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
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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
Sunday 24 May Easter 7
Please watch the
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
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 www.hackneyfoodbank.org.uk
At this time
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.
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
Tel: 020 7638 1997