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

The Season of Epiphany

Epiphany (from Friday 6 January to Saturday                    4 February)


In the Western churches, the Epiphany (‘manifestation’) became an occasion to celebrate one element in the story of Christ’s birth, the visit of the far-travelled magi, understood as the manifestation of Christ to the Gentiles.

Matthew’s account speaks simply of ‘wise men from the east’; later tradition fixed their number at three, made them kings and recalled their resonant names – Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar. In this perspective,

Epiphanytide is an apt season to pray for the worldwide mission of the Church. The feast of the Conversion of St Paul, the Apostle to the Gentiles, appropriately falls in the Epiphany season, as does the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.

The season of joyful celebration that begins at Christmas now continues through the successive Sundays of Epiphany, and the festal cycle ends only with the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas). The child who has been manifested to the magi at his birth is now recognized by Simeon and Anna, when he comes to be presented in the Temple according to the Law of Israel. He is both ‘a light to lighten the Gentiles’ and ‘the glory of God’s people Israel’.

But the redemption he will bring must be won through suffering; the Incarnation is directed to the Passion; and Simeon’s final words move our attention away from the celebration of Christmas and towards the mysteries of Easter.


Text adapted from Common Worship  

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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



08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)


18-25 January Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 


St Joseph’s Bunhill Row

Wednesday 18 January

12.05 A Mass for Christian Unity.   

Celebrant Patrick Cope, Chaplain to Tyburn Convent & Advisor to the Chaplaincy HQ at the Ministry of Justice

followed by light refreshments


Wesley’s Chapel

Thursday 19 January

12.45 – 13.15 Lunchtime service      

Preacher Leslie Griffiths


Monthy Private Prayer and Reflection 

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

Dates for future sessions are      2 February, 2 March and 6 April 2017


Cleaning Angels 

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

Dates for future sessions are    2 February, 2 March and 6 April

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


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-14.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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