The Christian Community in the Market Harborough area
Churches Together in Harborough is associated with Churches Together in England through Churches Together in Leicestershire. It unites those churches within and surrounding the town of Market Harborough which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures; and in obedience to God’s will and, in the power of the Holy Spirit, commit themselves to seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is His body and to fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in His world, to the glory of the one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
Our objectives are:
- To be a visible sign of the churches commitment to one another
- To facilitate common witness to Christ
- To respond to the needs of the community in shared service and outreach where this is appropriate
The organisation has a Constitution, and meets together as a Forum at least 4 times a year. The dates of forthcoming meetings, together with agendas and minutes from previous meetings can be found by following this page link: Forum meetings.
We are looking for more volunteers to help serve on our committee, for more information please see CTH Descriptions of Roles.
The Forum is led by several appointed officers, these are currently:
Rev. Stephen Haward - chair at harboroughchurches.org.uk Tel. (01858) 467378.
Stephen is Minister of Market Harborough Congregational Church. He has previously served churches in Wandsworth, Suffolk and Glasgow and as National Youth Director for the Congregational Federation. He has three small grand-daughters, and is patiently cultivating in them a love of railway engines. Stephen hopes to strengthen the sense of Churches Together in Harborough as one family in Christ, caring for and supporting one another.
- Vice Chair:
Janet Smith - vicechair at harboroughchurches.org.uk
Janet is part of the Leadership Team at Market Harborough Baptist Church. She has a passion for social justice and has been actively involved for many years in the Harborough Action for Justice and Peace Group and volunteers for a Christian charity delivering a prison course based on restorative justice principles. Janet is married with a grown-up son and daughter and hopes through Churches Together to see a building on the unity and strength of relationships that already exist between the different church traditions in our town, so that God’s name continues to be glorified, and His love demonstrated in a variety of practical ways.
Derek Williams - communications at harboroughchurches.org.uk
Derek attends St Dionysius Church where, among other things, he organises the weekly Saturday morning Thought for the Day at 11.00 a.m. An ordained minister, before retirement he was the Bishop of Peterborough's Administrator and Press Officer. Much of his working life was spent as a writer, journalist, editor and PR adviser with a number of Christian agencies. He blogs Christian reflections occasionally at gentlerword.blogspot.com.
- Treasurer & Christian Aid Representative:
Rose Williams - treasurer at harboroughchurches.org.uk / christianaid at harboroughchurches.org.uk
Rose is currently the Treasurer for Churches Together in Harborough, having served as Secretary for 4 years prior to that. She is a member of the Baptist Church and has been for the past 12 years. She has two sons who have both been through university and are working in Leicester. CTH has been very important in Rose's life for many years, even before moving into Market Harborough, and hopes and prays that the small differences in our churches do not prevent our working together for our Lord in our town.
- Accounts Examiner:
- Katherine Bentley