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
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)
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
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.
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.
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.
Where to visit us:-
St Giles' Cripplegate Church
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
Services and church opening hours
08.00 Holy Communion (First Sunday in the month)
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
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.
2019 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July
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.
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
Tel: 020 7638 1997