Future events in the life of the church

Pilgrimage to Israel and Jordan 2021

As you will be aware Marion and I have led quite a few pilgrimages during our time at Emmanuel and Elmers End.

We have visited Israel several times as well as Turkey taking in “The Seven Churches of Asia” featured in the Book of Revelation. Most recently we led a pilgrimage to Greece following in “The Steps of St Paul.” The Holy Land is a place almost everyone who has visited it feels drawn back to and Marion and I are no exception. Although I will be retired we are planning to lead another pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2021, only this time with a difference.

Jordan is the often neglected part of the Holy Land but many times Jesus crossed over to the east side of the River Jordan (the present day country of Jordan was known as “Moab” in Biblical times, Ruth was born there). In fact, most scholars believe the site where John actually baptised Jesus was on the east side of the river. We shall visit Mount Nebo where Moses viewed the Promised Land. Undoubtedly the highlight of any visit to Jordan will be the magnificently preserved Nabatean city of Petra. This we shall definitely include on the itinerary.

Our plan is to add a few days in Jordan onto a visit to the traditional sites in Israel taking in both Jerusalem and Galilee. We are flagging up the possibility at this time to gauge what interest there may be for such a trip from members and friends at Emmanuel and Elmers End. If you feel this is something you would be interested in please let Marion or I know before my “exodus” at the end of May.

“Then Moses climbed Mount Nebo from the plains of Moab – there the Lord showed him the whole land.” (Deuteronomy 34:1)



Lunchtime recital by Ian Verran

As Ian comes to the end of his 28-year stint as organist and choirmaster, we are delighted he will be giving a lunchtime recital on Friday 16th October at 12 noon. 

Under current coronavirus guidelines for performing arts, the practical issues like hygiene, seating and venue capacity are pretty much the same as for worship.  Therefore, seating arrangements will be much as for Sunday service, though we are planning to squeeze in a few more places for the recital.  But numbers are limited, so if you would like to come, please contact your Elder who has access to the booking sheet.

Harvest Service

This year, we will be marking Harvest on Sunday 27th September, when we also take up our donations to Commitment for Life. Sadly, it’s not possible to make this a parade service with the uniformed organisations, nor to arrange a harvest lunch together, nor to enjoy an evening service of Harvest Praise led by our … Continue reading Harvest Service

Bereavement Packs

This is an idea which has come from CTWW and will be introduced in more detail at the Quiet Day being held on Saturday 30th May as part of ‘Thy Kingdom Come’ – the zoom details were sent out in an earlier email. Packs would be prepared that can be given to people who have … Continue reading Bereavement Packs

Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

24th February to 8th March During the two weeks of Fairtrade Fortnight 2020, individuals, groups and companies come together to celebrate the people in developing countries who grow our food, but who are often underpaid and exploited. This year, the focus of Fairtrade Fortnight will be on women in the cocoa and coffee industries across … Continue reading Fairtrade Fortnight 2020

A Cause for Celebration

from 12 till 2.30pm at Hawes Lane Methodist Church BR4 9AA Lunch will be served after the first activity session at about 12.45pm For children under 8 and their carers (Children MUST be accompanied) No need to book, more details from Pat Best 07714 808 498 … Continue reading A Cause for Celebration