Registered Charity No. 1117022
Revd Stephen Copson
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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.
Churches Together in Hertfordshire are Christians who seek to fulfil the vision of Jesus for his followers at regional level in Hertfordshire. Our aim therefore is to do all we can to bring about the unity Jesus prayed for the night before he died, when he asked his Father that his followers should be one (Jn 17:11, 21-23). Everybody is called to follow him, so all are called to be one.
We work across the county of Hertfordshire, supporting every kind of activity that aims to achieve the goal of Christian unity, whether that be in local Churches Together groups, Local Ecumenical partnerships or the the different forms of unity in mission striving to transform villages, towns or other communities with the love of Christ. (For further details see: ‘Local Co-operative Working’)
We are open to any who wish to work to fulfil Jesus’ vision. Of course, the recognition of groups has to come from the churches who are already involved. But the key thing is to see that unity, which Jesus died for us to have with his Father and with one another, is God’s plan for the whole human race. The unity of Christians is a necessary part of that.
Below are some ideas that have been useful for helping the growth of Christian unity. There is also a description of some aspects of our work. It sets out some of the structures that have proved useful. We hope also to reach out to any who do not necessarily wish to join in with these structures in a direct fashion but who wish to work for Jesus’ vision of unity.
Should not our Churches ask themselves … whether they should not act together in all matters except those in which deep differences of conviction compel them to act separately? - Lund Question
There is no virtue in churches doing things together which they ought not to be doing anyway - Nottingham Challenge
Churches should not do on their own what they can do with the community - Corby Principle
Its official objects and aims are:
1. to advance the Christian religion through:
a. facilitating common witness to the Christian Religion by member churches; and
b. working for Christian unity; and
c. offering advice and guidance to those running schools connected with member churches
2. to relieve financial hardship anywhere in the world by making grants from funds raised either directly by the group or by co-ordinated fundraising efforts by member churches.
a. participates in the life and work of Churches Together in England (CTE) as an intermediate body;
b. sponsors Local Ecumenical Partnerships (LEPs)
c. accepts affiliation of local Churches Together (CT) groups.
The denominations of the Christian Church that are members of CTHerts are:
The Central Baptist Association
The Church of England (Diocese of St Al bans)
The Methodist Church
(Bedfordshire., Essex and Hertfordshire District)
The United Reformed Church
(North Thames and East Midlands Provinces)
The Roman Catholic Church (Archdiocese of Westminster)
The Salvation Army
(Central South and London North East Divisions)
The Religious Society of Friends
The Coptic Orthodox Church
This website is provided as a public resource. Every effort is made to ensure accuracy, but we cannot be held responsible for errors and omissions or for any conclusions drawn from, or action taken as a result of material lodged here. Images used are either copyright to officers of Churches Together in Herts or are in the public domain.
The discussion forum is provided to allow dialogue on Christian ecumenical issues. The facility is moderated and we reserve the right to review and where necessary to remove postings which are not in accord with our aims and objectives. Inappropriate use of the forum will result in banning and reporting to the relevant authorities.
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