CTB Policies

CTB Policies

The trustees have written a number of policies in line with the recommendations of the Charity Commission:-

Date Protection

Equal Opportunities

Health and Safety

Safeguarding

Privacy notice

We have put these onto the Website each on a seperate page. More information can be optained via email address dhdonoghue@aol.com

Walk of Witness 2019

2019 Walk of Witness

The Walk of Witness took place on Good Friday 19th April 2019. There was a really good turn out on a warm sunny day in contrast to the cold bleak drizzly day last year. We all appreciated the better weather when Easter is late. This year we had to have a new venue for the drama in the town as our old venue is closed for building work. This year we walked to St Martin’s church and the drama took place in front of the Bell Tower. As always the drama was very moving. Everybody joined in the singing as the small band played the famous hymns. The people who run the ‘Table’ regularly in the Town Centre had put up their gazebo and were serving welcome cups of coffee afterwards. If you have any pictures for publication here on this post please email them to norseyhound@aol.com.  I have no pictures to use on this post as I was playing the saxophone!

CTB Christmas 2018

Carol Singing at Eastgate

Here’s what Paul William’s (Salvation Army) write up for the Eastgate centre and see  photo (courtesy of George Watts – Manor Mission) attached.

“On Sunday 9 December, members of Churches Together in Basildon (CTB) joined together to sing Christmas carols in the Eastgate Centre. It was good, amidst the hustle and bustle of the shopping centre, to share the Christmas message that God has become one of us in the person of Jesus. The Salvation Army, who provided a brass band, raised £249.03 towards its Christmas efforts which included food hampers, presents for children and a meal on Christmas Day for those who would otherwise have nowhere to go. The Salvation Army thanks the customers of the Eastgate Centre for their generosity and all member churches of CTB wish all shoppers a blessed Christmas.”

The Carol Singing at Hesten Lodge Day Centre for adults with learning disabilities, Benfleet went well and the contact there said:

“Thanks for visiting us and giving us a great time, God bless you, we loved it xx”

Carol singing also took olace round the wards at Basildon Hospital.

 

CTB Christmas

Members of CTB were at the Eastgate Centre carol singing on the second Sunday in December. Illness had hit the regular Salvation Army Band and so we formed a composite band. Members of the regular Walk of Witness players joined with some of the Salvation Atmy band to play for the carols. We had anew arrangement for the singers who stood with their backs to the escalator so they faced the crowd. Everybody thought it worked better liekthis and we will continue to do this next year. We gave out 300 leaflets with details of the special Christmas events in the churches.

The Sleepout 2019

 

PROJECT 58:7 (CHURCHES TOGETHER IN BASILDON)

 

SPONSORED SLEEP-OUT/IN

The sponsored sleep in/out takes place the first Friday night in Dcember. Hardy individuals agree to sleep out in the church garden to raise sponsor money for Project 58.7 Feeding the Homeless. Following the last sleep out we raised £6000 with  £1300 of Gift Aid. This forms almost all of our income for the year.

With the rules in place because of the Covid 19 pandemic we may be unable to run the Sleepout this year and may need to think up a new fund raising event to raise our income for next year.

Information about the Sleepout and about 58.7 generally can be obtained by ringing 07958 714290 or email norseyhound@aol.com.

 

 

 

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Church Links Officer

 CHURCH LINKS OFFICER

The church links officer Jenny Williams has been appointed recently. She is  preparing for the opening of the new Basilddon Market in November of this year. This is a wonderful opportunity for the churches to be involved in the town because they will have a market stall on the new market where people will be able to stop and chat, maybe have a cup of coffee and find out what Churches Together is involved with. The market stall will need volunteers from the churches. You can contact jenny on email; shelterlinks16@gmail.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

STM Sponsored Walk

Its time to get the rest of the money in from last year’s walk ready to begin to prepare fro this year’s walk.

 

 

STM’s sponsored Walk 2016

Ever since 2009 STM have held a sponsored walk to raise money for the STM running costs. This year was no exception.

IMG_9328 (2)Another 10 mile walk completed for STM. All the arrangements were in place as we met at Swan Mead for the 7th STM sponsored walk. We’d got our lunches and our water, our waterproofs and our sensible walking shoes. At 10.30am 14 people 4 dogs and one child in push chair set off.

The weather was good and by the time we got to Northlands park the sun was quite hot so we sat down outside the cafe for an ice cream.

The walk from Swan Mead towards Northlands park took us up to the industrial road and and then eastwards and involved much road crossing. There were plenty of bridges mostly with ramps which suited the walkers and provided good views of the areas round about, (and the roads). In two hours we were back at Swan Mead for lunch.

 

It rained most of the time we ate our lunches. bBy the time we set off for the second half of the route the rain had eased to a drizzle. Some of the party were too tired to continue and we were down to one dog in the afternoon. Rowleigh appreciated all the training he had put in to complete the walk. This time we walked towards town taking advantage of the many paths away from the main roads. We followed the Laindon Link westwards til we reached Stanway where we turned back up the Knares. Mark simplified the route here to avoid the open land around the golf course as it has become too wet and muddy. We were soon on the home straight. The rain had stopped and we were able to take off some of our waterproofs. Anna awaited us back at Swan Mead with the traditional tea and cakes. Everyone had the satisfaction of having completed the ten miles. The next task is to collect up the sponsor money.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pentecost Praise in the Park

Pentecost praise in the Park

This year’s Pentecost Praise took place at Wat Tyler Country Park on 9th June 2019. The weather was rather cold and bleak and there was a little rain during the meeting.  There were Christian bands to listen to from some of the local churches. morning services and brought a picnic. Others went home and collected their dogs.  The afternoon was rounded off by a short celebration service. St John’s Langdon Hills provided the music for the worship and Rick Harvey, pastor of Living Word Community Church spoke about Pentecost. Everybody had a great time and the park has been booked for Pentecost Sunday next year. If you have any pictures you would like to publish on this page please send them to me on CTBasildon@aol.com.

Living Word relaxes as the bands playHeartfelt singingBasildon Community Choir