Welcome to St Giles Church

Welcome to St Giles Church

Coronavirus update: Public services are suspended, but our three churches are open every day for private prayer, rest and meditation. St Giles is open from 9am to 2pm. The Eucharist will be celebrated for the purpose of broadcasting on YouTube on Sundays (9.30am), Tuesdays (9.30am), Wednesdays (7pm), Thursdays (10am) and Saturdays (8.30am). If you require access to the Sacraments or to hear the comfort of God’s Holy Word, please speak to Fr. Mark who will ensure that you are not deprived of your spiritual privileges. Follow our Facebook page for up to date information.

There has been a church on this spot since at least the middle of the twelfth century.

The church was substantially rebuilt in Victorian times, although parts of the former buildings remain, including the twelfth century font and fifteenth century tower. Here people down the generations have come to seek the deep peace of God.

Noticeboard

As the congregation at St Giles, we try to combine traditional and modern forms of worship. We aim to make the gospel available to contemporary society whilst being aware of the ancient traditions of the Christian faith. A warm welcome awaits anyone who wishes to use the church and what it has to offer. We are delighted when families from the community and beyond come to Saint Giles for weddings and baptisms.

The church is open most days for those who wish to pray, enjoy the silence or look around our beautiful building. If you are travelling from a distance, it is wise to make sure before hand that the church is open on the particular day you intend visiting.

Our worship centres on the Sung Eucharist at 9.30am every Sunday Morning, where all ages are welcome and there is a Sunday Club for children. There are a number of other forms of worship: a regular contemplative service with silence, music and readings called Breathing Space; a healing service; regular weekday celebrations of Holy Communion; traditional evensong and Stations of the Cross.

On the third Wednesday of each month at 3.30pm, children and their families enjoy an activity and story session with tea in the Fun Club. We also have a number of social events.

We share our Rector with the parish of Dethick, Lea and Holloway and we have a good working relationship with the churches of that parish, attending each other’s services and supporting each other.

For more regular updates on activities in church and news of related organisations please ‘like’ our Facebook page.

Computers for Home Learning at St Giles School

The Church Council has decided to give £2000 from the Education Fund to the School to help with computers for home learning during the present health emergency. It is required that all schools are able to teach children from home and not all homes have the necessary technology. This grant is designed to help fill that gap.

Remembrance Sunday

Churches are open all day for private prayer.

  • 9.30am: Eucharist at Saint Giles to be filmed for uploading to YouTube.
  • 10.55am: Remembrance Service at Holloway War Memorial.
  • 11am: Act of Remembrance at Pic Tor War Memorial.
  • 3pm: Remembrance Service at Parkhead by invitation only. Matlock Town Council will be live-streaming the service on their Facebook Page.

Facebook page and YouTube

Have a peep at our Facebook page. We hope to keep you abreast of church events and share links we think will interest you. Press the ‘like‘ button to see posts in your newsfeed or set notifications to receive emails when something new is posted. Share links, photos and videos with us. Contributions are very welcome.

Father Mark also posts videos on YouTube after some services. During ‘lockdown’ the Eucharist will be celebrated for the purpose of broadcasting on YouTube on Sundays (9.30am) and Tuesdays (9.30am), Wednesdays (7pm), Thursdays (10am), Saturdays (8.30am). If you require access to the Sacraments or to hear the comfort of God’s Holy Word, please speak to Fr. Mark who will ensure that you are not deprived of your spiritual privileges.

Looking after people (Safeguarding)


If during this time you are worried that something bad is happening to someone you know, such as a neighbour, a local child or a friend, please remember you can ring our Safeguarding Officer, Joan Link, who will take action if this is necessary. Joan’s number is 01629 593993. You can leave a message if she is out in the garden or walking.

News from the PCC (updated 12th October 2020)

After discussion, the PCC have decided to make the minutes of meetings publicly available. They may be published in the parish magazine, on the parish website and on the church notice board.