ICKENHAM CHURCH NEWS
JUNE 2ND 1953 š JUNE 2ND 2003
Marks the 50th Anniversary of the Queen‰s Coronation
ANNUAL COVENANT SERVICE
Sunday 4th May saw the Joint Covenant Anniversary Service held in Ickenham United Reformed Church. A large congregation heard special guest preacher The Revd. David Cornick, General Secretary of The United Reformed Church, begin by addressing the younger members present. He asked what 4 minus 1 equalled and suggested to some astonished youngsters that sometimes the answer could be five. His logic was to take a rectangular piece of paper with four corners and to cut one corner from it. The result was that the number of corners left had jumped to five not fallen to three. With every cut the numbers of corners grew rather than diminished. David quoted Desmond Tutu who once said, ‹this is God‰s mathematics and it is wonderful. The more one gives away the more we get backŠ. Quite a revolutionary thought for us all to ponder in this greedy world!
Following on from such wonderful news and after the joint reading, by our clergy, of the Covenant, David Cornick delivered his main sermon.
Based on the Easter story of ‹The Road to EmmausŠ and Jesus‰ appearances to his disciples, David urged us to understand that even in 2003 we are still witnesses to this incredible event that is ‹the fulcrum of historyŠ. David pointed out that ‹we are witnessesŠ is a good definition of the Church for here was a new creation when God became available for all the nations not just the ëchosen one‰. Easter is the time of God‰s mathematics and a new beginning when all sin is removed.
We were warned that as witnesses we should avoid bureaucracy and become a part of God‰s alternative kingdom, which is radical, dangerous and beautiful. Finally David blessed our united churches work together in Christian outreach to our community.
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Accommodation will shortly become available in Mrs Gell's Almshouses in the centre of Ickenham. The vacancy is suitable for a single person who should be over the age of 60. Further details are available from John Fowling, the Hon. Secretary to the Trustees on 01895 634692.
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St.Giles‰ Church Hall, 2 to 3.30 p.m. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and pastoral visitors.æ The next meeting is Monday 16th June (also Monday 21st July). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.
ICKENHAM GOOD NEIGHBOUR SCHEME exists to serve the whole of Ickenham. We‰re here to assist in an emergency. If you need help, the daytime contact numbers are: 01895 633020 or 01895 235061.