Services

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 weekly Sunday Eucharist is now only in church as the online services via our YouTube Channel have finished. 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 the services from the church from October.

Current Sunday Services

 

Currently there is the Parish Eucharist at 10.00 each Sunday but no Holy Communion at 08.00 on the first Sunday of the month or Evening Prayer at 16.00. 

 

The Sunday Club continues to meet at 10.00 via Zoom. Please contact Dave Archer for further details. davidjrarcher@hotmail.co.uk 

 

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, download the file below. 

Sunday booklet 27-9-20.pdf
Adobe Acrobat document [56.0 KB]

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 

 

As we continue our monthly prayer sessions, you are invited to join others in church on 3 September. Please bring the September prayer sheet below 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 September, Jesus said, ‘for where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.’                Matthew 18 v 20

 

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 praise and thank you for giving us so much to enjoy in the world. Open our eyes to see the beauty around us as Summer turns to Autumn and appreciate your greatness in giving us the different seasons. Help us to safeguard your world so that our children and future generations will benefit from all you have created.

 

Loving Father, we remember and pray for the children and young people in their daily learning especially in this difficult time with Covid 19. We think of all children starting a new school term, those spending their first hours away from home in nursery school, those attending a new junior or senior school, those entering their final year at school and facing important decisions about their future and those who are going to university or continuing their studies. We pray for all teachers and lecturers that they may inspire in their pupils and students the love of learning and the desire to succeed to the best of their ability.

 

We pray for a world where humanity and love for others so often fails. We pray for those in government in every nation. We pray that those who lead and take on great responsibilities may not simply wish to be seen as great in the eyes of others, but to genuinely serve their people, searching continually for policies and strategies which will be for the good of all, especially for the weakest and most vulnerable including the unemployed, the homeless, refugees and the poor.

 

We pray for those who are sick, especially those suffering from the long-term effects of the Covid 19 virus.  We remember those who are lonely and depressed and pray that we may be good listeners to family members, friends, and neighbours that with our kind words and deeds we may bring help and support to them.  Comfort with your presence those who suffer in body, mind or spirit and give them courage and hope in their troubles. We remember those known to us who are in special need of our prayers at this time.

 

We remember before you those who have died and those whose anniversaries fall at this time, give strength to those who are left to grieve and help us to share in each other’s sorrow.  May the souls of the faithful departed, through your mercy, rest in peace and rise in glory.

 

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

 

We finish by saying the Lord’s Prayer.     

 

Dates in 2020 - 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December.  

Lectionary for Sundays and after Trinity 

 

27 September Trinity 16 Michaelmas

Genesis 28: 10 – 17; Revelation 12: 7 – 12; John 1: 47 – 51

 

4 October Trinity 17 Harvest

Deuteronomy 8: 7 – 18; Luke 12: 16 – 30

 

11 October Trinity 18

Isaiah 25: 1 – 7; Philippians 4: 4 – 9; Matthew 22: 1 – 14

 

18 October Trinity 19

Isaiah 45: 1 – 7; 1 Thessalonians 1: 1 – 7; Matthew 22: 15 – 22

 

25 October Trinity 20

Leviticus 19: 1 – 2, 15 – 18; 1 Thessalonians 2: 1 – 8; Matthew 22: 34 – 46

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 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

Here

Weekday Services

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 susanjroyce@gmail.com

 

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

 

Cleaning Angels

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

Mon-Fri 11.00-16.00

Tel: 020 7638 1997  

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