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Opening of Year Services 2019

OoY 19

"...Though goodness without knowledge is weak and feeble, yet knowledge without goodness is dangerous." 

John Phillips, 1719-1795, Educator


The Opening of Year Service took place on Wednesday 25 September 2019 at 13.10 in the College Chapel on the Strand Campus. The service is held annually on the first Wednesday of the new undergraduate term and has come to be one of the most significant services in the King’s year. 

Every year King’s invites a visiting preacher who often reflects on the College’s Christian heritage and the place of this in the search for holiness and wisdom in Higher Education, and the service also offers the opportunity to re-commit to working together as a university community. 

OoY 19 Jennifer SmithThis year’s preacher was The Revd Canon Dr Jennifer Smith, Superintendent Minister, Wesley's Chapel. The theme for her sermon centred on the above quotation by John Phillips, and you can read her sermon here (pdf, 141 KB).

Past preachers have included Professor Russell Goulbourne, Dean of the Faculty of Arts at The University of Melbourne; King’s alumna, The Rt Revd Dame Sarah Mullally, Bishop of Crediton and former Chief Nursing Officer for England; The Very Revd Dr David Ison FKC, Dean of St Paul’s; the former Principal Professor Sir Rick Trainor FKC, The Most Revd Vincent Nichols, Cardinal Archbishop of Westminster, and former Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams.


The service included an Old Testament reading (Proverbs 8:1-4, 22-31), read by Professor Edward Byrne, President & Principal of King's College London, and a New Testament reading (1 Corinthians 2:1-7, 12-13), read by Onyinye Udokporo, Masters student in Education, Policy and Society.

OoY 19 Edward Byrne

Mr Andrew Summers CMG FKC, former member of the College Council; Professor Evelyn Welch FKC, Provost/Senior Vice President (Arts & Sciences); Professor Paul Joyce, Samuel Davidson Professor of Old Testament/Hebrew Bible; Professor Edward Adams, Professor of New Testament Studies, and Professor Ben Quash, Professor of Christianity & the Arts, were in attendance. 

OoY 19During the course of the service,the College Chaplain and Acting Dean, the Revd Tim Ditchfield FKC, read out some of the student replies to the Chaplaincy Welcome Week Competition question, "I would make the world a better place by...?" and announced the two winners who will each receive a Fair Trade chocolate hamper - Catriona Gibbs, Global Health & Eva Grotheer, Law.

The Choir sang two anthems (Lassus, Jubilate Deo and Bruckner, Os justi meditabitur), and Tim welcomed and introduced the members of the Chaplaincy Team, including the new Roman Catholic Chaplain, Fr Thomas Skeats, and the two new Chaplaincy Assistants, Verity Roberts and Doris Barrera, and blessed them in their ministry for this academic year. Dr Clare Dowding, Office of the Dean, and Olivia Unwin, English student, each prayed for the Chaplains and Chaplaincy Assistants.

The service closed with a voluntary (Sumsion, Ceremonial March) by our new Organ Scholar, Mitchell Farquharson, and was followed by a reception in the Great Hall.




The Opening of Year Service at Guy’s took place on Thursday 26 September 2019 at 17.30 in the Chapel of Thomas Guy. 

Bishop Tim OoY 2019

This year’s preacher was Bishop TimThornton, Bishop at Lambeth - Tim is an FKC, and read his MA at KCL in the 1990s. He is also a former chair of the King's Theological Trust. The theme of his sermon was 'How students can be a force for change in the world, by following Jesus' mandate to become like little children.' and the text for his sermon will be uploaded shortly.

The service included an Old Testament (Psalm 91) and two New Testament readings (2 King's 6:8-17; Matthew 18:1-6,10), read by Onyinye Udokporo, Masters student in Education, Policy and Society.

OoY Students 2019


Sir Robert Lechler, Vice-Principal (Health) and Dean of Medical and Dental Schools; Rhiannon Owen, VP Education (Health) and a member of the KCLSU were in attendance. 

The Guy's Chapel Choir's sang during the service (Stanford, Magnificat and Nunc dimittis in C, Op. 115 and Balfour Gardiner, Evening Hymn) and prayers were led by Sarah Camilleri and Juliet Iloagba of the KCL Catholic Society.


The service was followed by a reception in the Museum of Life Sciences, Hodgkin Building.

OoY Service Guys Outside

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