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inspire September 2011

Feel free... When was the last time you were That’s why St. Richard’s Church is in church? What was it like? How joining with thousands of other did it make you feel? churches around the country in inviting people to ‘Back to Church For many people, church is a totally Sunday’. On Sunday 25th Septemalien environment. Whether it’s the ber our number one priority is to strange language, or the hymns you make you feel especially welcome don’t know (and couldn’t possibly (although, of course, you’re always sing even if you did – no selfwelcome!) and to give you a fresh respecting bloke can sing that high), glimpse of church today. or the odd chap up the front in a dress (that’ll be the vicar), church Whether you’ve had that niggling can seem quite weird. thought about going back, or whether you haven’t given church a But at its heart, church isn’t about thought for years, we’d love to give any of that stuff. Yes, there’s a you a warm welcome. Whatever place for tradition, but far more your faith or your attitude towards important is that visitors are made Christianity we want you to feel free to feel welcome. That’s because, to come as you are. first, church exists as much for those who aren’t members as for those We have a traditional service at 9:00 who are, and second, because am, and an informal family service church is about relationship – at 10:45 am. Whichever service you knowing God as a member of a come to you, it really will be great caring community. to see you.

One life. What’s it all about? If you’d value an opportunity to think about and discuss some of life’s most important issues then read on. Christianity Explored is a course which gives people time and space to think about the big questions of life and to explore the life and claims of the person at the heart of the Christian faith, Jesus Christ. Starting Thursday, 13th October 2011, and running for two hours a week over seven weeks, participants will have the chance to talk together about faith and how it impacts everyday life. Contact St. Richard’s Church for more information.


RaisingTheRoof Perhaps the most recognizable feature of St. Richard’s Church building is its roof – the open concrete spire towering over a sea of blue-green copper. But, alas, no more. Over the last 18 months St. Richard’s has suffered ten major thefts of copper, leaving us with, at times, a badly leaking roof and a patchwork of repairs. And since we have no practical way of securing the site we’ve now had to remove what copper was left. In its place is a temporary covering of black felt.

We all have our favourite - traditional or fancy, thick crust or thin... No one mince pie is right for everyone, and it’s okay to savour the Christmas season’s delights in the way that’s right for you. That’s why this December St. Richard’s has a wonderful variety of ways in which to celebrate Christmas. Do join us if you can. Saturday 17th December 10:00 am Community Carols and Mince Pies - outside Tesco, an opportunity to hear your favourites and enjoy a mince pie Sunday 18th December 10:45 am Contemporary Carols - a family service especially suitable for children, with modern Christmas songs and band

But with a difficult period behind us, 7:00 pm Carols by Candlelight - a traditional candlelit service of carols, we now have an opportunity to readings and prayers make the building better than ever, Saturday 24th December and secure its use into the future for worshippers and community alike. 5:00 pm Round the Family Tree - a service for children and their families, with Nativity, readings and songs What it will look like, we don’t yet know, but we do need to raise at 11:15 pm First Communion of Christmas - a traditional service of Holy Communion to welcome in Christmas Day least £150,000 to renew the roof with a permanent covering. Can Christmas Day you help? Simply text 10:00 am Family Communion - a service of celebration for all ROOF15 £5 / £10 / £20 to 70070 to donate (e.g. “ROOF15 £10”). We’d be so grateful for your support.

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For any more information about St. Richard’s Church (including baptisms and weddings), or anything in this issue of inspire, please contact our vicar, Craig Holmes, who will be happy to help.

St. Richard’s Church, Forge Lane, Hanworth, TW13 6UN email office@strichardshanworth.org web www.strichardshanworth.org


Inspire - Sep 2011