Giving is a fundamental concept of the Christian faith: God’s giving of his Son, and the Son’s giving of his life for the world. The Sacrament of the love of God is celebrated here at St Giles’ for our life and the life of the world; and at its heart are the words that proclaim the self-giving of God. We in turn are called to a life of generous giving – of our time, our skills and our money.
We ask you to reflect and pray as you consider your giving. If you are already making regular donations and your finances allow it, perhaps you may give more.
Harvest Letter 2019
As in previous years, we’re writing to all the members of the St Giles’ community whose names appear on the Electoral Roll. We’d like to begin by thanking you most warmly for whatever you have been able to contribute to the church over the past year, in financial and/or practical ways. Your generous support is essential to the preservation of our shared heritage, our ministry and our role in the wider community.
Heritage: a church has stood on this site for over 1,000 years. The current Grade 1 listed building is one of the few medieval churches to survive the Fire of London and the Blitz and its connections with historical figures of note are memorialised in the names of the Barbican: Milton, Frobisher, Bunyan, Speed and Shakespeare. Like all heritage buildings, St Giles’ needs regular maintenance and investment to keep it secure and to meet modern standards.
Worship: We are here to love God and to make Christ known in work and deed. We welcome everyone to our services: regular worshippers, visiting friends and family, Barbican residents, those working locally and tourists. People come to celebrate together at Christmas and to find peace in the middle of a busy day.
Community: the church is a partner in the Corporation’s Culture Mile and a well-established and much loved venue for concerts. During the last year we have welcomed over 14,000 people to attend and participate in a diverse range of events including four book fairs, over 50 concerts and the International Organ School. Several concerts have been broadcast by Radio 3. As well as acting as a polling station we organise a regular food bank collection outside Waitrose.
St Giles’ is an active, inclusive church; we need your help to continue and expand our work.
Thank you for taking the time to read this letter. A donation from you will help to support the work of St Giles’ and the maintenance of an outstanding building in the heart of the Barbican.
With all good wishes to you at this Harvest time
Kathryn Elsby, Susan Royce, Catherine Urquhart and Malcolm Waters
This is our preferred way for you to give, and the Stewardship Committee’s target is to increase the number of people paying by Standing Order by 15%.
By knowing what is coming in regularly, outgoings can be met more easily, with bills paid and improvements planned with confidence.
Please set up a Standing Order if you possibly can (if you haven’t already done so). You can set up a Standing Order using online banking, or use a Standong Order form available from church or the parish office. You can also download one - see below
Bank Account details:
Account Name: St Giles’ Cripplegate Church
Account No: 46985867
Sort Code: 56-00-23
If you have an existing Standing Order, as the costs of keeping St Giles’ open and running only go upwards, we urge you to increase your giving if you can.
These are provided in the pews for cash or cheque donations. If you pay tax, complete the envelope fully so that we can reclaim the tax you have paid via the Gift Aid scheme.
If you are a UK taxpayer your donations may be eligible for Gift Aid, whereby for every £1 you give us, we can reclaim 25p from the tax you have paid. And it doesn’t cost you a penny. All you have to do is fill in a Gift Aid declaration form, available in church or from the parish office. It can also be downloaded - see below
Thank you to all who gift aid their giving.
Please consider making a bequest to St Giles’ Cripplegate in your will. We will use legacies to fund significant projects in the Parish. Since circumstances change over the years, you are encouraged to leave a legacy for the general purposes of the Parish.
ALL FINANCIAL INFORMATION YOU GIVE US IS TREATED IN CONFIDENCE
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