A Warm Welcome awaits you at the ICKENHAM CHURCHES over the EASTER PERIOD
Holy Week and Easter Services are as follows:
HOLY WEEK AND EASTER
Monday 2nd, Tuesday 3rd and Wednesday 4th April
9 a.m. Morning Prayer at St Giles'.
Wednesday 4th April
2.45 p.m. Women’s Fellowship Devotional at the U.R.C. Hardwick Room
Maundy Thursday 5th April
10 a.m. Holy Communion at St Giles' (Book of Common Prayer)
7.30 p.m. Joint Service of Remembrance of the Last Supper at the U.R.C.
Good Friday 6th April
10.30 a.m. Joint All Age Service for Good Friday at St Giles’ Church.
11.15 a.m. Walk of Witness starting from St Giles’ Churchyard
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 7th April
6 p.m. Evening Prayer and Renewal of Baptismal Vows at St Giles' Church.
Easter Day 8th April
8 a.m. Holy Communion.(Book of Common Prayer) at St Giles’.
9.45 a.m. Holy Communion (Common Worship) at St Giles’.
9.45 a.m. Holy Communion using the Family Service Format in St Giles' Church Hall.
11 a.m. Easter Celebration including Holy Communion at the U.R.C.
6.30 p.m. Choral Evensong at St Giles’.
It has often been said that if it could be proved that Jesus didn’t rise from the dead, then there would be no grounds for Christianity, no point to the faith, no assurance of forgiveness, no hope of life after death.
It is for this reason that Easter becomes the most important event in the Christian year. A few weeks ago, a new discovery was reported that is said to prove that Jesus didn’t actually come alive again and miraculously walk out of the tomb. Six ossuary boxes unearthed by builders in Jerusalem in 1980 had inscriptions, which were translated as ‘Jesus’, ‘Joseph’, Maria’, ‘Mariamne’, ‘Judah son of Jesus’ and ‘Matthew’. In a recent TV documentary ‘The Lost Tomb’ it was reported that a DNA test on human matter from the caskets, indicates that Jesus and Mariamne (thought to be Mary Magdalene) were not related but were a couple. Scholars, including the site archaeologist Amos Kloner, are not convinced, however. Kloner said, ‘The names are the most common names among Jews at the time … It’s nonsense.’
Although it is difficult to prove without doubt that Jesus rose again, the Bible lists a series of sightings of the risen Lord by over 500 people, which is a weighty quantity of witnesses. But it is not just the number of eyewitness accounts that sways me of the accuracy of the event; it’s the consequence of a belief in the resurrection for these people. Believing in the resurrection cost them their life. But even today, across the world there are millions of people who believe that Jesus rose again, and that he makes a difference to their lives everyday. Some have estimated this number to be around a third of the population of the world.
It is interesting to think that if the resurrection did not take place, then why, 2000 years later, do people still believe in the resurrection, still saying that they can know Jesus in their lives, and still continuing in this faith despite persecution and death in some parts of the world. You don’t need to check out the eyewitnesses of the resurrection, when there are people in Ickenham who will testify to experiencing the risen Lord Jesus Christ in their lives by the power and presence of the Holy Spirit. Why not visit a church this Easter and look at some of the living evidence of the resurrection!?
This is the last edition of ICN under the editorial hand of David Crane. David took on this job at short notice 7 years ago and committed to it for 5 years! He has done a superb job in developing the magazine and the website into what you see today. Amongst many tasks, he has been a tireless news hound, photographer, editor, link with the churches, community and businesses; with great attention to detail and a pleasant, but firm hand on deadlines! Thank you David and God bless you in your retirement. Likewise we are very grateful to Joyce Hodt for her ‘behind the scenes’ work of bundling up ICN for distribution, and to David Keites for being Advertising Secretary, both of whom retire shortly.
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 16th April (also Monday 21stMay). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970), if you would like to talk to someone first.