Activities January-June 2019 

!4 April Mothering Sunday


On Mothering Sunday, we again observed our new tradition of polyanthus instead of daffodils. It all began last year with a very cold spring and an early Easter; the swap seemed to go down rather well, and we found that polyanthus last longer indoors than daffodils.

In spite of it being Lent, the darker coloured ones were used to decorate the altar during the service.


William, from the Sunday Club, did the first reading and there was a story sermon about mothers. Mary the mother of Jesus – with a meditation for the adults suggesting that she and her other children found Jesus strange and puzzling. Katharine then spoke about Helena, a Christian and mother of Constantine, who wasn’t posh enough for his father. Because of Helena and Constantine, the world changed, and Christians were no longer persecuted. We worked out that she was in her 60s when Constantine sent her in search of relics for his churches – Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem and St Peter’s in Rome.


There were polyanthus for all the adults and everyone held them up at the end to be blessed.


Saturday 9 March to Saturday 6 April

Ecumenical Lent 2019 Study Group

Our meetings are held at St Giles’ Church, Wesley’s Chapel, St Joseph’s Church and Jewin Welsh Church.

We start at 10.00 with coffee or tea and the study session from 10.30 to 11.30.

We always learn extraordinary things about one another when we sit down and listen and talk together over the course of five weeks.

We always learn extraordinary things about one another when we sit down and listen and talk together over the course of five weeks.

This year our starting point was ‘The Sacred Art of Joking’ by James Carey. We were told about the grandfather who was a pantomime dame, and another one who dressed as a bear during carnival. The daring ones told jokes to the group, and we watched clips of Mel Brooks as a waiter at the Last Supper and as Moses dropping one of the tablets of stone – that’s why there are only ten, not fifteen, commandments.

James Carey has made us more alert to the teaching of Jesus, and the ridiculous incongruities in well-known stories. No seed yields a hundredfold, no tree needs to be manured.


And Easter: Risus Pascalis (the Easter laugh). ‘Any tradition that makes Christians laugh more and see the comedy that God has woven into the text of the Bible and fabric of the universe would be very welcome.’ Even Easter itself.

Saturday 23 March Food Bank Collection outside Waitrose

The weather was spring like on Saturday 23 March when we made the first collection of the year at Waitrose Barbican for the Hackney Foodbank. As always, everyone at Waitrose was wonderfully helpful, and the total collection was enough to provide nearly 1100 meals.

Thank you to Amanda, Simon, Brigid, Mo, Doris, Lewis, Alex and, of course, Katharine for their help and enthusiasm and to Tanya, Warehouse Manager at the Foodbank, and her son Deiondre for arriving with the van perfectly on time to take everything away.


Those of us collecting never cease to be impressed by the generosity of so many Waitrose customers. It really is heart-warming.


The next collection will be on Saturday 15 June. 


A message from Hackney Foodbank




Sunday 3 March Albert’s First Visit

Sarah and John were married at St Giles’ and, over the years, we have watched their family grow. Noah now has a brother Albert Edward - known as Alby - who was born on 25 January. On Sunday 3 March Katharine welcomed and blessed him during the Parish Eucharist. The congregation then were able to greet him as we all exchanged the Peace. We look forward to welcoming Albert, his family and friends for his Baptism later in the summer. 

Sunday 24 February - Admission of the Baptised to Communion

Fred, Martha, William and Imogen made their first Communion during the 10.00am Parish Eucharist. Over the past weeks, we have met for a time of preparation telling the story of the Passover and the Last Supper and thinking about bread and wine, remembering together on Sunday mornings and saying our prayers. At the end of the service the children each received a holding cross with the words: ‘God has touched us with his love and nourished us at his table. As God’s pilgrim people, may we continue to explore the Way of Christ, and grow in friendship with God, in love for his people, and in serving others.’ Families had been busy baking and the children invited us to share cakes over coffee and squash afterwards.

St Giles’ February Book Fair

Congratulations to all the Book Fair Volunteers for helping to raise £2,610.97 over the 10 days.

Thanks to all who donated and bought books too. 

Another great result.

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA


Registered Charity               Number 1138077


Services and church  opening hours


Thursday 30 May Ascension Day

There will be no Holy Communion Service at St Giles'.                     

Services at, 

St Paul's Cathedral 

08.00 and 12.30 Eucharist

17.30 Choral Eucharist  



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.


16.00 Sunday 10 May 

A Service of Commendation for Brother Kentigern SSF,         1960-2019, on the eve of his funeral. 



08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)

The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.


Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

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

Future Dates,                              

2019  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 6 June and 4 July


2019 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

Tuesday 16 July

Monday    9 September

Tuesday 19-November        at 19.30 in church  


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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