ICKENHAM CHURCH NEWS
On 1st July the Rt. Revd. Pete Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden, came to St. Giles‰ Church Hall as part of an ongoing ëRoadshow‰ that details, to all Willesden parishes, the current state of finances in the Diocese of London.
His most interesting, straightforward and ëHi Tech‰ presentation made the packed audience sit up and take note of what is happening, financially, across London. Fortunately Willesden has been budgeting wisely for many years and will escape most of the possible church closures, clergy redundancies, and general financial strictures.æ However, we cannot abdicate from our responsibility to the work of the church in the London Diocese as a whole.
From the talk came the following points, which the general population in Ickenham might find informative.
Did you know :
. It costs nearly £40,000 per year to pay for a priest
in a parish. This includes stipend, housing, pension provision and other ëon costs‰.
. The Diocese receives no money from the Church Commissioners to pay for clergy or the upkeep of parishes
. There is an estimated shortfall of £lm this year (2003) coming into the Diocese
. The Diocese has sold off as much of its assets as it can in order to cover deficits from previous years
. Unless the Church can increase its income parishes might have to close or merge thus drastically reducing the mission and ministry of the Church in certain areas
. It is often those areas that are in most need that have the greatest difficulty in raising their Common Fund payment (the money they are expected to send to the Diocese)
. The problem could be solved if every person gave according to his or her means
It makes one think! I wonder how each of us, involved at St. Giles‰, will react to this information?
The holiday club this year took place as usual during the first week of the school holidays. From feedback I have received all enjoyed the week. We had 151 children registered, somewhat down on previous years, but a number that we find easy to manage. The theme for this year was ‹Food for ThoughtŠ. We looked at the part food has played in the life of God‰s people and its significance to the Christian faith. The children made some magnificent models to illustrate what they had been hearing in the stories throughout the week. These were on display with the craftwork at our Grand Finale on the Friday evening. For the first time in many years the Finale had to be held in the URC as the weather did not hold out for the full week. Once again outings, crafts and games were the order of the afternoons. We used coaches this year for some of the outings, which meant an increase in their costs. This however did not seem to dampen the enthusiasm for the trips. The whole event runs on donations and we are grateful for the donations received this year, which keep us solvent for another year. The holiday club in Ickenham cannot run without the wonderful support received from all the helpers. This year some 150 plus came forward and I would like to thank them all for the work they did. Their help and encouragement does make my job as coordinator so much easier. The dates for Holiday Club 2004 will be Monday July 26th to July 30th. Please put this date into your diary.
Rosemary Hodgson (Coordinator)
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 15th September (also Monday 20th October). 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.