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September 2005

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Ickenham Church News - September 2005

There was great joy on 4th July at 7.30 p.m. when the Revd. Adrian Malcolm Guthrie was formally inducted as the 48th Rector of St Giles’ Church since 1335. Adrian follows in the footsteps of the only Priest-in-Charge of the Church, the Revd. Philip Robinson. The Rt. Revd. Peter Broadbent, Bishop of Willesden presided.

The Mayor of Hillingdon was present in the packed congregation as were the Revd. Paul Hullyer, Vicar of All Saints Church, Hillingdon, Elders and other representatives from Ickenham United Reformed Church, Philip Rutter, Headteacher of Breakspear Junior School, Peter Daymond, Chairman of Ickenham Residents’ Association, Carol Hall, Warden of ‘The Buntings’, Jenny Reid on behalf of St Giles’ Junior Church, and James Cook, on behalf of our Church Patrons, Eton College.

Eileen Goodbody, an Elder from Ickenham United Reformed Church, led us in intercessionary prayer, while James Cook, accompanied by Churchwardens David Millen and Brenda Baxter presented Adrian to the Bishop. Readers Brian Reid and David Thorpe read the lessons.

Bishop Pete presided also at Holy Communion and delivered the sermon.

Area Dean, the Revd. Olwen Field, escorted Adrian to his designated seat and placed in his hands the keys to the Church. In a symbolic gesture Adrian walked to the church bell ropes and tolled one as a sign of the start of his ministry to the Parish.

After the service there was a reception in St Giles’ Church Hall.

I’m sure that everyone will join with me in congratulations as we welcome Adrian into his new role. We wish blessings upon him, and his family, now living in the Rectory.

We can only hope that in the near future we can celebrate an equally joyful occasion at the United Reformed Church. We pray that this congregation may soon be blessed with a minister.

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 19th September (also Monday 17th October). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970), if you would like to talk to someone first. The Evening Drop-In will be held, for the last time, from 7.30 to 9 p.m. in the United Reformed Church Hardwick Room on 7th September.

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.

It’s a strange irony that September is a month when we are busy getting things going again after the Summer, just at the moment when nature is beginning to slow down. My induction service as the next Rector of Ickenham seems along time ago now, although it was a very memorable and special occasion for us all. It was only three days later that we were all shocked by the London bombings. As a write this on a Friday morning in early August, there is a sense of gratitude that another Thursday has passed with no further attacks. Whether we react to this with blitz-like determination, or whether we avoid using public transport in London, without doubt these events make us more anxious. More seats on the Underground and less crowded shops in London indicate that people are staying away.

If faith in God is of significance, it must be as relevant, if not more, at times like these. Please join me in praying for the safety of London, for the extra pressure on our police force, for those who have permanent scars from the bombings, for the family and friends of those who have lost their lives, and for ourselves as we continue to work towards mutual understanding of people of all faiths and cultures. A well-known verse from the Psalms has been a source of comfort and strength in similar circumstances in the past, ‘God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble’ (Psalm 46.1).

As the busyness of a new term gets underway, we’re going to attempt to keep the sense of recreation going with a St Giles’ Picnic in Swakeleys Park on 18th September which will be an opportunity for young and old to take time out for fun and being together. We’ll be leaving from the church at 11.30 a.m. after we’ve had refreshments following the 9.45 a.m. service. Please join us then or at about 11.45 a.m. in Swakeleys Park.

The Psalm I quoted earlier ends with another well-known verse – ‘Be still and know that I am God’. In the frenzy of activity to get things underway again, or indeed in our worry about our troubled times, let’s not forget to stop and acknowledge that God is ultimately in control of our world.


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