CHRISTIAN AID WEEK AT REDLAND PARK URC - our House!
BUILD A HOUSE FOR REFUGEES: The United Nations and its member states are working on two new agreements on refugees and migration, but neither will help people displaced in their own country. The world can and must do better. All people on the move should be protected from harm and have a chance to rebuild their lives, not just survive. We can help bring hope to our sisters and brothers. I invite you now to take your ‘brick of hope’ (hold up template) and write a word, short message or prayer for people who have been forced from their homes. These bricks will build a Home of Hope; an act of solidarity with displaced people around the world. (Everyone writes on their brick.) After the service, please sign our petition to the UK Government. We’re asking our government to support better protection for all people on the move. The Home of Hope that we build today, together with our petitions, will be presented to the government, to ensure no one is left behind. #caweek
PRAYER WALK SUNDAY 6 MAY 2018
Walking the Way is the United Reformed Church’s exciting focus on lifelong Christian discipleship and mission. It moves beyond a set of programmes into the world, where each step we take is accompanied by Jesus, helping us to bring about change in our own lives and, ultimately, in Church culture and society. As you engage in Walking the Way, we hope your understanding of what being a Christian disciple means will deepen. Who knows, you may grow beyond your wildest dreams, living as a disciple in all parts of your life.
CHRISTIAN AID FAIR 2018
Redland Park Church runs an annual Fair for Christian Aid each May; on a lovely sunny day on Saturday 5 May, there were lots of takers for books, plants, Korean dumplings, bric a brac, vegan food from the Spotless Leopard and cakes, together with tea and coffee from the church and singing by children from St John's School. £526 was raised together with £115 from a Christian Aid Big Brekkie on 13 May, £139 from the Bristol Korean Church and nearly £800 from the house-to-house collection during the week,
Bristol Churches Night Shelter
Redland Park URC is one of the churches taking part in this project from January to March 2018. The Bristol Churches Winter Night Shelter aims to offer a safe place to sleep and a hearty meal for homeless guests over the winter months. Over 400 volunteers registered and were trained, and then divided into three shifts; the evening shift welcomed guests, made up beds, helped prepare dinner then guests and volunteers ate together. The overnight shift talked or played games with the guests, and stayed overnight in case of problems. When the morning shift arrived, they could leave, and these volunteers put away beds, helped serve a light breakfast and cleared up. The guests are very grateful for a settled base for three months, especially when the weather is so cold. Volunteers from Redland Park worked at the Tyndale Baptist Church which has suitable premises, and this was over the first six weeks of the project, on Tuesday nights/Wednesday mornings. The second half of the project, mid-February to the end of March, will take place at the 7th Day Adventist Church in Montpelier. All guests were chosen by St Mungo's Bristol Bread and Butter Pudding anyone?
The Verenga Mukoku Church in Zimbabwe is our overseas charity for this year, and it is the family church for Truida Mutare. Our fund-raising is to help pay for materials to rebuild the church, and local skills will provide the labour. Our African Evening on Saturday 18 November included some of the choir from the Reformed Church of Zimbabwe in Bristol, and they sang some beautiful hymns for us; their pastor told us a little about the churches in the cities and rural areas in Zimbabwe, as well as praying with us. We raised the grand total of £323 (and counting) so thank you to everyone who came or bought tickets anyway, who provided food, who sang, and who made donations.
Christian Aid Fair May 2017
Redland Park Church always holds a Christian Aid Fair each May during Christian Aid Week. The weather is usually sunny and dry (!) and money is raised for this good cause. There are stalls selling plants, books, bric a brac, etc, and English and Korean food is cooked by members of Redland Park and the Bristol Korean Church also based at Redland Park.
Prior to the General Election of May 2017, Redland Park URC hosted hustings for the four candidates for Bristol West constituency involving Molly Scott Cato (Green), Stephen Williams (Lib Dem), Annabel Tall (Con) and Thangam Debonnaire (Lab)
CHURCH GARDEN MADE INTO A WILDFLOWER MEADOW
Redland Park URC has a small side garden on Redland Park itself which was overgrown and full of bushes and plants needing re-siting. Thanks to a grant from Bishopston, Cotham & Redland Neighbourhood Partnership matched by fund-raising from the church, it was able to completely transform the two beds into a wildflower garden with a developing hedge at the back, all for the benefit of pollinators such as bees and butterflies, as well as birds, together with new paving to replace some crazy paving which was becoming dangerous. This was also to provide a quiet area for residents and local workers to sit and enjoy.
Redland Park URC was host for the local churches' hustings in April 2015, prior to the general election of 7 May. Seven candidates from Left Unity, UKIP, Independents for Bristol, Greens, Lib Dems, Conservatives and Labour, gave their manifesto and answered questions from the large audience. From Redland Park, John Neugebauer chaired the meeting, and the minister, Dougie Burnett, opened and closed the session.