Services

SERVICES

6:30pm

All Souls

Beginning of November

duration

1 hour

description
On the Sunday closest to November 2nd, there is a special service in St Giles' at which we remember our departed loved ones and friends. A choir is formed to sing Faure's Requiem and this provides most of the music for this service of Holy Communion. Those attending the service are invited to light a candle for the loved one they are remembering.
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Before the service you are invited to write down the name of the person you want to be remembered in the prayers.

6:30pm

Homelessness

End of January

duration

1 hour

description
On the third or fourth Sunday of January we have a special service to celebrate the work that is being done in Oxford for the Homeless people of this city. St Giles' hosts the work of the Gatehouse in St Giles' Parish Rooms and this service presents an opportunity for the church to thank all those who work with homeless people.
12:30pm

Ash Wednesday

February / March

duration

40 minutes

description
At the start of Lent on Ash Wednesday we have a Holy Communion service in the Lady Chapel. At this service, the imposition of an ash cross on the forehead will be offered to participants. This is to remind us of our human frailty and reminds us of our need for the guidance and strength of the Holy Spirit in our lives.
8:00am and 10:30am

Christmas Day Services

December 25th

duration

30 minutes and 1 hour

description
On Christmas Day there are two service of Holy Communion. At 8:00am there is a said service of Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer. At 10:30am there will be a sung service of Holy Communion using Common Worship. The choir will be singing at the 10:30am service. Come and join our celebration on this very special day.
11:30pm

Christmas Midnight

December 24th

duration

1 hour

description
This service provides a quiet space in which to reflect on the significance of Jesus' birth in Bethlehem. The form of service is a Holy Communion using the Book of Common Prayer, which emphasises the solemnity of the event in the history of the world. The service is conducted by candle-light which further enhances the sense of mystery of the event we are celebrating.
6:30pm

Carols by Candle-light

December - Sunday before Christmas

duration

75 minutes

description
Our Christmas Carol Service by candle-light is one of the highlights of the year in St Giles'. The candle-lit setting provides a beautiful setting for some wonderful music and a series of readings reminding us of the Christmas story. Each year, this service is on the Sunday before Christmas.
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A collection is taken at this service for the Children's Society.

3:00pm

Animal Service

September / October

duration

30 minutes

description
Animals greatly enrich the lives of many people. Each year, on the Sunday closest to St Francis' Day (4th October), we hold a service to celebrate the role animals have in our lives. Many will bring their pets or pictures of their pets to this service. It is a service suitable for all ages.
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Refreshments will be provided after the service

Weekdays

Funeral Service

duration

45 minutes

description
St Giles' Church provides a dignified setting for such a highly significant event in the life of a family or community. We aim to make all funerals a reflective and memorable occasion which honours the life of the deceased person and the love they shared. Arrangements for a funeral are made with the Vicar through the undertaker. A funeral service may be held in St Giles' before a cremation or burial.
other

To help your relatives plan your own funeral, it may be helpful for you to answer the questions on the form which you can download here.

Sunday 10:30am

Baptism Service

duration

1 hour

description
A Baptism is a tremendous moment in the life of a person which marks the start of their life within the community of Christian faith, the church. In St Giles', baptisms are normally conducted in the 10:30am Sunday morning service. If you want to be baptised, or your child to be baptised, please contact the Vicar to make the necessary arrangements.
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A form for a Baptism in St Giles' can be downloaded here.

Saturdays

Marriage Service

duration

40 minutes

description
A marriage service is a wonderful occasion to celebrate the commitment a couple makes to one another to live their lives together in a spirit of love. Marriage services are generally on a Saturday, although they can be on any day of the week. As a marriage in church has a legal status, there are restrictions on who can get married which have to be honoured. (Please see the qualifications  in the Marriages Measure of 2008.) If you think you qualify to get married in St Giles', please contact the Vicar for more details.
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If you don't qualify to get married in St Giles', it may still be possible to have a Wedding Blessing in St Giles'. In order to book a marriage service you will be asked to complete the application form. You may want to look through the form of service as well.

8:00 am

Sunday Service - Holy Communion, Book of Common Prayer

duration

30 minutes

description
This is a quiet service, an ideal start for any day, whether reflective or busy. The form of service changes very little from Sunday to Sunday and so encourages concentrated, meditative worship. The readings and collect are those set for the Sunday in the Book of Common Prayer (1662). Some may find the austere nature of the service slightly different from modern styles of worship, but it emphasises that God’s love for us is present even when we think we don’t deserve it.
other

We use the high altar for this service. Most of the congregation sit in the nave, but do use the pews in the chancel if you prefer.

Communion bread and wine
10:30am

Sunday Service - Holy Communion, Common Worship

duration

1 hour

description
This is the main service of the church on a Sunday. We use the liturgy as set out in Common Worship and the readings are taken from the Revised Common Lectionary. The language used in this service is traditional. The readings, intercessions, distribution of Holy Communion all involve members of the congregation. There is generally a robed choir at this service and they will sing two anthems.
other

During the service activities for young children are provided in the north aisle. Coffee and tea are served after this service at the back of church. The bells will be rung for half an hour before the start of the service.

Book of Common Prayer
6:30pm

Sunday Service - Evensong, Book of Common Prayer

duration

55 minutes

description
This traditional service is one of the best loved services in the Anglican Church. The form of this service follows the form set out in the Book of Common Prayer (1662) including hymns and a sermon. There is an emphasis on music and the choir sing an anthem and, at the end of the service, there is an organ voluntary. In term-time, we have a sung evensong with choir every week.
other

The bells are rung for half an hour before this service.

Communion bread and wine
Wednesday, 12.30pm

Mid-Week Eucharist

duration

30 minutes

description
This is a small intimate communion service for those seeking spiritual refreshment in the middle of the working week. It is a quiet and reflective service which encourages us to find God’s presence in our daily lives. The service provides a chance to re-centre our lives in the context of our faith. We keep any saint's day and festival which occur on the day, especially Ash Wednesday.
other

This service is held in the Lady Chapel every Wednesday at 12:30pm.

Book of Common Prayer
Daily, 5.30pm

Evening prayer

duration

20-30 minutes

description
The service includes Biblical readings, a psalm, several formal prayers and a time for our own prayers. Joining in saying Evening Prayer with others at St Giles' is a wonderful way to end the working day and put the affairs of the day into the context of our relationship with God. It lasts 20 minutes to half an hour and it helps put a smile into your life and appreciate the beauty of daily life.
other

Evening Prayer is said every day in the Lady Chapel at 5:30pm.

Votive candles
Friday, 1.15pm

Taizé service

duration

30 minutes

description
Modelled on the worship made famous by the monastic community at Taizé in Burgundy, this service is made up of simple, repetitive songs using lines from the Psalms or other parts of the Bible, brief readings and prayer, with a period of silence in the middle. The other main element is the large number of candles. This service has an atmosphere of peaceful contemplation.
other

The service is held in the Lady Chapel of the church. The church is open from noon to 2:00pm on week-days. So you are very welcome to come well before the service for a time of quiet prayer.


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