Minutes of a Churches Together around Hampton ministers’ meeting at St Mary’s vicarage on 24 March 2015

Present were Duncan Macpherson (chairing), Craig Holmes, Ann Peterken, Jenny Snashall, Gareth Wardell, Derek Winterburn and Paul Danon (minuting). Apologies had been received from Peter Vanozzi, Krzysztof Olejnik, Vicci Davidson and Steve Jenkins. After prayers, the minutes of the January ministers’ meeting were considered and approved.

Hot cross buns would be distributed at Fulwell and Hampton stations from 06:30 on 31 March, with packing at St James’s hall on Monday the 30th from 13:30. While there was no time for another Easter-witness, next year’s January ministers’ meeting might consider planning one.

Richmond council’s Jane Bailey would address the forum-meeting at the URC on the evening of 13 April. Sadly, Duncan could not attend; Paul would ask Vicci if she could chair the meeting. There would be refreshments from 19:30, followed by the talk and then forum business.

Election hustings for Twickenham would be held at Teddington Baptist Church on Tuesday 21 April at 19:00 for 19:30. Questions for candidates needed to be submitted before the meeting. Anglican and Catholic bishops had issued statements about the election, the latter’s statement not mentioning defence issues.

Duncan and Paul would approach Catholic clergy about holding the 13 May ministers’ meeting at St Theodore’s or St Francis de Sales’.

All Saints' would kindly host a forum on Tuesday 22 September, hopefully to be addressed by Dr Trevor Adams, an expert on dementia and on how churches can welcome people who have the condition. It was hoped that the AGM could be held on Sunday 15 November at St Richard’s or, if not convenient, St Mary’s.

Duncan had been Teddington churches’ representative on Richmond’s standing advisory council on religious education (SACRE) but was retiring. Ms Lesley Mortimer sits on the body and Ann would ask if she would like to report on its proceedings to CTaH. We would need to be wary of appearing to cede representation on the council, and could write to all churches to seek a representative.

The meeting discussed evangelisation; aggressive doorstepping was counterproductive; the Alpha course had succeeded in bringing back the lapsed; outreach could happen where people gathered for events; the YMCA was managing the White House, which could be a venue for evangelisation.

The meeting agreed to ask John Latham to give £60 of CTaH’s funds to the Jubilee Debt Campaign.