Churches Together regular events

The CTB annual service in January

David Bagwell

People of the member churches meet for a united service in January during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The 2018 service was held at Queens Park Community Church, part of Billericay Methodist Church.

The service followed what is now an established pattern for CTB united services—worship, news-sharing and group prayer. Methodist Church minister, the Rev David Bagwell led the service and reviewed matters recently discussed at the annual general meeting earlier in the month.

Spokesmen for Schools Ministry Billericay, Street Pastors and Forging Men described their groups' present activities and plans for the future.

The focus for prayer was the persecution now suffered by Christians in North Korea.

CTB also arranges Sunday evening united services in alternate months throughout the year.

CTB at Rotary Club Soapbox Derby

Sun Corner at the Soapbox Derby

The Soapbox Derby is a Billericay Rotary Club community and charity fund raising event on the Early May Bank Holiday. In 2018 Churches Together occupied its own marquee.

The weather was very hot and families from Billericay and beyond came along in vast numbers—about 10,000 people in all. Volunteers from local churches were there as helpers, assisted by our street pastors.

Children made soapbox vehicles from cardboard, had their face painted, and joined in a huge range of games—all for free because God's love is free to all. Older folk wrote personal prayers on heart-shaped cards, then added them to our prayer tree.

All in all it was a fabulous day.

CTB at the Essex Country Fair

Traction engines at Barleylands

CTB was present at the popular Country Fair at Barleylands for over 20 years. But the event in September 2016 was the last because owners of the Barleylands estate were unable to absorb rising operating costs and because fewer craftsmen and traders were exhibiting.

Easter & Christmas street drama

Drama on the streets of Billericay is a 2017 innovation for CTB. People of local churches enact events linked to the first Easter and Christmas in short sketches at various locations near to the High Street. Some sketches tell the stories of the Passion or Nativity; others are amusing yet thought-provoking.

Sadly, the 2017 Christmas event had to be cancelled but street dramas will return in 2018.

Carol singing at the Christmas market

Carol singing at the Christmas market

Choirs from the churches combine to sing carols at St Mary Magdalen Church during the Christmas market in the High Street. Tea, coffee and mince pies are offered to members of the public who enter the church to listen to the music.

The Christmas market is arranged by Billericay Mayflower Rotary Club and the 2017 event was held on Sunday 3rd December from 11.00am to 5.00pm.

Hear carol singing at the 2012 Christmas market

This page was last updated on 9th May 2018