|Date Posted||September 13, 2021|
Easton (Patrick Collins)
|Health Benefits||Full Family|
|Average Sunday Attendance||121|
Emmanuel is blessed with an active, committed, and generous congregation.
Over half of the members of our congregation were involved, in some way, with the Christmas Bazaar of 2019, and helped raise over $20,000, all of which was distributed to local and deserving non-profit organizations. We work hard and well together!
Everyone involved in the music program,Worship Committee, and Flower and Altar Guilds works hard to make our regular Sunday services as well as our special Evensongs, Holy Week and Christmas services as beautiful and as reflective of the joy of our communal worship as possible.
Most of our parishioners are older, but we also have a group of mostly elementary school aged children, many of whom enjoy being involved in the Sunday Eucharist services.
Not surprisingly, our primary challenge will be to adjust to the post pandemic world. While we have gained several new families since March 2020, largely due to people seeking to retire to our rural area, it is likely that there are those who have left Emmanuel, or ‘church’ in general. How do we reach out, how do we foster the same sense of community that has been a cornerstone of our church? And on the other hand, how do we expand into the on-line and Zoom space which has been so important during the last 18 months, and continue to engage with people there?
We have several families with very young children: how do we continue to engage and support these families going forward?.
These challenges are most likely not Emmanuel’s alone, but we look forward to discerning solutions and moving forward with the help of our new rector.
Located in the “Land of Pleasant Living” on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, Emmanuel is a parish rich in committed and involved parishioners. Our parishioners are active in our community of Chestertown, and are very involved in the Diocese of Easton. We have a strong tradition of community service and outreach and are proud of our place in the center of our lovely, historic town, keeping our doors open to welcome all who come to us.
The Rev. Canon Patrick A. Collins