Immanuel Church was originally created as a partnership between the Church of England, Methodist and United Reformed churches (a Local Ecumenical Partnership). Since 2007 it has been a Church of England parish with understanding and recognition of our ecumenical history. We're part of the Diocese of Winchester under the leadership of Bishop Tim Dakin. Today the congregation is made up of members from a number of Christian denominations and traditions. What we have in common and binds us together is our welcome of all and wanting to live our lives that demonstrate our passion for Jesus and compassion for the world.
Our main service for the week is on Sunday morning at 10am. We're a friendly and informal church and give a warm welcome to people whether new to church or new to Immanuel. We have a monthly, communion service at 6.30pm on the first Sunday of the month and a short and quiet service on the fourth Sunday at 6.30pm. We also have a short Communion Service on a Thursday morning at 9am which is followed by coffee, tea and pastries (church is open from 8.30am). Details of everything we get up to is shown under 'Services & Events'. We also have an up to date Facebook page; www.facebook.com/immanuelhwb
We serve the eleven thousand or so people living and working in Hatch Warren and Beggarwood. Our accommodation is shared with St Mark’s Church of England Primary School, where the Church plays a significant role in the life of the School, its staff and pupils. St Mark's School is one of the largest Church of England Primary schools in the county.
We meet in Immanuel Church, which is the round building on the left hand side of the front entrance to the school, although when more space is needed, we use the large school hall; for example when there is a Baptism or parade service, or at large church festivals such as Christmas and Easter. It's great having very flexible space!
We have a very active church and enjoy providing events for the community and want to be able to do more. Get in touch if you've any ideas!
During the summer of 2018 we are saying farewell to our Vicar, Fr.Michael as he heads off for pastures new. There will then be what is known as an 'interregnum' - a period where we don't have a Vicar and we spend time thinking and praying who God might be calling to Immanuel. However, during this time, services continue as normal.
We would love to see you on a Sunday morning at 10am or at any of our other services. We welcome everyone, of whatever age. We serve fresh, fairtrade filter coffee and a selection of teas after most of our services.