ANGELS UPDATE 2019

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!!!

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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 new 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.

 

 

MID-WARWICKSHIRE METHODISTS IN RENEWAL

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. 

Jherell

 

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

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Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

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.

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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.

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RAINBOWS SLEEPOVER Feb. 17th 2018

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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.

Bridget

 

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. 

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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY MORNING – STARS AND ANGELS

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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OUTDOOR COMMUNITY CHRISTMAS TREE

 

 

Our outdoor Christmas tree project last year was a huge success and so once again we are inviting our congregation, friends and neighbours to visit this year’s tree and put one bauble each on its branches. We hope to transform the bare tree into a beacon of light and friendship to remind all who see it of the meaning of Christmas.

The tree will be in position at the beginning of December and will remain there throughout the Christmas season.

Handbills have been distributed to the houses in the streets around the church so that our neighbours can participate in this event.

 

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‘CELEBRATING THE 500TH ANNIVERSARY OF MARTIN LUTHER, THE 95 THESES, WITTENBERG, WORMS AND ALL THAT’. 

Nov 4th at 3pm Talk by Revd. James Church

 

The Revd. James Church gave a fascinating insight into our church history and explained the background and development of the Reformation and Martin Luther’s part in the Reformation through to the Diet of Worms.  We learned about the development of Reformed thought after Luther and discussed the impact of reformation on the church of today. 

Other churches & groups were invited. 

Many thanks to James for giving this informative lecture and for the research which wenr into the preparation of the material.

James plans to give another lecture about John Calvin at a later date. 

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ROCK CHOIR CONCERT AT RADFORD ROAD CHURCH

ROCK CHOIR CONCERT

Saturday October 14th at 7.30pm

The Rock Choir, which hire our premises each week for rehearsals, kindly agreed to perform an evening concert for us.

Rock Choir is a pioneering, contemporary choir which performs the most uplifting and feel good songs ever written and the audience delighted in the wonderful singing, atmosphere and fun which pervades at all their concerts.

Proceeds went to Radford Road Organ Fund and to a charity of the Choir’s choice.

Thank you to Angela and to all the Rock Choir members for a very enjoyable evening.