Church of England Diocese of Leeds Saint Giles, Pontefract

About Us

St Giles' Church is situated at the heart of Pontefract town centre. There has been a church on this site since at least the 12th Century. A significant re-ordering took place in 2012-2013.

The services at St Giles range from simple forms of worship to sung services. Our services on Wednesday mornings, Friday lunchtimes and the 8.00am Service (the first Sunday in the month) follow a more simpler form of worship with a simple celebration of Communion. 

The 10:15am Service of the Eucharist on Sunday mornings is a sung service with parts of the Eucharist sung by our wonderful choir. On Feast Days incense is used at this service.  Our children’s group meets during the service.

Choral Evensong takes place on the First Sunday of the month except in August.

On Fridays during term time, organ recitals take place in church at 1.00pm. Our organ is one of the finest in the north of England.

St Giles plays an active role in supporting local charities and organisations. A number of musical concerts take place in the church throughout the year.

We actively support Pontefract Food Bank and during the longer school holiday St Giles Food Share  (helping provide food for families)  is run by a group of volunteers. Every Wednesday between 1-3pm  ‘Lunch With Us’ takes place in the cafe  which provIdes wholesome food for homeless and people with little resources.

There is also a church café serving coffee/teas and cakes  which is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays to coincide with the town's market days.

 We have a very active Mothers' Union and a toddler group (Tiddlywinks) meets every Thursday morning. 

The St Giles' Centre has a number of meeting rooms which are used by local groups as a venue for their activities. A separate website gives details of the community groups who use its facilities.

Our bell ringers meet weekly.