ORDINATION AND INDUCTION

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The Service of Ordination to the Ministry of Word and Sacrament of James Edward Church, M.A., M. Phil. and his Induction to the Joint Pastorate of Lillington Free Church and Radford Road Methodist/ United Reformed Church took place at 2.30pm on July 30th 2011.

The special service was held at Radford Road Church and every one of the 200 seats was occupied with an overflow congregation sitting in the Church vestibule.

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James has recently completed his theological training at Westminster College in Cambridge. Many of his friends from college and from previous churches in which he has been involved, came to the service.

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Those taking part, from left to right in the picture, are Revd. Elizabeth Caswell, Interim Moderator and Area Minister for Coventry & Warwickshire;  Revd. Derick Chambers, Superintendent of the Mid-Warwickshire Methodist Circuit; Mr Bill Robson, Synod Clerk of the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church, Revd. Roy Lowes, Moderator of the West Midlands Synod of the United Reformed Church; James Church and Revd. Richard Church, James’ father and Moderator of the North Western Synod of the United Reformed Church.

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A Music Group from Linton Free Church in Cambridge, where James worshipped during his student days, played guitars and wind instruments before the service started.

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Revd. Roy Lowes presided at the service and James’ father, Revd. Richard Church, delivered the sermon. A combined choir from the two churches, led by Revd. JohnHarris, sang an Introit and an Anthem.

Greetings were brought to James from the Deputy Town Mayor (representing Royal Leamington Spa, Lillington Free Church, Radford Road Church, the Methodist Circuit and the District Ecumenical Officer (on behalf of local churches), and gifts of a portable communion set (from Radford Road Church) and a pen and pencil set (from Lillington Free Church) were presented.

Refreshments were served at the close of the service.

This was an inspiring and uplifting service for everyone.

SERENITY FEMALE CHOIR

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On Monday July 25th the Serenity Female Voice Choir made a return visit to Radford Road Church.  The Cardiff-based choir are renowned for their performing of  jazz, gospel, pop, Disney and show tunes. The 30-strong choir is of a very high standard and is known for beautiful harmonies, energetic dance moves and bubbly personalities.
The performers entertained the audience with fine singing, excellent soloists and extremely talented instrumentalists.

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Patrick Steed                                    Emma Height

 

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Under the musical directorship of Patrick Steed and the co-director, Emma Height, the choir achieved an incredibly high standard.   Chris Andrews accompanied the choir on the piano and enthralled the audience with a piano solo.
£535 was raised for Radford Road Organ Fund.




FAREWELL TO THE REVD IAIN RENNIE

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On July 17th the congregation said farewell to Iain and Susan Rennie.  Iain has been our part-time Methodist Minister for five years.  Iain will now retire and he and Susan will make their home in Bretford near Rugby. We wish them every happiness in their new home.

During the morning service on July 17th Iain and Susan were presented with a gift and a card signed by the congregation. A “Bring and Share” lunch followed the Morning Service when everyone had the opportunity to say their farewells to Iain and Susan.

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STRAWBERRY TEA JULY 2011

On Saturday July 2nd at 3.00pm people gathered in the Church Hall to enjoy fresh juicy English summer strawberries with lashings of cream.

They enjoyed meeting friends, participating in a light-hearted quiz and having a go at the Tombola and raffle.

 

SCOUT GROUP AGM

The Scout Group (Beavers, Cubs, Scouts and Explorers} all met together at Radford Road Church at 7.00pm for the Annual General Meeting.
The Hall was packed to capacity  with members of the Group, parents, relatives and friends and a wonderful feeling of “togetherness” pervaded. The group Scout Leader, Dr. Graham Martin introduced the Chair, Mr Robin Warren, and the election of officers took place. Reports were received and the Annual Accounts were accepted. Thanks were expressed to the dedicated leaders and helpers and members of the Executive Committee for their untiring work throughout the year.
A Power Point presentation of the group’s activities was shown and a commentary given by representatives of each of the sections.
The invited guests were very impressed by the range of activities undertaken by the Group. These included the Duke of Edinburgh scheme, camping on Brownsea Island, the holding of a special Re-union service at All Saints’ Church and the organisation of a stall at the Christmas Market in the Parade.
.This was followed by the presentation of badges to all the youngsters. The members of each group, parents, friends and leaders were thanked for their continued support.

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