Notices – w/c 17/09/17

Funeral of Mrs Iris Smith

The funeral of Mrs Iris Smith will take place at Christ Church on Friday 22nd of September at 9.45am.

 

Oasis Lunch for Workers – A Great Opportunity!

The Mayor of Hillingdon, Councillor Carol Melvin, will be speaking on the subject of ‘Valuing All’.

 

Councillor Carol Melvin is an active member of Emmanuel Church in Northwood and has extensive experience both in the workplace and in the local community.

 

On Thursday 21st September, 12.40 for 1.10pm in the Upper Room at St Margaret’s. All people working in the Uxbridge area and beyond would be very welcome

 

Hillingdon Street Angels Café Style AGM

Monday 18th September, 7.30pm, St Margaret’s

What do Street Angels do? Why do they do it? Where is God leading next? A great opportunity to:

 

  • discover more about the ministry of Hillingdon Street Angels to those out late in the town
  • explore our fresh action plan for the coming years.
  • find out more about what God has been doing through Street Angels/Pastors across the nation from our guest speaker, Lee Russell, executive Director of the Christian Police Association.

 

Want to be encouraged? Then why not join us?

Notices – w/c 9th July 2017

PRAYER MEETING – Next Week Sunday 16th July 2017

We will meet in Room 9 before the service from 10.30am.

Prayer is simply having a conversation with God and silence is okay. Please join us.

 

Church Café – Your Café?

The church café has been a great success, offering a meeting point for people from different groups using the premises and visitors who just like our café.  Though we employ a café manager, Ruth, she depends heavily on volunteers to keep the café running smoothly.

 

One of the lead volunteers will soon be leaving to begin training as a nurse.  We desperately need more volunteers to fill an Aroona shaped hole on Thursdays.  If you think you could help please see Nick or Claire, or pop in to the café and speak with Ruth.

 

Two volunteers willing to work one day a fortnight would be good, or four volunteers who could each help once a month; but one person willing to help one day each week would be wonderful. Please consider carefully if this could be part of your Christian service. Remember the café is not just the ‘Church Café, it is ‘Your Café’.

 

‘Looking ahead’

The service on Sunday July 30th will be led by members of the Worship Planning Group. In this service we will be exploring the theme of ‘Parables’ and to help us to do this we will have a more informal arrangement of seating than usual.’

 

PLEASE NOTE – Re-decorating

Please be aware that for the first 3 weeks in July 2017 the corridor to the side of the Chapel and the rooms off it will be re-painted.

 

Be aware of wet paint in this area including the doors and frames of the Chapel to the corridor. Thank you.

Fear – Faith – Fortitude

In June I returned to ‘normal duties’ following my sabbatical, which I wrote about in my last letter for Look-In way back in February.  Due to family health problems things didn’t go entirely to plan (do they ever), but having the sabbatical when I did meant I was able to offer a lot more support to my parents and Sue’s parents than I would have been able to do under normal circumstances.

 

Anyway, now life has returned to normal.  Except it hasn’t.  The last few weeks have shown a side of life that is far from normal.  Terrorist attacks on Westminster Bridge, London Bridge and at the Manchester Arena; the attack on worshipers leaving a Mosque in Finsbury Park (was this a terrorist attack?  It was certainly an attack designed to create terror); and the horrific fire in Grenfell Tower; not to mention the Brexit negotiations (oh dear, I mentioned them) have all shown that these are not normal times.

 

All of these events cast a shadow of fear.  And the way they are reported often deepens the sense of panic and fear people feel, mostly unintentionally but some less scrupulous media outlets do seem to delight in turning tragic and painful experiences into opportunities to increase the sense of fear that many people live with.  It is very easy to imagine that, in the words of Private Fraser from Dad’s Army, ‘we’re all doomed’.

 

How do we respond in the face of this climate of fear?  Psychologists tell us there are two basic responses to fear, Fight and Flight – to run and hide or to turn and fight.  Many want to run and hide – in fact it is one of the objectives of terrorism to make people run and hide, to disrupt normal social life, to cause people to want to stay at home and not go to public places, to cause society to grind to a halt.  Some choose to fight – to become aggressive with words or actions.  I have no idea what the motives of Darren Osborne were when he drove his van into the group of men outside the Finsbury Park Mosque but it does seem to me that it was an attempt at some misguided and misdirected form of fighting back.

 

Faith though, I think, should offer us an alternative to Fight or Flight.  So what does our faith say to us in a time of tragedy and fear?  The first thing I note is that having faith does not take away either the fear or the pain of tragedy.  Nor does it offer us some false platitude, it does not say, ‘there, there, it’ll be all right.  It must be said, at its worst faith can itself be the source of fear (though personally I think it is often just a tool used by people with other motives).

 

What I think faith can and should do is influence our perspective on a situation, colour our reactions and response, shape our frame of mind and direct our feelings.  Faith can help us see beyond the attacks by a minority of Muslims, or Christians, to the vast majority who are peace loving and live side by side quite harmoniously.  Faith can help us see that despite the reasons to fear there are far more reasons to hope, there are far more people doing good than doing harm, in the face of suffering and loss there always people willing to make sacrifices to help.  Faith can change how we see things and in turn how we respond to tragedies.

 

In that way Faith can give strength, to individuals and to communities.  It can be the supporting rod that prevents us from bending and breaking under the pressure of fear.  To keep the alliteration with Fear and Faith, faith gives Fortitude, strength not to buckle but to maintain hope and continue to live positively and courageously in times of fear.

 

In these times of fear, may our faith be a source of fortitude.  May we not listen to those voices that seek to make fear and terror fill our hearts but rather work to build a positive, strong and caring society.

 

Wishing you every blessing

Nick Skelding

 

This article was first published in the Summer 2017 issue of Look-In, our monthly church magazine.  The views and opinions expressed in articles submitted to Look-In are those of the authors and may not necessarily reflect those of the church as a whole. To download the full issue, please click here: Look-In Summer 2017

Notices – w/c 2nd July 2017

Cream Teas

Thanks to all who took part in the Cream Teas event held on Saturday 17th which raised £79 for our chosen charities.

 

Grenfell Towers Appeal

Thanks to all who contributed to the Grenfell Towers Appeal. £210 was raised and has been sent via the Methodist District who organised this appeal.

 

PLEASE NOTE – Re-decorating

Please be aware that for the first 3 weeks in July 2017 the corridor to the side of the Chapel and the rooms off it will be re-painted.

 

Be aware of wet paint in this area including the doors and frames of the Chapel to the corridor.

 

Thank You

Notices – w/c 18th June 2017

Circuit farewell service for Reverend David Hart and Rita King

Circuit farewell service for Reverend David Hart and Rita King will be at Ruislip Methodist Church this evening at 6.00pm

 

Members Meeting

The next members meeting will be held on 2nd July after the service

 

Midsummer Music Concert

By the Hillingdon U3A Singers, on 24th June at 7.30pm at Christ Church. Tickets £8 including light refreshments. Tickets at the door or tel: 02088664572.

 

Christian Aid Collection

Thanks to everyone who contributed to Christian Aid week. We collected £114.50 of which £90 was Gift Aided.

 

“Gifts of the Spirit”

In our recent Lent Group meetings we talked about “Receiving Christ” in different ways. Jesus told his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit who would come and support them when he wasn’t physically with them anymore. We soon celebrate Pentecost, Whitsun, when we remember the coming of the Spirit.

 

What does that mean for us today?

At our discussion on 24th June at 10.30am, we will look at various “Gifts of the Spirit”.  Acts 2:v1-4

 

Invitation – Churches Together in Uxbridge (CTU) Annual General Meeting

You are warmly invited to the CTU AGM which will be held on

Sunday 25th June 2017 at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge, UB10 0AE from 12.45pm – 2.30pm.

It promises to be an enjoyable afternoon, so please save the date. Hope to see you there!

Notices – w/c 4th June 2017

Claire Gill’s father

Some people will be aware that Claire Gill’s father has been unwell. Sadly he died on Thursday 18th May 2017.  Please remember Claire and the wider family in your thoughts and prayers.

 

‘Pub Lunch’

The pub lunch will be on Monday 5th June 2017. Meet at Christ Church at 12.30pm.

 

Service of Taize Music and prayers

Service of Taize Music and prayers on the theme of “Sharing our planet” at Pinner Methodist Church, Love Lane Pinner on Sunday 11th June 2017 at 6.30pm. See poster on the notice board.

 

Circuit farewell service for Reverend David Hart and Rita King

Circuit farewell service for Reverend David Hart and Rita King will be at Ruislip Methodist Church on Sunday 18th June 2017at 6.00pm.

 

“Gifts of the Spirit”

In our recent Lent Group meetings we talked about “Receiving Christ” in different ways. Jesus told his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit who would come and support them when he wasn’t physically with them anymore. We soon celebrate Pentecost, Whitsun, when we remember the coming of the Spirit.

 

What does that mean for us today?

At our discussion on 10th June and 24th June at 10.30am, we will look at various “Gifts of the Spirit”.  Acts 2:v1-4

 

Invitation – Churches Together in Uxbridge (CTU) Annual General Meeting

You are warmly invited to the CTU AGM which will be held on

Sunday 25th June 2017 at St. Andrew’s Church Hall, Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge, UB10 0AE from 12.45pm – 2.30pm.

It promises to be an enjoyable afternoon, so please save the date. Hope to see you there!

Notices – w/c 21st May 2017

“Gifts of the Spirit”

In our recent Lent Group meetings we talked about “Receiving Christ” in different ways. Jesus told his disciples to wait for the Holy Spirit who would come and support them when he wasn’t physically with them anymore. We soon celebrate Pentecost, Whitsun, when we remember the coming of the Spirit.

 

What does that mean for us today?

At our discussion on May 27th and June 10th & 24th at 10.30am, we will look at various “Gifts of the Spirit”.  Acts 2:v1-4

 

Christian Aid Week

Envelopes for donations will be available TODAY.

 

Ruislip Lido Walk – Saturday 27th May 2017

Walk around Ruislip Lido plus coffee stop. Meet at Church 10.00am

 

Invitation: Churches Together in Uxbridge (CTU) Annual General Meeting

 

You are warmly invited to the CTU AGM which will be held on Sunday 25th June 2017 at St Andrew’s Church Hall, Hillingdon Road, Uxbridge, UB10 0AE from 12.45pm – 2.30pm.

 

It promises to be an enjoyable afternoon, so please save the date. Hope to see you there!

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address  Office @ christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk  will close on 31st May 2017.

 

This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address.

 

So please use our new email address: Office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

Notices – w/c 30th April 2017

Christine Sweeting

The funeral for Christine Sweeting will be held at Breakspear Crematorium on Wednesday 3rd May at 3.00pm

 

 

BOYS’ BRIGADE – Sainsbury’s Active Kids vouchers

Active Kids Vouchers finishes on Tuesday 2nd May 2017. By collecting the vouchers our Company can redeem them for a wide range of activity and cooking equipment.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

 

Concert by “Rockchorus”

Saturday 13th May 2017 at Pinner Methodist Church, Love Lane at 7.00pm. Tickets £8, proceeds to the ‘All we can’ charity. See poster on the notice board for more details.

 

URC Big Day Out Event

The URC Big Day Out – Feasts and Festivals event is at Warwick Castle on Saturday 20th May 2017. Details on the notice board.

 

Congratulations to Lynn Duckmanton

Lynn raised £215 for our charities by completing a twelve month sponsored slim. Thanks also to all who sponsored her.

 

LENTEN APPEAL

Thanks to all who responded to our Lenten Appeal for the East African crisis. We raised £226 of which £90 was Gift Aided.

This amount, together with a contribution from our Outreach Funds, has been sent to the appeals office.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address Office @ christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk  will close on 31st May 2017. This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address. Please use our new email address office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

Notices – w/c 23rd April 2017

Members’ Meeting

Please note that the Members’ Meeting follows the service next week (30th April).  Agenda and reports are available in the vestibule

 

Congratulations to Lynn Duckmanton

Who raised £215 for our charities by completing a twelve month sponsored slim. Thanks also to all who sponsored her.

 

Lenten Appeal

Thanks to all who responded to our Lenten Appeal for the East African crisis. We raised £226 of which £90 was Gift Aided. This amount, together with a contribution from our Outreach Funds, has been sent to the appeals office.

 

BOYS’ BRIGADE – Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher

We have once again signed up to Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher scheme. Active Kids vouchers are available every time you shop in store at Sainsbury’s and spend £10 or more and can be collected until Tuesday 2nd May 2017.

By collecting the vouchers our Company can redeem them for a wide range of activity and cooking equipment.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address Office @ christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk will close on 31st May 2017. This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address.                             

Please use our new email address – office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

Notices – w/c 2nd April 2017

LENTEN APPEAL

Many of you will have seen on tv the plight of people in East Africa. For each of the Sundays  up to and including Easter we will be having a retiring collection. A collection plate will be in the vestibule.

 

Maundy Thursday – 13th April

A service of reflection at Christ Church at 7.00pm. All are welcome

 

Good Friday – Joint Churches March of Witness

On 14th April 2017 starting at 11.00am from St. Andrews Church. Followed by refreshments at St. Margaret’s. All welcome to join us.

 

The April ‘Pub Lunch’

The April ‘pub lunch’ will be on Wednesday the 19th of April 2017. Meet at Christ Church at 12.30pm.

 

PLEASE NOTE: Church Email Address has changed

After many years of service with Orange our email address Office@christchurch2001.fsnet.co.uk  will close on 31 May 2017. This means that from this date onwards we will not be able to access this email address.
So please use our new email address:  office @ christchurchuxbridge.org.uk

 

BOYS’ BRIGADE – Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher

We have once again signed up to Sainsbury’s Active Kids voucher scheme. Active Kids vouchers are available every time you shop in store at Sainsbury’s and spend £10 or more.

 

Active Kids vouchers can be collected until Tuesday 2nd May 2017. By collecting the vouchers our Company can redeem them for a wide range of activity and cooking equipment.

 

THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT.