St Giles Parish Church serves the communities of St. Giles, Nettleham Fields, and Glebe Park in the north of Lincoln. Our ambition is to express the healing love of Jesus through welcome and worship at the heart of the community. We are a member of the Inclusive Church network: “We believe in inclusive church – a church which celebrates and affirms every person and does not discriminate".
We are able to support those in need of a food voucher in a crisis and point you to the local food banks, or perhaps you'd like to talk about what's involved in a christening or you are planning wedding. Would you welcome a chance to meet to pray? Please be in touch. We'd love to hear from you or to meet with you.
A bit of history
The parish and the church are both named after St Giles, an 8th century hermit who lived in France. His name was given to a medieval monastic house on the Wragby Road that looked after weary pilgrims to the city and its cathedral.
St Giles Parish Church is known locally as 'the church that moved'. Built originally in 1724 by Lincoln Council for its own civic services it was located close to the Stonebow in Lincoln and was called 'St Peter at Arches'. It had a fine organ (enlarged by the Cathedral organ builder, Father Willis,in the 19th Century) and a peal of eight bells dated 1728. In the early 20th Century it was in the way of city redevelopment and due to be demolished. Instead some far sighted people caught a vision to see it move uphill with its organ, bells, furnishings and all, to serve the new St. Giles Garden Suburb. Later, church halls were added for the benefit of the growing community.
We are proud to have had as the first Curate at this time the Rev Chad Varah who went on to found Samaritans, largely because of his work here.