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The last vestiges of summer are truly over (and what a summer it was!), and we are now looking forward to a busy autumn as we lead into the Christmas season. To kick things off, we are excited to announce our third annual Family Fair and Fun Day, on Saturday 17th November. The day will include Christmas crafts, food, games for adults and children alike, and our fabulous bouncy castle. Come join the fun!

 

On November 24th, we are pleased to welcome back the Reverend Colin Chambers who will be giving a special talk on the Life and Legacy of Nelson Mandela. Colin served as Nelson Mandela’s Chaplain during 8 of the years that Mandela was imprisoned with other ANC leaders at the Maximum Security Prison on Robben Island and for a further 4 years while he was imprisoned at Pollsmoor Prison in Cape Town.

This retrospective is a unique opportunity to gain an insight into events which shaped the life of South Africa’s first black president.

 

Just in time for Christmas, our Candle-Light Carol Service will be held on 23rd December at 5:30 p.m.  Denmead Brass Band will join us in raising the roof in celebration of our Saviour’s birth. Please note, the consuming of mince pies or other festive comestibles will be compulsory. Come all ye faithful!

We are thrilled to announce the baptism of our brother, Paul Watson, on 18th March. Over the past year, Paul has become an active and much-loved member of our church family.

Paul’s baptism service was attended by his joyous father, Malcolm Watson, and more than a dozen family friends who braved the snow to travel from Central Baptist Church in Chelmsford, the Watson family’s home church. Along with them was a wonderful team of singers and musicians who joined with musicians from Immanuel to help us raise the roof in celebration. In addition, Paul’s sister, Lynne, and her husband, Andy, flew in from the United States. Closer to home, a number of Paul’s friends from other denominations came to witness his baptism, as did several non-Christian friends and work colleagues. Paul says he was especially touched by the collaborative and inclusive nature of the service.

The service was led by Immanuel’s Chris Cox, and the speaker was Rev Lindsay Caplen from the London Institute of Contemporary Christianity.

CHRIST in the HARVEST FEASTS OF ISRAEL

29th September – 7:00 p.m.

We are now look forward to another visit from Jews for Jesus when we will learn about the Jewish ‘high holidays’ of Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur and Sukkot, and about their significance to us as Christians. We hope you can join us for what will no doubt be another powerful reminder of God’s longstanding plans for us. The presentation will be followed by a ploughman’s supper.

Tickets are £5 in advance

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QUIZ NIGHT

13th October – 7:00 p.m.

Gather your teams, put your thinking caps on and join us for an evening of fun, fellowship and games! Refreshments will be provided.

Suggested donation is £5 per team of up to 5 players

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NELSON MANDELA ON ROBBEN ISLAND:

an evening talk by former Robben Island Chaplain, the Rev Colin Chambers

25th October – 7:00 p.m.

Colin was Chaplain for Robben Island during the time when Nelson Mandela and other ANC leaders were imprisoned there. This is a unique opportunity to learn about his friendship with Nelson Mandela and to gain an insight into the events which shaped the future South African president.

Admission is FREE

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FAMILY FAIR AND FUN DAY

18th November – 11:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

A day of games and activities for all the family. There will be craft tables, a bouncy castle and yummy baked goods for every taste.

Admission is FREE

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FAMILY SERVICE

 24th November – 6:30 p.m.

There will be something for the whole family at this special evening service: puppets, crafts, music and food!

The service will be led by Kevin Jones, and a shared meal will follow.

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EVENING CAROL SERVICE

17th December – 5:30 p.m.

Join us to for our candlelight service as we prepare to celebrate the birth of our saviour.

Hot drinks and mince pies will follow the service.

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CHRISTMAS AT IMMANUEL

24th December – 11:00 a.m.

The last few weeks have been glorious, here in Southsea, with lots of warm weather and blue skies and only the occasional summer shower.  Now that the schools are about to let out for the summer hols, that will no doubt change.  But regardless of the weather, we are grateful for each day the Lord brings!  Every day we are granted on this earth is glorious, indeed!

The various groups which meet each week at Immanuel are winding up for the summer as leaders go off on holiday for a bit of rest and relaxation, but don’t worry – they’ll be starting up again in September! We are also planning a number of events including a Family Fun Day and a Quiz Night. We are also looking forward to hosting and evening talk on Nelson Mandela by the Reverend Colin Chambers sometime in the autumn. Watch this space for more details!

In the meantime, have a wonderful summer, and – rain or shine – cherish each day!

With help from a crew of willing volunteers, the Woodford Room has recently been given a much-needed makeover. Wallpaper has been stripped away and the walls repainted in a clean and gleaming white, lending the room a heavenly glow and making it altogether much brighter!  The Woodford Room is used by our Bubbles Sunday School group and various other church and worship activities, and is also available for hire. If you are interested in hiring a room either for a one-off event or for regular meetings, pleas see our Room Hire page.

The Woodford Room

On Good Friday, we will host an evening presentation by Kata Tar, a Hungarian missionary with Jews for Jesus. The presentation will focus on the Passover meal, with a table displaying all of the traditional symbols including unleavened bread and bitter herbs which will be used to tell the story of God’s redemption plan. Kata will explain the significance of the Passover symbols, both in ancient times and in Jewish homes today, and show how Jesus used the Passover with his disciples in the Upper Room to point to His own death and resurrection, and to institute the Lord’s Supper or Communion.

Please join us for this special opportunity to gain greater insight into the history and deeper significance of our traditional communion.

All welcome!
6:30 PM

Wednesday Mornings 10 am – 12.00 pm

11th April

25th April

9th May

23rd May

6th June

2th June

All abilities welcome – beginner to expert.  

Make bunting, bags, cushions or quilts.

Choose to watch, chat or have a go!

Free entrance  –  Refreshments available

Today we welcomed our new moderator, John Bennett. John is a member of Waterlooville Baptist Church and will be offering advice and guidance to Immanuel as we make our way forward. The service was led by Grenville Overton and the reading was from Paul’s letter to the Thessalonians:

1 Thessalonians 5:12-28

Final Instructions

12 Now we ask you, brothers and sisters, to acknowledge those who work hard among you, who care for you in the Lord and who admonish you. 13 Hold them in the highest regard in love because of their work. Live in peace with each other. 14 And we urge you, brothers and sisters, warn those who are idle and disruptive, encourage the disheartened, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 15 Make sure that nobody pays back wrong for wrong, but always strive to do what is good for each other and for everyone else.

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray continually, 18 give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.
19 Do not quench the Spirit. 20 Do not treat prophecies with contempt 21 but test them all; hold on to what is good, 22 reject every kind of evil.

23 May God himself, the God of peace, sanctify you through and through. May your whole spirit, soul and body be kept blameless at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. 24 The one who calls you is faithful, and he will do it.

25 Brothers and sisters, pray for us. 26 Greet all God’s people with a holy kiss. 27 I charge you before the Lord to have this letter read to all the brothers and sisters.

28 The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you.

December 18th 5.30 pm will be our Candlelight Carol Service, this will be followed by refreshments.

All welcome, come and celebrate the start of the Christmas season

December 25th 10.30 will be our Christmas Day Celebration come and join with us in celebrating the birth of our Lord

We take a special offering up on this day and the proceeds will go to Naomi House, to support the work they do