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May 2010

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Ickenham Church News - May 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


Christian Aid Week is seven amazing days of fundraising, action and prayer.  It is a time when communities all over the country get together to raise funds that can make real and lasting changes to the lives of some of the world’s poorest people. 

The Week arose initially from the response to the horrors of the refugee crisis in Europe after the Second World War.  Churches in the UK and Ireland got together and started fundraising, sending the money they raised through partner organisations that were best placed to make a difference on the ground.  In time the focus moved beyond Europe, with support for development work in Africa and Asia and response to emergencies worldwide. 

Now Christian Aid Week has become the country’s biggest ‘house-to-house’ collection, with 300,000 volunteers going from door to door each year, delivering envelopes then picking them back up from householders a few days later.  That iconic little red envelope gets everywhere, landing on over 10 million doormats, and raising around £9 million annually – with nearly £1 million in Gift Aid alone. 

This year, from Sunday 9th to Saturday 15th May, the focus is on helping slum dwellers in Kenya: in the capital Nairobi, more than 2 million people live in crowded, informal settlements or slums, with little or no access to clean water or basic sanitation, and hence live with the constant threat of disease.  Christian Aid partner MNU has been working in some of these settlements, helping the inhabitants build drainage systems, toilet and shower blocks, and employing local people to clean and maintain them.  The benefits to health and quality of life are tremendous. 

So please consider contributing to the Week’s fundraising effort, where even small amounts of money can bring massive changes to the lives of many people in need.  And if you are a UK tax payer and can Gift Aid your donation, it will be worth even more, without any additional cost to you. 

How you can donate:

By credit card online at www.caweek.org

Call 08080 006006 to make a donation

Text “POVERTY” to 70300.  It costs £3, and Christian Aid receives £2.30 on average

Send a cheque to Freepost Christian Aid (no stamp needed) but please - no cash by post

Or fill that little red envelope and return it to our volunteers!

For further details on the Christian Aid Week collection in Ickenham, contact Juliette Guthrie on 01895 622970 or via email at jp.guthrie@virgin.netChristian Aid is a registered charity in the UK (no.1105851)



Saturday 12th June – Sunday 20th June
Don’t miss the most exciting week in Ickenham’s calendar!
With more than ever to do and see – every day for everybody

Programmes on sale during May
With details of

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Parties and Food
  • Music and Sport
  • Conducted Walks and Cycle Rides
  • Open Gardens all over Ickenham
  • The Scarecrow Invasion                             

    And much, much more!  

GALA DAY on Saturday 19th June

  • Procession through the Village
  • Huge Fete at Swakeleys House
  • Evening Concert and Fireworks


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 17th May (then Monday 21st June).  Just come along, or ring the Rectory (622970) if you would like to talk to someone first.



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