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March 2010

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Ickenham Church News - March 2010

URC Daytime Services

Sunday Mornings 11.00am
   (inc Junior Church and Crèche)
   (Holy Communion, 1st Sunday)

Sunday Evening Services

The two churches join together on Sunday evenings as follows:
   2nd Sun – Choral Evensong at St Giles’ (6.30pm)
   3rd Sun – Holy Communion at the URC (6.30pm)
   4th Sun – ‘Live@ Five’ at St Giles’ Church Hall (5pm

St Giles’ Daytime Services

Sunday Mornings –
   8.00am Holy Communion
   9.45am Holy Communion (with Junior Church
                and Creche) – (1st Sunday: Family Service)
   11.30am Matins with Holy Communion (1st Sunday)

Thursdays –
   10.00am Holy Communion



After its extensive refurbishment, the Leader of the Council, Cllr Ray Puddifoot, has formally opened Ickenham Library by unveiling a plaque.  He said how proud he was to open this now outstanding facility, and reminded us that Lady Bird Johnson had once said, “Perhaps no place in any community is so totally democratic as the town library.  The only entrance requirement is interest”. 

About 150 people attended the opening, including the Mayor (Cllr Shirley Harper-O’Neill), the Council’s Chief Executive and key members of his staff, Councillors, schoolchildren and local residents.  Library staff members are greatly impressed with their new workplace.  “I think the people involved have done a great job”, said manager Sam Everett.  “It’s all so clean looking and light inside and the additional space and equipment are bound to encourage more visitors.”  And so they did – 550 used the library services on the first day! 

The original building has been cleverly extended by adding a mezzanine floor, accessed by stairs and a lift.  The new floor houses four of the seven computer terminals and four Apple Macs.  Downstairs, at the rear, a new conservatory faces onto the small garden – a good place for a variety of birds.  On this occasion, the conservatory was used for a performance of a scene from the ‘Wizard of Oz’ by pupils from Vyners School.  This was enjoyed by a group of children and teachers from Breakspear School, who were then treated to a conducted tour of the premises.

The extensive counter in the centre of the building is manned by the smiling library staff who also assist customers at the Starbucks coffee and tea bar. 

Ickenham Library is one of several borough libraries to be refurbished but it is doubtful that any will be more pleasant or welcoming. 

Alan Noad



Easter Services and Events
The special services and events in Holy Week - the last week in Lent - are detailed below.  A warm welcome awaits you at all of them.  Page 2 has details of Lent groups and midweek meditations which might interest you in early March. 


Palm Sunday 28th March
8am         Holy Communion at St Giles’
9.45am    Family Service with Holy Communion at St Giles’
11am       Morning Worship with Holy Communion at the URC

Mon 29th, Tues 30th, Wed 31st March
9am         Morning Prayer at St Giles’

Mon 29th, Tues 30th, Wed 31st March
Ickenham URC’s contribution to
‘24-7’, a national URC prayer relay event during Holy Week 2010.  Come and pray for as long or as short a time as you want during the sessions shown
Mon 29th: 7pm – 9pm
Tues 30th: 10am – 12 noon
Wed 31st: 2pm – 4pm

Maundy Thursday 1st April
10am       Holy Communion at St Giles’
              (Book of Common Prayer)
7.30pm    Remembering the Last Supper at the URC



Good Friday 2nd April
10.30am   All-age Service at URC (a joint service led by Bernie Collins and the Drama Group)
11.15am   Walk of Witness (from the URC, through Ickenham streets, to St Giles’ Church Hall by 12 noon)
12 noon   Frugal Lunch in St Giles’ Hall
              (proceeds to Christian Aid)
2pm        The Last Hour at St Giles’
                           (meditation, led by Bryan Wadland)

Easter Day 4th April
8am         Holy Communion at St Giles’
              (Book of Common Prayer)
9.45am    Holy Communion at St Giles’ (Common Worship)
9.45am    Family Service with Communion in St Giles’ Hall
11am       Easter Celebration with Holy Communion at the URC


DROP-IN FOR THE BEREAVEDThird 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 bereavement visitors.  The next meeting is on Monday 15th March (then Monday 19th April).  Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first. 

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