WELCOME BACK TO THE MANOR ROAD UNITED REFORMED CHURCH NEWS BLOG!
I hope you all had a peaceful week in this last week.
A full, four months have passed in the time since I last posted on this blog towards the end of May 2017.
This long absence has been for a very good reason.
In the United Reformed Church Synod (In the Thames Lea Valley District, into which Manor Road church belongs) the name of Sandhya Pinn is a very important name, for without this valuable and courageous woman, Manor Road church would not have much of a blog, because of the wealth of church events material that Sandhya was able to send to us.
The last time Sandhya sent me united reformed church events information, must have been in March 2017. After this time, no events information was forth-coming into our church, which meant that we had no events information for our church secretary to read out to our church congregation, as well as not much info for our church news blog.
As editor of this blog, I made a conscious decision to halt the writing of the church blog, because no information would make this blog non-existent, to the realities of the church events that were happening on a weekly and daily basis in the united reformed church, in the Thames Valley Area during the forthcoming weeks and months.
It was only when I rang into church house (United Reformed Church head office) in the summer (June 2017) to inquire about why we had not been receiving church events information from Sandhya Pinn, that I learned of the awful news that Sandhya Pinn was going through the debilitating disease of cancer and that she was (at that particular moment in time ) presently on her chemotherapy treatment. Sue Russell was taking over Sandhya’s role, but even though Manor Road Church was on the list to get information, in the absence of Sandhya’s role, there was still hardly any news events information coming in for manor road church.
It was with very sad regret that in later months, we learned of the passing of Sandhya Pinn, who was not able to cope with the chemotherapy she was going through.
Manor Road United Reformed Church would like to express our dear sympathies to Sandhya Pinn’s family and friends.
She was a very brave and courageous woman, who had to endure the debilitating disease of cancer and its treatment. We praise her for her courageous spirit in enduring a very difficult period of her life.
Manor Road Church thanks, Sandiya Pinn for providing a wealth of church events information for our church for many years. Her enduring incredible spirit will never be forgotten in this church.
R.I.P Sandhya Pinn.
I am happy to announce that after four months without church events information, we now have a new office manager, to take on the role that Sandhya Pinn did so incredibly well.
Her name is Colleen Fraser and she is also the PA to the United Reformed Church moderator and synod clerk.
Colleen Fraser has started a new publication called ‘Thames News Synod Roundup’ which she will be circling around to the churches (hopefully on a weekly basis), so in due course, manor road’s church secretary and myself will be receiving church news events information again.
Hopefully, from next week, we can start the church news blog in the way we are always accustomed to.
Thank you all for your patience in this difficult period of time in restructuring, in the aftermath of the passing of sandhya pinn.
There is only one forth-coming event in the church this coming Saturday.
Our Coffee Morning will be in the church hall (downstairs from 10am to 12.pm (Noon).
So, in the time that we have not been publishing the blog, you may be wondering what situations have been going on in our church.
Well… I finally took up the courage to become an elder in the church.
Dr Paul Ashitey (Our Interim Moderator) inducted me into eldership on Sunday 17th September 2017.
For many years, people at Manor Road Church have always been urging me to become a church elder and I have always said no to that endeavour. Coming from a younger generation, I always felt I could be doing more in the church that not only involved church duties but also local community duties as well. Also with my dream and passion of wanting to be a musician and a music journalist, I thought that being an elder would take me away from my dreams and passions. I was just being hard on myself because I want to do the role of eldership very well. Apart from giving my commitment to God and the church, the role has enabled me to sit-in on elder meetings and be part of the decisions of management in the church. I would like to think that from someone from a younger perspective, my views will help in the future stability of Manor Road United Reformed Church.
Anne Crowe has been our church secretary for over 20 years now. At the age of 90, Anne decided to give up her role as Manor Road’s Church Secretary. She will still be helping out in lighter duties in the church.
Manor Road Church now has a NEW church secretary. This time he is a man.
His name is Mr Kalu Amogu. With a wealth of knowledge, (he was a secretary at the Woodberry Down Tenants Association), the church has a lot of confidence that Kalu will do his very best, for the benefit of Manor Road United Reformed Church.
A few weeks back, my family received some sad news on the passing of my father’s younger brother, Dan Howard. My Father (Fitz Howard) is Manor Road’s church officer. His brother, Dan died in Barbados from the effects of pneumonia. While a service was being held in Barbados, a service was also being held at St Chads Church in Hoxton-London. Both my Father and I took part in the service. My Dad and I read bible readings in the service. From the Brother and Sisters my Father had, my Dad is now the only sibling left on his side of the family.
I would like to end this blog today with some more unfortunate sad news.
A fortnight ago the church received some sad news that Delroy Martin, our previous church organist and treasurer had passed away.
Delroy was the church organist and treasurer in our present united reformed church for many years, as well as being the treasurer of the old Presbyterian church.
I would like to here pay an acknowledgment to Delroy’s enduring spirit, in his hard dedication to the stability of Manor Road United Reformed Church for many years.
As Manor Road’s present-day church organist/pianist, I know from the first-hand experience of the dedication of service Delroy Marin gave to this church for many years.
I pay enormous gratitude to Delroy Martin in having the faith in me, and truly being a mentor for me in taking up the role as a church musician (Organist), a role he had for many years.
Looking back now in the long period that I have now been playing at Manor Road United Reformed Church, this has only seriously happened because of incredible people like Delroy Martin, someone who is able to recognize young talent in church and nurture it.
I started going to church at a very young age, was always encouraged to go to church. When your Father is the church officer and he is from the Caribbean, there is not much escape from the church. I learned from an early age, that the role of organist/pianist is something that has to start from a young age. You have to understand the different kinds of hymns there are and the way a congregation sings them before you can even think about contemplating playing church hymns. Many Church hymns, unlike other forms of printed music, don’t come with time signatures (especially very old hymns) so a musician is guided solely by the way a congregation sings and the familiarity of the tempo of hymns the way they are sung through the periods of historical time. I noticed from a young age that Delroy always used the pedals on the organ and I used to have fun looking at the coordination of how his fingers and feet were always working together. One set of body parts moving in a completely different synchronicity with the other. This was one reason that when I took to playing the church organ, I never took to using the pedals. I found it increasingly difficult, but Delroy Martin had learned this technique very well. He had more difficulty though with the modern hymns being played on the organ because they had more complicated syncopated rhythms.
Thank You, Delroy, for Believing and trusting in me to do the role that you had done at Manor Road United Reformed Church.
I hope I have been (and still can be) as loyal a musician in this church as you were.
I hope I am doing my best in this church to make you proud.
Thank you, Sir, I will never forget you.
Manor Road United Reformed Chuch organist/pianist.
Manor Road United Reformed Church would like to offer our deepest sincere sympathies to Delroy Martin’s Family and Friends, on the passing of an incredible man.
Also, our Love and prayers are sent to Mary Martin (Delroy’s Wife – who was also a past member of Manor Road United Reform Church), who is presently in a nursing home, suffering from the debilitating effects of Alzheimer’s Disease.
R.I.P Mr Delroy Martin.
Delroy Martin Manor Road United Reformed Church’s (previous) Church Organist and Treasurer.
For the people who knew Delroy Martin (there are only a very few people in the church now who actually knew Delroy) we are seeking a way of attending his funeral.
His funeral is being held in Nottingham (where he was living) on Monday 16th October 2017.
We are hoping to see if (very quickly) we can hire a mini-van to take us to Nottingham where the service is being held.
For old members of this congregation the 2 hours plus journey by train maybe a bit difficult for them. If we are not able to attend, our spirits will be in that funeral service.
I have asked members who knew Delroy (if they cannot attend) to send me their memories of Delroy that maybe can be shared on the day of Delroy’s funeral.
Friends of Delroy can send me their memories of Delroy by going to the contact or about us page (clicking on the banners and contacting me on the link.
Thanks to Jeremy Martin (Delroy’s Son) for providing us of the lovely photograph of Delroy taken at home in his garden.
The service here next Sunday morning will be led by Claudette Reid-Titre.
Church service begins at 10.30 am.
Please bring your friends and families.
You are all very welcome at Manor Road Church.
Have Nice and Peaceful Week Everyone.