St Giles Bring and Share Supper

Saturday 24th February 6.00- for 6.30pm

This is to take place at St Nicholas, Leamington Avenue. Come and join us for a fun evening.  Live music and barn dancing – to join in, or just watch.  Bring along some food to share.  Bring your own drink.  We’ll supply bread and dessert, plates, cutlery and plastic cups. 

Tickets: Adults £7/Children £1 - Profit to the Organ Fund. Starts 6.00 p.m. for 6.30 p.m.  :
Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725029

Easter Lilies and Spring Flowers

Throughout the six weeks of Lent we have no flowers or foliage in Church, apart from, if requested, a small arrangement on the Book of Remembrance, and a pedestal for Mothering Sunday which is called Refreshment Sunday.  

We celebrate the great festival of Easter by decorating our Church with lilies and spring flowers.  If you would like to donate a lily or spring flowers in St. Giles in memory of a loved one, or to celebrate Easter, we would be delighted with your donations.  

The price of a lily will be £3.00.  Please contact Valerie Bailey on 01689 856045 no later than 10th March as lilies and flowers have to be ordered in advance. 

Please make cheques payable to St Giles PCC Flower Fund. 

Thank you for your support.

Spiritual Retreat:
Burrswood Retreat House

Saturday 7th April

Theme:  'A Place to Grow' - Leave St. Giles Centre at 9.00 a.m., Leave Burrswood at 4.15-4.30 p.m. Please bring walking shoes with you.  There are only 24 places available (+ the Rector) - please sign the list on the Noticeboard in the Church porch (also indicating if you can provide transport, how many places, or require a vegetarian option). 

The cost of the day is £20 payable in advance - closing date for payment is Wednesday 28th March.  This will cover the cost of coffee, lunch, tea and cakes and use of the venue.  Please make cheques payable to St. Giles PCC, cheques or cash can be given to the Rector or Assistant Treasurer, Mrs. Mary Compton - please write your full name on the back of the cheque, or place cash in an envelope with your name on the front. 

Temporary Choirmaster
and Let's Sing Group

For personal reasons Clive Brearley has requested a period of leave. 

Ralph Barlow, whose family attend St. Giles, will be playing at the 10.00 a.m. and 11.15 a.m. services and rehearsing the Adult and Junior Choirs. 

Paul Isom will be playing at the 6.30 p.m. services.

Consequently we regret that there will be no Saturday 'Lets Sing' sessions until further notice.


Lent Programme:

The theme of our Lent course is the ‘Psychology of love.’  A study of 1 Corinthians 13.  I hope that as many of you as possible have and will be able to sign up to one of our study groups for what promises to be a very interesting and relevant topic.  

The word 'Lent' comes from a word meaning ‘to lengthen’ and refers to the lengthening of days as the days remain lighter for longer.  Lent is also the time given to us by The Church to prepare for Holy Week and Easter.  Lenten preparations usually include acts of charity, prayer and abstaining from certain things. 

By observing Lent we enter into a different kind of space and rhythm, this in turn can allow the love and grace of God to become more real for us.  It is laid upon all believers to take their Lenten commitments seriously and to mark its beginning by attending Holy Communion with the Imposition of Ashes on Ash Wednesday and to conclude it by taking Holy Communion on Easter Day.

The Lent Programme is detailed below, and you may also download This Leaflet

Lent Sermons on Ephesians

On Sunday evenings during Lent we will be studying St. Paul's letter to the Ephesians along with our Lenten Studies giving a very Pauline feel to this year's season.  Every Sunday we shall be reflecting on a different chapter of the letter including Palm Sunday, as there are 6 chapters to complete.  The Passion Narrative will be read throughout the other services that day, with the Palm Sunday reading being heard in the evening along with the final chapter of Ephesians. 

The Sermons will be preached at the 6:30 services starting Sunday 18th February.

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Lent Course

from Sunday 18th February

This year Matthew is writing a 5 session course entitled 'The Psychology of Love', based on 1 Corinthians 13.  In this passage St. Paul sets out the qualities of love as patient, kind, not envious, not boastful, not arrogant, not rude, not insisting on it's own way, not irritable, not resentful, rejoicing in truth and enduring all things. Each session will probably focus on two of these qualities, with cross references to other Bible passages, as relevant.  I can see it having potential to be quite hard-hitting as we examine ourselves in regard to these qualities too!  Perhaps this course is not for the faint-hearted?

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Lent Book 'I am With You'

Divine Help for Today's Needs
Fr. John Woolley

This book has been a constant source of inspiration and encouragement to me throughout my ministry and I warmly recommend it to you. 

It is devotional in nature and one page can be read before sleep, in the morning, or as part of your daily prayer time. The book is available online and I will also purchase a few copies for those who would like to buy one via the church.    



Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings, also:

2017 Totals now available:

See Charity in Focus for details

Dates for your Diaries!!!

Saturday February 24th
Bring/Share Barn Dance 
Sunday March 11th
Mother’s Day
Sunday March 31st
Easter Day
Saturday April 28th
Coach Trip. Please can you contact Carol Fryer 01689 855468 07951725069 for any suggestions or request for the location of the trip.
Sunday May 6th
Christian Aid Cream Tea
Saturday June 9th
Summer Fete
(The Queen’s official birthday)
Sunday June 17th
Father’s Day
Saturday July 7th
Broadstairs Coach Trip
Sunday July 22nd
Grand Bring/Share Picnic (this is before the schools break up)
Saturday September 29th
(Michaelmas Day)
Harvest Supper/Barn Dance
Sunday September 30th

Harvest Brunch
Sunday December 16th
Nine lessons and Carols.

St. Giles Coach Trip: Eastbourne

Saturday 28th April
This will be a really enjoyable day out.  Come alone and join the crowd, or bring a friend. 

Tickets: £15.  Contact: Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

18th-25th October

This further pilgrimage is to be led, like those before, by The Revd. Alison Newman.  Please see the poster on the noticeboard in the St. Giles church porch for details.