without Bishopsgate
St Vedast shares its Rector with our sister church in the City, the Parish and Ward Church of St Botolph without Bishopsgate.
St Botolph’s is a large, active church serving the eastern side of the City. Two major services are held weekly, on Wednesday and Thursday lunchtimes and the church has an active musical tradition. Also set in the large surrounding garden, the former churchyard, is a flexible and fully featured hall and courts for tennis and netball. Their website contains full information on the church’s history, facilities, events and services.
Link Parish: Church of the Incarnation, Madison Avenue, New York
St Vedast is also linked to The Church of the Incarnation in New York City, USA. Located on Madison Avenue in the heart of the commercial district of Manhattan, the church occupies a beautiful landmark building, and boasts a long history of intellectual and social engagement. Regular exchanges and interaction keep the two churches in contact, sharing ideas and people. The Incarnation’s website has full details of their activities and services.
The Cheapside area has been central to City life and commerce since the Roman period, and continues to develop in both variety and innovation in the 21st century. We have been involved with neighbouring retailers and businesses and the City of London Corporation since 2008 in the Cheapside Initiative, a project designed to improve the experience of the local surroundings for those living or working in or visiting the Cheapside area.
Initially focused on the expansion of shopping in this area to a seven day a week offering, the Initiative continues to foster collaboration and cooperation on issues such as safety and security, environmental issues, local employment and streetscape improvements. Events such as Traffic Free Cheapside in December 2011 encourage new visitors to the area, involving churches and livery companies as well as local retailers.
For the latest news and events, visit the Cheapside Initiative website.
Charities we support
“Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God.”
Benevolent giving is at the heart of the Christian faith. Whenever funds allow, St Vedast strives to give charitably to causes which help people of all ages and backgrounds, within the locality of the church.