Scarlett's January FP Update

Scarlett Payne, our FP intern for 2018/19, has recently provided us with her latest updateโ€ฆ


January has been packed with gems from God, and has largely revolved around me securing my identity in Christ, getting to know our Father's heart, and trusting Him to show me where I fit in His Kingdom. 

I've made a video explaining some of the key lessons God has been teaching me this past month. I hope you like it and I look forward to discussing it more with anyone who fancies a chat? Whether I know you yet or not! 

Thanks very much,


Ecumenical Alpha Course Starting in Belmont!

An ecumenical Alpha Course will start on Friday 15th March 2019, running from 12 noon to 2:00pm, until Friday 17th May at St Mary Magdalene Parish Hall in Belmont, with a 2 week break  for school holidays. It will be supported by the churches of Belmont, Carville and Gilesgate, including Emmanuel Church.

In order to facilitate the running of the course, they are looking for volunteers to help in creche and kitchen, as well the prayer support team, table leaders and table helpers. Training will be given.

If you would like to help please contact Janet Bagnall or Elena Speller.

More information will be shared in the notices during the service at the The Durham Centre on Sunday 17th February.

The Banquet Hall

Our students and 20s are launching a new venture called The Banquet Hall.

What is it?

Starting on Monday 11th February and running for five weeks, The Banquet Hall is a new evangelistic course for students.

Structured around a two-course meal, the course will look at the lives of five Bible characters and how God met them with abundant grace their various forms of pain and darkness, ending with Jesus who is the answer to all brokenness.

Our heart and desire is that the students who come along catch a glimpse of God's love and grace to them wherever they are in their lives and that many would come to know Jesus through the course.

The sessions will be at Elvet Methodist Church on 11th and 25th February and 4th, 11th and 18th March.

How can I get involved?

1) Prayer - we are so aware of our dependence on God, both in terms of the logistics and running of the course (which has proved a learning curve for many of us) and also in terms of the people who come along and the Holy Spirit's work in their hearts. Please pray for the final details of planning to be resolved smoothly, for joy and good teamwork within the leadership team as we follow the Spirit's leading, and for God to be preparing people to come along as we start to publicise the event.

2) Volunteers - we would be very happy to receive practical help in the running of the course. We are looking in particular for help in the kitchen with cooking, serving and washing up on the Monday evenings. 

3) Finances -  A massive thank you to all those who have given generously already in finances. We have met our target in terms of funding the meals and are hopefully on our way to meeting the target for wider expenses. 

If you would like more information or want to offer practical help, you can contact Sioned Graves at or 07951350688.