Emmanuel weekly newsletter - 26 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 28 June 2020”

  • Prayer for the week ahead - “Emmanuel Corona Prayers week 15”

  • Children’s activity sheet

  • Children’s colouring sheet

  • Live Your Faith

  • 2 Rainbow Patterns

Following the Government announcement around the ability to open Churches, we wanted to let everyone know that we are awaiting guidance from the Methodist Church nationally, and Emmanuel Church building will continue to stay closed at this current time. We will not be opening for any form of worship on Sunday 5th July alongside others within the Barnsley Methodist Circuit. We will, of course, let you know as soon as we can meet together again.

However, we still want to encourage a people of prayer and reflection. To that end we have marked out a 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.

Jackie Reaney wrote this week: “Loved the labyrinth. I have journeyed as a pilgrim around it 3 times now. My daily readings at the moment are all about making every walk a meaningful pilgrimage – journeying with hope and prayer and trust. So that has definitely worked for me.”

Message from Rev. Mick Neal (Barnsley Methodist Circuit) - on Tuesday of this week it was announced that churches can open for public worship from 4th July as long as all necessary guidelines are followed. We are waiting for guidelines to be published by the government and the Methodist Church before we take any further action. However, when we do have the necessary information we will be adopting a phased approach to re-opening of buildings and we are unable to say at this stage either when each chapel will open or when public worship will resume. In the meantime we will continue to make worship available on line each week and also arrange for printed copies of "worship at home" to be distributed to those who have requested them. Thank you for your continued prayers and support. With best wishes Mick (Rev. Mick Neal) Barnsley Methodist Circuit

Last Chance to tell us what you think! The survey closes Sunday 28th June

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!


This Sunday we are having a change – why not join the Zoom Circuit Service on Sunday 28th June at 2pm or enjoy it later in the day – through the Circuit website: www.barnsleymethodist.org.uk or via our website.

We’ll be singing, praying, reflecting and listen to the message from Claire Rawlinson. Why not join us? Any problems finding the group please email us and we will be happy to help.

The Zoom details are below:-

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84097276298?pwd=YlZVVUVSR2VTci8veG1HOVlqOTFXZz09 You can access the service by phone using 0203 481 5237 United Kingdom 0203 481 5240 United Kingdom You'll then be prompted for the meeting ID and the password: Meeting ID: 840 9727 6298 Password: 101598

As usual a recorded version of the Circuit service will be available on their website www.barnsleymethodist.org.uk Circuit Facebook page (Barnsley Methodist Community) Circuit YouTube following this link https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLA71w3SF8VdLNhQeRGtinGKYgt9hAjGDQ

Our midweek story…

Our midweek stories continue – a way of us sharing the stories of people from across the Emmanuel family. This week is Claire Woodward – thank you for sharing! You can find the story here to view: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hP0NfvbHCsw&list=PLA71w3SF8VdItNPvDQefqNQ1zCS6j_IXw&index=7&t=0s