the church in the heart of the Barbican
the church in the heart of the Barbican

Welcome to St Giles' Church 

 

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

 

The Season of Christmas incuding Epiphany, the Baptism of Christ and the Presentation in the Temple (Candlemas)

 

The celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is one of the two poles of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary, provides the material of the feast:

 

Hark, hark, the wise eternal word,

like a weak infant cries!

In form of servant is the Lord,

and God in cradle lies.

(Thomas Pestel)

 

Christmas is much more then than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The task of the Christmas liturgy is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.

 

It is Christ’s nativity that has provided the occasion for this festival of the incarnation, since the end of the third century. The Christmas crib and the nativity play can both be said to descend from the tableau of Christ’s birth that Francis of Assisi arranged when he celebrated Christmas at Greccio in 1223. Christmas carols are a medieval tradition, which has been notably developed from the end of the nineteenth century. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is itself an influential English creation of the late nineteenth century, made widespread by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, in the first half of the twentieth.

 

The Christmas season is often celebrated for twelve days, ending with the Epiphany. Contemporary use has sought to express an alternative tradition, in which Christmas lasts for a full forty days, ending with the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) on 2 February.

 

The days around 25 December are a principal holiday in the secular calendar of Britain, and commercial pressures have led to much of Christmas celebration being displaced into Advent. It has become a still greater challenge to celebrate as they deserve, the saints of the Christmas season: Stephen, who first paid with his life for following the incarnate Lord; John, who was believed to have lived to great old age in profound meditation on the Word made flesh; and the Holy Innocents, who draw our attention to the plight of children in a world where the implications of the birth of the Christ-child are not yet manifest.

 

New Year’s Day is an important moment in the civil rather than the Christian calendar, but it provides the original occasion for the searching Covenant Renewal service (Watchnight Service) of the Methodist tradition.

 

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Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Services and church  opening hours

08.00   Holy Communion (First Sunday in the month)

10.00   Parish Eucharist
16.00   Evening Prayer

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,                              

2019 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,                               

2019 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.

 

Wednesday 9 January  Deanery Synod

18.00 St Botolph’s Church, Bishopsgate

 

2019 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

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

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