Community

Churches Together in Charlbury


Welcome to the community page for Churches Together in Charlbury

We aim to encourage shared worship and prayer, learning, service and evangelism, with each church sharing with others the treasures of its tradition.

Membership is open to any church in Charlbury whose parent body is a full member church of the body known as "Churches Together in England". You can visit our website at www.churchestogether.org/charlbury


Churches Together in England is the national body set up by the churches in 1990, and has partner bodies in Scotland, Wales and Ireland. Churches Together in Britain and Ireland is the successor body to the British Council of Churches, and co-ordinates the work of the four nations.

Churches Together in England is 'A visible sign of the Churches' commitment as they seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another, and proclaim the Gospel together by common witness and service. Its strength comes from people from different traditions finding new ways to work and worship together'. You are welcome to join us on the journey.

There are five churches in Charlbury and all are represented on the Churches Together in Charlbury Committee which meets every two months to discuss and coordinate activities as well as to support each other. The Chairmanship rotates around the churches - the current Chair is Ann Davidson from St Mary's Church.

Baptist Church www.charlbury.info/community/34?category=8
Methodist Church www.charlbury.info/community/59?category=8
St Mary's Church of England Church www.charlbury.info/community/37?category=8
St Teresa's Roman Catholic Church www.charlbury.info/community/75?category=8
Quakers www.charlbury.info/community/44?category=8

REFUGEE CRISIS

The CTC website has links to statements from church leaders on the refugee crisis as well as useful info to help people respond in the best way.

Christians in Charlbury from all churches are praying and working together to offer help.
www.churchestogether.org/charlbury/

UP-COMING EVENTS

Holiday Club for children supported by CTC takes place in St Mary's Church August 1st - 4th. This year themed "Watt-a-lot Castle: Knights in action !" Tuesday 1st to Friday 4th August 10am to 12.30pm. All school children aged 4 to 11 years are invited to join us for lots of fun, songs and craft.
£10 per child, £8 per additional sibling. To book a place email parishoffice@stmaryscharlbury.co.uk or call 810230.

Street Fair Saturday 16th September. CTC will have a stall selling homemade produce, proceeds to the Corner House and Memorial Hall and CTC supported charities.

AGM 2017 will be held on Sunday 22nd October in St Mary's Church preceded by a service for One World Week led by the Quakers.

RECENT EVENTS

AGM 2016 was held in October in the St Mary's Church preceded by a service for One World Week. Ann Davidson from the St Mary's Church took over the chair from Sue Tokumine. Rosalind Scott remains as secretary.

Women's World Day of Prayer - Friday 3rd March at 11am. A service was held in the Baptist Church led by the Methodists and followed by the Lent lunch in the Methodist Church upper room.

Lent lunches - Bread, cheese and homemade soup on Fridays from 3 March to 7 April, 12 to 2 pm.

'Only One Earth' - a series of illustrated talks on environment and faith and the theme of stewardship for our world on Tuesdays from 7th March to 4th April at 8 pm in St Mary's Church.

Walk of Witness - Good Friday, 14th April, met at 10.15 am on the Playing Close and finishing at St Mary's at 11 am.

United Service for Christian Aid Week, in St Teresa's Church, Sunday 21st May at 3pm am followed by tea in the Methodist upper room.

OTHER EVENTS

There are many events which happen in Charlbury organised by CTC :

Three of our churches are drop off points for the North Oxfordshire Community Foodbank Donations of store cupboard food (with a 6-month use by date) are welcomed for distribution to families in need within our area.
There is a donation point at the Baptist Church, the Methodist Church and St Mary's Church. However, food parcel collections need to be collected from Charlbury Baptist Church. For further information contact Helen email : charlburybaptistchurch@gmail.com
Please note that all five Charlbury Churches contribute and donations can be received from anyone.

There are three United Services a year, in January for Christian Unity, in May for Christian Aid and in October for One World Week and they are hosted in rotation between the five denominations. United Services are usually held at 9.45 am in St Mary's Church. This is convenient as the Catholics and Quakers can still attend their own services. On 22nd January the United Service was led by the Baptist Church at St Mary's Church for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity 2017 and was themed 'Reconciliation'

Lent Talks Each year the CTC arranges a series of talks.

The theme of our talks for 2016 was 'MINDFUL JOURNEYS' and explored aspects of pilgrimage.

The theme of the 2015 Lenten series was 'SPIRITUAL HEROES'The talks looked at significant people who have helped to shape the cultural foundation of these islands. We discovered not only why these heroes were so influential in former times but also how even today we can listen and enrich our lives by what they have to say.

The theme of the 2014 Lenten series was 'CHRISTIANITY IN ACTION: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE WORLD'

The theme of the 2013 Lenten series was 'FIVE PATHWAYS : EXPLORING CHRISTIAN TRADITION IN CHARLBURY'.

All talks were recorded and are available online at St Mary's Church website:
www.charlburychurch.co.uk/index.php/news-a-events/recordings

Lent Lunches take place 12 - 2 each Friday in Lent with each church hosting a lunch for the community serving home made soups.

Womens' World Day of Prayer takes place in March each year and is a time of prayer and reflection put together by women from a different country each year.

Christian Aid Week All churches share in the house to house collection for Christian Aid in May.

Church Friends
This initiative welcomes new people to Charlbury with a welcome pack explaining where all the nearest shops can be found. It also contains an information map of the town and details of organisations and churches. There are 53 people listed as Church Friends throughout Charlbury but this still does not cover the whole of the town. They are always looking for new people to cover a street, so if you think you might be bale to help please contact Liz Tait 01608 810 150.

Street Fair
Churches Together all band together to run the Home made and home grown stall at Street Fair, mid September.The money raised goes half to the Corner House and Memorial Hall and half to the many activities and charities that CTC support. This may be to the latest disaster fund but is often to local charitable initiatives in Charlbury itself.

Last updated: Mon 10 Jul

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