A happy summer season to you all. We hope that this year you will be able to enjoy community events together and times of rest and refreshment. If you would like to advertise your events please email our administator Heather with poster for our churches together facebook or the web.
We will before you know it be making plans for Christmas, but enjoy the summer to come.
Prayer for Ukraine
God of peace and justice,
we pray for the people of Ukraine today.
We pray for peace and the laying down of weapons.
We pray for all those who fear for tomorrow,
that your Spirit of comfort would draw near to them.
We pray for those with power over war or peace,
for wisdom, discernment and compassion to guide their decisions.
Above all, we pray for all your precious children, at risk and in fear,
that you would hold and protect them.
We pray in the name of Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
Archbishop Justin Welby
Archbishop Stephen Cottrell
Team Vicar of The Church of the Resurrection
Grovehill and Woodhall Farm
Revd Austin – Chair of Churches Together in Hemel
Revd Austin Janes
Chair of CTHH
Statement on the conflict in Ukraine from CTE
15 March 2022
CTE Forum is the broadest gathering of churches and Christian organisations in England, gathering 52 national member churches, Christian organisations and intermediate ecumenical bodies. Meeting at The Hayes, Swanwick on 14 – 16 March 2022, the Ukrainian crisis was an urgent priority alongside its planned programme considering ‘Reconciling Hope
— A Broken Church for a Broken World’.
The Presidents of CTE and the Fourth Presidency Group made this statement on behalf of the whole of Forum.
As 300 delegates from 52 national Member Churches, numerous Christian organisations and ecumenical bodies from across England, we call for the immediate cessation of hostilities, the withdrawal of invading forces and the observance of the Geneva Conventions.
In this holy season of Lent, we call upon churches everywhere to campaign for an immediate end to the war in Ukraine, and to proclaim the dignity of every human life, whatever its nationality.
We welcome and commend the extraordinary efforts of countries neighbouring Ukraine in receiving refugees from the war and call on the UK and the whole of Europe to follow their example. We support every measure to protect the most vulnerable.
We commit ourselves to pray for the nations of Russia and Ukraine, our own Government and people, and for all who find themselves refugees, or bereaved, wounded or destitute. May Christ have mercy upon our world.
The purpose of Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead
In 2012 representatives of member organisations met to refresh our vision
We agreed our purpose was to:
- Provide a common voice for member churches when engaging with the wider community including the Borough Council and other statutory authorities.
- Facilitate communication between member churches and between churches and the wider community.
- Encourage partnership work between the churches, and churches with the wider community; this includes helping to identify activity that is done better together than separately and encouraging and assisting the delivery of that activity; it also includes shared worship and learning opportunities.
- Support each member church at the heart of community proclaiming by its words and demonstrating by its deeds the love of God.
Churches Together in Hemel is made up of representatives from most of the churches in Hemel Hempstead. For more info on the church please look under Find a Church. Churches Together in Hemel Hempstead (CTHH) is a network of churches within Hemel Hempstead. CTHH has an agreed vision and purpose. In the wider circle CTHH is a part of Churches Together in Hertfordshire. For more information on Churches Together in Herts please see their website.
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Information on Churches Together in England.