Newsletter - 22 May 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 7 days:-

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 Gill Newton our District Chair. Why not join us? Any problems finding the group please email us and we will be happy to help.

Please find attached:-

  • A short order of service for the coming week – “Vine at Home 24 May 2020”

  • Prayer for the week ahead - “Emmanuel Corona Prayers week 10”

  • I can pray …. A scavenger hunt

  • “OPP Advert May 2020” – see full details under Good News below

  • Together at Home – Family Activities sheet picks up the theme of this Sunday’s reading

  • “MWoL 2020” - A Methodist Way of Life

  • 2 Rainbow Patterns – see full details under Good News below

We are looking for help:

Welcome is a very important ministry in any church and encompasses everything that we do. If it is done well people feel valued and accepted and are more likely to return and talk about their experience in a positive light. When we had our big ‘Conversation’ last year, many people had great ideas about how our welcome could be improved at Emmanuel. The Leadership Team would like to put some thought in now before we return from lockdown. There is work we can start doing now: designing a welcome pack; updating contact forms; setting up systems for following up people; looking at how we adopt streets and welcome people who have just moved into the area; being intentional in our links to all the people who use our building. We are looking for people to be part of this task group to help with all of this. If you are passionate about welcome, have ideas and a willingness to contribute, please phone Joan Booth on 07845 698662 or email:

Get involved:

How tall can we go | We’re still looking for people to grow a sunflower, and also encourage other people to plant a sunflower seed, and post pictures as they grow as we grow hope together. When we are unlocked you could come, bring them to church and plant them along the back fence?

Hands together in prayer | We are inviting our community again to engage with us as a Church. From Tuesday next week there will be a length of bunting tape along the front wall of church. We shall provide resources on site, plus hand sanitizer, but anyone who wants to do the activity at home is also free to do so. We are inviting people to draw around their hand, cut it out, and then write the first name of someone they want to remember in prayer at this time, or something they are thankful for at this time. Then we are inviting people to pin their hand onto the bunting, joining hands with the one in front. It will look like “hands raised in prayer” – but it will also look like hands joined together in unity. As that is part of the experience of Pentecost we thought it might be a way of connecting with our local community. If you live local to Church and want to join in, please add your hand to help create our unity bunting.

This weekend - Cliffest

Cliff College is hosting their Festival @ Home this weekend. Cliff College has been hosting a spring/summer festival for over 100 years. This year's Festival theme is ‘Global Vision’. This offers us an amazing opportunity to reflect with and learn from some of our global partners, and we hope they will encourage and enable us to understand and learn from their context. They will be streaming live and pre-recorded Bible studies, seminars, workshops, preaching, worship and music straight to your home all weekend. Their speakers include Rev Dr Billy Abraham, Professor Evelyn Parker and Dr Miguel A. De La Torre; the worship leaders include Sam Taylor and Josh Gillam. To find more information visit Festival @ Home. There is a full programme planned which can be downloaded here: Festival Guide and there is also a Children's Programme: Childrenprog and a youth and young adults Programme: Y&YA

In other news:-

  • We hope you received a prayer booklet for Thy Kingdom Come. We hope you are making time to join in with the daily devotions and prayers – this unites us not only as a church family and with our Circuit, but also with Christians across our nation and world.

  • Please continue to remember in prayer all those leading our Church and Circuit at this time – including the Leadership Team, Trustees, Circuit staff and all employees (including furloughed workers).

  • Dial-a-Prayer - A FREE phone service to hear prayers and news from the Methodist Church has been launched. Listen to a prayer: 0808 281 2514; Listen to news: 0808 281 2478; Content is updated weekly on Thursday evening.

  • Cameron and Ben continue to have a day off each week - Cameron’s day off is on Saturday and Ben’s is on Tuesday. Cameron will be away ‘on holiday’ Thursday, Friday and Saturday next week – in the case of an emergency please contact Ben. For Prayer Chain requests on those days please contact Doris – on 07450 248667 or e-mail on:

Donations of food for the Foodbank can still be made at Tesco’s in Wilthorpe, but we would prefer only shopping from that store to be placed in the trolley there. Thetrolley is quite small and soon gets filled up, which means a lot of extra work for those moving food to the Foodbank. If you have bought items for the Foodbank from other stores can we suggest that you preferably drop those items not at Tesco’s, but at Emmanuel Church. The large storage box is at the back of church (where the vestry door opens up onto the back garden – by the traffic cones!) and we are getting plenty of great donations in both places – thank you for your support.

  • The North West Church is looking for someone between 18 and 23 to work part time with older people and the socially isolated from September. This role is part of the One Programme run by the Methodist Connexion of Great Britain. The ONE Programme is about equipping, empowering, and encouraging young people in their discipleship, vocation and leadership. Details of the North West's role and the others available across the connexion can be found here: Please share the advert with your contacts as best you can under the current circumstances. Whilst they themselves may not be appropriate for the post, they may know people who are — children and grandchildren are just who we're looking for!

  • We are wondering about holding an Alpha course online during the summer months. We shall use it for exploring faith, asking questions and deepening our walk in faith. If you have not done a course before please do consider joining. It will be open to anyone in the North West Church – but we need to know there is enough interest before we set a starting date. This may be an opportunity to ask a friend, colleague, family member or neighbour to join you on the course. People are very open to the things of faith and an Alpha course is a great opportunity to help people explore faith. If you are interested, please send an e-mail to Cameron or ring him for further information on (01226) 207208.