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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 2019

(from Advent Sunday, 1 December to  Christmas Eve, 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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St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

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Advent and Christmas Leaflet

Our Advent and Leaflet is now available. This gives details of services and events from Advent Weekend until the Sunday after Christmas. See digital version below or pick up a copy in church.

St Giles Christmas Leaflet (1)2019.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [11.3 MB]

Monday 16 December 18.30 Parish Carol Service All Welcome 

 

Tuesday 24 December Christmas Eve and Wednesday 25 Christmas Day

Christmas Eve

16.00 Crib Service

This a popular service with families with the blessing of the crib, carols and readings

 

21.00 ‘Midnight’ Eucharist

This is a good time for families with young children and those we find a service at midnight too late for travel and family commitments

 

Christmas Day

10.00 Eucharist

 

Sundays

08.00   Holy Communion (First Sunday in the month)

10.00   Parish Eucharist
16.00   Evening Prayer30 

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.

 

Weekdays

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)

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

 

Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

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

 

2020 Future Dates.

2 January, 6 February, 5 March,

2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July,

No session in August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December.

 
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.

 

2020 Future Dates.

2 January, 6 February, 5 March,

2 April, 7 May, 4 June, 2 July,

No session in August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December

 

2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 

Tuesday 7 January (*Supper) and Monday 27 January

Tuesday 24-March

Tuesday 5-May (*Supper)

 Monday 29 June

 Tuesday 15 September

 Monday 23 November

*19.30 in the Rectory 

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997  

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