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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.

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.

Sunday 29th November – 1st Sunday in Advent – the first advent Candle is Lit

Sunday 6th December – 2nd Sunday in Advent

Sunday 13th December – 3rd Sunday in Advent

Sunday 20th December – 4th Sunday in Advent

We have different speakers for each of our Sunday Services, come and hear the good news as we look forward to celebrating

the birth of Jesus