Join us this Sunday
What to expect
Worried about fitting in? Don't be! At Emmanuel you'll find there are people from all sorts of backgrounds, ages, countries and a variety of faith-backgrounds. You don't even have to be Christian to come along!
What should I wear?
There’s no dress-code – come in whatever you feel comfortable wearing. Most people are pretty casual.
What will happen? Do I need to bring anything?
As you arrive, you'll be given a welcome and everything you need for the gathering. There will be some prayers, a Bible reading, a talk, usually something for the children, and various songs along the way. If you arrive late, it’s OK. We aim to start on time but we always leave seats at the back for latecomers.
What about money?
You’re not expected to bring any money with you and there won't be an offering plate passed around. Our regulars do contribute to church funds, but visitors are our guests.
What happens after the gathering?
Refreshments are served after the gathering – and they’re also free. You can slip off after the formal close of the gathering if you like, but lots of people choose to stay and chat over drinks and biscuits.
Anything for the children?
We hope it goes without saying that it’s fine to bring children – and please don’t worry if they misbehave. We're a 'Shhh'-free church! You can always wander in and out if they’re proving challenging. We provide creche and Sunday Club for under-11s. See below for more info.
Children on Sunday
We love children at Emmanuel! They are an important part of our church family life and it is a privilege to have them join us Sunday by Sunday. We try to make church the high point of their week and to do all we can to help them learn about God.
On Sunday mornings our service begins with the whole church together. As parents we understand that bringing children to church can be stressful but please don’t let that put you off! We don’t mind the noise of children in our church gatherings, in fact it’s such a good thing to have families coming together to church that we don’t just put up with the noise but appreciate it as part of our church family life. So, bring the children and sit with them and talk to them about what’s going on and soon they’ll learn and experience what a great place church is to be.
After about 30 minutes the children depart for Creche (0-3 years) and two Sunday Club groups (4-11 years). They sing, play games, make things, and get to grips with what the Bible teaches. Children are collected from their classes by parents at the end of the service.