CRAFT FAIR

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

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

Refreshments will be served throughout the Fair. Do come along and snap up those bargains!

Any items which you would like to donate for the Fair will be most welcome. We would like Promises of cakes; Jigsaw Puzzles; Gifts; Preserves and Raffle prizes. We shall also be running an Auction of Promises. (See chart in Vestibule). If you can offer a Promise or would like to bid for a Promise please add your name to the chart or see Andrew C or Jenny M.

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Last Night of the Proms

Do come along on Saturday September 14th at 7.30pm to enjoy watching The Last Night of the Proms from the Albert Hall, London.

We start with a Fish and Chip supper and a chat and then settle down to watch the televised Last Night. Bring your Union Jacks to wave, dress in red, white and blue and join with the prommers to sing the well known sea shanties and to bob up and down.

Our new Mission project will be launched at this event and all money raised will go to this cause.

Tickets are £8.00 each and you are asked to add your name to the list in the vestibule. Tickets are limited to 40 so put your name down as soon as possible.

SOUTH WARWICKSHIRE CIRCUIT Inter-Church Walks 2019

The new Methodist Circuit is planning a series of walks between churches, starting with a prayer at one and finishing with a prayer and a cuppa at the other.

You are invited to join in as many of the walks as you are able.

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June
Bidford to Welford 4 miles

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June
Welford to Mickleton 6 m

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June
Tysoe to Kineton 5 m

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June
Fenny Compton to Knightcote 4 m

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June
Stockton to Whitnash 9 m

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June
Whitnash to Cubbington via Radford Road & Dale Street 6 m

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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.
Wellesbourne to Stratford South Warwickshire Circuit (Opening Service at 3pm at Stratford) 6 m

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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CHRISTMAS ANGELS READY

 

A group met together on Thursday afternoon Nov. 8th and amidst lots of hilarity,  prepared over 500 knitted angels for the local community.

The angels will be distributed during the first week of Advent and will be left in strategic places around the town to convey Christmas greetings to the local community. Some will be placed on street benches, others on railings, in telephone kiosks, in the library and in shops.

It is hoped that the people finding the angels will realise that the angels have all been made with loving care and that they bring joy to the receivers at Christmas time. Also with each angel will be a little card giving details of the Christmas services being held at Radford Road and inviting people to come along and find the true meaning of Christmas.

Many thanks to all those who gave time and skill to produce this heavenly host.

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WORKING PARTY

A working party wielded tools and paint brushes to give a facelift to the Church Hall and to do running repairs to several outdoor jobs. The group, spearheaded by Bridget, tackled the tasks with verve and vigour. Much light hearted banter made the morning speed by and by lunch time (fish and chips eaten together in the hall) the areas tackled looked much improved. 

Well done to all the volunteers, some of whom are pictured in the following photos.

 

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DEDICATION OF GIFTS TO OTHERS

 

 

On Sunday November 4th 2018 the Revd. James Church dedicated

shoeboxes filled with goodies for children overseas who have little 

 

 

knitted scarves, gloves and hats for clients of our Night Shelter who often have to live on the streets in the bitterly cold winter weather

 

 

 

 

 

 

and angels which members of the congregation had knitted. These will be placed around our town for local people to find and to take home. A small card will be included bringing love and greetings from Radford Road Church and inviting them to our Christmas services.

 

 

 

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CHILDREN’S ACTIVITY MORNING NOV 1ST 2018: ‘JESUS LIGHT OF THE WORLD’

Many thanks to all who volunteered at our Light Party Holiday Club this half term. It was a joy to seen 20 children take part, we learnt that Jesus said that he was ‘the Light of the World’, but we also remembered that Jesus told his disciples that they are to be ‘light to the world’. We played games passing on the light. Learnt a memory verse: ‘His life gave light to all’ – John 1:4 and carved Jesus pumpkins to remind us that Jesus’ light shines in the darkness. It was especially lovely to see many of the young people singing and marching along to the song, ‘This little light of mine, I’m gonna let it shine’ at the end of the club. 
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REVD. JOHN CARRIER 60 YEARS ANNIVERSARY

 

 

The Revd. John Carrier was presented with a certificate at the Autumn Synod at Rugby URC to celebrate the occasion of 60 years since his Induction to the URC Ministry.

John particularly wanted the certificate presented to him in front of the local congregation at Radford Road and so the Revd. James Church presented the certificate again at the morning service on October 28th 2018.

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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 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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