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 Advent (Advent Sunday         27 November to Christmas Eve Saturday               24 December 2016)


Advent is a season of expectation and preparation, as the Church prepares to celebrate the coming (adventus) of Christ in his incarnation, and 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. 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).


‘Come, Lord Jesus, do not delay; give new courage to your people, who trust in your love. By your coming, raise us to share in the joy of your kingdom on earth as in heaven, where you live and reign with the Father and the Spirit, one God for ever and ever. Amen


(text from Common Worship)

We are the Church of England parish church in the heart of the Barbican and the spiritual focus of the community here. We welcome all people of faith and goodwill, and are here to serve the community in its diversity. We welcome those who are called to worship with us on Sundays and during the week or to come for a wedding, a memorial service, a concert, to use the church for private prayer and reflection or simply to light a candle and sit quietly in the course of the working day.

The Diocese of London and its parishes are now committed to being aware of and using where possible, Fairtrade items for church events, and individual members of the congregation are invited to make a commitment.

If your marriage is going bad, your kids are on dope, your work is unsatisfactory, you're really unhappy, maybe the place not to go to is the pub, maybe the place to go to - even if you've lost all faith in the divine - is into the church, a safe spiritual space of no judgement. Just go in, and let some of that into you.


We are a medieval church in the City of London.  As the novelist A N Wilson writes, "The Barbican now an immense plate glass fantasy, enormous towers soaring up to the sky. But doggedly, in the middle of it all, St Giles' Cripplegate, bombed, repaired, stands as the last imaginable little memorial of a vanished city that Shakespeare knew."

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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)


Monday 12 Decemberat 18.30 

Parish Carol Service 'Carols by Candlelight'

Readingd snd favourite carols folowed by mulled winw and mince pies.

All Welcome 


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      5 January, 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       1 December2016 and in 2107 5 January, 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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