Services at St Giles’

Sunday 24 October Last after Trinity 


We welcome Steven Cooper, Minister at Wesley’s Chapel,

as our preacher and celebrant today


Readings and Music 


Organ Prelude Whitlock Préambule


Hymn 4 Lord as the day begins


First reading: Jeremiah 31. 7-9

Thus says the Lord: Sing aloud with gladness for Jacob, and raise shouts for the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘Save, O Lord, your people, the remnant of Israel.’ See, I am going to bring them from the land of the north, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth, among them the blind and the lame, those with child and those in labour, together; a great company, they shall return here. With weeping they shall come, and with consolations I will lead them back, I will let them walk by brooks of water, in a straight path in which they shall not stumble; for I have become a father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn.


Psalm 126

1 When the Lord restored the /fortunes of /Zion:

   we /were like /those who /dream.


2 Then our mouth was filled with laughter, and our tongue with

    /shouts of /joy;

   Then it was said among the nations, "The Lord has /done great

    /things for /them."


3 The Lord has done /great things for /us;

    and /we /re/joiced.


4 Restore our /fortunes O /Lord,

   like the water/courses /in the /Negeb.


5 May those who /sow in /tears

   - /reap with /shouts of /joy.


6 Those who go out weeping, bearing the /seed for /sowing,

    shall come home with shouts of joy, /carrying /their /sheaves.


Glory to the Father and /to the /Son

And /to the /Holy /Spirit:

As it was in the be/ginning, is /now

And shall be for /ever.  /A-/men.


Second reading: Hebrew 7. 23-28

The former priests were many in number, because they were prevented by death from continuing in office; but Jesus holds his priesthood permanently, because he continues for ever. Consequently he is able for all time to save those who approach God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them. For it was fitting that we should have such a high priest, holy, blameless, undefiled, separated from sinners, and exalted above the heavens. Unlike the other high priests, he has no need to offer sacrifices day after day, first for his own sins, and then for those of the people; this he did once for all when he offered himself. For the law appoints as high priests those who are subject to weakness, but the word of the oath, which came later than the law, appoints a Son who has been made perfect for ever.


Choir Walker I will lift up mine eyes


The Gospel: Mark 10. 46-end

As Jesus and his disciples and a large crowd were leaving Jericho, Bartimaeus son of Timaeus, a blind beggar, was sitting by the roadside. When he heard that it was Jesus of Nazareth, he began to shout out and say, ‘Jesus, Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Many sternly ordered him to be quiet, but he cried out even more loudly, ‘Son of David, have mercy on me!’ Jesus stood still and said, ‘Call him here.’ And they called the blind man, saying to him, ‘Take heart; get up, he is calling you.’ So throwing off his cloak, he sprang up and came to Jesus. Then Jesus said to him, ‘What do you want me to do for you?’ The blind man said to him, ‘My teacher, let me see again.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Go; your faith has made you well.’ Immediately he regained his sight and followed him on the way.




The Peace


Offertory Hymn 308 Just as I am, without one plea


Eucharistic Prayer


Choir Whitlock Here O my Lord I see Thee face to face


Post Communion Prayer



Sunday 31 October - The All Souls’ service will be at 4pm.

Please email if you would like names of the deceased read out during the service


11-28 November – dates for our next book fair.

Email if you are able to volunteer

We ae perpetually in need of more volunteers!


Sunday 28 November -  Advent Fair

Please talk to Gail if you can help with the Advent Fair or email


Hymn 605 Through the night of doubt and sorrow


Blessing and Dismissal


Organ Postlude  Peeters Festival Toccata

Please click here if you would like to make a donation

Readings for next Sunday 31 October 4 before Advent - All Saints’ 

Isaiah 25 6-9, Revelation 21 1-6a, John 11 32-44

Weekday Services 


There will be no Morning Prayer on weekdays during the Interregnum.

Thursday 7 October 2021 - Private Prayer and Reflection from 13.00-13.30


You are invited to join others in church on 7 October for our monthly private prayer. 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 October: ‘Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.’                                               1 Peter 2v10


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 the safety of women and girls in Afghanistan and in our country, remembering at this time, Sarah and Sabina and their families as they deal with the tragic loss of their loved ones.  


We pray for all those in the parish and beyond working to appoint a new Rector for St Giles’, for all who have helped to produce the parish and person profiles so the post can be advertised, and interviews take place.   


As nations prepare for Cop26 in Glasgow in November we pray that real progress can be made with true commitment and finance to stop any further climate change before it is too late.


Part of the Prayer written by Bishop Geoff Davies, South Africa’s ‘Green’ Bishop for Christian Aid  

‘Great Spirit, heavenly Father, source of life and love. We rejoice and give thanks for your bountiful planet. Great plains, verdant forests, deserts of rock, sand and ice, mountain ranges, rivers and oceans: ecosystems to meet the needs of all your creatures…… Open our senses to all we encounter and be with us that we may walk in safety. Awaken us to our true nature, to live in peace with you, each other and all creation. By restoring harmony and balance we too will be restored to wholeness. Amen.’


We pray for comfort to those who suffer in body, mind and spirit remembering those who are in pain, waiting for surgery and other treatments and facing long waits.


As we come to the end of the Furlough Scheme, the £20 extra Universal Credit payment and increases in gas, electricity, and food prices we pray for those families who will face hardship and financial difficulties during the coming months without further help.    


We give thanks for God’s beauty in the parks and gardens around us, for the wonderful Autumnal colours and changing season.  


We pray to our Heavenly Father, to give grace to us, our families, friends, and neighbours that we may serve Christ in one another and love as he loves us.


Lord in your mercy hear our prayer.                 


We finish by saying the Lord’s Prayer. 

Lectionary for Sundays in October and November 


24 October Last Sunday after Trinity 

Jeremiah 31 7-9, Hebrew 7 23-28, Mark 10 46-end

31 October 4 before Advent - All Saints’ 

Isaiah 25 6-9, Revelation 21 1-6a, John 11 32-44


7 November 3 before Advent

Jonah 3 1-5, 10: Hebrews 9 24-end: Mark 1 14-20

14 November 2 before Advent Remembrance Sunday

Daniel 12 1-3, Hebrews 10 11-25: Mark 13 1-8

21 November Sunday before Advent Christ the King

Daniel 7 9-10, 13, 14: Revelation 4b-8: John 18 33-37

28 November Advent 1

Jeremiah 33 14-16: 1 Thessalonians 3 9-end: Luke 21 25-36

Our Liturgy  


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


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


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.    


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 at St Giles’

Sunday 24 October Last of Trinity 

10.00 Parish Eucharist 

For Music and Readings 

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Sunday 31 October The All Souls’ ​Service at 4pm

If you would like names of the deceased read out during the service please email details to

Weekday Services

There will be no Morning Prayer on weekdays during the Interregnum.



3 November  

Home Prayer Group - Lectio Divina 19.30 via Zoom. To join contact Suzanne Royce


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 September.

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

Dates for 2021 

4 November, 2 December. 


Cleaning Angels

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

Cleaning Angels  
Dates in 2021   

4 November,

2 December. 


2022 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30

Monday 31 January, 

Tuesday 29 March,

Monday 25 July,

Tuesday 20 September

Monday 21 November. 

2022 Annual Parish Church Meeting

Sunday 8 May at 11.30am after the Parish Eucharist.


Parish Office Opening Hours

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997

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