All Are Welcome activities

All Are Welcome meets every Tuesday from 10am until 11.30am.

After starting with a chat, a cup of tea or coffee and a toasted teacake we have a very informal quiz or crossword. People are able to work individually or with a friend to get the answers. Everyone enjoys themselves and we have no winners or losers! It is all a bit of fun!

The board games then come out. Scrabble is extremely popular and we have now acquired a turntable to rotate the board. Others enjoy Tridominoes, cards, dominoes and other table games.

We are experimenting by introducing a Craft activity each month and are starting with water colour paints.

Why not come to join us?

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All Are Welcome Christmas Party

On December 19th the group celebrated with a Christmas party. Everyone wore Christmas jumpers and hats and the tablecloths were replaced with Christmas themed coverings. We all enjoyed warm mince pies (as well as the normal toasted teacakes) and we had a special Christmas quiz and games. Everyone was given a small Christmas gift.

Next year we will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings and as well as enjoying each others’ company and pursuing our normal activities, we also plan to start a Craft table where those who wish can undertake making different crafts and having fun together. Our next meeting is the first Tuesday in January. See you there!

Nativity Exhibition 2019

The Nativity Exhibition was first displayed at Radford Road Church in 2012 and then again in 2013, and since then, more exhibits have been acquired. The Exhibition has been taken around the country during Advent each year and has been seen by hundreds of people. We hope that in looking at the exhibits people have thought about the Christmas message and realised a little more about the true meaning of Christmas.

The 120 models come from many different countries and are made of many different materials. There are tin ones from Mexico; models made from banana fibre from Kenya; rolled paper models from Sri Lanka; hand made pottery models from Peru; olive wood models made in Bethlehem….and many, many more from all around the world. At our Exhibition at Radford Road there is also a table where members of the congregation can put their own cribs on display.

The exhibition is at Radford Road Church each afternoon between 2.00pm and 4.00pm from Tuesday Dec 3rd until Saturday December 7th and school parties have been invited to visit during the mornings. The following week the exhibition moves to Abbey Hill United Reformed Church at Kenilworth.

The exhibition is free but there is an opportunity to make a donation by those who wish to do so. This money will be shared between Radford Road Church and this year’s Mission Project “Rehoboth Children’s Centre in the Philippines”.

To view more pictures click on the dots below the next picture.

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SAMARITAN’S PURSE

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.

Please speak to Veronica if you have any queries.

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Last Night of the Proms

On Saturday September 14th at 7.30pm we enjoyed watching The Last Night of the Proms from the Albert Hall, London.

We started with a Fish and Chip supper and a chat and then settled down to watch the televised Last Night. People brought their Union Jacks to wave, dressed in red, white and blue and joined with the prommers to sing the well known sea shanties and to bob up and down.

Our new Mission project was launched at this event and all money raised went to this cause.

SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE CIRCUIT Inter-Church Walks 2019

The new Methodist Circuit planned a series of walks between churches, starting with a prayer at one and finishing with a prayer and a cuppa at the other.

People were invited to join in as many of the walks as they were able.

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June
Bidford to Welford 4 miles

2
June
Welford to Mickleton 6 m

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June
Tysoe to Kineton 5 m

9
June
Fenny Compton to Knightcote 4 m

15
June
Stockton to Whitnash 9 m

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June
Whitnash to Cubbington via Radford Road & Dale
Street
6 m

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June
Cubbington to Kenilworth 5 m

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July
Kenilworth to Warwick (Mid-Warwks Circuit –
closing service at 3pm at Warwick)
5 m

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July
Henley to Stratford (Stratford & Evesham
Circuit –
closing service at 3pm at Stratford)
9 m

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Wellesbourne to Stratford South
Warwickshire Circuit – (Opening Service at
3pm at Stratford)
6 m

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Farewell to Fiona Elvins

On May 19th during the morning service we said our farewells to Fiona Elvins who has been a URC student Minister with us for the past 9 months. Fiona will soon be fully qualified and we wish her well as she starts her new vocation.

During the service gifts were presented to Fiona on behalf of the church.

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A knitted angel was given to remind Fiona of the fun and hilarity we had had on an afternoon in November 2018 when 55o knitted angels were prepared for distribution to the community.

A paintbrush was given to Fiona to remind her of the time spent with a group of members of Radford Road as they painted the Church Hall.

A book was presented on behalf of the church and a Gift Voucher was sent by email and Margaret B gave Fiona a flower arrangement.

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When Fiona arrived home after the service on May 19th she wrote:

Dear James and all the wonderful people at RRC,

Thank you so much for the flowers and gifts you gave me this morning. It is so generous of you all and I thank you so much. My time with you all has been wonderful. Thank you for today – the book is great and I am thrilled with the paint brush and angel. May God bless you all. Fiona x

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All Are Welcome

On Tuesday April 30th we started our new “All Are Welcome” morning. This is a weekly event and we invite everyone to come along for a FREE, Yes, FREE, cup of coffee and a toasted teacake.

There are no strings attached. We would just love to see you. We are open between 10am and 11.30am each Tuesday and you will be greeted by one of our helpers and be assured of a warm welcome. We hope you will make friends with others and enjoy a pleasant morning. We plan to build up a small supply of games and magazines for you to enjoy. SEE YOU THERE!

If anyone has any board games or jigsaws which they no longer want, the group would be pleased to receive them.

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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY MORNING EASTER 2019

 On Thursday 25th April, we held another Activity Morning, entitled “The Road to Emmaus, attended by 18 young participants aged from 5-11 ish – (there were a couple of younger siblings, who joined in at their own level!)

The session began with the story, told in verse, of Jesus appearing to two disciples on their way to Emmaus, followed by the children acting out the parts of fishermen, after a fruitless night’s fishing, casting their nets to the other side of the boat when commanded by a mystery figure – Jesus, of course.

Our activities included cooking fish shaped biscuits, drawing sea creatures, making foot shapes labelled “Jesus walks with me”, a pop-up picture of the walk to Emmaus, lots of colourful paintings, a treasure hunt and finished with some rousing singing!

It was a super morning, much enjoyed by all. We were delighted to have such a good number attending, as we only had two signed up in advance, and considered cancelling. But we went forward in faith, and were rewarded!

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ANGELS UPDATE 2018

All our 550 knitted angels were distributed around the town and also to people we knew, during the first two weeks of December. It was interesting to watch people’s reactions as they discovered the angels on railings, on street benches and on tree branches. Their faces lit up in delight as they realised that an angel had been left for them to find.  Two teenage girls plucked one from a tree and then looked round to try to find another so that they could each have one.

A grandma and a little boy asked Julia if she was “the angel lady”. The grandma told the child that he had to give it to someone he loved very much and he promised to give it to his little sister. A lady saw one of our distributers leaving the angels on benches in Jephson Gardens and went to pick one up. She looked at her “find” in disbelief and then turned to the distributer and said “What a lovely idea. It shows that people care”. Our Brownies left angels along Radford Road and were rewarded when a Pizza shop owner invited them in and cooked 3 huge pizzas for them free of charge! One Brownie said, “That was the best Brownie meeting ever!”

Each of the 550 angels gave pleasure to the finders and, hopefully, reminded them of the true meaning of Christmas. We were delighted that, as a result of finding angels in the town, six people came along to our service of Readings and Carols on December 23rd and said how much the angels had meant to them. Pat gave some to her son, Doug, to give out at the Christmas Fête at the Children’s Nursery where he works.

Doug writes, I just wanted to say thank you for the knitted angels you let me have to give out at my nursery. Everyone who was offered one was thrilled with them and thought it was a lovely idea . They went to staff, parents and children and have travelled to places such as Cornwall, Devon, Northampton and a couple of other places in the U.K. I believe one is even on its way to Spain.

Well done to all those involved in making them, they have certainly spread a bit of joy this Christmas”.

Thank you so much to all our knitters (especially Bella who topped the list of angel producers) and to those who “bagged” the angels and distributed them. You brought pleasure to many! We shall be knitting angels again for distribution at Advent 2019 so please start knitting NOW!!!

WE SHALL BE PREPARING OUR ANGELS FOR DISTRIBUTION ON THE AFTERNOON OF NOVEMBER 21ST AT 2PM.

THIS IS A FUN AFTERNOON SO PLEASE DO COME ALONG AND HELP.

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Nativity Sets Exhibition

During Advent 2018 Marjorie and John Carrier have taken their Nativity Exhibition to Hilton Methodist Church, Cambridge and then to Abbey Hill United Reformed Church in Kenilworth.

The organisers of the Church in Hilton were delighted with the response. Photos can be viewed here

Some of the comments written in the Visitors’ Book

There has been a lot of interest from the local press and from social media. You can see a short video on Facebook by clicking on this link and then scrolling down the page:

https://www.facebook.com/BBCCoventryandWarwickshire

TThe Exhibition will be held again in 2019 at Radford Road Church, Leamington Spa between Dec. 2nd and Dec.8th and at Abbey Hill United Reformed Church, Kenilworth between Dec 10th and Dec. 15th 2019. Times to be announced later.

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WORKING PARTY

A working party wielded tools and paint brushes to give a facelift to the Church Hall and to do running repairs to several outdoor jobs. The group, spearheaded by Bridget, tackled the tasks with verve and vigour. Much light hearted banter made the morning speed by and by lunch time (fish and chips eaten together in the hall) the areas tackled looked much improved. 

Well done to all the volunteers, some of whom are pictured in the following photos.

 

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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY MORNING NOV 1ST 2018: ‘JESUS LIGHT OF THE WORLD’

Many thanks to all who volunteered at our Light Party Holiday Club this half term. It was a joy to seen 20 children take part, we learnt that Jesus said that he was ‘the Light of the World’, but we also remembered that Jesus told his disciples that they are to be ‘light to the world’. We played games passing on the light. Learnt a memory verse: ‘His life gave light to all’ – John 1:4 and carved Jesus pumpkins to remind us that Jesus’ light shines in the darkness. It was especially lovely to see many of the young people singing and marching along to the song, ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine’ at the end of the club. 
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Oct 6th 2018 CRAFT FAIR

 

 Our Annual Craft Fair was held on Oct 6th from 11.00am until 2.00pm

There were some wonderful items made by local craftspeople and people bought them to give as ideal Christmas presents for friends and family. 

There were stalls including wood turning, jewellery, books, home made cards, fabric items, silk printing and loads, loads more. The church was also selling cakes, gifts, bric a brac, jigsaws and bowls of hyacinth bulbs. Food was available throughout the event and entry was free.

It was unfortunate that heavy rain fell throughout the day and this deterred some people from attending. They missed a treat!

Click on the following link to see pictures of the day.

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Last Night of the Proms & Launch of New Mission Project 2018/19

Watching The Last Night of the Proms has become a tradition at Radford Road church and on September 8th 2018 we again gathered together for the live broadcast from the Albert Hall.

The conductor, Sir Andrew Davies explained that the Proms has become a nationwide celebration and he introduced audiences in Hyde Park, Colwyn Bay, Belfast  and Glasgow who had gathered at outdoor venues to be part of the Last Night at the Proms.

The gathering at Radford Road was small in comparison but, nevertheless, everyone entered into the spirit of the evening. Several people had dressed in patriotic garb and everyone waved flags and sang lustily after enjoying the splendid fish and chip supper.

We enjoyed the singing of Canadian baritone, Gerald Finlay and the enthusiastic saxaphone playing of Jess Gillam, the youngest ever soloist at the Proms. In 2016 she had been a finalist in the BBC’s Young Musician of the Year.

We all joined in with the traditional singing of sea shanties whilst some of our group danced energetically at the back of the room!

The commemoration of the centenary of the ending of the First World War was marked by the singing of classics such as Rose of Picadee, It’s a Long way to Tipperary, Keep Right on to the end of the Road and Keep the Home Fires Burning.

No Last Night is complete without the singing  of Rule Britannia, Jerusalem and Land of Hope and Glory and the evening finished with us all joining in the singing of Auld Lang Syne and the National Anthem.

Our new Mission Project  “World Bicycle Relief” was launched at this event.

Our 2018/19 project is World Bicycle Relief which enables people who live in rural regions of developing countries to conquer the challenge of distance, to achieve independence and to thrive.

In many of these areas walking is the only mode of transport and so to have a Buffalo bike, a whole new series of possibilities opens up.

These bikes  are specially made in the locality where they will be used, and the sturdy bikes can cope with the rough terrain.

In this country we complain about potholes in the roads but in many remote areas of developing countries there are no tarmac roads – only rough tracks. Hence they are given the name “Buffalo Bikes” because each one is as strong as a buffalo.

If the only means of transport is by walking, everyday tasks become a struggle against time and tiredness. Going to school, visiting the health clinic, delivering goods to market are really challenging.

On our display board we have pictures of a few people whose lives have been transformed when they have received a Buffalo bike.

 Royce is a community Health Worker. Before she had a bike, Royce would walk 7 kilometres a day to visit 3 patients. Now she can visit 18 patients a day thanks to her Buffalo Bike.

Ethel is 15 years old and it took her more than 2 hours every day to get to school. Now she has a bike it takes her 45 minutes. She wants to go to school as her aim is to be a nurse. She has to go over hilly, lonely, country to get to school and now she feels much safer and can cover the distance much more easily.

Dixon had a bike before but it was a ramshackle bike and he couldn’t rely on it. He is a butcher and he saw how local farmers benefited from having Buffalo Bikes. They could get their milk and meat to market easily. Now that Dixon has a Buffalo Bike, his business is expanding as he can travel to market and deliver meat to his customers far easier than before.

These are three people who have benefited from being given a Buffalo Bike. There are many others just like Royce, Ethel and Dixon whose lives have been changed by the ownership of a Buffalo Bike.  But there are many, many more people, schoolchildren, nurses, health visitors and traders whose lives would change radically if only they had this simple form of transport.

Each bike costs £96 and we hope to raise £1000 to buy 10 bikes plus repair kits. Ten isn’t very many when you consider the need but it will be wonderful for those 10 people and will transform their lives and also the lives of their communities.

.It was an evening of enjoyment and fun for us all.

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FREE Brunch for Students!!

Thank you to everyone who supported the Students’ Welcome Brunch on Saturday 13th October, especially Margaret who provided the catering and Jenny and Andrew who encouraged people passing by to join us.

It was great to talk, and show our building, to a small number of friendly students who had heard about the event on Facebook or who live in shared housing nearby and who saw our leaflets and banner. We will keep in contact and hope to see them at future events. It appears that Music and Big

Breakfasts are of particular interest to this age group. We also reached out to others in our community who were given a welcome and encouraged to come.

We are learning about ways of inviting people in to our building, whether through social media or directly when we are open.  We pray that our

outreach and relationships with student neighbours and the community will grow.

 

 

MANSE AFTERNOON TEA PARTY

James and Sarah kindly invited the whole of the congregation and other friends to call in at the Manse on July 7th between 3pm and 5pm to enjoy afternoon tea.  The weather was superb and the shaded Manse garden was as ideal setting for people to meet with church friends and to enjoy tea, scones, cakes and chatter.

Our hosts provided an excellent afternoon tea and although the event clashed with the England/ Sweden match in the World Cup the ardent supporters were able to see the match live in the sanctuary of the sitting room!

It was a happy occasion, made even more special when England scored two goals and won their match!

£125.00 was raised on the day and this amount was donated to the Good News Hospital in Mandritsara, Madagascar where Matt and Sarah Serratt and their family from Myton Church, Warwick, are part of the hospital team. Matt is an anaesthetist and works at the hospital as one of two surgeons whilst Sarah teaches English at the Good News School. Not only is medical advice and treatment offered at the hospital but the patients receive Good News of the Gospel which is shared in morning and evening services and in one to one conversations.

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GIFT DAY

A Gift Day was held on Sunday June 24th 2018 to offset the cost of the recent roof repair. people were asked to give generously so that no debt is incurred.

Gifts were placed on a table in the Vestibule before Morning Worship and the amount donated was  £3145.00. This is a splendid result. Many thanks to all who gave so generously to the Gift Day. The money will be used to off-set the cost of the repair to the church roof.

After the service several people stayed to enjoy a jacket potato lunch together. The football fans were also able to watch the World Cup match on television!

 

 

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KNIT AN ANGEL

Can you knit a Christmas angel?

Yes, we know Christmas has not yet come but we need lots and lots of knitted Christmas angels!

During Advent 2018 we plan to place the angels in telephone kiosks, public places, shops and even in bus shelters.

Each angel will have a “Take me Home” tag attached to it together with a card which will invite the finder to attend our Christmas services. The more angels we can distribute the better and this is a novel way of encouraging new people from our local community to visit our church.

Knitting patterns, kindly supplied by Jenny Clarke (of Knitted Bible Stories Exhibition fame), are available in the vestibule – please take one. They are also available by using the Contact Us page on this website. 

Please use white double knitting wool and 3mm needles to make an angel. If you have any white sparkly wool this makes fantastic angels.  It would be lovely to have a heavenly host of angels to spread around the town at Christmas time as our gift to the community!

STOP PRESS! Can you help to assemble the angels, card and tags on November 8th at 2.00pm in the Vestibule? Come and join the working party.

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The Royal Wedding

THE ROYAL WEDDING

 

On May 19th, after we had enjoyed a hearty Big Breakfast, many people stayed to watch Prince Harry and Meghan Markle make their wedding vows in St. George’s Chapel, Windsor. The sun shone brilliantly, the crowds waved flags and sang, the guests were dressed up to the nines and everyone had a smile on their face.

The Rt. Revd. David Conner, Dean of Windsor, conducted the service , The Archbishop of Canterbury, the Most Revd. Justin Welby, married the Prince and Ms Markle and the Most Reverend Michael Curry, the presiding bishop of the Episcopal Church, a US branch of the Church of England, gave the address.

Those watching on the television screen at Radford Road Church thoroughly enjoyed being able to watch this wonderful ceremony with their church friends and they toasted the happy couple, the new Duke and Duchess of Sussex, with glasses of non-alcoholic bubbly.