THE LOOP

The Loop is a regular set of short articles about life and mission here at Emmanuel Community Church.

Multisite: Grappling with change

Multisite: Grappling with change

“What if change is central to the story of a loving but mission-focused community?” [Trphena] Were you at the recent church meeting?  [Talia] Which one? [Trphena] You know, the one about the changes. The one where we heard about these new fangled, what were they called… deacons? [Talia] Oh yes. I don’t really get it. Why do we need to change how things are done? I mean, the leaders have always managed to preach about Jesus and teach the church and care for those who are most vulnerable in...

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Summer Interns

Summer Interns

It is a great delight to be able to welcome Amelia Hunt and Ben Cleveland to join us as summer interns (through a summer intern programme organised by the International Mission Board). Both of them live in Athens in Georgia (USA). They also both attend Prince Avenue Baptist Church.  We’re very excited to have them with us over June and July. Whilst with us they are going to: Serve on Sundays  Serve the various activities that we run throughout the week Learn about church life in a...

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TREASURE CHRIST: RUN BECAUSE OF JOY

TREASURE CHRIST: RUN BECAUSE OF JOY

In Hebrews 12:1-2a it says: “Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and...

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One Year On

One Year On

On the 13th May 2023, with sweaty palms and a full head, I drove up Green Lane for the first time. Why? I had been invited by the elders here at ECC to come for an all day interview. Later that day, just outside Stockport (heading towards Sheffield) there is a Petrol...

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A ‘normal’ week

A ‘normal’ week

Being called ‘Adam’, and having the privilege of being a Pastor in a local church, regularly opens me up to two slightly tired jokes. The first usually happens when I introduce myself and the other person says “so where’s Eve?”. The second, usually happens on a...

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Update: Pastoral Care

Update: Pastoral Care

Most people will be aware that over this last term, we’ve been holding a number of evening meetings to explore pastoral care in the life of the church. Honestly, it’s been so heartwarming to see the number of people attending and then to read/hear the responses that...

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Update: GROW

Update: GROW

I can’t quite believe it, but we’re now three months into our newly-formed (pilot) GROW leadership community. Leadership development is one of the greatest needs any church or movement has. In light of this, we as elders have made this a significant focus for me and...

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Safeguarding: A Reflection Of Our God

Safeguarding: A Reflection Of Our God

Why is safeguarding important to us as a church? Before reading any further why don’t you take a moment to think about this question. There is a whole array of possible answers that you could give to this question. For example, “well, it’s a legal thing that we need...

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WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MULTISITE?

WHAT DO WE MEAN BY MULTISITE?

In Matthew 25, Jesus tells the parable of the talents. Let’s read it together: 14 “Again, it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted his wealth to them. 15 To one he gave five bags of gold, to another two bags, and to another one...

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MULTISITE: BEYOND MY ALLEY AND MUDDY BANK

MULTISITE: BEYOND MY ALLEY AND MUDDY BANK

Let me tell you about an alley and muddy bank that has had real significance when I was growing up. The alley had a gravelly driveway with a good quota of potholes and a series of dilapidated garages and best of all a muddy bank, which I still believe is the greatest...

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Vision: Where are we going?

Vision: Where are we going?

So if that’s the unchanging or timeless calling (see previous article) that we as a church have, what do we need to be focusing on over this coming season? Here is where we shift to thinking about vision. Again, we as elders want to suggest to the church that our...

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Mission: Who are we?

Mission: Who are we?

These are some notes that I have adapted from the special vision evening we held on Thursday the 25th of January. Who are we? and where are we going? (see next article) are two fundamental questions that every church needs to ask and be able to answer clearly. These...

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