Questions you may have

Who comes to St Giles?

Anyone and everyone is more than welcome. St Giles has a very mixed congregation which comes together from a variety of backgrounds and traditions.

How many people attend?

St Giles is a fairly large church with around 200 adults (plus many children!) in attendance each Sunday morning. The evening service at 7.00pm is much more intimate, with around 60 attending on a regular basis.

What happens at your services?

While there are specific things we do at special times of the year (like Christmas or Easter), all our services tend to include the following:

  • We sing a variety of songs, from the contemporary to the traditional (led by our music team)
  • We have a time of prayer
  • Church announcements
  • We hear the Bible read to us, and then explained in a talk (lasting 15 - 30 minutes)
  • Every few weeks we share Communion

After the service, there is the chance to pray in confidence with a member of our Prayer Ministry team or to meet others for refreshments.

Are there differences between your services?

Sunday mornings:

10.00 a.m. - We all meet together in the church for the first half hour.  The children then go to the church centre (across the road) for age-specific circle groups.

On the fourth Sunday of the month we all remain together in the church. Also on fourth Sundays there is normally the option for adults to join a discussion group as an alternative to staying in the church.

Please note Sundays during the school summer holidays are usually different.

Refreshments are served after the services. Please stay and have a chat with us over a drink.

Sunday afternoon:

3.00 p.m. – Hymns of Praise service, followed by tea and cakes.
Sunday afternoons: (on the 4th Sunday of each month)

Sunday evenings:

7.00 p.m. – Evening Worship, sometimes with Communion.
On the 1st Sunday of the month we have a joint Celebration with our young people, followed by a cafe.

Thursday morning:

Thursday at 11.00 a.m. – Holy Communion or traditional Morning Prayer. This service is followed by coffee and lunch in the church centre.

How long are the services?

Our services normally last about an hour and a half.

Do you collect money during the service?

No, we don't. However, there is an opportunity to place gifts of money into boxes at both the church entrances.  Most of our regular members give by monthly standing order.

Will I be asked to do anything during the service?

No, nothing to fear! Whilst a number of people from the congregation play an active role in our services, we want St Giles to be as safe and as unthreatening a place as possible, so you will never be asked to do anything you do not want to do.

Can I bring my children?

Absolutely! Children's ministry is a big part of our work at St Giles. We offer several groups for children which take place in our church centre but all are welcome at the start of all our services.

All volunteers working with children have a current DBS (formerly CRB) certificate and we adhere to an up-to-date child protection policy.

What is the dress code?

The simple answer is, there is no dress code - we want you to feel comfortable, so just come as you are!

Can I park at the church?

St Giles is located in Northampton town centre and there are several parking locations near the church. Parking on Sundays is always free.

Do you have provision for the hard of hearing or partially sighted?

It is important to us that everyone feels welcome at St Giles and that our services and activities are as accessible as possible. To help with this we try to ensure that all our printed literature and projected content use colour schemes and font sizes which are helpful for the partially sighted.

Folders with large print words to songs are available on request on Sunday mornings.

For the hard of hearing we operate a loop system.

How do I get involved?

There are all sorts of ways to get involved at St Giles, whether it is participating in a home group, or assisting in the various activities run by the church. If you have an idea of what you would like to do come to the Information Desk and have chat with a team member about how you can get involved, or talk to one of the leadership and they'll point you in the right direction.

If you are unsure about how to get involved, simply complete our welcome form, and a member of the church staff will follow up with you to discuss the options and work out what would be most appropriate.