ST GILES FARNBOROUGH - EVENTS, NEWS AND NOTICES


Coach Trip to Winchester Cathedral and Christmas Market

Wednesday 4th December

Come and join us for our annual trip to Winchester Cathedral and enjoy a tour of the cathedral and the Christmas market in the grounds. 



We leave Farnborough at 9.00 a.m. and leave Winchester at 5.00 p.m.  (Sorry, no Evensong this year.) 

Cost: £20, includes tea/coffee and cake on arrival. Highlights tour of cathedral at 12.30 p.m. is an additional £5. Tickets are limited and go quickly. 

Carol Fryer  carolafryer@icloud.com
01689 855468 / 07951725069

Sunday School Nativity  

Calling all Sunday School and older Lollipop Club children…  

Our Sunday School Nativity will be performed on Christmas Eve at 4pm and I need your help! If you would like to take part, please ask a grown up to let me know and I will include you in our plans

Irene Dancer  01689 854765
idstgiles@btinternet.com
  

Organ Pipe Decoration Appeal

I am pleased to say that the organ refurbishment work is complete. As this has been a once in a generation opportunity to refurbish our Church organ the PCC decided to get the front display pipes gilded.  In doing this work the gilders discovered that originally the pipes had been decorated with fleur-de-lis and decorative rings.  Unfortunately this work was painted over in past times. 

In discussions with the gilders it was  suggested that some of these decorations could be restored. With the pipes now being located in the roof apex of the Church, detailed decoration would not be fully appreciable from such a distance. 

However, one flower and some decorative bands would break up the uniform look of the gold leaf and restore something of the former appearance of this historic instrument. 

This work has now been done See Photos. The price of this redecoration was £1,500. 

I understand that the Friends of St. Giles have kindly agree to donate £500 towards this, which means we now have £1,000 to find.  I am sorry to ask you to support yet another project at St. Giles, but I think we would all agree that it would be a pity to miss this opportunity.

Thank you very much if you are able to help with this.  Please make cheques payable to St. Giles PCC and leave them either at the Rectory or the Parish Office in an envelope marked 'Church Pipes Decoration Fund'.  If donations exceed the required amount then the residue will be put towards our Junior Choir Fund.  Please remember to Gift Aid your donation if you a UK tax payer. Gift Aid envelopes are available at the back of the Church in the magazine display stand.

Matthew

Fabric Maintenance Morning

Saturday 19th October 9.30 am -12.30.

Come and spend a few hours helping in our Church and Churchyard 



Please bring rakes, tree saws, forks, shovels, spades, brooms etc. Meet in the Church grounds

Many thanks,
Philip Lovelock, Churchwarden


Stewardship Campaign

It costs in the region of £160,000 a year to run St Giles and the help of over 250 volunteers. St Giles is rare in having its own clergy and does not have to share its clergy with other churches in a united benefice.

Over £300,000 has been spent on refurbishing our church and churchyard over the past 20 years, and St Giles is considered to be one of the best kept churches in the Diocese.

St Giles contributes to The Diocese of Rochester for central services and helps to assist poorer parishes in other Dioceses.

St Giles supports many charities and over the past ten years as raised approx £100,000 for many good causes. Over the past ten years St Giles has helped over 100 people through bereavement support. St Giles has a flourishing choir and we invest over £12,000 a year in our music.

Over thirty people are required to decorate the church for Christmas. Thirty children across our Sunday schools learn about the Christian faith and there is plenty of glue and pens to help them. Over the year thousands of people thank God that St Giles exists in the way it does.

If 200 members of our church were able to increase their giving by just £4.00 per month (gifted aided) this would increase our income by over £12,000. 

If you would like to increase the amount you give to St Giles then please notify your bank and us via the Form on the Downloads Page. (All information will be treated in the strictest confidence). If you would like to take a standing order for the first time then please also notify your bank and let us know via the forms which can be returned to the parish office or to the special box on the porch table. If you would like to give using monthly envelopes please let us know and we will be happy to issue them to you.

Please remember: if you are a tax payer you can gift aid your donation thus increasing its monetary value to St. Giles. A Gift Aid form can also be found here
Form on the Downloads Page.

Remember St. Giles in your Will

Over the years St Giles has benefitted enormously from a number of legacies which have for example allowed us to install new lighting and replace old altar frontals.

Please remember St Giles in your will, ensuring future generations will be able to enjoy what we have enjoyed.

Thank you for your support in this

St Giles PCC, the Stewardship committee,

Matthew Hughes - Rector of St Giles


ABOUT ST. GILES CHURCH

Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

Charity in Focus 2020

Firstly, well done and thank you to everyone who has contributed to this year’s Charity in Focus. So far in the first half of this year we have raised over £6,800 for many good causes.

We are now giving some thoughts to the charities that we would like to support in 2020. If there is a cause close to your heart that you would like to actively sponsor then do please put your idea forward for consideration.

Please email stgiles.charity@gmail.com
Thank you

Eddie Roberts


Events Calendar for 2019

Sat 19th Oct Maintenance Morning
Mon 4th Nov Let's Sing Group, 7:30 at St. Giles Church
Sun 10th Nov Festival of Remembrance -  refreshments after the 6:30 service
Sat 23rd Nov Quiz night, details to follow
Mon 2nd Dec Let's Sing Group, 7:30 at St. Giles Church
Wed 4th Dec Coach trip to Winchester
Sat 7th Dec Christmas Party Event
Sun 8th Dec Refreshments St. Giles Centre after 10:00 Confirmation
Sun 15th Dec Refreshments Village Hall after 6:30 9 Lessons and Carols service
Tue 24th Dec Sunday School Nativity

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069
carolafryer@icloud.com