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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