We at Emmanuel Community Seventh Day Adventist Church are an active and welcoming congregation who desire to reflect the love of Christ in our community. We have had a visible and working presence within Queens Park for the past 30 years from our being established in 1986 at the St Jude’s Community Hall. Our Church is one of many congregations operating under the umbrella of the South England Conference of Seventh-Day Adventists, a constituted organisation who in turn are one of several divisions of the world-wide Adventist church.
“Seventh-day” refers to our belief in the Seventh-day Sabbath (Saturday).
“Adventist” refers to our belief in the Second Advent or the literal second-coming of Jesus.
A growing Church
The worldwide Seventh-day Adventist Church adds a new member every 48 seconds and organizes five new congregations every day. There are over 19.1 million members worshipping in more than 151,000 congregations in 237 countries.
A caring Church
The Seventh Day Adventist Church is an institution long established and associated with the promotion and practice of optimum health, as well as practical living.
The work in the field of health of the Seventh Day Adventist Church over the last 150 years is evident, from the Western Health Reform Institute, founded in Battle Creek, Michigan, in 1866, through to its now world-wide network of 175 hospitals and sanitariums, 385 clinics and dispensaries, 140 nursing homes and retirement centres, 29 orphanages and children’s homes, several whole food companies; as well as an abundance of literature and other material on health and practical living.
A teaching Church
We operate one of the largest educational systems in the world, providing kindergarten, secondary, and higher education programs including graduate and post graduate as well as medical arts. The church currently runs 7,792 schools with over 1,864,000 students.
A serving Church
The Seventh Day Adventist Church has also established a charity; Adventist Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), present in 130 countries bringing help to many regardless of race, religion or nationality. It funds 7,733 projects having 14,787,780 beneficiaries.
Many local churches operate Community Services that provide food and clothing to those in need. Family life counselling and other programs are also offered to assist those wishing to overcome drug addiction and alcohol or tobacco dependence.
Quality of Life
The Seventh-day Adventist Church seeks to enhance the quality of life; both for its members and for those not part of its fellowship. “Quality of Life” is a concept that pervades Seventh-day Adventist belief.
Adventists teach that no act, word or deed is too small to be transformed by the grace of God. Adventists believe that God is concerned with the quality of human life. Everything–the way we live, think, speak, eat, care for our bodies, treat each other, and care for the world around us–is part of God’s design and plan for improved quality of life. Nothing about the quality of our lives escapes our Father’s attention or care.
“A man’s mind may be likened to a garden which may be intelligently cultivated or allowed to run wild; but whether cultivated or neglected, it must and will, bring forth. If no useful seeds are put into it, then an abundance of useless weed-seeds will fall therein and will continue to produce their kind.”
As a Man Thinketh,
James Allen, p. 11
MEET THE MINGOS
Born October 3, 1960 in London, Paddington to St. Lucian mother (deceased) and Guyanese father,90, who now lives in Guyana. Pastor Mingo has also an older sister Annette and younger brother, John.
Born Again into the Seventh-Day Adventist faith via the Voice of Prophecy Bible Course in Guyana at the age of 14, previously from the Church of England. Completed his BA in Theology at the University of the Southern Caribbean (then Caribbean Union College), Trinidad in 1988 and his Masters in Pastoral Theology in 2000 from Inter-American Theological Seminary. Pastored in the Caribbean for 20 years, primarily with the Guyana Conference.
Born in Marriage December 1989 to the former Janice Bobb-Semple of Guyana, a Business Management Graduate of USC, Trinidad, and former manager at the Guyana Conference Printing Press for almost 20 years. She is currently in the Education system in Reading. Among the many gifts in her quiver,Janice is an avid health guru, a sweet singer and an invested Master Guide. In addition to several other interests.
Their three children: Kelda, 18 is preparing for A Levels at the Blessed Hugh Farringdon School, Reading. Oshea, 21, is majoring in Sports & Exercise Therapy at the University of Southampton and Adriel, 25, is a Student Ambassador and Theology Major at Newbold School of Higher Education. He is also technologically savvy and his skills are often used for SEC Conference-sponsored programs.
Pastor Dennis Colin Mingo, fondly referred to as DC, has ministered in the United States. It was from Texas that he returned to his homeland in 2013 and was contracted by SEC in June 2014 along with his family to serve, first in the Reading West District and then to London with the Rainham, Stratford and Stoke Newington Churches.
Pastor DC’s hobbies are languages, music, cycling, gardening, travelling and meeting people.