Operation Christmas Child, a project of Samaritan’s Purse, brings Good News and joy to children around the world through gift-filled shoe boxes.
The mission of Operation Christmas Child is to show God’s love in a tangible way to children in need around the world, and to share the good news of Jesus Christ.
Since 1990, more than 168 million children in over 160 countries have experienced God’s love through the power of simple shoebox gifts from Operation Christmas Child.
At Radford Road Church we have supported Operation Christmas Child for a number of years. Many people in our congregation have lovingly filled shoeboxes with goodies to delight children who we do not know but who have experienced war, poverty, famine, disease or natural disaster.
The message is that people care and that these children and their families and local communities are in the thoughts and prayers of people in other countries throughout the world.
This year we are again filling shoeboxes with gifts for children who have little. Indeed, these boxes may be the only gift some children receive at Christmas time.
There are pre-formed boxes available in the vestibule together with leaflets describing how to fill a box. Please note that toothpaste or sweets should not be put in the boxes this year.
We hope that you will be generous this year, as always, and make every effort to fill a box or share one with a friend.
We aim to complete our boxes by early November. They will then be blessed at Sunday worship on November 17th, before being taken to a central depot for transportation.
OnThursday November 21st at 2.00pm 15 peoplecame along to help to prepare the knitted angels ready for distribution in our town. A band of knitters has been busy throughout the year knitting tiny angels to bring the message of Christmas to people in Leamington Spa.
Each angel had to be placed in a plastic bag, together with a card which gives details of our Christmas services. Also there was an invitation to those who find the angels to visit our Nativity Exhibition (Dec. 3rd to Dec. 8th 2019). It is always amazing to see the look on the faces of people as they discover the angels and the angels convey love and friendship to people in our community.
The afternoon was fun and enjoyable and the task was easy to do with so so many willing people ready to lend a hand.
People chatted and laughed
Now the angels are being distributed on park benches, railings and trees for people to find.
Itis lovely to watch the expressions of surprise and joy as the recipients look at the contents of the bags and discover the angels. Already positive messages have been posted on Facebook and conveyed to members of the church saying how much these little gifts are appreciated.
The ‘All Are Welcome’ group has successfully obtained a grant of £300 to help with costs and extend its outreach for the next twelve months. At a meeting of the Warwick District South Leamington Forum Group on October 17th a presentation of the work of All Are Welcome was given and the meeting voted unanimously to support the work. We will now be able to extend publicity, provide more activities and purchase a supply of new mugs.
‘All Are Welcome’ continues to meet every Tuesday morning from 10.00am until 11.30am and all those who come enjoy meeting together over a cup of tea or coffee and having a toasted teacake, taking part in a very informal quiz, playing board games and doing jigsaw puzzles.
We have a lot of chatter and a lot of fun, new friendships are made and we share talents and skills.
Again, we have given knitted garments to the clients of the Night Shelter to help to keep them warm during the winter months. Many thanks to all those who have knitted garments so that we are able to help those who have little and who find life extremely difficult. The knitted goods have already been given to the Night Shelter .
The AGM of CTL was held at St. Mark’s Church on Tuesday November 19th at 7pm. The evening commenced with a “Living Library”. Invited guests were”books” in our living library and could be “borrowed” for 5 minutes at a time and were asked questions about their lives and faith. The guests were
A person serving in the United Nations
A Street Pastor
A Community Medic
The Chair of The Well
A Globe Traveller
There was cheese and nibbles, tea and coffee, with a short AGM at the end of the evening.
WARWICK DISTRICT FAITHS FORUM
National Interfaith Week was from 10th to 17th November 2019.
The annual WDFF conference took place on Saturday November 9th at St. Peter’s Conference Centre, Dormer Place, beginning at 10.00am with registration from 9.30am and concluding at 1pm. This was followed by lunch.
This year’s theme was “Wellbeing”.
Speakers included Bishop John, Bishop of Warwick, Paul Thompson of Springfield Mind, Hannah Minde of Think Active, DCI Morgan of Warwickshire Police and our MP Mr Matt Western.