CTE News – May 2020

Churches Together in England: ‘One in Christ Jesus, engaged in God’s mission, empowered by the Spirit’.

Check out the below video introduction to CTe and their website can be found here: www.cte.org.uk

The latest CTe-News, from Churches Together in England, is available by download from: www.cte.org.uk/news.

The PDF version can be read and passed on by email. The Word version is available to paste articles in to websites, magazine etc.

www.cte.org.uk/news is also the place for new subscribers to sign up free, and to find the Archive or previous editions of CTe-News.

Thy Kingdom Come – Global Prayer 21-31 May – join Chelmsford Cathedral each day

Thy Kingdom Come is a global prayer movement with Christians around the world praying from Ascension to Pentecost for more people to come to know Jesus Christ.

This year Churches Together in Essex & East London (CTEEL) is grateful to Chelmsford Cathedral for supporting Christians in the region to participate in the Thy Kingdom Come cycle of prayer so we can join together from Thursday 21 May until Sunday 31 May 2020 to pray Thy Kingdom Come. Everyone from every denomination is invited to participate – individuals, families and churches.

Each day there will be morning prayer, a lunchtime reflection from different clergy and then evening prayer based on the theme and resources produced by Thy Kingdom Come live streamed from Cathedral’s Facebook page:

https://www.facebook.com/chelmsfordcathedral/

and their YouTube channel

 https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=chelmsford+cathedral

7:45 am Morning Prayer
12 noon Short reflections in a range of different styles from different church leaders
5:15 pm Evening Prayer

There will also be a simple Communion and Reflection
On Ascension Day, 21st , at 12 noon
and Pentecost Sunday, 31st  at 10:30 am.

Please share this information within your Churches Together Groups and in church notices to encourage people to pray together as one in Christ Jesus during Thy Kingdom Come.

With every blessing,
Jacqui King, County Ecumenical Officer
Stuart C Sadler, Administrative Officer
Churches Together in Essex & East London (CTEEL)

www.cteel.org.uk
@ChurchesTogetherEEL

Please – don’t go to church! (we never could!)

Don't go to church

Please – don’t go to church!
by Rev. John Guest

FIFTEEN years ago, I put up a banner in Stanford le Hope. Don’t Go To Church, it said. Boy, did I get some stick for that!

Church people were particularly critical, suggesting I was barmy. Well… I am, but that’s beside the point!

Five weeks ago, I put a poster on the door of the church building telling people that public worship was suspended and that there would be no more services in St. Margaret’s until further notice.

No more baptisms, weddings or funerals. No morning prayer or holy communion. But the notice also said the church is NOT closed.

The world, and more importantly, the Church itself, has been brought to the realisation that it is not a building or even a meeting.

And this realisation has come not through teaching or persuasion but the simple pressure of circumstance and necessity.

You really can NOT go to church and not just because the archbishop or prime minister says so.

And not because this nasty virus has confined many of us to our homes and prevented us from gathering together.

And not even because dark powers have overshadowed our world and sent a plague to trouble us.

All these are valid reasons but, even before the pandemic hit us, we still couldn’t go.

We cannot go to church because it is not a place we go but a truth we proclaim; it is not an organisation we attend but a family we join.

And we may just be beginning to realise that as we connect electronically and telephonically and experience loving kindness flowing from us and to us as we care for our communities.

So please… don’t go to church. Join it. Be it. And may God bless you.

(from an article in The Thurrock Gazette)

Christian Aid Week 10-16 May – can you help?

Christians Together in Chelmsford has long supported Christian Aid – can you help this year ?
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Every May, during Christian Aid Week, about 130 collectors from churches in Chelmsford collect door to door to support Christian Aid’s work in 37 countries across the world. Last year, together with other fund-raising activities arranged during the week, over £21,000 was raised.

This year Christian Aid Week was due to be held between 10-16 May but, due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there will be no house to house collections and no face to face activities. This will, of course, have a tremendous impact on Christian Aid’s work – £8.6 million was raised across the country during Christian Aid Week last year.

For over 70 years, Christian Aid has been standing with the poorest of our neighbours, with people of all faiths and none, to stand up for dignity, equality and justice. Let’s stand together with our neighbours near and far.

By making a donation here – with Gift Aid if possible – the money will go straight to Christian Aid. Please be as generous as you can in these difficult times.

Robin Stevens, CTIC Treasurer and Christian Aid Rep.

A Chelmsford and UK Blessing – just released!

The UK Church is coming together in Unity – through prayer and praise!

Released today are two inspiring music videos. One was produced nationally to sing and pray a blessing over our nation at this time, the other here, specifically for Chelmsford, featuring local Christians and produced by Life church. We hope you in turn are inspired and blessed.

Chelmsford Version

UK Version

Write up by the Producers of the UK version, as on YouTube:

At this unique and challenging time in the United Kingdom over 65 churches and movements, representing hundreds of others, have come together online to sing a blessing over our land. Standing together as one, our desire is that this song will fill you with hope and encourage you. But the church is not simply singing a blessing, each day we’re looking to practically be a blessing.

Many of the churches included in this song have assisted with supplying over 400,000 meals to the most vulnerable and isolated in our nation since COVID-19 lockdown began. This alongside phone calls to the isolated, pharmacy delivery drops and hot meals to the NHS frontline hospital staff.

Our buildings may be closed but the church is very much alive!

Made for More newsletter – April 2020

Made for More, (formerly Schools and Youth Ministries, SYM), is a Chelmsford based organisation dedicated to providing a highly professional service which supports students and schools. They aim to help schools provide a broad, rich curriculum especially in the areas of social, physical, emotional and spiritual health.

Click the picture below to view or download a PDF of their April newsletter

Their website: symchelmsford.org is relaunching soon

You may follow them on Facebook facebook.com/madeformorechelmsford

How Churches and the Police Can Work Together to change our City!

How can you best work with and pray for our police service? Here is some great information and a challenge from Marie Reavey, Chair of National Council of the Christian Police Association.

Marie ReaveyGood Day,

I hope you are keeping well and had a good Easter.

You may be aware, Spring Harvest decided to go online with YouTube this week. Here is  a short teaching video entitled ‘How Churches and the Police Can Work Together’ which summarises ‘Faith and Police Together’ and how churches can work with and support their local police: https://youtu.be/0a_fjyfpplE

I really do believe that, post lockdown as we adjust, Faith and Police Together can be a key part of the ‘new normal’.  Here in Norfolk we now have a dedicated officer tasked with engaging with all faith communities and is compiling a comprehensive contacts list and building some good relationships with churches.  He has been impressed and surprised by the amount of great work that the churches are doing, and there is a real desire from our Citizens in Policing Team to ensure that the contacts they are making are not lost, and a desire to partner with churches and faith groups post Covid.

A few prayer pointers for this time.  Please pray for:-

  • Those suffering with Mental health problems, particularly self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
  • Households where domestic violence and abuse is prevalent.  Safety and protection for victims and perpetrators to stop and for justice to be done.
  • Safety for children at risk of abuse, violence and neglect.
  • There has been an increase in fraud types of crime pray for those that would exploit the vulnerable and Covid-19 to be brought to justice and for the vulnerable and victims to be not fall prey to their schemes.  Pray that criminals wanting to exploit these times would be stopped and their plans would be thwarted.
  • Protection and wisdom for frontline officers and staff having to deal with the public (protection from those using Covid-19 as a weapon against them i.e. spitting and coughing at them)
  • For relationships to be forged between the Police and churches at this time to form strong foundations to move Faith and Police Together forward, post lockdown.
  • For those working in mortuaries and for funeral directors to have all they need to cope with the demand and to be able to ensure families and relatives are able to say goodbye to their loved ones in as timely a fashion as possible
  • The end of the lockdown process to be smooth, effective and efficient.

Thank you for your ongoing support and prayers.

May God keep you well.

Marie

CPA helping Christians in Police

The Wall of Answered Prayer – could you contribute?

thewall.org.uk

We’ve received the following from Stuart Sadler, Administrator for Churches Together in Essex and East London, (CTEEL). Can you help?

Many of you will have heard of ‘The Wall of Answered Prayer’.  It is an amazing vision spearheaded by Richard Gamble – view his April update at https://www.thewall.org.uk/news/89/10000-testimonies

In brief, The Wall is a God inspired, architectural sculpture which will become a national landmark of hope situated on the outskirts of Birmingham.  Made of a million bricks with each one representing an answered prayer (the prayers will also be viewed for free electronically).

The Wall is currently waiting for planning permission (delayed due to Covid-19 situation), but they have secured the land and will begin building in 2020.

The team want to begin to share stories of hope now – particularly at this time for many of fear and anxiety. They want to share on social media hope filled stories of what God is doing…. stories of healing, of provision, stories of hope.  They have set a target of receiving 10,000 prayer testimonies over the next 30 days!

Each story should be no more than 500 words can be sent in as an audio, video or in writing to encourage others about what God has done or is doing in people’s lives.

Please help by sharing this email with your group, family, friends, colleagues and churches. The more widely the message is shared the more stories of hope will appear on the website and in the media to counter the apprehension and worry faced by so many at this time.

Send your stories to dave@thewall.org.uk or via this link: https://www.thewall.org.uk/testimony.

CTE News – special coronavirus edition April 2020

CTiC is umbrellaed by Churches Together in England.

‘One in Christ Jesus, engaged in God’s mission, empowered by the Spirit’.

Check out the below video introduction and their website can be found here: www.cte.org.uk

The latest CTe-News, from Churches Together in England, is available by download from: www.cte.org.uk/news.

The PDF version can be read and passed on by email. The Word version is available to paste articles in to websites, magazine etc.

www.cte.org.uk/news is also the place for new subscribers to sign up free, and to find the Archive or previous editions of CTe-News.

United in Prayer – A call to pray 3pm on Good Friday

The following request to pray comes from Jonathan Oloyede, National Day of Prayer and Worship:

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The Church needs to unite like never before and PRAY TOGETHER.

#itisfinished

United in prayer Good Friday 2020

Christians are encouraged to come out of their homes at 3pm on Friday 10th April as an expression of faith and identification with our Christ on the Cross when He cried out “IT IS FINISHED!”. In unity, we will Sing “Amazing Grace”, Pray the Lord’s prayer and declare “It is Finished”

I am writing this letter under a heavy burden from the Lord.

In the last few days I have been taking long morning walks with the Lord. In this time, I received a burden to support and facilitate a joining together of the ‘Wheels of Prayer’ already spinning.

I believe the Church needs to unite like never before and PRAY TOGETHER.

At 3pm on Good Friday we are asking you to step out of your home and join multitudes of Christians across Northern Ireland, Scotland, Ireland, England and Wales in prayer.

This will be a public expression of our faith and unity as The Church prays for the healing of the Land.

God bless you and thank you very much for giving me your time to read this email.

Please check out the press release and flyer below. I would like you to please share this with every Christian you know.

Grace and peace be with you.

Jonathan Oloyede
National Day of Prayer & Worship

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The flyer has no logo or names. This is deliberate because we want anyone and everyone to own it and spread it at local, regional and national level.

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