Please join us for the Virtual Mission Concert on Saturday 23rd January at 7:30pm via zoom. A link to the concert will be sent out nearer the time. Members of Emmanuel, friends and family are all welcome to watch the show. We will be raising money for two of Emmanuel’s mission partners; The Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation and Jack and Sarah Winterburn, who are about to start work at a church in France. There will be an invitation to make donations during the concert and the method of payment and all other details can be found on the website – vmc.org.uk
Some brilliant acts are already being prepared, but there are still opportunities for you to take part. The concert is not just for experienced musicians, it would be great to have contributions from people who may want to perform their party piece and some people have already offered to do a spoken word item. The audience will be delighted to hear a surprise performance from someone unexpected.
If you are thinking of giving a performance and you would like to discuss an idea, please get in touch with me on 07905 250692. Otherwise you may like to visit the section of the website called, Technical Help for Performers, and there you will be able to download some notes that will help you make a video at home. The deadline for videos is Monday 18th January and instructions for sending them to the tech team are given in the notes.
We are recruiting a part time Children’s worker! Do you know someone who is creative and fun, great at communicating with children and good at being organised?
Please pass this on to your friends and colleagues and anyone you know who might be interested.
The role is for 15 hours a week, including Sundays until the end of April 2021. There is flexibility on some hours, to fit around for example study or other work, and this can be discussed at interview. The deadline for applications is 12pm midday Friday 21st August.
This fixed term role has become available as Becky is moving on. The Children’s steering group have kindly agreed to take on the co-ordination of our Children’s work in the short term while we take time to consider how best to replace Becky. We’d be most grateful of your prayers and help in spreading the word about this opportunity at Emmanuel.
Update from the PCC and welcome to our new Warden
2nd May 2020
In normal life the last Sunday in April would have been our annual parochial church meeting (APCM) but as we can’t meet together all Anglican churches have delayed the meeting until the Autumn.
Some of our PCC and Deanery representatives have stepped down in April. Please join us in thanking them of their commitment and service to our fellowship. The people who have stepped down are:
Sue Baker from the PCC
Peter Gowland as a Deanery Synod representative
David Lawton who is standing down as Church Warden
They have all been wonderful to work with and we will miss each of them.
The PCC is more than quorate and we will not be recruiting at this time to fill most of the posts. However, Pete Burt has been nominated and agreed to be our Acting Warden until we can hold the election. Pete has the full support of the PCC and we warmly welcome him into the role.
Ben Jones Wendy Riches Esther Barradell
Associate Vicar Church Warden PCC secretary
Emmanuel on Easter Sunday – A Church Without Walls 11 April 2020 – online service tomorrow
11th April 2020
ONLINE SERVICE AT 10 AM Please join us tomorrow at 10am for our online Easter Sunday service to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and all that means for us and our world. The good news of Easter is more important now than ever!
This Sunday we bring to you an online service with Ben Jones, Stuart Burke, Simon Smith and Ninma Sheshi.
Although they are all participating from their homes, we can watch the beautifully edited and put together podcast thanks to our video editors Rachel Chrystie and Ben Cooke.
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
1. Bible reading for this week is Luke 24:1-12:
On the first day of the week, very early in the morning, the women took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb, but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were wondering about this, suddenly two men in clothes that gleamed like lightning stood beside them. In their fright the women bowed down with their faces to the ground, but the men said to them, “Why do you look for the living among the dead? He is not here; he has risen! Remember how he told you, while he was still with you in Galilee: ‘The Son of Man must be delivered over to the hands of sinners, be crucified and on the third day be raised again.’ ” Then they remembered his words. When they came back from the tomb, they told all these things to the Eleven and to all the others. It was Mary Magdalene, Joanna, Mary the mother of James, and the others with them who told this to the apostles. But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. Peter, however, got up and ran to the tomb. Bending over, he saw the strips of linen lying by themselves, and he went away, wondering to himself what had happened. 2. All songs lyrics and liturgy will be on screen, but if you would rather print them out, they are attached below. Also attached are chords charts for musicians.
DON’T FORGET… Peter Graystone will be broadcasting a special Easter Sunday podcast, which will be available for you straight after 10am service on our YouTube channel; click here to access. We really hope you enjoy our online service tomorrow. See you there!
God bless, Emmanuel Team
How to join Emmanuel – Church Without Walls for services and events
10th April 2020
While we’re not able to meet as a church in person due to COVID-19 we’re going to be live streaming our Sunday services on YouTube at 10am each Sunday.
Here’s some simple step-by-step instructions on how you can join us on your smart phone, tablet, computer or smart TV. Click on the link below to access out YouTube channel where we stream our services, podcasts and events.
Once clicked this should open the live video in a separate window or within the YouTube app. If you already know your way around YouTube you can subscribe to our channel by searching for ‘Emmanuel Croydon’ within the YouTube search bar. Make sure you click on the notification bell as well as the subscribe button, that way you’ll get a notification each time we go live or upload a new video.
Following rigorous testing we’ve found that some phones and tablets that don’t have the YouTube app installed will open the link in your web browser. You might see a black screen with a countdown clock instead of graphic similar to the one above. If you do, you’re in the right place but you will need to refresh the page at 10am to join the live stream.
‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.’ Philippians 1:3-6
Please click here for the latest video update from Becky Frost.
Things to thank God for …
all the work that the team have put into preparing for all the Holy Week services, Passover Meals and Messy Church
the Tech team who have been supporting those with IT challenges and who need support to get on-line to stay connected with family and friends
new volunteers supporting in new activities like video editing or supporting those in need at this time, in mind, body and spirit.
EASTER AT EMMANUEL – Thur 9th to Sun 12th April
Our Easter services and events this year are solely accessible online as detailed below.
EASTER SUNDAY – 10am* During our Easter Sunday celebration we are going to share communion together. Please have with you some food and drink to share. Ideally this might be some bread and red wine/ribena, but it could be orange squash and cookies, but that’s fine! Let’s commemorate and celebrate the death and resurrection of Jesus together.
EASTER SUNDAY PODCAST Peter Graystone will be broadcasting a special Easter Sunday podcast via our YouTube channel, which will be available for you straight after 10am service.
EMMANUEL ALPHA ONLINE
An Emmanuel Alpha Online course will be running after Easter. This is an opportunity for people who would like to know more about the Christian faith.
Emmanuel Alpha Online starts on Thursday 16 April, from 8-9 pm (just after the NHS clap!). You can sign up by visiting the church website here:
Emmanuel – Church Without Walls – update 6th April 2020
7th April 2020
‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.’ 2 Samuel 22:2
Please click here for Ben Jones’ latest video update.
THINGS TO THANK GOD FOR …
“Emmanuel COVID-19 Care” facebook page providing a link to firstname.lastname@example.org where anyone can receive “mind, body and spiritual” support through our amazing care team.
Praise God for people like Charlotte and Maddy who are delivering items to those in need.
Communities which have been built across Zoom including Toddlers’ singalong, book club, virtual breakfasts and dinners, young people’s groups, children’s drop ins and quiz nights.
Home Groups and Prayer Groups which are meeting to encourage each other, through prayer and bible study.
GOING DEEPER Sermon Podcast Clive Lewis-Jones has recorded a more in-depth Sunday sermon. Please click the link below to listen.
Bible Study Notes If you would like to think further about what Ben talked about in Sunday’s sermon, you may like to use the Bible study notes from our Going Deeper series attached below, on the theme of humility.
Please join us as we hear from various characters whose lives Jesus touched and as we reflect on the sadness and the sorrow, the wonder and the world-changing events of that first Good Friday.
For this service permission has been granted to use the book ‘The Day the Earth Shook’ by Helen Buckley, illustrated by Jenny Brake, published by 10 Publishing. It can be purchased at www.10ofthose.com.
EASTER MESSY CHURCH – Sat 11 Apr 11am*
Join us for Easter Messy Church Online – it will include all your Messy Church favourites: craft, cooking ideas, singing, a Bible story and prayers.
EASTER EVENING PRAYER – 8pm*
Online “Evening Prayer” style service with time for stillness, reflection and prayer.
EASTER SUNDAY – 10am*
Please join us to celebrate the resurrection of Christ and all that means for us and our world. The good news of Easter is more important now than ever!
OTHER RESOURCES Maundy Thursday reflection from Emmanuel Prayer Team
for wisdom and energy for our government as they seek to lead us through this pandemic. Pray especially that Boris Johnson will recover quickly and that the rest of his team will be able to be effective in his absence.
for all those across the developing world who are seeking to cope with Coronavirus and its effects without the infrastructure and resources we have in the UK.
that Emmanuel would continue to get linked in with other local charities and government initiatives in order that we can play our part as fully as possible as we look after the vulnerable in our local area.
If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact us via:
Please click here to watch our first Emmanuel video. We will be sending these out regularly to provide some information and possibly even some inspiration! We hope they will provide a useful way to stay connected and to find out all the exciting things that Emmanuel will be up to.
‘Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal rock’ Isaiah 26:4
As you will know, the situation regarding Coronavirus is changing very rapidly and having increasingly widespread consequences. This is an anxious and concerning time for many, and we want you to know that we as a church will do everything we can to provide practical, emotional and spiritual support for all those in our congregation and parish. We place our trust in the Rock of our salvation and will continue to seek to demonstrate God’s love and bring a message of hope to our community.
We have assembled a team of people to help us think through how we can respond to the impact of the Coronavirus and are drawing up some exciting plans for how we can be a church without walls. Over the next few days we will be sending out lots more information, but here’s what you need to know for now: 1. Following advice from the Archbishops we are suspending all church services and events with immediate effect. These include home groups, life groups children’s and youth groups, prayer groups and Sunday services. 2. We are cancelling all external bookings in the church and Emmanuel Centre. 3. We are encouraging our fabulous staff team to work from home.
The most important thing I can say to you is that our building is closed, but our church is very much open and very much alive! We, the people, are the church, and God is calling us to stand firm and step out. It’s not going to be easy, but we have a glorious opportunity to discover God in new ways and help others to do the same.
We will be in touch again soon with lots more details, resources and ideas, including how we support the most vulnerable, how we can worship and grow in our faith, how we can pray together, how we can have fun together and how we can shine God’s light in our community. In the meantime, perhaps you could consider: a) Is there someone in your street who needs your help? b) Is there someone you could ring up and encourage? c) What gifts might you be able to offer to our church and community at this time? d) Is there someone who’s not very good with technology whom you could help so they can stay connected?
If you find yourself in difficulty of any sort, please don’t hesitate to be in touch. We are the body of Christ and we stand together. Please email email@example.com for pastoral matters and firstname.lastname@example.org for practical matters. We will endeavour to check the office answerphone every day or two and will send out details of a new office mobile soon.
Ben, Wendy and David Associate Vicar and wardens
New Office Administrator
21st January 2020
We are delighted to announce that Jill Bishop is joining our team on Monday 27th January. Jill will hold the part-time post of Office Administrator.
Jill has been a member of Emmanuel for over 20 years and brings a wealth of experience of working in a Christian organisation and admin.
Please pray for her that she settles quickly into her new role here.