In June and July, St Giles’ is hosting a veritable smorgasbord of musical events. We have garden piano music jams, string quartets, vocal duos and two organ recitals on general election day. Jazz in the crypt continues each Friday night and Saturday 24th June is Organoke, our very own live karaoke session accompanied by the mighty organ.
2019 will mark the 175th anniversary of the consecration of our present church building, designed by Sir George Gilbert Scott. Of course, the history of St Giles’ in Camberwell goes back a long way before that. Besides the medieval church which was destroyed by a fire in 1841, an earlier stone-built building existed and before that, a wooden church is listed in the Domesday book and was described as being surrounded by woodland. There were probably even earlier church buildings and Christian communities here, the origins of which are now lost.
For over a thousand years, this church and the ones which preceded it were the focal point of the community of Camberwell. And whilst so much has changed, our Christian community endures – as does our desire to use our present church building for the good of our community today.
You may be here for a baptism or a wedding, or perhaps attending the funeral of a loved one. You may be a regular Sunday morning worshiper, or someone attending a civic event. If it’s a Friday night, you might be coming here for jazz and a few drinks or if it’s a rainy afternoon, an art student popping in to sketch something. You might be just mad enough to be singing Bohemian Rhapsody at the top of your voice at organoke!
Whatever faith you hold – or none – you are very welcome in this place at any of our events. Our church is your church.