St Paul’s Cathedral has been here for over 1,400 years. It has been built and rebuilt five times, and always its main purpose has been as a
place of worship and prayer.
St Paul's, with its world-famous dome, is an iconic feature of the London skyline. Step inside and you can enjoy the Cathedral's awe-inspiring
interior, and uncover fascinating stories about its history.
Learning & Faith
Lifelong learning is a core part of the our work, delivered through a variety of events by St Paul's Institute, and the
Cathedral's Adult Learning and Schools & Family Learning departments.
History & Collections
For more than 1,400 years, a Cathedral dedicated to St Paul has stood at the highest point in the City. The present Cathedral is the
masterpiece of Britain's most famous architect Sir Christopher Wren.
Behind the scenes, the cost of caring for St Paul's and continuing to deliver our central ministry and work is enormous and the generosity of
our supporters is critical.
Widely considered to be one of the world’s most beautiful buildings and a powerful symbol of the splendour of London, St Paul’s Cathedral is a
breathtaking events venue.
David danced before the Lord: King David as the Ancestor of Christ
King David is one of the most vivid characters in the Bible. Complex and contradictory, he a man of great faith who lives a life of
joyful intimacy with God and yet is still flawed, sinful and called to repentance.
His are some of the most memorable stories in the Bible. In his youth, he defeated the giant Goliath, danced before the Lord (to the
embarrassment of his wife), and formed a passionate friendship with Jonathan. In his maturity he becomes King and his story darkens into war,
family breakdown, heartrending grief at the death of his son and perhaps the darkest moment of all when he orders Bathsheba’s husband’s death
in order to take her for himself.
But in the Gospels, Jesus is called Son of David, and David’s finer qualities are ones that point us to Christ and become evident in the story
Janet Tollington will bring King David to life, exploring the light and dark of his life and character, asking what aspects of his story have
resonance and relevance for us, and why he should matter to us as Christians today.
The Revd Dr Janet Tollington is an Old Testament scholar and a Minister in the United Reformed Church. She has taught Hebrew and Old Testament
at Westminster College, Cambridge within the Cambridge Theological Federation, an ecumenical body for lay and ordained ministry training. A
much-loved teacher, she is back with us by popular demand.