St Giles’ offers a popular series of lunchtime talks on a variety of subjects by eminent speakers. They run on Thursdays at 12.30pm, during university term time. Click here to download a PDF of the poster of the latest series of talk titles and speakers.
To receive notifications of forthcoming talks, please contact the Oxford Centre for Spiritual Growth.
St Giles’ Church is used for exhibitions of paintings and other works of art. Exhibitions are run for a period of two to three weeks and the exhibits are hung on the walls of the nave of the church. Around the time of St Giles’ Fair in early September, the exhibition is usually of art created by the art group of the Gatehouse. If you would like to enquire about mounting an exhibition, please contact Margaret Williamson.
A new junior chess club in Oxford has recently been announced: St. Giles’ Chess Club beginning Wednesday 21st February and Friday 23rd February just after half term.
There will be a club each Wednesday evening in term time between 7.30pm and 8.30pm at St. Giles’ Church for over 11’s, and each Friday between 4.15pm and 5.15pm at St. Giles’ Church for under 11’s.
Children will be registered with the English Chess Federation, and will have the opportunity to obtain an ECF grading. The ECF Certificates of Excellence scheme will also be offered at Bronze, Silver and Gold Level.
The intention in the longer term is to form a team of junior players to compete in the Oxfordshire Chess League, initially in the fourth division and hopefully progressing to the first division and even the first division title! There will also be opportunities to play matches against schools and other clubs.
If you are interested in registering your child as a member of the
Chess Club, please contact Rod Nixon Rod Nixon, for further details.
Bring & Sing
Each year at least two “Bring & Sing” choral events will be held in St Giles’. One is on Good Friday in the evening and another is on the Sunday evening in November when we are keeping All Souls. The practice for these events happens during the afternoon of the day. The events bring in soloists and a conductor as required and are generally accompanied by the organ. Please contact Andrew Patterson or Nicholas Prozzillo for details.
A series of concerts are run in St Giles’ during the year. These are given by musicians associated with St Giles’, visiting artists and by young musicians living in Oxford. They normally take place on a week-day evening or a Saturday or a Sunday afternoon. To book the church when planning a concert, please contact the Benefice Manager and fill in the appropriate booking form.
Although St Giles’ Church is in the middle of the city, it offers a good venue for Quiet days. During the year up to three Quiet days are offered in the church. The two Quiet days planned for Autumn 2015 are:
Please contact Georgie Simpson for further details.
The Friendship Faith Walk takes place on the second Thursday of June. It starts at the Synagogue in Richmond Road and ends at the Mosque on Manzil Way, stopping at St Giles’ Church and the University Church of St Mary the Virgin along the way. People of all faiths and none take part in this walk which is both a demonstration of mutual respect as well as a sign of friendship between people of different faiths. It is a colourful and happy event which hopes to build understanding between people of many different traditions by encouraging them to walk and talk together.
St Giles’ Fair
St Giles’ Fair is held on the first Monday and Tuesday after 1st September, the day on which we celebrate the life of St Giles. On the Sunday before the Fair opens, members of St Giles’ help to lead the worship in a service of blessing right in the middle of the fair. St Giles’ Church is kept open on the two days of the Fair from 10:00am to 10:00pm as a place of retreat for anyone coming to the Fair. We offer a relatively quiet space for people to sit and chat to one another whilst having a cup of tea or coffee with a home-made cake or bun. Throughout the day, visitors are welcomed into the Church, some of whom come to St Giles’ Church at the time of the Fair every year. Prayers are offered at various times of the day and at 5:30pm there is a service of Evening Prayer, at which everyone is welcome.
Narcotics Anonymous (NA)
Narcotics Anonymous have meetings at St Giles’ Parish Rooms and St Giles’ Parish church.