What to Expect on Sunday- online

If you join us on Zoom, you'll be put into a "waiting room" and the service host will let you in soon. If you've arrived before the service has started, a welcomer should say hello. We encourage people to say a brief hello, and then to mute themselves. It is also good to get into gallery view (rather than speaker view) on Zoom so you can see everyone in the meeting. If the meeting has already started, then you can just slip in- mute yourself unless you are answering a specific question. The Zoom meeting is not only visible to those on Zoom but also streamed on Facebook- it's like being in a church with glass walls. So make sure you and your background are appropriate for that. And if you're not ready to be that visible you can join with a blank screen (turn off your video) or just listen in on Facebook Livestream yourself. 

The morning service involves songs (we sing at home muted), readings from the Bible, interactive all age teaching slots and prayer. It generally lasts 40 minutes. Afterwards, if you stay in zoom, you'll be put in breakout groups of 3-4 screens to enable us to chat and get to know each other. It's a bit like staying for coffee after church- in fact why not make yourself a hot drink at that point. 

The evening service includes 1 song, saying some words from the Bible together, a Bible reading, and a talk on that Bible reading which often includes a discussion time. It generally lasts 50 minutes. Afterwards, if you stay in zoom, you'll be put in breakout groups of 3-4 screens to enable us to chat and get to know each other. It's a bit like staying for coffee after church- in fact why not make yourself a hot drink at that point. If you come in person, there's some more information here

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Prelockdown

It can be intimidating to walk into a new church. Here’s some information so you know what to expect at Emmanuel:

  • You will be welcomed by one of our Welcome team as you enter the building. They'll be able to guide you where to go or answer any questions you may have.
  • You don’t have to wear special clothes to come to church (most people come dressed in their everyday clothes).
  • You don’t need to bring anything. We have bibles available to use if you wish.
  • We sing a mix of contemporary christian songs and some hymns; and the words to our songs will be displayed on the screen. 
  • We generally stand to sing and sit for everything else.
  • You don’t need to give anything; there is no collection taken up during the service

Our minister Josh Monteiro, or one of our members will guide us through the service time.