Public Worship at St. Giles

With the reduction in social distancing announced on Tuesday 23rd June, it is hoped that the re-opening of St. Giles for public worship will soon be possible, but there are still some problems and challenges yet to overcome.

Church Opening - Private Prayer

The church is open for Private Prayer:

Mondays not opening
Tuesdays 10.00am to 11.00am
Wednesdays 2.00pm to 4.00pm
Thursdays 10.00am to 12 noon
Fridays 1.00pm to 3.00pm
Saturdays 2.00pm to 3.00pm
Sundays 3.00pm to 4.00pm - from 12th July

Conditions of re-opening

The re-opening of St. Giles for Prayer for prayer will require the strict observance of the following:

Only eight people, excluding church watch person(s), are allowed in the Church at any one time.

*  Please look though glass doors to ascertain how many people are in the Church before entering.

*  You must use the hand sanitising gel on entering and leaving the Church. ·

*  If you are wish to light a candle please bring your own matches or lighter.  Individual matches will be laid out on the sidespersons desk for you to use by lighting the match from one that is already lit to then light your candle.  Please place your used match in the cup of water.

*  You are welcome to sit in the pews to pray, but please keep the touching of surfaces to a minimum.

*  Please do not touch any bibles or prayer books.  You are welcome to purchase a guide book but please do not browse and put the book back.

*  Please observe distancing at all times especially on entering and leaving.

Now all the rules have been laid out, can I emphasise what is perhaps the most important aspect of this namely that at last we are able to return to St. Giles and to enjoy its peaceful atmosphere and to once again experience it as a place of prayer and tranquillity.

AGM,PCC and Churchwardens

Due to the current lockdown the Church of England has legally extended the timeframe for the holding of Annual General Meetings until the end of October of this year. The current PCC will therefore remain in place until that time as will our Churchwardens. The Vestry Meeting when Churchwardens are elected will therefore take place prior to the AGM as per normal.

The Parish Accounts were signed off at the last United PCC and are available on the Document Downloads page of this website. They will also be available for discussion and inspection when we hold the AGM,

To date the PCC has not met as we have been waiting for the latest government advice. If the lockdown continues then we intend to meet via Zoom. If you have any questions, or comments about anything to do with church governance, or issues pertaining to the life of our Church, please do get in touch.

Parish Magazine

As you may be aware, our printers are temporarily closed due to Covid-19, and we are not able to receive printed versions of the Farnborough Parish Magazine.  In addition, the Church of England has advised against hand-deliveries of items such as parish magazines.  However, I'm pleased to let you know that electronic copies are available and are being sent to regular subscribers.

If you would like a copy this can be obtained by emailing:

IIf you have any articles or items of interest for the future editions, please email them to the editors Eddie & Helen Roberts:

Online Services

To watch the online services at St. Giles there are two options:

1  To watch on your computer - just follow the link from the front page of this website.

2  Alternatively  you can watch the St. Giles Service on a Smart TV.

First, go into the tablet, phone or PC which you usually use and enter
which is the link to the St. Giles channel.  Click on Subscribe (big red button).  

Next on your Smart TV look among the apps already available to see if YouTube is there.  If not, go to your TV's app store or content store and search for it there.  

Once located install it and it will then be available amongst the apps on your home page. Launch YouTube and log on with your Google credentials or if you are using an android phone or tablet you will only have to approve the log on.

Down the side of the screen are small icons, find Subscriptions, click on it, the St. Giles channel should be listed there, then just watch the video service of your choice. The same method applies if you use a Fire TV stick, Now TV box or stick, Roku box etc.  Warning for those with 65+ inch TVs: Please be aware of the shock that may occur in viewing the size of Matthew's head!  

Paul Beamiss

Save the Fete Fund

Thank you to all those who have been able to contribute to our Save the Fete fund.  I am delighted to say that we are now at the wonderful total of £2,626.50 which is almost two-thirds of what we would have normally taken on the day. 

Two More Bells for St. Giles

I am pleased to announce that the PCC has agreed to the addition of two extra bells to our existing ring of six.  We are now awaiting formal permission from the Diocesan Advisory Council through the Faculty Process.  

The installation of bells at St. Giles has greatly enriched the life of our Church, and has done much to enhance the traditional and rural character of our Church, whilst at the same time raising the presence of St. Giles and its worship within our community.

A window of opportunity has arisen for us to further enhance this part of our common life with the further addition of two extra bells bringing our total to eight ringable bells.  A full engineer's report conducted by Adrian Dempster of Ward Cole has established that the tower will easily be able to accommodate the additional weight (5cwt) and there is space in the ringer chamber for the additional ropes.  Our current bells are light and these extra bells will add to the range and depth of the overall ring.  In addition such is the popularity of bell ringing at St. Giles the extra bells will allow our ringing team to offer more people a chance to learn and enjoy this pastime.  

For those amongst us who are concerned that St. Giles faces other more important priorities, I am pleased to say that the majority of the funding of this project has been secured with funds from the wider bell ringing community.  The PCC have agreed a contribution of £5,000 from a legacy that was specifically ring-fenced for Church building based projects.  

I am indebted to Nick Wilkins who has done so much to bring this project to fruition and through whose enthusiasm we have one of the best supported ringing teams in the Diocese.  I hope that we can all look forward to the Dedication of these new bells when the lockdown is finally lifted.   

If you would like to contribute, a link to a crowd funding dination page can be found on the External Links Page.



Charity in Focus:

Film Evenings

See Charity in Focus for details

(COVID - 19)

The PCC have taken the sad decision to suspend all services and social gatherings in the Benefice of Farnborough until further notice. 

Guidance for Churches

Events Calendar:.

Important Note:

All previously advertised events up to the Fete in the middle of June are cancelled

Further events in this list are subject to change or cancellation, depending how the coronavirus situation develops..

Sun 4th Oct Harvest Brunch after 10am Service
Sat 10th Oct Harvest Supper and Barn Dance
Sat 21st Nov Quiz Night, Farnborough Social Club
Fri 4th Dec Coach trip to Winchester Christmas Market
Sun 13th Dec Confirmation Service
Sun 20th Dec Nine Lessons & Carols

Carol Fryer
01689 855468 / 07951 725069