Services

Services in church at St Giles’

 

Thursday 13 May   Ascension  Day 

08.30 Holy Communion 

Sunday 16 May Easter 7

10.00 Parish Eucharist 

 

Music and Readings (available later this week)

 

Click below for the Easter Service Booklet 

Easter Service Booklet
Easter_2021.01.doc
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The Sunday Club continues to meet at 10.00 via Zoom. Please contact Dave Archer for further details.   davidjarcher@hotmail.co.uk

 

Next week’s readings Sunday 9 May Easter 6

Acts 10: 44 – 48  1 John 5: 1 – 6  John 15: 9 – 17

Weekday Services 

 

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday-Thursday) in the Chancel.

 

 

Praying together 

 

13.00 -13.30 Private Prayer and Reflection on the first Thursday of the month 

 

Thursday 6 May 2021 - Private Prayer and Reflection from 13.00-13.30

 

For our monthly private prayer, and you are invited to join others in church on 6 May. You may find this prayer sheet helpful - please bring a copy with you to church. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

 

Our text for May: Jesus said, ‘You did not choose me, but I chose you. And I appointed you to go and bear fruit, fruit that will last, so that the Father will give you whatever you ask in my name.’                                                           John 15 v16  

 

Let us pray for the church and the world and thank God for his goodness.

 

Heavenly Father, we give thanks for the fellowship of the church, that supports and helps us to put our faith into practice. Strengthen us, Lord, in your service, that we, may be an encouragement to others and hold fast to all that is good.

 

We pray for Christians worldwide as the Easter Season continues and we look forward to celebrating Jesus’ Ascension into Heaven and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.

 

We pray for Katharine our Rector as she prepares to retire this month. We thank God for her ministry among us these past twenty years, for her dedication, commitment, and care of her flock at St Giles’ and in the wider community. She has guided us through good and bad times, and we pray that she may have a long and happy retirement.

 

We pray at this time for communities around the world suffering loss and disaster including the people of,

  • the Caribbean Island of St Vincent and surrounding areas after the recent volcano eruptions that has left the island thickly covered in grey ash, with thousands who have lost their homes and livelihoods and access to water,
  •  India in the grips of a huge and deadly Covid 19 surge with hospitals overwhelmed and shortages of vaccines, oxygen and other medical supplies,  
  • of Israel following a crush that killed 45 and injured 150 at a crowded Orthodox Jewish religious festival.   

We remember those who are being held as political prisoners or hostages in Iran, Russia, Hong Kong and Myanmar and whose citizens have been denied the right to protest peacefully against human rights abuses and freedom of speech.

 

We give thanks for the beauty of God’s world around us and look forward with the easing of lockdown to enjoy it together with our family and friends. 

 

Merciful Father accept our prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ. Amen.

 

We finish by saying the Lord’s Prayer.     

Lectionary for May 

 

Sunday 16 May Easter 7 Sunday after Ascension Day  

16 Acts 1: 15 – 17, 21 – 26; 1 John 5: 9 – 13; John 17: 6 – 19

Sunday 23 May Pentecost Whit Sunday

23 Ezekiel 37:1 – 14; Acts 2: 1 – 11; John 15: 26 – 27, 16: 4b - 15

Sunday 30 May Trinity Sunday

30 Isaiah 6: 1 – 8; Romans 8: 12 – 17; John 3: 1 – 17

Our Liturgy  

 

We use Common Worship for all services except on the first Sunday of the month when the 1662 Communion Service is used.

Baptisms

For many centuries parents who counted themselves members of the Christian Church have brought their children to be baptised. When a child is baptised (or Christened, both words mean the same) he or she is welcomed into the household of God and made a member of the church. It is the start of a journey.

The people who were baptised in the time of Jesus were adults. In the earliest days of the church only adults were baptised and this is still the custom in some Christian traditions. As time passed, parents asked if their children could also be baptised and this custom was established. Children were baptised on the understanding that their parents would bring them up in the faith of Christ. The church baptises babies and young children aware that the parents and Godparents will not always be fully involved in the life of the church but on the understanding that they take seriously the opening of the life of the child to the touch of God. In the baptism service parents and Godparents promise to bring up the child to follow Jesus, and to show him or her the right way to live by their own example. The child receives the love and shared faith of the whole people of God.

Baptisms here take place during the Parish Eucharist at 10.00.

A prayer for your child
God of love, May this child grow to love, to worship and serve you And bring life and joy to the world. Amen
 

Christingle and Mothering Sunday Services

We especially welcome parents, Godparents and children to the Christingle service on Advent Sunday at 16.00 and to the Mothering Sunday service in the Spring as part of the Parish Eucharist at 10.00.

Christingle service 2015

Weddings

We like weddings at St Giles' and are very glad when couples want to get married here. A wedding is one of life's great moments, a time of solemn commitment as well as good wishes, feasting and joy. The most important part of your wedding will be the service held in church. Planning for this should be one of the happiest times in your life together. Whether the ceremony you want is quiet and simple, or elaborate with glorious flowers and music and the bells ringing out, at the heart of the service the bride and bridegroom face each other, make their promises and receive God's blessing.

Your wedding matters to us, your celebration takes place in the life of this church. You and your family and friends become part of the ancient tradition of prayer and worship that has taken place in St Giles' over hundreds of years day by day and week by week. As you prepare for your wedding day we will be holding you in our prayers.

We like to get to know you before your wedding, and we invite you to come the main Sunday service at 10.00. There is coffee after the service and this gives us the opportunity to meet you and for you to speak with the Director of Music and to hear the choir and the organ. 



 "Love is patient; love is kind; love is not envious or boastful or arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice in wrongdoing,but rejoices in the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things,endures all things".         1 Corinthians 13. 4-7

 

For details of who can marry in St Giles and for planning your wedding  click on the button below and scroll downs to Weddings at St Giles'

"Welcome Back Sunday Service"

Each year we hold a "Welcome Back Service" on the second Sunday in May as part of the 10.00 Parish Eucharist, when we invite those who have been married or have worshipped here and moved away. We give thanks for faithful relationships and marriage, we sing many of the hymns chosen for weddings and the organ music at the end is one of the famous recessional pieces.This is a popular service and all are welcome. There is also an opportunity after the service to show your photos and enjoy a glass of wine or fruit juice.    

Funerals

Parish funerals take place either in St Giles' or at a crematorium.

Practical arrangements are made by the undertaker who will manage all fees. A church service needs to be arranged in consultation with the Rector.

Practising Christians may wish for the funeral to be conducted in the context of the Eucharist, or to be a service of hymns, readings and prayers

Families should be aware that it takes an hour to get to the nearest cremaorium.We can advise you on the different arrangements you can make when a church service is followed by a private committal at the crematorium.

Music is arranged by the Director of Music.There is a professional choir of four voices.

We are happy for receptions after the service to be held at the back of the church.

All Souls' Service

A very popular service, the Commemoration of All Souls is held here on the Sunday nearest 2 November at 16.00.There is music and readings, prayers and the lighting of candles by members of the congregation; the names of the dead are read out and silence kept. People find it very moving and beautiful and make a point of coming back each year.

Memorial Services

Generally a memorial service takes place several weeks after the funeral. Sometimes a memorial service is referred to as a service of thanksgiving. Usually the deceased had a connection either with the church or this part of London.

The Rector and Director of Music are involved in the planning of the service.

The Columbarium

The Columbarium is known as 'one of London's secret gardens.' It lies to the east of the church down a flight of stairs. There are some niches on an outside wall and others are in a covered area enclosed by a gate. We have many requests for the placing of ashes here, but because of the limited space, only the ashes of those who were worshipping members of the congregation or who lived within the parish at time of death are placed there.

 

"I am the resurrection and the life," says the Lord."Those who believe in me, even though they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die." John 11.25,26

 

Where to visit us:-

St Giles' Cripplegate Church
Fore Street
London EC2Y 8DA

 

Registered Charity               Number 1138077

Services now in church at St Giles’

 

Thursday 13 May   Ascension  Day 

08.30 Holy Communion

 

Sunday 16 May Easter 7

For Music and Readings 

 Click here

Weekday Services

08.30 Morning Prayer (Monday to Thursday in the Chancel)

Wednesdays   

2 June and 16 June             

Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Suzanne Royce   susanjroyce@gmail.com

 

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 Thursday 6 May.  Please bring the monthly prayer sheet  here. If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Dates for 2021 

3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 

 

Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.30 including tea and cake.

Cleaning Angels  
Dates in 2021  

3 June, 1 July, not in August, 2 September, 7 October, 4 November, 2 December. 

 

2021 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30 (all currently on Zoom)

22 June
13-September
15-November

 

As many of you know, our Rector Katharine Rumens is to retire in May after 20 years at St Giles. Please make a donation to show your appreciation of her ministry here.  Donate

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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