Churches Together in Balham and Upper Tooting expresses the commitment of local churches to work together for Christian witness and serve the community.
Currently, there are seventeen member churches of different denominations. New members are always welcome.
ChTBUT complements the work of member churches. It looks for things that can be done better by churches working together than by individual churches. It seeks to look outwards and serve the community. It helps churches support each other.
ChTBUT is keen to find creative ways to continue its mission using new tools and approaches.
What we do
ChTBUT has regular meetings, which are currently held online.
ChTBUT has declared the Good Friday and Easter message to the public every Good Friday for 40 years through its Silent Procession of Witness from Balham Hill to Tooting Broadway. After starting at the Salvation Army in Balham Hill, it processes along Balham High Road, goes down Upper Tooting Road and along Mitcham Road, and ends at St. Boniface Church. There are ten ‘stations’ where the procession pauses for a hymn, prayer, and meditation, each led by a different ChTBUT church. Refreshments are served at St Boniface. The procession attracts about 200 participants.
In 2021 the procession will be held online, following a gap in 2020 because of the pandemic. A video of the walk will be available on YouTube on Good Friday and can be accessed after that. It will broadly follow the traditional format.
ChTBUT supports ecumenical events and initiatives such as the annual Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, the World Day of Prayer, and One World Week, which promotes third world development.
ChTBUT is keen to find ways to serve the wider community adapted to current times. Its past events include a flower festival, a Christmas ‘bake-off’, and a litter pick on Tooting Common, all open to all. It has supported local initiatives such as a ‘holiday at home’ week for older people and the annual Fun Day of the Balham and Tooting Community Association.
ChTBUT was formally established in 1990 after several years of informal cooperation between churches. It has regularly arranged joint services for annual events in the Christian Calendar, such as One World Week, the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, and joint Lent meetings.
The Good Friday Silent Procession of Witness is an important feature of ChTBUT. It was started in 1979 by Canon Charles Walker of the RC church, but ChTBUT subsequently took responsibility for organising it.
ChTBUT creates strong relationships between local churches. This leads
to mutual support and learning from each other.
How we work
Meetings of ChTBUT are held at regular intervals. All are welcome.
ChTBUT is led by three Co-Chairs, who rotate the role:
Kate Allan, Holy Trinity, Upper Tooting email@example.com
Susanne Mitchell, St Mary Magdalene’s firstname.lastname@example.org
Andrew Wignal, New Testament Assembly
Other officers are:
Rosemary Harley - Vice Chair
Julia de Cruz - Minutes Secretary
Ellen English - Treasurer
Drawing local churches together for joint witness and service.
Churches Together in Balham and Upper Tooting’ (ChTBUT) works to bring local churches together to proclaim the Christian faith and serve the community.
This website gives a guide to what they offer and gives links to their websites.