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St Giles' tries to be a welcoming, inclusive and friendly church. We're also a very musical one! We'll keep you up to date with all the latest musical goings on and bring you news about all the groups and organisations who make music here.
Christmas is coming
As usual, St Giles' will host lots of Advent and Christmas time services and events, welcome to all.
Each Sunday morning at 8am and 10am from November 30th, we'll be lighting another candle on our Advent wreath as the countdown to Christmas begins. On the evening of the 30th November at 6pm we'll be enjoying Advent Carols sung by St Giles' Choir. Advent carols tend to be less well known than the Christmas ones - but they have long histories, the words tending to be more about expectation and longing rather than the celebratory words we get with Christmas Carols. But many are stunningly beautiful and the service will feature the carols sung in candlelight.
Camberwell Community Choir will also be busy, singing at a carol service at King's College Hospital Chapel at 6.30pm on December 10th. Then, on Tuesday 16th December at 7pm at St Giles', the choir will sing a short carol concert followed by 'Carols round Camberwell' which will call in at local businesses and public spaces around Camberwell to raise money for charity.
On Sunday December 21st at St Giles, there will be a Christmas Carol Service sung by St Giles' Choir at 6pm. On Christmas Eve, we have a crib service specially designed for children which tells the Christmas story with readings and carols at 3pm, at 6pm there will be carols on the organ followed later on by Midnight Mass. And on Christmas Day, there will be a festival mass at 10am.
The Lodger: A Tale of the London Fog
Thank you to everyone who joined us at St Giles' to watch a silent film with live music from Camberwell Community Choir! We had over 200 people in the audience and there was a huge amount of interest in showing another film soon.
Directed by Alfred Hitchcock, The Lodger was set in 1920's London. At night, lurking in the fog, a murderer known as 'The Avenger' is on the loose and when a mysterious lodger (Ivor Novello) moves in to the upstairs room of Mr and Mrs Bunting, suspicions began to rise...!
Some audience members came disguised in all kinds of costumes and the party atmosphere continued downstairs in the crypt afterwards as band 'Paragon' entertained us.
We'll keep you posted when we organize another screening - in the meantime you can read more about the night in the 2014 Blog here.
Sponsor a Hymn!
On Sunday 5th October at 6pm we held a special service to celebrate harvest time. We sang some beautiful music and listened to words which told the story of people who worked to bring in the harvest long ago. Afterwards, we were treated to lots of cake!
Many people sponsored hymns for the service and we raised £140. But you can only sing so many hymns in one service! So every Sunday, we will be singing a sponsored hymn in our main 10am service. You might want to sponsor a hymn simply because you like the tune! Or you might want to suggest a hymn in memory of a loved one. To get involved, please fill in a hymn sponsor sheet at the back of church next to the music noticeboard and hand it in to a choir member or a member of the clergy. You can write a message about why you chose the hymn and it will be included on the church notice sheet. Money raised will again go towards repairs on the organ.
St Giles' Choir
Our church choir is a fundamental part of worship at St Giles'. The choir continues a long tradition of choral music both at St Giles' and in the Church of England.
To help us grow the choir and improve our musicanship, a grant has been awarded by the Ousley Trust for a number of choral scholarships which have already made a huge difference to the choir. The grant has enabled us to increase the range of repertoire we are able to sing - as well as inspiring others to join. The trust helps around 40 churches in similar ways every year and we are extremely grateful for their support.
You can find out more about the Trust at the website, here.
Camberwell Community Choir
Rehearsals on Tuesdays at 7.45pm - All Welcome!
After a busy summer with performances at the Young Vic theatre, St Giles' and at King's College Hospital, rehearsals are once again underway!
Anyone is welcome to join - your first rehearsal is free! Rehearsals take place at the St Giles' Centre opposite the church.