THE WIDER CHURCH |
We join with churches of other denominations in
Churches Together in Petts Wood, through which we arrange united
services of worship and other activities. Our neighbouring Churches are,
working through Petts Wood approximately from West to East, St. James the Great,
(Catholic), the Methodist Church, St. Francis Parish Church (C. of E.),
the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Lutheran Church, Southborough Baptist Church and Poverest Baptist
World Church Links
We have links with churches in other countries in a variety of ways.
Through our contacts with the Council for World Mission, we have, over the
years, welcomed visitors from India, South Africa, Zambia, Ghana, Singapore and
Guyana, and we have contact with two of our former members, in Jerusalem and
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Our World Church and Society Working Group remind us regularly of the many links our members have had with various churches throughout the world and the local community.
We have had a "twinning arrangement" since 1988 with a
group of village churches in the Rhineland-Palatinate area of what was West
Germany, centred on Alsenz, with whom we arrange exchange visits. A successful exchange visit with our twin church in Alsenz, the Palatinate, took place 22-28 July 2008 with 15 official guests being hosted by members of Christ Church and a further six making private arrangements, joining in the programme as they were able. It was a delightful time, ending on a high note of celebrating 20 years of partnership in our Sunday morning worship and a barbeque buffet in the evening.
The Rev’d Ulrike Degen presented Christ Church with a large commemorative stone and in turn an engraved vase was presented to the Alsenz Church.
The twinning arrangement is an opportunity to learn and share with a different part of the World Church and we value the friendships that have developed over the years.
Christ Church also has links with St Paul's Church in Dessau in the former
East Germany. Some of us went there in 1997 to visit the church on our way to attend the
Kirchentag in Leipzig. Some of us travelled to Dessau again in 1999 for a Church Weekend
Bible seminar on the subject of 'Jubilee 2000'.
Four of our people from Petts Wood joined with folk from other local congregations in Kent
to visit Kirchentag 1999 in Stuttgart, and Berlin in 2003.
In common with other churches, we take seriously the teaching and example of
Jesus regarding care for those less fortunate than ourselves. We support the
work of Christian Aid through local house to house collections, and
special fund-raising events.
More than thirty years ago, the United Nations set its national governments a target of
Overseas Aid giving at 0.7% of G.N.P. At that time, Britain's own giving was
about 0.5%. **
To show solidarity with the developing countries, the U.R.C. set up an
annual 1% appeal for World Development, such that members were invited to
give 1% of their net disposable income for this cause. This appeal has now
been incorporated into the URC 'Commitment for Life' project. Through this work we have
a link with the Commitment for life – the two Partners we support are Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories and Zimbabwe.
** Over the past twenty years, Britain's Overseas Aid Budget has dwindled to
a mere 0.2% of G.N.P