Emmanuel Church Bicester

Emmanuel Church Bicester

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THANK YOU for this morning's very much needed service. ###X
Bicester Foodbank have seen a massive increase in demand over the past 2 to 3 weeks.....anything from 10 to 15 families a day (up from 6 or 8). If any of you have tinned or packet food donations, we can collect from your doorstep, or handover bags outside ECB. Donations of ££ are also accepted, and a receipt can be issued in due course (from the Foodbank). The money is used by the foodbank to buy items they need, and/or to fuel their van. These are testing times for EVERYONE. Much love Heather & Del xx PS.....PM me if you have any items.
Good morning everyone. Hope you are all well, and coping with this period of uncertainty. I stand firm in my belief that this pandemic is a message from God, and we all will learn from it. Stay safe. Stay well. Stand firm with your faith. And remember to 'reach out' for help or a chat. Love you all Heather xx & Del xx
Hi. I am changing my translation from an NIV to an NKJV. Would anyone like an NIV in a pink hardback enclosed in a pink soft leather case. Am happy to gift. ❤️
Hi everyone, writing on behalf of the Missional house. Has anyone got a spare projector that they wouldn't mind parting with. We want one for the young people and adults but wanted to see if anyone has a spare one before we invest.
Relove, Reduce, Re-use, Recycle is back, teaming up with the Emmanuel Church SwapShop. Bring along your items - such as clothes, household items, small electricals, books, kids toys - ALL MUST BE IN GOOD, CLEAN RE-USABLE CONDITION PLEASE. Entry is £1 or a donation of a tin/packet food or item of toiletries for the Bicester Food Bank. All monetary proceeds received will be donated to the Churches in Bicester Refugee Support We weigh all items on the way out, so please make sure you stop off at Mark's desk to have your bags of goodies weighed out. This way, we can calculate how much each event diverts from Landfill. Cherwell District Council's Recycling Team will be there to give out lots of fantastic tips about how to recycle, what to recycle and where and answer any questions you may have. Just confirmed: Socialise with Ami will be there on the day to talk about Socialise in Bicester There will be a great Community Cafe, where you can sit, enjoy a cuppa and a cake and have a chat to your friends, or the people at the table next to you about all the best finds you have nabbed so far! https://www.facebook.com/ECBCafe/ Relove is the new name for our old Freecycle Live events, we have revamped and are taking Relove right into the heart of our Community. Visiting Kings End and Elmsbrook so far, our next is at Bure Park, we aim to do two/three more this year, so suggestions on a postcard please if you want us to bring Relove to your area of Bicester. For more information please like our pages: Relove Bicester & Relove & Emmanuel Church Swap Shop
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Emmanuel Church is a lively Church of England Church based in Bicester. We offer all-age worship and fellowship in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Emmanuel Church is a lively Church of England Church which meets every Sunday at 10.30am. Emmanuel offers all-age worship and fellowship in a relaxed and friendly atmosphere.

Now streaming on YouTube
Follow this link:

https://youtu.be/_k_JauAhiI4

Counting down to our morning worship

https://youtu.be/_k_JauAhiI4

These are the song words for today’s service

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[email protected] 29th March

We will be streaming our worship service at 10.30am. Please follow this link to watch it:

https://youtu.be/_k_JauAhiI4

We will be streaming a worship service tomorrow morning at 10.30am.
Please click on this link to view https://youtu.be/_k_JauAhiI4

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Burn 24/7 Oxford

Burn 24/7 will be streaming live between Midday until 6pm.
Chris and Autumn Hunt will be on between 5-6pm

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en-gb.facebook.com Burn 24/7 Oxford. 591 likes · 24 talking about this. Burn 24/7 is a First Love ministry to God the Father. Unbounded worship events to host the Presence of God. http://youtu.be/h-LgGL5XJ6s

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Leeland - Way Maker (Official Live Video)

This worship song has been recommended to us all by Emmanuel Church’s Worship Leader, Rach Bowen

https://youtu.be/iJCV_2H9xD0

Way Maker (Official Live Video) https://Leeland.lnk.to/BetterWord Cover of Sinach’s original song, “Way Maker" CCLI # 7115744 Stay Connected: https://www.ins...

A MESSAGE FROM OUR WORSHIP LEADER AT ECB, RACH BOWEN:

Just to say that I have started a resources page with various links to songs, talks and podcasts - especially helpful at this time.
You can find it on the church website - go to resources and then extra resources, or the direct link is here: https://sites.google.com/view/ecb-remote-worship/home

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25th March. Ian Biscoe

https://youtu.be/pwNoSLEeArs

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The Lord's Prayer - Hillsong Worship

https://youtu.be/nCxqjEz5hJ4

'The Lord's Prayer' from our new album, "There Is More". Order the album: http://hllsng.co/thereismore?IQid=youtube.descriptions Subscribe to our YouTube cha...

[03/25/20]   It is the Annunciation to Mary today when the church remembers her saying yes to becoming pregnant and nine months from now will be Christmas Day

And Mary said:
“My soul glorifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has been mindful of the humble state of his servant.
From now on all generations will call me blessed,
for the Mighty One has done great things for me - holy is his name.
His mercy extends to those who fear him,
from generation to generation.
He has performed mighty deeds with his arm;
he has scattered those who are proud in their inmost thoughts.
He has brought down rulers from their thrones
but has lifted up the humble.
He has filled the hungry with good things
but has sent the rich away empty.
He has helped his servant Israel,
remembering to be merciful
to Abraham and his descendants forever,
just as he promised our ancestors.”
- Luke 1:46-55 (NIV)

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Wonderful Lord

Here is a link to the song Lesley taught the children in Group 2 Sunday before last.
Lesley felt It seemed right and she loves the words. Maybe the children could teach the adults at home how to do the actions which Lesley is sign language.

https://youtu.be/1qZWK8ZE2Pk

Original Artist: Doug Horley

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So Will I (100 Billion X) / Do It Again - Cross Worship feat. Osby Berry

Dear Church Family,
This blessed me this morning. May it bless you equally.
Love Debbi

https://youtu.be/QdIOaAvvOp8

LIKE, COMMENT, SUBSCRIBE, CLICK the Notification Bell for NEW CONTENT Stream, download, buy this song here! http://hyperurl.co/campsessions Follow Us: Websit...

The last 3 scriptures were sent to Rev. Carol Hill by Julie, one of our church family

Bridgetown Church ‹ Who Do You Say I Am?

Here's the link to the talk Nigel mentioned yesterday morning.
https://bridgetown.church/teaching/gospel-of-matthew/who-do-you-say-i-am/?fbclid=IwAR0z7xGM2r3geWu3_xambCu8wXRVOBtfYavfW3ooapxLnNhjFIGG1oS1vE0

bridgetown.church In Portland as it is in Heaven

The Archbishop of Canterbury has called us all to light a candle of hope and place it in a window for 7pm tonight

For those of you tuning in at 10.30 here are the songs so feel free to sing along! We're going live in half an hour!

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[03/21/20]   Hello ECB family! Denise, Nigel and I are going to try to stream a time of live worship tomorrow morning at 10.30am on this ECB page.. Please let others know and do join us if you can! Blessings Rose

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“Only with eyes that have cried”: Lament for Lent - Church Mission Society

Here is a link to some Lent devotionals that Reverend Carol Hill received from a couple of members of ECB.
Carol is aware we are a way into Lent but it won’t hurt to start a little later

https://churchmissionsociety.org/resources/only-with-eyes-that-have-cried-lament-for-lent/

churchmissionsociety.org How often do you allow yourself to lament? Can you share your lament with others within the church? Can your share your lament with God?

It is with regret that we have cancelled the forthcoming Gill Gifford event.
Gill lives in Majorca and the Spanish government have a strict non-movement order in place and currently nobody has an idea of how long this restriction will be enforced.

Unfortunately, the next Forest Church meeting has been cancelled.
There is an excellent article pertaining to Forest Church that you can read on our website.

http://emmanuelbicester.org.uk/whats/forest-church-21-march-2020

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Your Promises

Another fabulous worship song.
This one has been recommended by Rose Hunt ❤️

https://g.co/kgs/j7RQbg

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March 2020 Erika

A message from Reverend Erika Biscoe.
This has been uploaded to the Emmanuel Church website.

https://youtu.be/7CCtRohL1xI

Do you need ANYTHING? Whether it be a comforting phone call, Calpol for the kids or even a spare loo roll..please use the comment boxes to connect with each other. You might not be able to find hand sanitizer yet your ECB neighbour may have a spare. You may be self isolating and just need to have a chat. You may need prayer or be willing to pray for someone else. Whatever you need, whether it’s a spiritual or a practical need or if you have more than you need of something that you can offer to others then please use the comment boxes below to make everyone aware.
During this period of social distancing we can make great use of social media.
Blessings and love to you all ❤️

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Do It Again | Official Lyric Video | Elevation Worship

Hi Everyone,
All of Emmanuel Church leaders will be contributing to articles over our social media throughout the forthcoming weeks/months so that our church family feel and stay connected.
Rach Bowen is our Worship Leader and has sent through this link to a beautiful worship song.

https://youtu.be/0B_lnQIITxU

Elevation Worship brings you the official lyric video to their single “Do it Again” off of their album, "There Is A Cloud". Subscribe to get the latest video...

Burn 24/7 Oxford

We hope this blesses you.
Chris and Autumn Hunt leading livestream worship yesterday ❤️

Check it out:
https://www.facebook.com/burn247oxford/videos/581671205771248/?notif_id=1584391134125511¬if_t=live_video_explicit

[03/17/20]   Corona Virus COVID-19 and ECB

We held a leadership team meeting this morning to discuss the Corona virus COVID-19situation and our response to it. The situation is constantly changing, and we are mindful of both Diocese and Government advice.

1. Café
The risk of infection being transmitted through the café is now too high, and in line with the implied recommendations of Public Health England, café opening will be suspended from today until further notice. This is a very sad move, and none feel it more acutely than Cheryl, Ian and Erika. This is a temporary season, and we pray it won’t be long before it can reopen and continue to bless the community, Cheryl, Phil and the café volunteers can then recommence their work transforming the café and transforming lives.

2. Sunday services
In line with advice from the Bishops, we will be suspending Sunday morning and evening services, we pray that this will be for a short period and we will keep an eye on the Diocese guidance for when services might recommence. This disruption will affect the way in which we celebrate Easter. We will maintain a presence in the church from 10.30-11.30am each Sunday morning so we are contactable by church family and folk who don’t yet come to church. Hygiene and social distancing will of course be maintained but we feel this is an important feature of this extraordinary season that faces us. The emphasis is likely to be on listening and prayer. We anticipate at most two or three being ‘on duty’ at a time.

3. Pastoral Care
This is going to be a hugely challenging aspect of the coming season, the need is likely to be extremely high at times but with the obvious challenges of social distancing.

3.1 Small Groups
Small groups are likely to be crucial in maintaining pastoral care and leaders will be relied upon even more to monitor the pastoral wellbeing of their group. The leader(s) and the group will need to decide how to meet, whether in person or virtually, this may depend upon the risk profile of their membership, advice can be sought from the leadership team. There are a number of platforms that can be used, Skype, Zoom etc. Those with IT skills will need to see if others need help setting this up.

3.2 Those without a Small Group
There is a significant proportion of the church family that are still not connected to a small group. There are a number of volunteers who will host a group who will be allocated to them, perhaps keeping in contact with a Whatsapp group or similar.

3.3 What can we do?
It will be useful to share suggestions so each small group can sustain itself, and others. Regular contact with others will be vital for those who are ill or self isolating, perhaps shopping for someone or cutting their grass. This need not be just for church family, this might be an incredibly rich time for outreach, we just need to think outside the box. If we have an idea, let’s share it please.

4. Social Media
Social media platforms are likely to be the main vehicle with which we can reach those who are isolated, we are working on the website, Facebook etc to keep in contact with everyone, communication will be crucial.

This notification is intended to give you a summary of the current situation and decisions that have had to be made on behalf of the church. If you have questions, suggestions or points of view that you would like to express, please do verbalise them!

The way in which we are being called to ‘do church’ is going to be very different this season, let’s take this challenge and make it an opportunity for us all to walk closer with Jesus.

Blessings,

The Leadership Team

Please see the attached message from Hannah Morrell regarding a Facebook support group that may be of interest to you.

Dear Church Family,



Corona Virus COVID-19 and ECB

This email is to update you regarding the precautions and plans that we are putting in place to protect us all from this virus as best we can. You will all be aware that the situation is evolving quickly and however much we try, the precautions that we take will not be perfect. We are aiming to follow Diocese and Government guidelines, here are a couple of useful website links, firstly from the Church of England:

https://www.churchofengland.org/more/media-centre/coronavirus-covid-19-guidance-churches

And secondly, this guidance from the Government:

https://www.gov.uk/guidance/coronavirus-covid-19-information-for-the-public

At present, we have no plans to suspend Sunday services. Other uses of the church building, particularly the Café and room hire, are being reviewed by the leadership team and the PCC. It is likely that we will have to face some degree of disruption to some or all of these aspects of ECB life over the next weeks and months. You will appreciate that there are difficult decisions, and we would really appreciate your prayers.

Up to date guidance from the Diocese regarding Sunday services includes the following:

1. Welcoming – handshakes and other forms of physical contact should be suspended – so please do still feel welcome if the welcomers don’t shake your hands or give you a hug!

2. Hand washing – please wash your hands before leaving for church, and please use the hand sanitiser gel inside the church by the entrance on your way in and on your way out.

3. Sneezes and noses – please bring tissues, and use them, then bin them and wash your hands, it sounds obvious but there’s no harm in reiterating it!

4. If you are unwell – please think twice about coming on this occasion, call a member of staff or 111 if you have COVID-19 symptoms. If you are ill with very different symptoms, remember that your own immunity may be compromised.

5. Coffee and cakes – sadly we have to suspend the after service catering for a while. Please bring your own bottle of water if you’re likely to get thirsty. Water will be available, of course, but perhaps ask a warden to get it for you please.

6. We will be wiping down surfaces, door handles etc before and after services, but this is no guarantee of perfect hygiene between wipings.

We are working on a plan to address pastoral issues in particular, which are likely to become challenging over the coming weeks, isolation, quarantine and hospitals will probably feature more in our lives over this period. We do need to look out for each other. This is an opportunity for us to not only develop our pastoral skills, but also to evangelise our community.

Let’s pray that out of this difficult situation we will be able to bring glory to God’s name, we can all carry out small acts of kindness, that together will shine brightly over Bicester, and importantly, they will be remembered when the difficulties have passed and pass they will.

Blessings to all,

The Leadership Team

LADIES..please note that due to unforeseen circumstances (NOT Covid-19) LADIES PAMPER, CRAFT & CHAT is CANCELLED this Saturday.

[03/09/20]   Contemplative Compline on Friday 13th March - buzz for entry. 7.30 p.m.
We are continuing our study of the work of St Teresa of Avila and start on the 'Seventh Dwelling', which is the 'Sacred Marriage'. There will be a 30-minute period of quiet music for personal reflection.
Everyone welcome.

[03/06/20]   It's tomorrow!
On Saturday at Emmanuel Church we are holding our Lent Quiet Day in meeting room 1 and the prayer room. Buzz for entry!

It starts with coffee/tea at 10.00, and the day looks like this:

SATURDAY, 7th March 2020

10.00 for coffee

Morning sessions 10.10 -13.00

(2 sessions – Meanings of the Season of Lent and Journey into the Wilderness)

Afternoon Session 13.50 – 16.00

(2 sessions – Christ’s Temptation and Imaginative Praying and Continuing in Prayer with Poems/Scripture)

We are having a guest leader this time, a Spiritual Director, Rosey Feuell, who I hope will lead us into a lovely contemplative space!

All welcome – no charge – bring your own lunch – drinks and snacks available.

MEN..PLEASE NOTE..
The next ECB newsletter will advertise date for WHO LET THE BLOKES OUT.
Please spread the word that this event is unfortunately cancelled for March and April.
Thank you

LENT QUIET DAY is this coming Saturday.
Welcome refreshments at 10am prompt
Scroll down to see Carol’s post regarding the itinerary for the day

[03/02/20]   On Saturday we are holding our Lent Quiet Day in meeting room 1 and the prayer room. It starts with coffee/tea at 10.00, and the day looks like this:

SATURDAY, 7th March 2020
10.00 for coffee
Morning sessions 10.10 -13.00
(2 sessions – Meanings of the Season of Lent and Journey into the Wilderness)
Afternoon Session 13.50 – 16.00
(2 sessions – Christ’s Temptation and Imaginative Praying and Continuing in Prayer with Poems/Scripture)

We are having a guest leader this time, a Spiritual Director, Rosey Feuell, who I hope will lead us into a lovely contemplative space!

All welcome – no charge – bring your own lunch – drinks and snacks available.

The period of Lent began yesterday and will last for 40 days. Instead of giving up chocolate, fizzy drinks, television etc many others use Lent as a period of time to help others. Every year, during Lent, hundreds of people take part in the Lenten Positive Acts Challenge, as another way to show praise for God. Participants perform one positive act for each of the days between Ash Wednesday and Easter Sunday.

Dear All,
Rosemary Phillips - Praying for Healing Course is coming to Emmanuel Church Bicester. It will run for 3 consecutive Wednesdays
‪26 February 7-10 pm‬
‪4 March 7-10 pm‬
‪11 March 7-10 pm‬

ALL WELCOME
The registration deadline is ‪MONDAY 24 FEBRUARY‬
Please book on Eventbrite or contact Lesley at Emmanuel Church office

[email protected]

https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/emmanuel-church-bicester-hosts-rosemary-phillips-prayer-healing-course-tickets-95506607835

Rosemary Phillips has worked with Billy Graham and Carlos Annacondia (Argentinian revival leader)
She has remarkable insight into keys to unlock physical healing
This course is designed to give us these keys to enable breakthrough
THIS EVENT IS OPEN TO ALL CHURCHES

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