St Giles’ serves the semi-rural village of Whittington just outside Lichfield, South Staffordshire. The population of about 3500 comprises a good mixture of old and new and although the majority of the inhabitants now commute to Birmingham or one of the larger surrounding towns there are still many who make their livelihoods from traditional agricultural industry – in fact it is likely that you will have eaten potatoes grown in Whittington in the form of a packet of Walkers Crisps!
As with many villages, Whittington is a very caring and supportive community and St Giles’ Church is proud to be an integral part of this. We have good links with the local primary school and some of the younger uniformed groups as well as a number of the other village organisations including WFEG – the local environmental group with whom we set up and jointly run the monthly craft and food market. . We also run a weekly drop in coffee morning and an afternoon Whist group and hold regular social and fun activities such as a quiz night, lunches, Harvest Supper, a village Treasure Hunt, monthly film nights and our traditional Summer Fete which is the highlight of the year.
Because St Giles’ is the only church in the village our worship is quite varied – ranging from traditional prayer book services of 8am Holy Communion and 6.30pm Evensong through to all age praise services where we use our newly installed projector and screen as well as the more contemplative and reflective Healing Services and the newly started “Quiet Space”. During term time we also run a fortnightly “pram service” followed by “crafty Kids” in the church hall which is very popular. Major festivals such as Harvest, Remembrance and Christmas are always big community events.
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