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

About St Giles' Cripplegate Church

Our Location

The Parish of St Giles' with St Luke's is unique in the City of London Deanery in that people live here. There is a large settled residential community with some people able to trace their roots back 400 years in the neighbourhood. There are many children and young people coming into the parish to attend three primary schools, a special needs school, and an independent girls' school.


There is also a significant proportion of elderly people either living on the estates or coming in each day to centres and lunch clubs. Whitecross Street which runs north of the Barbican Centre has a market Monday - Friday and is an important meeting place for the community and ensures there is still 'village' life in the heart of a capital city


Each weekday the neighbourhood is transformed by the thousands of office workers who commute to this part of the City. There is always building work being carried out, and the expansion of offices north of the square mile has changed the nature of this part of the parish.
 

The Barbican Centre, with its concert hall, theatres, cinemas and restaurants brings people here in the evenings. Seen from the Centre, St Giles is a distinctive landmark. Many tourists and schools visit the London Museum on the edge of the parish.


During term-time we enjoy the company of students at the Guildhall School of Music and Drama, with their new concert hall and theatre in Milton Court and the Cass Business School, City University London in Bunhill Row.

 

The YMCA hostel in Errol Street is currently being re-developed to provide a 'brand new flagship hostel and is due to open in June 2018 giving a home and a future to 10,000 young homeless Londoners over the next 60 years'

 

Two Livery Companies have their halls in the parish, there are many civic links with the Corporation of London and St Giles is used as a polling station.

Our Mission

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

Strengthened by this knowledge, these are our objectives for the coming year.(2017/18)

I We are energised by our faith
We celebrate God through regular worship and prayer and pilgrimage

 

Music is a central part of St Giles – we praise God through singing, organ playing, bell ringing and concerts
 

ll We make room for others

We embrace diversity in our church

 

We seek to build a positive atmosphere for our visitors. 
 

lII We look outwards
We will give a warm welcome to all our congregation new and old

 

Our church is open during the week, offering space for prayer, for peace and information about our history
 

We support international and local charities – and members of the congregation in their individual fund-raising ventures
 

We are committed to raising the issue of hidden poverty within the parish

 

We consider the wider world in how we purchase goods for the church

 

lV We are inquisitive
We are ready to explore our faith – St Giles offers the chance to discuss themes and views on faith and religion

V We adapt and grow
We seek ways to ensure we can maintain our church – it is a living place and to generate revenues from a range of sources

 

We are able to evolve and adapt as events demand

V. We build community
Our church is a sacred place for the benefit of our community


We look towards the wider community, local and virtual. Our events are for everyone – attenders and non-attenders alike


Children are an important part of our church – through the Sunday Club and through their roles in services, we are building a congregation that is confident of sharing the gospel with future generations

Some of what went on in 2018

 

January Clergy 2 Cities meet +Sarah. PCC agreed donation of £5,000 to Bishop’s Lent Appeal

 

February First Foodbank appeal of the year; Diane Corbin Bookkeeper/Administrator left for a full-time job in NHS. God at Work sermon series for Lent

 

March New team: Jake Kirner takes over as Administrator. Tom and Lydia are support concert staff. Joyce is our church cleaner. Lent Ecumenical Saturday mornings. A presentation on Refugees at Home.  Members of the congregation lead Compline in Holy Week

 

April Strategic Plan meeting continue: lighting consultant, furniture restorers.  APCM prize for most promising newcomer to Christopher Gadsden

 

May Installation of +Sarah; implementation of GDPR

 

June Jennifer Potter leaves Wesley’s Chapel; Sunday Club have a cake stall in aid of Water Aid; the sun shines at Othona and we can eat all our meals outside

 

July Visit by descendants of Rachel Speght proto-feminist (1597 - ?) wife of William Procter, curate at St Giles’; PCC members expressed outrage at actions of St Helen’s Bishopsgate ‘currently unable to join in corporate prayer’.

 

August RCO summer course; Instead of 8.00am 1662 service a Quaker silence was held in a Barbican flat

 

September We officially welcomed Doris as our Ministerial Experience Volunteer; a visit to Milton’s Cottage; installation of plastic bottles for Harvest Festival

 

October Ecumenical Pilgrimage to Spain; first planning meetings for carol services; Saturday morning Ecumenical study groups. Card payments implemented for book fairs and introduced on Sunday mornings. Alex Norris our curate-to-be and his wife attended the Parish Eucharist Lighting subgroup meets consultant. Electrical installation in church upgraded.

 

November PCC agrees to donating John Stow’s ‘Survey of London’ 1618 to Lambeth Palace Library; we sign up to Visible Congregation; Book Fair is busy on Saturday morning with Tai Chi class. ‘There and Not There’ art installation on Remembrance Sunday.  

 

December Advent Fair; St Giles’ Leaflet gets a mention in Church times as being ‘stylish and informative.’ Church in use for carol services or concerts on 19 occasions from 29 November - 18 December, plus Advent Fair weekend and Sunday morning services. Bury St Edmunds Cathedral holds an Advent Carol Service: ‘by tradition St Giles’ marks the resting place of the body of King Edmund Martyr outside Cripplegate in 1010’ (Pevsner)

 

Other Events 

The Private Prayer group and the Cleaning Angels met once a month and the Home Prayer Group once a fortnight during the year.

 

Looking ahead to 2019

 

January Apply for a faculty for window memorials; appointment of Project Manager for Strategic Plan

 

February Start Electoral Roll revision; children receiving Communion before Confirmation; 18 Feb - 1 March Book Fair

 

March 23 Foodbank Appeal; Saturday morning Ecumenical Lent study group; Adult Confirmation starts; 29 Brexit; 31 AGM

 

April 3 Licensing new Area Dean Katherine Hedderly at All Hallows by the Tower; 19 Good Friday; 20 Confirmation at St Paul’s; 21 Easter Day

 

May 12 Welcome back Sunday, Visit to Regent’s Park Mosque; 29 May - 7 June Book Fair

 

June 15 Foodbank Appeal; 21 - 23 Othona Weekend; 29

Ordination of Alex Norris SSM Curate; 30 Progressive Lunch

 

July Parish outing to Jesus Christ Superstar at Barbican
 

August non-Eucharistic worship on Sunday mornings; 19 - 30 Book Fair  

 

September 14 Foodbank Appeal

 

October Saturday mornings ecumenical study group

 

November 3 All Souls Service(4pm), 20 Nov - 1 Dec Book Fair; 30 Nov - 1 Dec Advent Fair  

 

December 7 Foodbank Appeal; 16 Parish Carol Service; 24 Christmas Eve; 25 Christmas Day

 

Other Events 

Private Prayer and Cleaning Angels to meet monthly and Home Prayer group fortnightly during the year

12 September 2016: The Triennial Visitation by The Venerable Rosemary Lain-Priestley, Associate Archdeacon of London

 

At this visitation Rosemary met with our Clergy, Katharine and Jennie, Church Wardens, Lorraine and Tim , members of the PCC and Anne our Director of Music. It is an opportunity for her on behalf of the Diocese of London to meet us in our own church, to check that we have in place all necessary safeguards, accurate records, the proper care of the building, and our plans for future developments. We discuss our mission and ministry and express any concerns we may have that we wish to seek help for from the Diocese.

 

We have now received the Report of the Visitation which you can read below. We are encouraged by the favourable nature and contents of the report which gives us all a sense of achievement and the will to continue our work of God’s ministry in this holy place.

Report of the Triennial Visitation by the Associate Archdeacon of London on 16 September 2016
0111 St Giles Cripplegate Sept 16.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [272.4 KB]

Capital Vision 2020, the Diocese of London's vision for the next seven  years was launched at St Paul's Cathedral in March 2013 with three major  themes, www.london.anglian.org/mission/capital-vision2020/

We at St Giles'are,



Rising to the London Challenge 2020



We are confident: a confident community is one grounded in prayer: Thursday lunchtimes, Prayer Partners; retreats at West Malling Abbey and Othona; ecumenical study mornings; ecumenical pilgrimages



We are compassionate: active involvement in charities and fundraising: book fairs; Hackney Food Bank and Help4HurtingChildren (Kampala,Uganda); Plan International; Christian Aid; Children's Society and other  charities

 

We are creative: Anniversary production of Benjamin Britten's Curlew River November 2013; Royal College of Organists at St Giles': fully using the church for the arts

Clergy

Katharine Rumens
Rector

 

Katharine trained as an art teacher and ran a fashion design studio before ordination. She was on the staff of St John's Waterloo and also chaplain to the South Bank Centre, London Television Centre and the Old Vic Theatre. At St Giles', the Barbican Centre are our neighbours. She enjoys making creative connections between the arts and the church. The parish presents many other opportunities in terms of ministry in schools, local businesses, livery companies and with the many residents.

Doris Barrera

Ministerial Experience Volunteer 

 

Doris is our new Ministerial Experience Volunteer.She comes originally from Chile and has been living in the UK for the past 11 years.

From September 2018 to July 2019 she will be involved in the work of the Parish by assisting and learning from Katharine and members of the congregation as well as helping in any way she can. She says this is an amazing opportunity for her to gain pastoral experience as she explores vocation to the ordained Ministry in the Church of England.

Administration

Jake Kirner  

Parish Administrator                                   

Churchwardens

Tim Middleton

Safety Officer

Lorraine Mullins

PCC Members

John Bryden

Treasurer 

David Freeman

Assistant Treasurer

 



Gwen Rogers

Secretary

Deanery Synod Representative

Vivian Elliot

Wendy Ellis 

DBS

 

Kathryn Elsby

Daniel Gerring

Deanery Synod Representative

       Mona Henshall



Mark Hunter

Safeguarding Officer 

Anne Marsden Thomas 

Director of Music

Susan Royce

Penny Sharpe

Electoral Roll Officer

Catherine Urquhart

Malcolm Waters

              Joanne Williams

Music 

Anne Marsden Thomas

Director of Music

Elizabeth Day

Organist

John Zhang

Organ Scholar

Choir Members

Penny Sharpe

Soprano

Rosie Midgley

Mezzo-soprano

Robin Whitehouse

Tenor 

   Thomas Kennedy

    bass

 

 

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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