Whether you are new and consider yourself part of the Emmanuel Church Family or you have been coming here for years, below you will find some information which you may find helpful.
Communication from Bart Tuesday 17 March 2020
Dear Emmanuel Church Family,
I am writing to you to let you know that in light of the Government’s advice the Church of England have said that ‘public worship is suspended until further notice’. Sadly, this means we won’t be meeting for our Sunday services for the time being.
However, for those who are able to get on the internet we will be putting a video of a sermon recorded earlier in the week online which you will be able to access through our website. It will go ‘live’ at 10.30am on Sunday mornings, so be ready by your computer at normal church time! You should be able at the same time to feed in prayer requests to go out on the Prayerline and we should also be able to have a time for questions and answers following the sermon (we are working on it!). So even though we can’t join together in the same building we will be able to join together ‘virtually’. If you aren’t on the internet, we are also working on ways to get the sermon to you.
Please could we, during this time of not being able to meet together, make a point of looking for ways to love one another while still following the government’s advice about social distancing. If you are in one please be in touch with those in your Home Group, but please could we all phone others whether they are in our group or not. Do ask what we can do for one another and ask what we can be praying for one another. Also, if you yourself need help then please contact a church family member or get in touch with the office and someone will get back to you (020 8390 2372). If you have a prayer request (other than on Sunday morning), do email the Prayerline at email@example.com or ring Colin and Cara Rodger on 020 8390 6631.
Let’s also be looking for ways to love our neighbours. There may be groups already being set up in your street to support one another, which you could be a part of or maybe you could take the initiative to get something started. Let’s also be looking for ways we can share the hope we have in Jesus with our neighbours.
Lastly, I want to encourage you if you are feeling fearful or anxious at this time. It is completely understandable that we would be feeling like this when it feels as if everything is changing day by day and we are surrounded by a growing sense of fear. Here are a few verses from Psalm 146: “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal man, who cannot save. When their spirit departs, they return to the ground; on that very day their plans come to nothing. Blessed is he whose help is the God of Jacob, whose hope is in the Lord his God, the maker of heaven and earth, the sea, and everything in them – the Lord, who remains faithful for ever.” Let’s put our hope in God and bring to him our fears and anxieties – maybe take some time now to pray to Him about them.
So, we look forward to the time when we will be able to meet together again but, in the meantime, let’s trust the Lord, love one another and love our neighbours. I hope you will be able to get onto the website on Sunday at 10.30am. If you can’t, why don’t you read some Psalms (how about Psalm 23 to start with) and pray for members of the church family at that time.
Supporting one another in knowing Jesus and living with him everyday
We have a number of Home Groups that meet mid-week in homes, some weekly and others every two weeks. Most groups meet in the evenings but some during the day. We would love everyone to be part of a Home Group so please contact a member of the Home Group Leadership team for details (Bart Erlebach, Joanne and Robin Walpole and Amanda Kresinska) via the Church office.
Emmanuel Home Groups
- Under the word of God
- Looking upwards in prayer
- Alongside one another
- Reaching our in mission
- Building up the Church Family through serving
First Wednesday of every month | 8pm
This is a chance to gather as a church family and pray for the needs of the church, for events coming up that month and things happening in the world. We usually spend a short time looking at God’s word before turning to pray; we often split into smaller groups for this.
Mission Focus & Gift Day
Our annual Mission Focus & Gift Day takes place in May. As a Church we use this day to focus on, pray for and raise money for the Mission Partners that we support. We support various individuals working for the following organisations: Emmanuel International (Tanzania), UFM Worldwide (Kenya), Oxygen (Kingston-upon-Thames), London City Mission, Webber Street (London), CMS (Rwanda) and Arab World Ministries (UK and Europe).
Please click here to view the 2019 Mission Focus & Gift Day video.
Please click below to listen to the latest update from Henneke Cook, working for AWM.
As a Church we also support Insight through giving to our General Fund. You can find out more about Insight and the excellent work they do in many schools in the Borough of Kingston-upon-Thames by clicking here.
Forward Focus Sunday
Our Forward Focus meeting is a chance to look back at what God has been doing in our church family over the last year to look forward to the year coming. Our minister Bart will be speaking at our 10.30am service on Sunday 26 April 2020, followed by our Forward Focus meeting (annual church meeting) over a bring-and-share lunch. Please join us for this important event in our church calendar.
We are truly grateful to God for the way in which he continually provides for all that we do at Emmanuel. We are also thankful for the way in which Church Family members commit themselves to regular giving, not just financial, but also time and talents.
Financially, you can support Emmanuel Church in two different ways. Firstly, you can give to the Emmanuel General Fund, which is the fund used to run the church and indirectly, to pay our minister. Secondly, you can give to the Emmanuel Ministry Fund (EMF). The EMF was set up in 2004 and its primary role is to fund additional staff members at Emmanuel.
The most helpful way to give to either fund is to set up a standing order with your bank. You can do this quickly using your online or telephone banking and by quoting the bank account information:
Recipient (or beneficiary) account name: Emmanuel Church, Tolworth (General Fund)
Sort Code: 23-05-80 Account: 18255472 (Metro Bank, Kingston upon Thames Branch)
Recipient (or beneficiary) account name: Emmanuel Church Tolworth Ministry Fund (EMF)
Sort Code: 23-05-80 Account: 16344117 (Metro Bank, Kingston upon Thames Branch)
Alternatively, you can complete and return a standing order form and we will forward it to your bank on your behalf. You can also pay by cash or cheque using giving envelopes that we will provide. Completed standing order forms should be returned to Ken Goodall, the Emmanuel Regular Giving Secretary or to the Church office. If you are a UK tax player please also complete and return a gift aid declaration. This will enable our church to increase the value of your gift by 25% by reclaiming from HM Revenue and Customs the basis rate tax that you have paid on your gift.
You can find all the necessary forms below: