The Pastoral Centre

A short guide to the work of  EMSWORTH PASTORAL CENTRE.

Located in the Methodist Church building in The Square, and supported by all the churches in Emsworth, the Centre provides a comfortable, informal environment to relax and meet friends.  Our aim is “to offer welcome, friendship and refreshment to everyone, without expectation.”

Our normal opening hours are:

  • 10-4 Monday to Friday
  • 10-12 on Saturday


On Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday mornings our Pastoral Assistants are on duty specifically to chat informally to people using the Centre.  Our minister Deacon Laura Evans is also available to chat but at no set time. However appointments can be made. At other times the Coffee Bar volunteers and Centre Managers are available to chat informally too.

Our policy is to provide a range of reasonably priced drinks and snacks using Fair Trade products as far as possible. In addition on Tuesdays we offer Ploughmans lunches and on Thursdays a range of filled rolls and sandwiches prepared on site. We usually have a Christmas Lunch and Carol Singing Afternoon with mince pies during December.

On Tuesday afternoons of the month we run an Activity Afternoon, which is free to attend.

We have a number of one off events and have recently had visits from Carers Support and the Library service. Various toys are available for children to play with whilst in the Centre. The annual afternoon singing Christmas Carols, followed by a free cup of tea and mince pie is always very popular!

If you think you might be interested in coming along to any of these activities or if you think you might be interested in volunteering, just for a couple of hours, either regularly or from time to time, please get in touch with us.

Otherwise, just pop in some time and enjoy a cup of tea or coffee with us,everyone is welcome!

A book entitled    ‘The Centre in the Square’ The story of Emsworth Pastoral Centre – by Dot Warren  has recently been published and on 13th June the Pastoral Centre was buzzing with the conversation of around 100 people who had come to the book launch of the ‘Centre in the Square’ written to celebrate 35 years of the development and work of the Centre.The book records the generosity of time and energy given by so many people and there were a number of people present who had been involved at the beginning of this venture. Copies of ‘The Centre in the Square’ are available  from: St James Church Bookstall, the Emsworth Museum and the Pastoral Centre. . Photos of the event can be seen in the Gallery.

Mandy Mani
Emsworth Pastoral Centre Manager
01243 373773 (church office)  e-mail: