Church of England Diocese of Rochester Shipbourne

Facilities and features

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Accessibility

Car parking is available in the Church Approach or on the Green, opposite the Church Approach

Ramped entrance
Hearing (induction) Loop
Assistance Dogs

Our Building

St Giles Church is Grade II listed. It was built by Edward Cazalet of Fairlawne and opened for worship in 1881. It replaced a smaller Georgian church designed by James Gibbs which had fallen into disrepair.


Music and Worship

The tower contains six bells which were re-hung in 1993. Bell ringing practice is on Thursday evenings at 20.00

Concerts / Live Music

St Giles has a fine organ which was built by Lewis and Co, a leading firm of organ builders in the nineteenth century. It has a beautiful tone, the mechanism is virtually unchanged since it was built and it has a fine case.

St Giles has a service of Holy Communion, using the Book of Common Prayer, at 8.00am on the second and fourth Sunday of each month. The service of Matins on the second Sunday of each month also uses the Book of Common Prayer.

The service each Sunday at 9.30am is led by the choir. John Young is the organist and Choir Master. The choir sings a range of carols at the annual carol service and also sings when choral evensong is held at St Giles on the fifth Sunday of the month.


Groups, Courses and Activities

Playchurch is for babes in arms, toddlers and pre-school children and their parents. It is an opportunity for everyone with young ones to meet and worship in a relaxed atmosphere. Playchurch lasts about 3/4 hour with fuzzy felt Bible stories, singing and craft activities for the children and is an opportunity for parents to have an informal discussion on the week's theme. There will be drinks and biscuits for the children and their parents.


Help for Visitors

A free guide to the history of the church is available at the back of the church

The church is normally open to the public during daylight hours


Other Features

St Giles Church is situated in the Shipbourne village conservation area