The Emmanuel Team

The Emmanuel Team


The Emmanuel Team Ministry comprised the three churches of Holy Trinity (in South Crosland), St Paul’s (in Armitage Bridge) and St John’s (in Newsome).  Although based in these three locations, the Team Ministry covered the adjacent areas of  Netherton, Berry Brow,  Primrose Hill, Taylor Hill, Lockwood and Rashcliffe.


How it had evolved

Before the Emmanuel Team, there was already a link between the churches in Newsome and Armitage Bridge known as a 'United Benefice" meaning they shared clergy and a single Parochial Church Council (PCC) although each had its own District Church Council (DCC)

In April 2003 the Emmanuel Team was formed consisting of four churches- the three mentioned above and St Stephen's at  Rashcliffe, and they shared two stipendiary clergy. But in 2012 - the Easter Sunday Service was the last held at  St Stephen's  because the building became unsafe.It was formally closed to public worship in November 2013.

At this time the stipendiary clergy was reduced to one ( although supported as before by a non-stipendiary priest) which necessitated the introduction of a new pattern of services across the Team, some of which became lay-led.

A Trainee Curate became a valuable additional  resource from July 2013. However, in October 2016, the Team Rector left to take up a post elsewhere in the Diocese and his departure has been followed by that of the Curate in April 2017 at the end of his training.

The three churches in the Emmanuel team have retained their unique identities. They oversee their own administration and financial affairs through the PCC at South Crosland and the joint PCC for Newsome & Armitage Bridge, where each still has a DCC.

However,in the years since 2003, significant progress has clearly been made in creating a team ministry as is 

shown below.


As a Team Ministry we :

  • Meet regularly in combined worship on the  3rd Sunday of the month (at each church in sequence) with the advantage of a more substantial congregation
  • Join together in weekly 'Afterword'/'Altogether' Bible Study sessions
  • Come together for home or church based Lent/Advent meetings
  • Join with local Methodist churches in Netherton and Berry Brow for Unity Services, Cafe Church and a bi-annual weekend away
  • Operate joint working groups (Communications; Children's activities; Music)
  • Run occasional discussion sessions on topical matters (" Exploring the issues")
  • Support fund raising events at each other's churches within the  Team
  • Use the experience and talents of non-stipendiary and retired clergy in all three churches


        Changing from the Emmanuel Team to a United Benefice

        In July 2017 it was decided that our two parishes should start the process of becoming a United Benefice and

        seek a Priest to take charge of our three churches.