Christ ChurchEmmanuel ChurchSince I was formally made the Vicar of Emmanuel in 2005, the links between our two churches have grown.

Both P.C.C.’s recently have been encouraged by identifying areas now shared, and I am now hoping that you too may be both pleased and perhaps even surprised at how far we have gone in sharing resources and working together.



  1. Overlapping worship at the Sunday evening service and Wednesday morning.
  2. This magazine has many articles, like this one, that will be in both church’s magazines.
  3. Sunday preachers/leaders/musicians.
  4. Prayer pointers for the weekly service sheet are shared.
  5. Publicity throughout both parishes contain details of both church services.
  6. The Houseparty weekend is shared.
  7. Winter Warmth has volunteers from both.
  8. The Beacon is led by folk from both.
  9. We support each others events - coffee/socials etc.
  10. The Bible reading notes are administered by one person for both.
  11. Our Home Groups are open to both.
  12. Coping with the challenge of finance/auditing is shared.
  13. Cleaning and D.I.Y. are spread across both.

Not to mention the Vicars time! Quite a bit I think you will agree.  It is the result of steady and healthy growth hopefully for the benefit of both, for which we praise God.

Geoff Hobden

Bishop PeterBe ready to glimpse God’s love in the everyday

I have largely resisted the temptation to wax lyrical about the sabbatical three months that I had in the latter part of last year, but the dark days of January have prompted me to reflect on one particular experience that followed Liz and I as we travelled through France in those first few weeks of our time away. Some of you may know that I have a fondness for bird watching.  This never gets serious enough to gain me entry into the ‘twitcher’ fraternity, but does provide me with memorable ‘glimpses of glory’ from time to time.  One of the joys of my office in the Palace is that its window looks out on to the moat and I have regular sights of a kingfisher as it goes about its daily business.  Little did I expect that our trip round France would be interrupted with similar sightings at every place we stayed.  At first I put it down to coincidence, but as a friend remarked perhaps it was ‘God incidence’

Come and listen at Storytellers

There is power in a story.  Jesus knew that.  And he was the supreme storyteller.  And amongst the members of Christ Church and Emmanuel we are discovering that there is a wealth of talent for writing, reading and telling stories as well as an interest in simply listening.

Most of us like listening to or telling stories.  Whether fact or fiction, stories play a vital part in helping us to understand the world in which we live.  And when we share stories we get to know each other a little better.

Our God is really great, almighty, and His work in our life is incredible and wonderful.  He’ll always do the best things in our lives for He truly loves us. Even though many things are impossible in our lives, He makes them possible for nothing’s impossible with Him.  He is the only one in whom we can put our faith for He is the only righteous and faithful God. Each of us has their own dreams, ambitions and wishes, I, too, have some, and some have come true by the grace of our Lord.  My ambition is to be a doctor and by the grace of our Lord and my Mum and Dad’s love and support, it is coming true.  I also had a great wish to see them and that came true when they came to visit Nepal last year.  In the same way, I wished to see a first world nation and that also came true when they invited me to come to UK.  It was all possible by the grace of our Lord and Mum and Dad’s love for me.  I’m really very grateful to them and to our Lord as well for everything.

Dr Felicity MussellI got back to Lamb Hospital on November 15th, after my trip to India with my colleague Dr. Kris Prenger and 2 of her  sisters.  We had a great time visiting the Taj Mahal, and many other forts, palaces and places of interest! My flight from Delhi to Dhaka was delayed by 3 hours, and the following day there was a “hartal” in Bangladesh (a sort of strike where there is no transport  - it is a sort of political protest called by the opposition party), so we could not travel to Lamb that day.  It did give me a chance to do a few things in Dhaka! I’ve now been back at Lamb for nearly 2 months, and am continuing to settle back in and adjust to the various changes that have occurred while I was away on Home Assignment.   Perhaps the biggest change for me personally is where I now live.  The little house where I lived for 10 years was knocked down while I was in UK (it was old and needed to come down), but sadly there is as yet no sign of the new building that is due to be erected on the same site.   Currently I have a room in a house which is shared by 4 single ladies, one of whom has just returned to Australia permanently, so I shall be moving to her room shortly.

I hope you all had a peaceful Christmas break and wish you a joyful New Year. It’s now time to start carrying out those New Year’s thoughts that we all optimistically make after a few glasses of bubbly when the clock strikes 12! 
I think it’s time to do something realistic.  Why not join me and the Eco team in focusing your 2011 on saving more energy and water in the home.  Saving energy and looking at your carbon footprint is a great New Year`s commitment to make for many reasons!  It will help save Gods Creation, help the environment and the repairing world, and in turn can save you money, and it is achievable!