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 will lead a 3 session Bible Study course
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 will take place on the following Thursdays:
May 31st, June 7th and 14th at 2.30pm in the Vestibule at Radford Road Church.
Please come and join this exciting initiative as we look towards the future.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
The Carol Service was held on Sunday December 17th and took the form of carols and readings. The service had been arranged by the Revd. John Carrier and several members of our congregation took part. The congregation sang many of the traditional Christmas carols and these were linked by Bible readings telling the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Geoff Cook sang a beautiful solo. The church was tastefully decorated to tell the story of the birth of our Saviour.
The Revd. James Church led the Christingle Service at Radford Rd Church on Sunday 10th December at 10.30 am.
The 3 members of the worship band who managed to get to church despite the heavy snowfall and treacherous road conditions, played their musical instruments to accompany the songs. The congregation of members of the uniformed organisations, other children, parents and regular members joined in the singing with enthusiasm.
Songs, prayers and instructions on making the Christingle were projected on the screen.
There was a great atmosphere as all ages joined together to make the Christingles. All the Christingles were lit to represent Jesus, the light of the world.
The service was followed with refreshments including mulled fruit punch, tea, coffee and squash and mince pies and cakes.
The youngsters were all excited about the snow and at the end of the service they rushed outside to make snowballs under the watchful eyes of the uniformed organisation leaders.
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.