Adrian and Bernie after the Covenant Service, with St Giles’ chorister Ally Wedlake and her parents
“It’s wonderful to be together to celebrate the union between our two churches!” So said Revd Bernie Collins when opening the Covenant Anniversary Service, attended by nearly two hundred members from both churches at the United Reformed Church on 22nd April.
The Covenant between the URC and St Giles’ was signed in April 1985, although the churches had been working together previously. During the service, members of the congregation read out the Covenant’s six points of agreement. These include an affirmation of common belief, heritage and acceptance of one another, a determination to walk together in unity, and a pledge to be open to the gifts of our beliefs whilst respecting the insights and disciplines of the two churches.
Bernie illustrated some of the initiatives that we tackle together, including the recent Good Friday walk through the village, Ickenham Church News, (now produced by a team of people from both churches), the Rukiga Project (building links and relationships with this community in Uganda), and the Holiday Club. Anne Whitlam then spoke about the Holiday Club, which was started 39 years ago and is due to run this year between 23rd and 27th July, with the theme ‘Monsters Stink’. She called for volunteers to assist and asked us to pray for its success.
Revd Ken Tombs led prayers for the community and the Covenant as well as the call for peace. “God of hope, fill us with joy and peace in believing”.
Revd Adrian Guthrie showed there were links between the reading from St John and our Covenant. He emphasised the fact that the Covenant was not standing still and that we are travelling together on new paths. “There are two important lessons”, he said, “the need to be guided by Jesus and, as we stand together, the need to be devoted to Jesus”.
After Holy Communion was taken and concluding prayers, refreshments were served on the forecourt, giving everyone the opportunity to meet and greet in the sunshine.
DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVED. Third 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 pastoral visitors. The next meeting is on Monday 18th June (then Monday 16th July). Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.