The Emmanuel Centre Project
- a recent History
Our vision could not be fulfilled at our old Chapel and this was closed for worship in November 2011. Many tears were shed at the last service.

During 2012 and early 2013 we worked on the design, planning and contracting process for the new Church and Community Centre on Harrier Lane, on a site which has been designated for community use. Building commenced on 25th March 2013.
27 February 2014 was 'Practical Completion' Day....A select group gathered at the centre to accept the keys from the builders, Pinelog Ltd.

L-R Daniel Salmon (Lawson Queay), Alastair Munro, Rev. Peggy Heim and Andrew Knowles Baker just after receiving the keys.

2014-03-09 Emmanuel!

Battle Methodist Church held their first service in the new Centre. Following an early start with refreshments in the Rowan Lounge all had a good look around the building and then gathered in the Beech Room for celebratory singing led by Christine Freeland, followed by a service of Holy Communion led by Rev. Peggy Heim.

Jean Duckworth-Loyds said - what a wonderful morning we had, the building is lovely and I have no doubt we shall be very happy there, as we "feel" our way, and become what will hopefully be a vibrant part of the community. But mainly I want to say congratulations to all of you who have tirelessly worked to make today happen, who have given your time, skills and so much more - more brownie points than heaven actually requires :-) but as far as I am concerned you are all to be congratulated on a wonderful, and inspired, piece of work - well done - and thank you.

Annie Brewer added - I thought this morning’s service was perfect, loved the singing before the service began and hope that becomes part of our regular worship.Thank you, thank you, thank you  to everyone who made the dream become a reality. God Bless.

On behalf of the Relocation Team Alastair Munro thanked everyone for their kind words. He acknowledged the huge amount of hard work by a lot of people and that this morning it suddenly became a reality.  He truly hoped that everyone realised that the hard work will now really begin.  We chose to make our difficult and expensive move for a reason. Now our work really has begun - reaching out to the community to fulfill the words of our mission: to be a significant part of - and involving - the community, relevant to people’s lives today.

2014-03-23 There was an excellent Open Day for the Circuit and Battle churches. 65 attended the service led by popular local preacher Barry Turnwell and another 80 people came to have a look around between 0900 and 1800. The car park was full and the Beech Room and Rowan Lounge filled.

2014-03-28/29 The open days on 28th and 29th March were well attended by neighbours and potential users with all being impressed by the facilities on offer to the wider community. The Larch room was set up as if for a meeting and the Beech Room for a presentation/conference.


2014-04-12 The Emmanuel Centre was Officially Dedicated.

Led by Rev.Peggy Heim this special service was attended by the Rev Rose Westwood, Assistant Chair of the South East District of the Methodist Church of Britain and by the Rev. Ian Wales, Circuit Superintendent. The service introduction was by senior steward Paula Foord and Deacon Jean Duckworth-Lloyd led the singers and conducted the blessing of the rooms. The service was attended by more than 130 members, Circuit representatives, friends, representatives of donors and other local churches, local council staff, councillors and contractors. The uplifting service from 14.30 onwards was greatly enjoyed by all. At the end of the service all gathered in front of the Emmanuel Centre for a blessing of the Community. This was followed by a very large tea party!

    Ongoing events will be covered on other pages, so please come back and keep reading about us.

For an illustrated review of project progress, from the initial preliminary work and then to follow the build you can click on period of interest below to open a pdf covering the month(s) indicated

JULY 2013
JUNE 2013
MAY 2013
FEBRUARY 2012 to FEBRUARY 2013 Preliminaries

Why did we call the Centre 'Emmanuel'?

It sounds a
rather old name for a new building designed to serve a modern local community. Certainly it is an old name. Isaiah, the eighth century BC prophet, wrote: “The virgin will be with child and will give birth to a son and will call him Emmanuel*.”  Isaiah 7:14. St Matthew quotes this and adds its meaning, “God with us”. Matthew 1:23

What enormous significance lies in those three words “God with us”! In the coming of Jesus, God chose to remove the huge divide between Himself and mankind; between heaven and earth; between sacred and secular; between spiritual and practical; between supernatural and natural. “The Word became flesh and blood and moved into the neighbourhood” is how St John put it. John 1:14 (The Message by Eugene Peterson). The members of Battle Methodist Church have no doubt that God Himself is already alive and at work in the neighbourhood, and the Emmanuel Centre we have built is an expression of that wonderful truth. 

 *Emmanuel derives from the Hebrew  עִמָּנוּאֵל "God [is] with us" which consists of two Hebrew words: אֵל (’El, meaning 'God') and עִמָּנוּ (ʻImmānū, meaning 'with us'). It is a theophoric name used in the Old Testament in Isaiah 7:14 and Isaiah 8:8 and in the New Testament in Matthew's quotation of Isaiah 7:14. A theophoric name (from the Greek  θεοφόρητος, "bearing a deity") embeds the name of a god, to both invoke and display the protection of that deity. Theophoric names were very common in the Ancient Near East and Mesopotamia, where the personal name of an individual included the name of a god. ʾĒl  is a Northwest Semitic  meaning "deity", akin to Akkadian ‘ilu and then to Hebrew עֵלִי: Eli and Arabic إيل). In the Canaanite religion, or Levantine religion as a whole, Eli or Il was the supreme god, the father of humankind and all creatures. Emmanu-el "God is with us" is among the Biblical names that developed this way.

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