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.

February 2021

Dear All,

How have those New Year thoughts been developing? Have any of you got new oomph?  I’ve found a task to keep me busy for a few weeks: cutting our enormous hedge to size! It keeps me motivated, knowing there’s always a bit more to do.

I’m finding hope in this year too, although statisticians seem determined to cast our hearts and minds downwards. I have spoken to a number of people who have had their first, or even second COVID vaccination already. That’s fantastic! We still need patience, but the vaccine is coming to us all and I hope that will mean the COVID pandemic in the UK will soon be brought under control.  I think too of the struggles facing people in the United States and for the first time in my life I have taken an interest in the US Presidential Inauguration. I found President Biden’s speech lifted my spirits too. “Unity” was his catchword, and I sincerely hope it will be embraced and flourish in the hearts of the American people. Unity will also serve us well as we consider our fellow citizens, and live to preserve their lives, as much as we value our own.

With hope in mind, I have arranged a meeting for the Fellowship Committee, as we finally feel that there is just a chance that we will be allowed to reform our Fellowship later in the year. Don’t hold your breath for there is much to be done, and we still have to be very careful as the efficacy of the vaccines is not certain. We must not waste our days just awaiting the renewal of friendships, so let us all pray for one another and for all who are doing their best for our wellbeing day by day. How about phoning one person today to brighten their day? Who knows what joy you will reap in your own life?

Every blessing,
Sue Thomas


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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

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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