About Churches Together in Basildon
Churches Together in Basildon is a fellowship of churches which confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and therefore seeks to fulfil together their common calling to the glory of the one God; Father Son and Holy Spirit.
Our vision is that in Basildon every knee shall bow and every tongue confess that Jesus is Lord to the Glory of God the Father.
Our objective is to enable the churches to bear a more united witness in the community and to serve it more effectively and enable to churches to do together those things that they are not able to do so well on their own.
CTB holds four general meetings a year where the church leaders and representatives can come and discuss the programme of events for the year. Each church may have two representatives other than the church leader who can take part in the meetings and additional people may come as observers.
These meetings generally take place on a Monday evening. These Church leaders and their representatives receive notice of the meetings and minutes of the proceedings by email or by post if they have no email address. Member churches can ask for items of interest or concern to be put on the agenda of the meeting or bring items up under any other business.
Members pay an annual subscription of £50. This covers our expenses of printing, insurance, copyright licence, data protection etc. Any monies left over at the end of the year are distributed to our linked charities.
CTB Programme of Events
CTB arranges a series of joint events for the churches of the town to take part in.
- Three Celebrations a year on a Sunday evening, one in January, one around the time of Pentecost in May, and one in late September. Thse are times of celebrating together.
- Three times a year we have a prayer breakfast or lunch giving an opportunity to remember God’s work in the town and in the wider community.
- Seasonal events reflecting the church’s year. The walk of Witness in the town on Good Friday, with sunrise services early on Easter morning; in December we sing carols in Eastgate between 1 and 3pm usually the second Sunday in December and on Christmas eve around the wards at Basildon Hospital.
All our programmes are on hold at present until the covid 19 epidemic regulations are eased and meetings together in large numbers are possible again.
CTB also looks after various activities to serve the community and bring the Christian message to different parts of the community.
The School’s Team Ministry works in almost all the primary schools in the Basildon area taking assemblies. They employ an employed worker workers and also have a voluntary team who bring puppet based assemblies to the younger children.
Project 58.7: Feeding the Homeless
There are teams of workers who provide hot meals and fellowship for the homeless five nights a week. This service continues through the Covid 19 Pandemic
In the winter CTB provides nightly accommodation in various church halls so that the homeless will have somewhere warm to sleep.
The Drop in Centre:
On a Friday night a drop in centre is provided for lonely and isolated people at the United Reformed Church in Honeypot Lane. Every week there is a nice meal and activities so that people can have a time of fellowship together.Te drop In Centre is not able to function during the covid 19 pandemic.
CAP Christians against Poverty:
CTB has a team of trained counsellors who offer advice on financial management.
We have links with the Trussle Foodbank.
Basildon has its own team of Street pastors that are out in the town centre on Friday Nights helping people in trouble. Members of CTB also help at the bus that visits the Festival Leisure on Saturday nights to provide help for people when needed.