HAEBEA is a joint Methodist, United Reformed Church and Anglican Ecumenical Area.
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.
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.
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.