Future events in the life of the church

Mission Committee Fair


Tools with a Mission

Everyone is warmly invited to come along to Emmanuel’s Mission Committee Fair, which will be held outside on the Green after the church service on 12th September or in the church halls if it rains.

There will be live music, a bouncy castle, raffles, games, stalls and refreshments.

There will be an opportunity to bring along any old tools you wish to donate to Tools With A Mission (TWAM) as this is the charity we are supporting this year. TWAM is a faith-based charity in the UK that collects and ships tools and equipment for distribution to non-governmental organisations working in Sub-Saharan Africa. TWAM provides hand tools, computers, bikes, and school books and supplies. Grant Programs for Agriculture, Energy, Environment, Natural Resources Donated tools and equipment.

There will be more details to follow in next month’s Emmanuel Life.

(The fair will obviously be subject to any COVID-19 restrictions at the time)

Elmers End Free Church Open Weekend

Our sister church at Elmers End are planning, COVID-guidelines permitting, to have an open church weekend during which they are mounting two exhibitions, a local history display and a range of Old and New Testament stories illustrated by the knitted Bible figures that they have clicked and stitched over the years.

This is planned on Saturday 18th July, probably between 10am and 4pm, and Sunday 19th July from 1-4pm. It is also planned to be able to serve refreshments. These arrangements will be confirmed in our July magazine, once we know that we have reached stage four of the relaxations and in the light of any new guidance.


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

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