Welcome to St Giles' Church in the heart of the

Barbican, London

                                           

We are here to love God and to make Christ known in word and deed. We are an inclusive church and welcome all comers

Advent 2018 (from Advent Sunday,1 December to Christmas Eve, Monday 24 December)  

 

Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and also looks ahead to his final advent as judge at the end of time. The readings and liturgies not only direct us towards Christ’s birth, they also challenge the modern reluctance to confront the theme of divine judgement;

 

Every eye shall now behold him, robed in dreadful majesty                                                                            (Charles Wesley)

 

The Four Last Things – Death, Judgement, Heaven and Hell – have been traditional themes for Advent meditation. The characteristic note of Advent is therefore expectation, rather than penitence, although the character of the season is easily coloured by an analogy with Lent. The anticipation of Christmas under commercial pressure has also made it harder to sustain the appropriate sense of alert watchfulness, but the fundamental Advent prayer remains ‘Maranatha’ – ‘Our Lord, come’ (1 Corinthians 16.22). Church decorations are simple and spare, and purple is the traditional liturgical colour. In the northern hemisphere, the Advent season falls at the darkest time of the year, and the natural symbols of darkness and light are powerfully at work throughout Advent and Christmas…. The Moravian custom of the Christingle has enjoyed great success in Britain since the latter part of the twentieth century, with the encouragement of the Children’s Society; Christingle services may take place before or after Christmas.

 

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Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Our Christmas Services at St Giles'

Monday 17 December

18.30 Candlelit Parish Carol Service

Monday 24 December

Christmas Eve

16.00 Crib Service

21.00 Sung Eucharist

Tuesday 25 December

Christmas Day

10.00 Family Parish Eucharist

Sunday 30 December

First Sunday of Christmas

10.00 Holy Communion

All Welcome

Services and church  opening hours

08.00   Holy Communion (First Sunday in the month)

10.00   Parish Eucharist
16.00   Evening Prayer

Sunday 16 December Evening Prayer will be said in the Rectory at 16.00.

Evening Prayer may be cancelled on the Sunday after Christmas and on Easter Day or during August. The service may  also be cancelled if no key holder is available or it may take place in the rectory instead.

 

Sunday 31 March 2019 Annual Parish Meeting in church at 11.30

 

Weekdays

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)

 

Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.

Future Dates,                              2018 13 December

2019 3 January, 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July  

 
Cleaning Angels 

These sessions are normally held on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00. Some gentle cleaning and tea and cakes at the end.

Future Dates,                               2018 13 December

2019 3 January, 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July  

 

The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.

 

2019 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

Tuesday 8 January* (Supper)         Monday 28 January         Tuesday 19 March             Tuesday 30 April* (Supper)

*in the Rectory at 19.30  

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

 

The Parish Office will be closed from Monday 24 December to Wednesday 2 January 2019 

 

 

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