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 24 May    Easter 7

Please watch the

St. Giles' YouTube Channel

at 10.00 for our Sunday Service. 

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 link Virtual coffee morning

Also possible by telephone: +44 203 481 5240, meeting ID: 860 8348 9889 Password; 628503 

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 activities.


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.  


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

At this time
With prayers



Thursday 4 June 13.00 to 13.30 Private Prayer and Reflection 

Instead of meeting in church we wil continue to pray together from 13.00-13.30 on the first Thursday of the month.  It remains a set time to pray for our community and the wider world, knowing that others are praying with us. Our silent prayers conclude at 13.30 with all saying the Lord's Prayer. See the Services page for our monthly biblical text from the lectionary and suggestions for prayer. 


Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions 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


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997  

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