During the coronavirus crisis with the temporary closure of the church and restrictions on the movement and gathering of people our normal Sunday and Weekday services have been suspended.
See our Home page for details of our live Sunday service, other ways to stay in touch with us or to join our digital prayer and bible study offerings.
Lectionary for Sundays after Easter, Pentecost, Trinity Sunday and 3 Sundays after Trinity
17 May Easter 6
Acts 17: 22 – 31, 1 Peter 13 – 18a, John 14: 15 – 21
24 May Easter 7
Acts 1: 6 – 14, 1 Peter 4: 12 – 14; 15: 6 – 11, John 17: 1 – 11
31 May Pentecost
Acts 2: 1 – 4; 14 – 21, Numbers 11: 24 – 30, John 20: 19 – 23
7 June Trinity Sunday
Isaiah 40: 12 – 17, 27 – 31, 2 Corinthians 13: 11 – 13, Matthew 28: 16 – 20
14 June Trinity 1
Exodus 19: 2 – 8a, Romans 5: 1 – 8, Matthew 9: 35 – 10: 8
21 June Trinity 2
Jeremiah 20: 7 – 13, Romans 6: 1b – 11, Matthew 10: 24 – 39
28 June Trinity 3
Jeremiah 28: 5 – 9, Romans 6: 12 – 23, Matthew 10: 40 – 42
We use Common Worship for all services except on the first Sunday of the month when the 1662 Communion Service is used.
13.00 -13.30 Private Prayer and Reflection on the first Thursday of the month
Instead of meeting in church we wil continue to pray together from 13.00-13.30 on the first Thursday of the month. It remains a set time to pray for our community and the wider world, knowing that others are praying with us. Our silent prayers conclude at 13.30 with all saying the Lord's Prayer. See below our monthly biblical text from the lectionary and suggestions for prayer.
Our text for May, Jesus said, ‘Do not let your hearts be troubled. Believe in God, believe also in me.’ John 14 v1
Let us pray to the
who is our refuge and stronghold.
For the dedication and skills of all NHS staff and other front-line staff in care homes, hospices, the emergency services and researchers developing vaccines and to better understand the coronavirus.
For the health and well-being of our nation, for wise decisions from our leaders that all who are fearful and anxious may be at peace and free from worry.
For church leaders as they continue to minster to and support their congregations in new ways and bring comfort to the sick, the dying and the bereaved.
For the isolated and housebound, that we may be alert to their needs, and care for them in their vulnerability.
For our homes and families, our schools and young people, and all in any kind of need or distress because they have been made redundant or are unable to work because of the lockdown, including cleaners, so called non-essential jobs in shops, hotels and restaurants, musicians and workers in the entertainment industry.
For a blessing on our local community, that our neighbourhoods may be places of trust and friendship, where all are known and cared for, especially those who are ill or who have lost loved ones.
In all our present troubles may we remember Christ and his glorious Ascension and the coming of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost.
We commend ourselves, and all for whom we pray, to the mercy and protection of God.
Merciful Father, accept these prayers for the sake of your Son, our Saviour Jesus Christ.
We finish by saying the Lord’s Prayer
Dates in 2020 - 7 May, 4 June, 2 July, 6 August, 3 September, 1 October, 5 November, 3 December.
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.
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.
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 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
London EC2Y 8DA
Registered Charity Number 1138077
Sunday 24 May Easter 7
Please watch the
at 10.00 for our Sunday Service.
This will be followed at 10:30 by a virtual coffee morning conducted via Zoom. Those of you with webcams can follow this event by using this link Virtual coffee morning
Also possible by telephone: +44 203 481 5240, meeting ID: 860 8348 9889 Password; 628503
We look forward to seeing you!
Future Events Calendar
With the current coronavirus emergency, we have removed the services and events from March to June that have been cancelled and will update this and other parts of our website on a week by week basis.See our Home page for weekly updates to our changed activities.
The Annual Parochial Church Meeting that was to take place on Sunday 29 April has been postponed to Sunday 13 September.
The 2019 Annual Report is availabe on the Future Events page.
A message from Reverend Katharine Rumens
As we say to one another, these are strange times and we are having to find a new pattern of living and praying together. The Archbishops have directed that all
churches are to be shut for a season. This does not mean that prayer will cease as we develop new ways to pray together.
Please look out for your neighbour. Thank you to those who have volunteered to do shopping and errands for the socially isolated. Let me know if you need help and the churchwardens and I will ask someone to be in touch with you.
Finally, we know there is an unprecedented demand on food banks at the moment. We have been asked not to hold a collection outside Waitrose. Instead please put donations of food and toiletries in the box by the checkout or make an online donation to www.hackneyfoodbank.org.uk
At this time
Thursday 4 June 13.00 to 13.30 Private Prayer and Reflection
Instead of meeting in church we wil continue to pray together from 13.00-13.30 on the first Thursday of the month. It remains a set time to pray for our community and the wider world, knowing that others are praying with us. Our silent prayers conclude at 13.30 with all saying the Lord's Prayer. See the Services page for our monthly biblical text from the lectionary and suggestions for prayer.
The monthly sessions on the first Thursday of the month have been cancelled for the time being.
Installation of new lighting
The new lighting system cannot completed for the time being because of a delay in the delivery of light fittings from Italy and the closure of the church.
2020 Dates of PCC meetings in church at 19.30
Tuesday 15 September
Monday 23 November
Parish Office Opening Hours
Tel: 020 7638 1997