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”