Wishing you a blessed Holy Week and Easter from all at St Giles’

holyweek

We really hope that you’re able to join us at the culmination of our lenten journey this week. You may know the story well, vaguely or not at all – but the events which took place leading to Jesus’ death on the cross are as powerful and as relevant in today’s world as they have ever been. And we know that the story never ends..

We have a lot of services this week – and you are very welcome. Our Easter Vigil on Saturday 15th of April at 8pm is not a ‘well-known’ about service – but it is one of the most poignant occasions in our church life. The ‘Exultet’ is sung and is an ancient hymn of the church and recounts the saving acts of God in the Old and New Testaments. Why not come along and hear it for yourself?

We thank you that Easter is not about a people,
but all people,
that your love and your Salvation
are for all who confess
with voices, hearts and lives
that the tomb is empty
because Jesus is risen,
that we might know forgiveness,
that lives might be reborn
and your name
glorified now and for eternity.

Easter at St Giles’

On a wet and windy Saturday night in Camberwell, a flame was lit outside a darkened St Giles’…

Easter Flame

Our church had been ‘dead’ after the drama and sorrow of Good Friday. But this flame, which went on to light the Easter candle and our own candles, represented the joy of the resurrection and the fulfilling of God’s promise.

Lighting the easter candle 16

Easter day at St Giles’ is the culmination of our long, Lentern journey and a time to celebrate Jesus’ victory over death. Our church, which had been stripped bare on Maundy Thursday, is now filled with flowers again and looking very bright indeed. The words and music we heard on Easter Sunday will stay with us throughout the next 7 weeks of our church year as we continue our celebrations.

And whilst Easter is a time of celebration, the story tells us that death is not the end. What better time, then, to remember loved ones who are no longer with us on earth.

From everyone at St Giles, we wish you a very happy Easter!