The Friends of St Giles’
Registered Charity no: 247575
PLACE AND BELONGING
Historic tradition and modern identities blend and co-exist in St Giles’, a place which recognises many people have strong connections with this church drawn from a wide range of sources.
There has been a church on this site for a thousand years and the links between those who live here, those with community and civic ties to St Giles’ and the creative people who enjoy its space are what it offers
Joining the Friends of St Giles’ will help maintain the building and its organs and preserve its historic fabric and nationally significant musical tradition. We value your support and involvement irrespective of which membership group you wish to subscribe to.
A CENTRE OF MUSICAL EXCELLENCE
St Giles’ is renowned for its exceptional acoustics and the high standard of secular and liturgical music it hosts. There is a professional choir on Sundays and regular musical events during the week, These include performances by the BBC Symphony Orchestra, BBC Singers and their programme partners. St Giles is also used for professional recordings.
Royal College of Organists Academy Organ School (RCOAOS)
St. Giles’ Cripplegate has been internationally renowned as a centre
for organ study since 1992, when an organ school was founded here.
The organ school was subsumed into the Royal College of Organists
in 2012 and now has over a thousand graduates.
Thanks to a sustained fundraising campaign led by the Friends, St. Giles’ has three first-class pipe organs, in constant use by students and their teachers. RCOAOS runs throughout the year and holds a summer course attracting students from across the world.
A HISTORY OF CONTINUITY & RENEWAL
Having survived the Great Fire of London in 1666, St Giles’ is one of the few remaining medieval churches in the City.
The Perpendicular building we see today is built on 1394 foundations on the site of Norman and Saxon churches before it and has been extensively restored over the centuries. It was damaged by bombing in
1941 and rebuilt using 1545 plans held at Lambeth Palace.
Externally the most distinctive feature is the 1682 upper brickwork level of the tower.
Many luminaries are commemorated in the church, including John Milton, who is buried here. The silver cabinet displays Communion plate from St Luke’s Old St, where John and Charles Wesley, the founders of Methodism, were curates.
KEEPING IN TOUCH
As a Friend we will keep you posted by quarterly emails with details of the many interesting musical and community events taking place in St Gilesʼ.
We will send you copies of St Giles' Easter and Christmas Newsletters by email so you can stay in touch with the community here wherever you are in the world.
Events promoted by the Friends include:
• Concerts and musical recitals
• Seasonal book fairs
• Art exhibitions
• Community, family and children’s events
• Give and Take Freecycling days
There are three groups of individual members, whose names recall the professional, craft and artistic history of the parish echoed in its street names. The only difference is the level of the annual subscription for
£100.00 – Silk
£50.00 – Fann
£20.00 – Fortune
We value your support and involvement irrespective of which membership group you wish to subscribe to. If you are able to commit to giving more, it would be very gratefully received.
Please open the pdf document below to see our how we respect your privacy.
JOIN ONLINE via MYDONATE
click the MyDonate link or icon
(visibility depends on user platform)
MyDonate is a free service run by British Telecom. You do not need to register or Log In on our MyDonate page.
To join the Friends of St Giles' and receive email newsletters from us, please click "Donate Now". At the end of the page you are then taken to, please tick the box, "I am happy to be contacted by the charities I donate to (email/post/phone)" .
If you prefer, you may make a gift to the charity without ticking this box and without receiving emails and newsletters from us. Thank you.
HOW TO JOIN ONLINE
By Standing Order
Please open the pdf below with instructions on how to join the Friends of St Giles' using Standing Orders made online.
HOW TO JOIN BY POST
using Cheque or Standing Order
Please print off the form below and complete the Standing Order instructions or enclose a cheque as preferred.
Please send by post to: The Executive Secretary, Friends of St Giles', St Giles Church, Fore Street, London EC2Y 8DA, UK.
With many thanks to Linklaters LLP, 1 Silk St, London EC2Y 8HQ for their generous support printing Friends of St Giles' membership leaflets.
Where to visit us:-
St Giles' Cripplegate Church
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
12 July Trinity 5
Parish Eucharist 10.00 - in church and online
In church 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 readings and
For those unable to join us in church the YouTube service at 10.00 will continue in July on the
at 10.00 for our Sunday Service if you are unable to join us in church
This will be followed at 11.00 (not 10:30 as previously) by a virtual coffee morning conducted via Zoom. Those of you with webcams can follow this event by using this link Virtual coffee morning
We look forward to seeing you!
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 from 13.00-13.30
During lockdown we have continued to pray together in our own homes on the first Thursday of the month. As the church is now open again you are invited to join others in church. Please bring the prayer sheet (available on the Service page of the website) with you. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.
The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00 will resume on 3 September.
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.
2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30
Tuesday 15 September
Monday 23 November
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997