People of the member churches meet for a united service in January during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The 2016 service was held at the United Reformed Church in Chapel Street.
Church elder and Billericay street pastor, Kenton Church conducted worship and introduced members of organisations sponsored by CTB.
Maggie Smith spoke of the work of Street Pastors and of the goodwill shown by businesses, and revellers, in the High Street when pastors are on duty at weekends and on bank holidays.
Sue Horspole discussed the ongoing work of Billericay Schools Ministry (SMB) and of the excellent cooperation between SMB and local schools. Lorraine Harris, CTB treasurer, introduced its new annual diary of events—now published on this website.
The 2017 united service was held on Sunday 22nd January at The Most Holy Redeemer Church in Laindon Road. The 2018 service will be held at Queens Park Community Church on 21st January.
At the Soapbox Derby
The Soapbox Derby is a Billericay Rotary Club community and charity fund raising event in May. CTB is there with its own marquees, and there were two marquees in 2017 — with a prayer tree, a Mothers' Union stand, a free children’s raffle, face painting, iced biscuits and crafts. There were also outdoor games and activities. All were free because God’s love is free to all!
The marquees were surrounded by hay bales, where many families spent their lunch. A great time was had by all at a fun fund-raising event. Billericay Rotary Club raised over £20,000 for local charities.
The Soapbox Derby will return on Monday 7th May 2018.
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.
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 has had to be cancelled but street dramas will return in 2018.
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 will be on Sunday 3rd December from 11.00am to 5.00pm.
This page was last updated on 14th November 2017