Visitors and newcomers are always especially warmly welcomed at St Giles. If you have any questions about our worship, please do feel free to contact us or speak to a member of the clergy or a churchwarden.
Printed leaflets are available for all services in order to help you follow the liturgy and readings easily. Braille materials are also available for anyone who is blind or partially-sighted and a loop hearing system is installed in the church.
If you are able to join for Sung Eucharist on Sundays, then please do stay after the service for coffee and a chance to meet other members of the congregation.
A weekly pattern of worship
We offer worship which is reverent, traditional, dignified and uplifting, all within the ethos of the Anglican tradition and drawn from the Book of Common Prayer and the Authorised Version of the Bible. Our worship draws on the richness of the Christian tradition of language and music to identify ourselves with the past generation of worshippers, to pray for the world and our local community and to look to the future with hope.
Sundays begins with a said service of Holy Communion at 9am. This simple short service lasts about 30 minutes. It is ideal for people who have a busy Sunday ahead of them.
Our main Sunday morning service is Sung Eucharist at 11am. This is an act of worship to uplift us into remembering the presence of God. It includes hymns and music for the congregation to join with, as well as music from the great treasury of English Church music, led by the St Giles Quartet. The service lasts about an hour.
Sunday evening worship is Choral Evensong at 6.30pm. Members of the St Giles Choir lead our singing and provide an anthem. Our evening services encourage us to reflect on God’s generous love for humankind as found in the Bible, the Christian tradition, and as expressed in English Church music.
St Giles is very much more than a Sunday church.
Morning Prayer at 8.15am and Evening Prayer at 5.30pm are said from Monday to Friday and a said service of Holy Communion takes place every Wednesday at 1pm and on major Saints Days and other Church festivals which fall mid-week.
Morning and Evening Prayer are short, meditative services consisting of readings from the Psalms, the Old and New Testaments, and prayers appropriate to the time of day, lasting about 20 minutes, followed by five minutes silence for personal prayer. At Evening Prayer we also make intercessions for the people who have asked for our prayers in the intercession book that day and week.
Worship in August
The Epistle readings for the Eucharist each Sunday are all drawn from Paul’s writings, the first two from Romans, where Paul deals with the power of sin and the freedom of the spirit, and the remainder from 1 Corinthians, where he also struggles with sin and the freedom of the spirit! In the reading from 1 Corinthians 15 on the 31st he writes in a more personal vein: ‘for I am the least of the apostles . . . but by the grace of God I am what I am.’ The gospel readings through the Trinity season largely focus on the parables, teaching and miracles of Jesus: feeding the 4000 in Mark 8, teaching from Matthew 7, the parable of the wise steward form Luke 16, cleansing the Temple from Luke 19 and the parable of the Pharisee and the Publican from Luke 18. At our evening worship we shall continue to observe and move through some of the teaching sections of Matthew’s gospel, accompanied by readings from 1 or 2 Kings.
A Mission of Hospitality
At the heart of our faith is a person whose life and teaching is recorded in the New Testament – Jesus of Nazareth. He is the human face of God who revealed a mystery at the centre of all life and has restored us to relationship with God through the cross and resurrection.
Our Christian faith is open to all those who seek after truth and we positively value the journey of faith within other traditions. At St Giles being loved by God comes before where we stand in society.
We welcome all those wishing to find God in their lives and offer solidarity in faith, rooted in an ancient and lively tradition. Our congregations are diverse – in age, background, origins, and relationships.
Our parish boundary takes in much of the West End including the areas of Seven Dials, St Giles, part of Bloomsbury and part of Fitzrovia. The people of our parish matter to us and the lives of those who live, work or pass through the parish are at the centre of our prayers.
Being Anglican means that we are part of the parish system of the Church of England. (known as the Episcopal Church in some countries.) St Giles is within the Deanery of Westminster: St. Margaret’s in the Diocese is London, our Bishop is Richard Chartres and our Cathedral is St Paul’s.
We work together with all other Anglican parish churches and congregations of other traditions in the West End, particularly our neighbours at St Patrick’s Catholic Church, Bloomsbury Central Baptist Church and the Swiss Reformed Church.