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.
Message from the Rector
“Welcoming the stranger” Those of you who have attended St. Giles’ regularly in the past several years have heard me speak often about The Parable of the Sheep and the Goats (Matthew 25:31-46). Jesus instructs his followers that when we welcome the stranger, we are welcoming him. You may know that many refugees and asylum seekers have been coming to Portland recently. St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center at the Cathedral is providing these families with many items they need urgently. Of course, financial help is needed for them to do their good work. If you would like to make a donation, please mail your check to St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center, 134 Park Street, Portland, ME 04101. Thank you!
God’s Peace — Susan+
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.
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. June 23d will be the last Sunday School which breaks for the summer and will resume in September.
Children participate in activities based on Bible lessons. They share those activities with the parish members and Giles, the church mouse.
Auction and “Treasures & Trash” Sale at St. GIles’
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!