Christian Aid Week is fast approaching and this year will be from 12 to 18 May. We are holding a Big Brekkie on Sunday 12 May from 9.15am, leading on to our morning service at 10.30am. All welcome.
We are also holding our annual Fair in aid of Christian Aid, with stalls selling plants, books, CDs, DVDs, children's clothes and toys and bric a brac, serving English and Korean food, tea, coffee and cake! What's not to like? Please come along and enjoy a local children's choir. 10.30am onwards.
There is also the house-to-house collection in surrounding streets, raising money from donations in envelopes or texted through.
Christian Aid is helping people around the world to help themselves out of poverty - helping pregnant women in Sierra Leone give birth safely, people rising up against climate change in the Philippines, Kenya, Ethiopia, helping farmers in Bangladesh learn how to become tea planters, battling malaria in Nigeria, hunger in Sudan, and emergency food aid to those hit the hardest by extreme weather disasters.
Please support this wonderful charity in any way you can.
A Celebration of the Cello
I was invited to attend a cello recital organised by Redland Park URC and the Bristol Korean Church on Sunday 20 January at 2.00pm, at Redland Park Church on Whiteladies Road. The recital was given by Haeun Kim (cello) accompanied by Yoonjoo Hong (piano).
Haeun Kim is a very accomplished cello player who has just completed her Master studies at the Royal Academy of Music. She has had considerable experience of working with a number of famous conductors and has given many solo recitals in addition to her orchestral work.
The programme chosen for this concert was well-balanced and allowed Hauen to display her talent when playing her 150 year-old cello The concert began with the first movement of the well-known cello concerto in C Major by Haydn which was impeccably performed. This was followed by the Vocalise by Rachmaninoff – a romantic piece in which Hauen brought out a full range of emotion. The novelty in the programme was a piece called “Alone” written by Sollima in 1999 for unaccompanied cello. The fast sections in this were ferociously technically difficult but were carried off very successfully.
After the interval, the main work was the Arpeggione Sonata by Schubert. This is a major work in three movements which cover a range of moods. The beautiful slow movement was particularly appreciated by the audience as was the lively finale. The concert ended with The Tarantella by Popper which is a showpiece for the cello and is very fast and technically very difficult. This performance deserved and received much applause. The piano accompaniment by Yoonjoo Hong showed an excellent rapport with Haeun throughout.
The concert was enthusiastically received by a large audience which packed out the church. Haeun was prevailed upon to give no less than three encores at the end. An enjoyable and inspiring Sunday afternoon.
J D McG
In 2018 Redland Park United Reformed Church was given the Bronze 'Eco-Friendly Church Award' by Arocha, after much work by the church, led by Myra Jones.
In 2017 Redland Park United Reformed Church was given the 'Child-Friendly Church Award' from the South West Synod after much hard work by the church, led by our Junior Church leaders.
On Sunday 20th January, 2019 Redland Park will be hosting:
“A Celebration of the Cello” at 2.00pm.
A concert by Haeun Kim (Cello) and Yoonjoo Hong (Piano)
Free admission, Retiring Collection, Light Lunch before the Concert £5.
Join us for this moving photographic exhibition featuring stories of those displaced in Nigeria, Kenya and Iraq. The Uprooted exhibition raises awareness of the more than 40 million people displaced inside their own country. Seeking safety but unwilling or unable to cross a border, they are largely ignored by the international community and denied the official protection afforded to refugees. But Christian Aid believes that everybody counts. The exhibition will give you the chance to hear displaced people tell their own stories.
Through a series of powerful images and individual accounts, you will learn more about the global crisis of displacement and how you can speak up for all people on the move.Christian Aid partners are working in communities affected by conflict and climate-related displacement, providing emergency assistance and the chance to rebuild their lives and livelihoods. Through photographs and ID cards you can learn more about people's lives in the midst of displacement and uncertainty. The exhibition will be open to everyone from Sunday 21 October to Sunday 28 October, 12.00-2.00pm, and 5.00-7.00pm Monday to Friday, and 11.00-3.00pm on Saturday, in the church.Find out more at www.caid.org.uk/uprooted
You are always welcome in Redland Park Church where our Sunday services are at 10.30am, with communion on the first Sunday of each month. There are also informal services on the first and third Sundays of the month at 7.00pm, and three different cell groups bring another perspective to our worship on Saturday mornings, Monday evenings or Tuesday evenings. Please contact us for further details on any of these meetings.
Our church is also open for prayer or meditation every Wednesday between 12.00 and 2.00pm.
We are holding another fund-raising evening to support our overseas charity, the Verenga-Mukoku Church in Zimbabwe, the mother church of one of our members. There will be a Zimbabwean choir, and food from Zimbabwe, England, Jamaica, etc. Come along and join us. 6.00pm on Saturday 6 October, £6 adults, £12 family.
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