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 will also be a table where members of the congregation can put their own cribs on display.

The exhibition will be at Radford Road Church each afternoon between 2.00pm and 4.00pm from Tuesday Dec 3rd until Saturday December 8th and school parties are 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 will be 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”.

Please make the Exhibition as widely known as possible by giving out posters and hand bills and by inviting your family and friends to come along to see it.

If you are able to help with stewarding or serving tea, coffee and biscuits to our visitors please add your name to the list on the notice board.

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Church Logo

A new Church logo for Radford Road Church has been designed.

The logo depicts the symbol of the empty cross conveying our Christian belief that Jesus died for us and gives us the promise of eternal life.

The Bible signifies that the Word of God is at the heart of our lives and the dove represents peace.

The new logo also incorporates the logos of both the Methodist Church and the United Reformed Church.

This logo will be used on all our publications so that all who see it will be reminded of that which is important to us as we journey through life.

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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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ANGEL PREPARATION

ANGEL PREPARATION AFTERNOON

Thursday November 21st at 2.00pm

Do come 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 now has to be placed in a plastic bag, together with a card which gives details of our Christmas services. Also there will be an invitation to those who find the angels to visit our Nativity Exhibition which will be held from Dec. 3rd to Dec. 8th. 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 will be fun and enjoyable and the task is easy to do so do come along to help.

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GRANT FOR ALL ARE WELCOME

ALL ARE WELCOME

Good News!

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.

Why not pop in and see what goes on?

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GLOVES, HATS AND SCARVES for the NIGHT Shelter clients

Again, we will be giving knitted garments to the clients of the Night Shelter to help to keep them warm during the winter months. Please start knitting so that we are able to help those who have little and who find life extremely difficult. The knitted goods will be given to the Night Shelter in December.

A table where garments knitted by members and friends of the church is in the church. Please add scarves, gloves and hats so that we have a good number of items to give to the Night Shelter clients.

Oddments of wool are available by the display board in the church. Please help yourself and knit hats, gloves and scarves for the Night Shelter clients.

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Churches Together in Leamington

ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING

The AGM of CTL will be held at St. Mark’s Church on Tuesday November 19th at 7pm. The evening will commence with a “Living Library”. Invited guests will be “books” in our living library and may be “borrowed” for 5 minutes at a time to be asked questions about their lives and faith. The guests will be

A person serving in the United Nations 

An Author 

A Solicitor 

A Street Pastor 

A Minister 

A Community Medic 

The Chair of The Well 

A Globe Traveller

There will be cheese and nibbles, tea and coffee, with a short AGM at the end of the evening.

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       WARWICK DISTRICT FAITHS FORUM

National Interfaith Week will be from 10th to 17th November.

The annual WDFF conference will take 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, to be followed by lunch.

This year’s theme is “Wellbeing”.

Further details of the timetable and speakers are on the vestibule notice board. Speakers include 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.

Please contact Mr Jatinder Birdi at wdfaithsforum@yahoo.com

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CRAFT FAIR

Our annual Craft Fair was held on October 5th from 11am until 2pm.

There were lots of visiting Crafters plus Church stalls too. This was an ideal opportunity to buy those unique Christmas gifts which your friends and relatives will love.

Refreshments were served throughout the Fair.

Many thanks to the many people who helped to make the Craft Fair such a resounding success .

Everyone worked so hard and we raised £1335.06.

This was an excellent result which exceeded previous totals.

Many thanks to everyone for their commitment and support.

Pictures of some of the stalls as the Fair was being set up:

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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.

1
June
Bidford to Welford 4 miles

2
June
Welford to Mickleton 6 m

8
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

23
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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Sept
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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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Christian Aid Walk 2019

Four walkers from Radford Road Church spent a pleasant morning walking round the Jephson Gardens to raise money for Christian Aid. It was a warm and pleasant morning and everyone enjoyed seeing the flowers, the wood carvings and the trees with their new young leaves. The mulberry tree was just bursting into leaf near the river and the parent swans were guarding their clutch of eggs on the island in the river.

Other people are also walking for this very well worth cause but were unable to join the group on May 11th. However, they will be completing their walks during the coming week.

The swans on their nest on the island

The walkers

And even Annabel, the dog, came too!

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What a good dog she was!

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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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Easter Morning

Easter morning

Our Easter morning service to celebrate the resurrection of Jesus was held at 10.30am on April 21st and was led by the Revd. Sam McBratney.

It was a joyful happy service when we remembered how Jesus had appeared to his disciples when they thought everything was lost. They were sad and unhappy and unsure when they suddenly realised that Jesus, whom they had seen crucified only three days earlier, appeared to them.

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The congregation brought posies of flowers to decorate the bare cross which, throughout Lent, had symbols hung on it to represent the last days of Jesus before his crucifixion. The cross was suddenly  transformed into a Living Cross of Flowers, to represent new life and the resurrection of Christ.

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CHILDREN’S EASTER ACTIVITY MORNING 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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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!

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One of our members wrote this little ditty which sums up the ethos of our “ALL ARE WELCOME” group

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“Welcome”. What does this word mean?

An invite to a change of scene?

A chance to make new friends maybe, or have a bit of company.

A toasted bun, a hot coffee,

A game, a quiz, it’s all for free.

So why not come and join us soon,

“Welcome”. Tuesdays ten till noon.

See you there!

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Knitted Gifts Update

Margaret and the volunteers of the Night Shelter have sent the following letter of thanks for the hats, gloves and scarves which were hand knitted for the clients of the Night Shelter:

Thank you so much for doing the knitting for our clients. The hats, gloves and scarves have been extremely helpful to us for handing out to our clients. We usually put them by the door so that they (the clients) can help themselves when they leave in the morning. If they are not stopping overnight with us we give the knitted items away in the evening and they  are very thankful.

Margaret goes on to say that the Night Shelter was open as usual during Wednesday and Sunday of Christmas week and they had plenty of volunteers including some from the Winter Night Shelter. The Winter Night Shelter had provided a place of refuge during other nights of the Christmas week.

Please note: This is an ongoing project and we plan to give more knitted items of clothing to the Night Shelter each Christmas

SO……
PLEASE KEEP KNITTING!

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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CHRISTINGLE SERVICE 2018

Children and adults met together on Sunday December 9th to enjoy a Christingle Service led by the Revd. James Church and trainee URC Minister, Fiona Elvins. The music group led the songs.

The service focussed on Jesus, the Light of the World. We began by lighting the second Advent candle symbolising Love and then everyone enjoyed the story of “When Santa learned the Gospel”. telling how Santa realised that only God is perfect but that everyone should endeavour to do their very best to be like him.

Children and adults joined lustily in singing “This Little Light of Mine” and performed actions to the words.

Fiona led us in the making of Christingles and explained the significance of the red ribbon, the fruits of the earth and the candle. The lights were dimmed as we lit our Christingles.

 

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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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