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In this section of our Emmanuel church website we hope to pubiish articles of current interest, thoughts on topical subjects to do with our own Church life as well as thoughts on broader issues of interest to Christians near and far.  We welcome feedback (see the end of each article) and hope you find this section helpful.

The jar of life

Do you have one or more things that you have always wanted to do/learn/start/finish but that you just never seem to find time to do? For the last 8 years my new year’s resolution has been to learn the guitar. I own a guitar and I have two books on how to learn the guitar, but still I have yet to do it. I also have a study full of craft materials which I rarely get round to using, and a huge pile of books by the side of my bed which have been waiting for years for me to read them. I often ponder why it is that I don’t make time for these things when I have such a desire to learn/use/read them. And I’ve realised that what it boils down to is that they are not high enough up my list of priorities. Once I have worked, slept, cooked, spent time with Chris, done the chores and relaxed (by which I mean watch a bit of TV and/or completed a few killer sudoku puzzles on my phone) I find I have no time left for anything else. But if I didn’t watch TV or do sudoku puzzles I’d probably have plenty of time for craft or guitar playing or reading...

Posted on Monday, 1st October 2018 | Read more

Why I love young people and why I think the Church should too

Youth Work was never at the top of my list of careers options growing up, in fact it wasn’t even on the list! So why youth work? My answer is simple: because I am passionate about young people. God has been putting a love for young people in my heart for a long time and it took me going on a gap year to realise His calling for me... 

Posted on Thursday, 26th July 2018 | Read more

How are you doing today?

Really, how are you?

I wonder how you respond when someone asks you this question. Do you respond with a quick ‘fine, thanks’ and move swiftly on to another topic whether or not you are feeling okay?...

Posted on Monday, 16th April 2018 | Read more

Palm Sunday

‘Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the Lord’ (Luke 19:38) cry the crowd on the first Palm Sunday as they quote from Ps 118. In that quotation are all of their hopes and dreams. Here is God’s messiah, the saviour. But not the messiah they wanted, not the saviour they thought they were going to get!...

Posted on Monday, 26th March 2018 | Read more

Babies and Toddlers

I wonder if you have ever walked into Emmanuel on a Thursday morning? The church is full of push chairs, the kitchen is serving tea, coffee and biscuits from both hatches, the hall is full of toys, ride on cars, dress ups, prams, dolls, Duplo and amazing craft and the Africa Lounge is covered with giant Lego bricks, a train set, jungle animals, books and baby’s toys. Everywhere you look is an excited toddler, crawling baby, attentive grandparent, overtired parent or overstretched carer...

Posted on Monday, 5th March 2018 | Read more