Churches Together in West Wight (CTWW) was set up 30 years ago with the aim of being a more effective work force than single churches in promoting the work of the Gospel. As a single Christian group, sharing ideas, finance and human resources many ambitious projects have been made possible. CTWW is self supporting. Group organised activities help both the Christian people of the area to grow in faith and informs others of what Christianity has to offer. All fundraising undertaken is for charitable giving. CTWW supports charities locally, nationally and internationally.
CTWW is a very active organisation made up of the ten churches pictured below. (Click on a thumbnail to see a larger image). The ten churches span five denominations – Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist and United Reformed. Each church has two elected representatives who attend the monthly meetings to plan CTWW events and share news from their churches. The Christ Church reps are Margaret Byatt and Jackie Holdoway.
The Nine West Wight Churches
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The following information describes some of the activities presently running under the banner of CTWW.
CTWW – Alpha Course
An introduction to our basic Christian beliefs and an opportunity to explore the meaning of life.
What is Alpha?
Alpha is a series of interactive sessions that freely explore the basics of the Christian faith.
Who is Alpha for?
Alpha is for anyone who is curious. The talks are designed to encourage conversation and explore the basics of the Christian faith in a friendly, open and informal environment.
No question is out of bounds and you are free to discuss as much or as little as you wish.
How does it work?
Each session includes food, a short talk and a discussion at the end where you can share your thoughts. At any point, if you think Alpha isn’t for you, that’s not a problem. There’s no pressure, no follow up and no charge.
The course leaders will be Mike Hackleton, Pauline Clayden and Ben Britton and includes a light meal.
The first session on Friday 27th April, will be held at The Freshwater Methodist Church from 6.30 until 9pm and will take the form of an introduction to the course. The course will start formally on Friday 4th May .
CTWW – Taking the Church Into The Community
In today’s world, there is no expectation that the community will come to the churches. Following the example of Jesus we need to be out in the community meeting people, supporting them where they are and where the need is greatest, sharing the love of God in practical ways. By taking the love of God out into the community, we hope to show that Jesus is relevant to the lives of everyone today.
CTWW – Care Homes Ministry
Four of our local care homes are partnered with Christ Church via the CTWW Care Homes Ministry. Christ Church members lead services at Inglefield, Eden House, Little Heyes and Whitmore Court on a regular basis. The Co – Ordinator for the CTWW Care Homes Ministry is Sheila Spivey.
CTWW – Memory Lane
A reminiscence group held in Christ church Annex offering support, company and fun activities for those with dementia and memory difficulties.
The group features music, quizzes, singing, dance, reminiscence, tea and a chat. Usually the 1st Wednesday in the month between 2.00pm – 4.00pm.
CTWW – Working With Young People
Seen as one of the most important areas of CTWW ministry, CTWW employs a youth worker to communicate with the young church of today through fun activities, food and learning. Activities include:
The Christ Church representative on the Youth Project Management Team is Tom Eggeling.
Click here to take you to the CTWW Youth Work page: http://christchurchtotland.org.uk/about-us/children-and-youth/youth-work/
Drop In Community Cafe Groups
CTWW – Oasis
A relaxed meeting space held every Monday morning at Freshwater Methodist Church, Brookside. Friendship and a listening ear whilst enjoying refreshments, scrabble, jigsaws knitting, newspapers and Fairtrade goods. Every Monday 10.00am – 12noon.
CTWW – Our Place
An all age drop in community cafe. Drop in for a chat, refreshments and free use of games. A relaxed informal place where you can pick up information about local activities, getting involved with the local community organisations, or get help with forms, applications, employment, finance, housing, debt, benefits, welfare reform or any other issues. Come and meet your ‘Just Ask’ Officer, Southern Housing Rep or Local Co-ordinator. Every Tuesday 10.00am – 12.30pm. Click here to find out more.
The combination of friendship and care from the volunteers and specific advice and support from professionals has helped to change many lives as this poem from one ‘service user’ describes (click on the poem to read it in full screen):
Your local Foodbank collection and distribution centre at Colwell Baptist Hall. Drop in for refreshments and a chat. Tuesdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm or Fridays 10.00am – 1.00pm. Click here to find out more.
CTWW Lent Activities
CTWW – Lent Brunches
One of the largest CTWW ventures is the annual series of Lent Brunches which take place in Freshwater Memorial Hall. Churches collaborate to provide light lunches for the community and raise funds for nominated charities at the same time. In 2018 the charities supported are Medicines Sans Frontiers (MSF), Wessex Cancer Bus, CAFOD, CTWW Holiday Bible Club and The West Wight Youth Project. See local church notices, church blog or Church Facebook page for more information.)
CTWW – Lent Home Study Groups
Christians from different backgrounds come together once a week, over a five week period during Lent to talk about their beliefs, often with the help of a study course.
CTWW Special Events and Services
CTWW provides various special services throughout the year. At Christmas and Easter, Information leaflets with details of all the available services within the 10 CTWW churches are produced for the local community.
CTWW – Good Friday Walk of Witness
The churches of the West Wight meet together on this special day to provide a combined witness of faith and fellowship on this most holy of days.
CTWW – Sunday Evening ‘Reflections’
Alternative informal worship, that is preceded by a welcoming cup of tea or coffee. Attracts people who do not normally attend formal evening worship and those who do not belong to a regular West Wight congregation at all. Usually held on the 1st Sunday of each month at 7.00pm for an 7.30pm start.
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
Unity between denominations with doctrinal differences needs to be worked at and cannot be taken for granted. Prayer forms the basis of enabling Christians to work as one. Normally held during January.
Women’s World Day of Prayer
Not just for women, but an opportunity to come together, to think and to pray for others. Not just what we can do for them but what they are able to offer us too. Normally held in March.
Christian Aid Week Service
A combined service where we can learn about the work of Christian Aid and the support we can give to those living in poverty throughout the world. The service includes the commissioning of volunteers who deliver and collect Christian Aid envelopes. Normally held in May.
CTWW – Easter Day Sonrise / Dawn Service
Weather permitting, a combined meeting at sunrise on Easter Sunday at Freshwater Bay to welcome and worship the risen Son, followed by a shared breakfast on the beach.
CTWW – Open Air Songs of Praise
An outdoor service is held in Yarmouth each year to coincide with St James’ Day and at Freshwater Bay in August as part of the Independent Lifeboat Day.
Celebration of Community
An opportunity to come together and celebrate all that is good about the West Wight Community. To recognise, encourage, support, learn about and give thanks for the many support groups in the West Wight whose aim it is to help those in need. This is usually held in October at the West Wight Sports and Community Centre in Freshwater between 3.00pm and 5.00pm.
For further CTWW information and upcoming events: visit CTWW ‘Facebook‘ page.
CTWW produces a monthly newsletter.