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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 acknowledge God’s revelation in Christ, and confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the scriptures. In obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit, they 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.
The Forum is led by several appointed officers, these are currently:
Janet Smith - chair 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.
- Vice Chair:
Rev. Andy Murphy - vicechair at harboroughchurches.org.uk
In his church work, Andy’s calling and passion is to “build up the body of Christ” – so that every person may find a welcome and a place within God’s family, and every disciple grow to their full potential, with God’s help. He is passionate about good worship, thoughtful study of the Bible, creative liturgy, and the church being primarily a caring community: reaching out to meet the needs of all, within and outside of our congregation. Andy believes the Church of Christ is God’s chosen vehicle to renew the world and transform human hearts, through sharing the love of Jesus in acts of mercy, forgiveness, healing and social justice. Andy originates from County Durham, and cherishes his Geordie roots, keeping a keen interest in his beloved Newcastle United. He is a published hymn-writer and contributes studies for the Methodist daily bible study (“A Word in Time”).
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