Chapels and Altars
There are three altars at Saint Giles. Each is used by the Clergy for different services throughout the week. The High altar is used for Sunday services and greater festitval services. The Lady chapel altar is used for private prayer and some weekday services. The Guild altar is also used for some weekday services.The High Altar is situated in the Chancel. To mark the significance of the sanctuary as the earthly meeting-point between God and man a lamp burns perpetually here in its ruby glass. This lamp serves also as the Parish Church’s memorial to the men of Matlock who gave their lives in the second world war: their names are inscribed in a book in a window recess on the south side of the chancel. In 1969, the east window was filled with stained glass and the sanctuary improved by the removal of dark oak panelling, the cleaning of the stone-work and redecoration. The kneelers at the alter rail designed by the Reverend L. N. Childs, were made in 1970 by a group of seven people associated with the life and worship of the church.