ABOUT ST. GILES’
St. Giles’ has a strong tradition of welcoming and openness. We hope to make comfortable all people who visit, try us out, or come earnestly looking for a new church home, regardless of their religious background, social situation, or political-philosophical orientation. We feel there’s a warm place for anyone at St. Giles’ and we want you to feel that way too.
Within the Episcopal branch of the Anglican Church—that branch of the “holy catholic and apostolic church” stemming from centuries-old English tradition—any baptized person and anyone who desires a closer relationship with Jesus Christ is welcomed at the Lord’s Supper. Please feel free to receive Communion with us whenever you, your family, spouse, children, or friends are here.
Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry
St. Giles’ is the fiscal sponsor and food distribution site for the Jefferson Area Community Food Pantry formed in August of 2015.
The Pantry is open on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m.
The Food Pantry is seeking donations of personal toiletries — soap, lotions, shampoos/conditioners — and diapers. Please contact Aaron to arrange a drop-off of these items.
Ash Wednesday — March 6 — Lent Begins
We are fast approaching the season of Lent. It begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th, and we will gather at church at 2 p.m. for the Ash Wednesday liturgy with Holy Communion on this very important day in the church year. I encourage you to attend this service at St. Giles, but if you can’t because of work and other responsibilities, several other area churches hold evening services on Ash Wednesday. For example, in past years both St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Newcastle and Water of Life Lutheran Church in Newcastle have held evening Ash Wednesday services. Lent can be a season of deep spiritual growth, a time set aside in a special way for God. Consider making a commitment this year to a holy Lent.
St. Giles’ Sunday School
Sunday School is held on the second and fourth Sundays of every month for children ages 3 – 10. Sunday School starts at 9:30; children join the regular service prior to the celebration of the Eucharist.
Children participate in activities based on Bible lessons. They share those activities with the parish members and Giles, the church mouse.
Recycle your Redeemable Cans and Bottles at St. Giles’
Just a reminder that there are tagged Clynk bags in the parish hall for you to take. Bring your filled bags and put them in the undercroft, and we will take them to Hannaford’s for redemption. This is an easy way to add a little to our parish income. Thank you!