Services and events from Palm Sunday through Holy Week to Easter Day
Palm Sunday 25 March (Clocks go forward)
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
Holy Week (26-30 March)
Monday 26 March – Wednesday 28 March
The church is open daily from 11.00-16.00 and 18.00-20.50
08.30 Morning Prayer
18.00-20.00 Resilience – a Meditation (Wednesday only)
20.00-2030 Music for meditation
The short concluding service of the monastic day with prayers and readings
During Holy Week there will be visits by Prior Weston School and St Luke’s School Holy Week Service
Maundy Thursday 29 March
08.30 Morning Prayer
11.00-14.00 Church open
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
30 March 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.
31 March Holy Saturday
10.00-12.00 Not a Service
but getting the church ready for the great Easter celebration – something for everyone to help with
18.00 Easter Vigil at St Paul’s Cathedral
with baptism and confirmation. This is a beautiful service of darkness and light when members of our congregation will be welcomed into the Church through Baptism and Confirmation
1 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.
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.
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 February is ‘Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…… but store up treasures in heaven……. For where your treasure is, there your heart is also. Matthew 6 v 21-22
We remember or pray for,
We finish by saying together the Lord’s Prayer
Dates for 2018 8 March & 5 April
The church is normally open Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00
We use Common Worship for all services except on the first Sunday of the month when the 1662 Communion Service is used.
18 February – First Sunday of Lent
Genesis 9: 8 – 17 1 Peter 3: 18 – end Mark 1: 9 – 15
25 February – Second Sunday of Lent
Genesis 17: 1 – 7, 15 – 16 Romans 4: 13 – end Mark : 31 – end
4 March – Third Sunday of Lent
Exodus 20: 1 – 6 1 Corinthians 1: 18 – 25 John 2: 13 – 22
11 March – Mothering Sunday
2 Corinthians 1: 3 – 7 Luke 2: 33 – 35
18 March – Fifth Sunday of Lent
Jeremiah 31: 31 – 34 Hebrews 5: 5 – 10 John 12: 20 - 33
25 March – Palm Sunday
Mark 11: 1 – 11 Isaiah 50: 4 – 9a
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.
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.
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 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
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
Services and church opening hours
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 uaryinstead.
08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday).
Saturday Mornings in Lent
Ecumenical Study and Prayer
Dates and Venues
17 Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, EC1Y 1AU
24 St Joseph's Ch urch, 15 Lamb’s Passage, Bunhill Row, EC1Y8LE
March 3 St Giles’ Cripplegate Church, Fore Street, EC2Y 8DA
10 Jewin Welsh Chapel, 70 Golden Lane, Fann Street, EC1Y OSA
17 Wesley's Chapel, 49 City Road, EC1Y 1AU
Monthly Private Prayer and Reflection
These sessions are held on the first Thursday of the month., from 13.00-13.30.
8 March & 5 April
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.
8 March & 5 April
The church is normally open from 11.00-16.00 Monday to Friday.
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997