Greetings From Our Rector
Welcome to Emmanuel Episcopal Church. I first came into this community over 11 years ago. What attracted me then and keeps me excited today is our diverse, active, and welcoming community. We are a living rainbow: older adults, families with children, couples, and singles. Young and old, men and women, gay and straight, people of all races and backgrounds find a home here as the people of God.
Emmanuel is a church that is inspired and strengthened by worship. Our services are centered in the Holy Eucharist, also called Holy Communion or the Mass. We have a fantastic choir, which sings a variety of traditional and contemporary music. We love baptisms. They are celebrated throughout the year for babies, youth and adults for any who want to join the family of faith. Holy days such as Christmas and Easter are especially glorious. But every Sunday is inspiring, whether you prefer a quiet and intimate service at 8:00 a.m., or the larger community celebration at 10:00 a.m.
We love to learn and grow together. Our weekly children’s program at 10:00 a.m. utilizes a variety of creative and interactive approaches to bring the Christian faith alive. Rarely do the kids sit and learn quietly. Instead, they act out Bible stories; they use Legos; they make films share with the wider congregation. Adults here are passionate about learning, as well. We offer regular opportunities for Bible and book studies, films, and more. We even offer painting lessons, to enliven the more artistic side our spirits.
Emmanuel is a community that is inspired to serve. Faith is not only something we believe, but something we live. We hold monthly Community Dinners for any in Wakefield and beyond who would like a free meal or friendly conversation. We donate regularly to support communities in need across the world and across the street. And we reach out to our own parishioners in need with pastoral visits, cards, and flowers, all ways to express our love and care.
This website provides window into our faith community, but the best way to get to know us is come inside and join us for worship and fellowship on Sunday morning. There’s a place for you here. I look forward to meeting you soon.
The Rev. Matthew P. Cadwell, Ph.D.