ICKENHAM CHURCH NEWS
Amidst the winter‰s ice and chill,
Remember Jesus lying still,
His bed a crib in stable bare,
Just Mary, Joseph and animals there.
There was but one dazzling star
That brought those travellers from afar.
Simple shepherds who left their sheep,
Kings of royal lineage deep.
But you, dear Lord, who came for all,
Those who succeed and those who fall,
Help us all to turn to You,
This Christmas and the whole year through.æ Amen.
As usual we shall be having our informal gathering in St Giles' Church at both 3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. on Christmas Eve for Carols for the Family. Come and hear the familiar words of the Christmas story and sing some carols as we build up our Crib scene in the sanctuary. Both services are always full and that is why we have to issue tickets, which are free. They will be available at the Family Service at 9 45 a.m. on 7thæ December and thereafter (but not before!) by telephoning 622970.
A Warm Welcome awaits you at the ICKENHAM CHURCHES over the CHRISTMAS PERIOD
Details of Services, and other events are as follows:
ST. GILES‰ CHURCH
3 p.m.æææææ Carols for Jack and Jill Toddler Group and their Parents followed by refreshments in the Church Hall (For tickets: Tel. Juli Harris-Powell or Lindsey 01895 675387)
3 p.m.æææææ Christingle Service and Junior Church Nativity Presentations.
6.30 p.m. Festival Service of Nine Lessons and Carols.
Wednesday 24th -æ Christmas Eve
10 a.m. Carol Singing outside the Village Hall in aid of ëSave The Children‰.æ All welcome.
3 p.m. and 4.30 p.m. Carols for the Family (Free and Ticket only š available at Family Service on 7th December)
8 p.m.æææææ Holy Communion (Traditional language)
11 p.m.æææ Holy Communion (Common Worship š Order 1).
Thursday 25th š Christmas Day
8 a.m.æææææ Holy Communion (Traditional language)
10 a.m.æææ Family Carol Service with Holy Communion.
Friday 26th šæ St. Stephen‰s Day (Boxing Day)
9 a.m.æææææ Holy Communion.
Saturday 27th š St. John the Evangelist‰s Day
9 a.m.æææ Holy Communion
Sunday 28th š The Holy Innocents - First Sunday of Christmas.
10 a.m.ææ Joint Service of Holy Communion with the U.R.C. in St. Giles‰ Church.
(No other services in either church on this day).
UNITEDæ REFORMED CHURCH
Sunday 14th December
11.00 a.m.ææ Junior Church Christmas Festival and Gift service.
Tuesday 16th æ
7.00 p.m.ææææ All-age "Carol Sing" in the church followed by refreshments
Sunday 21st æ
6.30 p.m.æææ Carol service by candlelight.
Wednesday 24th š Christmas Eve
11.30 p.m.æ Christmas Eve service with the Lord's Supper.
Thursday 25th š Christmas Day
10.00 a.m.æ Christmas Day service for all ages
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third Monday of each month. St.Giles‰ Church Hall, 2 p.m. 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 December (also Monday 19th January 2004). 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.