Christian Unity

Bible Society


Make Poverty History


The Diocese


The Deanery


Association for the Propagation of the Faith


St. Cuthmans

 

The Catenians




Christian Unity

Bible Society


Make Poverty History


The Diocese


The Deanery


Association for the Propagation of the Faith


St. Cuthmans


The Catenians







Christian Unity

Bible Society


Make Poverty History


The Diocese


The Deanery


Association for the Propagation of the Faith


St. Cuthmans


The Catenians








Christian Unity

Bible Society


Make Poverty History


The Diocese


The Deanery


Association for the Propagation of the Faith


St. Cuthmans

 

The Catenians

 

Christian Connections

Christian Unity

Introduction

That Christians will be united under the Pope “in our lifetime” has been predicted by Cardinal Cormac Murphy O’Connor. It would be he said, a unity of love and service not jurisdiction. The Parish of St. Joan of Arc seeks this unity of love and service with all Christians and with all peoples. We believe this unity is already in existence between Christians locally and will grow stronger, through the Holy Spirit and our efforts to live the Gospel message.

The Church.

We believe the Christian Church embraces all people who believe in Jesus Christ, believe he is the Son of God and that he died for us to redeem us from our sins and give us eternal life.

Visible Unity.

The Unity we are seeking is a unity of love and service for God, for all mankind and for all of God’s creation but it also includes unity of purpose – living and proclaiming the Gospel message. In as far as we live the Gospel message, we will be seen to be One United Church. If Christians really loved one another and all mankind (and for example always told the truth), they would be a visible entity in our society and the World.

The Big Issues e.g. the Eucharist, Jurisdiction.

We don’t believe the average Christian is occupied regarding Unity on the big issues. These matters are being addressed by the Church leaders. Today’s Christian has enough to do, living the Gospel message through his worship and daily life.

The Way Forward.

We should concentrate on living the Gospel message. Our different Christian traditions are precious and cherished, and we shouldn’t think of merging them. They record how individuals and groups have responded in different ways to God’s call. For most Christians their church and tradition is the main inspiration and motivation for their Christian life.

How do we interrelate with other churches?

We seek mutual understanding and respect with other traditions and look for opportunities to work together. At times we have differences. Saint Agustine said “Unity in essentials, Freedom in non essentials, Charity in all things.”

Jesus prayed:
“I ask that they may all be one, as you Father are in me and I am in you. May they also be one in us, so that the World will believe that you have sent me.”
(John 17, 20-21)

This means,

All Christians are called to be one as members of Christ’s body.
So the Good News can be seen by the World.
This is our Mission.

As supporters of Churches Together in Farnham we join with other Christians in a variety of activities including:

Interchurch Services,
Lent programs,
Good Friday Walk of Witness,
Christmas day lunch for people who would otherwise spend the day on their own.
Friday Focus Christian feature in the Farnham Herald.
Christmas Crib in Farnham Library.

Churches Together in Farnham. “Interchurch monthly prayer meeting on the 3rd Tuesday of each month, in St Joan’s Centre – half an hour starting at 10.30am.”

The Churches Together in Farnham website will be pleased to publish any Parish activity – please send info to Mary Clark.
secretary@churchestogetherinfarnham.org.uk

Links:

Churches Together in Farnham – www.ChurchesTogetherinFarnham.org.uk
Other Christian Churches in Farnham – www.ChurchesTogetherinFarnham.org.uk
See also Farnham Community Directory – Churches.
Farnham Christian Community Trust –www.fcct.org.uk

First Base - helping the homeless locally.


The Diocese

Catherine Martindale, Dialogue & Unity Adviser - Diocese of Arundel and Brighton Pastoral Team. catherine.martindale@dabnet.org 01293 651162 normal working days Tuesday - Thursday.


The Deanery

Ecumenical Co-ordinator:
Ann Edwards tel: 01252 405453

Terms of reference

  • To promote Christian Unity.
  • To foster good ecumenical relations and good local collaboration.
  • To deepen parishioners commitment to ecumenism by encouraging prayer and Christian action with other faith communities.
  • To liaise with the Deanery and Diocesan agencies for Christian Unity.

Make Poverty History

Remember the Jubilee 2000 Drop the Debt campaign? Make Poverty History campaigns on behalf of the World’s poorest nations for the cancellation of their debts to the Worlds richest nations. Many poor nations are spending more on interest payments on their debts than they are spending on health, sanitation, water and education. It is impossible for them to pay these debts and hundreds and thousands of people are dying from starvation and lack of any kind of medical care. Make Poverty History campaigns to tackle the root causes of poverty by canceling debt; as part of a package of practical help, to enable the poorest nations to support themselves.
Contact: Ann Scrase tel: 01252 651080.


Bible Society

The Bible Society began in 1804 when a group of committed Christians realised the importance of people all over the world having the opportunity to encounter God·s Word. 200years on, the Bible in complete or partial form (e.g. the Psalms or books from the New Testament), is available in over 2000 languages. The Bible Society works, in particular, to bring the Word of God to people in developing countries and in countries where Christianity is suppressed (e,g, China, Egypt). It is supported both by churches and over 130 Bible Societies around the world. Contact Dorothy McIntosh by email.


The Association for the Propagation of the Faith

The APF is active in the parish. Many parishioners have red collecting boxes in their homes. A good way to dispose of loose change. These are emptied quarterly by a member of the parish and a magazine detailing the work of the APF is delivered.

If you would like to help or have a box Contact: Sallie Wheater, APF Secretary by e-mail.


Friends of St Cuthmans

To help establish the future of our diocesan residential venue "to pray, read, reflect or just…be", a "Friends of St Cuthmans" has been formed; if you would like to become a Friend, contact St Cuthmans, Cowfold Road, Coolham, Horsham, West Sussex RH13 8QL Tel: 01403 741220 e-mail; stcuthmans@dabnet.org


Catenians (Faith, Family and Friendship) Welcome Catholic Men

The Catenians are an international association of Catholic lay men who meet socially every month to foster friendship and mutual support. They are organised into groups (known as Circles) - locally we have Guildford who meet on the 1st Wednesday, West Surrey who meet on the 1st Tuesday and Fleet who meet on the 2nd Wednesday. Cross visiting between Circles is frequent and much encouraged. Catenians are serious about their faith and involved in their parishes and their own charitable work; while fund raising is not the Catenian's raison d'etre, Catenians do raise money for the charity of their choice each year and contribute to a bursary fund to assist worthwhile youth initiatives; they also have their own benevolent fund to help members in need. Note that it is not a secret society, anyone that is interested is welcome to dine with us as our guests. There is no pressure to join: it is entirely up to the visitor to decide whether or not this is for them.

In addition to monthly meetings, events such as golf days, skittle matches, summer barbecues, theatre trips. visits to local attractions, etc. are organised. Wives and family are encouraged to take part and there are usually a number of ladies' lunches or dinners during the year.

For more information contact www.thecatenians.com or locally for West Surrey, http://myweb.tiscali.co.uk/tunstalls/westsurrey, Fleet, http://fleet-catenians.50webs.org/, and Guildford http://www.guildfordcatenians.org.uk/


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