500th Anniversary of the Reformation

Westminster Abbey Marks 500th Anniversary of the Reformation

The 500th anniversary of the start of the Reformation movement, when Martin Luther wrote his 95 Theses, will be remembered at a Special Service at Westminster Abbey at Noon on Tuesday 31st October 2017.

The Right Revd John Fenwick, Bishop Primus, and the Revd Jonatas Bragatto representing the Free Church of England at the service in Westminster Abbey to mark the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther’s 95 theses and the start of the Reformation.

The service, held in partnership with the Council of Lutheran Churches, will be led by the Dean of Westminster, The Very Reverend Dr John Hall, who said in his Bidding:

Five hundred years ago today, Martin Luther enclosed with a letter to his archbishop 95 theses critical of aspects of Church practice at the time. He objected in particular to Christians being urged to pay a price that a dead loved one might be freed from punishment.

Five hundred years later, we remember that the universal Church, the body of Christ is under God semper reformanda, always to be reformed. And we recall, with sadness, the cruelty and the deaths that blighted the ensuing decades and, with gratitude, the determination and trust that endured to the end and conquered through suffering.


God cannot give us a happiness and peace apart from Himself, because it is not there. There is no such thing.

C. S. Lewis

Press forward. Do not stop, do not linger in your journey, but strive for the mark set before you. Fight the good fight of faith, and God will give you spiritual mercies.

George Whitefield

It is also our apostolic mission to enable all our people to develop into effective ambassadors of Christ in the Church and in the world.

Bishop John Fenwick

Being a Christian is more than just an instantaneous conversion – it is a daily process whereby you grow to be more and more like Christ.

Billy Graham