Activities July-Dec 2020

Sunday 20 September at 17.00

Ordination to the Priesthood of our Curate Alex Norris, in St Giles’ by Bishop Joanne, Bishop of Stepney


This year the ordination planned for July was cancelled due to the Covid-19 pandemic but finally took place in St Giles' under current social distancing regulations.

Katharine writes,

‘We don’t know when there was last an ordination at the church. 50 years ago? 100 years ago? These days ordinations to the diaconate are at St Paul’s and the priestings in the parish churches. For Post-Ordination Training the City and Stepney are together and the ordinations alternate between the two areas.


The crucial question when a church is chosen is that it is big enough. Could we seat 250? We have Alex, and we were to have the ordination. In the event, there were two services during the afternoon each with three deacons who could bring just five family members each!

Since joyfully returning to the building in July on Sunday mornings, we have discovered an intimacy to worship. We are spaced apart; we speak but do no sing; we need to reorientate ourselves in the liturgy. The ordinations reflected this new intimacy for us all.


Bishop Joanne let on that it was her first ordination (it was also the first time she had used her new ‘kingfisher’ crosier). The warmth of her love shone through the service. Geoffrey Maughan who had led the retreat reminded us in his sermon that meekness in not weakness.

Tom sang hymns and the anthem ‘Love bade me welcome’ by Vaughan Williams and the full volume of both organs was loudly (not meekly) demonstrated by Anne and Elizabeth playing Widor’s Toccata on both organs as the postlude.


At the end of the service Alex walked with the bishop and other priests through the west door, the music sounding around them and reaching out into the churchyard where members of the congregation were waiting to welcome him. Alex our curate, not a priest in the Church of God.'

Alex reflects,


‘Yesterday was very special for me, and St Giles was such a wonderful church in which to be priested.’


You can watch the Ordination Service on the YouTube page of our website  

Sunday 13 September 2019 Annual Parish Church Meeting (deferred from March 2020 because of the Covid-19 pandemic)


At the end of the Parish Eucharist Katharine announced that she would be leaving us and retiring in May 2021. After time for coffee, the Annual Parish Church Meeting was held in church with 24 members present.

Katharine chaired the meeting with Gwen Rogers as clerk.


The meeting elected Tim Middleton, Lorraine Mullins and Gail Beer as Church Wardens for 2020/21. Katharine thanked the Church Wardens and other officers for all their work in the past year.


The new Church Electoral Roll was received. There were 122 enrolled in 2019. During the year 2 moved away, two moved into the parish and 4 died. The total enrolled for 2020 was 118.


An attentive audience study the next item on the agenda, or the highly informative and excellent Annual Report prepared by Gwen Rogers.



The following PCC members were elected until 2023 - Anne Marsden Thomas, Catherine Urquhart, David Freeman and Kathryn Elsby.

Existing members elected until 2022 – John Bryden, Wendy Ellis, Vivian Ellis and Mark Hunter, and

2021 - Mona Henshall, Susan Royce, Penelope Sharpe and Malcolm Waters.  

Ex officio members are the Churchwardens, the Alderman for Cripplegate Ward and the Deanery Synod Representatives, Gwen Rogers and Daniel Gerring (both elected until 2023).


The Rev. Alan Clements was appointed Independent Examiner for the 2020 Accounts.

The Annual Report and Financial Statements of the PCC [Registered Charity 1138077] and of its associated endowed charity the Cripplegate Church Sworder Foundation for the year to 31/12/2019 & the Report of the Independent Examiner were approved.


The Treasurer Susan Royce, spoke of the handover from John Bryden, the well-run finances and the healthy reserves shown in the accounts. Owing to the Covid 19 lockdown she anticipated a deficit in 2020 but with reserves that could support 2 years expenditure, St Giles’ was better off than many other churches. She thanked all donors who had continued to support St Giles’, some of whom started giving by standing order and others who had increased their gifts. A scheme to invite musicians to use St Giles’ at cost for recordings saw the London Mozart Players broadcast on the first Saturday it was possible. Tom Kennedy on behalf of the St Giles’ Choir, thanked the PCC for support through the lockdown, especially the sense of belonging to a community when attending virtual coffee after a YouTube service.  


In her closing remarks Katharine reflected, ‘Did we do all that’ since the APCM in April 2019. We have been surviving a pandemic and all the changes and restrictions that we now live by. We have discovered remote worship: Sunday Eucharist filmed initially in the Rectory and later in church; Zoom coffee time, Sunday Club Prayer Group. Friendships in the congregation have been strengthened by pastoral clusters and gifts discovered e.g. cake deliveries by Claris. We have musicians back in church, there was an extended book fair and the lighting project is almost complete. Katharine thanked the Standing Committee and the congregation for their enterprise and support over these past months.

Tim thanked Katharine for her ‘peerless leadership’ during a very difficult year when worship and ministry moved online when churches were closed to limit the spread of coronavirus. He spoke of cherished memories of her time at St Giles’ and looked forward to treasuring her remaining months with us.

St Giles’ Book Fairs July and August


Two Book Fairs took place during July and August.


In July we raised £2,863.38 and in August £2,886.57 making a grand total of £5,749.95. This was an amazing achievement bearing in mind that although the church had opened again after the initial closure because of the Covid 19 pandemic, the footfall in the City was greatly reduced and many restrictions were still in place.


Many local residents made several visits because after a long period of self-isolation they felt safe to come into the church and have an opportunity to talk to helpers and other visitors as well as finding new reading material to prepare them for any future restrictions that may become necessary.


We thank the dedicated team who sorted hundreds of books, volunteered to staff the fairs, and kept our visitors happy. We also thank those who donated and also bought books.       

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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