Emmanuel weekly newsletter - 21 June 2020

I hope you have had a good week - please find below some of the things that have happened this week or that you might want to be involved in over the next seven days:-

Please find attached:-

  • A short order of service for the coming week – “Vine at Home 21 June 2020”

  • Prayer for the week ahead - “Emmanuel Corona Prayers week 14”

  • Living Your Faith – adult reflection sheet

  • Methodist Church Service sheet

  • New Courses – see below under “In Other News”

  • 2 Rainbow Patterns

  • Connections Job Advert June 2020 – see below under “In Other News”

  • Children’s activity sheet

Following the Government announcement around the ability to open Churches for private prayer, we wanted to let everyone know that following guidance from the Methodist Church nationally, we will continue to stay closed at this current time. We will not be opening for private prayer or any other form of worship alongside others within the Barnsley Methodist Circuit. We will, of course, let you know as soon as we start planning the re-opening of Emmanuel Church building so we can all prepare together.

However, we still want to encourage a people of prayer and reflection. From today we have launched our Labyrinth on the top car park at Emmanuel for people to visit and use in their own times of reflection. Clearly social distancing needs to be obeyed – so if someone else is using it, just wait or come back some other time. Read the instructions on the main church doors, then journey into the heart of the Labyrinth – have a time of quiet prayer - and then travel back out again. Take as long as you need – it will be there until the rain washes it away! Suitable for all ages – do it as a family or as an individual. This is not a private facility – tell your neighbours and friends – we would invite anyone in the community to make use of this beautiful space. With big thanks to Pete & Annie Lane & Lucy Stirk for marking out the Labyrinth.

Tell us what you think!

We’ve been trying lots of different things these past weeks to ensure we continue to connect as a Church family. And whilst we’re busy planning our return, when we are able to, we want to ensure whilst we continue to meet virtually we do this in a way that works for as many of us as possible. That’s why we’re asking for your views. We’ve developed a short survey – just ten questions – to gather your views on what’s worked, what hasn’t, and what we should build on. We want your views on what’s been, but also your ideas on what’s to come. If you can, please take the time to complete the survey – as honestly as possible. We need your views!


What’s on this week…


Please join us again this Sunday at 10am (or at a time convenient for you) in our Emmanuel Family Facebook group for our local service and a time together in worship. This will be like the last few weeks, post after post in real time to follow a full service that takes around an hour. You can join us live or enjoy it later in the day – the choice is yours. We’ll be singing, praying, reflecting and listen to the message from Marian Olsen. Why not join us? Any problems finding the group please email us and we will be happy to help. You can also assess the service through the Circuit website: www.barnsleymethodist.org.uk or via our website.

Our midweek story…

Our midweek stories continues – a way of us sharing the stories of people from across the Emmanuel family. This week is Doris Kwofie Andoh-kesson – thank you for sharing! You can find the story here to view: https://youtu.be/3AcXHkobsBA

Get involved…

Give to Church

It’s now been almost 14 weeks since we met as a Church family to worship together. We’re so grateful for all those that have continued to support Emmanuel financially during this difficult time. We are currently challenged with no rental income from people using the building, limited giving and no opportunity to increase income from other routes. Costs continue to drain our reserves – namely the assessment which pays for ministry and mission in the Church – this includes the salaries of Ministers, Circuit & District contributions - other costs include monies to pay our staff including contributions to all of our furloughed workers, utilities, day to day building maintenance and running, and other essential costs. The Church was unable to furlough Ministers so they have continued to work full-time, which means that our assessment has been the biggest continued regular out-going. We need, more than ever before, to look to our Church Family to support us. In simple terms, we have more cash going out than is coming in. And that continues to worsen as this period of lockdown continues. We ask those who can, to consider prayerfully their individual giving. Can you give more each month? A one-off boost to support in these times? We ask you all to keep this situation in your prayer.

We are working towards our Gift Day on Sunday 5 July. Those in the envelope scheme have received their regular weekly envelopes which we have only recently been able to distribute. Thanks for the volunteers who helped to distribute.

On the Gift Day people from 10am – 12 noon & 2.00 - 4.00pm will be waiting at Church (socially distanced) to receive envelopes, and cheques. We may also have a credit card machine available to take electronic donations to support the ongoing life and ministry of Emmanuel. If you have been saving all your offerings, you can bring all the envelopes, or just one, down to church, either in cash form or by writing a cheque. If you don’t have envelopes but want to give a gift, we shall also make envelopes available. If you would struggle to get to church, please let your pastoral visitor know and they can collect envelopes or cheques from you. If you want to give electronically rather than coming to Church personally then our Church Bank details are:

A/c name: Emmanuel Methodist Church

Sort code: 40-09-12

A/c number: 91633023

HSBC Bank - 5 Market Hill, Barnsley, S70 2PY

Please mark your bank transfer as: Gift Day