Concert by Dan Holmes

Everyone was very disappointed when the concert by the American singer, Dan Holmes was cancelled last year because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Dan still hopes to tour churches in the UK sometime in the future.

In the meantime he is going to do a 30 minute “live” concert from his home studio on Sunday January 24th at 6pm (our time) via Facebook Live. The concert will also be recorded so that it can later be uploaded to YouTube.

Do try to watch as it will be very enjoyable and will give a flavour of things to come.

Dan writes,

“While it seems that we are often taking one step forward and two steps back, I believe we are making progress to ending the long trial of patience. It is still my prayer that we will be relieved of the Covid plague and we will be able to return to a new normal. I know that you are gacing restrictions and that this seems to be an endless road. I’m praying that God will give you peace.

So, what can I do to help? Whenever I ask a question like that, God is quick to respond…..use the gifts that I have been given to help you! Following the plan, I’d like to do a short concert for you!! Live! From my home studio/office via Facebook Live. I’d like to do it on Sunday January 24 at 6.00pm. (6.00pm your time!) It will only be about 30 minutes, but I’d like to share a little music and maybe a story or two with you and anyone else that would like to watch live.It is my hope that this might bring a little light to you and bring us closer together.

I’m looking forward to being with you on the 24th! Until then, stay strong, stay safe.

Blessings and Peace,


(The Facebook link will be available here as soon as Dan sends it)

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

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.





 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!




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:

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.



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.





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. 
.                                                                      What a wonderful day everyone had!






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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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.






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!






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.






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.




The Revd. Andy Laird led a 3 session Bible Study course

looking at

1) Spirit of Mission

2) Gift of Discernment

3) Point of Church.

This is part of the Ten 2 initiative which is a set of tools to be used by groups and congregations to promote discernment. It is designed to open conversations locally about the Circuit’s future and what God has planned for us.

The sessions took place on the following Thursdays: 

May 31st, June 7th and 14th at 2.30pm in the Vestibule at Radford Road Church.



Shazam Concert

 Shazam Concert Sat 5th May 2018

Wow! What a fantastic evening. The church was packed to bursting to hear tribute band Shazam play a selection of hits by Cliff Richard and The Shadows. The line-up included our own George Height on drums and his son, Stephen, as one of three backing singers, and the band was fronted by special guest singer Ian Geast. This was the first time I had heard Shazam perform, and I was bowled over by both their talent and their energy. The 200-strong audience certainly appreciated the entertainment on offer, singing along to old favourites and  applauding enthusiastically, before demanding a final encore at the end of a highly successful evening. The concert proceeds will be shared between Myton Hospice and the Organ Fund, and grateful thanks are due to Margaret and George Height for organising the event.






Easter Activity Morning 2018

On April 12th 2018 a group of children visited Radford Road Church for some Easter activities. 

There were lots of craft activities and the children also made cakes. The children were very keen to take part in the story telling and all were very energetic and were dancing and singing as Sarah C. taught them new songs. 

It was a really nice fun day for all of us. Though it was pouring with rain that day, the children still came and eagerly joined in all the activities.

I was stationed in the prayer hands craft and it was really fun hearing all their stories while they did all the activities. 



Visit of Children from Clapham Terrace School

Craft Activities

A group of children from Clapham Terrace school and their teacher, Ms Lisa Clarke, visited Radford Road church.They arrived wearing their Easter bonnets which they had made. On their visit to learned about the events of Holy Week, and enjoyed a morning of craft activities. The Revd. James Church and members of the church welcomed them. Everyone had a lovely morning together. 



The children heard of the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Day




The children made pictures of the Easter story





Heart of England Recorder Orchestra


Saturday October 13th 2018 at 7.30pm

Tickets £7.00.  School age children free

Proceeds to Organ Fund and choir expenses.




Michelle Holloway – Conductor

Michelle moved to Birmingham in 2006 to further her studies in Recorders at the Birmingham Conservatoire, where she gained a First Class Honours degree under the tuition of Ross Winters and Annabel Knight. During this time, Michelle also studied with Bart Coen and Peter de Clercq at the

Koninklijk Conservatorium in Brussels after gaining a place on the Erasmus exchange programme.

Whilst in her second year of study, Michelle became one of the youngest students to win the Birmingham Conservatoire Recorder Prize and was also a finalist in the Doris Newton Club Prize.

Currently, Michelle keeps her wide-ranging ‘recorder fix’ by playing with the early music group K’antu Ensemble (with whom she has played live on BBC Radio 3’s programme ‚In Tune”), the Birmingham based 6-piece folk band, The Bonfire Radicals  and the contemporary ensemble Decibel. Michelle has performed in venues up and down the country, including King’s Place and the Cadogan Hall in London, Birmingham’s Symphony Hall, and a variety of folk clubs and festivals. Additionally, she has recently completed a European tour of Sebastian Mattias’ Danserye, a music and dance collaboration based on the work of the same name by the Renaissance composer Tielman Susato.

Michelle also has a passion for music education and music in the community. She is experienced in a wide range of environments: from Early Years settings to song-writing in mental health settings. She is also a recorder and woodwind teacher for the Birmingham Music Service. In September 2011, she was appointed conductor of the Birmingham Schools’ Recorder Sinfonia, and she became conductor of the HERO in September 2014.

The Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

HERO was formed over 25 years ago and has since become a well-established and respected recorder orchestra.  Every size of recorder is played from the tiny sopranino to the mighty contra bass standing at over 6 foot tall!

HERO comprises semi-professional players and enthusiastic amateurs alike, ranging in age from teenagers to those who would prefer not to say!  All members have the same objective – to create and perform high quality music.  Each year the orchestra performs in two to three concerts throughout the Midlands, playing a wide range of music which varies in period and style, with arrangements of well-known music as well as new compositions written specifically for recorder orchestra, and often gives world premieres. In so doing the orchestra has introduced many people to the remarkable sound of a full recorder orchestra.







We had 16 Rainbows and Brownies at the sleepover on February 17th 2018 and 4 leaders. This time it was only Radford Road Rainbows and Brownies as work commitments made it impossible for the Dale St leaders to be present.

We began our activities with a construction project. The girls made a den out of cardboard tubes and then developed their own ideas using cardboard, based on a winter theme.

The winter Olympics event was much in the forefront of their minds as the girls made a bobsled and proceeded to race it round the hall.

We went to bed around 10pm but in the strange environment some of the girls struggled to get to sleep. The leaders went to bed before they all settled!

On Sunday it was an early start with the first girls waking about 6am although the leaders tried to stay in bed until 7.30am.

We did craft activities before the Church service. It was lovely to see five girls make their Rainbow promise in front of the congregation on Sunday morning and I think the enthusiasm with which all the Rainbows  answered the questions from the minister showed they had enjoyed themselves.

It was a great sleepover with the girls keen to help with all the tasks and to look out for each other.



John Calvin Lecture

A Lecture about John Calvin: 

Sinner or Saint?


At Radford Road Church

Saturday 17th February 2018 3pm – 5pm


Following our “500 years of the Reformation” lecture and discussion on the legacy of Martin Luther and the history of the Protestant Reformation, Radford Road Church hosted a further talk about the life of John Calvin, the man who did as much as any other to forge the theology of the Reformation.

About 20 people met at Radford Road Church on Saturday 17th February at 3pm to hear a well researched lecture presented by the Revd. James Church about John Calvin. They heard of his life, beliefs and his legacy, and they also shared fellowship over refreshments. 



On Thursday 4th January, we held a children’s activity morning, attended by 20 young participants, plus a few parents. The theme was “Stars and Angels”, and our URC minister James began by telling the children the story of how the Angel Gabriel appeared to Mary to tell her that she was to become the mother of the Son of God.  They were encouraged to act out the part of Mary, and try to imagine how she must have felt to hear such amazing news. The children then went on to enjoy a variety of different craft activities: creating and decorating angels and star headbands from lolly sticks and shiny paper, colouring sheets and paintings of angels, assembling colourful stars using beads, and making delicious biscuits shaped like (you guessed it!) stars and angels. The session ended with some singing, accompanied enthusiastically by the children on chime bars – a real “heavenly choir”, and finally a prayer to close.

Many thanks to all the willing helpers who assisted and supervised the action, as well as providing refreshments, and of course clearing up afterwards! Although we missed Jane Grunfeld, our usual leader, it was a lively and successful morning.

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