Activities July-December 2017

Saturday 9 December Emergency Christmas Foodbank Collection at Cherry Tree Walk Waitrose

For foodbanks like Hackney’s which St Giles supports throughout the year, December is always the busiest month by at least 50%, and Sidney organised an Emergency Christmas Appeal at the Cherry Tree Walk Waitrose on 9 December.                                                                                                    Photo: Amanda and a donor on her way in to Waitrose

Including a large collection made by TransPerfect Legal Solutions in Moorgate, a record four supermarket cages were filled by a very busy team of Katharine, Amanda, Sue, Gail, Simon, Christopher and William from Hackney Foodbank. 

                  Photo: A generous donor leaving Waitrose, Christopher and Gail

Waitrose could not have been more helpful, and the total weight donated was an amazing - and record - 750kg, enough for 1,000 meals. Thank you to everyone - donors, Waitrose, TransPerfect and volunteers. 

On the following Monday, we were delighted to be joined by Colleen Beasley, Project Coordinator for the Hackney Foodbank at the Parish Carol Service where Sidney was able to present Colleen with a cheque for £200 made up of money donated by four Waitrose customers on Saturday, and by the congregation at Sunday's service. 

 Photo: Simon, William, Amanda and Gail

Our next collection will be on 24 February 2018. 

St Giles’ October Book Fair

Our October book fair raised £1,732.

Thanks to all who made this happen!

Sunday 7 October Birthday Celebrations and      Good Byes


It was a busy time after the service with birthday celebrations for Mollie and Dawn and goodbyes to Tim and Alan


Mollie celebrated her 96th Birthday with lots of delicious cake, flowers and cards from the congregation and a rousing singing of Happy Birthday with Anne at the organ.

This was the last service at St Giles’ for Tim and Alan now they have moved to Lanzarote. During the service they were given a cross to put in their new home. Katharine thanked them for their ministry at St Giles’ over many years, for their support and help during Holy Week and Easter and the Annual Parish Weekends at Othona. We all wished them happiness and fulfilment in their new venture. 

Dawn also enjoyed the singing of Happy Birthday by the choir and congregation and was joined in church by her daughter and 3 grandchildren

Saturday 9 September Food Bank Collection outside Waitrose in Cherry Tree Walk

Our team organised by Sidney with Katharine, Mona, Judith, Gail, Sue and Christopher reported a record response and strong support for our initiative to help those in need. We also appreciate the help we receive from Waitrose staff including Maria on this occasion.. 

Thank you to all who supported our Food Bank Collection outside Waitrose. With so many generous donations from shoppers we collected 441 Kg of food - enough for 588 meals!


Judith with the 2 crates and a trolley at the end of the collection


Our next collection will be on 9 December from 10.30-12.30

Sunday 10 September Progressive Lunch

This popular event gives us time to enjoy each other’s company, introduce visitors and new members of the congregation to the hospitality and generosity of our hosts and to eat together. 


Host Cyril with his guests

Back at the Back at the Rectory, David decides on his pudding – hard with so much choice!

Alexandra, Mark and Louise enjoy their puddings as does Mona in the background


Dawn, Diana Leula and Cyril enjoy coffee at the end of the meal.


We are grateful to Penny, our organiser from the beginning of these lunches and the many hosts who have welcomed guests to their homes plus those providing canapes or puddings that we enjoy at the Rectory before or after the main course eaten in homes around the Barbican.

Sunday 3 September Farewell to Ainé, our organ scholar

Ainé, a former pupil at the City of London School for Girls has been our organ scholar but on Sunday we said goodbye to her as she has won an organ scholarship to Keeble Colleg​e, Oxford. It was also a celebration of her success while with us and to wish her well as she takes up this new challenge.


Anne, our Director of Music who has also been her organ teacher thanked her for her dedication and commitment to St Giles’. She made a presentation to Ainé of organ music and a cheque from the congregation.


Our three organists Elizabeth, Anne and Ainé

We toasted Ainé with champagne and delicious cakes provided by her parents, Grace and Aidan.    


Ainé (centre) with Grace, her mother and Jenny a lab. technician at CLSG

Royal College of Organists' Medal awarded to Anne Marsden Thomas MBE


Belated ‘Congratulations to Anne’

At the Conferment Ceremony in Southwark Cathedral earlier this year, Anne was awarded the RCO medal ‘i​n recognition of distinguished achievement in organ​ pedagogy and distinguished service to the College.’ 

She was also held up ‘as an example of excellence that we can all strive to achieve’ 

(photographs by kind permission of Simon Jacobs RCO

Sunday 6 August at Wesley’s Chapel 

Leslie Griffiths preached to a packed house on his retirement after 21 years as Superintendent Minister of Wesley’s Chapel. 

Leslie and Margaret processed from the chapel at the end of the service.


We, his ecumenical friends had been invited to share a farewell lunch with the congregation. This was a grand affair served in the chapel garden in the sunshine. It was good to also meet our friends from St Joseph’s and Jewin Welsh Chapel. Leslie has been a good friend to us all and we wish him and Margaret a happy retirement.   

Sunday 9 July -  Waste not, want not!

Christine offered to cook lunch for us on Sunday 9 July. We didn’t really go foraging – although Christine picked up bruised fruit and vegetables from Ridley Road Market. We asked people to look in the back of their fridges and cupboards for forgotten-about food. There was a box outside the Rectory front door for donations and Marianne saved us packets of pulses past their sell-by date, cheese, bread and vegetables that would otherwise go to waste.

She made us a real feast – including a daring combination of banana with peanut butter and some delicious grilled cheese - which we enjoyed in the Rectory garden. Thank you, Christine, for suggesting this and making it happen.

Sunday 2 July – Valerie’s Special Birthday Celebration

Valerie Wise celebrated her significant birthday and Abraham presented her with a bouquet of summer flowers


We enjoyed a delicious cake with our coffee


Valerie and Cornelia looking at a birthday card 

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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