The World Day of Prayer is a global ecumenical movement led by Christian women who welcome you to join in prayer and action for peace and justice. It is run under the motto “Informal Prayer and Prayerful Action”, and is celebrated annually in over 170 countries on the first Friday in March. The movement aims to bring together people of various races, cultures and traditions in a yearly common Day of Prayer, as well as in closer fellowship, understanding and action throughout the year.
This year’s service has been arranged by the women of Zimbabwe. It is based on Jesus’ encounter with a person who, although positioned for healing, had not acted upon the opportunities given. Jesus asked –“Do you want to be made well?” We are faced with this life-changing question. What are you going to do? “Rise! Take Your Mat and Walk,” said Jesus.
The women of Zimbabwe are taking Jesus’ encounter to be a call to act in love for peace and reconciliation. “The action verbs suggest that we should not be afraid to act on the word of God. God is offering us the steps for personal and social transformation.” We are empowered to take up our mats. No more waiting powerlessly on the mat. As expressed in the WDP 2020 painting by Nonhlanhla Mathe, an artist from Zinbabwe, let us give a healing hand to the needy, let us embrace children with love as their future is ahead, and let us open our arms in joy as the time to rise up has come. This is the time for change!
Don’t forget the World Day of Prayer services in Leamington Spa
Friday March 6th at 2.00pm at Lillington Free Church
“Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor (American spelling!) Dreamcoat” by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice is one of the world’s most successful musicals. Now you can enjoy it like never before as you sing along to every wonderful word.
South Warwickshire Circuit is presenting a travelling “Sing-along-a-Joseph” which will take place in every church in the circuit between 1st Feb. and 29th March. This is a free event but you are invited to donate to the Motor Neurone Disease Association on the day of the concert.
It will be coming to Radford Road Church on Saturday March 21st at 2pm so please invite neighbours and friends.
Help is needed with advertising (invitations available), distributing handbills, serving refreshments, running the power point and welcoming people to the event. Please let Margaret B know what you are able to do to ensure a successful and enjoyable afternoon.
Two afternoon sessions saw the making and completion of a lovely Good Friday banner which will be used at the Raising of the Cross service in Christ Church Gardens on Good Friday. This annual service starts outside Holy Trinity Church at 11.45am with a short Bible Reading and a prayer followed by a Silent Witness procession to the gardens at the top of the Parade.
The service is organised by Churches Together in Leamington (CTL) and the Revd. James Church (Chair of CTL) has asked all participating churches to make a banner to display at the outdoor service. The banner will proclaim the name of the church and also convey a Good Friday message.
In addition the group also made a large amount of bunting to decorate St. Mary’s Church at Warwick St Mary’s is holding special events to commemorate the 75th anniversary of VE Day and will be using the bunting as part of their celebrations.
Our Brownies also made bunting for this special occasion and decorated each pennant with wartime pictures.Their bunting can be seen in the foreground of the above picture.
Everyone was extremely busy and as well as making a banner and bunting we also covered donated books with brown paper in readiness for a stall with a difference at the Craft Fair on October 3rd 2020. The stall will be called “Don’t Judge a Book by its Cover” and not until the book is bought will the contents be revealed. This will be a Blind Date with a Book though there will be a brief precis written on the cover just to give a guideline.
All Are Welcome meets every Tuesday from 10am until 11.30am.
After starting with a chat, a cup of tea or coffee and a toasted teacake we have a very informal quiz or crossword. People are able to work individually or with a friend to get the answers. Everyone enjoys themselves and we have no winners or losers! It is all a bit of fun!
The board games then come out. Scrabble is extremely popular and we have now acquired a turntable to rotate the board. Others enjoy Tridominoes, cards, dominoes and other table games.
We are experimenting by introducing a Craft activity each month and are starting with water colour paints.
This charity is supported by Siloam Ministries. Our Mission project 2019/20 aims to raise £1000 for this international charity and was launched at the “Last Night of the Proms” evening on September 14th 2019 when there was an opportunity to learn more of this work.
On December 19th the group celebrated with a Christmas party. Everyone wore Christmas jumpers and hats and the tablecloths were replaced with Christmas themed coverings. We all enjoyed warm mince pies (as well as the normal toasted teacakes) and we had a special Christmas quiz and games. Everyone was given a small Christmas gift.
Next year we will continue to meet on Tuesday mornings and as well as enjoying each others’ company and pursuing our normal activities, we also plan to start a Craft table where those who wish can undertake making different crafts and having fun together.Our next meeting is the first Tuesday in January. See you there!
What a busy morning it was! The church was packed with Brownies and Guides (who had had a sleep-over the previous night!), their parents, a large group who had come for the christening of Rose Simone Marçais, granddaughter of Jean Young.
We were pleased to welcome Rose’s parents, Alex and Guillame and their other children Louis and Clémence who were baptised at Radford Road Church in 2017 as well as other family members and friends and others who were with us for our Christingle Service. As the Marçais family live in France and had come to England especially for this service, the Lord’s Prayer was said in both French and English. The Revd. James Church led the lively service and it was much enjoyed by all those present. The children particularly enjoyed singing “This Little Light of Mine” and joined in the singing and the actions with gusto. The children made Christingles and took great care with the lit candles!
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 is also a table where members of the congregation can put their own cribs on display.
The exhibition is at Radford Road Church each afternoon between 2.00pm and 4.00pm from Tuesday Dec 3rd until Saturday December 7th and school parties have been 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 is an 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”.
To view more pictures click on the dots below the next picture.
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.
OnThursday November 21st at 2.00pm 15 peoplecame 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 had to be placed in a plastic bag, together with a card which gives details of our Christmas services. Also there was an invitation to those who find the angels to visit our Nativity Exhibition (Dec. 3rd to Dec. 8th 2019). 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 was fun and enjoyable and the task was easy to do with so so many willing people ready to lend a hand.
People chatted and laughed
Now the angels are being distributed on park benches, railings and trees for people to find.
Itis lovely to watch the expressions of surprise and joy as the recipients look at the contents of the bags and discover the angels. Already positive messages have been posted on Facebook and conveyed to members of the church saying how much these little gifts are appreciated.
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.
Again, we have given knitted garments to the clients of the Night Shelter to help to keep them warm during the winter months. Many thanks to all those who have knitted garments so that we are able to help those who have little and who find life extremely difficult. The knitted goods have already been given to the Night Shelter .
The AGM of CTL was held at St. Mark’s Church on Tuesday November 19th at 7pm. The evening commenced with a “Living Library”. Invited guests were”books” in our living library and could be “borrowed” for 5 minutes at a time and were asked questions about their lives and faith. The guests were
A person serving in the United Nations
A Street Pastor
A Community Medic
The Chair of The Well
A Globe Traveller
There was cheese and nibbles, tea and coffee, with a short AGM at the end of the evening.
WARWICK DISTRICT FAITHS FORUM
National Interfaith Week was from 10th to 17th November 2019.
The annual WDFF conference took 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. This was followed by lunch.
This year’s theme was “Wellbeing”.
Speakers included 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.
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.
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.
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.
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
.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.