Emmanuel – Church Without Walls – update 6th April 2020

7th April 2020

Dear Emmanuel,

‘The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer.’
2 Samuel 22:2

Please click here for Ben Jones’ latest video update.


  • “Emmanuel COVID-19 Care” facebook page providing a link to care@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk 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.

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.

Humble – 05-04-20.pdf 

EASTER AT EMMANUEL – Thursday 9 to Sunday 12 April

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Our Easter services and events this year are solely accessible online as detailed below.

All services and events marked below with an asterix * will be available online via our YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/c/emmanuelcroydon

Links to individual services/events will be available via the home page banner of this website prior to each service.


  • Sermon podcast* from Jeremy Davies (available via YouTube from 8pm on Thursday)
  • Christian Passover Meal (with instructions and words) for families and friends to share at home or online

Passover Maundy Thursday.pdf 


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.


Online “Evening Prayer” style service with time for stillness, reflection and prayer.


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!

Maundy Thursday reflection from Emmanuel Prayer Team

Maundy Thursday Reflection.pdf 


  • 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.

Contact us

If you or anyone you know needs help, please contact us via:

Email:  care@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk

Tel:  020 8688 6676 (calls are being redirected)

Facebook:  www.facebook.com/groups/emmanuelcovid19/

God bless

Emmanuel Team

Emmanuel – A church without walls 21/03/20 – Live Stream service tomorrow

21st March 2020

Dear Emmanuel,

We’ve not got a video update for you today I’m afraid but we thought we’d send out a quick reminder about our first virtual church live stream tomorrow at 10am.

We really hope you can join us online tomorrow. Even though we’re not able to meet in person we are still the church, we’ll still worship our Lord Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit will still be with us. 


If you need some instructions on how to watch our livestream CLICK HERE.

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 a 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.

We’d like to say a massive thank you to our tech team for putting this together in such a short space of time! 

We really hope you enjoy our virtual church livestream tomorrow. See you there!

God bless,
Emmanuel Team

National Call to Prayer – Light a Candle

This Sunday we’d love to join in with the call from church leaders from across many denominations in the UK including Justin Welby the Archbishop of Canterbury to light a candle at 7pm and display it in your window as a visible symbol of the light of life, Jesus Christ, our source and hope in prayer.

Light your own candle, post it on social media and tag us in the pic. Together we can illuminate our streets and social media with the light and truth of Jesus.





Emmanuel – Church Without Walls

19th March 2020

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.

Don’t forget, if you need anything, please email

Emmanuel Coronavirus Update

17th March 2020

Dear Emmanuel,

‘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 care@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk for pastoral matters and office@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk 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.

God bless,

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.

Christmas Choirs at Emmanuel

11th November 2019

We’ll be running our hugely successful Christmas Choirs again this year for both adults and children and we need some budding singers to join!


New Vicar – advertisement is now live!

4th November 2019

The Diocese of Southwark and the Church Pastoral Aid Society invite applications for the post of  Vicar Emmanuel Croydon

Emmanuel is a large, lively evangelical church with much potential for growth. We long to be re-energised by a vision-builder, gifted preacher and collaborative leader. We are 12 miles south of London, with an Electoral Roll of 373, a strong tradition of ministry to children and families, and community service to the vulnerable. We want to grow in depth and to love more radically and deeply as we share the good news of Jesus.

We are looking for a:

  • Vision-builder, with a passion for intentional discipleship, prayer and evangelism, who can form and equip a leadership team to purposefully deliver it
  • Gifted preacher and teacher who loves the Bible, and prophetically brings its message in a relevant way
  • Collaborative leader, sensitive to everyone’s needs, yet not shy of change and able to manage it wisely.

For further details contact Kathy Burch: patronage@cpas.org.uk

Apply at: http://pathways.churchofengland.org/

Closing date: 3 December  Visits/Interviews 20/21 January

This post is subject to an enhanced disclosure from the DBS

Parish Profile:  EmmanuelCroydon Parish Profile V4 (final)

Church Office vacancy – Administrator (p/t) [fixed term to 30th June 2020]

9th October 2019

We are looking for a gifted and experienced administrator to join our staff team at Emmanuel Church to work with our clergy, Operations Manager, staff team and volunteers.

You will be friendly, highly professional and self-motivated with excellent interpersonal skills and an eye for detail. You will be a confident communicator, able to deal with a busy and varied work load, while providing a warm welcome for people in the parish who contact the office.  You will be willing to work collaboratively with the staff team and share with them in weekly prayers.

This post is subject to an occupational requirement that the post holder be a practising Christian under Part 1 of Schedule 9 of the Equality Act 2010, willing to work within the ethos of the Church of England.

This fixed-term part time role is for at least 20 hours, over 4 weekdays. There is also the possibility of a few more hours initially to help with, for example, hand over. If you have any questions please call the office at 020 8688 6676.

The job description is available here. To apply return the application form by 5pm on Thursday 31st October 2019 to:  magdalena@emmanuelcroydon.org.uk

Interviews will be held during w/c 11th November 2019


Caz Heath leaving

8th October 2019

It is with sadness and gladness that we let you know that Caz Heath, our Operations Manager will be leaving the staff team in November to take up a new role within the Daniel Spargo-Mabbs Foundation. We are sad because Caz has done a wonderful job for us over the past three years and we will miss her, but glad because she is joining a fantastic charity and will be a great blessing to them. Please pray for Caz as she finishes here and starts at the DSM Foundation.

The PCC have agreed that Magdalena Zajaczkowska will step up to the role of Operations Manager on a temporary basis and we will seek to appoint a new administrator, also short-term. This will give us time to fully review our office and operational needs.

Many thanks for your continued prayers for all in our fantastic staff team.