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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FAREWELL TO REVD. ANDY LAIRD

Andy has had responsibilities in many of the churches in the Circuit and has been the Methodist Minister at Radford Road since 2011. He is now planning his retirement and his last service at Radford Road was on July 1st. After the service we said our farewells to Andy and Ann.

We all say thank you to Andy for his Ministry in the Methodist Circuit and ,particularly at Radford Road Church. We have appreciated his messages, his Lenten groups, his caring, his cheerfulness and his musical ability.

‘Au revoir’, Andy and we all wish you a happy retirement.

There will be a Circuit Farewell Service for Andy at 4.00pm on July 29th at Dale Street Church to which all are invited.

 

 

 

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Geoff C has written the following poem which he would like to share with everyone:

 

RADFORD ROAD CHURCH MINISTERS

Our one Minister, James Church

Would never leave you in the lurch

Because, as you can see,

The middle of his surname is URC.

 

Our other Minister, Andy Laird,

Is one Methodist who really cared,

We all will miss him with a sigh,

As he is retiring at the end of July.

 

We certainly will miss him, and you’ve guessed,

We hope his retirement will give him rest,

We send him love with all our hearts,

The day he leaves, the day he departs.

 

Both the Ministers have given us Christ’s love,

Like the descending peace in the form of a dove,

They give us hope, it is their vow,

To teach us in Christ to learn right now.

 

Come on, Radford Road Church, let’s cheer with zest,

Our Ministers are the very best.

With one great Hoorah! we pray and then

It’s with thankful hearts we say Amen.

 

God’s Speed, Andy.

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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 it is only Spring 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!

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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CRAFT FAIR

Come and enjoy our Annual Craft Fair on October 6th 11am – 2pm

Wonderful hand crafted unique gifts which will make personal Christmas presents

Refreshments available throughout the Fair.

Free entry.

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, 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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Carol Service 2017

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.