Future events in the life of the church

Desert Island Discs with Fish and Chip Supper!

Desert Island Discs with Fish and Chip Supper!

As COVID precautions/lockdown precluded us giving David the traditional welcome for a new minister when he arrived, we’re putting on an event aiming to have a fun evening whilst getting to know him a little better.

The format is Desert Island Discs.  David has chosen his eight records, a favourite book and a luxury, and Bryn aka ‘Roy Plumley Thomas’ is poised to conduct the interview and spin the discs, Spotify style.

To help us all join in with the castaway island feel, we are planning to serve a fish and chip supper, which will be dropped off by a passing oceanic trawler.

The evening is on the Saturday of our Harvest Festival Weekend, which with ongoing precautions, is having a different format this year to that which Emmanuel has previously enjoyed, so…

Date: Saturday 25th September 2021

Time: 6:30pm

Plaice: Richmond Hall, Emmanuel URC

(which for one evening only will be surrounded by the sea)

Jim Lord is organising the galley arrangements including tickets costing £10 for the fish and chips, with any excess going to a harvest charity. Please speak to Jim or contact him on 07703 470940 or email to order your ticket and be prepared to pay C.o.D. (Cash on delivery!) of ticket. The deadline for purchase of tickets is 18th September, after which the order needs to be placed with the trawler!

A plate will be available for anyone who wishes to make a donation to our Harvest Weekend to Commitment for Life Appeal. So come and enjoy an evening, starting ‘by the sleepy lagoon’.

I wonder what music David has chosen? Perhaps some sole music!?

Or something with an island feel?

Pictured is a deserted island and clue to one of David’s eight discs.

Do you know the island? Can you guess the musical piece?

Jim Lord and Ian Moore

Mission Committee Fair

TWAM Tools with a Mission Everyone is warmly invited to support Emmanuel’s Mission Committee Fair, which will be held outside on the Green after the church service on 12th September until 1.30 pm or in the church halls if it rains. There will be live music, a bouncy castle, raffles, games, stalls and refreshments. Please … Continue reading Mission Committee Fair

Elmers End Free Church Open Weekend

Elmers End Free Church, Goddard Road, BR3 4BN, warmly invite friends from their sister church, Emmanuel, to join them at their Open Church Weekend: Saturday 18th September between 10am and 4pm Sunday 19th September between 1pm and 4pm It will be featuring three exhibitions: Celebrating local history Celebrating home-produced lockdown art and craft* Celebrating faith … Continue reading Elmers End Free Church Open Weekend


On the 5th and 6th of June I will (hopefully!) be taking part in the National 3 Peaks Challenge as part of a team led by the Durham University Charities Commission in aid of Teesdale and Weardale Mountain Rescue Service. The challenge is to climb the tallest mountains in England, Scotland and Wales in one … Continue reading Fundraising

Christian Aid Week 2021

the e-envelope  challenge!  This year Christian Aid week runs from the 10th – 16th May. Due to COVID protocols, and for the second year running it is inappropriate to undertake door-to-door collections. This means that Christian Aid may suffer a loss of income to undertake its vital ministry to address issues of poverty and injustice, … Continue reading Christian Aid Week 2021

Census in England and Wales

Emmanuel URC has been asked by the Census Engagement Manager in the Borough of Bromley to promote the forthcoming census which is being conducted by the Office for National Statistics. The designated Census Day is Sunday 21st March. Ahead of then every household will receive a letter in the post with an access code enabling an … Continue reading Census in England and Wales

Psalm at Seven

Our Lent journey exploring a psalm a week continues through March, every Wednesday at 7pm. The  devotional/exploration of a Psalm will be for around 10 minutes and conclude with a prayer. After the prayer, you may choose to click and leave or bide a while, for a chat and a cuppa. I’ll mix a hot … Continue reading Psalm at Seven

Prayer for COP26*

God of Life. Our planet is dying. We are responsible for the destruction of species and eco-systems. Save us for our death-dealing systems that rely on fossil fuels that strip-mine the commons that convert Your natural world into cold, hard cash. Give us wisdom and courage to find new ways of living. Empower our children … Continue reading Prayer for COP26*

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.  … Continue reading Lunchtime recital by Ian Verran