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 Lent including Ash Wednesday (26 February) Mothering Sunday (22 March), Palm Sunday (5 April), and Holy Week (6-11 April)


Now is the healing time decreed

for sins of heart and word and deed,

when we in humble fear record

the wrong that we have done the Lord.

                 (Latin, before 12th century)


Ash Wednesday marks the start of the observation of Lent, a season of self-examination, penitence, self-denial, study, and preparation for Easter. Lent is often described as lasting forty days (excluding Sundays) which recalls the Biblical account of Jesus’s temptation in the wilderness (Luke 4.1-13).


Ashes are an ancient sign of penitence. From the Middle Ages onward it has been a custom to begin Lent by having the sign of the cross marked on one’s forehead in ash. Lent is a time of preparation, particularly for those who are to be baptized at Easter, but the whole Christian community is encouraged to join them in study and self-reflection.

As Holy Week approaches, the atmosphere of the season darkens. Bible readings begin to anticipate the story of Christ’s suffering and death. Holy Week begins with the re-enactment of Christ's triumphal entry into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday. This is the beginning of a journey of the imagination which takes us to the Upper Room for the Last Supper on Maundy Thursday, through Jesus' betrayal, trial and crucifixion on Good Friday. 

In the Vigil on the night before Easter Day, the Church gathers to commemorate the mighty works of God through reading of scripture in preparation for the proclaiming of Christ’s resurrection.

26 March - A message from Reverend                Katharine Rumens 


Dear friends,


Greetings to everyone wherever you are - from Essa in Scotland to Roger and Patricia in Wiltshire, from Herne Hill and Limehouse and those nearer at hand in EC1Y and EC2Y and N1.


Sunday 29 March Passion Sunday (clocks go forward)



Most merciful God, who by the death and resurrection of your Son Jesus Christ delivered and saved the world: grant that by faith in him who suffered on the cross we may triumph in the power of his victory; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen



Ezekiel 37: 1 - 14

Romans 8: 6 - 11

John 11: 1 - 45 although I will cut this down to John11: 1 - 6 and 17 - 27

I am not allowed to go into the church, that is why the Sunday service comes from the Rectory.


Please watch the church YouTube channel at 10:00 for a live service using this link St. Giles' YouTube Channel that will only be live from 10.00. 


This will be followed at 10:30 by a virtual coffee morning conducted via Zoom. Those of you with webcams can follow this event by using  https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5762211068 


We look forward to seeing you!


Our news

Keith Simmonds, who would have been 93 next Wednesday, died on Monday evening in the Royal London Hospital. We knew Keith as an intrepid scooter driver, whether this was in church on Sundays or shopping with Pat in Cherry Tree Walk. As a former pupil at Alleyn's School, he always sat as near the Edward Alleyn window as possible. Pat and Keith moved back to the Barbican in 2016 to be near daughter Julia and son Michael, having previously lived here in the 1970s. Keith was from a church-going family: from being a boy scout to scout leader, singing in the choir or teaching in Sunday School, Keith always played an active part in church life. The bowler hat and rolled umbrella would have been a clue as to his life in the City as an underwriter. Whether the family were in Essex or the Dales, Keith became the church treasurer, ran an interregnum, led the evening service and wound the school clock. Pat speaks warmly about the very many friends they made over the years through their church communities and the memories she has of very, very happy days.


Keith, may you see your Redeemer face to face and delight in the vision of God for ever, for you were his friend.


At this time, there can be no funeral in church. The hearse will pause outside St Giles's at 12.45pm on Tuesday 7 April for prayers before going to the crematorium. We will give great thanks for Keith's life when restrictions are lifted.


Other news

From our dancer: "My living room is seeing more solo dancing than usual."

From Japan: "I sincerely hope that everything goes well so that the virus crisis is over and we can live with peace of mind. Best regards Eucalyptus in Tokyo"


Keeping in touch

A WhatsApp group

Tim Passey is happy to set up a WhatsApp group. Please contact him on timpassey@gmail.com if you are interested.

Phone your neighbour

Diana has a group of members of the congregation she is in touch with by phone. We are asking people to set up phone clusters as a way of looking after one another.

Reading and studying together

Gail Beer g.beer@btinternet.com would like to hear from you if you would like to join in reading the Sunday readings virtually. Also some online study? As we are in the year of Matthew, I suggest we read Matthew 21 - 27 together in Passion Tide and Holy Week.

Praying together

Diana Morgan Gray continues leading Private Prayer on the first Thursday in the month 13.00-13.30. The prayer sheet is on the website www.stgilescrioplegate.com/services.  It is a set time to pray each month for our community and the wider world, knowing that others are praying with us. Prayers conclude at 13.30 with the Lord's Prayer

The home prayer group

This usually meets once a fortnight on a Wednesday from 19.30, now on Skype. If you wish to join email Wendy Ellis wlellis@hotmail.com for details of signing in and receiving notes for each session. Further details from Diana dimo38@btinternet.com.


These are days when we are being a community in a new way. Thank you for your messages and ideas. The intention is that this mailing will go out each week. Please let me know your thoughts, news, prayer request. For those who are not familiar with Zoom or Skype or WhatsApp, I hope this provides a meeting place over the next weeks. And thank you to Tim Middleton and Alex Norris for your IT skills and making things happen.


Next week: virtual donkeys.


May the God of love go with us.



Jake Kirner


Office: (020) 7638 1997

Mobile (for urgent enquiries): 07766 202 731


St Giles’ Church

Fore Street, Barbican

London, EC2Y 8DA

Paying attention to Lent 2020
and Christian Aid ‘Count your blessings’

Suggestions for weekly activities in Lent


8 March  

Say hello to the people you meet
Give 20p for each time you turn on the tap on one day

15 March

Buy a neighbour a bunch of daffodils
Give 20p for each year of your education

22 March

Walk for 15 mins a day
Give 30p for every tree you can identify


29 March

Cutting down on plastic – use alternatives where possible
Give 20p for every plastic bottle in your kitchen

5 April

Live in silence for 30 mins a day
Give 50p for every room in your house

          Donations to Christian Aid   -    www.christianaid.org.uk

Tweets from St Giles Cripplegate @stgilescg

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA


Registered Charity               Number 1138077

29 March - Passion Sunday 

Please watch the church YouTube channel at 10:00 for a live service on

St. Giles' YouTube Channel

the link will only be live from 10.00. 

This will be followed at 10:30 by a virtual coffee morning conducted via Zoom. Those of you with webcams can follow this event by using this   https://us04web.zoom.us/j/5762211068" 


We look forward to seeing you!


Future Events Calendar

With the current coronavirus emergency, we have removed the services and events from March to June that have been cancelled and will update this and other parts of our website on a week by week basis.See our Home page for weekly updates to our changed activites.    


A message from Reverend Katharine Rumens

Dear Friends,

As we say to one another, these are strange times and we are having to find a new pattern of living and praying together. The Archbishops have directed that all churches are to be shut for a season. This does not mean that prayer will cease as we develop new ways to pray together. 
Please look out for your neighbour. Thank you to those who have volunteered to do shopping and errands for the socially isolated. Let me know if you need help and the churchwardens and I will ask someone to be in touch with you.
Finally, we know there is an unprecedented demand on food banks at the moment. We have been asked not to hold a collection outside Waitrose. Instead please put donations of food and toiletries in the box by the checkout or make an online donation to www.hackneyfoodbank.org.uk

At this time
With prayers



Cleaning Angels

Meeting on the first Thursday of the month have been cancelled for the time being.  


Installation of new lighting

The new lighting system cannot completed for the time being because of a delay in the delivery of light fittings from Italy and the closure of the church.


2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 

Tuesday 15 September

 Monday 23 November

*19.30 in the Rectory 


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997  

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