The following is an extract from the Churches in Hartlepool Constitution and details the Basis and Aims of the Group.
Churches Together in Hartlepool unites in pilgrimage those churches which, acknowledging God’s revelation in Christ, confess the Lord Jesus Christ as God and Saviour according to the Scriptures, and, in obedience to God’s will and in the power of the Holy Spirit commit themselves:-
- To seek a deepening of their communion with Christ and with one another in the Church, which is His body; and
- To fulfil their mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service in the world to the glory of one God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
The aims of the Churches Together in Hartlepool shall be:
a) To provide means of consultation between the churches
b) To facilitate common witness to Christ by the member churches
c) To work and pray for Christian unity
d) To encourage groupings of churches in the areas of Hartlepool to work together
e) To give church representation to the local authority
In particular, Churches Together in Hartlepool shall seek:
i) To enable the churches, as pilgrims together, to develop growing relationships, to seek a common mind, and to make decisions together.
ii) To encourage churches to worship, pray and reflect together on the nature and purpose of the church in the light of its mission – each church sharing the treasures of its tradition.
iii) To enable the churches to respond to the needs of society and to witness to the Gospel together.
iv) To enable the churches to live and share the Gospel, to evangelise together and to take further steps towards fuller unity.