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Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 20th January 2019.

Hello Everyone and a (Very Belated) Happy New Year to One and All!

Well!…the last time we published our Blog was 9th December (last year), so I guess its down to me to do a lot of explaining here now.

We were hoping to have our Christmas Day morning service, but…unfortunately…It never truly panned out that way.

Myself and my father (church officer – Fitz Howard), plus our Church treasurer (Helen Fania) and her daughter, were the only people who turned up at our church on Christmas Day morning.

There was a previous inkling that we would be very short of people for Christmas Day morning, so we waited at least 15 minutes, to see if anyone would turup to church on this very important day.

After waiting 15 minutes (and with nobody turning up to the church) we all had no choice but to cancel our Christmas day service.

I think it is a great shame that this service had to be cancelled, especially as our pulpit secretary Doris Purkiss) went out of her way in seeing if we could get help in planning this service, as there were no available preachers for this Christmas day service. This service was planned to be ta led by our church congregation.

The Christmas season is always a difficult time period in our church, as church members are either away on their Christmas holidays abroad) or they are just spending the day with close relatives and friends, with all the preparations that are involved in this day, it is no surprise that the church is very short on people on Christmas day.

I believe that if we can all pull together to make some kind of honest pledge (in the few months before Christmas) that we can all make some kind of commitment to be in the church on one of the most important days in the Christian calendar ‘Christmas Day’, we send an important pledge Not just for ourselves as a congregation, but also our local community, that we care about being in the church on one of the most important days in the Christian church: The Lord Jesus Christ Birthday.

Our whole pledge as Christians and the unity of God’s Holy Church is constituted in making an acknowledgement of being in God’s holy church on Christmas Day.

I don’t believe this is something we should take lightly; the whole principle of being a christain, is in making an acknowledgement of Jesus Christ Holy birth on Christmas Day.

Although, we all did not meet here last Christmas, I hope everyone’s Christmas day was a very enjoyable one.

At the end of Last year, our Interim Moderator: Dr Paul Ashitey stepped down in his duties as the church’s Interim moderator. Paul in his last church meeting last year announced that he will still be around to lead church services from time to time, although he will not be leading church meetings and elders meetings. For any church meeting and elders meetings that our church needs; these will be led by our past minister: The Revd. John Campbell. Dr Paul Ashitey will next be leading our Easter (Communion) day church service.

Manor Road United Reformed Church wishes to thank Dr Paul Ashitey for his very loyal years as our Interim Moderator. The church is most grateful to Dr Paul Ashitey’s very loyal service to Manor Road URC, especially as he was helping our church while also helping his local church at Whichmore Hill URC.

Manor Road URC wishes Dr Paul Ashitey all the very best in all his future endeavours in the United Reformed Church.

Our Church Secretary: Mr Kalu Amogu ( and his wife) are away on holiday at this present time. We are not entirely sure when they will be arriving back, but believe this will be in early February. As a church, this means we are not able to plan any church or elders meetings at this present time.

We all had some shock news after church service today, in that our beloved Miss Anne Crowe will be leaving our church to live in Ireland, to be near her family for the rest of her life.

Anne is due to leave London, this coming week (either Tuesday or Wednesday).

There are not enough words here to truly express what Anne Crowe has given to Manor Road United Reformed Church (especially in her role as church secretary). I can honestly say, that I am doing work in our church today because I grew up in this church with incredible people like Anne Crowe, who gave an incredible amount of winsdom to younger people in the church, where I was one of those younger people. I have very deep respect and grattitude to her, in ways that I can’t even truly express here propely. Anne Crowe has not just been a dear friend of Manor Road URC, she has also been a very dear firend to my family and other church member families as well.

She will be deeply missed at Manor Road URC. I truly hope there will be a chance in the near distant future, for the church to give a proper goodbye for this very loyal church member.

Manor Road United Reformed Church wishes Anne Crowe the very best of wishes for her future.

Goodbye my Dear Anne, we all hope to meet up with you in the very near future.

Welcome to our News Round Up for the week ending 11 January 2019, our first newsletter of 2019.

Next week’s Sunday morning service will be led by Joseph Dankwa.

Church Service begins at 10.30.am.

Please bring your friends and families.

Have a Lovely Week Everyone!

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

Manor Road URC -Church News – Sunday 9th December 2018.

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a good week  and I hope the plans for preparing for christmas are not stressing you out.

There is not a lot of church news at this present time, but we do have some events information from the synod that you can put in your diary for the forth-coming weeks.


As you can see from the poster above are church’s carol service is on Sunday 23rd December at 10.30 am. 

We need readers for this Carol service. There are 9 readings to be read for this service and next week Sunday (16th December) the church officer Fitz will be handing out the readings, so please make sure you are here next Sunday to collect your readings for the service.

Also we also need mince pies for this service and for Christmas day for the refreshments that will be served for after these two Christmas services.

The service next week Sunday will be led by Kathleen Laing from Highcross URC -Tottenham-North London.

Church services begins at 10.30am.

Please bring your friends and families to these services. You are all very welcome at Manor Road URC.

Have a Lovely Week Everyone.

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 4th November 2018.

Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a good week, this past week.

My sincere apologies for not having anything published on our blog for over a month now.

The church has been sorting out issues in the security of our website online, so that our website is fully protected online and that our website can be found on search engines on the internet.

We have also installed a new broadband phone line for our church, so we now have a new phone number for our church office.

The new phone number for the church office is: 0208 809 5432.

There is not much new information coming from our church for this week, But I have news of church events happening in the next weeks and months from the URC church synod office.

So please note these events in your diaries to attend these events in the coming weeks and months.

Next Weeks’s Sunday Morning Service (Remembrance Day) will be led by our Interim Moderator: Dr Paul Ashitey.

After service there will be a church meeting.

For people who were not at the previous church service, you would not have been able to take your church minutes home to read for the meeting, so (if you intend to stay for the church meeting this coming Sunday, you will have to read the minutes fairly quickly after the church service for the meeting.

We hope many of you all can stay for this church meeting because there are very serious issues to discuss for the church.

See you all next week.

Have a very nice week everyone.

Roger Howard.

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Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 23rd September 2018.

Hello Everyone.

I hope your past week was a comfortable one.

Here is the Manor Road Church News for this week.

This coming Tuesday(25th September) there will be Bible Study in the church hall downstairs from 2pm-4pm.

There will be a church meeting after church service on Sunday 30th September.

7th October is our Harvest Service (which will contain a Communion). After church service, there will be a Harvest Lunch.

If you wish to contribute in bringing food for the harvest lunch, you only have Next week Sunday to add your name of food(s) you wish to bring for the harvest lunch, by filling-in the food contribution list, which has been left on the table in the Narthex.

Also if you have any groceries of tins and other foods for the front of the church for Harvest Sunday, these would also be most greatly appreciated.

After Harvest, these foods are given to the food bank in Church Street, which as an organization they very much appreciate from our church.

Next Sunday’s church service will be led by David Akoli who is from High Cross United Reformed Church (Tottenham-North London).

Church service begins at 10.30am.
Please join us for that service and please bring your friends and families.
Have a Lovely Week everyone.

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

 

 

 

Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 16th September 2018.

Hello Everyone.

I hope you all had a good week, this past week.

Here is the Manor Road URC News for this week, as well as news of forthcoming events from the Synod of the United Reformed Church.

This coming Saturday (22nd September) there will a high tea at High Cross United Reformed Church (Tottenham/North London) from 2pm-4pm.

A church meeting at Manor Road URC has been scheduled for 30th September,after the church service.

Harvest Sunday at Manor Road Church is October 7th.

We need groceries for the front altar of the church for harvest, so tins of soup, peas, fruit, etc… other groceries would be most appreciated to send to the food bank at St Mary’s Church, Stoke Newington.

We also need food contributions for our Harvest Lunch for Harvest Sunday. Any food contributors must sign the form list paper, which has been left on the table on the narthex.

We are still planning a date for our next Elder’s Meeting so I will come back to you all when I have received the date for that meeting.

Next Sunday’s morning service will be led by Brian Smith.

Church Service begins at 10.30 am.

Please bring your friends and families.

You are ALL very welcome at Manor Road URC.

Have a Lovely Week Everyone.

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 12th August 2018.

Hello Everybody.

I hope you all had a nice week.

Me… I have not been so good as I have been in constant continuous pain on my hip and back area, due to (i believed) dreaded sciatica. The doctor has given me Ibuprofen to take 3 times a day (not that this has been really helping) as I am still having to take paracetamols to suppress this intense pain I am receiving.

I visited my Doctor on Friday and he told me it is not in fact sciatica I have but a similar back/hip pain condition ( the long difficult Latin name escapes me now), he gave me a lot of information documents about this condition and the exercises I should be doing daily to alleviate this intense pain. So hopefully with these exercises and God’s holy intervention, I should be back to my ‘hopefully’ less ‘Pain-Free’ self again.

I don’t have much directly from Manor Road Church at the moment, as we are very much now into the church’s holiday month, but we do have some events that you can put in your diaries, for church events scattered around the Thames North Area.

Right!… So Here We Go.

Next Week’s Sunday Morning Service at Manor Road URC will be led by Kathleen Benjamin from High Cross URC (Tottenham-North London).

Church Service begins at 10.30 am.

Please also bring your friends families.

You are all Very Welcome at Manor Road URC.

Have a Lovely Week Everyone.

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

 

 

Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 8th July 2018.

Hello Everyone!

I hope your past week has been an enjoyable one.

I also hope you have been enjoying the fine sunshine that we have been receiving in the United Kingdom lately and also the brilliant world cup football on the television, particularly the England team who (dare I say it) may actually be in with a possible chance of  actually bringing that Cup back home to the United Kingdom.

COME ON ENGLAND!!!

Must calm down now… must get in the right frame of mind for this religious blog.

There is not much news coming directly from Manor Road Church this week. The majority of news events this week comes from around the Thames North Synod area.

The Manor Road Church elders meeting that was scheduled for this coming Wednesday (11th July) has now been scheduled for the following Tuesday, 17 July at 11.00am in the church hall.

Our Sister church, Highcross Reformed Church in Tottenham, North London is celebrating 150 years as a church and have invited the congregation of Manor Road URC to a Barbeque on Saturday 28th July from 1.00pm-5.00pm.

This event has been planned as a real community event and even the Mayor of Haringey is expected to attend this event. We hope that many members of Manor Road URC will be able to attend this event. High Cross Church has been a very dear friend of Manor Road Church for decades and we as a church would be struggling from Sunday to Sunday if we did not have the help of preachers that Manor Road URC receives from High Cross URC.

The highest majority of preachers we receive at Manor Road URC from Sunday to Sunday come from High Cross Church and Manor Road URC are continually grateful for the continuous support that High Cross URC has shown(and continues to show) towards Manor Road URC for these many decades.

There is more info about this barbeque, further down in the post of this blog.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Next Week’s Sunday Morning’s Service will be led by Kathleen Benjamin from High Cross URC.

Church service begins at 10.30 am.

Have a lovely week everyone.

P.S. Don’t forget your suncreams out there……IT’S GETTING EVEN HOTTER OUT THERE !!!!

Editor: Roger Howard.

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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.

manorroadurcblog.co.uk.

 

 

Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 13th May 2018.

Hello Everyone!!!

I hope you all had a good week.

Very short news information this week, in fact, we have not had a lot of church news come in for quite a long time, hence the lack of published blogs since Easter.

Manor Road United Reformed church is presently in a period of a very big transformation transition period, where the church is looking at doing some very big repairs on the building. Some of these repairs are desperately needed at Manor Road URC, especially if we hope to have this building not just for this present generation at the church, but future generations who may wish to use this building for church services and community groups who may wish to use our church hall.

For the majority of repairs that are needed in the building, Manor Road URC will be applying for a church grant application for these repairs.

Myself, our Interim Moderator Paul Ashitey and other elders in our church will be meeting with David Skipp (property development officer of Thames Valley Synod) and The Revd. John Campbell ( minister of High Cross URC – Tottenham/North London and interim moderator of Rectory Road URC – Stoke Newington/North London) this coming Thursday 17th may 2018, to discuss Manor Road URC’s Grant Application at the church.

Next Sunday (Pentecost) our church service will be led by our Interim Moderator Dr. Paul Ashitey and this will be a communion service.

After this church service, there will be an AGM church meeting led by Paul Ashitey followed by a church lunch.

This morning our Interim moderator Paul Ashitey told the congregation how he has been observing how members of Manor Road URC have been arriving at church quite late after the 10.30 am starting time (myself-shamefully included here). There is no excuse for me as I live very close on the premises, but I do understand it can be a bit of a rush for some members in the congregation to get to church in time, especially if they have no transportation to come to church. We have for quite a long period been starting church services, about 10 munites later after the 10.30 am deadline and this can make it difficult for preachers to stay after church and have a chat with members of the congregation. So, All of Us (Myself Included ) need to pull together and try to get to church before 10.30 am, so we can start church services at the dot of 10.30 am.

If this continues to be a struggle of members coming in at later times beyond 10.30 am, we all need to be honest about getting at the church before 10.30 am and bring this issue up in the church meeting.

Most of the congregation who were here this morning, hopefully, picked up their church minutes for next Sunday’s AGM meeting… So… ***DON’T FORGET TO BRING YOUR CHURCH MINUTES BACK NEXT WEEK FOR NEXT WEEK’S AGM MEETING AFTER SERVICE***

*** YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!!!***.

OHHH… I do like this power… it’s quite fun.

I promise I won’t let it get to my head though.

Remember**** Church Service begins at 10.30.am.****

Don’t forget to bring your friends and families to church.

You are All Very Welcome at Manor Road United Reformed Church.

Have a Lovely Week Everyone and enjoy watching the Royal Wedding on Saturday and any celebrations you may be attending.

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

 

 

 

 

Manor Road URC – Church News – Sunday 25th March 2018.

Hello Everyone!

Hope your past week was a good week.

Getting ready for Easter?…. Yes/No?…OK…. I won’t go into that scenario then.

We have only a very few notices this week.

Firstly our condolences to members of our congregation who are ill or in hospital at this moment in time.

A shout out in particular to our church secretary Kalu and his wife, who has been away from the church as they have caught the flu. Our past church secretary Anne Crowe who has been away for a number of weeks due to her leg and feet problems, although I hear she is slowly getting better.

Hettie Sears who has been in hospital due to problems with her hip.

I hope you can all get better and join us back soon.

As far as notices this week….

There will be a bible study at Manor Road URC on Tuesday 27th March from 2.00pm till 4.00pm where we will be joined with some members from Rectory Road URC.

Our Good Friday service this coming Friday will be led by Orin Stephens who is a member of High Cross United Reformed Church in Tottenham. Service begins at 10.30 am.

Please bring your friends and families and let us all be here for the saddest of holy days in the Christian calendar.

Our Easter Sunday morning service will be led by our Interim Moderator: Dr. Paul Ashitey and will also be at 10.30 am. This service will be a communion service.

 

Have a Lovely Week Everyone!

 

Roger Howard.

Editor: manorroadurcblog.co.uk

 

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