Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church!
Since 1870 Emmanuel Episcopal Church has been ministering to the greater Wakefield community through worship, Christian education, spiritual formation, and service to those in need. Emmanuel is a diverse, active, and welcoming community. We are a living rainbow with seniors, families with young children, couples, singles, and young adults. Young and old, men and women, gay and straight, people of all races and backgrounds find a home here as the people of God.
The Episcopal Church is incarnational. We believe that God was fully alive and present in Jesus, and we believe that God is also alive and present within every human being. Further, we believe that God created life in this world as fundamentally good, despite many human choices to the contrary. Thus, we are devoted to stewardship of the earth, social responsibility, and to “seeking out and serving Christ in all persons,” as our Baptismal promise declares.
We are liturgical. In sacraments, such as Baptism and the Holy Eucharist (also known as Holy Communion and the Mass) we are made aware of God's living presence in our lives. In fact, we believe that through the sacraments we are united to God and strengthened for service in the church and the world.
We are scriptural. We encourage each person’s critical study and appreciation of the richness of the Bible, following one’s own conscience and guided by the wisdom found in traditional and contemporary thinking and interpretation. Together we strive to understand the meaning of scripture for life today.
We are inclusive, following the example of Jesus Christ, who preached loving inclusion, and against division. In that spirit, we invite all baptized persons to Holy Communion and share a profound dialogue with persons of other faiths and backgrounds. We seek to build a community that reflects the Kingdon of God, embracing all of God's beloved people. This principle leads us to embrace open-mindedness, patience, and listening. We seek common prayer, not always common doctrine.
We are a community of service. Following the example of Jesus, we approach life by coming “not to be served, but to serve.” We strive to live our faith both in the church and in the world, sharing God's love and serving those in need.
This website provides a glimpse into the Emmanuel community, but the best way to get to know us is to join us in worship on Sunday morning. Visitors are always invited to the informal weekly Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall following the 10 a.m. service. (Parishioners who attend the 8 a.m. service also regularly join together after that service for fellowship.)
Our worship space, meeting rooms, and facilities are handicapped accessible, including a designated parking space on Bryant Street. The Parish office is open Monday–Friday from 9:30 a.m.– 12:30 p.m. You can contact us at 781-245-1374 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Come and visit us. At Emmanuel, we are growing in faith, growing in spirit, and growing in community.
We invite you to come and grow with us.
The Rev. Matthew P. Cadwell, Ph.D.
Be sure to visit the Episcopal Diocese of Massachusetts’ website to learn more about The Episcopal Church's activities and ministries both in the local area and throughout the world.
The Episcopal Church is a member of the 77 million member word-wide Anglican Communion.
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist ( Rite I)
10:00 a.m. Choral Eucharist (Rite II)
10:00 a.m. Children's Chapel
11:15 a.m. Coffee Hour
Professionally staffed child care for children under age 3 is available beginning at 9:30 a.m. on Sundays, September through June.
Our Parish Hall is available for use by outside groups. Click here to download our Facilities Use brochure.
Upcoming Services & Events
HOLY WEEK & EASTER SERVICES
Sunday, March 29:
Holy Eucharist & Blessing of Palms, 8:00 a.m.
Blessing of Palms, Procession, & Choral Eucharist, 10:00 a.m.; Children's Chapel, 10:00 a.m.; Coffee Hour, 11:15 a.m. Preacher: The Rev. David Prentice
Thursday, April 2:
Agape Supper, 6:00 p.m.; Holy Eucharist & Stripping of the Altar, 7:00 p.m.
Friday, April 3:
Solemn Liturgy, Veneration of the Cross, and Communion from the Reserved Sacrament,12:00 noon.
Saturday, April 4:
The Great Vigil of Easter, 7:00 p.m. Held at the Curch of the Good Shepherd, 95 Woburn Street, Reading, Mass.
Sunday, April 5:
Holy Eucharist (Rite I) & Easter Hymns, 8:00 a.m.; Festival Choral Eucharist (Rite II), 10:00 a.m.; Children's Easter Egg Hunt & Coffee Hour, 11:15 a.m. Celebrant & Preacher:
The Rev. Dr. Matthew P. Cadwell
Saturday, April 11:
Celebration of the Life of Barbara Smith, 11:00 a.m. Luncheon in the Parish Hall, 12:00 noon.