A very warm welcome to the website of Emmanuel Church, West Hampstead, an inclusive community in the North Camden Deanery of the Edmonton Episcopal Area within the Diocese of London. We would see our mission, ministry and our life together at Emmanuel as radical hospitality to all – infinite respect for one another.
We are glad to be members of the wider Church of England and international Anglican Communion, which in its historic core values is broad and comprehensive, with room for all. We are grateful for our warm and ecumenical links with Christians of other traditions of the east and west and our friendship and solidarity with people of other faiths and of good will everywhere as we strive together for a more just, compassionate and sustainable world, reflecting God’s infinite justice and mercy.
Emmanuel has stood as a beacon of God’s light and love in its prominent position alongside West End Green since 1897. As a parish of the Church of England, we greatly value our distinctive role in serving not just a gathered congregation but the whole geographical parish – which is made up of much of the heart of the vibrant and cosmopolitan community of West Hampstead in the London Borough of Camden.
As a Church community, Emmanuel is generously orthodox and everyone is warmly welcome at all our services and activities, irrespective of race, age, gender, physical ability, sexual orientation or way of life.
We rejoice in the great and wonderful diversity of God’s creation and we recognize and celebrate the beauty of his image uniquely revealed in one another.
On this website you will find details of many of our services and activities, our values and our vision, and we much look forward to welcoming you in person.
Fr Jonathan Kester
Some quotations which inspire us in our life together at Emmanuel
(The prophet Micah 6:8)
“I have come that you might have life – and have it in abundance”
(Jesus Christ – John 10:10)
“The glory of God is a human being fully alive”
(St Irenaeus 130-200 AD)
“Let all guests who arrive be received like Christ, for He is going to say, “I came as a guest, and you received Me”
(Rule of St Benedict 480-547 AD)
“Be who God created you to be and you will set the world on fire”
(St Catherine of Siena 1347-80 AD)
“Your ordinary acts of love and hope point to the extraordinary promise that every human life is of inestimable value”
(Archbishop Desmond Tutu b 1931)
A prayer for our parish, reflecting the compassionate and generous hospitality of God
May the door of our Church
be wide enough to receive all who need human love and friendship.
May it welcome all who have cares to unburden,
thanks to express, hopes to nurture.
May the door of this place be narrow enough
to shut out pettiness and pride, envy and enmity.
May its threshold be no stumbling block to young, old or uncertain feet.
May it be too high to admit complacency,
selfish, harshness or prejudice.
May this place be for all who enter,
the doorway to your eternal Kingdom, and a life abundant with your gift of life and love;