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 Standing 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 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
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
Tel: 020 7638 1997