Fleetwood Church, Emmanuel Church


Project Brief: To photograph the inside of all of the churches within Fleetwood and to supply a brief history.
Project Link: Fleetwood’s Churches

Emmanuel Church
Emmanuel Building, Lofthouse Way, Fleetwood, Lancashire, FY7 6ST
01253 770646

Visit Date: 2 July 2015
Permission to photograph the inside of the church was kindly granted by Minister Steve Carling.

Emmanuel Church has a very exciting beginning. In 1933, some local Christians asked the evangelist Fred Squire to lead an evangelistic campaign on the other side of the River Wyre in Fleetwood.

A six-week campaign took off in July and a large tent that could seat 500 was put up on some spare ground at the end of the High Street. On July 16th a local man who had not spoken a word for 9 years – and who had been told by his doctors that he would never speak again – was healed by the Lord. The next evening 1,000 people packed into the campaign tent. Before the end of that 6-week campaign a bigger tent had to be put up twice-over, as the nightly congregation had grown to 3,000.

On the 16th of August the Fleetwood open air swimming pool was hired and 3,000 people paid the customary spectator’s fee and witnessed Fred Squire conduct the church’s first baptism service in which 100 people were baptised.

For the first 40 years the church belonged to the Assemblies of God (Pentecostal) denomination; however, since the mid-1970s, the church has been an independent fellowship. We are a member-church of the Evangelical Alliance.

Today, Emmanuel is a lively church of all ages grateful for a rich heritage but freshly stirred by a passion “to walk in the dust of the rabbi” so as to be a 21st-century church that truly engages with God in worship and truly engages with God’s world in mission.

The Mount Methodist church offered Emmanuel the use of their building following the decision to close the church at the end of 2013. After a few weeks of decoration, Emmanuel held their first meeting at the Mount Church on the 2nd February 2014 and all subsequent morning services have taken place there.

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

Emmanuel Church Fleetwood

My thoughts
As a child I remember both my parents and sister joining Emmanuel Church. I did attend a couple of services such as midnight mass and the baptism of my parents and sister but I never did join the church. I also remember my sister going to Romania with the church to help out local communities. She always said that she would never forget her time in Romania with the church.

I also remember playing football on the park at weekends with the younger people from the church some of who I still see now and then around the town.

The Emmanuel Church on Lofthouse Way is a fairly large site with a nursery, social area, kitchen and office rooms as well as the main church with it’s beautiful domed ceiling.

One thing I noticed is that I always get a relaxed feeling when I have been to Emmanuel, not just on my recent visit but also when I was younger. The people of the church are very friendly and welcoming and always greet you with a smile. I also get a very strong community / family feeling when I have spent time with the members in the past.

I would like to say a big thank you to Minister Steve Carling for allowing me to photograph the Church.

Thanks for reading,

Alan Duggan

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