Commemoration Service held for Michael Heaviside VC | 6 May 2017
On Saturday 6 May, St Giles hosted a commemoration service including the unveiling commemorative stone for Michael Heaviside VC on the centary of his heroic act during the First World War. Heaviside’s awarding of the VC was for an act of valour during the Battle of Arras, on May 6, 1917. As a member of the 15th (Service) Battalion of the Durham Light Infantry, he went into no man’s land, under German sniper and machine gun fire, in daylight, to carry water and food to a badly wounded colleague, nearly demented by thirst after lying unattended for four days.
Later that evening as a stretcher bearer, assisted by two comrades, Pte Heaviside helped to rescue the wounded man. The commemorative stone, supplied by the Government, had pride of place near the altar at the front of the church during the service and will be laid permanently by the WW1 war memorial at St Giles.
During the service the stone was unveiled and dedicated by the Lord Lieutenant, of Durham Sue Snowdon, councillor Eddie Bell, the county council chairman and Mayor of Durham, along with representatives from Heaviside’s family, the DLI and the Durham Miners’ Association. Thank you to everyone that made the service such a poignant occasion in the life of our church. The memorial stone will remain as a reminder of the selfless act given by Michael Heaviside in ther service of his country.
Gilesgate Big Sing for Talking Jesus | 4 March 2017
On Saturday 4 March, St Giles hosted the Gilesgate Big Sing as part of the Talking Jesus mission where 40 Bishop’s from the Northern Province visited Durham Diocese for one big weekend of events from the Tyne to the Tees. At Giles, we welcomed Bishop Chris Edmondson and a choir of over 40 people for an afternoon of song. A big thank you to Andrew Robinson for conducting the choir and to Revd Richard for compering the performance in the evening.
St Giles’ becomes Dementia Friendly | 5 February 2017
On Sunday 5 February, members of the congregation of St Giles’ took part in the Dementia Friends training initiative. This initiative is designed to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia. Thank you for Dave for running the session and to everyone that participated. If you would like to learn more about Dementia Friends, you can find a lot of information on their website here: www.dementiafriends.org.uk
St Giles hosts Christmas Fair | 15 December 2016
On Saturday 10 December, St Giles’ hosted their Christmas fair. There were lots of stalls, gifts and cratfs and Santa and his elf even made an appearance. Thank you to everyone who organised and volunteered to run the stalls and to all the independent stall holders that came along. We raised over £500 for the work of the church and for Little Lights Baby & Toddler Group.
Durham Churches join the Mustard Seed Appeal | 14 August 2016
On Sunday 14 August, our churches joined together to host an afternoon tea in aid of the Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal. The tea was held in St Giles’ Vicarage garden and everyone tucked into cakes, scones, and even a Thai green curry! The tea was really well attended and luckily it remained warm and dry! We’d like to give a big thank you to our Sainsbury’s Local in Gilesgate, who were very generous and provided the jam, squash, doughnuts, butter, and milk we needed to have a proper afternoon tea. The money raised from this event will go towards the Mustard Seed Appeal
About the Mustard Seed Appeal
“The Archbishop of Canterbury has spoken out about creating a more just financial system to help millions of people who are struggling with debt. Following successful pilot work in two regions, the plan is for a national roll out to tackle the issue head-on. The Archbishop of Canterbury’s Mustard Seed Appeal is raising vital funds to make this happen. Churches throughout the country are organising fundraising events for the Mustard Seed Appeal as we work together to build a just financial system.”
Gilesgate Remembers: Battle of the Somme Commemoration | 17 July 2016
On Sunday 17 July, St Giles’ commemorated the centenary of the Battle of the Somme with a special evensong service. This service included readings, transcripts of letters and poetry and music from the WW1 period as well as scripture readings and reflections.
Thank you to everyone that participated in this wonderful and very moving service, particularly to St Giles’ Choir who performed so wonderfully at the service.
St Giles’, St Mary’s and St Cuthbert’s celebrate the ordination of Rev. Dr Richard Briggs | 3 July 2016
On Sunday 3 July, a united eucharist was held at St Giles Church, Durham to celebrate the ordination of Rev. Dr Richard Briggs. We were delighted to welcome Rev. John Chapman, Chaplain to St George’s Church, Barcelona as our guest preacher. Congratulations to Richard and we look walking with him as he enters the next phase of his ministry. Thank you to everyone that participated in the service and who helped with the picnic afterwards!
Candidates Confirmed at Confirmation Service | 19 June 2016
Congratulations to Maddison, Alfie, Tommy and Harriett who were all confirmed at St Oswald’s Church, Durham in a special service on Sunday 19 June. They were confirmed by the Rt Revd. Paul Butler, Bishop of Durham in front of a full congregation in the church. Congratulations to all of them!
Big Brekkie for Christian Aid | 15 May 2016
Big Brekkie for Christian Aid was served at St Giles’ on Sunday 15 May! 3 dozen sausages, 40 rashes of bacon, 2 dozen eggs, 3 dozen croissants, several thousand baked beans, 36 hash browns, and lots of tea and coffee and some very weary helpers but we made it! Thanks to everyone for coming, hope you enjoyed your breakfast, we raised £180 for Christian Aid week. Read more about who the money goes to here.