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November 2005

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Ickenham Church News - November 2005

REMEMBRANCE DAY TIMES AND DATES
Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month

The short annual service of Remembrance will take place around the flagpole in St. Giles' Church churchyard at 10.55 a.m. on Friday 11th November. If the weather is inclement the service will take place inside the church. We hope you will come.

If you are out and about, at that time, see if you can stop your busy life for just a minute, or two, to reflect upon those who gave their lives for their country and for your freedom. If you are working, or studying at school or college, can you persuade that institution's management to hold a period of silence at 11 a.m.? Will your workplace, or office, cease its activity for just 120 seconds?

FROM ST GILES' CLERGY
Happiness Hints!

Recently a leading supermarket published ten hints for instant happiness in their monthly magazine. The reader was advised that their mood could change from blue to blooming by: smiling; surrounding themselves with bright colours; thinking positively; scenting happiness (with a whiff of your favourite scent) and eating feel-good food like fish, turkey, beans and bananas, just to mention some of the advice! Coincidently, during September and October, we have had a sermon series on the source of true happiness as advised by the Apostle Paul, in a letter he wrote to a first century church in Philippi.

In the letter, he talks a lot about 'joy', his word for an enduring kind of happiness that comes from a relationship with Jesus Christ. When something bad is happening to us, or to those around us, our natural reaction is to want it to end as quickly as possible, because we so often think that we can only be happy when we are carefree, only be happy when external circumstances are positive. Without doubt, it's easier! But joy is a gift from God and is more significant and deeper than happiness. If happiness were a building, then joy is the foundation. A building without a foundation won't last long, nor will happiness if it isn't underpinned by the joy that God wants to give us.

In our sermons together, we've looked at how this joy is tested but not terminated through suffering, how it grows through serving others, and how it starts with knowing Jesus Christ. This gives us a solid rock to stand on when everything around is changing and competing to drain away our happiness. The happiness hints are good for a quick mood change, but the joy God wants to give is eternal.

God bless,
Adrian

P.S. PLEASE NOTE THAT THERE WILL BE NO CHORAL EVENSONG ON 13TH NOVEMBER AS WE HAVE A CONFIRMATION AT 4 P.M.

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 November (also Monday 19th December). 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.

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