Throughout the 20th century until the present day, there has been a robed choir whose musical contributions have been greatly valued by Giggleswick congregations on special occasions and regularly at Evensong on the first Sunday of the month. By the end of the 20th century however, widespread changes began to make themselves felt and alterations to worship practices and church layout had to be executed. In most English parishes, the living was removed from incumbents and vicars became priests in charge, operating directly under the guidance of the bishop. See the article on Priests by Revd Hilary Young, in charge of the benefice from 2012-18 on the website of Holy Ascension Church, Settle.
Readers, lay men and women, are trained to lead and preach at Services of the Word, not only as parishes were joined together to alleviate the shortage of clergy, but also because lay ministers help to keep the churches open and their distinctive lay approach makes a valuable contribution to worship and the continuity of the fellowship. Recently, their numbers have been increased by the addition of trained worship leaders. The lay team operates under the guidance of the priest in charge and uses modern Anglican forms of Common Worship, or at the monthly services of Evensong, in Giggleswick, the 1662 Book of Common Prayer. Rathmell Church was the first to join with Giggleswick in 2000, followed by Settle in 2008, 3 churches under one priest in charge. In 2012, the first woman priest, Revd Hilary Young, was appointed to serve in the three parishes with the Revd Stephen Dawson, priest in charge of Langcliffe, Stainforth and Horton, appointed as assistant priest.
Throughout the centuries, the fabric and building of the ancient church in Giggleswick has been lovingly maintained and upgraded to suit the needs of the time. In 2004, the bells and the organ were renovated while in 2013, the back and north side pews were removed, and the Memorial chapel sound-proofed with glass panels between the arches. The wood from the pews was recycled into side cupboards to store chairs which could be used to provide extra seating when required. Small tables are available on which to serve refreshments after church services. The empty north side with toys, crayons and books on offer, has been used regularly by toddlers and children during services. A second toilet was provided under the bell tower, while the kitchen was thoroughly modernised. The church has become not only a worship area, but now offers hospitality and leisure spaces where weekday concerts and meetings can be and are held. The church is open every day to visitors and pilgrims walking the St Alkelda’s Way.