Churches Together around Hampton (CTAH)

Churches Together around Hampton (CTAH)


St James’s Church is a member of Churches Together around Hampton (CTAH) which is part of the wider Churches Together in England (CTIE). The latter came into existence in 1990 to bring together different Christian denominations at the local level. For the first time there was a body representing a wide range of churches: Anglican, Black-led, Free Churches, Orthodox, Roman Catholic, as well as many smaller churches.

Nine churches belong to Churches Together around Hampton - two Roman Catholic, four Anglican, one Baptist, one Methodist and one United Reformed Church - each enjoying their own tradition, but also seeking to work together.

Clergy from the member churches meet together several times during the year. Forum meetings, with lay representatives from the churches, are sometimes arranged and there is an AGM once a year.

Clergy from the member churches are on a rota for services at Laurel Dene and Marling Court and they always appreciate it when others can join them. Hot cross buns have been handed out to morning commuters at Hampton and Fulwell railway stations on the Tuesday in Holy Week. Services of shared worship are hosted by the different member churches and there is often an outdoor witness at Easter or Christmas.

Following the AGM at All Saints Church in January 2019, there was a Songs of Praise service with favourite hymns chosen by a representative from each of the churches. Everyone spoke so well about the reasons for their choice and it was a very special time of shared worship to celebrate the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
The Women’s World Day of Prayer is held on the first Friday of March, the order of service being devised by women from a particular country and used throughout the world on that day. Here, the service is held in one of the CTAH churches, with active participation from all the churches. This year it was lovely to host the event at St James’s and a highlight of the service was the handing out of beautifully made paper red carnations. Please talk to Catherine Gash or Linda Webb if you would like to be involved in the organising group for this annual service.

Find out more

Churches Together Around Hampton (external website)

Contact

Ann Peterken on 020 8891 5862