2020 is going to be an exciting year! The Enabling Works – demolition of the Upperton church and ground works are scheduled to finish before the end of February. These pictures show the ‘piling’ – 8-9 metre deep holes filled with concrete and steel, providing a strong foundation and boundary for the site. Preparations are being made for the main build which we are hoping will begin a little later this year…more news on this soon.
Good news of great joy for all the people.
Hearts were warmed on a cold afternoon in mid December as Emmanuel Church joined with four other local churches on the Eastbourne Railway Station concourse to praise God on the birth of his Son, Jesus Christ. In the presence of station staff, surrounding shop workers and passers by; all were glad to hear the joyous Christmas Carol singing.
Bethlehem is Calling
Emmanuel Church welcome Garth Hewitt and friends for a wonderful concert on Saturday 23rd November, with Garth singing songs of Advent, Christmas, and Bethlehem. Garth, recently returned from a trip to Bethlehem, sang with great passion for peace and justice to be present in the Middle East. All who enjoyed the evening were encouraged to reflect on our perspectives and politics relating to the violence and oppression in a land we will be hearing about through our Advent journey. The concert raised money for The Amos Trust and the Emmanuel building scheme.
Service, Suffering & Sacrifice for our Freedom
Emmanuel Church joined with the reflections and prayers of many over the Remembrance Day weekend. The cross outside Emmanuel was covered in poppies made by all ages at church, very fittingly splashed in red. We continue to pray for peace, for those who serve in the armed forces, and for healing for all those affected by the horrors of war.
On an evening dominated by costumes and make up, and sometimes some quite dark themes, Emmanuel Church, Eastbourne pushed back a little, offering the community a Light Party – something a little lighter, a little more gentle and a little more friendly and giving – no trick, only a treat!
A God who is faithful to rescue you
Sunday morning, all age worship at Emmanuel Church – the Bible story of David and Goliath (1 Samuel 17) was brought to life by the Drama group.
Following the dramatised play, Rev. Mona shared how David’s story can be our story too. Regardless of our background, God can and will use us for his plans in ways and times which may be unexpected. We all face ‘giants’ in our lives, let us not run away from them, but courageously confront them; trusting our God is almighty and faithful to lead us victorious through these battles. This God of ours will always reveal his abundant love to those who put their faith in Him.
Demolition Work, Well Under Way.
The demolition work on Upperton Road has progressed well during September and the hall and main sanctuary have now been taken down. It is remarkable that eventually almost all the materials removed will be recycled. Sovereign Construction have tried to limit the impact locally by working steadily and methodically on site, and the next phase will be at ground level preparing the ground for the new building.
Ordination of Memona Shahbaz
On Sunday 29th September Rev. Memona Shahbaz and her family were welcomed to Eastbourne. At her Induction and Ordination Service, representatives from the United Reformed, Methodist and Baptist Churches, together with The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Steve Wallis, and Mr. Stephen Lloyd, MP joined with over 180 worshippers in celebration. Words of welcome were spoken, prayers of thanksgiving were offered, and fellowship was shared. We all wish Memona every blessing at the beginning of ministry in Eastbourne.
New Beginnings & Fresh Chapters
Listen to Rev. Paul chatting with Emily Jeffery about progress on the Emmanuel Church building project; a radio broadcast from BBC Sussex & BBC Surrey on 01st September 2019.
Building works commence on the Upperton Road site
On Sunday 4th August a short act of worship was held outside the Upperton Road site for the new building. On Monday 5th August Sovereign Construction are starting their preparations for the demolition of the site and the foundations for the new church and community centre – this first phase taking about six months. Rev. Paul gave a short address giving thanks to God for the new beginnings God brings, and the people sang Marty Haugen’s great hymn ‘Let Us Build a House’. The words “Let us build a house where hands will reach beyond the wood and stone, to heal and strengthen, serve and teach, and live the Word they’ve known” seemed just right – and indeed, all will be welcomed in this place. The Eastbourne Herald newspaper have published an article about the launch of these works which you can read here.
Eastbourne welcomes a new URC Minister for the Pastorate
It is wonderful to announce that Memona Shahbaz has accepted the call to come to Eastbourne, and to join in ministry at Emmanuel, The Broadway, St. Barnabas, and Trinity. Memona was a mature student who has completed the URC ministry training course at Westminster College, Cambridge. Previously, she had been the first Pakistani Presbyterian woman to take a Master of Divinity from Gujranwala Theological Seminary. In the past she has worked as a radio and television presenter and as a teacher. She came to England from Pakistan in 2006, and will be coming to Eastbourne with her family. Memona will begin her ministry in Eastbourne from September 2019, and may God bless her in this time of new beginning.
Jenny Wren Nursery School 1989-2019
Jenny Wren is a small Nursery School owned by Emmanuel Church. This year the nursery celebrated 30 years of pre-school education with a party. Pupils, families, staff and volunteers of past, present and future shared their memories, played games, did crafts & enjoyed a feast of hog roast, a celebration cake & other party food. A fantastic time was had by all!
Lest We Forget…
People at Emmanuel have been creating poppies for Remembrance Sunday. They’ve been knitted, crocheted, drawn, coloured, sewn, and shaped, by many different people over many months. We are joining with the community in remembering those who have lost their lives in wars across the centuries, and, with many others, praying for peace in our world.
Sharing Christ’s Love in Old Town
Halloween 2018, the streets were crowded, where Emmanuel Church resides, with families in their scary outfits looking for a trick or treat. Folks at Emmanuel were there to give a treat to the Old Town community. It was an incredible thing which Jesus Christ taught the world – to love and accept everyone unconditionally. A memorable evening was had by all as the Church welcomed those on the street with Hot Chocolate, tasty Hot Dogs, homemade Cookies, Cakes, Crafts for the kids, Party Music, interesting Conversations, and exciting Games.
A Calling for a United Reformed Minister
(NOTE: A candidate for this calling has now been accepted.) July 2019
Emmanuel and three other churches in the Eastbourne area – Broadway, St Barnabas and Trinity Willingdon – are in the process of calling a United Reformed Church minister to work alongside Paul Tabraham. As part of this process, the churches have prepared a profile, which tells interested ministers some of the things they need to know about the pastorate. The profile seen below was finalised and adopted by all four churches in September 2018.
Emmanuel Church, Greenfield Road Public Access Defibrillator Celebration.
Rev Paul Tabraham and Lions President Alec Stephens are joined by members of the Emmanuel Church congregation to celebrate the installation of life saving equipment at their church.
Eastbourne Lions Club and Emmanuel Church raised £830 each to fund the Public Access Defibrillators (PAD) which brings the number in Green Street to three. Alec Stephens said “With this latest PAD installation, the three PADs in Green Street are ideally spaced so that they can be reached by residents within a few minutes. There are now 8 PADs available to the residents of Old Town, 2 years ago there were none”