HAEBEA is a joint Methodist, United Reformed Church and Anglican Ecumenical Area. This year we are celebrating our 10th 'Birthday'.
In 1989, the West Essex United Area was established made up of four Methodist Churches, four United Reformed Churches, plus the joint Anglican/Methodist work that had begun at churches in Great Parndon. The Area included churches in Harlow, Roydon, Epping and North Weald.
In September 2006, a new and larger Ecumenical Area was formed from the merger of the West Essex United Area with the Lee Valley North circuit to form the Herts And Essex Border Ecumenical Area (HAEBEA), adding churches in Waltham Cross, Hoddesdon, Hertford, Ware and Watton-on-Stone. United Reformed Churches in Ongar and Hatfield Heath also joined the new Area.
Declaration of Intent (taken from HAEBEA Constitution)
In obedience to the call of Christ, we, who have increasingly shared our Christian life in a variety of ways over recent years, now feel a need to show our love for God and one another by a more formal commitment to grow together in doing His will.
We confess our Faith in One God, The Father, Creator, The Son, Jesus the Christ, our Lord and Saviour, The Holy Spirit.
- We rejoice in the riches of the traditions we have inherited and seek to share them more fully with one another in the unity, which is the will and gift of God.
- We seek a deepening of our communion with Christ and with one another and repent of all that is sinful in our past histories and present attitudes.
- We covenant to seek visible and organic unity, even though in our pilgrimage together we cannot foresee the form it will eventually take.
- We therefore make the following Mission Statement as our commitment to God and each other.
This Ecumenical Area is called by God to encourage and inspire its churches and denominations to work together, support one another in love, fellowship and leadership through a Christ-centred life, and so enable the churches to use their spiritual, financial and material resources to further the Christian witness in their communities and the wider world.