Registered Charity No. 1117022
The Rt Revd Paul Bayes
Revd. Dr. Callan Slipper
Churches Together in Hertfordshire unites in pilgrimage those churches in the area which, acknowledging God's revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as Lord according to the Scriptures, and in obedience to God's will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves:
To seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another
in the Church, which is his body; and
To fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness
and service in the world:
To the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
NEWS from Churches Together in Herts
Welcome to the new website for Churches Together in Hertfordshire!
We are continually developing this site, and to do this we need your help! Please
send us news of events and activities from your church, and let us have your suggestions
for other content.
We shall soon be introducing a discussion forum to the site and we hope that this will become a central hub for ecumenical discussions in Hertfordshire. Please do make contact with your thoughts, comments and ideas: email@example.com
His Excellency Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor spoke on ‘The Ecumenical Legacy of the Vatican Council’ at the Focolare Centre in Welwyn Garden City on Saturday 6th July.
This memorial lecture marked the fifth anniversary of Chiara Lubich, Founder of the Focolare Movement and was attended by about 200 people representing a number of denominations.
With characteristic humour and personal anecdotes, the Archbishop Emeritus of Westminster described the sometimes complex processes that have led to a renewed commitment both to ecumenism at a local and regional level and also to the strengthening of the work to identify and celebrate areas of theological unity. Speaking after the event Frank Johnson, joint co-ordinator for the Focolare Movement in Britain said: ‘We are immensely grateful to the Archbishop for both for being with us and for a lecture that has inspired and encouraged all who attended.’
Saturday, 6 July 2013, 3.00pm
Mount Prison Counselling service
in danger of closure
Loraine McSherry and Carole Simkins write …
The Counselling Service for inmates at HMP The Mount is under serious threat of closure with immediate effect due to a cut in the chaplaincy budget. There is no money available to run the service for this current year so we urgently need help otherwise this valuable service will be lost. It will not be easy to re-instate as it has been built up over 18 years.
Anglican and Oriental Orthodox Church leaders, including Bishop Angaelos from the Coptic Cathedral in Stevenage, met in the historic Hampton Court over the weekend of 5-6 October 2013.
They had a deep experience of fellowship, sharing in prayer and worship. But they were also united in their fears about Christianity in the Middle East.
This was the first Anglican-Oriental Orthodox International Commission in 12 years and leading clergy and theologians from both Christian traditions took part. They seek to engage in theological dialogue and, at the same time, to forge ever deeper bonds of fellowship in faith.
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Churches Together in England elects its first Pentecostal President
The first Pentecostal President for Churches Together in England (CTE), Jamaican born Bishop Eric Brown, was installed on Monday 7 October 2013.
In a historic move, he joins the existing group of Presidents, Archbishop Justin Welby, Archbishop Vincent Nichols, Bishop Jana Jeruma-Grinberga, the Revd Michael Heaney and Archbishop Gregorios of Thyateira and Great Britain.
Bishop Brown is the Presiding Bishop of the New Testament Church of God, a black majority Pentecostal church celebrating its 60th anniversary in the UK.
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The St Albans Cathedral Study Centre, which used to be called the St Albans Centre for Christian Study, is for people of all traditions.
It offers a range of learning opportunities, from ten-week courses to one-off talks and study days. The courses are ecumenical and so open to all, from any background, and unless otherwise stated there are no pre-requisites.
Past students have spoken highly of the courses, saying they are ‘marvellous’, ‘enlightening’ and ‘enjoyable’. Read more in the Spring 2014 brochure here …
Charities, including ecumenical groups, need to be aware that the Charity Commission is cracking down. In an attempt to ensure that charities abide by their statutory obligations, it has launched an inquiry into 12 charities. These have failed to file annual reports, accounts or returns with the Charity Commission for two or more years. It is possible that the Commission will consider seeking the power to withdraw some privileges from ‘non-filing’ charities, such as the ability to reclaim Gift Aid.
Failure to submit annual documents to the Commission is a criminal offence. In the view of the Commission it amounts to mismanagement or even misconduct. The Commission has been contacting charities by telephone and has issued written warnings, requiring full compliance by a specified date.
If anyone is concerned about their own charity, it is possible to check whether a charity is ‘non-filing’. All that is need is to look at the Charity Commission’s website and use its advanced search facility: http://www.charitycommission.gov.uk/find-charities/. At the top of the list of options there is a group of four. One of these is ‘Charities with latest documents overdue.’ If in doubt, check it out!
An important update on charity obligations
If you have visited this site recently you may have seen a reference to Garth Hewitt
in concert at Marshalswick
Baptist Church in mid-March. Regrettably this event has been postponed. We shall publicise new information as
soon as we receive it.
A unity of the Heart
A unity of the heart, founded upon profound relationships in God, was the purpose of a meeting in Jerusalem of 33 bishops – Anglicans, Catholics (of different rites: Latin, Syriac, Chaldean, Maronite and Melkite), Evangelical Lutherans, Methodists, Orthodox of the Patriarchate of Constantinople and Syrian Orthodox. This was the 32nd Ecumenical Conference of Bishops organized by the Focolare Movement held from 18th to 22nd November 2013.
It was, in its way, a colourful gathering as well as important.