10.30am Morning Worship
Holy Communion is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of the month.
1.15pm Mid-Week Worship (fortnightly) A short informal service following a light lunch at 12.30pm.
1.15pm Wednesday Lunch (fortnightly) A gathering with a Christian theme following a light lunch at 12.30pm
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.
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!”
CHRISTMAS DAY SERVICE 2017
The service was held at 10.00am and the Revd. James Church led the morning worship.
A Christmas elf assisted by with the taking of the offertory!
Here are a few pictures taken by Ruth during the service.
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.
CHRISTINGLE SERVICE 2017
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.
RADFORD ROAD BAND
On special occasions during the year a small group of able instrumentalists lead worship as they play guitars, drums and piano. Sometimes a flutist joins the group. New members would be very welcome and are invited to contact our organist and band leader, Mrs Margaret Height, or use the Contact us page.
On September 24th 2017 the church celebrated Harvest. The Flower Team had decorated the church with beautiful floral arrangements enhanced with seasonal fruits and vegetables.
The service was led by the Revd. James Church and the Rainbows and Brownies were present along with our small group of children who attend Junior Church.The service began with the singing of All things Bright and Beautiful. James spoke of the harvests around the world. Other well known harvest songs followed including Think of a world without any flowers and Now thank we all our God,
The All Age message reflected on the miracle Jesus performed with the loaves and fishes and the children were given a picture to colour to remind them of the Biblical story.
The congregation brought gifts of tinned and packet food which were donated to the Leamington and Warwick Food Bank.
We received the following reply from the Food Bank:
From: warwickandleamington miriam <email@example.com>
Date: 26 September 2017 at 07:42:27 BST
Just an email to say thank you for the Harvest food and cash donation delivered to Warwick District Foodbank from Radford Road Church. Please pass on our thanks to everyone who contributed.
The food will be given out by ourselves and the Salvation Army to local people in need during the next few months.
We are grateful for your support
Warwick District Foodbank
St Mary’s Church
St Mary’s Road
Leamington CV31 1JW
PRAISE IN THE PARK
On Pentecost Sunday, 4 th June 2017, at 11.00am in The Pump Room Gardens, Leamington Spa. In the event of wet weather the event will be held in All Saints Church. Service led by the Revd. Jonathan Jee, Vicar of St. Paul’s Church, Leicester Street, Leamington Spa. Preacher: James Lawrence who worships at St. Mark’s Church in Leamington and works with the Church Pastoral Aid Society (CPAS) in leadership development. St. Paul’s Church organises the annual ‘Praise in the Park’ event for the benefit of the whole town. Around 1,500 people from many of the churches in the town gather together to worship and pray for Leamington. The event is a great expression of our Christian unity. St. Paul’s Church contribute the music, stewarding and technical expertise to make the event a success. Bring your fold up chairs or a rug and enjoy praising God with other people from local churches. You may also like to bring a picnic to enjoy afterwards. For those who are unable to get to the Pump Room Gardens, there will be the usual 10.30am worship at Radford Road Church on Pentecost Sunday
The service on St George’s Day 2017 (April 23rd) was a very happy occasion.
Two of Jean Young’s grandchildren, Louis Alexandre and Clemence Marie Jean were brought for Infant Baptism by their parents Alex and Guillaume. They had travelled from their home in France for this very special occasion and were accompanied by relatives and friends. The Revd. James Church led the service and baptised the children and explained the meaning and origin of baptism. Louis and his sister, Clemence, were each presented with a candle and a baptismal certificate. The children and their cousins were delightful and it was a joy for the congregation to witness the service. Later the Lord’s Prayer was said in both languages and prayers were said for the families of those injured and killed in recent tragedies in France.
WEDDING BLESSING CELEBRATION
Radford Road Church was the venue for the service on April 15th to bless the marriage of Eri Saika and Oliver Horrocks, both of whom are members of Emmanuel Church, Leamington. We wish them happiness as they begin married life together.
The service was led by the Revd. Stuart Scott, the Education and Learning Officer of the URC West Midlands Synod.
During the service Palm crosses were distributed by the Brownies and Rainbows to remind the congregation of Jesus’ triumphant ride into Jerusalem.
During Holy Week other activities and services were held.
Maundy Thursday April 13th
9.30am Children’s Easter Activity Morning (See Activities tab)
Good Friday April 14th
10.30am Service at Dale Street
11.45am Silent Witness Procession from Holy Trinity Church for the Raising of the Cross service in Christ Church Gardens at 12 noon.
Easter Morning Sunrise Service
6.30am Sunrise Service on Campion Hills, Leicester Street led by the Revd. James Church
Easter Day Service with Holy Communion at 10.30am
The service was led by the Revd. John Carrier, a retired URC Minister and member of Radford Road Church.
Today we focussed on the Risen Christ. The simple bare cross which had been made from the trunk of our Christmas tree and which had had symbols attached to it throughout Lent, was transformed into a colourful cross of flowers. Members of the congregation were each invited to bring a small posy of flowers which were added to the tree during the morning service. It suddenly became a vibrant living cross reminding everyone that Jesus rose from the dead on Easter morning and that he is alive and with us in our lives today.
The Easter Garden, made by the children on Maundy Thursday, reminded us all of the events leading up to Easter Day.
A Prayer for our Church
O God, make the door of this house
wide enough to receive all who need human love and fellowship;
narrow enough to shut out all envy, pride, and strife.
Make its threshold smooth enough
to be no stumbling-block to children,
nor to straying feet,
but rugged enough to turn back the tempter’s power.
God make the door of this house the gateway to thine eternal kingdom.