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April 2006

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Ickenham Church News - April 2006

A Warm Welcome awaits you at the ICKENHAM CHURCHES over the EASTER PERIOD

Holy Week and Easter Services are as follows:

PALM SUNDAY – 9th April
8 a.m.    Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer)
9.45 a.m.    Holy Communion (Common Worship)
6.30 p.m.  Choral Evensong


Monday 10th, Tuesday 11th and Wednesday 12th April
9 a.m. Morning Prayer at St Giles'

Maundy Thursday 13th April
10 a.m. Holy Communion at St Giles'
7.30 p.m. Remembrance of the Last Supper at the URC.

Good Friday 14th April
10.30 a.m.Joint All Age Service for Good Friday at the URC.
11.15 a.m. Walk of Witness starting from the URC forecourt.
12 -1.30 p.m. Frugal Lunch in support of Christian Aid in St Giles' Church Hall.
2 p.m. 'The Last Hour' - Service at St Giles'.

Easter Eve Saturday 15th April
6 p.m. Evening Prayer and Renewal of Baptismal Vows at St Giles' Church.

Easter Day 16th April
8 a.m. Holy Communion (Book of Common Prayer).
9.45 a.m. Holy Communion (Common Worship).

9.45 a.m. Holy Communion using the Family Service Format in St Giles' Church Hall.

6.30 p.m. Choral Evensong.

Easter Day 16th April at the URC
11 a.m. Morning Worship including Holy Communion 


This year, Easter Day falls on 16th April. The week leading up to it, which begins with Palm Sunday on 9th April, is very special in the church year and is known as Holy Week.

Holy Week begins with Palm Sunday, the day when the Church remembers the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem. He had gone up to Jerusalem to celebrate the Passover, and when He entered the City, the crowds gave him a rapturous welcome, throwing palms into his path. Today churches distribute crosses of palm fronds.

The next highlight of Holy Week falls on Maundy Thursday, which recalls the washing of the disciples’ feet by Jesus. The ceremony of the ‘washing of the feet’ was an important part of the liturgy of the

Medieval church. ‘Maundy’ relates to the opening words of a typical service on this day from John 13: ‘A new command I give you: Love one another…..’ In Latin, this begins ‘mandatum novum do vobis’ The word ‘mundy’ is a corruption of the Latin ‘mandatum’. In England, in by-gone years, the monarch would wash the feet of a small number of his or her subjects. Nowadays the Queen distributes specially minted coins to the elderly at various cathedral services.

Good Friday is the day on which Jesus died on the Cross. It is the most solemn day in the Christian year. Decorations are removed from churches. In Lutheran churches, the passion narrative from a gospel was read out, a practice, which lies behind the ‘passions’, composed by Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 – 1750).

The custom of observing a period of three hours’ devotion from midday to 3 p.m. on Good Friday goes back to the 18th century.

Lent ends with Holy Saturday. The Eastern Orthodox churches hold the ‘Paschal Vigil’, which leads directly into Easter Day.



From The U.R.C. Forecourt







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 24th April (Note 4th Monday of the month) Also Monday 15th May. 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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