3pm Crib Service
A service of readings and carols for children. The Christmas story is told through the travels of our portable shepherds, wise men and Holy Family! Christingles are lit at the end of the service.
6pm Carols on the merry organ
Carols are played on the organ for an hour in a candlelit church. You’re welcome to come and go as you like – an opportunity to relax before the festivities begin!
Join us for Mass with congregational carols and candles on the stroke of Midnight.
This Christmas, Organoke was back for an alternative carol service. Instead of Silent Night, and Away In A Manger we had Slade’s “Merry Christmas Everyone” and George Michael’s “Last Christmas”. Check out a video of here.
Ida Barr was back in all her faded Edwardian grandeur to host the evening and as usual got everyone dancing in the aisles! There’s lots of pictures here on Instagram. Thanks to all who helped in any way. Organoke will return!
Here’s what our first summer 2016 Organoke looked like:
Organoke – karaoke on a church organ. A world first at St Giles’ in the summer of 2016!
The idea behind organoke was to use our church organ in a really unique way – and get the local community to come along for the ride.
With a fully stocked bar, an army of volunteers, the awesome Jordana Leighton, a few microphones, the amazing Ida Barr (Kitt Green) as M.C. and a few musician friends of Ashley the organist – we did just that!
Dancing in the aisles, classics by Madonna and Dolly Parton, amazing solos worthy of an X Factor final – just a few of the happenings on that night. And talk about volume – never before in living memory has the organ of St Giles’ been completely drowned out by singing!
Local reaction on the ground was amazing – thanks for all the tweets, photographs, status updates and messages. Organoke was the opening night of the Camberwell Arts Festival – it was a great way to start. Organoke will return!
Join us for an evening of Christmas words and music sung by candlelight. There’ll be popular carols for all to sing, some lesser-known carols sung by St Giles’ choir and readings old and new. All very welcome – join us for some mulled wine and mince pies afterwards!
December is a busy month for music-making at St Giles’ and as well as our usual Christmas services, we’re very pleased to be hosting two weddings and a Christmas Concert by Lyndhurst Primary School. We’ve also got a big event open to all on Saturday 17th December from 7pm – Christmas Organoke!
Our summer Organoke was so popular we felt we had to bring back a special festive version – so along with host Ida Barr, the organ will be playing all your favourite pop classics! Christmas jumpers are heartily encouraged and there will be a fully licensed bar open throughout the proceedings! Tickets are available here or you can buy them in person from Pigeon Hole, Art Deli, or the SE5 Forum market stall on Saturday and Sundays at Camberwell Green. Tickets are £12.
The very next day, St Giles’ choir will be singing Carols by Candlelight on Sunday 18th December at 6pm. There will be traditional carols for everyone to sing as well as some choir carols with readings. St Giles’ will be lit by candlelight and it’s a service not to be missed.
Finally on Christmas Eve, we have our Crib Service at 3pm, Carols on the Merry Organ at 6pm and Midnight Mass at 12 Midnight and you find about them all here. Please do pop in to St Giles’ this Christmas – you are very welcome.
Thank you to everyone who helped us at our Silent film night – it was our fourth live music film screening and definitely one of the most successful! Over 260 people attended and proceeds went towards the Friends’ of St Giles’ organ restoration fund.