Activities Jan-June 2020

Sunday 9 February at 15.15

 

 

 

Choral Evensong sung by the Choristers of St Paul’s Cathedral.

This new venture by the City of London Deanery for congregations to gather in churches around the City to meet, pray and worship together, have the chance to hear the wonderful voices of the Choristers and volunteer to read the lessons and lead the intercessions, got off to a good start at St Bartholomew the Great, Smithfield.

We were welcomed by Marcus Walker the Rector of St Bart’s to this ancient church. Robert Coupland, Sacrist at St Paul’s Officiated, Canon James Milne, Precentor at St Pauls was the Preacher, William Fox, sub-organist and the Choir was directed by Andrew Carwood, Director of Music at St Paul’s. Katharine Hedderly, our Area Dean and Vicar of All Hallows by the Tower gave the Blessing. Refreshments were served afterwards in the Cloister and it was good to meet and talk with our firends from St Paul's and members of other City Churches. It was certainly an uplifting and shared experience on a very wet and windy afternoon.   

 

St Giles’ was well represented, and we had been invited to lead the Intercessions. We look forward to gathering at other churches in the future.

Sunday 2 February - Presentation of Christ in the Temple or Candlemas

Sunday was a special day for members of the Sunday Club. There was a Story Sermon with Katharine as a Roman centurion and the children as Roman soldiers in Bethlehem as she told them of rumours of angels in the sky and magicians coming with gifts. They had to be alert and report any strange happenings. We heard about Simeon and Anna when Mary and Joseph brought Jesus to the Temple and how they blessed Jesus and told Mary that a sword would pierce her side as they foretold the crucifixion.

The Children led the Intercessions and then with their lighted candles moved through the church lighting the candles of the congregation - not before long hair had been tied back with elastic hair bands supplied by Katharine! They came back to the chancel and stayed by the altar with their candles alight while the Offertory was brought to the altar and the Eucharistic Prayer said.

Thursday 23 January Wesley’s Chapel at 12.45          A Special Ecumenical Event

During the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, a special service was held at Wesley’s Chapel during which an Ecumenical Partnership agreement was signed by the clergy of 4 local churches who, with their congregations, have over many years grown in friendship and in working together. The service was led by Steven Cooper, Minister of Wesley’s Chapel and the Preacher was Ruth Gee, Former President of the Methodist Conference and Methodist Church Ecumenical Officer

Katharine in her introduction said that this ecumenical coming together was the result of a chance conversation she had in Errol Street, with Brother Kentigern, an Anglican Franciscan and Chaplain at the YMCA who asked her what the churches around here were doing about ecumenicism

The Partnership document was signed by Richard Brunt, Minister of Jewin Welsh Church, Katharine Rumens, Rector of St Giles’ Cripplegate, Chris Vipers, Priest in Charge, St Joseph’s Catholic Church and Jennifer Smith, Superintendent, Wesley’s Chapel and Leysian Mission.     

Katharine signs for St Giles’

 

Our shared activities include prayer, study, fellowship, food bank appeals and pilgrimage together. The Saturday morning study groups meet in Lent and October; a book is usually chosen, and we visit each church in turn. Our pilgrimages have taken us to Rome, Latvia, the WW1 Belgium Battlefields and Spain in the Steps of St Teresa of Avila and St John of the Cross.  

Text of the Partnership

 

An Ecumenical Partnership

between St. Giles’ Cripplegate, St. Joseph’s Catholic Church, Jewin Welsh Church, and Wesley’s Chapel & Leysian Mission

 

 

Drawn together in one baptism, confessing our faith in one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit and in Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, we are inspired by the Holy Spirit to hear his Good News and pledged to share it, and so we commit ourselves to:

 

  • Promote reflection on the Christian Church, its mission and its proclamation of God’s reign in our midst,
  • Take time to listen, try to understand and respond to each other and to the joys and hopes, the griefs and anxieties of the people of our time and place,
  • Value each person, rejoicing in their gifts, and celebrating our rich human diversity,
  • Support those seeking to recognise Christ in their own lives,
  • Enjoy each other’s company as we worship, study, and journey together as God’s pilgrim people.

 

Where possible this will be done through:

 

  • The sharing of occasional worship, especially during Advent, Lent, and the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity,
  • Collaboration in planning and holding regular adult faith education programmes,
  • Going on pilgrimage together,
  • Supporting action for justice and peace initiatives in one another’s churches and community.

 

We give thanks for the many years of growing unity and friendship which we have shared together, and which has brought us to this time of grace, and we regret our continuing divisions. We undertake to promote understanding, respect and dialogue with people of good will as we work for the common good of all. We affirm our intent to work, pray, and study together for that unity which is Christ’s will for the Church and so formalise this commitment in this present Partnership.

 

Signed this twenty-third day of January 2020

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

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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

Here

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 susanjroyce@gmail.com

 

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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