HARVEST 2018

Our Harvest Festival Service 2018 was led by Mr Paul Tennyson on Sunday September 23rd 2018.

The Flower Team had decorated the church beautifully to celebrate this occasion.

This was an All Age Parade Sunday and the Uniformed Organisations attended.

The congregation brought gifts of packet and tinned food and this will be given to the Night Shelter and the Food Bank.

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Oct 6th CRAFT FAIR

It is nearly here!

Do come along to our Annual Craft Fair on Oct 6th  11.00am until 2.00pm

You will find some wonderful items made by local craftspeople and which will make ideal Christmas presents for you to give to friends and family. 

We have stalls including wood turning, jewellery, books, home made cards, fabric items, silk printing and loads, loads more. Do come along! The church is also selling cakes, gifts, bric a brac, jigsaws and bowls of hyacinth bulbs. Food will be available throughout the event and entry is Free!

See you there!

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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!!

On Saturday October 13th at 11.30am all students  in the locality are invited to come along and enjoy a FREE, YES FREE!! brunch. There will be bacon, eggs, sausage, toast, coffee and tea and also vegetarian options, so do come along.

We would love to meet you and you are assured of a warm welcome. You will have the opportunity of chatting with us and perhaps we can help you to settle in. 

You may have something that you can offer to us!

Perhaps you play a musical instrument and would like to join our small band which plays on some Sunday mornings.

Perhaps you can help with some of our uniformed organisations.

Perhaps you can help at our Night Shelter which offers food and a place to sleep to homeless and vulnerable people.

Perhaps you would like to share in our Friday evening Bible Study or worship with us on a Sunday morning.

We are trying to establish a Junior Church. Perhaps you can offer help in this area.

The list is endless. Do come along on Saturday October 13th at 11.30am and enjoy brunch  (FREE) and meet us!

 

WELCOME TO FIONA – OUR NEW URC STUDENT MINISTER

Students training for the URC Ministry usually spend a period of time towards the end of their course working alongside an ordained Minister. This gives them valuable experience at grass roots level.

We are fortunate that a trainee Minister, Fiona Elvins, from Westminster College, Cambridge, will be working alongside James from September 2018 until the middle of next year.

Fiona has written a short piece to introduce herself and we kook forward to welcoming her.

Fiona writes:

My name is Fiona Elvins and I am a final year Student Minister. I was able to follow my call about 11 years ago – only to find that I was too old!

Never being suppressed for long, the two churches that I was leading as Elder in Local leadership, (one from 8 years ago), eventually helped me to put forward a resolution to Synod then to General Assembly for the age limit to be removed for people training to be Non-Stipendiary Ministers. We eventually succeeded and here I am!

I met Ivor about nine years after he lost his first wife to cancer – and we married within the year following our meeting!

So, we have his 2 daughters and 5 grandchildren whom we both adore – they range from age 11 to 25! Two are albino and all are adorable.

Ivor and I like our holidays to be “Day trips to New York! We go on QM2 and it takes 7 nights to get there – 1 day there and 7 nights to come home – most relaxing!

I shall be “shadowing” James until May next year and will be working at both Radford Road  Church and Lillington Free Church and also doing some other work at Westminster College in Cambridge as well as learning about Dementia in Solihull, close to where I live.

I thank you in advance for this opportunity and I look forward to meeting you all.

May God bless this partnership. Fiona

 

Mission Project 2017/18 “Footprints”

Our Mission Project for 2017/18 has coming to an end and we are pleased to report that our £1000 target has been reached. A cheque was presented to the Revd. Clive Fowle during the Morning Service on August 5th for the continuation of ‘Footprints’, his peace and reconciliation work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Clive thanked the congregation of Radford Road Church for the cheque and for the support given to the project. He is hoping that a group of people who have benefitted from the scheme will visit England in the autumn and he hopes to arrange a visit for them to Radford Road Church.

 

In a recent News Update Clive wrote:

The Touch of Hope team Clive, Judith and Nena has been very active over the last few weeks leading two workshops in Bosnia with a group of 12 primary and secondary school teachers.

 The first workshop was on the theme of Forgiveness. We heard different stories about Forgiveness including that of Jo Berry and Pat Magee. Jo and Pat work with the Forgiveness Project. Jo’s father Sir Anthony Berry MP was killed in the IRA bomb attack on the Grand Hotel Brighton when the Conservative Party conference was taking place in 1984. The workshop was very challenging for the group for whom the whole theme of Forgiveness is very difficult because of so many atrocities that took place in the war in the 90s.

 The second workshop, a fortnight later, was on the theme of Reconciliation and was equally challenging.

 The workshops were held in Kozarica Dubica. a small town standing on the banks of the river Una which form the border between Croatia and Bosnia.

We feel the time is right to bring a group over from Bosnia and Croatia to Nuneaton in the early Autumn for a study visit and workshop. At the time of writing we cannot give exact dates and details but we will be looking for hosts and offers of help for the visit.

 We are hoping to have a high profile public meeting on the theme of Forgiveness at which visitors from Bosnia will speak alongside two other speakers.

 As soon as details are confirmed we shall let you all know but in the meantime we would value your thoughts and prayers for the visit and for the public meeting.

For further details contact me or look at our website footprintstouchofhope@gmail.com .

Thanks

Clive

 

 

After the cheque from Radford Road Church was presented, Clive wrote the following letter to say Thanks from the Touch of Hope:

On 5th August I was presented with a cheque for £1000 for the work of Touch of Hope from Radford Road Church. We thank you most sincerely for this amount which will be used particularly for our work in Bosnia and Herzegovina. Hvala ljepo (which is Croatian for thank you!)

It seems incredible that it was 20 years ago when I was catapulted into Radford Road by the Methodist Stationing System! Ann and I moved from inner city Birmingham to Leamington Spa and Whitnash. It was quite a move! I remember saying in my ‘welcome’ speech that I was committed to working in the former Yugoslavia. I rejoice in the fact that you all embraced the work in Croatia immediately and we had a few groups visiting the church and they were always made very welcome. Often I see members of these groups in Croatia and they always remark on the warmth of the hospitality they were shown when they visited Radford Road.

I wanted to share with you a story of what happened on one of the workshops in Bosnia in May this year.

A big part of our work is to train facilitators to run workshops in their own communities. This is Unit 3 of our training and consists of training in facilitation skills. The course teaches participants about planning and leading workshops. On all our workshops we try to have a trainee facilitator.

Desa

On our workshop in May in Bosnia on the theme of Reconciliation Desa, a Serb born in Bosnia and living now in Vukovar Croatia, helped us enormously and made a significant contribution.

Desa  came to the UK herself some time ago and has been through all our training. At first Desa did not say very much at all at workshops! She writes herself that she was blocked many times on workshops. However, it was the prayer for healing that seemed to make a difference to her and she suddenly found herself being able to thank God for Touch of Hope and to pray to God in her own words.

Fast forward to this year and I observe a very different Desa to when I first met her. She came into the last workshop of our basic training for the group of Primary school teachers and assisted in the running of the workshop. It was not an easy task for her to do this as the group was well formed already and the topic was challenging. But Desa was a STAR!! She won the group over and people commented on how Desa contributed to the workshop. Desa talked about her own experience of being on Touch of Hope. This sharing of experience of workshops encouraged members of the group to share themselves and not be afraid of talking about difficult subjects. She led exercises well and confidently and I could not believe it was the same person.

Desa is now very active in her own community in peace work and helps run activities. Touch of Hope has helped her to be empowered to lead and to challenge people. Desa is just one example of the many people Touch of Hope has helped.

From September 24th to October 1st a group of 20 people from Bosnia and Herzegovina will be visiting Nuneaton. A public meeting will be held on September 25th at 7.30pm at Nuneaton Methodist Church, Abbey Street, Nuneaton, CV11 5BX . I would be delighted if some people from Radford Road Church and other interested people could attend this meeting.

Revd Clive Fowle

Click on the link below to see poster giving details of the public meeting

25th September poster version 2 (2)

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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

 

Baptism

On Sunday 8th April 2018 Casey Oser and Ivy Kusi Appiah, the children of Cynthia Nyarko and Henry Kusi Appiah were baptised during the morning service. Their two Godparents, Maxwell Asare and Dora Boateng, made promises to support the parents and their children in the Christian faith. The Revd. James Church conducted the baptism and each child was presented with a candle and a Children’s Bible.

 

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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Easter Day 2018

On Sunday April 1st the Revd James Church led the Morning Worship when the congregation rejoiced in remembering the resurrection of Jesus on the first Easter morning.

During the service the wooden cross which, throughout Lent, had carried symbols of Jesus’ journey to Jerusalem, was transformed into a Living Cross. All members of the congregation brought posies of flowers and the plain cross was “dressed” to represent new life and a new beginning.

Christ is Risen “Hallelujah!”

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Heart of England Recorder Orchestra

HEART OF ENGLAND RECORDER ORCHESTRA

Saturday October 13th 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

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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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