Rooted in Christian values from our original beginnings as a place of prayer over 850 years ago, our charitable aims of worship, hospitality and service continue to underpin all our activities.
Our values and ethos underpin everything we do at The Royal Foundation of St Katharine.
We are rooted in the Christian faith, which acknowledges the value and uniqueness of every human and teaches the importance of love, respect, forgiveness and the need to work for peace and justice.
Our Chapel is open from 8.00 am to 11.00 pm every day and may be used by groups for worship, talks and seminars, and by individuals for quiet contemplation or prayer. Sometimes we offer concerts from the chapel with a range of different styles of music.
Our staff have a diverse range of religious beliefs and we welcome guests of all faiths and with no faith to enjoy our facilities.
We are deeply focused on the needs of our guests and recognise the need for bespoke solutions to satisfy the wide variety of people who visit St Katharine’s.
We aim to keep our staff thriving in terms of personal and professional development, motivation, health and wellbeing so that they can best serve our guests.
Quality of care is at the heart of everything we do. We have policies in place aimed at ensuring our guests and our staff are safe.
We act with integrity. This means acting within a legal framework but also treating everyone with whom we engage with fairness and respect.
We value innovation in thought and practice, whilst keeping in mind that we act as custodians of this long-standing charity. We seek to develop the best in digital and virtual practices that allow the widest range of people to enjoy the Foundation. We also help clients run events and conferences that create a great digital experience.
We have some studio space to help new businesses, as well as practice facilities for musicians. We also encourage the creative arts in dance, music and spoken word.
We are a charity that has to be financially independent and receives no funding from the Church of England or any other body. We are not for profit and any surplus that might be made on our work is invested in developing the service.
We aim to bring in sufficient income to be able to provide reduced rates for charitable organisations, community groups and other not for profits.
We are sometimes able to access grants in order to help people enjoy retreats who wouldn’t be able to afford it.
We also want to be able to generate charitable funds to support local East London needs. Over the years a number of people have given generously to support our work and we continue to value generous gifts and grants that allow us to deliver our services.
We have a small group of people who are committed to our regular prayers in the chapel. During the week there is a regular pattern of prayer. It is a particular joy that people send in prayer requests from around the world and we pray for these needs as well as for our City and Country.
Please know you are always warmly welcome to send our prayer team your prayer requests to: firstname.lastname@example.org