Activities July-December 2017

Sunday 7 October Birthday Celebrations and      Good Byes

 

It was a busy time after the service with birthday celebrations for Mollie and Dawn and goodbyes to Tim and Alan

 

Mollie celebrated her 96th Birthday with lots of delicious cake, flowers and cards from the congregation and a rousing singing of Happy Birthday with Anne at the organ.

This was the last service at St Giles’ for Tim and Alan now they have moved to Lanzarote. During the service they were given a cross to put in their new home. Katharine thanked them for their ministry at St Giles’ over many years, for their support and help during Holy Week and Easter and the Annual Parish Weekends at Othona. We all wished them happiness and fulfilment in their new venture. 

Dawn also enjoyed the singing of Happy Birthday by the choir and congregation and was joined in church by her daughter and 3 grandchildren

Saturday 9 September Food Bank Collection outside Waitrose in Cherry Tree Walk

Our team organised by Sidney with Katharine, Mona, Judith, Gail, Sue and Christopher reported a record response and strong support for our initiative to help those in need. We also appreciate the help we receive from Waitrose staff including Maria on this occasion.. 

Thank you to all who supported our Food Bank Collection outside Waitrose. With so many generous donations from shoppers we collected 441 Kg of food - enough for 588 meals!

 

Judith with the 2 crates and a trolley at the end of the collection

 

Our next collection will be on 9 December from 10.30-12.30

Sunday 10 September Progressive Lunch

This popular event gives us time to enjoy each other’s company, introduce visitors and new members of the congregation to the hospitality and generosity of our hosts and to eat together. 

 

Host Cyril with his guests

Back at the Back at the Rectory, David decides on his pudding – hard with so much choice!

Alexandra, Mark and Louise enjoy their puddings as does Mona in the background

 

Dawn, Diana Leula and Cyril enjoy coffee at the end of the meal.

 

We are grateful to Penny, our organiser from the beginning of these lunches and the many hosts who have welcomed guests to their homes plus those providing canapes or puddings that we enjoy at the Rectory before or after the main course eaten in homes around the Barbican.

Sunday 3 September Farewell to Ainé, our organ scholar

Ainé, a former pupil at the City of London School for Girls has been our organ scholar but on Sunday we said goodbye to her as she has won an organ scholarship to Keeble Colleg​e, Oxford. It was also a celebration of her success while with us and to wish her well as she takes up this new challenge.

 

Anne, our Director of Music who has also been her organ teacher thanked her for her dedication and commitment to St Giles’. She made a presentation to Ainé of organ music and a cheque from the congregation.

 

Our three organists Elizabeth, Anne and Ainé

We toasted Ainé with champagne and delicious cakes provided by her parents, Grace and Aidan.    

 

Ainé (centre) with Grace, her mother and Jenny a lab. technician at CLSG

Royal College of Organists' Medal awarded to Anne Marsden Thomas MBE

 

Belated ‘Congratulations to Anne’

At the Conferment Ceremony in Southwark Cathedral earlier this year, Anne was awarded the RCO medal ‘i​n recognition of distinguished achievement in organ​ pedagogy and distinguished service to the College.’ 

She was also held up ‘as an example of excellence that we can all strive to achieve’ 

(photographs by kind permission of Simon Jacobs RCO

Sunday 6 August at Wesley’s Chapel 

Leslie Griffiths preached to a packed house on his retirement after 21 years as Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel. 

Leslie and Margaret processed from the chapel at the end of the service.

 

We, his ecumenical friends had been invited to share a farewell lunch with the congregation. This was a grand affair served in the chapel garden in the sunshine. It was good to also meet our friends from St Joseph’s and Jewin Welsh Chapel. Leslie has been a good friend to us all and we wish him and Margaret a happy retirement.   

Sunday 9 July -  Waste not, want not!

Christine offered to cook lunch for us on Sunday 9 July. We didn’t really go foraging – although Christine picked up bruised fruit and vegetables from Ridley Road Market. We asked people to look in the back of their fridges and cupboards for forgotten-about food. There was a box outside the Rectory front door for donations and Marianne saved us packets of pulses past their sell-by date, cheese, bread and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.

She made us a real feast – including a daring combination of banana with peanut butter and some delicious grilled cheese - which we enjoyed in the Rectory garden. Thank you, Christine, for suggesting this and making it happen.

Sunday 2 July – Valerie’s Special Birthday Celebration

Valerie Wise celebrated her significant birthday and Abraham presented her with a bouquet of summer flowers

 

We enjoyed a delicious cake with our coffee

 

Valerie and Cornelia looking at a birthday card 

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

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Services and church  opening hours    

Sundays

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.

 

Weekdays

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, Thursdays,         2 November and 7 December.

 

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, Thursdays,         2 November and Wednesday   6 December.

 

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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