• If you are in the area, we hope that you will come by and visit us! We are located at the corner of Elm and West Main in Norwich.

    At Emmanuel we work to try and "respect the dignity of every human being", following what Jesus taught in loving God and loving one another. I hope you'll take a moment and email me your comments and let me know if you will be visiting us or if you would like to get together for a chat. May all of our paths, indeed, our whole Earth, be illumined by the light of God in Christ!

    Father Chuck
    The Very Rev. Charles G. Taylor
    Emmanuel Episcopal Church

Be a Love Bird

Many stories about the origin of Valentine’s Day have come down through the centuries. There’s no definitive story, but most revolve around the imprisonment of Valentinus (St. Valentine) for his disregard of Roman laws. Many legends are also associated with Valentine’s Day. For example, because birds seemed to arrive and mate in some countries in … Continue reading

Lent Living

Lent begins on Ash Wednesday, February 18 this year. Christians have observed this season of the church year since the fourth century. It’s traditionally a time of reflection, penitence and spiritual renewal before Easter. During Lent, some Christians give up something that hinders their relationship with God. Others do something extra for their spiritual growth, … Continue reading

Thank You for Altar Flowers

We wish to thank you for providing the beautiful flowers that grace our church throughout the year. The Altar Flowers, Christmas poinsettias, and Easter Lilies are provided by The Perfect Solution. In order for us to honor your request to place flowers in the church we do need your help. Some people request a certain … Continue reading

February 2015 Monthly Prayers

Please remember these parish families in your prayers: February 1 to February 8 — Kai & Dave Loomis; Caleb, Rachel, Cheryl & Michael Loomis February 9 to February 15 — Joan Lorincz; Drew, Alyssa, Andrea & Daniel MacIntosh; Ruth Mason. February 16 to February 22 — Linda & Van Mason; Dottie & Rick Mattice; Ian, … Continue reading

Slow Down!

In several weeks we will move to the more somber season of Lent. And Lent is a rushing journey toward Easter. In the journey we will retell our sacred stories and recall our history and traditions. Hopefully, all of this, if we take the time, will renew us as we journey as a people of … Continue reading

Father Chuck Files: It isn’t Easy Being the Church

Lyla, our grand-daughter, often visits and enjoys a meal with us. After the meal I will ask her to help with the dishes and playfully tell her that she has to work for her meal. She takes great delight in helping and now I don’t even have to ask as she rushes to assist. I know it won’t be long until the allure will fade away. It happens to … Continue reading

February Birthdays

In January we celebrate the birthdays of these parish members.

Celebrating Epiphany

Epiphany, from the Greek word epiphaneia, means an appearance or manifestation. Christians celebrate this festival each year on January 6, the 12th day after Christmas. Epiphany ends on Ash Wednesday, when Lent begins. Epiphany marks the coming of the Magi, or wise men, to worship the baby Jesus. Because the Magi were Gentiles, epiphany symbolizes the first recognition of Christ by non-Jews. It’s a … Continue reading


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