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 Trinity Season (from Trinity Sunday on the 7 June to the Eve of the Fourth Sunday before Advent, on the 31 October)
For many Christians in the Western Church, Trinity Sunday is celebrated on the first Sunday after Pentecost. It is one of the few feasts that are celebrated as a doctrine rather than an event. Trinity Sunday celebrates the Christian doctrine of the Trinity, the three Persons of God: the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.
‘Go therefore and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father
and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’. Matthew 28.19
A message from Reverend Katharine Rumens
The weekly letter with its many original contributions was one of the ways we kept in touch when there was no church on Sundays. This August letter contains more information than originality, so we know what’s going on over the next month.
Sunday mornings in August
2, 9 and 16 August 10.00am Parish Eucharist
23 and 30 August 10.00am Morning Prayer
There is no longer a YouTube service or coffee zoom. We hope to be able to live stream Sunday mornings at St Giles’ later in the autumn.
This Sunday 2 August
There will be orders of service and printed copies of the readings set out safely in the pews. If you would prefer to use an iPad or phone, please download the readings and service sheet here. The Sunday readings can always be found on the website.
Sunday 6 September
10.00am Parish Eucharist with Keith Riglin as president and preacher
Sunday 20 September - Ordination of Alex Norris
Our curate Alex is to be ordained priest at St Giles’ on 20th September. Full details nearer their time.
Music making at St Giles’
Check out London Mozart Players’ in partnership with Classic FM concert in the church on the website and Britten Sinfonia’s 2013 ‘Curlew River’
Book Fair Summer 2020
Professionally presented and managed by friendly, knowledgeable volunteers the Book Fair will continue through August. So far over £2,500 has been raised for church funds. Thank you everyone for bringing books, sorting and selling and for welcoming everybody whether sightseers or shoppers.
We are beginning to see the difference our new lighting makes to worship, musicians and for the book fair. The observant will know that the contractors are still much in evidence under the tower: the project is nearing completion but there is still work to be done.
4 – 6 September Othona
A weekend together in the space and silence of the chapel and to enjoy the hospitality of the community. Our sessions will be a chance to reflect on verses from the Sermon on the Mount: “Do not worry about your life.” We have lived and are living through worrying times. David P will consider anxiety and not worrying. Susan will change the mood with her session on Solomon in all his glory.
Cost per person £110
Please let Katharine know by 10 August if you plan to come
Jake is on holiday 31 July – 17 August
From our Royal Family Fishing Correspondent
Mo and Christopher continue to explore City gardens (only another 143 to go)
When winter comes, and assuming theatres are open again, you might walk home from the Globe Theatre or the Sam Wanamaker theatre over the Millennium Bridge, and at the top of Carter Lane pass the St Lawrence and St Mary Memorial Drinking Fountain. If you stop and look over towards St Paul’s, you will have this wonderful view:
Modern public drinking fountains are made of plastic, but in 1874 that was not how the Victorians thought, and the architect John Robinson designed this Gothic extravaganza in C14 Italianate style with sculptures by Joseph Durham. The Albert Memorial had been unveiled two years before, and it is hard not to imagine that the one echoes the other.
A bronze relief panel shows the scene from Exodus XVII IV-VI of Moses striking the rock at Horeb “from which water flowed abundantly”. Two stone sculptures show St Mary Magdalene and poor St Lawrence and the gridiron upon which he was roasted.
The fountain was in storage in 150 pieces for 40 years, but was restored and erected on its new site in 2010.
The modern option:
May the God of love be with us
St Giles' Parish Office
Tel.: (020) 7638 1997
St Giles’ Church
Fore Street, Barbican
London, EC2Y 8DA
Where to visit us:-
St Giles' Cripplegate Church
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
The weekly Sunday Eucharist is now only in church as the online services via our YouTube Channel have finished.
There will be orders of service and printed copies of the readings set out safely in the pews. If you would prefer to use an iPad or phone, please download the readings and service sheet here
Previous Eucharist services are still available on the St. Giles' YouTube Channel if you are unable to join us in church. Later we hope to live-stream our services
A suggested prayer for those coming to St Giles' for the first time or returning after the lockdown.
Almighty God, we praise you for the many blessings you have given to those who worship you in this house of prayer: and we pray that all who seek you in this place may find you, and, being filled with the Holy Spirit, may become a living temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who is alive and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
The church is open for private prayer
The church is 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 6 August from 13.00-13.30
During lockdown we have continued to pray together in our own homes on the first Thursday of the month. As the church is now open again you are invited to join others in church. Please bring the prayer sheet (available on the Service page of the website) with you. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.
The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00 will resume on 3 September.
Funeral of Mollie Munn
Wednesday 12 August
17.00 Mollie’s coffin will be escorted into church and rest at St Giles’ overnight. The church will be open during the evening for people to pay their respects.
20.00 Compline after which the church will be shut.
Thursday 13 August
09.30 Funeral in church
10.15 Hearse and one limousine depart for committal at City of London Crematorium.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting that was to take place on Sunday 29 April has been postponed to Sunday 13 September.
The 2019 Annual Report is availabe on the Future Events page.
2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30
Tuesday 15 September
Monday 23 November
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997