It is a few years now since Emmanuel and Elmers End held a joint Burns Supper but plans are well advanced to hold a Burns Festival Celebration next year (the 260th anniversary of the Bard’s birth).
Although Robert Burns was born on 25th January (1759) our supper will be held at Emmanuel a few days before the actual anniversary on Saturday 19th January 2019.
It is expected that demand for tickets for this event will be high so mark your diaries now and look out for further details in future magazines. The proceeds from this event will be split between the charities, “Young Minds” and “Brain Tumour Research.
As you will have seen from recent church magazine articles Marion and I are planning to lead a party to see the famous Passion Play in Oberammergau in the summer of 2020. This is organised by McCabe’s Pilgrimages with whom we have travelled many times in the past. The dates of our visit are 31st July—7th August 2020. The play has been performed every 10 years by the people of this small German town since 1634 in gratitude for their deliverance from the plague which devastated Europe at the time.
Our trip will include 5 days in the Austrian Tyrol prior to the climax of our journey – the Passion Play. We will spend the final two nights in Oberammergau itself. We shall be visiting among other places, the beautiful city of Salzburg made famous by its associations with Mozart and “The Sound of Music.” We shall also be visiting Berchtesgaden set in one of the most scenic parts of the Bavarian Alps where Hitler had his mountain retreat – the Berghof (Eagle’s nest). The brochures and booking forms giving full details are now available from Marion or myself. Unfortunately this trip is now full.
If you have any questions please do speak to Marion or myself.
Estimated Passion Play 2020 Timeline:
Beginning of 2018: Start sales of packages *
Ash Wednesday 2019: The “Hair Decree” – from this date on all the men in Oberammergau taking part in the play are requested to let the hair on their heads and faces grow *
April 2019: Leading actors are chosen for the play
* May – September 2020: The 42nd Passion Play takes place
Our Harvest Festival will be celebrated on Sunday 30th September. We have our Family and Parade Service at 10.30am followed by our Harvest Lunch. Tickets for the lunch are available from Sue Beynon and Dawn Neighbour (see page 20). Many thanks to Sue and her team for organising the food.
We are very grateful to Sally Richards and her team who once again will be decorating the church for harvest.
In the evening at 6.30 pm we hold our traditional service of “Harvest Praise.” This is a joyful service of Harvest Hymns and Readings with Anthems led by Ian, our organist, and the Choir.
Gifts of non-perishable foodstuffs will be gratefully received at the morning service. These will be given to the food bank run by the Salvation Army in New Addington.
Harvest is also the time when we support the work of Christian Aid through our “Commitment for Life” appeal. Please remember to bring your envelope.
“Let us not grow weary in doing good, for at the proper time we shall reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)
After the morning service on Sunday 30th September EMMANUEL UNITED REFORMED CHURCH THE GROVE, WEST WICKHAM, KENT, BR4 9JS Ticket price – Adults £6 and Children £3 From Sue Beynon or Dawn Neighbour … Continue reading Harvest Lunch
Date for your diaries… Friday 28th September in the James Todd room 10.30 am – 12 noon We will be joining with many other groups around the country in the world. Please support this with us and come if you can. … Continue reading World’s Biggest Coffee Morning for Macmillan Cancer Support
10.30am Family Service 6.30pm Songs of Praise Service On the evening of 12th August we shall be holding another of our popular “Songs of Praise” services. This advance notice is just to advise you of the date and to invite you to choose a hymn you would like included in the service. If … Continue reading Songs of Praise Service
Churches Together in West Wickham At Sparrows Den 2:00pm –4:00 pm Bring a friend Children under 6 must be accompanied by an adult Older children to register with a leader … Continue reading Churches Together
You are warmly invited to a light hearted entertainment performed by Leap Productions. This is a special show created as a tribute for Nicola, remembering some of her favourite songs from the musicals. The ticket will include the entertainment and a ploughman’s supper. Please reserve June 28th-30th in your diary; for more information please see … Continue reading Simply the Best Musicals
Everyone is warmly invited to come along to Emmanuel’s Summer Fair and BBQ which will be held outside on the green after the Family and Parade service on 24th June. If it rains it will carry on in the church hall. There will be a bouncy castle, raffles, games, tombola and other stalls. There will … Continue reading Summer Fair and Barbecue
The exceptional 30 piece South London Jazz Orchestra (SLJO) is playing, accompanied with the renowned Lindy Hop Caller, Simon Selmon, with dancers to talk you through the steps. Saturday 9th June at Emmanuel Church, The Grove, West Wickham, Kent, BR4 9JS in the Richmond and Griffiths Jones halls Doors open, with feet a-tapping, from 7pm till 10.30pm … Continue reading The Big Swing Dance
Emmanuel will be playing St Mary’s Plaistow at their church in College Road, Bromley, BR1 3QG on Sunday 3rd June at 8pm. Please do come and support our team (who were the highest scorers in Round 1) and help raise funds for Marjorie McClure School. We can arrange lifts and there is plenty of free … Continue reading Top of the Pew
On Sunday 27th May it will be our great pleasure to welcome to our Family Service once again our good friends from the McLennan Scottish Group and their overseas guests whom, I understand, are from The Netherlands and Estonia this year. The groups will take part in our service and also treat us to a … Continue reading McLennan Scottish Group
Time: 3:00 pm There will be an organ recital given by members of the Bromley and Croydon Organists Association … Continue reading Organ Recital