Thought for the Week

The reason people find it so hard to be happy is that they always see the past better than it was, the present worse than it is, and the future less resolved than it will be – Marcel Pagnol.

Summertime Schedule at Emmanuel

While Fr. Nigel Gibson is on his summer holiday cover will be provided by St. John’s Cathedral:

24 June 2012 – Feast of John the Baptist – 10:15 Sung Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Hugh Phillipson

1 July 2012 – Fourth Sunday after Trinity – 10:15 Sung Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher: The Revd Robert Martin

8 July 2012 – Fifth Sunday after Trinity – 10:15 Sung Eucharist
Celebrant & Preacher|: The Revd Dwight dela Torre

15 July 2012 – Sixth Sunday after Trinity – 10:15 Sung Eucharist
Celebrant and Preacher: The Revd John Chynchen

22July 2012 – Feast of St Mary Magdalene – 10:15 Sung Eucharist
Celebrant and Preacher – The Revd Nigel Gibson

Pilgrimage from Hong Kong to South West China

The Cross and the Lotus: A Pilgrimage from HK to South West China from 14 – 21 October 2012

Christianity in South West China: Yunnan and Guizhou are among the poorest and most beautiful Chinese provinces. Christianity was brought to the hill tribes of these areas, the Miao people, over a century ago by Western missionaries. One of the most well-loved, Sam Pollard, a Methodist, lived and worked in Zhaotong and Shimenkan, or ‘Stone Gateway’, a remote village we will visit on this journey. Some 80% of Miao people are Christians and we will see something of the legacy of the missionaries, visiting Christian churches that are flourishing today.

Our visit will include several churches as well as a social welfare project supported by the Amity Foundation, the Christian NGO based in Nanjing. Our journey includes a trip to Huangguoshu Waterfall, the largest in China, and ends in Kunming, the capital of Yunnan Province, called the ‘City of Eternal Spring’.  Each day there will be a short morning and evening service, some of which will be Eucharists.

This journey of spiritual discovery will give a unique perspective on Miao culture and rural Christianity in China.  Cost is approximately HK$10,000 per person.  The pilgrimage is promoted by the St John’s Cathedral Friends of the Church in China. Further details from the Revd Will Newman:

Thought for the Week

The Bible is not a book that answers all questions. It is a book that keeps inspiring new questions, new insights, new conversation and a change of heart in us.  (L. William Countryman)

Emmanuel’s 09:00 Monthly Service

Special Note To Parishioners: at a recent Emmanuel Committee Meeting, there was unanimous agreement that the 09:00 Quiet Reflective Holy Communion Service on the first Sunday of the month should cease. Attendance at this service over recent months has declined to single figures, and it was felt that the original purpose of the service is now no longer necessary.  The first Sunday of the month Family Service is unaffected by this change. Fr Nigel Gibson, Priest-in-Charge