Applying for new schools can be very stressful and at a certain time of year we are often asked for references for children wanting to enter church schools. These references usually ask us to verify that the parents as well as the children are connected with St Giles’ and regularly worship here.
We have a large number of church members and a lot of children attend. But we are always really pleased to welcome new members. However, if people choose not to join in any of our activities and then suddenly appear to ask for a reference, we can be put in an unfair and embarrassing position!
There are several ways that you can consider yourself a member of St Giles’. Firstly, you will need to regularly make St Giles’ your place of worship. If you are not able to attend for a sustained period due to sickness, please do ask us to put you on our list of sick persons we pray for. By seeing you in church, our clergy team and our congregation will begin to recognize you and hopefully form a good relationship with you and your family.
Secondly, we would ask you to join either the electoral roll, the giving scheme or (for under 16s) be on our children’s register. Our Children’s Register is part of our Child Protection policies and lists all the children who attend the choir, youth activities or Sunday School.
If you or your child have not been seen regularly for the twelve months prior to asking for the reference then you cannot expect us to verify your sincerity in claiming to be a regular church member. Even more – it would not be fair on our regular children who could be competing for the same school place.
If you have any questions we will be more than happy to help in any way we can.