We are happy to say we will be having morning worship by Zoom (the web meeting software) tomorrow morning, Sunday 29th March at 10.40am. An invite has gone around to those on the church mailing list. If you would like to join us and haven't received an invite please email Andrew Hayden, the church secretary, in advance.
An order of service is shared here.
In future we hope to share the links on the website. Watch this space.
The website now has a Daily Devotions page. This links in well with our current Walking The Way Holy Habit of Biblical Teaching. The new page links directly to the URC daily devotions page (https://devotions.urc.org.uk/) which provides a hymn, bible passage, reflection and paryer which is updated daily. You will notice that it doesn't currently display quite properly but if you scroll down it is all there.
On the Daily Devotions website itself (https://devotions.urc.org.uk/) there are also recorded versions of the passage and reflection, which may provide a comforting voice in these strange days of social distancing and self-isolation.
If you would like the daily devotions to come straight to your email then you can also sign up through this page. If you sign up, from Sunday 22 March at 10am, an additional post will go out, a radio-style / podcast service with hymns, readings, prayers and a sermon. The Sunday Service email will contain an order of service and words for you to sing along with the hymns. There will also be additional services during Holy Week. These are different materials to those that will be provided by Dougie and others at Redland Park for Sunday worship.
In the light of the coronavirus pandemic which is currently affecting the UK (as well as the rest of the world) and taking advice from the government about social distancing and avoiding social gatherings, there will be no service in Redland Park Church on Sunday. We hope to be able to put a livestream on this website for Sunday 29 March - so watch this space.
May God the Father hold you safe in arms of love.
May Christ the risen Lord shine in your homes.
And may the Holy Spirit be with you as Comforter and Friend.
God's blessings to you all.
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WISH TO WORSHIP AT HOME, PLEASE GO ON TO THIS LINK FOR DAILY DEVOTIONS FROM THE URC:
EXHIBITION ON PALESTINE & ISRAEL
Dialogue and action Peace building; Justice and security for all. This exhibition is just one response to this call. It represents a strong and touching expression of hope for justice and peace by 12 Palestinians and Israelis who all are victims of the occupation.
This exhibition will be at Redland Park Church
6-30 JANUARY 2020 12.00-2.00pm and 5.00-7.00pm most days
TODAY'S SERVICE WILL BE LED BY REVD MIKE PEAT, FREE CHURCH CHAPLAIN AT BRISTOL UNIVERSITY.
The service on Sunday 5 January will be led by members of the congregation, with resources from Christian Action on Poverty, raising funds for this charity and having a lunch afterwards. Please come and enjoy the service and the lunch.
DECEMBER 5, 6 AND 7 - CHRISTMAS THROUGH THE KEYHOLE
Tyndale Baptist Church, Victoria Methodist Church and Redland Park Church are all holding another Christmas Through the Keyhole at Tyndale Baptist Church, Whiteladies Road, from 10.00am on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, also Friday afternoon and early evening. There will be tents for the Wise Men, Joseph's house, etc, with a guide in each, plus Wise Men! There will be crafts for children and a donkey to help tell the story. Please come along.
DECEMBER 7 and 14 - our Scouts will be selling Christmas trees at Redland Park, from 9.00am.
DECEMBER 8 10.30am - This is our Gift Service at Redland Park, where all our gifts will be going to the Food Bank; items in need are on the website: https://www.bristolnorthwestfoodbank.org.uk/ Also appreciated are Christmas treats such as cakes, biscuits, chocolates, and items for Christmas dinner.
DECEMBER 8 - Redland Park Church also has a Giving Tree placed at the Exercise Club at the top of Whiteladies Road, where you can donate gifts for the homeless or those in temporary accommodation at Christmas. There will be a Giving Tree Service to commemorate all these gifts at 5.00pm at Victoria Methodist Church on 8 December.
DECEMBER 14 FROM 2.00PM - there will be a Christmas Fair organised by CLIC Sargent at Redland Park - please come along and enjoy stalls with beautiful gifts, lots of activities, a choir and warm drinks.
DECEMBER 15 3.30pm - our Candlelit Carol service will take place. All welcome.
DECEMBER 22 10.30am - our Junior Church will lead the service this morning with music, puppets and drama.
DECEMBER 24 4.00pm - we will be holding our Crib Service for children, parents and grandparents, in the church.
DECEMBER 25 10.00am - our christmas Day service this year will be held at Tyndale Baptist Church.
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
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