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Manor Road URC – Church News – Saturday October 17th 2020.

HELLO EVERYONE!

I hope your week has been a good week (well…as good as it can be any way in these very turbulent times we are all living in).

You may all be wondering why we have been away for a long time (well a month to be exact) and why we have posted this post on a Saturday, than the normal Sunday we usually post on our blog. Well… all will be made a lot clearer in due course, even if I don’t say so in a natural specific way.

Our own church at Manor Road has been in a structure of lockdown for just over over 6 months and as you can imagine, church elders can be restless in getting things done quicker rather than later.

Our Interim Moderator is also looking after two other churches and the structures of re-opening these churches is picking up pace now, in how you keep the structures of our church buildings covid-19 free safe with church elders in these churches. Because our churches are basically in the same boat in how we look at the safe priorities of opening our churches, it makes perfect sense that Manor Road Church would be linked to these other churches, in the way we re-open our church buildings.

The only problem here is that with the other churches (Rectory Road URC – Hackney N16 and High Cross URC – Tottenham – Haringey – N17 there are churches with larger congregations and a more younger age demographic, that are able to manage and prepare a lot easier, than the structures we have at Manor Road Church.

Behind the scenes at Manor Road URC, we have been having elders meetings that put into motion the re-structures of re-opening the church building again, and we were in the position of now being set to re-open the church building for our congregation tomorrow, for church service.

But now…after very deep considerations by our Interim Moderator -The Revd. John Campbell and Church Secretary (Mr. Kalu Amogu), we have decided not to re-open the church building for church service tomorrow.

Now is just not the right time for re-opening Manor Road Church, in light of the risk age factors of some people in our congregation, the structures of familiarities in the certain roles that people will now have to do in our church under covid-19 rules, not having the right number of safety stewards we will need to make sure that people entering our building sanitize their hands, as well as dealing with track and trace structures we will need to put in place and finally not having the right number of people for an actual church service.

Prior to hoping to open tomorrow, The Revd. John Campbell contacted our church congregation by posting them a letter of the church’s plan of re-opening this Sunday. He also sent them an age and health risk factor form document and asked them to look at the chart relating to their age group.

They were asked to add up scores in relation to their age group and health problems, but if they instantly found themselves with a risk factor of 6 and over, they were asked to keep away from church service tomorrow.

They were also asked to stay away from the church. If they had at their homes any covid-19 symptoms with temperatures of 37.8 and above centigrade.

My own parents (checking on the chart at home) instantly came upon this 6 risk age factor group, as did several others in our congregation.

The URC Synod also orders that congregations make sure they provide 2 Safety Stewards for the role of making sure congregations sanitize their hands and look after the procedures of track in trace in congregations, and our church (at such a short notice) could not provide these Safety stewards.

So. The Revd. John Campbell and our Church Secretary (Mr. Kalu Amogu) decided between them that this re-opening of church service could not happen for tomorrow.

We shall be having another Elders Meeting in Mid- November and I will be making sure that Manor Road Church has FULL and COMPLETE Confidence and infrastructure of REAL Management in going forward to re-opening our building again for church services, as well as the full management infrastructures of being able to re-open for our Community Hall Leaders.

There will be no blog for the time being, as I, other Church Elders, and The Revd. john Campbell work to the very best of our advantages in re-opening the church building again.

This is not just very important for the safety of ourselves in our building, but very important for ANY individual who comes into Manor Road United Reformed Church Building.

I have left the Letter that the Revd. John Campbell left our Church Elders in the cancelling of our church service tomorrow. This makes the reasons a lot clearer than I have even described.

I will let you all know of ANY BIG changes that I hear from the Elders in re-opening the church again for church services.

We are almost there, but we have to allow time for our own comfortableness in our various roles and complete management of our church infrastructure under these new covid-19 rules in our church.

Goodbye for Now and Do ALL Keep Very Safe Out There.

Roger Howard: Health and Safety Officer.

Manor Road United Reformed Church.

Greetings.

Just to confirm that Mr. Kalu and I, as Church Secretary and Acting Pastoral Leader have taken officer action and decided that it is best to delay the re-opening of Manor Road Church for worship. We had been preparing for re-opening this coming Sunday but two issues were proving difficult.

  • A HIGH PROPORTION OF OUR CONGREGATION WERE PROVING TO HAVE PERSONAL RISK SCORES OVER 6, AND SO SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERING COMING OUT TO CHURCH.
  • WE WERE NOT ABLE TO IDENTIFY TWO COVID SAFETY STEWARDS ( THE MINIMUM NUMBER THE URC CONSIDERS ACCEPTABLE IN ORDER TO OPEN.

These meant that trying to re-open this Sunday seems inappropriate. We had only one member expressing interest in attending safely. Just at the moment, I do not know when we will be re-opening, but those problems with re-opening seem unlikely to change in a hurry (people only get older, so their risk score is unlikely to fall). This would suggest that we may have to sit out the pandemic without live worship, but we will keep a close watch going forward. We will also be looking carefully for ways to allow those who cannot currently join the High Cross ZOOM service to find a way to join it because the pandemic is going to take a long while to blow over…

Blessings, John Campbell.

Interim Moderator-Lay Pastororal Leader.

Manor Road United Reformed Church.

Roger Howard : Editor.

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Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 13th September 2020.

Hello Everyone.

I hope the past week has been a good week.

As promised last week, this week I am going to give everyone a synopsis of what our church congregation (as well as the general public) can expect when they return back to the church for our Sunday morning services.

This document has been created by our Interim Moderator: The Revered John Campbell. This was handed to our church elders on 27th August 2020.

Only items that are related to our church congregation and visitors are being documented today. The Full document will be able to be viewed from Next Week Sunday, where a New Headings page will be included on the front title page of the website; so that everyone will then be able to read the FULL document.

4. SAFE WORSHIP

  • Worshippers will be directed to a plastic seat where they can sit. Social distancing of 2m must be maintained at all times.
  • At offering time and at communion worshippers will be invited to come out one by one, keeping social distance, to drop their offering in the plate or to pick up a piece of bread and a small glass. They will consume the bread and wine as they stand there then drop the glass in a basin of soapy water provided.
  • People may hum along with the songs if they keep mouth shut & mask on.

5. EMERGENCIES

  • Emergency evacuation routes remain the same as before, but people should try to keep social distance as they leave the building.
  • If someone is taken ill during a service, they will be directed to the hall downstairs and isolated there until arrangements can be made for them to return home safely, or go to hospital, as necessary, The disabled toilet will be reserved exclusively for anyone so isolated. The building will be shut down for a minimum of 72 hours after such an occurrence, then deep cleaned, even if this means canceling other services due that day.

6. LEAVING THE CHURCH

  • When the service is over, the sanctuary steward will direct people to leave one by one, using the hand sanitizer at both ends of the stairs as they pass
  • People will be asked to leave the building immediately and not cluster for conversation.

7. CLEANING AFTERWARDS.

  • There will be a thorough cleaning of all the spaces used, including the toilets after each service, paying particular attention to all areas that people have touched or breathed on (door handles, light switches, microphones, toilet locks, etc) as well as the screen on the communion table and all the plastic bucket seats. The tub containing contact details will be dated and carefully put aside for 21 days, after which the contents can be destroyed and the tub reused.

Have a good week everyone.

Do Please Keep Safe.

Roger Howard.

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Manor Road URC – Church News – September 6th 2020

Hello Everyone!

I hope you are all keeping safe as we come out of this lockdown.

If anyone has gone through the experience of losing someone to covid-19 ( or more people) during this lockdown, I hope you all have found some comfort in the power of prayer and have been in settings of peaceful and safe environments where you can remember loved ones in the most natural way that they should be remebered.

Today’s post is not the usual Sunday post, but an update to tell you all where we are in our program of getting Manor Road Church back to being re-open again after being in a lockdown for five and a half months, due to the pandemic of coronavirus (covid-19).

Firstly, I have a confession for all of you.

Our last published blog was on the 12th of July, and I did (indeed) promise you all that I would keep you all updated on news coming from the church, as well as news coming in from our local synod.

I regret to say, I have not kept to this promise, and for that: I AM SINCERELY SORRY, IN NOT BEING ABLE TO KEEP YOU ALL UP TO DATE, OF WHAT HAS BEEN GOING ON BEHIND THE SCENES OF MANOR ROAD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH IN RECENT MONTHS.

When I published this post on the 12th of July, I imagined our church would be able to sail through this lockdown with ease and any issues that the church elders would have to tackle, would NOT be one of struggle, because if there is anything that our church elders have in abundance, it is perseverance. I certainly knew the church elders would get through the process of finding ways of re-opening Manor Road Church again because we are lucky to have our past minister of our church: The Revd. John Campbell helping us and the church elders natural deep perseverance of determination in re-opening the church building again.

What I really did not take into consideration, was the amount of work this would actually place on the Revd. John Campbell.

The Revd. John Campbell is not just looking after our church in the structures of re-opening the church building; he is also looking after three other church buildings as well in the structures of opening their churches.

As churches we are ALL basically in the same boat in the enormous tasks we have to grapple with in re-opening our own individual churches.

It is a way of church management that no individual church has EVER been in before in EACH individual church history.

Each church has to follow deep instructions in how it keeps its buildings clinically clean and safe in these strange times we are living in, under the earth skies of a world-wide pandemic.

What this means for Manor Road Church ( at this present time) is that even though the church elders have had a zoom meeting to discuss the predicaments our church is facing and the certain tasks we need to do as elders to keep our building safe, the process of our church having these individual meetings with the Revd. John Campbell that was discussed at the zoom meeting is actually going at a slow pace, because The Revd. John Campbell has to deal with EACH church building’s natural requirements of keeping each building safe, under the safety rules and regulations of COVID-19.

At Manor Road Church, Our Church Treasurer (Helen Fania ) Church Officer (Fitz Howard) Myself-Roger Howard (Health and Safety Officer), and Revd. John Campbell had a meeting on the 20th of August 2020 to discuss our Risk Assessment Document. We ALL wore safety masks as well as keeping protcals of safety distancing from each other.

The Risk Assessment Document is a document that takes ALL criteria that the church elders have to abide by, in keeping their church building safe from the spread of COVID-19 entering the church building as well as the criteria in keeping individuals safe in the building, while there is a pandemic out there. We spent over 2 hours going through this document and John said he would send the final document to the elders meeting, the following week for the church elders to discuss it.

We held an Elders Meeting the following week in the church 27th August 2020 ( again ALL church elders wearing masks) and keeping social distancing protocols.

The Revd. John Campbell gave the church elders the final risk assessment document which is now called ‘Church Re-opening Risk Assessment post -Coronavirus Lockdown’. He explained to the church elders the rules in how the document is marked-up, also with his various notes in various sections in the document, of what our church should be doing in certain scenarios of keeping the church 100% safe ( free of) the infections of covid-19.

The Revd. John Campbell also went through the whole document with the church elders, which he has titled “Manor Road United Reformed Church, Stoke Newington N16′ (Notes to the pre-opening risk assessment completed on 20th August 2020).

There are headings in the document titled: Preparing the building for re-opening, Social Distancing, Cleaning and Additional risks associated with opening for public worship.

The Revd. John Campbell has also now implemented a Manor Road United Reformed Church Safeguarding Policy August 2020. This is a policy where our church takes a pledge of rooting out any form of abuse that could ever happen in our church.

I have been given the new role of being the Safeguarding Policy Officer for the church. I shall be attending a zoom meeting for this role tomorrow.

There will be New rules and regulations that visitors will have to abide by, when we eventually return back to Manor Road Church. I will give you all synopsis next week of what this would include for our congregation as well as for visitors to the church.

There will be new rules and regulations for our community hall users groups in keeping themselves safe, as well as their community group in the church building.

Each community group will be told to clean their designated area when they have completed their community group meeting. This cleaning process would take up to 1 and a half hours to complete.

Every Community User Group will also be given a new contract that takes into consideration the importance of safety while in the building. This New contract has to be signed by Community Hall User Leaders.

The process of community hall groups using the hall and cleaning their designated areas afterwards, means the process that we had before of groups using the hall ( especially on Sundays) cannot be the same, as it was previously. In particular for Sundays, the day will be too long.

For the seriousness of Covid-19, The Revd. John Campbell has instructed that only the Church Worship Room can be used for ANY Group Meeting. This is a direct order instruction for Manor Road Church Congregation and Community Hall User Groups.

Because of this particular ruling, it may mean that Manor Road Church would only be able to hold church services twice a month. This is a ruling that John and the Church Elders have not (as yet) made a final decision on.

But if the church makes this as a final decision, it would mean for the Sundays that Manor Road Church is NOT holding Sunday services, our church would allocate to another Sunday Church Group.

I will keep you updated next week of the rules and regulations that the congregation and visitors will have to abide by when they return back to Manor Road Church.

I will also keep you all updated if we have any further news from our church elders in our plans of re-opening the church building again.

We are awaiting instructions in having further church meetings with the Revd. John Campbell.

As I have said before our Interim Moderator ( The Revd. John Campbell) is a very busy man indeed. We have to just be a little more patient here.

But let me give you some hope here and say that the Church Elders and The Revd. John Campbell are on the same page and all are working very hard together in finding the solutions of re-opening Manor Road Church Building again.

There is still an awful lot of work to do , but I don’t believe that there will be too much struggle here, because we are all passionate in not letting our efforts of re-opening the building drag-on for months on end.

Take Care Everybody.

Have a Very Good Week and Keep Yourselves Very Safe Out There.

Roger Howard. Editor.

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Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 12th July 2020.

HELLO EVERYONE!

WE’LL MEET AGAIN, DON’T KNOW WHERE DON’T KNOW WHEN-

BUT I KNOW WE’LL MEET AGAIN SOME SUNNY DAY.

So sang the Late and Great Dame Vera Lynn.

This is the first time that I have been able to publish this blog, since March 29th 2020.

I hope you have all weathered the vicious storm of this Covid-19 pandemic, as well as weathering the storm of this lock-down in your homes, as well as the lock-down of being away from Manor Road Church or the particular church you are a member of.

Yes…Yes… I know that I promised that I would keep you all updated as to what Manor Road Church members would be up -to while we were all away from this church, but with very little activity coming from our church, I found myself in that strange editorial decision process of how do I make this blog interesting when I don’t have the connections to church members activities while being away from the church. So I weathered the storm and just kept away from this blog.

I guess some of you would say that I just ‘Copped-Out” of my responsibilities here. Well… I guess there is also some truth in that statement.

I believe for Manor Road Church members, when we were all aware that by mid-march of this year, that this pandemic was pretty serious, we were still non-aware of the true implications that this pandemic and this lock-down would have for the future stability of our church.

Well….let me tell ya… We certainly are a lot wiser now to the truer implications of this pandemic and this lockdown.

The Church Elders had a zoom application meeting this week Wednesday with our Interim Moderator: The Revd. John Campbell.

This Elders meeting was not an in-depth information meeting, but a talk to analyse the strange times our church institution is going through with this pandemic and lock-down, and the initial steps that we as church elders will have to make while we come out of this lock-down.

As a church, this lock-down has made us reflect on ourselves for the first time in fifty years and three months of our existence. Covid-19 has made us change the way we manage our church institution. This new change will eventually be the ‘NEW NORMAL’ of ALL Churches in the United Kingdom for a very long period of time.

My Father the church officer (Fitz Howard) is getting on in years. He has been a church officer at Manor Road Church for over Fifty years. This includes NOT just in the second existence of the church from 1970, but also from the old Presbyterian church.

The church elders understand that Mr Howard needs to slow-down in his work chores in the church, for a man of his particular age. So the Revd. John Campbell and 2 other elders are having talks about this at the moment and will eventually( in time) call my Father for a meeting to discuss his future working schedules in the church.

At the same time because of the implications of Covid-19, The Synod of the United Reformed Church wants more cleaning done in its churches. This is absolutely vital for the protection of EVERYONE that enters into one of its churches, so that nobody has the possibility of being in a position of contacting Coronavirus. The Revd. John Campbell is working on a new cleaning schedule for the church that takes into considerations the deeper cleaning that needs to be done in the church. The idea here for the church officer (Mr Howard) is that more cleaning will be done in the church, but My Father’s working schedule will be less strenuous in the day, hopefully with less working hours in the day for my father. I will be helping my father in this cleaning schedule.

There is an enormous amount of information that the church elders will have to get through and implement into the church building to make it 100% safe, while Covid-19 is still out there.

The Church Elders will be having a number of meetings this month and August, while it constantly changes the way we manage our church institution. In the light of Covid-19, this change effects EVERY SINGLE FACET of our church institution.

For when we eventually return back to the church, there will be a number of changes that we will have to operate as a church congregation.

These changes include the number of people that can actually be allowed in the church. At present, there is a total of 20 people allowed in the church.

There will also be changes in social distancing of people (2 metres apart from each other),No use of hymn books, No passing of the offertory plate, No touching of the plate where bread is placed for holy communion and even not touching hands of biscuits on a plate or tin for after service refreshments.

For myself, being the musician in the church (pianist); the biggest change will be the congregation not being allowed to use hymnbooks and NO SINGING of church hymns. There is the worry that singing can create droplets that can travel in the air and infect someone by this process. Only humming the melody will be allowed of hymns in church. The Revd. John Campbell will be lending the church a Digital Large Screen where the words will be able to be seen by our church congregation.

These changes at Manor Road Church do not just affect our church congregation, they also will affect ALL our community user groups who use our church hall. All Community Group leaders have been asked by the church elders, to provide the safety precautions that they will have to put in place to return to Manor Road Church. This is absolutely vital to protect their group in NOT being able to be in the position of ANYONE in their group being infected with Covid-19. The Revd. John Campbell is also putting a clause in Leaders contracts that takes into consideration the safety precautions that ALL leaders will have to abide by if they return back to Manor Road Church. The Revd. John Campbell will be contacting church leaders about these new contracts in the near future.

I cannot give you all an exact date when Manor Road Church will be able to open again, but from the discussion at the meeting on Wednesday, there is a huge possibility that this could be in early September 2020.

While we slowly come out of lock-down, there will be church news coming out of the Synod again. I will be sharing this news on this blog more on a regular basis from now-on.

So I look forward to sharing this News of local events with you all from our Thames-North Province in the near future.

Goodbye for Now and Do Very-Much take care while you are outside, remembering ALL the important advice that the Government has given to everyone.

Roger Howard.

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Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 22nd March 2020.

Well! it’s been quite some time since I last published on this blog and when I do return…the world turns completely on its head.

I won’t ask if you have all had a good week, that would be pretty ridiculous.

What I will ask is have you ALL been following our Prime Minister (Boris Johnson’s ) advice in his daily bulletins to the nation?

YOU BETTER! HIS ADVICE IS THE ONE THING THAT IS AND WILL KEEP AS ALL ALIVE, THAT AND (OF COURSE) PRAYING DAILY TO THE LORD GOD ALMIGHTY.

You know… sometimes I look at these Hollywood disaster movies and do wonder if these Hollywood Directors know something about the world we don’t know.

I know we may just look at these movies and just see some Hollywood fluff entertainment to keep us amused for 1 hour, 30 minutes or up to 2 hours, but dig deep enough and you will find some truthful reality of what is seriously going on in God’s world.

Last Friday I was watching the American Film Director Steven Soderbergh’s 2011 film ‘Contagion’ from a DVD copy I had at home.

The last time I saw the film was about 5 years ago, and at the time I just saw the film as some Hollywood Entertainment Film. You know the old cliche … Hollywood showing us all mad frightening behavior to frighten our senses as entertainment. When I watched it Last week Friday though… I thought I was watching a documentary. Steven Soderbergh’s film is so locked into the synopsis and visual of the Coronavirus pandemic… it is quite frightening.

What is incredible about the film is that the pandemic starts in Hong Kong, not China, as coronavirus has been. The feelings and sentiments of how the general public in the film react to the pandemic also have some realities in how people around the world have been reacting towards the coronavirus pandemic. To bring this sentiment home even more- on the DVD version of the film in the Film Extra section, there is a humorous (but very serious) animation film in how pandemics are created and how you ( as a human being) should act if you are in the situation of a virus pandemic. The animation in itself is real education, that I am urging everyone out there to see and study. This animation might be available online at youtube.com

If you can, do check out this film ‘Contagion’. It is available at Amazon.co.uk on DVD and Bluray. It is also available to purchase on the Prime video platform if you have a Smart Television, where you can purchase the film and Stream on your Television.

We had an Elders meeting Thursday (19th March 2020) with the Revd. John Campbell, who is our Interim Moderator at Manor Road Church. Much talk was NOT about our last church minutes, but about the Coronavirus pandemic and Manor Road Church’s future stability in this pandemic outbreak.

After much discussion about this, it came to our conclusion that Manor Road Church (just like other United Reformed Churches) would have to close until further notice. This action was not taken lightly, in fact, it has been endorsed by Thrive -Worldwide ( this is the organization that looks at ALL Health and Safety Matters in the United Reformed Church and Andrew Prasad our Moderator of the Thames-North United Reformed Church.

There would be NO CHURCH SERVICE at Manor Road Church on 22nd March 2020 and NO OTHER church services at Manor Road United Reformed Church thereafter until further notice, is given to returning back to the church building.

This news also affects our community user groups who use our building.

The Revd. John Campbell advised the elders to be assigned to a member of our congregation and to keep in communication with this church member while this situation of members away from the church building is present.

John Campbell is looking at ways of how our church can get access to Sunday Church services by the connection to multimedia technologies and general communication by phone.

I will give you all an update on this situation here when they come available for the congregation.

While we are ALL AWAY FROM CHURCH, I WILL BE KEEPING YOU ALL INFORMED ABOUT THE CHURCH’S SITUATION DURING THIS UNREST, WHILE TRYING TO (AT LEAST) KEEPING YOUR SPIRITS UP.

I will be publishing again next-week Sunday with advice news about coronavirus from the United Reformed Church Synod.

I have included a poster that I have left on the church’s door, in my capacity as the Health and Safty Officer of our church.

There is also the letter that our Moderator Andrew Prasad has written to ALL United Reformed Churches in the Thames-North Province.

TAKE CARE FOR NOW AND PLEASE WASH YOUR HANDS, ONLY MAKE THE MOST NECESSARY OF JOURNEYS, DON’T BULK- BUY IN THE SUPERMARKETS (REMEMBER OTHERS) AND CONTINUALLY PRAY TO GOD.

GOD BLESS YOU ALL!

Roger Howard: Editor

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Manor Road URC – Church News- Sunday 26th January 2020.

Hello Everybody and a (Very Belated) Happy New Year to You All!

As our first published blog of 2020, I hope this new year marks a year of happiness and happy goodwill to one and all.

For a new year and decade in this country, as we come out of the European Union, the last reference I mentioned previously has a lot of real gravitas to it and we are ALL going to have the needs of real fortitude of hopes and faith, if situations do turn bad for us all as a country, in the first few months of us coming out of the European Union.

I hope your Christmas last year was a Merry One.

Our Pulpit Secretary (Doris Purkiss) went to visit her daughter Joan over the Christmas holiday (as she does every year) and when she came home, she had an unfortunate incident where she had a fall in her own flat. The ambulance came over to her flat and took Doris to the Homerton Hospital (Hackney) where she had to be constantly monitored, as she has a device near her heart.

When the Doctors and Nurses were happy with the progress of Doris, they returned her to her flat. Joan has been staying with Doris for a few weeks, while Doris gets her strength back.

So for a number of weeks, the church has been without our Pulpit Secretary and also our Church Secretary (Kalu Amogu) as he has been on a holiday vacation to Ghana, from which he has only returned back.

We have people in our church who do a valuable and very important role in this church. Doris and my Father, Fitz (Church Officer) are just two very important people who have a very important role in this church, and they are both getting on in their years. It always amazes me, the amount of work they do at Manor Road United Reformed Church, even when they are feeling under the weather and are not in good health.

I believe it is very important that when we have elderly people doing important roles in the church, we are able to talk about our health matters. It does not really matter how much a person does in a church, what is most important is an individual person’s health in the role they are doing.

When we have people over the ages of over 75 doing work in the church, we MUST ALL take more of an interest in looking after this particular age group.

My own father has had two mini-strokes in the last 2 years and unbelievably; he had these mini-strokes in the church building. So I have a very personal deep interest in this kind of particular matter.

I am making sure my Father is sleeping well and eating well, that is my natural duty as his son, but as I have just said; we ALL need to take a more personal interest in this particular age group of people who do very important work in the church.

As a church, this year marks Manor Road Church’s 50th Birthday Anniversary, which we are all here very excited about.

We shall be holding a very special event for this 50th Anniversary on Saturday 14th November, between the hours of 3pm to 6pm.

We shall be inviting our friends, neighbors from our community and people from our neighboring churches (as well as the Moderator from the United Reform Church Synod) to this very special event in November this year.

Church Elders and Members of the Congregation will be preparing for this special event with The Revd. John Campbell in March.

There promise’s to be a few exciting aspects to this special church service on the 14th November, that will look into our church history from when the building first opened in November 1970.

There is not much church news this week, but there is news from the Thames North Synod which you may wish to note down in your diaries.

There will be a Bible Study at our church on the last Tuesday of February (25th) from 2.00pm till 4.00pm and we will be joined by members of Rectory Road United Reformed Church.

Next Week’s Sunday Morning Service will be led by Kathleen Laing who comes from Highcross United Reformed Church- Tottenham -North London.

The Service starts at 10.30am.

Please bring your Friends and Family.

You are all very welcome at Manor Road United Reformed Church.

By Next Week, we should all be out of the European Union.

Roll on World-Wide Enterprise…. I Hope.

Have A Lovely Week Everyone.

Roger Howard: Editor.

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Manor Road URC- Church News-Sunday 8th December 2019.

Hello Everyone!

I hope your past week was a good one.

Well! The Big Day is this forth-coming Thursday.

Do you know which political party you are all going to vote for?

YES!

NO!

OR ‘I’m NOT BOTHERED EITHER WAY BECAUSE I AM TRULY FRUSTRATED WITH WHAT IS GOING ON WITH POLITICS AND POLITICIANS IN THIS COUNTRY’.

Well! Whatever your answer to that question is, lets just also make that decision for all of us with God’s guidance.

There is not much news coming from our church this week, but I have a lot of info from the Thames North Synod Office, that you may all like to write down in your diaries of forthcoming events leading up to Christmas and the New Year.

Though this is supposed to be the season of goodwill and cheer, I am afraid that I have some sad news from our church this season.

Due to the fact that quite a few members of our congregation are either visiting friends and families in the UK or abroad this year; Manor Road URC (AGAIN) has decided not to have a church Christmas Day service this year.

It really saddens me, to even contemplate even writing down this fact, but I’m afraid this is a situation that cannot be solved with even a few readings and carols for the special day.

Yes ( I know what you’re all thinking); with even a few members in this church (4 or 5 people) you can still have a church service, as the Lord Jesus Christ presence would be here on his birthday, but even for the few here on the day, it would be a service with deep regret knowing that many of our congregation our not here on the most important day in the Christain calender.

As well as having to sing even extra louder, because of the lack of people in the congregation.

I do hope that Manor Road Congregation, can find a solution to this deep problem we have at this time of year, as it comes across as a conflicting issue of the lack of deep faith and our Christian morals, when we are not able to truly celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ in his holy church.

I do very much hope we are NOT in this same position next year Christmas Day.

The Church service Next Week Sunday will be led by Janine Stolz.

Church service begins at 10.30am.

Have A Lovely Week Everyone.

Stay Calm, Don’t Go Mad doing your Christmas Shopping.

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 24th November 2019.

Hello EveryOne.

I hope you are all keeping Calm in the runup to Christmas and also keeping calm for the General Elections on 12th December.

Whatever happens in these forthcoming elections, let us all be thankful that the ultimate decision that this country makes as regards its future prosperities, lies in our Lord Jesus Christ Hands and he will be the guide that leads our future prime minister in the ultimate right directions for all our future stabilities.

Amen to that.

Manor Road’s Church Secretary ( Kalu Amogu) has taken leave on a holiday to Ghana with his wife, and won’t be back with us till the end of January next year.

All our future church event notices will be handled by our Pulpit Secretary: Doris Purkiss until Kalu returns back to us in January next year.

As we are now gearing up to the Christmas Holiday Season, there is not much church event information from our own church, but I have a lot of info that you may all put down in your diaries for forthcoming events situated around different venues in the Thames North Area.

There will be a Bible Reading Group at Manor Road Church, this forthcoming Tuesday from 2.00pm till 4.00pm. Manor Road Elders will be joined by some members of Recortory Road URC.

The Church service next week Sunday will be led by Brian Smith and will be a communion service.

Church Service begins at 10.30am.

Have a Lovely Week Everyone.

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

Manor Road URC – Church News-Sunday 3rd November 2019.

Hello Everybody!

Long-time not published…Glad to Be Back With You All…Won’t Go into the whys and where forth thou’s of why it’s taken so long to get back to you all…(all your miseries have been enough with Brexit shenanigans in the country)… NUFF SAID!

There is not much news from Manor Road this week, but we have a huge amount of information on events in our Local Thames North Area, which you may all want to note down into your diaries.

I am very glad to announce to you all that from Next Year, Manor Road United Reformed Church will be celebrating its 50th Birthday Anniversary as a church, for the time when our church was first opened in November 1970.

The church plans to have a Saturday Event in November 2020 which will be a special service in Manor Road Church, which will (hopefully) be led by our past minister: The Revd.John Campbell.

I will be giving you an exact date from Next Year so that the event is fresh in all your beautiful minds.

The Church Elders and the Congregation will be planning for this special service event in the spring of 2020. We hope to invite our many friends and families that have made a huge contribution to our church in these majestic 50 years, for the time period in which this (2nd building) of our church has been in existence.

While that was happy news, there also some unhappy news here as well.

It is with sad regret that our church elders have decided not to continue the coffee morning event at Manor Road Church, due to the very low attendance of people to this event. We used to have this event on the 2nd Saturday of every month. Hopefully (in future) when we get a new Lay Leader in the Church, we may be able to start it up again. I believe what it needs is just a bit of tweaking-up here and there, understanding coffee morning’s real purpose, having good management and (most important of all); that this event is promoted in the most positive way, that is not just for the benefit of church people, but is also to the benefit of our local community as well.

1st November 2019

Next Week’s Sunday Morning Service will be led by Tony Davis, who is from High Cross United Reformed Church, Tottenham-North London.

This will be a special service for Remembrance Sunday, so, please bring your friends and families.

Church Service begins at 10.30am.

Everyone is welcome at Manor Road United Reformed Church.

Have a Lovely Week Everyone.

Confucious Say: Too Much Brexit/No Brexit Numbs the Brain at Special Voting Time.

Roger Howard: Editor.

manorroadurcblog.co.uk.

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