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 Wednesday 1 July 2020
I am sure you have heard the announcement that churches will be able to open up for public worship from 4th July. While it is really encouraging that we are getting to a stage where this is possible, looking at the guidelines it is clear that what we would actually be able to do would be very unlike our normal services (e.g. no congregational singing and limiting numbers attending). We would also need to make sure we can put in place all the cleaning, distancing and hygiene requirements for which there would be a lot to organise.
The authorities in our Diocese are encouraging us not to rush into coming back together and there is no compulsion to do so at this stage. So, having talked with the Wardens and with the staff team, I would like to bring the matter to the PCC in our July meeting (13th July). This will give us time to understand better the guidelines we have been given and to work out what, if anything, we change at this stage. Please would you pray for the PCC that we would have wisdom about the way forward.
In the meantime we will, of course, keep going with our online services. I want to express again my thanks to all who are involved in those services – many are putting in a lot of work to make them happen. While they aren’t the same as being able to meet properly we know that the Lord has been using them and trust that through the trials we are going through He is using these services to bring people to faith and to strengthen faith. As we have said before, though we may be in lockdown, the Holy Spirit is not.
So let’s keep supporting one another and praying for one another and I will get back to you following the PCC meeting.
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 and Third Wednesday of every month | 8pm
During lockdown we are meeting twice every month on Zoom. Zoom meeting details are circulated to the Church Family in the day(s) before the meeting. Prayer Focus 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 usually takes place in May. It is normally a good time for us as a Church family to hear how our mission partners are doing, to pray for them and to raise finances for them. In the past the church family has been very generous in supporting those partners. But because we are not meeting together due to the Coronavirus, Emmanuel’s minister Bart and our Church Wardens have been discussing what we should do about the gift day this year.
Some in our church family may be struggling financially at the moment and for all of us there is uncertainty about what the future holds. (If you are finding you are struggling please don’t suffer in silence – do get in touch with me so we can provide support.) However we are also aware that some of our mission partners may also be experiencing financial difficulties and may be relying on gift days like ours.
So we have contacted our mission partners to find out what kind of effect delaying our gift day would have on them. Where we have an indication that it would cause a problem we have given a gift from a small discretionary mission fund that the PCC had already set aside. We therefore think that we can delay our gift day for the time being. Since we don’t yet know how or when the lockdown will be lifted we can’t know at this stage when we will hold the gift day and we may need to revisit whether we have it while restrictions are still in place.
While some of us may be struggling financially it is also possible that others are finding they are spending less. If that is you how about setting aside some of that money, as Paul instructs the Corinthians to do in 1Corinthians 16:1-2, ready to give when the opportunity arises – both to appeals at Emmanuel (including the gift day) and elsewhere?
If you have any questions, please speak to our minister Bart- firstname.lastname@example.org.
As a Church we support individuals working for the following organisations: 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.
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. As we are not meeting together, we are not able to hold our meeting at this time. In addition, we now have until 31 October 2020 to hold our APCM. We will keep the Church Family informed about then these two events will be taking place.
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: