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Ickenham Church News - September 2004

Adrian is Ordained Priest

Emmanuel Church, Northwood, on 3rd July at 11 a.m. was the venue for the ordination, to priest, of St Giles' Church Curate, Adrian Guthrie. His wife Juliette and his three children Adam, Jo and Rachel supported Adrian, a former Design and Technology lecturer, along with a host of parishioners from both St Giles' Church and the U.R.C.

The Rt. Revd. Peter Broadbent, the Bishop of Willesden, conducted the service, and a total of six men and women candidates from the Episcopal area took Holy Orders and one woman was commissioned as an accredited Lay Minister.

Around 600 worshippers joined the two-hour long service in the cathedral-like, setting of Emmanuel's building. The volume of the hymn singing well nigh 'raised the roof' as did the acclamation of the people when Bishop Pete asked them to affirm that the candidates be ordained.

The service contained a mixture of well-known hymns along with more modern praise songs to accompaniment by both organ and modern band with brass. A giant video screen allowed the congregation to witness the detail of the moment of ordination for each candidate. This sight is normally obscured as supporting clergy encircle each candidate and place their hands on his, or her, head.

Adrian celebrated this landmark in his life by presiding at St. Giles' Church communion on 4th July first at 0800 and then at the Family Service at 0945.

During the latter occasion Adrian explained how the seeds of his current vocation were planted some twenty-seven years ago. While training to be a teacher, the suggestion that he seek the ordained ministry was prompted by a friend. The message was filed away in the recesses of his mind until more recent years when the call became stronger and could not be ignored.

After all the testing of, and training for, his new role we now welcome you, Adrian, to the priesthood. God bless you, your family and your ministry to our community.

Editor

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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.  The next meeting is Monday 21st June (also Monday 19th July). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970), if you would like to talk to someone first.

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Ickenham Good Neighbour Scheme

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.

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