We believe we get to know each other and build relationships and friendships best in small numbers.

Hence, every member of Emmanuel Church is encouraged to join a Community.

Although no two groups are the same, they are often 10 to 15 people who meet weekly or fortnightly in each other’s homes to share life, learn and pray together.

Our Communities meet across County Durham. See the map and details below for further information. 
Want to know more? Get in touch.


Where: Belmont
Leaders: Martin and Janette Marklew and Sandra and Alan Bell
When: Tuesday evenings, weekly
Vision: Creating an environment where people can freely encounter the Holy Spirit. John 7:37-38


Where: Durham
Leaders: John and Jackie Renshaw
When: Wednesday evenings, weekly
Vision: To glorify God, to support and encourage each other and to build our faith. We do this through Bible study with personal application, worship, prayer and testimonies to what God has done in our lives.


Where: Gilesgate
Leaders: Mark and Sarah Tallentire
When: Wednesday evenings; plus monthly at weekends and other activities
Vision: We hope to help one another deepen our relationship with Jesus and demonstrate His love to communities of Gilesgate around us


Where: Hartlepool
Leaders: Barry and Anna Lewis
When: Thursday evenings
Vision:We are a group who are determined to see Jesus glorified in
our own lives, in Hartlepool and in the surrounding region; by his Spirit
through his Word and loving each other. John 13 Vs 35.


Where: Belmont
Leaders: Steve and Virginia Hill
When: Wednesday evenings, weekly
Vision: To encourage and stir up one another to love and good works and to explore our faith




Where: Ferryhill
Leaders: Stephen and Christine Houldsworth
When: Wednesday evenings, weekly
Vision: Encouraging one another in prayer and study to run the race set out for us.


Ali Scott, Claire Scott, Penny Whitworth

Ali Scott, Claire Scott, Penny Whitworth

Where: Great Lumley
Leaders: Penny Whitworth and Claire and Ali Scott
When: Wednesday evenings, weekly
Vision: We seek to help each other grow in love for Jesus, encouraging one another to make Jesus known in Chester le Street and the surrounding areas. We do this as family - cherishing the gift of every stage of life amongst us building honest relationships, learning form and serving one another. 

Chris Leach, Jenny Leach, Hannah Finn, Adam Finn

Chris Leach, Jenny Leach, Hannah Finn, Adam Finn

Where: Chester le Street
Leaders: Chris and Jenny Leach and Hannah and Adam Finn
When: Wednesday evenings, weekly
Vision: We want our relationships, our meetings and our ministry together to be shaped by and soaked with the gospel. To read His word faithfully and expectantly. To know and serve one another persistently - sharing our hearts and lives, depending on the Lord prayerfully. 

Jon and Joy Cairns

Jon and Joy Cairns

Where: Chester le Street
Leaders: Jon and Joy Cairns
When: Thursday evenings, fortnightly
Vision: We want to go deeper and wider with Jesus by being real and open with one another, prioritising worship and encouraging people to step out in spiritual gifts. We also want to be committed to personal mission and seeing those around us come to faith in Jesus.