Welcome to St Giles' Church 

 

We are here to love God and to make Christ known in word and deed. We are an inclusive church and welcome all comers

The Season of Christmas including Epiphany, the Baptism of Christ and the Presentation in the Temple (Candlemas)

 

The celebration of Christ’s incarnation at Christmas is one of the two poles of the Christian year. The wonderful mystery of God’s dwelling among us in the fullness of humanity, as Emmanuel, foretold by the prophets and born of Mary, provides the material of the feast:

 

Hark, hark, the wise eternal word,

like a weak infant cries!

In form of servant is the Lord,

and God in cradle lies.

(Thomas Pestel)

 

Christmas is much more then than simply the celebration of Jesus’ birth. The task of the Christmas liturgy is to recall us, amid all the joyful customs and celebrations of Christmas, to this central truth of the Word made flesh for our salvation.

 

It is Christ’s nativity that has provided the occasion for this festival of the incarnation, since the end of the third century. The Christmas crib and the nativity play can both be said to descend from the tableau of Christ’s birth that Francis of Assisi arranged when he celebrated Christmas at Greccio in 1223. Christmas carols are a medieval tradition, which has been notably developed from the end of the nineteenth century. The Festival of Lessons and Carols is itself an influential English creation of the late nineteenth century, made widespread by the choir of King’s College, Cambridge, in the first half of the twentieth.

 

The Christmas season is often celebrated for twelve days, ending with the Epiphany. Contemporary use has sought to express an alternative tradition, in which Christmas lasts for a full forty days, ending with the Feast of the Presentation (Candlemas) on 2 February.

 

The days around 25 December are a principal holiday in the secular calendar of Britain, and commercial pressures have led to much of Christmas celebration being displaced into Advent. It has become a still greater challenge to celebrate as they deserve, the saints of the Christmas season: Stephen, who first paid with his life for following the incarnate Lord; John, who was believed to have lived to great old age in profound meditation on the Word made flesh; and the Holy Innocents, who draw our attention to the plight of children in a world where the implications of the birth of the Christ-child are not yet manifest.

 

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Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

As we are now in a national lockdown and with a NHS emergency in London there will be no services in church for the time being, but we will be broadcasting a service at 10am on Sundays via our YouTube page here  

 

Sunday 17 January Epiphany 2

Details of Music and Readings here

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Join the Virtual Coffee morning at 11am   

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Weekday Services

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday to Thursday in the Chancel)

 

18-25 January - Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 

Ecumenical Service from Wesley’s Chapel

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Wednesdays   

27 January 2021                    Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Suzanne Royce   susanjroyce@gmail.com

 

The church is open for private prayer

The church iremains open from 11.00-16.00 Monday-Friday for private prayer. Please observe social distancing and any other instructions required when visiting the church.

 

Private Prayer and Reflection on first Thursday of the month 

You are invited to join others in church on Thursday 7 January  Please bring the monthly prayer sheet  here. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Dates for 2021 

4 February, 4 March, 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 

 

Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.30 including tea and cake.- with the current lockdown 

Cleaning Angels is suspended until further notice. 
Dates in 2021

4 February, 4 March, 1 April, 6 May, 3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 

 

2021 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 

25 January
16 February – Shrove Tuesday Supper*
23 March
w/b 3-May Supper*
22 June
13-September
15-November

* in the Rectory at 7.30pm

 

APCM Sunday 25th. April 2020 incl. PCC Meeting 

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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