Giving is a fundamental concept of the Christian faith: God’s giving of his Son, and the Son’s giving of his life for the world. The Sacrament of the love of God is celebrated here at St Giles’ for our life and the life of the world; and at its heart are the words that proclaim the self-giving of God. We in turn are called to a life of generous giving – of our time, our skills and our money.
We ask you to reflect and pray as you consider your giving. If you are already making regular donations and your finances allow it, perhaps you may give more.
Harvest Letter 2019
As in previous years, we’re writing to all the members of the St Giles’ community whose names appear on the Electoral Roll. We’d like to begin by thanking you most warmly for whatever you have been able to contribute to the church over the past year, in financial and/or practical ways. Your generous support is essential to the preservation of our shared heritage, our ministry and our role in the wider community.
Heritage: a church has stood on this site for over 1,000 years. The current Grade 1 listed building is one of the few medieval churches to survive the Fire of London and the Blitz and its connections with historical figures of note are memorialised in the names of the Barbican: Milton, Frobisher, Bunyan, Speed and Shakespeare. Like all heritage buildings, St Giles’ needs regular maintenance and investment to keep it secure and to meet modern standards.
Worship: We are here to love God and to make Christ known in work and deed. We welcome everyone to our services: regular worshippers, visiting friends and family, Barbican residents, those working locally and tourists. People come to celebrate together at Christmas and to find peace in the middle of a busy day.
Community: the church is a partner in the Corporation’s Culture Mile and a well-established and much loved venue for concerts. During the last year we have welcomed over 14,000 people to attend and participate in a diverse range of events including four book fairs, over 50 concerts and the International Organ School. Several concerts have been broadcast by Radio 3. As well as acting as a polling station we organise a regular food bank collection outside Waitrose.
St Giles’ is an active, inclusive church; we need your help to continue and expand our work.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. A donation from you will help to support the work of St Giles’ and the maintenance of an outstanding building in the heart of the Barbican.
With all good wishes to you at this Harvest time
Kathryn Elsby, Susan Royce, Catherine Urquhart and Malcolm Waters
This is our preferred way for you to give, and the Stewardship Committee’s target is to increase the number of people paying by Standing Order by 15%.
By knowing what is coming in regularly, outgoings can be met more easily, with bills paid and improvements planned with confidence.
Please set up a Standing Order if you possibly can (if you haven’t already done so). You can set up a Standing Order using online banking, or use a Standong Order form available from church or the parish office. You can also download one - see below
Bank Account details:
Account Name: St Giles’ Cripplegate Church
Account No: 46985867
Sort Code: 56-00-23
If you have an existing Standing Order, as the costs of keeping St Giles’ open and running only go upwards, we urge you to increase your giving if you can.
These are provided in the pews for cash or cheque donations. If you pay tax, complete the envelope fully so that we can reclaim the tax you have paid via the Gift Aid scheme.
If you are a UK taxpayer your donations may be eligible for Gift Aid, whereby for every £1 you give us, we can reclaim 25p from the tax you have paid. And it doesn’t cost you a penny. All you have to do is fill in a Gift Aid declaration form, available in church or from the parish office. It can also be downloaded - see below
Thank you to all who gift aid their giving.
Please consider making a bequest to St Giles’ Cripplegate in your will. We will use legacies to fund significant projects in the Parish. Since circumstances change over the years, you are encouraged to leave a legacy for the general purposes of the Parish.
ALL FINANCIAL INFORMATION YOU GIVE US IS TREATED IN CONFIDENCE
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.
08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)
The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.
Friday 15 November at 15.00
Bundling of Advent and Christmas leaflets. Please contact Jake in the Parish Office if you can help
Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection
These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.
2019 Future Dates, 4 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.
2019 Future Dates,
2019 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30
Tuesday 19 November
also a Q&A with Russell Clynch about the new seating before the main meeting.
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997