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 Monthly Council Meeting
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 six denominations – Church of England, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist, United Reformed and Kerith West Wight Community Church. Each church is invited to elect 2 representatives who attend the monthly meetings to plan CTWW events and share news from their churches. The Council meets the first Tuesday of each month at 7pm for 7.30 p.m. start at the Colwell Baptist Church Hall. All welcome! The Christ Church, Totland Bay reps are Margaret Byatt and Jackie Holdoway.
The Ten West Wight Churches
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The following information describes some of the activities presently running under the banner of CTWW.
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.
CTWW – Care Homes Ministry
Several 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 Hayes 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, Citizens Advice Advisor, Local Area Co-ordinator or representatives of the 12 organisations who attend on a rota basis. At the West Wight Community Centre every Tuesday morning 10.00am – 12.30pm.
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 to the Food Bank Cafe for refreshments and a chat. Tuesdays 2.00pm – 4.00pm or Fridays 10.00am – 12 noon. 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 2019 CTWW Lent Brunches were from 16th March to 13th April.
In 2019 the charities supported were Tearfund, FYT Bus, Salvation Army I.O.W. Hostel for the homeless, CTWW Holiday Bible Club and The CTWW Youth Project. The Cheque Presentation Brunch was on Saturday 13th April.
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.
In 2019 CTWW Lent Home Study Groups were based on ‘Jesus the Wounded Healer’ published by CWR.
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 at Yarmouth or Freshwater on this special day to provide a combined witness of faith and fellowship on this most holy of days.
In 2019 the Good Friday Walk of Witness (with Drama) was held on 19th April.
The procession of witness with scenes from Easter Week on route commenced at The Memorial Hall and ended at Freshwater Library green.
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. Held on the 1st Sunday of each month at the Freshwater Methodist Church, Brookside Road, Freshwater 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.
World Day of Prayer
A combined service with 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.
In 2019 Christian Aid Week is from 11th to 18th May
CTWW – Easter Day Sonrise / Dawn Service
Weather permitting, a combined churches meeting takes place 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.