The AGM of Churches Together was held on Sunday 13th May at 17.45 at Hutton and Shenfield Union Church.
The Member Churches are:
Hutton Parish (all Saints with St Peters)
Hutton and Shenfield Union Church
Hutton Free Church
Hope Community Church
St Joseph The Worker Catholic Church
The Parish Church of St Mary The Virgin
RCCG Shining Light
RCCG Brentwood Grace Centre
Religious Society of Friends
A brief summary:
The meeting was opened by the Chair, Gamel Byles who introduced the representatives from the above churches with apologies from those not able to be there. In his report Gamel welcomed new members Grace Church on 12th November 2017. Monthly committee meetings are held on the first Monday in each month. Our MP Alex Burghart has joined us on 2 occasions and we were impressed by his kindness and support.
CTHS presence was evident at the Christmas Fair when Goody Bags containing a Christmas message were handed out to children. It is planned to have a Christmas leaflet available with details of all the churches events for visitors.
Good Friday Walk of Witness was well attended but it is planned to make this a little later in the morning in 2019 to reach more people.
Christmas and Easter leaflet remains crucial part of getting the Word into local homes and it will be the policy to continue to invest time and money into this.
Joint services during Christian Aid week, Remembrance Sunday, and during the week of Christian Unity. This continue to develop as interdenominational with all churches taking part. The recommendation is to to continue to hold these in the coming year.
The new Secretary Eve Byles gave her report. Fuller details of all these with the Financial statement can be had from the Secretary.
The AGM was preceded by tea and refreshments kind supplied by Hutton & Shenfield Union Church
After the AGM a Service was held in Church for Christian Aid. The organiser for Essex, Neil Roper spoke of the awful plight of those mad homeless by natural disasters. He shed a video of some of the damage caused by hurricane Matthew in 2016 which killed 234 people in Haiti and left hundreds homeless. what is not appreciated is these displace by such disasters are nit Refugees as they want to remain in the own country but are therefor not covered by UN Refugee help. We posted prayers on paper “bricks” to be presented to Teresa May and signed a petition asking for her intervention into the awful plight of these people.
A choir from Grace Church sang “It’s who I am . . It’s who you are” which was very moving.