Activities January-June 2018

Sunday 4 February Candlemas and                      Celebration of the Life of Ken Thomas, 1934-2017


During the Family Eucharist we celebrated Ken’s life including being a member of our congregation for many years. He died on 21 December and his funeral was held in Beckenham with members of the congregation present. 

Ken was born in Milford Haven, Wales in 1934. His loving family were committed Methodists where singing was important.  Ken loved singing and playing football.

At 16 he joined the army becoming an Engineer and Sergeant Major.  In civilian life Ken was a quantity surveyor working on big projects for British Rail and London Councils.


In 1995 Ken and Dorothy met and she was impressed by his fine Baritone voice. They married a year later with a glorious service of blessing at St Giles Church.


In 1998 Ken began a severe mental illness and it was many years before he was well.  Dorothy said ‘Our weekly services at St Giles helped us mentally, physically and spiritually. Singing was the best therapy.  In later years he was honoured to be asked to sing a solo at St Giles when the choir was on holiday.  He always helped at the book fairs and collected money for the Children’s Society. Moorfields Eye Hospital tended Ken and he did a sponsored walk of 4 miles in aid of the hospital when he was 80.


For the last 10 years Ken was a Manager and voted Governor of Oxleas Mental Health Service.  All this was voluntary work.


Ken’s sight became very poor.  He knew he was going blind which frightened him.  On 20th December 2017 we drove to a country shop to buy chocolate treats.  We had fun.  The next day he was taken to hospital.  The doctors could do nothing except keep him pain free.  He died in the evening.  He is greatly missed.’

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 uaryinstead.



08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday).


Saturday Mornings in Lent 

Ecumenical Study and Prayer

Dates and Venues

February                                     17 Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, EC1Y 1AU
24 St Joseph's Ch urch,                15 Lamb’s Passage, Bunhill Row, EC1Y8LE
March                                            St Giles’ Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, EC2Y 8DA                
10 Jewin Welsh Chapel,            70 Golden Lane, Fann Street,      EC1Y OSA
17 Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, EC1Y 1AU


Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.

Future Dates, 

8 March & 5 April


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,            

8 March & 5 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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