Services

Services at St Giles’

Sunday 22 May Easter 6

08.30 Morning Prayer

10.00 Parish Eucharist

16.00 Evening Prayer

Weekday Services 

Monday-Wednesday and Friday 

08.30 Morning Prayer 

17.30 Evening Prayer 

(some midweek services will be held in the Rectory at the East End of the church)

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Prayer for Peace in Ukraine 

 

God of peace and justice, we pray for the people of Ukraine today.

We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.

We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow, that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.

We pray for those with power over war or peace, for wisdom, discernment, and compassion to guide their decisions.

Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at-risk and in fear, that you would hold and protect them.

We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. Amen 

Thursday 5 May 2022 - Private Prayer and Reflection from 13.00-13.30

As we continue our monthly private prayer sessions, you are invited to join others in church on 5 May. You may find this prayer sheet helpful - please bring a copy with you. 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, ‘I give you a new commandment, that you love one another Just as I have loved you, you also should love one another. By this everyone shall know that you are my disciples if you have love for one another.’                                   John 13 34-35

 

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

 

This Eastertide we celebrate Christ’s Glorious Resurrection as we hear the stories of his appearances to the disciples and his Ascension into heaven. 

 

We pray for Father Jack as he prepares to join us, for his ministry among us at St Giles’ and in the wider community. We look forward to welcoming him as our new Rector at his Institution and Induction Service on 8 May.

 

We pray for our churchwardens and members of the PCC who were elected at the recent APCM.

 

As the war in Ukraine intensifies, we pray for all who have been killed or injured and all who have fled their homeland to find sanctuary elsewhere. We give thanks for the generosity of nations and individuals who have provided hospitality and support for those fleeing. We pray for an end to the conflict, for reconciliation and help to rebuild the devastated areas of Ukraine by the International community.

 

 ‘God of all peoples and nations who created all things alive and breathing, united and whole, show us the way of peace that is Your overwhelming presence. We hold before you the peoples of Ukraine and Russia, every child and every adult. We long for the time when weapons of war are beaten into ploughshares, when nations no longer lift up sword against nation. We cry out to you for peace; Protect those who only desire and deserve to live in security and safety, comfort those who fear for their lives and the lives of their loved ones, be with those who are bereaved. Change the hearts of those set on violence and aggression and fill leaders with the wisdom that leads to peace. Kindle again in us a love of our neighbour, and a passion for justice to prevail and a renewed recognition that we all play a part in peace. Creator of all hear our prayer and bring us peace. Make us whole.  Amen’                                 (a prayer from Christian Aid) 

 

We pray for all those who are worried about the steep rise in the cost of living especially in relation to food and heating, for the increasing numbers using food banks and other charities to survive. May we be generous in our support and help of those in need in our communities.

 

Comfort and heal all those who suffer in body mind and spirit, remembering all who suffer or care for those living with cancer and mental health problems, give them courage and hope in their troubles and bring them the joy of your salvation.

 

Merciful Father accept our prayers for the sake of your Son our Savour Jesus Christ Amen

 

We finish by saying the Lord’s Prayer. 

Lectionary for Sundays (and Ascension Day) in May

 

15 May Easter 5  

Barach 3 9-15-4.4, Acts 11, 1-18, John 13 31-35

22 May Easter 6

Ezekiel 37 1-14. Acts 16 9-15, John 14 23-29      

26 May Ascension Day

Daniel 7 9-14, Acts 1 1-11, Luke 24 44-53

29 May Easter 7

Ezekiel 36 24-28, Acts 16 16-34, John 17 20-26   

5 June Pentecost (Whit Sunday)

Genesis 11 1-9, Acts 2 1-21, John 14 8-27

12 June Trinity Sunday

Proverbs 8 1-4, 22-31, Romans 5 1-5, John 16 12-15

19 June Trinity 1

1 Kings 19 1-15a, Galatians 3 23-29, Luke 8 26-39

26 June Trinity 2

2 Kings 2 1-2, 6-14, Galatians 5 1, 13-25, Luke 9 51-62               

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

Sunday Services 

Sunday 21 May Easter 6

08.30 Morning Prayer

10.00 Parish Eucharist

16.00 Evening Prayer

 

Weekday Services 

Monday-Wednesday and Friday 

08.30 Morning Prayer 

17.30 Evening Prayer 

(some midweek services will be held in the Rectory at the East End of the church)

 

Wednesday

18 May 

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 2 June.

If you are not able to join us, we hope you will continue to pray with us wherever you are.

Dates in 2022

2 June, 7 July, No session in August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December.

 

Cleaning Angels

The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month from 13.30-15.00 including tea and cake from 14.30. 

Dates in 2022

2 June, 7 July, No session in August, 1 September, 6 October, 3 November, 1 December

 

2022 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

Monday 18 July,

Tuesday 20 September

Monday 21 November. 

 

Parish Office Opening Hours

The Parish Office is open Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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