St Giles church offers are wide variety of services. There are traditional services as well as some more informal lively types of worship.
8.15am Holy Communion
This service is held on 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month.
A quiet, said traditional Holy Communion Service using the rich liturgy of Anglican Common Worship or the Book of Common Prayer.
9.30am Parish Communion
9.30am Together Communion for All
Every 4th Sunday is Together Communion for All. This more informal Holy Communion service welcomes you and all your family from babies to great grandparents. There are activities in the church during this service for the children.
3.00pm Messy Church
Once a month ‘Messy Church’ invites everyone, not just children, to join in the celebration, crafts and food. For dates see Messy Church
6.30pm Choral Evensong
This service is held on the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month.
We are one of the few churches left in this area to sing Choral Evensong from the Book of Common Prayer. Do join us at this beautiful worship service.
6.30pm Holy Communion
10.30am Thursday Holy Communion
Every Thursday morning there is a Holy communion service in the side chapel following the Book of Common Prayer. On the first Thursday or every month the service is followed by refreshments in the hall and transport can be arranged contact us
Child Friendly Services
Children are always welcomed at all of our services but especially the 9.30am Sunday services where there are always toys and activities to occupy children.
As Janice says “Children are made to move around and make noise and this is what we expect in church! So don’t worry.”
Many families with young children prefer the noise and informality of the 2nd Sunday All.together service. This is not a Holy Communion service and lasts around 45minutes.
Click here for dates of All.together services
On the 4th Sunday of the month we have a ‘Together Communion for All’ which is a shorter and less formal Holy Communion.
Click here for dates of Together Communion Services
“Why do we pray?” asked a 6 year old on a visit to church.
Why indeed why do we pray? Prayer is two way communication between God and ourselves. It involves both listening and speaking either silently or out loud. We pray to give to praise God Father, Son and Holy Spirit or to admit we are wrong or to give thanks or to make requests.
The letter of James 5:13 to 14 puts it this way
Is any one of you in trouble? He should pray. Is anyone happy? Let him sing songs of praise. Is any one of you sick? He should call the elders of the church to pray over him and anoint him with oil in the name of the Lord.
The Our Father or the Lord’s Prayer is the most well known of all prayers. It is called the Lord’s prayer because it is the prayer which Jesus himself taught his disciples to pray.
Each week we take a number of streets by name in the village of Bramhope and pray for the people who live there. Attached is the Prayer List for Bramhope (opens in new tab).
We pray for the sick and those who are in need of support and love at difficult times of their lives or for those who have suffered bereavement.
Did you know that we will pray for you personally if you have need? There are two groups who will pray for you; our Healing Prayer Group and our monthly prayer meeting. Alternatively or as well, we will pray for you in church either in the public prayers or privately after a service. Simply contact the vicar, Rev Janice Smith contact us or ask at any of our services or leave a message on our prayer board in the entrance hall.
Healing Prayer at St Giles Church
Healing prayer will be offered at the following regular services:
11 December 2016 at 9:30am
8 January 2017 at 6:30pm
15 January 2017 at 9:30am
26 February 2017 at 9:30am
5 March 2017 at 9:30am
12 March 2017 at 6:30pm
9 April 2017 at 9:30am
14 May 2017 at 6:30pm
21 May 2017 at 9:30am
25 June 2017 at 9:30am
“For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them” (Matthew 18:20)
Lent Course 2017
WHAT IS THE PILGRIM COURSE ?
Pilgrim is a major new teaching and discipleship resource from the Church of England. It aims to help every local church create a place where people can explore the Christian faith together and see how it can be lived out each day.
Pilgrim is comprised of two stages: the Follow stage for those very new to faith, and the Grow stage for those who want to go further. Each stage contains four short six-session courses which focus on a major theme of Christian life.
At St Giles, we will be covering 4 sessions from the ‘Grow’ stage of the course. The course is Christ centred and focused around the scriptures.
Further details may be seen on the Pilgrim course website (opens in new tab)
WHAT IS THE COURSE FORMAT?
Our Lent Course this year will involve four sessions during the six week period of Lent (1 March—16 April).
The four sessions will cover:
- The Creed
- The Eucharist
- The Bible
- Church and Kingdom
Four groups have been arranged, three in home settings and one in the Church Hall, on varying days and times.
EVERYONE from the congregation is encouraged to take part. We want to hear from YOU.
Please sign up on the sheet in the lobby under the time slot which suits you best and give your name and contact number.
WHEN WILL THE COURSE RUN ?
The 4 groups are as follows:
(1) Tuesday evenings 7:30pm
Dates 14 Mar, 21 Mar, 28 Mar, 4 Apr
(2) Wednesday evenings 7:30pm
Dates 8 Mar, 15 Mar, 29 Mar, 5 Apr
(3) Thursday evenings 8:00pm
Dates 9 Mar, 16 Mar, 23 Mar, 30 Mar
(4) Tuesday mornings 10:00am
Dates 7 Mar, 14 Mar, 21 Mar, 4 Apr
Home Nurture Groups
Home Nurture Groups are for Christians to meet together. The members help each other grow in their faith and to become better disciples of Jesus.
People join a group for all sorts of reasons:
to grow in their experience of God
to understand the Bible
to worship and pray in a more informal way
to make friends with others in church
to explore issues of spirituality
to develop skills and gifts
to apply their beliefs to daily life
to learn how to serve God.
New to Church?
Try an Alpha Course first and then join a Nurture Group. It would be an excellent way to continue to explore all that it means to be a disciple of Jesus.
What do they do?
Nuture Groups have five purposes:
WORSHIP: Expressing praise and thanks to God in song, word and prayer; growing in our knowledge and experience of him.
DISCIPLESHIP: Learning from the Bible, applying its teaching to life, helping one another to grow in understanding, character and wholeness.
FELLOWSHIP: Building good friendships, learning to trust, accept and affirm one another, helping each other in practical ways.
MINISTRY: Discovering the gifts God has given us and learning to use them to help others in the group, the church and the world.
MISSION: Supporting each other in witness, working together on specific projects, helping the group to become strong enough and large enough to form the basis of two new Discipleship Groups.
When and where?
Home Nurture Groups at St Giles meet either weekly or fortnightly, on a variety of different days. They meet in the homes of group members.
Each group of about 8 agrees its starting and finishing times, They typically last about 2 hours and this time allows for chat over a cuppa.
St Giles will be concentrating on the ‘Leading Your Church into Growth Local’ course over the coming months – see Lent Course. The Home Nurture Groups will not be meeting over that period and are planned to start again in the Autumn with a series of Bible studies.
We’ve been running the Alpha course at St Giles for many years. It is an easy way to investigate the Christian faith, look at your own faith or absence of faith and sometimes simply to gain more knowledge about the faith into which you were brought up but never understood.
Dates for Next Alpha Course
The next Alpha Course is in the Autumn and the dates will be confirmed nearer the time.
Comments About Alpha at St Giles
Here are some comments from participants on previous Alpha courses:
‘An Informative course and most rewarding’
‘Informality is the course’s big positive’
‘A wonderful course’
‘I found the course interesting and educational’
The things they said they most enjoyed about Alpha include:
‘The DVD and chat afterwards’
‘Listening to Nicky Gumbel, I really liked his style’
‘Sharing thoughts and experiences within the group’
‘The friendly Christian companionship’
‘Taking time out of my busy life to focus on my faith’