Activities January to June 2017 

Friday 23 June to Sunday 25 June, Parish Weekend at Othona


We love going there


– the space and the silence and the big skies. We have been going every year since 210 and each year there are changes. This time, nearly half of the group hadn’t been before

Most people arrived together in the mini bus on Friday evening, by which time the early team had sorted out rooms and sheets and rotas. There were radical changes in the kitchen, with two industrial dishwashers.

We began to unwind over supper. Our more formal sessions were in the Solar Building with a view over the peace garden to the roof of St Peter’s Chapel in the distance. 

There was a high demand for the yurts; previously it had just been the intrepid Mona and Ruben who braved the nocturnal badgers at close quarters, this year four out of the five yurts were slept in. 

We followed Rowan Williams’ ‘Being Disciples - Essentials of the Christian life.’ The first evening we considered the words, ’You learn by sharing your life, you learn by looking and listening.’ There was compline and a pretty early bedtime

On Saturday, Catherine led a session on Faith hope and love through an Ignatian exercise.

Then Tim and Alan guided us on Holiness by looking carefully at a found object: holy looking so we might see the glory of the Lord.


Swimming before lunch on Saturday was more popular than ever - bravely heralded by comments like, ‘it’s quite warm when you get used to it.’  


After lunch the ramblers preparing to set off for their 7 mile walk.


Saturday evening was fine and we enjoyed a barbeque together.

Mona concluded the final session on Sunday with serious exercises on space and awareness which ended in group interpretations and hilarity. 

As we sat in the chapel waiting for services to begin, we listened to sound of the wind blowing across the salt marshes and around the building. Inside it was peaceful and prayerful and holy. We had come home.

After the Holy Eucharist, we gathered outside the chapel for the annual group photograph. Then a good lunch, our thanks and goodbyes before the journey back to the Barbican.                                


 Date for 2018   22-24 June

Thursday 8 - Sunday 18 June Book Fair

Thank you to Dawn and her team for managing yet another successful book fair. They raised £3683 in aid of church funds. Thank you to everyone who donates books and those who come to buy.


Saturday 20 May Food Bank Appeal

Although the sun shone, we needed to warm ourselves up with cups of coffee as it can get cold standing around. Roger and Patricia, Sarah and Tim joined the team for the first time and Roger writes, “Patricia and I were amazed at the generosity and willingness to give of the shoppers in Waitrose.  So many people thanked the team and seemed glad of the opportunity to give to the hungry as part of the community effort.” Tim gave a new order to stacking the contributed food and our friends and neighbours were so generous that we needed two cages to put the food in. We know our appeals make a difference to topping up the stocks at the Food Bank, they were especially glad this time of the great quantity of toilet paper. We wait to hear the weight of Saturday’s collection.

A selection of items on the Food Bank list that were requested this time to top up supplies at the Food Bank.  

9 April, Palm Sunday


The sky was blue and the sun shone as the musicians, congregation and donkeys - Fred and Pancake - gathered outside St Giles’.

It was perfect weather for starting the service outside the west door and later for processing through the streets with palms to St Paul’s Cathedral. The donkeys were made to feel at home by going into church beforehand - including up into the sanctuary – and on the way back Mollie was able to stroke and speak to her special friends


When it was time to start, the trumpeters and drummers alerted us with a fanfare and we processed in to church for the first part of the service including the blessing of the palms, 

before singing the great Palm Sunday hymn  ‘All Glory Laud and Honour’ as we circled the church. 


This part of the service ended with prayers of blessing for the good number going on to St Paul’s.


The Eucharist continued at St Giles’ while those in the streets distributed palm crosses and got lots of waves and photos


the procession crossing London Wall


Once at St Paul’s, Canon Mark greeted the congregation including ‘our friends from St Giles’’ on the west steps. They walked with their palms down the centre aisle – ‘The green palms waving their way up the nave was a great sight, and added a splash of colour as they were cast in front of the altar.’  It was very moving for those taking part.

Some stayed for the service, others returned to St Giles’ for coffee, tea, squash cake and biscuits and setting up the labyrinth for Holy Week.


This is a terrific thing to do on Palm Sunday and we are grateful to everyone who helps us; not least Johnny, Charlotte, Sarah and Darren who make such an early start from Norfolk with the donkeys.  

March 2017- St Giles’ Cripplegate Charity Book Fair


The recent book fair raised a total of £2836.00



Proceeds are divided equally between Help4HurtingChildren and St Giles’ Church Funds


Many thanks to all who contributed by donating, buying, setting up or selling the books.

19 March, Mothering Sunday 

On Mothering Sunday six children in the congregation were admitted to Communion. We welcomed their godparents and members of their families to the service. The children did the readings, led the prayers, brought up the bread and wine and made sure everyone got a bunch of daffodils for the final blessing. They had made cakes and invited us to enjoy them at their ‘party’ over coffee. We look forward to their continual lively presence among us and learning with them and from them as we journey together on the Way of Christ.


Meanwhile two of the younger boys were busy exploring the toy box in the children’s corner

Saturday 28 January – Tea and a Tour of the London Islamic Centre, Whitechapel


The invitations were being handed out near Whitechapel tube station to ‘Tea and Tour’. “Please join us at the London Muslim Centre on the last Saturday of the month. Just pop by any time between 10.30am and 1.00pm. Biscuits and yummy snacks will be served alongside guided tours of the Mosque.”

It seemed a good opportunity to go and find out more about our nearest Muslim neighbours. As we arrived we knew we were in the right place on the right day, men were approaching passers by inviting them into the Mosque. We sat down in a side room lined with books and were told this was the hospitality room.

A young man asked us where we were from, the two others in the group were from New Zealand - not from up the road like us.  We learnt that there at 10,000 at Friday prayers although it was hard to understand how far people travel to be there. There were questions about the difference between Sunni and Shia Muslims and the reasoning for women’s dress code. The site in Whitechapel also incorporates a school, a bank and a lot of offices. Building work is going on now to provide further facilities. Our guide in the Mosque spoke about his own life style and what the monotheistic faiths have in common.

We, that is Katharine, Mona, Essa, Patricia and Roger had lots more to talk about and so continued this over coffee and a selection of colourful cakes at the Casablanca Café next door

Sunday 22 January - Diana at 80

After the Parish Eucharist, there were celebrations for Diana’s 80th Birthday.

With Anne at the organ everyone sang “Happy Birthday” 


There was a cake made by John and champagne. 

Flowers and a card signed by members of the congregation were presented by Abraham.


The children of the Sunday Club made a special birthday card with signed portraits of themselves 

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA


Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Sunday 27 September      Trinity 16

10.00 Parish Eucharist 

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 service Services

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. 

Watch the Ordination of our Curate Alex Norris and other Ordinands in the Diocese of London at St Giles’ by Bishop Joanne, Bishop of Stepney


Weekday Services

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday to Thursday in the Chancel)


Wednesday 30 September

Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Suzanne Royce


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 of the month 

You are invited to join others in church on the first Thirsday of the month. Please bring the monthly prayer sheet with you. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Future Dates 1 October, 5 November and 3 December


Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00. 

Future Dates 1 October, 5 November and 3 December


2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 

 Monday 23 November


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997  

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