Annual Services

All Souls

Beginning of November

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.

Before the service you are invited to write down the name of the person you want to be remembered in the prayers.


End of January

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.

Ash Wednesday

February / March

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.

Christmas Day Services

December 25th

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.


Christmas Midnight

December 24th

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.



Carols by Candle-light

December – Sunday before Christmas

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.

A collection is taken at this service for the Children’s Society.


Animal Service

September / October

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.

Refreshments will be provided after the service