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November 2011

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Ickenham Church News - November 2011

URC Daytime Services
Sunday Mornings 11.00am

  • inc Junior Church most Sundays
  • Children’s space available during all services
Holy Communion,1st Sunday of month

Sunday Evening Services
The two churches join together on Sunday evenings as follows:

  • 2nd Sun – Choral Evensong at St Giles’ (6.30pm)
  • Occasional Holy Communion Services at URC when announced

St Giles’ Daytime Services
Sunday Mornings

  • 8.00am Holy Communion
  • 9.45am Holy Communion (with Junior Church
     and Crèche) – (1st Sunday: Family Service)
  • 11.30am Matins with Holy Communion
    (1st Sunday of month)


  • 10.00am Holy Communion


Twenty-six cyclists had signed up for the sponsored bike ride on September 25th, with the aim of ‘cycling round Rukiga’.  “Quite an adventure, only for the most committed endurance athletes,” you might think.  Well, not quite that arduous, really: for they weren’t setting out with their bikes to journey round South West Uganda.  Instead, they met up outside Bikewise in Ickenham after Sunday lunch, for an eight mile round trip, taking in the itinerary shown in the box below. 

Well, it’s more exercise than most of us did that day!  And the weather was kind, the company good, and an enjoyable time was had by all.  Most importantly, with Gift Aid included, over £2,500 has already been raised by their efforts. 

Our CLICK Rukiga project is now one of the good causes registered on the Just Giving website, so a number of the cyclists used this approach for their fundraising.  Some pages are still open, so if you want to contribute to this worthy cause, there is still time.  Project leader Mike Whitlam was one of the participants, decked out in a yellow jersey (well, a fluorescent safety bib!) and if you wish to, you can show your support for all the cyclists by donating through his page at www.JustGiving,com/Michael-Whitlam0

CLICK Rukiga, which links Ickenham with Rukiga in Uganda, has been gathering momentum, and rolling out to involve new people in both communities.  In February’s edition of ICN, we outlined the four areas of activity to focus on for now: links with the ‘Young Watford’ Football Team, St James’ Church, Kamwesi’s Parents’ School and KWID – Kyanbuhangwa Women In Development. 

Rounded Rectangle: *It’s not so far away! •	Ruislip •	Uxbridge •	Kingsend •	Ickenham •	Glebe Avenue •	Austins Lane  The last of these – KWID – is an organisation based in Kamwesi which helps to mobilise the community to get the best out of local government services.  But if services fall short, KWID encourages the community to support itself.  Until now, it has been a volunteer based group, whose main concerns have been with schooling, health issues and economic development, particularly agricultural development.  But it has been clear that KWID could benefit greatly from some paid administrative help. 

The good news is that the money raised from the sponsored bike ride will pay the wages of three KWID employees for a year - a great result!

Rounded Rectangle: Sunday 20th November, 5pm, St Giles’ Church Hall: Come and hear the latest on CLICK Rukiga. Mike Whitlam, Adrian Guthrie and Vyners Geography teacher Alex Coulter will talk about their visit to Uganda in July.  Learn what’s been happening there, and what is planned for our links in the future. All are welcome.  Tea and coffee will be provided.


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