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Catholic Festival of Faith

Each one of you has received a special grace, so, like good 
stewards responsible for all these graces of God, put yourselves 
at the service of others. If you are a speaker, speak in words 
which seem to come from God; if you are a helper, help as though
every action was done at God's orders; so that in everything God
may received the glory, through Jesus Christ, since to Him alone
belong all glory and power for ever and ever. Amen.
(1 Peter 4:10-11)

God has gifted all of us in so many different ways so why not share those gifts and talents in the service of others, in the way you can?

Registration to volunteer on the Mission Team now closed. 

1. Information and Welcome

“Do not neglect to show hospitality to strangers, for thereby some have entertained angels unaware”. (Hebrews 13: 2)

Main roles:

  • Answer queries from visitors
  • Welcome people and explain the objectives of the Festival
  • Explain the layout of the square and the different activities and events
  • Help set up the information stalls and man them

2. Street Evangelisation Team

“After this, the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go”. (Luke 10: 1)



Main roles:

  • Engaging in faith sharing conversations with passers-by
  • Giving out leaflets, Scripture passages and other useful items
  • Encouraging people to seek a relationship with God
  • Asking people about their experience of faith/God
  • Sharing our own story of faith with others

3. Catering & Hospitality Team

If anyone gives so much as a cup of cold water                                                          to one of these little ones because he is a disciple                                                      then I tell you solemnly he will most certainly not lose his reward”.    (Matt 10:42)

Main roles:

  • Prepare refreshments for the teams
  • Cook and serve lunch for the teams
  • Clean and wash up afterwards

4. Logistics and Practicalities

     “He has filled them with skill to do every sort of work”. (Exodus 35: 35a)


Main roles:

  • Setting up tents: workshops, Adoration.
  • Setting up stalls, and signage
  • Setting up banners, buntings, reconciliation and prayer spaces
  • Stewarding
  • Coordinate the workshop tents
  • Dismantling tents, packing away all materials and equipment

5. Prayer and Intercession

“And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you;                                                           seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”.            (Luke 11:9)                                                             

Main roles:

  • Prayer Team (to pray in pairs for people in the Prayer Tent)
  • Intentionally pray and intercede for the event, both before and during

6. Feet Washing

‘Jesus got up from the table, took off his outer robe, and tied a towel around himself. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to wipe them with the towel that was tied around him’. (John 13: 4-5)   

At the Last Supper, Jesus washed the feet of His disciples, the One who came, not to be served but to serve. In this, Jesus is showing us His servant heart which is one of love and care for others. He is also teaching us to do the same for others; to be willing to have servant hearts towards others and show love and compassion in caring for the other.

‘Feet Washing’ at Spirit in the City might seem odd and for some shocking but it is a real eye opener for those who partake in this. For those washing the feet of others, it calls us to reflect upon the love God had for His disciples and by extension, all of us. And if we are to emulate Him, why not tend to another in the same manner? For those on the receiving end, this is something they will remember!

For those volunteering at this station, this is prayer and this is outreach. Praying for the person whose feet we are caring for and an opportunity to share with them the first ‘Feet Washing’ ceremony, the Gospel story of God’s love for each of us!


7. Sandwich Service Outreach

…and the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me”. (Matt 25: 40) 

Every Saturday, a team of volunteers at Notre Dame                                                                    de France RC Church welcome homeless people in the parish centre. There, they provide sandwiches, hot and cold drinks  for the guests as well as an opportunity to chat and relax for a few hours.

During the Spirit in the City Festival, the team will prepare the lunches but this time take them OUT to the homeless onto the streets of the West End. For those volunteering for this service, you will be making the lunches and taking them out onto the streets. 


Please pray for Spirit in the City: …because our passion for God takes us beyond the church walls!


8. Financial Help and Donations

‘And my God will meet all your needs                                according to the riches of his glory in                                Christ Jesus’. (Philippians 4:19)                                                    

The Spirit in the City Festival is currently the largest Catholic Festival to be found in the heart of London. The entire programme is financed solely through grants and donations to cover the administrative and publicity costs, as well as the running costs associated with staging the event, i.e. stage and equipment, artists’ fees, refreshments, materials.

We rely entirely on the generosity of our benefactors and we also rely on the many volunteers who freely give of their time and offer their skills to make Spirit in the City a reality.

Click here to make a donation

If you are able to make a financial contribution:

  • Click the link above if you would like to make a donation.


  • Cheques can be made payable to ‘Notre Dame de France’ and sent to:
    Spirit in the City Festival, 5 Leicester Place London WC2H 7BX.

To maximise your donation, please enable us to claim Gift Aid (form can be downloaded from here).

Please keep this venture in your prayers!
Here is a link to the official Spirit in the City prayer.