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.
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.”
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.
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.
Emmanuel is recruiting!
6th August 2020
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.
Join in with our Online Sunday Services
17th May 2020
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!
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!?
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:
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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: