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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.

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


As we reflect on the year that has past we cannot help to turn our minds to some of the big stories that have dominated the last year. Politics is changing both at home and abroad. We are still Brexiting and our newspapers are dominated by stories of sleaze, abuse, corruption, uncertainty, immigration, migration, war and genocide. We might well ask the question, what hope is there for us, our families, our nation and our world?...

Posted on Thursday, 14th December 2017 | Read more