REMEMBRANCE DAY TIMES AND DATES
Eleventh Hour of the Eleventh Day of the Eleventh Month
Once again the short, annual, service of Remembrance will take place around the flagpole in St. Giles’ Churchyard at 10.55 a.m. on Saturday 11th November. If the weather is inclement the service will take place inside the church. We hope you will come along and join in.
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. The eleventh is a Saturday this year so maybe a big turnout will be simpler, for many, than during the working week.
JOINT CHURCHES’ SHOEBOX APPEAL
Operation Christmas Child
Once again this amazing U.R.C. organised event was augmented by shoe boxes from St Giles’ Junior Church, and local Brownies.
By 22nd October all the shoeboxes had been checked and were ready to forward to a local collection point where the national organisers, Samaritan’s Purse International, collected the gifts and stored them ready for delivery to a poor, needy or suffering child in another part of the world.
Since 1990, Operation Christmas Child, a unique project of Samaritan’s Purse, has brought the joy of Christmas to more than 23 million boys and girls. Last year, Samaritan’s Purse in the UK sent over one million gifts to children across Eastern and Central Europe.
With the help of thousands of volunteers, Samaritan’s Purse collects and processes these gift-filled boxes in its warehouses across the United Kingdom. Then, working with national churches and charities, the gifts are delivered through them to children in hospitals, orphanages, refugee camps, homeless shelters, and impoverished neighbourhoods across the globe, regardless of nationality, political background, or religious beliefs.
Where culturally appropriate, and again working in partnership with local people, children will also be offered a booklet of Bible stories in their own language explaining the true meaning of Christmas – God’s gift of His Son, Jesus Christ.
To find out more, the website is – www.samaritanspurse.uk.com
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 20th November (also Monday 18th 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.