It’s the passion and dedication of hundreds of thousands of people throughout the UK who give, act and pray every year that makes Christian Aid Week such an extraordinary stand against world poverty.
During Christian Aid Week this year a band of collectors from Radford Road Church has been knocking on doors in the Old Milverton Road area, Sydenham estate and part of Lillington collecting the red envelopes containing people’s donations.
The week culminated in the Mayor’s Challenge Walk around Victoria Park and the Pump Room Gardens. It was a beautiful day and the gallant band of walkers completed several laps of the figure of eight circuit accompanied by the Mayor, his consort and the Town Clerk
A Group of walker’s from the churches in the town walk for Christian Aid
The Church was packed to hear a concert by the popular local band SHAZAM perform music of Cliff Richards and the Shadows. Ian Geast was the special guest. The money raised was divided equally between Myton Hospice and Radford Road Church’s newly set up Organ Fund.
Many thanks to George Height for organising this superb event.
Since February, the Wednesday Lunch Club ladies and their friends have knitted 38 teddies, 29 jumpers, 71 blanket squares, 2 blankets and have supplied 8 empty margarine tubs for the storage of screws and nails in the woodwork workshops, to be sent by the Tools with a Mission charity (TWAM) to needy people world wide.
In many countries of the world people have few skills, little education and no means of earning a living. A switch from aid dependency to self sufficiency is impossible without help. The Tools with a Mission Project enables people to earn a living and to support themselves.
The project has also supported the work of orphanages in Zambia and Uganda by providing books and computers for the schools and tools for the skills and trade centre. The teddies and blankets will go to some of the children in these orphanages.
During the Easter Day Morning Service the bare cross, which had been made from the Christmas tree which had adorned the church during Advent, was transformed into a Cross of Flowers. This symbolised the resuurection and New Life of Easter.
As part of the service Mark and Alex were received into membership of the church. it was a joyful occasion led by Rev. Iain Rennie and Mark and Alex each received a Study Bible and a membership ticket and the Elders welcomed them with the right hand of fellowship. Afterwards there was a celebration cake to welcome them into the Radford Road Church family
A Mothering Day service, led by Rev. John Carrier, a retired URC Minister, was held. The church was packed with parents, children and friends who came to give thanks for the love and care given by mothers to their children. The congregation was reminded of the love that God gives to each one of us throughout our lives. Members of the Beavers, Cubs and Brownies read Bible passages which focussed on the love of mothers. Later in the service daffodils were distributed by the children to all the ladies in church.
Thousands of people have died and countless more are injured and homeless after the devastating earthquake in Haiti. This small country is one of the poorest places on earth, and this disaster will create untold suffering and hardship to already vulnerable communities.
We held retiring collections after the services on February 17th and 24th and have now sent a cheque for £193.16 to the Christian Aid Haiti Appeal Fund. Many thanks to those who gave so generously.
If anyone missed the collection and would like to contribute, please give your donation to the Church Treasurer for forwarding to Christian Aid.
A Prayer for Haiti
Loving God of creation,
at this time of devastation
we hold before you the people of Haiti.
When the damage is unimaginable,
and the suffering seems overwhelming,
remind us that every person affected
is loved, honoured and precious in your sight.
We remember all those who have been hurt;
all who have lost their homes, livelihoods and loved ones.
Work through us to bring healing
to broken and distorted lives,
peace to those who have been thrown into despair
light to those in darkness,
and hope to those who fear.
We ask this in the name of Jesus
in whom all life and grace is found.
A most moving and inspiring dramatic presentation of the whole of St. Mark’s Gospel was given by Mr Emmanuel Toutoungi.
This was the culmination of the Vision4Life Year of Bible Studies during which the groups discussed the encounters of people with Jesus in this Gospel.
The audience were held spellbound with the performance and were visibly moved and inspired by this Gospel reading. Thanks were expressed to Emmanuel for this dramatic presentation. A retiring collection raised £235 which is to be donated to The House of Hope and Light in Lebanon which helps delinquent children in Beirut to learn new skills to equip them for a better life.
During the Morning Service painted pebbles were distributed to the congregation. Each pebble had a picture of Baby Jesus in swaddling clothes. On the reverse side were the words,
“Jesus is the Reason for the Season”.
Each member of the congregation was encouraged to take their pebble, and some extra ones if they so wished, to give to friends and neighbours. Each pebble had an accompanying illustrated card and a scriptural reference to the birth of Jesus. The words of a prayer included in the card were:
“Loving God, help us to remember the birth of Jesus,
that we may share in the song of the angels,
the gladness of the shepherds
and the worship of the wise men.
It is hoped that this will be a means of letting others know the true meaning of Christmas.
The children (and adults) enjoyed making Christingles during the morning service. The symbolism of the Christingle is that:
the Earth (and its people) is represented by the orange, the white candle at the centre represents Christ’s purity and the flame of the candle portrays Jesus as Light of the world. The red ribbon around the orange reminds us of the blood that Christ shed for us and the surrounding sweets represent the fruits of the earth.
43 shoeboxes were filled with goodies suitable for children in developing countries who, otherwise, do not receive any presents at Christmas. The boxes, covered in Christmas wrapping paper, were collected for Operation Christmas Child organised by Samaritans Purse. The boxes were dedicated during the morning service.