May 27th 2012 PENTECOST
Many churches in Royal Leamington Spa closed for their usual morning services so that congregations from different denominations could join together in a huge service of worship for Pentecost.
Unlike the torrential rain last year when the service had to be relocated in All Saints’ Church, the sun shone brilliantly as about 1,200 people gathered around the bandstand in the Pump Room Gardens to worship God. Clad in their summer clothes and wearing sun hats or sheltering under umbrellas to give shade from the hot sun, people sat on rugs or garden chairs to enjoy the morning.
Jonathan Jee of St. Paul’s Church welcomed the crowd and songs with choruses were sung with gusto.
Gary Matthews gave a testimony about how he had had a difficult childhood, how he had mis-used drink and drugs and been in prison but that Jesus had made a huge difference to his life. He now wants to help others to overcome any problems which they are experiencing.
Children from St Margaret’s School in Whitnash led the congregation in action songs and Andy Castle introduced Thrive Youth Ministries which he is organising in the Leamington area.
Anthony Orr, from Leamington Baptist Church, gave the address which was suitable to all age groups. With large pictures of the main characters he captured everyone’s attention by describing how Popeye’s life was transformed by his eating spinach. He likened that to how our lives can be transformed by our acceptance of Jesus.
The collection was divided between the work of Thrive Youth Ministries and Leamington Christian Mission.
At the close of the service many people stayed to enjoy the picnics they had brought from home and to talk with other Christians from different churches.
Local interchurch ministries also exhibited at Praise in the Park. These included Nightlight which operates on the forecourt of All Saints Church on Fridays and Saturdays and which gives help and advice to late-night revellers; Taize Prayer Group which meets monthly at St Peter’s Church and Night Shelter which meets on our premises at Radford Road and offers food and shelter on two nights every week to the homeless and the vulnerable.
May 13 -May 19
Christian Aid Week started with a Sponsored Walk around Victoria park and the Pump Room Gardens. The sun was shining on a warm May morning as the first walkers from the Leamington churches set off at 8.00am. Others joined in during the morning but the number of walkers was very disappointing. Our picture shows two walkers – one from Dale Street Methodist Church and the other from St. Peter’s – just about to set off on their first lap of the two mile circuit whilst the local Christian Aid Chairman looks on.
There were five walkers from Radford Road Church.
During the week many of our local churches took part in the House to House collection. Radford Road had ten people involved in this. Some collected individually whilst others went out in a group.
In addition people were asked to take an envelope after the Church service and either fill it with coins themselves or give it to a neighbour to fill. They were asked to return the envelope to churchthe following week.
The money raised will be used by Christian Aid and its partners in places like Sierra Leone, one of the poorest countries in the world, to encourage the local people to initiate schemes to make their communities self-sufficient.
This year’s Christian Aid theme is
”Let’s Give the Tools”.
Radford Road Church collected over £15oo for the work of Christian Aid.
House to House collection £1005.02
Sponsored Walk £368.70
Of this amount £225.00 was Gift Aided and so we can re-claim a further £45.00
Many thanks to all who walked, collected or gave so generously.
Saturday May 12th 2012 at 7.30pm
What a wonderful evening this was! IT WAS AN AUCTION WITH A REAL DIFFERENCE! Lots of interesting items had been donated and were displayed on central tables. People arrived and were given a strip of raffle tickets. They tore each one off the strip and placed it by the item they would like to win.
A splendid supper was served: drinks of apple or orange juice followed by jacket potatoes with a choice of fillings: Chilli con carni, sweet and sour chicken, cheese and coleslaw and then tea or coffee.
Chinese tangrams were enjoyed and also a game of Dingbats.
At the end of the evening the winning tickets were drawn and most people went home with a gift or gifts of their choice.
The amount raised was £226.00
Many thanks to Jane and Frank Grunfeld for all their hard work in making it such a successful and enjoyable evening.