Welcome to Emmanuel! We’d love to welcome you to one of our Sunday services.
Visiting a church for the first time can be daunting – there are lots of questions, and you are perhaps wondering what to expect when you arrive. We try very hard to give everyone a warm welcome and to make your visit a positive experience.
Emmanuel consists of a wide range of different people, from all ages and different backgrounds.
Whoever you are you are assured a very warm welcome.
Emmanuel Church and Centre are situated on the corner of Normanton Road and Hurst Way, CR2 7AF. We are opposite St Peter’s primary school. See Visiting us
There is no onsite parking in the Church grounds, but plenty of free street parking in the roads around the Church and secured cycle storage outside the Emmanuel Centre. We are situated in a residential area, so please do be considerate of our neighbours as you park.
We are a 15 mins walk from South Croydon station, and a short walk from bus routes 412 and 64/433.
This is easy… wear whatever you feel comfortable in. We accept people just as they are!
If it’s your first visit then it’s probably best to turn up about 10 minutes before the service begins. You’ll be greeted at either of the main entrances by our ‘Welcome Team’ who will give you some information about the service.
You are welcome to sit anywhere – there are no reserved seats (except for baptism services when a few pews at the front are reserved for close family and friends).
Going anywhere for the first time can be a nerve-racking experience so here’s a quick summary of what you can expect at Emmanuel. Our regular style of worship is a mixture of modern and traditional with an emphasis on biblical preaching. We don’t take a monetary collection during our services so as a visitor there is no obligation to give. Hopefully you’ll find us to be friendly and welcoming – and if you don’t understand something please simply ask. What happens depends on what service you come to – there is a brief description of each service on our Sunday Worship page.
Nothing is compulsory! You don’t have to join in with anything unless you want to. All the words for songs and liturgy are projected onto large screens. You don’t need to use books although Bibles are available if you would like to use one.
Each Sunday one of our three services will include a celebration of Holy Communion. This is shown on the current service details page. If you love God you are welcome to join with us. Bread and wine is served from the front of church (and sometimes also the sides/back) – wardens will let you know when it’s your turn to come forward and will direct you. If you’d like to receive bread and wine please hold out your hands – if you’d rather receive a prayer of blessing please keep your hands at your side. If you’d rather not come forward at all, that’s absolutely fine, you’re welcome to stay seated.
As Christians, we believe that prayer changes things. After the 6.30pm service we offer a ‘Prayer Ministry Team’ who will pray with you. The service leader will point out where they will be, so please do not be afraid to go and see them and ask for prayer.
Absolutely not! We have a wide range of mid-week events and activities for friendship, study and prayer. These are a great way to get to know others in the church – see the What’s on pages for further details.
We aim to be an all-inclusive church, with a Church and Centre that are accessible for those with disabilities. We have disabled toilets, a loop system and spaces within the church for wheelchair users. If you wish to discuss specific needs please contact the Church Office.
We’d love to welcome you soon.