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the church in the heart of the Barbican

Services

Sunday

08.00 Holy Communion (said) First Sunday in the month


10.00 Parish Eucharist and Sunday Club

 

A list of the music and hymns for this service can be found here.

 

Sunday Club is held in the Vestry and children leave the service at the Collect and return to join their parents in time for the Communion. There is an area at the back of the South Aisle with toys and books for babies and very small children.  Coffee, tea and soft drinks are served after the service. We enjoy the opportunity this gives us to get to know each other and to meet our visitors. In the summer there is a glass of wine in the rectory garden.
 
16.00 Evening Prayer
 

A short service of readings, prayers and reflection. There is no Evening Prayer on the Sunday after Christmas, Easter Day or during August. The service may  cancelled if no key holder is available  or it may take place in the Rectory instead.

Weekdays

 

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday).

Morning Prayer may be cancelled in the weeks after Christmas and Easter, and during the last two weeks of August.

 

13.00 -13.30 Private Prayer and Reflection (normally the first Thursday in the month)

This lasts half an hour. A suggested guide is available with a biblical text from the lectionary and suggestions for prayer. 

 

Our text for January is ‘When they saw that the star had stopped, they were overwhelmed by joy’  Matthew 2 v 10

We remember or pray for,

  • a joyful celebration of the Epiphany in our lives with the coming of the Maji, the worldwide mission of the church, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity and the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple (Candlemas)
  • peace in 2019 and an end to war and conflict around the world including the Middle East, Syria, and Yemen and for all those working for reconciliation among nations and communities.
  • the hospice movement, all who are cared for at the end of their earthly life, for volunteers, patients and staff at our local hospice, St Joseph’s Hackney
  • children brought up in poverty, for children in care and all young offenders, and for the work of the Children’s Society.
  • the homeless in our City, all refugees and asylum seekers and the churches, charities and aid agencies that seek to help them
  • the work of the Hackney Food Bank, all who have given to our collections outside Waitrose during the past year, and our dedicated team of helpers    

We finish by saying together the Lord’s Prayer

Dates in 2019 

7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July  

 

The church is normally open Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Lectionary for the  Christmas Season incuding the Baptism of Christ and Candlemas and the Sundays before Lent 

 

20 January Epiphany 3

Isaiah 62: 1 – 5, 1 Corinthians 12: 1 – 11, John 2: 1 – 11

 

27 January Epiphany 4

Nehemiah 8: 1 – 3, 5 – 6, 8 – 10, 1 Corinthians 12: 12 – 13, 27 – 31, Luke 4: 14 – 21

 

3 February Candlemas

Malachi 3: 1 – 5, Hebrews 2: 14 – end, Luke 2: 22 – 40

 

10 February 4 Before Lent

Isaiah 6: 1 – 8, 1 Corinthians 15: 3 – 11, Luke 5: 1 – 11

 

17 February 3 Before Lent

Jeremiah 17: 5 – 10, 1 Corinthians 15: 12 – 20, Luke 6: 17 – 26

 

24 February 2 Before Lent

Genesis 2: 4b – 9, Revelation 4: 1 – 8, Luke 8: 22 – 25

Our Liturgy  

 

We use Common Worship for all services except on the first Sunday of the month when the 1662 Communion Service is used.

Baptisms

For many centuries parents who counted themselves members of the Christian Church have brought their children to be baptised. When a child is baptised (or Christened, both words mean the same) he or she is welcomed into the household of God and made a member of the church. It is the start of a journey.

The people who were baptised in the time of Jesus were adults. In the earliest days of the church only adults were baptised and this is still the custom in some Christian traditions. As time passed, parents asked if their children could also be baptised and this custom was established. Children were baptised on the understanding that their parents would bring them up in the faith of Christ. The church baptises babies and young children aware that the parents and Godparents will not always be fully involved in the life of the church but on the understanding that they take seriously the opening of the life of the child to the touch of God. In the baptism service parents and Godparents promise to bring up the child to follow Jesus, and to show him or her the right way to live by their own example. The child receives the love and shared faith of the whole people of God.

Baptisms here take place during the Parish Eucharist at 10.00.

A prayer for your child
God of love, May this child grow to love, to worship and serve you And bring life and joy to the world. Amen
 

Christingle and Mothering Sunday Services

We especially welcome parents, Godparents and children to the Christingle service on Advent Sunday at 16.00 and to the Mothering Sunday service in the Spring as part of the Parish Eucharist at 10.00.

Christingle service 2015

Weddings

We like weddings at St Giles' and are very glad when couples want to get married here. A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. The most important part of your wedding will be the service held in church. Planning for this should be one of the happiest times in your life together. Whether the ceremony you want is quiet and simple, or elaborate with glorious flowers and music and the bells ringing out, at the heart of the service the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God's blessing.

Your wedding matters to us, your celebration takes place in the life of this church. You and your family and friends become part of the ancient tradition of prayer and worship that has taken place in St Giles' over hundreds of years day by day and week by week. As you prepare for your wedding day we will be holding you in our prayers.

We like to get to know you before your wedding, and we invite you to come the main Sunday service at 10.00. There is coffee after the service and this gives us the opportunity to meet you and for you to speak with the Director of Music and to hear the choir and the organ. 



 "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things".         1 Corinthians 13. 4-7

 

For details of who can marry in St Giles and for planning your wedding  click on the button below and scroll downs to Weddings at St Giles'

"Welcome Back Sunday Service"

Each year we hold a "Welcome Back Service" on the second Sunday in May as part of the 10.00 Parish Eucharist, when we invite those who have been married or have worshipped here and moved away. We give thanks for faithful relationships and marriage, we sing many of the hymns chosen for weddings and the organ music at the end is one of the famous recessional pieces.This is a popular service and all are welcome. There is also an opportunity after the service to show your photos and enjoy a glass of wine or fruit juice.    

Funerals

Parish funerals take place either in St Giles' or at a crematorium.

Practical arrangements are made by the undertaker who will manage all fees. A church service needs to be arranged in consultation with the Rector.

Practising Christians may wish for the funeral to be conducted in the context of the Eucharist, or to be a service of hymns, readings and prayers

Families should be aware that it takes an hour to get to the nearest cremaorium.We can advise you on the different arrangements you can make when a church service is followed by a private committal at the crematorium.

Music is arranged by the Director of Music.There is a professional choir of four voices.

We are happy for receptions after the service to be held at the back of the church.

All Souls' Service

A very popular service, the Commemoration of All Souls is held here on the Sunday nearest 2 November at 16.00.There is music and readings, prayers and the lighting of candles by members of the congregation; the names of the dead are read out and silence kept. People find it very moving and beautiful and make a point of coming back each year.

Memorial Services

Generally a memorial service takes place several weeks after the funeral. Sometimes a memorial service is referred to as a service of thanksgiving. Usually the deceased had a connection either with the church or this part of London.

The Rector and Director of Music are involved in the planning of the service.

The Columbarium

The Columbarium is known as 'one of London's secret gardens.' It lies to the east of the church down a flight of stairs. There are some niches on an outside wall and others are in a covered area enclosed by a gate. We have many requests for the placing of ashes here, but because of the limited space, only the ashes of those who were worshipping members of the congregation or who lived within the parish at time of death are placed there.

 

"I am the resurrection and the life," says the Lord."Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." John 11.25,26

 

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 rectory instead.

 

Sunday 31 March 2019 Annual Parish Meeting in church at 11.30

 

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,                              

2019 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 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 7 February, 7 March, 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July  

 

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

 

Wednesday 9 January  Deanery Synod

18.00 St Botolph’s Church, Bishopsgate

 

2019 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

Monday 28 January         Tuesday 19 March             Tuesday 30 April* (Supper)

*in the Rectory at 19.30  

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 10.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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