Summer Rest

A recent Gospel reading told how Jesus and his followers needed rest. But it was impossible; everywhere they went, they were recognised…

The apostles gathered around Jesus and brought Him news of all they had done and taught. And He said to them, “Come with Me privately to a solitary place, and let us rest for a while.” For many people were coming and going, and they did not even have time to eat. So they went away in a boat by themselves to a solitary place. But many people saw them leaving and recognised them. They ran together on foot from all the towns and arrived before them. When Jesus stepped ashore and saw a large crowd, He had compassion on them, because they were like sheep without a shepherd. And He began to teach them many things.

Hopefully, if you are planning on taking a holiday, you will not be ‘recognised’ to the same extent! And if you aren’t able to have a break, we hope that you are able to rest a little while and stay cool during the hot weather.

Best wishes to you this summer from everyone at St Giles’.

Long warm days… The pace of life slows… A time for picnics and rest in the shade… Lord, help us to rest awhile in the cooling shade of your presence. Slow down our restless hearts and fill us with gentle compassion for all your people. Amen.

Choral Evensong

Just a reminder that Choral Evensong will take place in St Giles’ on Sunday 1st July at 4.30pm. Music includes Stanford’s evening service in C, Howard Goodall’s ‘The Lord is my Shepherd’ and responses by Bernard Rose. All are very welcome!

Organoke – anything but ordinary!

Organoke
Thank you to everyone who supported the ‘other’ big wedding event of May!

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Entertaining an appreciative audience – Photograph courtesy of Tom Leighton

Our fifth Organoke™ was wedding themed and people certainly dressed to impress. If you haven’t heard what it’s all about, we essentially give you the chance to sing karaoke classics using the historic organ at St Giles’. It’s always a fun evening and this summer’s highlights included our host Ida Barr dancing down the aisle to Billy Idol’s ‘White Wedding and a crowd-surfing bride!

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Having a great time! Photograph courtesy of Tom Leighton

Organoke is an event which helps to raise the profile of our organ and generates funds for our restoration appeal. Tickets sell out very quickly, so if you’d like to join us for an Organoke Christmas special in December, please do buy tickets now!

Church Year
The day after Organoke, we celebrated the feast of Pentecost where we commemorate the coming of the Holy Spirit to Jesus’ disciples. This important festival marks the end of Eastertide in our church year and we now find ourselves in Ordinary Time, all the way through to November. We still have some important Sundays to celebrate during this time, not least St Giles’ festival and All Saints’ day for example, but after the high drama and conclusion of our Easter story, things are a little more ‘relaxed’ liturgically!

Open Garden & Choral Evensong
At the start of June and July, please do come and support some special events taking place at St Giles’.

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The garden is coming into bloom

On Sunday 3rd June, the church and garden will be open between 2pm – 5pm as we take part in the Camberwell Society’s, ‘Open Gardens’ event. All are very welcome – and some local piano students will be playing the piano in church for your enjoyment as well!

Our next choral evensong will take place on Sunday 1st July at 4.30pm in church. All are very welcome for this beautiful service which will last around 45 minutes and include music by Charles Villiers Stanford & Bernard Rose.