Churches Together in Sydenham and Forest has been bringing together Christians in our part of London for over thirty years. Almost all the local churches of the traditional Christian denominations are active members, and we are always keen to invite newer churches, including independent congregations, to join us.
We have two main objectives. The first is to seek a deepening of the communion with Christ and one another by worshipping, praying and reflecting together. The second is to fulfil our mission to proclaim the Gospel by common witness and service and by responding to the needs of the people living in our area and those in the wider world, especially those who experience poverty or injustice.
Our specific activities over recent years have included:
holding joint services once or twice a year to celebrate our unity in Christ and to pray that it may become even more complete
providing a communications network for sharing information between churches
arranging regular lunchtime meetings for local pastors and church leaders
organising or supporting study events about issues of concern to all Christians
organising a week of prayer for the people of Sydenham and Forest Hill
producing and distributing badges about the Christian meaning of Christmas for people to wear when out shopping
leading carol singing at the official switch on of civic Christmas tree lights in Sydenham and Forest Hill
providing a Christmas lunch every year for elderly, frail and disabled people who would otherwise be on their own
supporting Christian Aid Week and the World Women’s Day of Prayer
supporting (including sometimes financially) local organisations such as the Lewisham Food Bank, Street Pastors, and Lewisham Churches for Asylum Seekers (LEWCAS)