CHRISTMAS SERVICES AT EMMANUEL

Virgin & Child

First Sunday of Advent – 1st December at 6pm Advent Carol Service
(NB. at St John’s Cathedral, 4-8 Garden Rd, Central)

                  Sunday 15th December at 6:30pm – Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols with Die Konzertisten Choir conducted by Felix Yeung

Tues 24th Dec at 11pm – Christmas Eve – Midnight Mass
Celebrant & Preacher: Fr Nigel Gibson 

                                                                      Wed 25th December at 10:15am – Christmas Day                                         Family Sung Eucharist for the Nativity of our Lord
                                             Celebrant: Fr Nigel Gibson
                                                Preacher:  Fr Robert Martin

           Be assured of a very warm welcome at all of our Advent and Christmas Services


	

A Prayer for the Philippines

Following the recent devastating typhoon in the Philippines, a special prayer for the country’s people has been prepared by the Catholic Archdiocese of Manila. It will be prayed in St John’s Cathedral and her three daughter churches at every service this week. We encourage you to use it as part of your own devotions over coming days. 

God, our Father, in faith, we acknowledge your care for us, your children. In hope, we trust in your divine providence of giving us wisdom and courage as we face the challenges of life. 

In love, we invoke your help and guidance during these difficult days of death and destruction in our land. 

Grant eternal peace to those who lost their lives. Embrace the children who died in their innocence. Help those who are hurt and cure those who are sick.

Encourage those who suffer the destruction of their homes and properties, and to rise from the ruins and rebuild their future.

Bless all those who extend their  helping hand to those in need of food, shelter and clothing, who share their resources with others.

At your command the wind and the seas obey, raise your hand Almighty God and spare us from other natural disasters and devastations. Teach us to be responsible stewards of your creation. At this time of crisis, move us to share more and to love more.  

We pray this in the name of your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen. 

All the Fun of the Fair!

Emmanuel’s ever-popular face painting stand at this year’s St John’s Michaelmas Fair raised over $5,000 for various local charities.  Below are some pictures that give a snapshot of a truly fun-filled day.  Enjoy! 

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Fr Nigel with Sheena, Beatrice, Annabel and Erin
Young Spiderman!
Young Spiderman!

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Michelle and daughter Caroline
Michelle and daughter Caroline
Kate, Erin and young Cathedral Sunday School member
Kate, Erin and young Cathedral Sunday School member
Andrea and Fr Nigel
Fr Nigel with Andrea
Emmanuel's Face Painting Stand
Emmanuel’s Face Painting Stand
Fr Nigel with Ah Leung - Cathedral janitor
Fr Nigel with Ah Leung – Cathedral Janitor
Emmanuel parishioners at work
Emmanuel parishioners at work
Dear May, Emmanuel's longest-serving parishioner at the Michaelmas Fair
Dear May, Emmanuel’s longest-serving parishioner at the Michaelmas Fair

Wednesday Night Together Group

On 6th November, eighteen members came together in Pokfulam for the first meeting of the new Wednesday Night Together group (WNT) organised by Fr Nigel and churchwarden Chris Erving. Wonderful food, wonderful fellowship, and a wonderful relaxed atmosphere!  Thank you Chris and Lydia for being such gracious hosts.

WNT will now meet monthly for bible study, fellowship, special outings to interesting places and events in and around Hong Kong, It is open to any member of the Emmanuel congregation, and especially newcomers. The next WNT will be on 11th December, details of which will be published in the pew sheet and on this website.

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Our Harvest Thanksgiving & Brunch-on-the-Terrace

Many parishioners and friends of Emmanuel Church gathered in Béthanie Chapel on Sunday 6th October for this year’s Harvest Thanksgiving Service. During the Sung Eucharist, a large quantity of non-perishable food was presented and blessed at the altar before being taken to support the residents of Bethune House, a refuge centre for domestic workers in Hong Kong. Following the service, a magnificent and joyful Brunch-on-the-Terrace was shared by those who stayed behind. It is hoped that the photos below convey the joy of this delightful annual event. 

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Fr Nigel with Churchwardens Wallace Lai & Chris Erving
Fr Nigel with Churchwardens Wallace Lai & Chris Erving

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Master Chef Danniel!
Master Chef Danniel!

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Last but not least, young Alistair on his way home.
Last but not least, young Alistair on his way home.