The church looked very "tired" and yet it has all of the common elements one would expect to see.
Here is the chancel area done in lovely wood panelling
The seats are wooden and certainly not of the comfortable variety! You can see screens for power point presentations - so they are right up to date.
The service will last for anything up to two hours and this will be followed by hospitality and fellowship.
This is the view looking from the chancel into the main body of the church. The gentleman at the back is Mickie and like all good Presbyterians he likes to locate himself at the back of the church!
The box is there for people to give their freewill offering.
Still inside the church, this is the area used for hospitality. Below are pictures on a noticeboard depicting various aspects of the life of the church.
The Pastor with the Rev.
Two pastors meet. This lovely lady is part of a ministry team that leads the church.
An old lady who lived in the poor, dilapidated community around the church.
This old lady in her late 80's is in very poor health and has nobody in the world.
She lived below street level and allowed Matthew to photograph her home.
Matthew and his camera - an extension of his arm!!!!!!!!
Below are two pictures of the inside of her one-roomed home.
The three pictures below show an old market area. One of the sadnesses of what is happening in Nanning is that the massive redevelopment will simply bulldoze rather than preserve areas like this.
Here is the irony of an area like this.
Two ladies are slaughtering, gutting and preparing chickens on the ground [this is below street level with very poor sanitation!] and beside these ladies, men are busy fabricating a metal structure.
An old world disappearing
in what will create better living conditions for all concerned,
yet the loss of a sense of history in old Nanning.