Churches Together regular events

The CTB annual service in January

Pauline Randall

People of the member churches meet for a united service in January during the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The 2019 service was held at the Church of St John the Divine, Outwood Common.

Pauline Randall, lay minister at Emmanuel Church led the service.

There was news from across Churches Together, including from Street Pastors, Rail Pastors, School Pastors. Forging Men, the Food Bank and the monthly High Street indoor market at St Mary Magdalen Church.

Pauline spoke of the complete unity for which Jesus prayed in St John's Gospel — that the world will come to know the good news of Jesus Christ. Group prayers focussed on the unity of the church and the nation.

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

World Day of Prayer

At Western Road Methodist Church

The Women's World Day of Prayer started over 130 years ago in North America as an international ecumenical Christian laywomen’s initiative. Now, known more simply as the 'World Day of Prayer', it is celebrated in 170 countries on the first Friday of March every year.

It encourages women to be aware of other countries and cultures, and demonstrates that prayer and action are inseparable. This year's focus was upon Slovenia, one of the smallest countries in Europe.

The 2019 Billericay service was led by Pauline Randall of Emmanuel Church, supported by women of other town churches.        More pictures.

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.

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 3rd March 2019