Like many churches, Emmanuel has long had fewer male parishioners than females—and in recent years this imbalance had become particularly evident in the makeup of our lay leadership. The Men’s Group was formed in an effort to attract more men to Emmanuel and to get more male parishioners involved in the life of the Church. The purpose of our group is to combine service to others with good fellowship. We believe that building and strengthening the bonds of friendship among ourselves will surely make us more effective in our service to others. Although many of us already engage in other lay ministries at Emmanuel, as a group we seek service opportunities that involve our working together. Initially, to strengthen our base, the focus of our service has been within the parish. The group’s major activities currently include preparing and hosting a bi-monthly Neighborhood Breakfast, sponsoring and organizing the Emmanuel Speakers Series, and participating in periodic parish cleanups and other “handyman” activities at the call of the Rector and/or the Property Committee. Additional future activities could include group Bible study, periodic discussions of current events and/or topics of local interest, and possibly mentoring one or more local “at risk” teenage boys. Such mentoring would require participating members to receive “Safe Church” training.
Tuesday Sewing Group
The Tuesday Sewing Group gathers each Tuesday morning in the chapel to celebrate The Holy Eucharist, Rite One, then on to the Guild Room for tea, conversation and work on current projects of each individual’s choice. The purpose of their work is to raise funds by producing hand-made, saleable items to be presented at Emmanuel’s summer or fall fairs. Among the group’s contributions to the church are the design and stitching of kneelers used in the chapel and at the altars; a new, white pall; the purchase and fitting of drapes in the Guild Room and the framed picture of Noah’s Ark which hangs in the chapel; look closely it is hand-stitched. There are no formal rules or plans and decisions are made following discussion and mutual agreement. Please contact the Parish office for more information about the Tuesday Sewing Group.