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Churches Together in England
(CTE) is an ecumenical organisation and the national instrument for the Christian church
The Christian Church is the assembly or association of followers of Jesus Christ. The Greek term ἐκκλησία that in its appearances in the New Testament is usually translated as "church" basically means "assembly"...
England is a country that is part of the United Kingdom. It shares land borders with Scotland to the north and Wales to the west; the Irish Sea is to the north west, the Celtic Sea to the south west, with the North Sea to the east and the English Channel to the south separating it from continental...
. It helps the different Churches to work together instead of separately so that they can be more effective and credible. It works through a network of Intermediate Bodies, each covering an English county or metropolitan area and Co-ordinating Groups which bring together the Churches' officers in various areas of work. Bodies in Association with Churches Together in England are Christian organisations which, by their nature, are ecumenical but which are self-governing. The Presidents of Churches Together in England are the Archbishop of Canterbury
The Archbishop of Canterbury is the senior bishop and principal leader of the Church of England, the symbolic head of the worldwide Anglican Communion, and the diocesan bishop of the Diocese of Canterbury. In his role as head of the Anglican Communion, the archbishop leads the third largest group...
, the Archbishop of Westminster
The Archbishop of Westminster heads the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Westminster, in England. The incumbent is the Metropolitan of the Province of Westminster and, as a matter of custom, is elected President of the Catholic Bishops' Conference of England and Wales, and therefore de facto spokesman...
, the Free Churches' Moderator and a fourth President chosen from one of the other member Churches.
- Baptist Union of Great Britain
The Baptist Union of Great Britain, despite its name, is the association of Baptist churches in England and Wales. -History:...
- British Antiochian Orthodox Church
- Cherubim and Seraphim Council of Churches
- Church of England
The Church of England is the officially established Christian church in England and the Mother Church of the worldwide Anglican Communion. The church considers itself within the tradition of Western Christianity and dates its formal establishment principally to the mission to England by St...
- Church of God of Prophecy
- Church of Scotland
The Church of Scotland, known informally by its Scots language name, the Kirk, is a Presbyterian church, decisively shaped by the Scottish Reformation....
- Congregational Federation
The Congregational Federation is a Federation of independent Congregational churches in England, Scotland and Wales....
- Coptic Orthodox Church
- Council of African and Caribbean Churches
- Council of Oriental Orthodox Churches
- Elim Pentecostal Church
The Elim Pentecostal Church is a UK-based Pentecostal Christian denomination.-History:George Jeffreys , a Welshman, founded the Elim Pentecostal Church in Monaghan, Ireland in 1915. Jeffreys was an evangelist with a Welsh Congregational church background. He was converted at age 15 during the...
- Evangelische Synode Deutscher Sprache in Großbritannien
- Ichthus Christian Fellowship
- Independent Methodist Churches
- International Ministerial Council of Great Britain
- Joint Council for Anglo-Caribbean Churches
- Lutheran Council of Great Britain
- Mar Thoma Church
The Malankara Mar Thoma Syrian Church also known as the Mar Thoma Church is a Christian denomination based in the state of Kerala in southwestern India. It has an entirely different identity when compared with other Churches in India. Most Christian churches around the world are divided into...
- Methodist Church in Great Britain
- Moravian Church
- New Testament Assembly
- New Testament Church of God
- Oecumenical Patriarchate (Archdiocese of Thyateira and Great Britain)
- Orthodox Churches of the Russian Tradition (Oecumenical Patriarchate)
- Redeemed Christian Church of God
The Redeemed Christian Church of God is a Nigeria-based Pentecostal Holiness ministry.-History:The RCCG was founded by Nigerian pastor Josiah Akindayomi...
- Religious Society of Friends
The Religious Society of Friends, or Friends Church, is a Christian movement which stresses the doctrine of the priesthood of all believers. Members are known as Friends, or popularly as Quakers. It is made of independent organisations, which have split from one another due to doctrinal differences...
- Roman Catholic Church
- Russian Orthodox Church
The Russian Orthodox Church or, alternatively, the Moscow Patriarchate The ROC is often said to be the largest of the Eastern Orthodox churches in the world; including all the autocephalous churches under its umbrella, its adherents number over 150 million worldwide—about half of the 300 million...
- Salvation Army
The Salvation Army is a Protestant Christian church known for its thrift stores and charity work. It is an international movement that currently works in over a hundred countries....
- Trans-Atlantic and Pacific Alliance of Churches
- United Reformed Church
The United Reformed Church is a Christian church in the United Kingdom. It has approximately 68,000 members in 1,500 congregations with some 700 ministers.-Origins and history:...
- Wesleyan Holiness Church
- Seventh-day Adventist Church
The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination distinguished by its observance of Saturday, the original seventh day of the Judeo-Christian week, as the Sabbath, and by its emphasis on the imminent second coming of Jesus Christ...
Local Churches Together organisations
There are numerous local Churches Together groups in England. One such examples is on the Isle of Sheppey
The Isle of Sheppey is an island off the northern coast of Kent, England in the Thames Estuary, some to the east of London. It has an area of . The island forms part of the local government district of Swale...
, in Kent
Kent is a county in southeast England, and is one of the home counties. It borders East Sussex, Surrey and Greater London and has a defined boundary with Essex in the middle of the Thames Estuary. The ceremonial county boundaries of Kent include the shire county of Kent and the unitary borough of...
, which has a 'Churches Together in Sheppey' group where most of the denominations
A religious denomination is a subgroup within a religion that operates under a common name, tradition, and identity.The term describes various Christian denominations...
meet regularly and combine services. The ministers, priests, vicars, padres, etc. meet once a month to have a meal together, and the CTIS chooses a chairperson each year from the group's membership.
Churches Together in England is a member of The National Council for Voluntary Youth Services (NCVYS) by virtue of its local organisations' role in local communities, helping the personal and social development of young people.