The Deanery represents all the parish and guild churches within the 'Square Mile'. These churches are within the Diocese of London which is a part of the Church of England.
The Deanery represents the living church of Jesus Christ within the City, but our church buildings are important historical monuments, visited by thousands of tourists every year. Our buildings are open to anyone, offering sanctuaries of calm and quite away from the clamour of business and commerce by which they are surrounded. Our clergy preach and promote the Gospel of Christ to the thousands of workers who pass through these streets every day, and are available to offer individual spiritual guidance.
Whether you are a visitor wishing to explore the many beautiful churches in the City or a church member requiring information, welcome to the City Deanery.
What is a Deanery?
'Deanery' is simply a word for a group of parishes. These parishes are presided over by a Dean. In medieval times Deans acted as officers of the local Bishop, though in this role they have been supplanted in modern times by the Archdeacon.
People from the Deanery meet together several times each year at the 'Synod' (a word for a governing body of the church.) This includes all the clergy and elected lay people from each parish.
In addition, the City Clergy meet regularly at a meeting known as a 'Chapter'.
In addition to providing fellowship between priests and lay-people within a geographical area, the Deanery meets to make decisions on matters affecting churches and worshipers.