Praying and Planning

There are many books and strategies about how to establish a new Church. One could spend a lifetime studying and pondering options! But in the end the Christian Faith must lead to action. When we gathered a group to pray and reflect on the idea of establishing Emmanuel Church, we realized that we would need to plan, prepare and strategize. But as we prayed we also realized that we could not control every step of the journey, and we would need to venture out trusting God to lead. It struck me as we prayed together that while God would not reveal all the details of the future to us, he did grant a remarkable and tangible sense of unity. A group of people united in prayer and resolved to act together to plant a new church – that is the kind of thing that God uses to build his people.

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Public Words

One of the distinctive features of Anglican churches is that we use pre-written prayers as part of our church services. These set prayers are known as ‘Liturgy.’ Using set liturgy does not mean that we do not also have unscripted parts of the service – but the liturgy is an important aspect of our gathered […]

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Supporting Mission in England

There are many benefits of being a local church that is part of a denomination – as Emmanuel Anglican Church is part of the Free Church of England. One of these benefits is that we have our vision lifted to pray for mission opportunities beyond our local area. At an upcoming prayer meeting we will […]

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Old & New

It was a joy to see how our vision for combining the best of ancient wisdom and contemporary methods, was well received on Sunday night. Our service included words from the BCP liturgy- words crafted 500 years ago at the Reformation. It also included modern songs and technology. Chatting with people over refreshments after the […]

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