Ukraine Refugee Support

16th March 2022

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

Hebrews 13:1-2


Many of us have been deeply affected by the news around the escalating refugee situation in Europe, as millions of people flee Ukraine in search of safety. We are aware of an increasing feeling of urgency to offer help and support among our congregation, and so wanted to communicate where we currently stand as a church, while also acknowledging that this a constantly evolving situation.


What is Emmanuel doing?

Emmanuel is a church with a large number of generous and compassionate members, who have consistently been quick to answer the call for donations of every kind. Last week we were able to send a delivery of practical donations into Europe via a local organisation. We have also been privileged to assist families already in Croydon.

We are directing requests for donations and other support through a Refugee Support Coordinator, so that we have a central hub of information and resources rather than relying on ad hoc conversations. We hope that this will help to make our efforts as a church more effective, as well as providing a contact point for those people who wish to offer donations or other support.


Refugee Support Coordinator

Clare Buchanan has kindly offered to take on this role, and welcomes support and contact from anyone interested in either helping in some way, or with specific needs related to refugees that we might be able to help with. There are some ideas below.

You can contact Clare at refugee.support@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk


How is Emmanuel helping to host refugees?

Currently, churches and other organisations are unable to host refugees through the government refugee scheme.

This may change in the future, and we will evaluate our position as that happens. However, the government have announced that individuals are able to register their interest in hosting refugees, if they have a spare room or other property available, subject to safeguarding checks. We are aware of a number of families within our congregation that are registering their interest in this.

While the decision to host refugees is one that individuals must make for themselves depending on their circumstances, we as a church community are very keen to offer support to any individuals or families within our congregation who open their homes in this way. As we don’t yet know what support will be needed, it is hard to be more specific at this time.


How can I help?

We are compiling a list of people who are able to offer donations, knowledge, expertise and other practical support so that we are able to immediately contact the right people when a need is identified. We would also love to know if you are planning to host refugees, so that we can start to pray for you and keep in touch about what support you might need.

Any ideas about how we might further develop this evolving ministry are also warmly welcomed.

Please contact Clare at refugee.support@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk if you:

  • Are planning to host refugees.
  • Are able to help with practical donations such as clothes, nappies etc.
  • Have expertise in the legalities of the current refugee/immigration situation.
  • Have other skills, including time to befriend, that you could offer.
  • Would like to be part of a prayer group/network specifically to pray for these issues.
  • Are aware of specific needs of local refugees that we might be able to help with.
  • Have other ideas around how we might best serve refugees at this time.

For more details on other ways you can support and pray for those affected by the Ukraine Crisis please click here.

Voluntary worker role

16th July 2021

We are seeking to appoint a new voluntary worker to start in September 2021.  The role will be to work with the Young Families Ministry Co-ordinator and support various ministries within the Church.

To apply, please provide a written piece explaining in 500 words or less why you would like to volunteer with Emmanuel.  A job description is attached below.

Applications should be sent to office@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk and please email us if you require further information.

The person must be a committed Christian, and able to work with our existing members of staff.  This role is subject to a DBS check.

Applications must be received by 5pm on Friday 6th August.

Verse of the Year

11th January 2021

Our verse of the year brings the sense of connection that comes from being a church family of God, joined together and giving each other the support we need to as we look to and find our strength in Jesus.


Listen to John Adams and Natasha Burt as they discuss Emmanuel Croydon’s Verse for 2021:


From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work.”

Ephesians 4:16

Advent leaflet

26th November 2020

Over this weekend (28/29 Nov) we will be distributing a leaflet to every household in the parish. This leaflet includes a Christmas message from Ben, a “Meet the Vicar” article from John, details of our various events in the run up to Christmas and much more.

A copy of the leaflet is attached below.

Please feel free to share the leaflet with others you have contact with – either electronically or by downloading the leaflet and printing it off

The Realisation – Out Now

5th October 2020

Emmanuel Worship’s debut album is out now! It is available to download and stream from anywhere you can listen to music. 

CLICK HERE TO ORDER FROM ITUNES

The songs come from a group of songwriters at Emmanuel Croydon who write from the heart of our local church. The project was funded by the wonderful people of Emmanuel Croydon.

These songs form the worship language of our church, a language that informs and inspires an entire culture of worship of Jesus Christ. We hope and pray that these songs can inspire a similar culture of hope, grace and love in Jesus for everyone who hears them.

Join in with our Online Sunday Services

17th May 2020

Afternoon Emmanuel,

I do hope you enjoyed this morning’s online service as much as I did. The services have been so amazing and everyone involved in them is absolutely brilliant!

but

They’re missing a certain something

AND THAT’S ALL OF YOU!!!

So while we’re not able to worship together in the same room I’ve had this little idea…

What if we could all be on the screen worshiping our socks off!?

Soooo….

I would love it if as many people as possible could film themselves grooving, dancing, being silly and/or doing the actions to the song King Of Me. (if you don’t know the actions don’t worry, just make them up!)

Eli and I did a little test video to show you what I mean:

CLICK HERE TO WATCH IT

So if you’d like to get involved here’s some simple step by step instructions:

1. Set up your camera to film HORIZONTAL and press record

2. Play the example video of me and Eli from another device nice and loud and give me four claps in time with my claps at the beginning of the video. This will help us sync everybody up.

3. Get grooving! Show me your best moves! Have fun with it! It doesn’t need to be perfect it just needs to reflect you and your family.

4. Send me your videos!! They’ll probably be too big to email so if you’re savvy with Dropbox or other file sharing sites use that. If not I would recommend using https://wetransfer.com. Just go to that website (it works on your phone), follow the on screen instructions, and send the video to stuart@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk.

Just a head up, in sending us your videos you’re giving us permission to include them in a video that will be available to the public on YouTube.

I’ll need all videos to be sent by the end of this coming Thursday so I’ve got time to put it together for next Sunday 24th May.

Thanks everyone!

Peace

Stuart Burke Music and Worship Coordinatorstuart@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk