Little Big Camp | 17th September
A third Little Big Camp is taking place this September before the cooler days set in – on Sunday, 17th, from 2pm to 5pm. Once again, if anyone from St Giles could join me and others, it would be much appreciated. | Alongside this, the weekly autumn play sessions, run by trained staff from the YMCA, will have begun, following on from those held each Thursday through the weeks of the school summer holidays. Attendance has not been dramatically good, but there has been enough to encourage us to persevere with the project. There is definitely a need for good quality, free play spaces for young children in our community, and if we can play a part in providing this, it seems well worthwhile.
Two Patronal Festivals in one
With the visit of the St Giles Choir to sing at Exeter Cathedral on the first weekend in September, we shall mark the feast day of St Giles (1st September), our patron saint, in two halves this year – at the 11am Sung Eucharist on Sunday, 3rd September and again at the 6.30pm Choral Evening Prayer on Sunday, 10th September, when the choir will have returned. Please note that this means the Evening Service on the 3rd will be said. Do join us to give thanks for the past and present life of our church as we continue to seek God’s guidance for the years ahead.
First Sunday Giving
In September we revert to giving, as we have for many years, to the work of The Leprosy Mission in token of the foundation of St Giles by Queen Matilda to provide for the needs of lepers in these parts.
This will be on Sunday, 3rd September.
Phoenix Garden Agricultural Fair | 2nd September
All things being equal, the day of this year’s Agricultural Fair will not be washed out as it was last year but will be sunny, dry and bright. They deserve it. This year has seen the re-opening of the garden after a long period of closure, while plans were drawn up for the construction of a new educational building and then the work itself was carried out. Parts of the garden are still waiting to be restored, but it is all looking so much better and will doubtless look better still by the time of the fair itself. This will feature the usual cast of brass band, Punch and Judy, traveling farm, Morris dancers, the WI and so on. If you have never been, do come along. It is rare to have such a community event in the heart of the city and it really does deserve our support.
In the coming weeks look out for a poster exhibition to be displayed on the churchyard railings with photographic art work from residents of St Mungo’s hostel at the top of Endell Street.
Everyone needs to find a way of expressing their experience of life, and those without the security of homes as much as anyone else.