Places don’t make communities – people do

March 1, 2021| Past Issues, Uncategorized

Abraham Debbarma, the new Pastor at Manor Road Evangelical Church and his wife Katy.

My name is Abraham Debbarma and I am the new Pastor at Manor Road Evangelical Church. We’ve just moved to Stoughton, and I’m glad to have this opportunity to say hello to you.

I am sure you’d agree that life has been hard this past year, and we all hope the year ahead will bring back some ‘normality’ into our lives. Starting a new life in a new place has its own challenges, especially with all the restrictions, but my wife, Katy, and I, along with our three children, are very excited to be here with you in the Stoughton area. We hope to meet many of you as we settle in, perhaps in the local park, at the school gate or in the shops.

Life can take you to different places, and as you meet new people along the way it is wonderful. At the same time, human beings are uniquely and intricately wired to find a place to belong. A place to call home.

I’ve found this to be true of my own story. Moving countries, moving cultures, moving cities. I have discovered the importance of community and making real connections. In fact, this pandemic, with all the pain and grief it has brought, has also seen examples of neighbours and communities drawing closer, stepping outside of their comfort zone, working together to help the vulnerable and the needy.

We are now part of the church community here at Manor Road. Places and institutions don’t make communities, nor do church buildings – people do. Manor Road church is a community of people from different countries and colours and backgrounds who have found their home in Jesus Christ.

We really look forward to meeting some of you and would love to welcome you into our new church community at Manor Road, in the same way that they have already welcomed us.

Please do feel free to get in touch via my email address –

Yours Truly

Abraham Debbarma
Pastor Manor Road Evangelical Church