Emmanuel Fellowship

Emmanuel Fellowship

Fellowship at Emmanuel. Tuesday afternoons at 2:15 in the Richmond Hall.
Everyone, both ladies and gentlemen, is welcome to our meetings.
Subs are £3 per person, so that we can continue to provide a variety of interesting speakers. Tea or coffee and biscuits are, of course, included in the price.


Happy November and Happy Christmas. Yes, I know I’m a month early but I’m feeling a bit uninspired today, so I need to lighten my mood. We are in level 2 of the new measures to slow down the spread of coronavirus, which means reducing contact with other people. That is the very reason we have not opened the Fellowship as yet: we don’t want to risk the health of any of our members. It is heartbreaking, but it is to keep you safe.

I have to admit that the family Christmases I hoped to organise didn’t happen (see October Emmanuel Life). However, I’m not going to let that be a failure, nor am I going to focus on tradition. Christmas will always be there, whether it is in shared events, or in our hearts and minds. I think we focus too much on keeping to our traditions. Let’s remember Christ first, so that we follow his example, giving our time, expressing our love, showing we care, and telling people how much they mean to us.

As I write, I’m looking out the window and am reminded that the hours of daylight are decreasing: must make the most of them… (some time later) … Having just come back from my morning stroll, with a fairly strong breeze blowing light, refreshing rain onto my face, I feel invigorated. Now I know where to start.

I need something to lift my spirits, so how about a daily challenge involving exercise? That’s a good way to improve my health and wellbeing. Ok, I set myself a daily challenge to tidy my workroom/study. Having made that decision, I reward myself for the effort, and do a sudoku, read a book, watch the birds feeding in the garden, study the leaves turning to autumnal colours and eventually falling off the trees. Oh, another day over. Same routine tomorrow then!

How about a daily challenge for yourself? What will yours be?

Every blessing,

Sue Thomas


It’s October already. Can you believe it? I can hardly fathom where this year has gone. Luckily I have a diary that tells me more or less, everything I have done, otherwise it would feel like this year has been a big blank. Perhaps that is an insult to certain people. What memorable moments come … Continue reading October

Keep smiling

We do hope all members of our Fellowship are well and keeping their spirits up. It has been such a long time since March, when we were together. We miss our Tuesday afternoon meetings and the pleasure of each other’s company. Although the government has eased the lockdown, coronavirus is still with us and we … Continue reading Keep smiling

A Slower Pace?

Another month has passed by and I wonder how the time goes so fast. Surely in these restricted times it should drag. I’m not the only one who feels like that. My daughter suggests it’s because we are living life at a slower pace. I’m all for that. We can spend far too much of … Continue reading A Slower Pace?

Tender Care

In response to the Emmanuel Fellowship item in May Emmanuel Life when I suggested making a list of ways to occupy yourself through lockdown, Lilo Sutton sent the following photo of her orchid, saying “This little orchid was in a poor state, so I gave it lots of tender loving care”. Lilo was rewarded by … Continue reading Tender Care

Daily To-Do

Editor’s comments: Last month I forgot to include the details of the author of the ‘Isolation Wellbeing Daily To-Do List’, so please find below: Lindsay Braman describes herself as an artist, a therapist, an entrepreneur, and a translator between languages of the heart and mind. You can find more ways to improve your mental health … Continue reading Daily To-Do


As we still find ourselves in lockdown, and will be for the foreseeable future, I thought this list might give you daily focus. My daughter sent it to me and I have permission from Lindsay Braman to share it with you. Take it seriously, or have some fun with it. Just give it a try … Continue reading Lockdown

Looking towards Easter

It is with regret that the Fellowship Committee decided to close Fellowship meetings from 17th March, as we realise how important this weekly outing is to many people. This meant that we did not have the chance to share our experiences of jobs we held after leaving school. We also missed the fabulous talk from … Continue reading Looking towards Easter