Emmanuel St Johns is a local ecumenical partnership between the Methodist and United Reformed Churches in the Falsgrave area of Scarborough.
A local covenant was signed in 1990 and complete union took place in Easter 1992 and the URC property and site was put on the market. A building committee was formed with a view to building a new church on the St John’s Road site.
Fundraising brought in £300,000, building commenced and the new church was opened in September 1994, free of debt and ready to serve the community of Falsgrave and the surrounding area.
The building is of a pleasing design incorporating modern practice of construction and materials whilst at the same time combining a traditional- style worship area within a multi-purpose building. Seating can be provided for over 150 people if necessary.
At the end of 2013, a new entrance conservatory area was constructed on the terrace leading into the church. This has provided much needed additional access space into the church as well as conserving energy within the building.
Facilities consist of a large ground floor area fitted with a central soundproofed sliding partition, allowing worship to be conducted in the whole area or just the front section. The rear section is matched above by a similarly sized room fitted with a glass panelled partition, the upper half of which can be opened to increase capacity if necessary. Other facilities include a vestry/meeting room, a well equipped office, toilet facilities including provision for disabled people and baby changing as well as storage facilities located in various parts of the building. A fully equipped kitchen with serving access to the ground floor is a useful and well used facility. The kitchen has recently been refurbished and re-modelled to provide a greater working space.