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.

Please speak to Veronica if you have any queries.





On Thursday November 21st at 2.00pm 15 people came 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

and concentrated!

Now the angels are being distributed on park benches, railings and trees for people to find.

It is 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.











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!


What a good dog she was!












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



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!!!








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.







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.








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 2018/19 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.




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 .





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.


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)





The evening of September 10th was a mixture of chat, laughter, fun, fish and chips and patriotic singing for nearly 40 people who gathered together in friendship in the vestibule of the church.

The evening marked the launch of our new Mission Project aimed at raising £1000 for the Peace and Reconciliation work being carried out in Bosnia and which is led by the Revd. Clive Fowle who was at one time the Methodist Minister at Radford Road Church. Clive was unable to be with us but Judith Halliday, a co-worker of Clive’s, gave an introduction of the Touch of Hope work being undertaken in Prijedor in conjunction with the Nansen Dialogue Centre. Their aim is to encourage the local community (Muslims and Christians) to talk together and explore ways of healing the hurt and bitterness that has developed following the atrocities of recent times in the Bosnia area. A priority is to train local people to be Facilitators and to run workshop activities in their local area. This has already happened in areas of Croatia and Serbia were Clive initially worked. Everyone was deeply moved by the work being undertaken.


After a piping hot fish and chip supper we all settled down to watch the second half of The Last Night of the Proms.

We joined with open-air concerts in England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales and enjoyed the traditional sea shanties and Proms songs. We delighted at the bizarre outfits and antics of the promenaders as they waved Union Flags and a wide selection of others, wore outlandish clothing and entered into the spirit of the evening with gusto.

The prommers (and several of our Radford Roaders), bopped to the Hornpipe; cheered at the appearance of Nina Stemme, who, dressed in a helmet and shield, performed ‘Rule, Britannia!’ We sang the traditional Prom songs, ‘Jerusalem’ and ‘Land of Hope and Glory’, and stood for the National Anthem.

Everyone thoroughly enjoyed what has now become a tradition in the Radford Road calendar and we were all amazed to learn that £250 had been raised that evening for our Mission Project.

We are a quarter of the way to our Mission Project target!




Thank you to all those who walked, sponsored, donated and collected on behalf od Christian Aid.

Radford Road Church raised

Donations                  £145.60

House to House         £621.34

Sponsored Walk        £ 781.00

TOTAL                    £1548.03

This compares with £1295.15 raised in 2016.

Thank you to all those who helped in raising this money.





Christian Aid Emergency Appeal


Thank you to all those who donated to the Christian Aid Emergency Appeal.

£156 has been sent from Radford Road Church to help the victims of the

famine disaster in South Sudan, Somalia and Yemen.





Between September 2016 and August 2017 Radford Road Church will be supporting the Mission Aviation Fellowship (MAF). This Christian organisation enables thousands of aid, relief and mission projects in really remote places, because that’s where some of the greatest human needs are. MAF operates in the hardest-to-reach locations, where people live isolated from the rest of the world, cut off from the most basic necessities. The highly trained pilots manoeuvre Cessna and Kodiak aircraft through rugged terrain. And while passengers might hold their breath, MAF pilots skilfully land at short, unimproved airstrips on the sides of mountains, in jungle clearings, or on tropical rivers – to bring medicine and doctors, disaster relief, education, evangelists, Bible translators, food supplies, agriculture, clean water projects, and more. Why do they do it? Because they are passionate about sharing Christ’s love beyond where the road ends.

Working in partnership with hundreds of other Christian and relief organisations MAF enables practical help, physical healing, and spiritual hope to be delivered to many of the most remote and inaccessible communities on the planet.

 The new project was launched at our ‘Last Night at the Proms’ evening on September 10th 2016.

News at September 2017

During the past year members and friends have been raising money for the 2016/17 Mission Project.

The aim was to raise £1000 to help the Mission Aviation Fellowship to buy a second amphibian aircraft for use in Bangledesh. The terrain in many parts of this country is difficult to access and local people have been working hard to construct simple runways where planes can land. However. it has been found that amphibian aircraft which can land on both sea and land are extremely useful in areas such as these. They are used to transport people, goods and medical supplies to and from remote areas which, otherwise, would be extremely difficult and time consuming to access.  A second aircraft could make all the difference between life and death in this area and we trust that the gift of £1000 from Radford Road Church will help towards the acquisition of another plane.


The pictures show Mrs Margaret Height (secretary of the Mission & Outreach Committee) and the Revd. James Church, (Minister of Radford Road Church), presenting a cheque for £1,000 to Mr & Mrs Alan Hone representatives of MAF.

For more details of the work of the Mission Aviation Fellowship

please visit their website at



 Our Church Christmas Greeting Card was included with the December issue of the Church Magazine.

Everyone was invited to write a greeting and to make a donation for the work of Christian Aid. Donations totalled £208.00 and this money was used to buy:

5 goats at £22 each           5 sheep at £10 each               6 chickens at £8 each 

Many thanks to all who participated and to Bridget who has organised the Greeting Card. 




Thank you to everyone who filled a Samaritan’s Purse shoe box or who donated goods or money.

Members and friends of Radford Road Church filled 24 boxes and, after expenses, sent £65 to help with the transportation of the boxes.




Thank you to all those who have knitted warm garments for the

clients of our Night Shelter. They are always delighted with these gifts and at a time when life is getting harder and harder for the homeless and the vulnerable in our society your gifts are particularly appreciated.









The Saturday preceding Christian Aid Week is traditionally the day of the Christian Aid Sponsored Walk in Leamington.This year Radford Road Church arranged its own walk and at 9am our intrepid walkers and Julia’s dog, Annabel, set out to walk laps of the Jephson Gardens. 

We are so fortunate to have such wonderful gardens in the centre of our town and we all enjoyed the walk on a beautiful May morning. The sun shone, the birds sang, the trees looked magnificent and the company was great.

We enjoyed the Sensory Garden where one of our team rendered her version of ‘Twinkle, twinkle, little star’ on the xylophone and the friendly Park Ranger unlocked the garden created to replicate Sarah Horne’s display at Chelsea Flower Show, so that we were the first visitors of the day.

We admired the art work in the gardens, especially the new 2D metal display to commemorate the contribution William Louis de Normanville made to the town.  He became the Borough Surveyor in Leamington in 1882 and the new display is in honour of his work in the town. Among his major achievements were the Adelaide Road Bridge, the restoration of the Pump Rooms and the Pump Room Gardens, the York Bridge and Promenade. His masterpiece was the Weir and the Suspension Bridge close to the Jephson Gardens.

We all enjoyed the morning walk and some were fortunate enough to see a heron catch a fish as they crossed the suspension bridge.

Some members completed more laps than others, but our aim was to raise money to help the world’s poor through the work of Christian Aid.



During Christian Aid Week some of our church members took part

in the House to House collection for Christian Aid. Some collected individually whilst others went in a group. Radford Road Church has a huge area to cover  and our collectors attempt to call at as many houses as possible. Many thanks to all those who knock on doors to collect money to help the poorest people in the world and to do God’s work by helping our neighbours wherever they may be.

During Christian Aid Week we raised:

£813.19 in the House to House Collection

£367.00 in the Sponsored Walk

£115.00 in Donations

Making a total of £1295.19 to help the world’s poor.

Thank you to all who helped to raise this money.




We have now completed our current project by raising £1020 for Toilet Twinning.

Toilet Twinning enables people living in poor communities to have clean water, a decent toilet, and to learn about hygiene – a vital combination that prevents the spread of disease, reduces the number of deaths among children, and brings hope for the future.

The money raised by Radford Road Church has provided 3 schools in Asian countries: India, Haiti and Pakistan, to have a block of toilets and  5 latrines in Nepal – one in each of the following locations: Talakhu; Phinikanda, Surkhet District; Pharbang, Rolpa District; Sikre-5, Epudi and Sikre Village.

By raising money for this new project we are helping to

flush away poverty and provide clean water for those in real need.







Good news! The UK Government will double every pound you donate this Christmas, so even more lives can be saved.

At Christmas, we celebrate the hopes of humanity focused on a tiny baby. He was born to a young mother with nowhere but a stable to welcome him into the world.

A joyful night. The night a child was born who would change the course of history. But not every child born in a stable survives.

Together we can spare mums the anguish of losing a child, and make sure more babies never have to lose their mothers.

The money raised (£185) from our Church Christmas card (in which people insert greetings for their church friends and make a donation to Christian Aid), will buy gifts from the Christian Aid Present Aid catalogue. This year we will use it to buy a mobile clinic, some goats and chickens and some vegetable seeds.

This money donated by Radford Road Church will be doubled by the UK Government.


Christian Aid also had a collection in the Royal Priors when a small choir, mainly from the Baptist Church, sang carols. £114.24 was collected.





Christian Aid Week 2014 May 11th – 17th 2014  

Thank you to the walkers who took part in the Sponsored Walk last  Saturday. The walk was most enjoyable and those who set off early met joggers and dog walkers as they went around Victoria Park and the Pump Room Gardens.

Everyone is asked to remember the work of Christian Aid and its partners in their prayers.

Please also remember those who collected for Christian Aid in the House to House collection on the Sydenham estate, in other areas of the town and throughout the country.

Many thanks to all those who gave so generously to help those in the world whose needs are so much greater than our own.

The amount collected by Radford Road Church during Christian Aid Week was:

  • House to House Collection   £1108.76
  • Sponsored Walk                  £  315.00
  • Quiz                                  £     9.00
  • Donations                           £ 210.00
  • TOTAL                              £1642.76

What a magnificent amount! Many thanks to all those who helped to raise this money to help the world’s poor.