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.

June 2021

It looks like the wait is nearly over. If progress continues with the roll out of the COVID vaccine and there are no more spikes in cases causing another lockdown, then we will be able to meet from September 14th. Yes, this year! There are still details to be considered by the committee, but we will work to iron out any problems. We will need your cooperation as we make some changes but I know we will all do our best to keep one another safe.

In the meantime, as this message is so dry, unlike the current weather, I think we need some humour to liven things up. I hope some of these bloopers that actually appeared in church bulletins may tickle your funny bone. They did mine!

  • Ushers will eat latecomers
  • Don’t let worry kill you. Let the church help.
  • Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
  • The peace-making meeting scheduled for today has been cancelled due to a conflict.
  • Weight Watchers will meet at 7pm. Please use the large door at the side entrance.
  • The senior choir invites any member of the congregation who enjoys sinning to join the choir.
  • Low Self-Esteem Support Group will meet Thursday at 7 to 8.30pm. Please use the back door.
  • This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs Lane to come forward and lay an egg on the altar.
  • Miss Charlene Mason sang “I will not pass this way again” giving obvious pleasure to the entire congregation.
  • The Pastor would appreciate it if the ladies of the congregation would lend him their electric girdles for the pancake breakfast next Sunday morning.

Best wishes for a very happy June!

Sue Thomas

May 2021

What, May already? I hope you had a blessed Easter. Hands up if you’ve been to the hairdresser for the first time this year. How about seeing someone for the first time in months? Has anyone celebrated their birthday since the COVID restrictions were eased a little, allowing you perhaps a visit from family or … Continue reading May 2021

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 … Continue reading February 2021


Well, Christmas is nearly upon us and what a privilege that we have the opportunity to really dwell on its significance this year. We are truly blessed as Christians to recognise the gift of Christ that surpasses anything we could possibly hope to give or receive. Some kind folk have already put fairy lights up … Continue reading December


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 … Continue reading November


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