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Connecting with Other Churches

Our Partnership with the Methodist Church in Purton


We commit ourselves and our Churches -

  • to move through co-operation to clear commitment to each other, in search of the unity for which Christ prayed and in common evangelism and service to the world.
  • to engage in joint worship, prayer and study so that we may know and value each other and seek God's will for His people.
  • to work together in pastoral, social and evangelistic outreach into our community.
  • to publicise and promote our Church life and worship by joint means wherever possible.
  • to develop an Ecumenical Ministry Team for regular prayer, study, consultation and appropriate action.
  • to co-ordinate decision-making and use of resources through a Partnership Enabling Group comprising the Ecumenical Ministry Team, two stewards/churchwardens from each church, two lay representatives appointed by and from each participating congregation, and, by specific invitation of the Partnership Enabling Group, lay representatives of other traditions in the partnership.
  • to ensure that each ordained or lay appointment to the Ecumenical Ministry Team, although made by the appropriate denomination, will be appointed according to the agreed procedures laid down by the Sponsoring Body.
  • to set specific targets under each of the above headings and review progress annually and to express our achievements and aspirations in a united act of worship and rededication, marking the anniversary of the signing of the covenant.