The Parish church of Feniscowles
Welcome to Immanuel, the Parish Church of Feniscowles and Pleasington. Please feel free to join us at one of our services. We welcome ALL of ANY age. We welcome those with a lot of church background, those with some background and especially and those with none!
Our prayer and desire is that, whoever you are and wherever you are up to in life, we can help you meet with the Living & Loving God. We hope our services will help you pray to him, praise him, share with him, listen to him and seek to live for Him
If you have questions about Jesus, Christianity, or are a new Christian, we would love to help you. If you would like to get more involved, please contact us
Coming to Church
When you go through a Church door you are entering more than a building.
When you enter Immanuel Church you are entering part of the wider Diocese of Blackburn. This is because our Church is part of a family of Churches in the Lancashire area, closely connected together under our Bishop, Nicholas.
Because the Blackburn Diocese is rooted in history, and related to life at every point, and in fellowship with all the other dioceses, when you enter Immanuel Church you are in some sense entering the whole world and all of history.
And there are also occasions when you are stepping outside time and into that dimension in which all ages - past, present and future - are present: what we call eternity.
More than that, you are also stepping inside the hearts of others. You are entering a multitude of homes whose inner home this building is.
And again, when you enter Church, you are stepping inside yourself on a journey of exploration.
Think well as you enter. And welcome......
The Parish of Immanuel
and our historic Church speaks of a Christian presence in the community of Feniscowles and Pleasington
A Church is first and foremost a group of people (not a building) who have a strong sense of being called together by Jesus Christ, the Son of God.
The most important things about us provide some answers to a simple question:
First, because we believe in God. This compels us to speak about the nature of creation, the purpose of life, our values, being human with dignity and justice, and our utter conviction in the reality of life beyond death.
Second, because we take spiritual things seriously. That prompts us to worship and to pray. Beauty, love, goodness and all things that enrich life: these form the atmosphere of our worship. Come and see for yourself on any Sunday or Thursday at one of our Services.
Finally, because we have pledged to be a presence in this community, and to promote the common good there. Our historic Church building tells the story of those who lived and worshipped here before us. Our Vicar, David, will baptise your children and will care for you in illness, death and grief; celebrate your marriage, bless your homes and simply be available in times of distress or festivity.
Very simply, we are the Church of England inFeniscowles and Pleasington. Come and explore.
And may God show you the path to life in its perfection and glory.
Immanuel is a place for new beginnings. We believe that no matter what you've done or where you've been, God's grace is available. Through His grace, healing can be found, addictions can be faced, forgiveness can be experienced, marriages can be restored, and lives can be changed. Immanuel is also a place where it's okay to not to be okay. You don't have to fake perfection. None of us are perfect, and, contrary to what you may think, God isn't looking for perfection. Just come as you are with your past, pain, challenges, and junk and God will meet you where you are - but He won't leave you there. He begins a work of transformation in your life and as you walk daily with God you will experience the amazing - and unconditional - love God has for you. God's love has no on/off switch. Not even a dimmer switch. How awesome is that?!! We'd love you to visit us soon. We believe you will feel welcome and at home and discover why many people call Immanuel a place for new beginnings in their lives.
A new baby, starting school, starting a new job, making a new friend…… All these are examples of new beginnings. Life is full of them!
New beginnings can bring faith alive, and faith adds meaning to new beginnings. New beginnings are indeed a strong feature of the Christian faith. Faith in God can point us to new things that would not have been possible otherwise.
We hear examples of relationships healed, indifference transformed into caring, convicted prisoners going straight, and addicts kicking their habit, all through the transforming love and power of God through Jesus Christ. There is much for the church to proclaim.
Most people do not realise how many good things in our society are shaped by Christian values absorbed over the centuries. As new technologies are invented, and society changes more and more rapidly, we face new moral questions. Some people might feel that faith is no longer relevant, but it is foolish to turn our backs on God, who is our main hope of finding our way through it all.
How can people who have turned away from God turn back again? Here the church has a gospel to proclaim. Jesus likened God to a loving father waiting for his errant son to return. God has reached out to us through Jesus Christ, and awaits our response. He can give new life, new heart and new direction to those who seek Him.
Churches are there to help in this.
We are a vibrant Anglican church on the outskirts ofBlackburn, with a hunger to see the Kingdom of God grow in our area (Matt 3:2) and know the grace of God in our lives and church (Rom 12:6-8)
May be a few words of description might help you get a flavour of what kind of church we are like. We are a local community minded, friendly church for all ages. That means we value young and old, we don’t seek to serve ourselves but the local community that God has placed us in and then beyond
In this church family everyone is important and all have a part to play. We want to help ourselves and those around us, to discover more of the goodness of serving God with all of our lives. We do this as a response to the love God has first shown us. We believe in God and we know God’s immense love shown in Jesus – especially his death and resurrection, and know and rest in the reality and closeness of the Holy Spirit
We believe we need to keep ‘fresh’ and keep growing in our Christian faith. So we believe in prayer, in deepening ‘fellowship’ – spurring each other on through meeting together in large and small gatherings. And we believe that in order to grow we need to actively serve God, our church family and this community. God has given each of us gifts and abilities that we can use to do this in a whole variety of ways
We value and treasure the heritage of the past and thank God for all his creativity in the present. So our services will reflect a mix of the ‘old’ and the ‘new’, of traditional and contemporary forms of worship. God did not make us all the same so it’s no surprise that we all connect with God in different ways. But together God calls us to follow Jesus and love each other – in our variety and our differences.
We are not a perfect church and we have not got it all sewn up – and probably never will! But we seek to be a real authentic expression of a community of faith in Jesus – and you’re very welcome to join us.
What are you waiting for?