It has been twenty years since Emmanuel Church reopened its doors after a devastating fire reduced the old church to ruins.
Nowadays the distinctive wave-shaped roof and seaside interior décor, the church looks very different from its predecessor, and has proved an instant hit with parishioners old and young.
To celebrate its twentieth anniversary the church is holding a week-long display of artefacts and pictures from its history, including the terrible blaze, from Thursday 29th Nov. Then on Sat 1st Dec, at 7.00 pm, the church is holding an ‘Emmanuel Extravaganza’ in which church members and friends show off their talents. This is a free event, and drinks and cakes will be served in the interval.
The 11 o’clock service on Sun 2nd Dec will be a special service of thanksgiving. The Reverend Malcolm Exley and his wife Kathleen, who were instrumental in the rebuilding of Emmanuel, will be guests of honour.
“We hope people will drop in and look at the display, and also join us for the two events,” said the vicar, the Revd Richard Hare. “We’re so grateful to the people who worked so hard to build this new church on the site of the old one, and are delighted that it serves the local community by hosting so many local clubs, activities and events – from NHS clinics and singing groups to children’s parties and meals for homeless people.”
The multi-purpose church and community centre boasts a comfortable worship area, a stained glass chapel, café and meeting rooms, a large kitchen and two halls, and is in full use every day of the week.
Rooms can be hired by phoning the church administrator,
Mrs Lynne Henderson,
on Tues or Thurs mornings,
on (01262) 603033.