About St Giles' Cripplegate Church
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.
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
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
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.
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
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.
Catherine Shelley Assistant Priest
Having been simply Ms Catherine Shelley for most of my life, in 2010-2011 I became both Reverend and Dr, which was a bit of a shock to the system!
Both events happened in Manchester where I had previously been practicing as a lawyer specialising in Child Protection law.
I stayed in Manchester for my curacy (in Salford, then Withington and Didsbury) and then moved to Birmingham to be chaplain to Birmingham University, where I also taught ethics. When Alison Joyce moved to be vicar at St Brides Fleet Street (Autumn 2014) I also covered the interregnum at her former parish of Edgbaston Old Church, the parish in which the university is located.
Throughout my ordained ministry, I have also been on the committee of the Ecclesiastical Law Society. In May 2015 I was asked if I would like to return to law, as an ecclesiastical and charities lawyer. After four months of thinking ‘no’, I changed my mind and decided to explore being a church lawyer alongside Self Supporting Ministry. I now advise churches with building, property and faculty matters (including occasional court hearings), represent clergy facing Clergy Discipline Proceedings and do a range of other work for Dioceses, parishes and church schools and Boards of Education. I am also Deputy Registrar to Ely and Liverpool Dioceses.
I have been ministering in Southwark Diocese; that role came to an end and I am now delighted to join you at St Giles Cripplegate.
Where to visit us:-
St Giles' Cripplegate Church
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
Services and church opening hours
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.
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.
There is no session in August
Next session is 7 September
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.
There is no session in August
Next session 7 September
The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997