Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 24th June 2018.

Its been a long time (more than a month in fact since we published our last blog).

All I can do (as editor) is apologize to you all, most profusely. We must all stop meeting up ( so little) such as this, its not good for the protocol of church desktop publishing.

To be honest… there has been little coming into our church that has merited the church’s interest of events for the congregation at Manor Road URC to be a part of.

Things are picking up now with the event invitations that have been reaching us, so lets all just continue with bringing you all this week’s church news from Manor Road United Reformed Church.

Firstly, we have some very sad news about two church members who have both recently died from our church family congregation at Manor Road URC.

The first was a lady who was a member of our congregation from the early days of Manor Road URC’s formation as a church: Mary Giddings (Martin). The second was also a lady who was a member of our congregation from the early days of this church and also lived close-by at Geneva Court Flats: Hettie Sears.

Both ladies died in just a few weeks of each other.

It was only last year that Mary Martin’s husband, Delroy Martin died. Somebody who was one of the most loyal and committed individuals this church EVER had as Church treasurer and church organist, and who was also a very huge influence on me, in my present role as a church musician. Both Delroy and Mary were living in Nottingham, after living in Essex for a number of years.

Mary died in a nursing home. She was suffering from the debilitating disease of Alzheimer’s. She coped with this disease with the utmost grace and humility. I can honestly say that for me (someone who knew Mary from a very young age), the church has lost someone who was quite simply one of the kindest and gracious ladies I have ever met. She was someone who was very loyal to Manor Road Church, especially in her role as church secretary. She was also a great source of inspiration to her local community around the church and Geneva Court Flats.

Manor Road Church sends its deepest condolences to Mary’s family at this difficult time, especially to her two sons Andrew and David and her Ex-Husband Don Giddings. The church congregation will be thinking about you all very deep in our prayers.

Hettie Sears recently had received a number of traumatic accidents with her hip and other parts of her body, that unfortunately led to further complications that resulted in her death. Towards the end of her life she was finding it very difficult to walk, so much so, that her daughter Jean got a stair-lift installed for Hettie in her flat.

Like Mary, Hettie was also a very kind and gracious lady. I can’t give you enough information here how Hettie was a very inspirational person to me, as a young boy growing up in this church. Like Mary, Hettie was very loyal to this church. I remember as a young boy, her careful nurturing of looking after the young people in Sunday School. I remember her commitments of helping out regularly with Manor Road’s Jumble Sales and Bazaars.

I know personally that Hettie was someone who helped out a lot in the local community also, in ways that were truly awe-inspiring. Manor Road Church with Hettie Sears has lost someone who was truly admired and loved at Manor Road Church.

Manor Road Church sends its very deepest condolences to Hettie Sears very close family, especially her son and daughter: Richard and Jean Sears. The congregation of Manor Road Church will also be thinking about Hettie and her family, very deep in our church prayers.

Thank you, Mary Giddings (Martin) and Hettie Sears, your gracious leading lights will never be forgotten in this church.

The church has received news that Mary’s funeral will be at Radcliffe On Trent, Nottingham at the Radcliffe Methodist Church on Tuesday 26th June  at 1.00pm. Hettie Sears Funeral will be here at Manor Road Church this coming Thursday at 12.45pm.

The Burial Ceremony for Hettie will be held at Manor Park Cemetery: Serbert Road, Forest Gate, London E7 ONP at 2.45pm.

For people who can not attend the burial, refreshments of Tea and Coffee will be held downstairs in the church hall, following the funeral service.

Following the burial service Refreshments will be served at  ‘The Rose and Crown’ pub, Church Street, Hackney, Stoke Newington at 4.30pm.


   Mary Olive Martin R.I.P          

Hettie Marie Martha Sears R.I.P

This coming Tuesday 26th June is our Bible Study in the church hall from 2.00pm to 4.00pm.

There will be an Elders Meeting on 11th July at 11.00am in the Church Hall.



The church service next week Sunday morning will be led by John Stynes.

Church Service begins at 10.30 am.

Please bring your friends and family you are all very welcome at Manor Road Church.

Have A Lovely Week Everyone.

Do Enjoy the lovely sunshine everyone and don’t forget to put on your suncream for skin protection of the sun.

Editor: Roger Howard.