Services and Events from Palm Sunday through Holy Week to Easter Day


14 April Palm Sunday

The Sunday at the start of Hoy Week; today we commemorate Jesus’ arrival in Jerusalem on a donkey

10.00 Palm Sunday Parish Eucharist and Procession

The service starts outside the church with trumpets, drums and donkeys for the Liturgy of the Palms. Having sung the great Palm Sunday Hymn, members of the congregation walk with the donkeys to St Paul’s Cathedral where they are greeted by the clergy and choir in Paternoster Square 

14.00 Evening Prayer


15- 19 April Holy Week


Monday – Tuesday

The church is open daily from 10.00-16.00 and 18.00-20.50

08.30 Morning Prayer

18.00-20.00 ‘Our time, own space’ - walking the labyrinth

20.00-2030 Music for meditation

20.30 Compline

The short concluding service of the monastic day with prayers and readings



08.30 Morning Prayer

18.00-20.00 ‘The Road of Resilience’ - labyrinth workshop

20.00-2030 Music for meditation

20.30 Tenebrae in conjunction with our ecumenical neighbours


Maundy Thursday

The name derives from ‘mandalum novum’ On this night Jesus was arrested, Jesus said to his friends I give you a new commandment that you love one another (John 13 v34)

08.30 Morning Prayer

19.00-21.00 Supper concluding with an informal celebration of the Eucharist. Please let the Parish Office know if you are coming. Offers of food welcome – see list at the back of the church

After the Eucharist the mood dramatically alters. The lights are turned down, a psalm is read and people light candles which they put on the chancel step.

21.00-0000 The church is open for reflection and private prayer


Good Friday

The Day of the Crucifixion

Service of Three Hours                                       

12.00-13.00 The First Hour

A service of music, hymns and reading of the Passion Narrative

13.00-15.00 The Second and Third Hours

Periods of extended silence with organ music at 13.00 and 14.00 and short meditations at 13.30 and 14.30.

The time together concludes with a hymn and prayers at 15.00.

You are welcome to come and go throughout the three hours and spend as long or short as wish in church. 


20 April Holy Saturday

10.00-12.00 Not a Service

Getting the church ready for the great Easter celebration – an energetic morning with tea breaks = please come and help

18.00 Easter Vigil and Diocesan Confirmation at St Paul’s Cathedral

with baptism and confirmation. This is a beautiful service of darkness and light attended by congregations from every episcopal area.


21 April Easter Day

The greatest and oldest feast of the Christian Church when we celebrate the resurrection of Jesus from the dead.

08.00 Holy Communion (said)

10.00 Family Parish Eucharist and Easter egg hunt

A joyful service with uplifting music to celebrate the risen Christ.


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.

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 March is ‘Everyone who calls on the name of the

Lord will be saved’                                    Romans 10 v13


We remember or pray for,


  • all Christians as we begin our Lenten journey in faith, penitence, prayer and hope of the risen Christ at Easter
  • our ecumenical friends at St Joseph’s, Wesley’s Chapel and Jewin Welsh Chapel and for our Lent study and prayer sessions together
  • the Diocese of London’s Modern Slavery Lent 2019 Appeal so parishes can increase awareness of the issue, to spot the signs and take action so that modern day slavery can no longer be hidden in plain sight.
  • those known to us, who are ill in body, mind or spirit and those suffering the loss of loved ones or friends                 
  •  all in government, to set aside their differences and unite to complete an orderly Brexit by the end of March and show leadership and compassion to all the peoples of the UK as we seek to form new relationships with the rest of the world
  • the work of the Hackney Food Bank, all those in need they support and our own team who collect outside Waitrose during the year


We finish by saying together the Lord’s Prayer 


Dates in 2019  

4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July  


The church is normally open Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Lectionary for the Sundays before and during Lent


24 March 3 Lent 

Isaiah 55: 1 – 9, 1 Corinthians 10: 1 – 6, 13, Luke 13: 1 – 9


7 April  4 Lent

Isaiah 43: 16 – 21, Philippians 3: 4b – 14, John 12: 1 – 8

Our Liturgy  


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


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


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.    


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



08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday)


Saturday 23 March,  Ecumenical Study Group at Wesley's Chapel. Meet at 10.00 for coffee or tea, 10-30-11.30 study period.    


Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection 

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

Future Dates,                              

2019 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 4 April, 2 May, 6 June and 4 July  


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


2019 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

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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