The Gathering

Dear Friends,

As we come to the end of the year, I’m writing, on behalf of all of the Emmanuel elders, to thank you for your involvement in the church and your partnership in the gospel. You are a delightful community and it’s a privilege and joy to serve you.

What is changing this Spring at Emmanuel?

Over recent months, as a team of elders, we’ve come to believe the Lord is drawing us towards a season of gathering - just for the sake of being with Him, with little agenda. In many ways, we believe this is a time of new beginning, and we need to begin with Him. As individual people and as a church, we stand in need of renewal in the Holy Spirit.

The problem is that we have busy lives and a fairly full church programme. It’s hard (and unwise) to simply add further meetings to our schedule, without trying to make space elsewhere in the diary.

With this in mind, we’ve made a decision to cancel small groups for the start of the year.

Instead, we are hosting a series of gatherings (which we will simply call ‘The Gathering’) at the Clarendon Centre on Thursday evenings. We will worship the Lord and enjoy His presence (with the help of some friends who can help us pray and receive from Him). And we are hoping that the result of this series of evenings will be significant for our church and beyond.

We are planning to carry on meeting on Thursdays in February and March.

May the Lord visit us and speak to us.

Very much love

Joel