About Churches Together
Many Churches, one purpose
There are many different Christian churches and denominations, but all have the same basic calling:- to worship God, to share the good news about Jesus Christ and to work for the good of all people.
So they often need to work together - and to co-ordinate the work they each do separately. When they do, they are acting as Churches Together. But being Churches Together means more than that. It means commitment by each church and denomination to deepen its fellowship with the others, and - without losing what makes each interestingly different - to work with them towards a greater visible unity.
To help the churches live as Churches Together, local groups have been created to ease their way, of which ours is one. We come under the banner of Churches Together in Surrey (although we are in Hampshire - don't ask!) which in turn falls within Churches Together in Britain and Ireland.
Churches Together has been on a journey from meeting together to build fellowship to share the gospel with the town. The purpose of our unity is to engage in mission around the 5 marks of mission agreed by Churches Together in Britain & Ireland and various international Christian gatherings:
1. To proclaim the good news of the Kingdom
2. To teach, baptise and nurture new believers
3. To respond to human need by loving service
4. To seek to transform unjust structures of society
5. To strive to safeguard the integrity of creation
Here's a prayer from a prayer meeting written by a Roman Catholic which sums up this thinking:
We thank you for all the opportunities we have been given to work together as "one body in Christ" in our service and witness in this town. We ask forgiveness for the times we have chosen to go our own way and ask you Lord to open our hearts and our minds - and the hearts and minds of all Christians in Fleet and Church Crookham - to a greater urgency to work together to spread the Good News. Lord in your mercy
Hear our Prayer."