Churches Together - local and world family
'Churches Together' can be found at local & town, county & city, 'four nations' and at the world wide level. It is all about relationships and each expression of 'Churches Together' has been established by the churches in that place and can be different in activity and membership. However, each is mutually supportive of and supported by the others with the common aim of creating space for meeting and relationship, exploring our common Christian faith and how this is lived out in worship and service to the community.
Relationships also stretch outside the UK through ecumenical bodies in Europe and across the World.
In Churches Together in England much work is done through 'Co-ordinating Groups' where the church denominations are represented, often with other Christian organisations and agencies, focussing on a particular theme or issue.
We also relate to our 'Bodies in Association' - Christian organisations who, in working around a particular concern or area of work, work naturally in an ecumenical way, across the denominations.
All this is an outworking of the commitment of the Churches to respond to the prayer of Christ that 'they may be one that world may believe'. This commitment was encapsulated in the Swanwick Declaration of 1987 which resulted in the establishment of the current national and four nations ecumenical instruments.