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 2016 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.
This new event replaces 'Fun in the Park' of past years, and was held on the afternoon of Sunday 14th June in Lake Meadows Park.
Last year's Fun in the Park on 29th June started in warm sunshine with many people ready for the fun from the start. There were tea cup rides, bouncy castles and other inflatables in variety, face painting, flower arranging, climbing wall, craft activities, classic cars on display and of course bargain-price cream teas. The rides were free and this was popular with parents and children, although many offered donations in appreciation.
The illusionist performed his tricks and we were most impressed with his ‘mind-reading’. The Billericay Community Choir sang for us as did the Chernobyl children from Ukraine. As the afternoon progressed flower arrangers exhausted their buckets of flowers, face painters laboured through the queues of children waiting patiently and cream teas sold out. Umbrellas had to be used at times.
The concluding service included some rousing songs led by the band Taste and 15 new Street Pastors were dedicated, making a total of 45 now available for High Street duties.
Family picnics amid fun & games
Summerfest is Billericay Mayflower Rotary Club's summer community and charity fund raising event—and CTB is usually there with its own marquee.
It is held at Sun Corner and attracts over 3,000 visitors. There are displays and stalls presented by farmers, charities, community groups and traders. Children will enjoy the many rides and games on offer.
Last year's event was held on Sunday 12th July.
In the Summerfest CTB marquee
Churches Together operates from a marquee at this immensely popular fair at Barleylands and it offers face painting, a lucky dip, a raffle, refreshments and other attractions—all free!
Last year's fair was held on 12-13th September.
Children meet a clown at the CTB marquee
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.
Carol singing at the 2012 Christmas market
This page was last updated on 18th February 2017