building one another up
Emmanuel Church is a community; a family of God’s children brought together by the gospel of Jesus. We want to care for and build up one another to be more and more godly and to serve each other wherever there is a need.
The bulk of our looking after each other will be done informally through normal intentional relationships. But we also consider ourselves a training church, where there are a great many opportunities to grow and learn together as part of our desire to support one another. Below are a selection of some of the things we do to build one another up, on top of the regular diet of Sundays, Connect Groups and informal time together:
Men & Women
Both men and women have a vital role to play at Emmanuel, and we recognise that we are different to each other! There are particular issues, struggles and interests which concern men more than women and vice versa. As such we run a monthly men’s breakfast on a Saturday called eMen, where guys of all ages can grab a bacon sandwich, get to know each other and have a Bible study challenging them to be godly men in the week ahead. We also have an occasional Women’s Bible Study for ladies who want to look at what the Bible says to them specifically, as they spend time together over drinks and nibbles.
Equip is a year-long training course for people who are already very involved in church life at Emmanuel and who want to be even more enabled to serve. The course requires a fair amount of preparation outside of the weekly sessions and is an intensive course designed to challenge and mature people as disciples of Jesus.
Topics included in the 6 modules are what is ministry, understanding & communicating the gospel, how to prepare & give a Bible talk, essential doctrine, Bible overviews and the practicalities of church life. Participants also study through the book of Romans in depth and read a number of thought-provoking Christian books, as well as receive one-to-one mentoring.
A few times a year we put on training seminars to cover particular areas of the Christian life. In the past these have included sessions on dealing with Richard Dawkins’ and the new atheists, how to put the Bible into practice, and how to lovingly care for one another.
Someone To Talk To
Connect Groups are our primary pastoral strategy, the place where people most clearly experience church family. Find out more about our Connect Groups here. We believe that God gives pastors and teachers to the church to equip normal Christians for the work of building one another up. This will happen as we speak the gospel truth in love to one another in up-the-front teaching and in everyday conversation over a cup of tea. ’Pastoral care’ isn’t a job to give to a small team of professionals, it’s everyone’s job; part and parcel of everyday church life as we all look after each other. We trust that you will find many people at Emmanuel who’d love to help however they can. Just grab somebody at one of our Sunday services.
But if somebody has a particular issue which they’d like to talk to someone about and don’t know where to turn, their Connect Group leaders are the best people to speak to. If they are yet to join a Connect Group or they’d appreciate another person to be involved, the leadership team and the staff are more than happy to meet with people to chat, look at the Bible and pray. Do speak to someone on a Sunday or get in touch with us via the contact page.