Welcome to St Giles. We aim to be a community rooted in Christ, sharing God’s love with all.
St Giles Anglican and Methodist Church is a thriving and lively community of Christians, worshipping and working together to share the Gospel. We are able to enjoy a wide spectrum of styles of worship together and in 2019 we will celebrate 50 years as a joint Anglican (Church of England) and Methodist Church.
As well being a joint Anglican and Methodist Church and therefore sharing in the life of the Kettering/Corby Circuit, we also share in ministry with the Anglican churches of Dingley, Brampton Ash and Braybrooke.
UPDATE ON WORSHIP IN CHURCH FOLLOWING THE LATEST GOVERNMENT ANNOUNCEMENT
Worship in our church buildings will continue as planned following the recent announcements. We are still permitted to hold worship services and the following announcement from the Archbishop of Canterbury may reassure you if you have any concerns:
"After contact with Government we hear that there is no change to guidance on places of worship. Worship is the work of God – not a social gathering – and gives the strength to love and serve.
The increase in COVID cases is very concerning. We must follow the guidance and take all the necessary measures to keep people safe.
And let’s keep praying for everyone who is affected – those who are ill, or whose families are ill, those who are anxious, or struggling with cancelled plans and isolation. We give grateful thanks to God for the NHS and all those who work tirelessly to keep us safe." The Archbishop of Canterbury
ACTIVITIES IN ST GILES COMMUNITY CENTRE
The guidance on whether certain groups can continue to meet is a little less clear and we are currently taking advice. We're hopeful that with some adaptation of our risk assessments to allow for the new regulations groups will be able to continue, but we will update you with more on that as soon as we can.
SUNDAY SERVICE BOOKING INFORMATION:
We will have a 10am service every Sunday and a 2pm service every Wednesday (note the change in time to allow 72 hours between services in compliance with safety guidelines).
To begin with we will not have communion but will review that within a few weeks when we can be sure we can administer it safely. Strict government guidelines will be adhered to in the church and thus services will not look as normal, but they will still be worshipful.
There will be no singing (hymns may be played to listen to), masks will need to be worn (unless you have an exemption) and people will be socially distanced.
Numbers will have to be limited in order to comply with social distancing. Therefore to allow as many people as possible to attend a service every week please don't try to attend a Wednesday and a Sunday. Although you can just turn up and hope there is space, we’re advising people to reserve a place. To do that please either phone or email Wendy East on 01536 506037 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You will be able to book up to a week before the service is due to take place, bookings will close at 5pm on the day before the service and Wendy will need to know if you’re coming as an individual or in a family group. When you then come to church you’ll be shown where to sit. Sadly we won’t be able to offer refreshments just yet.
We’re wanting as far as we can to encourage the over 70s and those who have been shielding to come to the Wednesday service. If you’re not in that category then you can still book in to it but we do want to prioritise those in the more vulnerable category in order to help ensure their safety. There should be space for all our ‘regular’ Wednesday congregation plus some extras too we hope.
Please be aware that these plans could change at any time, depending on the ever evolving situation with Covid-19.
Starting 2019 we are exploring what it means to be a disciple of Jesus - someone who is committed to following Jesus and living as he lived. That means living as Jesus did, demonstrating compassion, love, generosity, forgiveness and grace to the world around us. As a community we are exploring together how to do that in practice – and discovering that when we actively practice the way of Jesus our lives change for the better and the world becomes a better place. We’d love you to join with us in that exploration!
Everyone is welcome at St Giles – whatever age, background, or stage on your faith journey. You may have been a Christian for years, or you may just be asking questions about the relevance of faith to everyday life. Whatever, you are welcome.
There are lots of ways in which you can be involved, and we encourage everyone to be part of a small group in order to help them get to know people better, and have support and encouragement from others.
You can read more about our housegroups on the housegroups page.
Safeguarding: At St Giles we take safeguarding children and vulnerable adults very seriously. If you have any safeguarding concerns please contact our safeguarding officer Pauline Clarke:
email@example.com or 01536 760667
The Safeguarding Adviser at Peterborough Diocese is Bev Huff:
firstname.lastname@example.org or 01733 887040
Please refer to our Safeguarding page for full details of our Safeguarding commitment: SAFEGUARDING