18 January 2018: A Salvadoran Cross that is a now an icon of Christian unity was dedicated and placed in the World Council of Churches’ Chapel in Geneva, Switzerland on the first day of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.
Oakley LEP recently celebrated their 20th anniversary
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Churches Together in Biggleswade had a stall at the Christmas Fair. Biggleswade Christmas Fair 2017
The Churches Together group for Central Bedford gathered together on 29 October in the historic church of St Paul to mark the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the reformation with a service giving thanks to God for times of renewal and reform throughout Christian history. The service was led by Fr Kevin Goss, Vicar of St Paul’s, and readings were read by ministers or representatives from local Roman Catholic, Salvation Army, Anglican churches, as well as from the Miracle Church of God in Christ and the local Society of Friends Meeting. A organ voluntary was played in the middle of the service (acknowledging the tradition of many European Reformed Churches) and this was followed by a time of silence (honouring Quaker practice). The Central Bedford Churches Together group has recently decided to meet for worship together on fifth Sundays in the month when they occur and further deepen their mutual life of prayer and praise.
Bedford Council of Faiths was relaunched with a new logo
CHURCHES TOGETHER IN SOUTH BEDFORD
– Dame Julian of Norwich
""In October last year at our Churches Together meeting, Rev Stephen Smith of St Mary’s Cardington, one of our members, spoke to us about the life of Dame Julian of Norwich
Welcome… on behalf of Churches Together in Bedfordshire.
Bedfordshire is geographically small with a large and diverse population. Throughout the county, from the largest of towns to the smallest of villages, the Christian church is active. Because of our shared Christian faith, the churches in many areas of the county are forming deeper relationships and working more closely together to serve our local communities in a wide variety of ways.
Churches Together in Bedfordshire encourages these closer relationships through its vision that Christian mission and Christian unity belong together. Our County Ecumenical Development Officer, Anita Nancollas, works to support this vision, and would be very pleased to work with you in encouraging shared mission through Christian unity in your area of Bedfordshire.
I hope that you will find lots of useful information here about how the churches in Bedfordshire are committed to worshipping and working together in Christian faith. You can help to make this website even more helpful and informative by sharing your ‘Good News’ stories and asking us to publicise events and activities for you – so, please get in touch (see the Contact us section).
Whatever it is that brings you to this website, Churches Together in Bedfordshire hopes that you find your visit helpful, and we pray that God will bless you.
Rev. Andrew Hollins
(Chair, Churches Together in Bedfordshire)
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Church Leaders send sincere condolences - Statement in response to the Finsbury Park attack, 19 June 2017
We were shocked to learn of the brutal attack on worshippers leaving the Finsbury Park mosque in the early hours of this morning. We unreservedly condemn all acts of violence which seek to undermine our society and foster hatred and intolerance.
Jesus came among us as the Prince of Peace, and in his name and for his sake, we stand in solidarity with our Muslim friends.
We remember in our prayers those who have been injured.
We pray for the leaders of our communities and nation, and for those who work in our emergency services.
We pray too for those who perpetrate such acts that God may touch their hearts and minds with his love, forgiveness and compassion.
19 June 2017
London mayor Sadiq Khan, Cardinal Vincent Nichols and Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis pose for a selfie (Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales/Mazur)
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