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Churches Together in Hadleigh Constitution
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN HADLEIGH (CTiH) 2018
2018 has been an interesting and encouraging year for CTiH. It is committed, wherever possible, not to undertake separately what we can do together in the areas of learning, worship and community activity. The membership embraces the Benefices of Hadleigh, Elmsett & Raydon, together with Elmsett Methodist Church, St Joseph’s Roman Catholic Church, Hadleigh Salvation Army and the United Reformed Church. There is a planning group that meets monthly with representation from all the churches.
We were saddened during the year by the death of John Rye – a long standing supporter of CTiH and our secretary for several years
The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity in January usually begins the annual cycle. But in 2018 we strayed from the norm by holding the celebration in June. The Week’s reflections are prepared by a different country every year and in 2018 reflections came from Churches in the Caribbean. June seemed a better time to reflect this and so it proved – more daylight and better weather. It was launched by a Pulpit Exchange and Songs of Praise in St Marys, with music from the Boxted Methodist Silver Band and an address by Ken Donaldson from the Talitha Koum Refuge. The Week concluded with a United Service at which the speaker was Rev’d David Cornick, General Secretary of Churches Together in England.. During the week other events were held in the URC, Salvation Army, St Joseph’s, The Row Chapel and Elmsett Methodist Church. A particularly memorable event was held on the Saturday at the URC with a Steel Band, Caribbean barbecue, Limbo Dancing and a Tropical shirt competition. In 2019 The Week will again be held in June as it is being prepared by the Churches in Indonesia and somehow June seemed more appropriate. We are not alone in doing this as there are some hundred places in the country where this happens. In 2019 there will be a service in January at Elmsett Methodist Church to mark the International Week.
There were joint services held at various times of the year – A Walk of Witness on Good Friday and an Advent Service at the Salvation Army
A service was held in early May to promote Christian Aid Week. Events in support of the Week included a Big Breakfast at St Mary’s, a Soup lunch at the URC and a street collection at the Coop. The theme of the Lent York study course was “On the Third Day” with sessions held at the Salvation Army Hall. On a Saturday before Christmas we were again expecting to sing carols in the Co-op – but a mix up at head office meant we sang outside Partridges with gusto and great acclaim. In 2019 we have been promised that we shall be back in the warm! We were, however, able to sing carols at Morrisons.
There are 3 notable ecumenical activities that come under the CTiH umbrella. The Encounter group offers times of spiritual reflection several times a year. The silent prayer group does exactly what it says on the tin every Tuesday at the Salvation Army. A group continues to take, “Open the Book” into two primary schools on a monthly basis. In addition 2 Pancake Parties were held on Shrove Tuesday preceded by a Procession from the Row Chapel. The local Charities for 2017/18 are Talitha Koum and the Ipswich Winter Night Shelter.
Praying the Streets of Hadleigh has continued. The cards are distributed on a monthly cycle by St Mary’s, URC, St.Joseph’s and Hadleigh Baptist Church
All these occasions give Christians from different traditions opportunities to get to know each other, to learn from each other and grow together in a common faith even if it is expressed in differing ways. Don’t leave it to others – be part of it – you may surprise yourself!
- David Atkins moderator
Services at Care Homes and Sheltered Housing
Place Link Person Usual Monthly Worship
Sydney Brown Court Brian Hempstead (810171) 1st.Thursday, 10.30am
Canterbury House Revd Jo Delfgou (822218) 2nd Tuesday 10.30 am
Waterfield House Brian Hempstead (810171) 3rd Tuesday 3 pm
Magdalen House Jackie Cork (823739) residents
David Atkins (822535) day centre various