Pop in for Tea and a Chat

Tuesdays 26th March

Come and join us for your regular pop in tea/coffee afternoon: lots of friendly chat. All are welcome, just turn up and bring your friends on Tuesdays 26th March 1.30 - 3pm in the St Giles Centre.

Sue Rennie 01689 857094

The Friends annual
Quality Jumble Sale

Saturday 13th Apri

This year's Jumble Sale will be on the morning of l3th April in the Village Hall. Jumble, helpers and customers will be needed!

Contact Julia Hoadley
(01689 853632) for further details

Cream Tea for Christian Aid

Sunday 14th April

The Cream Tea for Christian Aid is in the St Giles Centre from 3.00 to 5.00pm. Come and join us for a superb afternoon tea in the company of your friends and neighbours, while at the same time supporting such a worthwhile cause. Tickets go fast, so book early: Adults £8.50/Children £4 Contact:

Carol Fryer 01689 855468 / 07951725069

Easter Activity Morning

Saturday 20th April, click to enlarge

French Evening: The Friends of St. Giles with St. Nicholas

Saturday 4th May 2019, 7 for 7.30 pm.

A glass of French sparkling wine or French soft drink on arrival.  Two course French meal and tea or coffee followed by entertainment with a French theme.  St. Nicholas Hall.

Tickets £14.  Reserve yours now with Valerie Bailey - 01689 856045. 

All profits will go jointly to The Friends of St. Giles and St. Nicholas Church.

This replaces the advertised Irish Evening.

Children's Library Update

Firstly can I say how grateful I am to Debbie, Lisa and Justine for their continual help and support in running this important part of our Church's life.  

Running the library for a number of years has given us some insight into the habits and preferences of young children when it comes to play.  It is hoped that the following will reflect this.   ·        

* The Children's Library will now open from Mothering Sunday to Harvest in October.  Families tell us that it is easier to use the Children's Library when it is outside the Church and not in the St. Giles Centre.

* Emphasis will be placed on toys for children aged 1-6 years. ·

* DVD, books and craft materials will be available for older children.

* Donations of new or as good as new small toys, DVD's and books are welcome.
* Toys borrowed at Harvest can be returned to Church on any subsequent Sunday.  

Matthew Hughes, Rector

Electoral Roll Revision 2019

Every six years we are required to revise our Parish's Electoral Roll.  The Electoral Roll is a list of all those who are committed to their Parish Church and see it as their habitual place of worship ('habitual' covers a range of attendance patterns).  Members of a church's Electoral Roll (not to be confused with the London Borough of Bromley's Electoral Roll) are entitled to vote at the AGM and synodical elections.  At the AGM members of the Parochial Church Council are elected to represent the Electoral Roll members.  

Through the Electoral Roll we will be able to keep in touch and inform you of services and events that are taking place within the life of our Church.  In order for us to do this under the terms of the new Data Protection Act it is vital that you complete, sign and return this form either to the Parish Office or via the box in the Church porch.  Please be assured that your personal details will be held securely by the Admin Team and only used in connection with the life of our Parish.  The Electoral Roll is a reflection of our commitment and involvement with our Church and our discipleship of Christ.  Thank you for giving this your attention.  

Emails, or letters, have been sent out with the new Electoral Roll form to everyone who is at present on the Electoral Roll.  

The closing date for receipt of applications is Tuesday 26th March.  Applications received after that date can only be added after the AGM on Sunday 28th April.  Only those who have submitted their forms prior to Tuesday 26th March will be eligible to vote at the AGM.  Even if you have only recently gone onto the Parish Electoral Roll you will need to re-apply.   

There is a box for completed forms on the table in the Church porch together with spare Electoral Roll forms, or completed forms can be put through the Parish Office letterbox.


Music at St Giles

Stainer: Crucifixion

Good Friday 19th April 2-3.15pm

St Giles Choir will be singing ‘The Crucifixion’ by John Stainer.

Post Lent Retreat

Saturday 27th April

To take place once more at Burrswood Retreat House, Groombridge, Kent.

The theme is: ‘God’s little springtime’ 1 Corinthians 15.

We leave St. Giles Centre at 9.00 a.m., return by 4.30 p.m. Please sign list in porch of Church - Max. 24 people.

St Giles Summer Fete

Saturday 8th June. 

Although still early days, we need to build up the stall goods, so if you have any unwanted gifts or bottles or toys for the tombola stall there will be a box for donations in the Church, or if they need collecting

This year we are introducing a new stall - Crafts. So if you are able to contribute some homemade items: knitting, crotchet, quilting, cards or similar, please let us know. We are happy to collect.

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 07951 725069 mobile


Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

Also there read about nominating charities to be supported in 2019.

Events Calendar for 2019

Sun 31st Mar Mothering Sunday Refreshments and cake after 10.00am service
Sun 14th Apr Cream Tea for
Christian Aid
Sat 13th Apr Friends Jumber Sale
9-12:30 in Village Hall
Donations and helpers welcome
Fri. 19th Apr - Good Friday Music at St Giles:
St Giles Choir will be singing ‘The Crucifixion’ by John Stainer between 2pm and 3.15pm.
Sat 27th Apr Burrswood Retreat
Sat 4th May Friends of St Giles with St Nicholas French Evening at St Nicholas.
A French themed meal and entertainment along similar lines to the Italian Evening held in 2016. This replaces the advertised Irish Evening.
Sat 11th May Coach trip to Eastbourne
Sun 19th May Organ Dedication Event
Sat 8th Jun Summer Fete
Sun 16th Jun Fathers Day Refreshments after the 10.00am service
Sat 6th Jul Coach trip to Broadstairs
Sun 14th Jul Annual Picnic
Sat 5th Oct Harvest Supper
Sun 6th Oct Harvest Brunch after 10.00am service
Sat 7th Dec Christmas Party event
Sun 15th Dec Refreshments after 9 Lessons and Carols service

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 07951 725069 mobile


Guide Dogs

There will be cakes, jams and marmalades etc. for sale following some of the Sunday morning services during March. Jam jars will be available for people to take and fill with loose change.

Gail will be raffling a hamper which will be in church from the beginning of March. The raffle will be drawn at the film night on 20th March. The proceeds from the film night on 20th March will go to Guide Dogs as well.