Attendance at our Easter services was extremely disappointing – especially Maundy Thursday and Good Friday – but a little better on Easter Day. Let’s hope and pray that the spring weather will encourage more people to come to worship with us.
At long last! We were finally able, last Wednesday, to hold our first ‘proper’ Church Meeting since November – having the eight Church Members (including two who came straight from work) necessary to constitute our quorum. One of the decisions we took was to reduce that quorum number from eight to six, but it was stressed that this should not be taken by any Church Member to be an ‘excuse’ for being absent from any Church Meeting. The distinguishing feature of Congregational Churches is that their Church Members, rather than ministers or deacons, have the final authority on all matters, subject only to any limitations imposed by the Church’s Trust Deeds.
We look forward to welcoming the ‘Hosanna Church’ congregation to our morning service on 7th May and to sharing lunch with them after the service. As the lunch will be of the ‘Bring & Share’ format, please do indicate on the list in the vestibule the foods you’ll be bringing so that we can avoid too much duplication. Both the service and the lunch will be part of our coronation celebrations.
Our Secretary had not received any adverse feedback from his ‘Turning the Tanker’ articles in last month’s newsletter, so he informed the Church Meeting that his ‘Friends of Isleworth Congregational Church’ group would progress, beginning with a ‘Facebook’ page.
We agreed that we should hold our Spring and Autumn Gift Days on May 14th and October 15th respectively, our Harvest Festival celebrations on September 24th and our Carols by Candlelight Service on December 24th.