In December 2016, then Churches Together leader Nigel Hemming set out his vision for the role of Churches Together Champions, speaking out on different issues and co-ordinating with the activities of local churches. This vision has now become a reality with champions appointed in several areas.
In Prayer, Gavin Coetzee is co-ordinating local church efforts to pray together and in imaginative and creative ways. Gavin is a member of Winchester Vineyard and involved in our regular Churches Together Intercessory Prayer Meetings.
Homelessness and Debt
We are currently looking for a new champion to help those facing Homelessness and Debt. David Boul, our former Champion, has retired, but you can read about his approach here.
Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Families
Sue Broadbent, our former Champion for Disadvantaged and Vulnerable Families has been networking and connecting the efforts different churches make to help those in need. If you would like to take up the challenge of working with this community, let us know.
Our Champion for Climate Justice is Jo Crocker who is connected in with local groups such Winacc and Friends of the Earth. She represents Winchester Churches at National conferences and shares and encourages local churches to do more to combat Climate Change.
Philip Tutt-Leppard is our Champion for Business, working with business owners to transform the business culture across the city.
Jo Pellatt is our Champion for Refugees and has been involved in considerable activity working with local churches both to provide support for refugees who have come to the area and to raise money and support for the care of those reaching the borders of Europe right now.
Carol Bailey is our champion for older people and seeks to encourage awareness and understanding of the myriad (and often confusing) range of support services and benefits that are available to senior citizens.