Future events in the life of the church


Teesdale and Weardale Search and Rescue

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 continuous attempt, with only the minibus drive to the next mountain breaking up the hiking! As you may imagine, this is a huge endurance challenge so we are hoping to raise a good amount of money for the mountain rescue service, who will be assisting our attempt. I know this is not a local charity, but if you could donate, that would be wonderful, and please do so via this link:

and if you can’t use the link please get in contact with my parents.

Also, if the actual physical challenge wasn’t hard enough, as part of the fundraising, I am running a half marathon in April with my dad!

Thank you very much for any donations.

Heather Moore


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, support development and combat climate change.

Consequently, it falls to churches and individual Christians to respond.

Emmanuel, along with other churches in West Wickham, is offering to collect donations and pass these to Christian Aid. I have set up on behalf of Emmanuel a Christian Aid e-envelope to enable people to give directly, with the possibility of CA claiming the Gift Aid. The e-envelope may be accessed by clicking here: e-envelope | Christian Aid Week

or by typing the following:

Alternatively, you may send a cheque to our Treasurer, Ian Scott, or leave a donation in an envelope marked Christian Aid in church on Sundays 2nd, 9th, 16th or 23rd May. By giving through the e-envelope scheme or by making a donation via church, you will enable us to total up all donations from Emmanuel.

Christian Aid Week is usually run ecumenically, so this year it is planned to announce a total for funds raised from all churches in West Wickham at the Ecumenical Evening Service hosted by Emmanuel at 6pm on Sunday 23rd May.

The e-envelope invited me to set a target, so I put the ambitious target of £1000. The June edition of Emmanuel Life will record whether we reached our target.

To aid your giving, it may be helpful to know that the Mission Committee’s annual Summer Fair on The Green to raise money for TWAM (Tools with a Mission) has been postponed from the summer due to COVID regulations, and to give greater surety to the planning. Instead, it is proposed to hold the fair on Sunday 12th September. More news will be made available in due course.

David Pickering

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

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