Parish Events in October
1 October | Harvest Festival - Bring & Share Lunch | 11am
This Sunday we are holding our Harvest Festival in the morning, focusing on the theme of Christian stewardship and how we could play our part in securing the ongoing life of the community here at St. Giles. Following on from the 11.00am service there will be a bring and share lunch. If you would like to bring something along then please email the Rector so we can keep track of who is bringing what.
1 October | Guest Preacher - Leslie Pringle | 6.30pm
Our Harvest Festival celebrations will continue at Evensong on 1 October, when we will be joined by Leslie Pringle, who will be preaching for us. Leslie teaches on the St Edmund's Course in the Diocese of London and has lectured at the Vacation Term for Biblical Studies at Birkbeck College. He has a degree and a diploma in theology from King’s College London and has written articles for ‘Theology’ and for the ‘Theological Book Review’ on World Religions, Christianity, Biblical studies and philosophy.
14 October | Parish Walk | 9am (tbc)
The next parish walk will be to Rainham Marshes in Essex - a trip that was postponed in the Spring due to train strikes. Our churchwarden, Oliver Flory, will lead a bird-themed walk around the RSPB Nature Reserve on the banks of the Thames estuary. The group will be departing from Fenchurch Street station shortly after 9am. There are lunch options at the RSPB cafe, or you can bring a packed lunch with you. There is a small admission charge to enter the Reserve and binoculars are also available to rent. For more information or to sign up, please email the Rector. Formerly an MOD firing range, Rainham Marshes is the premier bird-watching location in Greater London. Along the Thames Estuary, and in sight of the Shard and Canary Wharf, it consists of a wide variety of habitat, mainly wet grassland, reedbed and scrub (as well as a productive area of shoreline along the river). It has a good list of past rarities including sociable and white-tailed lapwings, Baillon's crake, white stork, and (in the river) humpback whale.
25 October | Book Group with St George's Bloomsbury | 7.15pm When people say I do (or don’t!) believe in God, what do they mean? How do we speak about “God”?
This term, Phillip Dawson is leading a Book Group using David Bentley Hart’s book ‘The Experience of God’ to explore these questions. Join us once a month for an hour of lively discussion with our friends from St George’s Bloomsbury. It is helpful to have read the book beforehand but not essential. Each session will be self-contained so no need to attend all three - come along when you can. Light refreshments provided. Please contact Phillip for more details. 5 November | All Saints and All Souls The Commemoration of the Faithful Departed will be held in place of Evensong on 5 November at 6.30pm, when the choir will sing extracts from the Faure Requiem.