Activities January to June 2017
Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June, Parish Weekend at Othona
Most people arrived together in the mini bus on Friday evening, by which time the early team had sorted out rooms and sheets and rotas. There were radical changes in the kitchen, with two industrial dishwashers.
We began to unwind over supper. Our more formal sessions were in the Solar Building with a view over the peace garden to the roof of St Peter’s Chapel in the distance.
We followed Rowan Williams’ ‘Being Disciples - Essentials of the Christian life.’ The first evening we considered the words, ’You learn by sharing your life, you learn by looking and listening.’ There was compline and a pretty early bedtime
On Saturday, Catherine led a session on Faith hope and love through an Ignatian exercise.
Then Tim and Alan guided us on Holiness by looking carefully at a found object: holy looking so we might see the glory of the Lord.
Thursday 8 - Sunday 18 June Book Fair
Saturday 20 May Food Bank Appeal
Although the sun shone, we needed to warm ourselves up with cups of coffee as it can get cold standing around. Roger and Patricia, Sarah and Tim joined the team for the first time and Roger writes, “Patricia and I were amazed at the generosity and willingness to give of the shoppers in Waitrose. So many people thanked the team and seemed glad of the opportunity to give to the hungry as part of the community effort.” Tim gave a new order to stacking the contributed food and our friends and neighbours were so generous that we needed two cages to put the food in. We know our appeals make a difference to topping up the stocks at the Food Bank, they were especially glad this time of the great quantity of toilet paper. We wait to hear the weight of Saturday’s collection.
9 April, Palm Sunday
It was perfect weather for starting the service outside the west door and later for processing through the streets with palms to St Paul’s Cathedral. The donkeys were made to feel at home by going into church beforehand - including up into the sanctuary – and on the way back Mollie was able to stroke and speak to her special friends.
the procession crossing London Wall
Once at St Paul’s, Canon Mark greeted the congregation including ‘our friends from St Giles’’ on the west steps. They walked with their palms down the centre aisle – ‘The green palms waving their way up the nave was a great sight, and added a splash of colour as they were cast in front of the altar.’ It was very moving for those taking part.
Some stayed for the service, others returned to St Giles’ for coffee, tea, squash cake and biscuits and setting up the labyrinth for Holy Week.
This is a terrific thing to do on Palm Sunday and we are grateful to everyone who helps us; not least Johnny, Charlotte, Sarah and Darren who make such an early start from Norfolk with the donkeys.
March 2017- St Giles’ Cripplegate Charity Book Fair
19 March, Mothering Sunday
On Mothering Sunday six children in the congregation were admitted to Communion. We welcomed their godparents and members of their families to the service. The children did the readings, led the prayers, brought up the bread and wine and made sure everyone got a bunch of daffodils for the final blessing. They had made cakes and invited us to enjoy them at their ‘party’ over coffee. We look forward to their continual lively presence among us and learning with them and from them as we journey together on the Way of Christ.
Saturday 28 January – Tea and a Tour of the London Islamic Centre, Whitechapel
The invitations were being handed out near Whitechapel tube station to ‘Tea and Tour’. “Please join us at the London Muslim Centre on the last Saturday of the month. Just pop by any time between 10.30am and 1.00pm. Biscuits and yummy snacks will be served alongside guided tours of the Mosque.”
It seemed a good opportunity to go and find out more about our nearest Muslim neighbours. As we arrived we knew we were in the right place on the right day, men were approaching passers by inviting them into the Mosque. We sat down in a side room lined with books and were told this was the hospitality room.
A young man asked us where we were from, the two others in the group were from New Zealand - not from up the road like us. We learnt that there at 10,000 at Friday prayers although it was hard to understand how far people travel to be there. There were questions about the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims and the reasoning for women’s dress code. The site in Whitechapel also incorporates a school, a bank and a lot of offices. Building work is going on now to provide further facilities. Our guide in the Mosque spoke about his own life style and what the monotheistic faiths have in common.
Sunday 22 January - Diana at 80
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.
Future Dates, 12 July, 13 September, 4 October, 1 November and 13 December
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.
12 July, 13 September, 4 October, 1 November and 13 December
The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997