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June 2010

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Ickenham Church News - June 2010

URC Daytime Services

Sunday Mornings 11.00am
   (inc Junior Church and Crèche)
   (Holy Communion, 1st Sunday)

Sunday Evening Services

The two churches join together on Sunday evenings as follows:
   2nd Sun – Choral Evensong at St Giles’ (6.30pm)
   3rd Sun – Holy Communion at the URC (6.30pm)
   4th Sun – ‘Live@ Five’ at St Giles’ Church Hall (5pm

St Giles’ Daytime Services

Sunday Mornings –
   8.00am Holy Communion
   9.45am Holy Communion (with Junior Church
                and Creche) – (1st Sunday: Family Service)
   11.30am Matins with Holy Communion (1st Sunday)

Thursdays –
   10.00am Holy Communion


OUR COVENANT - GROWING EVER STRONGER

Both Ickenham churches were filled on 25th April by the same group of people, attending the same service: a very special one to celebrate the Silver Jubilee of the Covenant between Ickenham URC and St Giles’.  The day followed closely the pattern of 25 years ago when the Covenant was signed.  The service began in the URC, then after a procession along Swakeleys Road, continued in St Giles’ before the event was rounded off with a delicious buffet lunch. 

We were joined at the celebrations by the Worshipful Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr Shirley Harper-O’Neill, and Leader of the Council Cllr Ray Puddifoot.  Also present to assist Adrian and Bernie, were Philip Robinson (St Giles’ Curate in 1985) and Alan Cassingham (Ickenham URC Minister at that time). 

Bernie welcomed us to the URC, and after hymns and prayers Philip recounted how our Covenant came about.  In 1982 a call for national unity across churches in England had been unsuccessful.  Alan and the URC Elders wrote to Paul Kelly, then St Giles’ Rector, expressing the wish that this setback would not hinder the ways in which the two Ickenham churches had been working together.  Paul, in return, was equally keen to maintain and promote the cordial relationship that existed.  Prayer and discussion together led eventually to the more formal link – our Covenant – in 1985.  This agreement ensures each church retains its own identity, but looks for every opportunity to work and worship together; sharing resources, manpower and talents in the furtherance of the Gospel.  Over the 25 years that have followed, much has been achieved and we’ve had lots of fun.  The packed congregation – containing a good many who had been present in 1985 – agreed with that! 

Alan cast away his years with a stimulating sermon, quoting St Paul: “Spare no effort to make fast with bonds of peace the unity which the spirit gives.”  The Covenant was reaffirmed by everyone reciting its wording aloud, and Graham Durn delivered the same reading from Ephesians as he had given all those years ago.

After the procession to St Giles’, Adrian received the colours of the junior churches and uniformed organisations before leading hymns, prayers and Holy Communion.  Then to the Church Hall for a joyful reunion of old and new friends and a tasty repast:  Adrian read messages from friends unable to attend in person, including Paul Kelly’s widow Gill, who remembered the original celebration fondly and sent her best wishes. 

On sale were limited edition pens, mugs and key fobs, all decorated with the Covenant Anniversary logo.  These can be purchased, while stocks last, from David Crane (01895 632442) or from the Traidcraft Stall in the URC porch after Sunday morning services. 

ALAN NOAD

 

 

DON’T MISS YOUR ICKENHAM FESTIVAL!
Saturday 12th June – Sunday 20th June
With GALA DAY on Saturday 19th June
v Arts and Crafts v Parties and Picnics
v Music and Sport v Conducted Walks and Cycle Rides
v Open Gardens all over Ickenham
And much, much more

PROGRAMMES NOW ON SALE IN LOCAL SHOPS

 

DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVEDThird Monday of each month.  St Giles’ Church Hall, 2pm to 3.30pm. A friendly, informal opportunity for a chat, over a cup of tea, with other bereaved people and bereavement visitors.  The next meeting is on Monday 21st June (then Monday 19th July).  Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first. 

 

 

 



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