Christian Film Breakthrough returns to The Odeon -17/18 July

The new Christian film BREAKTHROUGH (12A) is coming back to Chelmsford Odeon for Silver Screen (age 55+) @ £3 per person inc. tea and biscuit.
Screenings are:
Wed. 17th July at 11am
Thurs. 18th July at 2pm
The trailer and film details can be found at:
A review appeared on Premier Christianity’s website and is well worth reading here:

Schools and Youth Ministries – July/August Newsletter

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 below to view or download a PDF of their newsletter for July/August

Also, do check out their website: 

May I give you a small gift – a Cross?

On the evening of 6th June, Christians from around the City had an opportunity to discover more about City Vision at Chelmsford’s Life Church and to be part of an ongoing conversation about what it could all mean for Chelmsford. Read more – click here.

The Cross – a simple but profound witness

Amongst the graphs, the charts, the processes and strategies to be explored,  at our meeting founder of City Vision, Tony Hodges, spoke of a strategy most simple.

For the last three years, Tony has carried with him small two inch high wooden crosses. They have the word ‘Believe’ and the Bible reference, John 3:16 on one side and when The Holy Spirit prompts, Tony gives them to people in places he visits, such as businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels and to people in the street.

The cross is an enduring symbol of Jesus’ love and sacrifice to us all and these small wooden crosses have proved a real conversation starter touching many who have received them.

May I give you a small gift?

Watch this short video of Tony Hodges talking about the crosses and the impact one had on a hotel cleaner.

Crosses for Chelmsford

Surely we could all engage with this?

Wouldn’t it be amazing if our City was known as the place where you can receive the message of Jesus’ love by the giving of a cross?

City Prayer, formerly Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, who work closely with CTiC have recently obtained from City Vision a supply of these small wooden crosses.

At present, our simple aim is to spread the word and place these crosses in the hands of local Christians to encourage participation and see what God does with them.

We have obtained around five hundred crosses, but already about two hundred have been purchased by local Christians who attended our recent City Prayer meeting!

If you would like some of these crosses, (they cost us 20 pence each), or to discuss this initiative further – please contact CTiC Chair and City Prayer Leader, David Gilbey – 


UK Coastal Prayer Chain – Sat 21st September 2019

Jen Gaskin, who lives in Chelmsford has just released details of a vision she has for a Prayer Chain around the UK coastline, to happen on Saturday 21st September 2019.

UK Costline Prayer Chain - front

Jen says:

“The Lord spoke to me sometime ago re: this mission. With all that is going on in our country I believe God is saying, ‘Now is the time‘.

I prayed and asked for a date and awoke one morning with 21st September on my mind. My first thought was ‘Is it a Saturday?’ A friend suggested looking up the relevance of this date. It is International Peace Day!

So far, all The Lord has shown me is for Christians to form a Prayer Chain at midday and declare The Lord’s Prayer in unison.

I am extending an invitation to you, your family, friends church or ministry to take part in this.

Please feel free to arrange worship and further prayer before of after midday. Let’s not forget that we are all part of God’s Spiritual Land Army.


Facebook: Coastline Prayer Chain

UK Costline Prayer Chain - rear

Introducing Daylight – praying for Prisons

Daylight logo

Based in Chelmsford, Daylight is a Christian charity that exists to share the Gospel with prisoners, to support prisoners during their sentences and to provide practical post-release support to reduce the likelihood of reoffending.

Daylight operates in prison around the Country, including HMP & YOI Chelmsford.


Note that Chelmsford Prison Fellowship also works within our own prison – see the national website for Prison Fellowship – or click here for local contact details.

Daylight July 2019 newsletter header

Jonny has been coming along to one of our weekly Bible study groups for the past five years. Knowing he was due to be released the following week, at his last session we asked him to share his testimony with the other men.

He spoke about committing his crime six years ago and then going on the run for several months. Feeling he couldn’t face prison or continue to run, he was moments from taking his life when someone pulled him back and persuaded him to give himself up. Jonny became a Christian in prison and has hardly missed a Bible study session over the years he has been there. We have seen him grow in grace and spiritual understanding and he has now become a really mature believer.

Please pray that Jonny will continue to know the Lord’s presence and leading in his life after release and that the church he is attending will support and encourage him in his Christian walk…

To read the complete newsletter – click here to open as a pdf document.

Bradwell Pilgrimage coming up Sat. 6th July

Bradwell Pilgrimage has been running in one way, shape or form for nearly 100 years and gathers people from across Essex (and beyond) for a day of pilgrimage, worship and activities at the historic St Peter’s Chapel in Bradwell-on-Sea. (You can read more about the chapel here)

The 2019 Bradwell Pilgrimage and Gathering will take place on Saturday 6th July and will run from 10:30am until 3:45pm.

Come and join with Christians from all over the area for a chance to experience the ‘thin place’ where St Cedd sailed down from Lindisfarne to share the message of Jesus with the East Saxons 1300 years ago.

Day Programme

10:45am – Commissioning of the pilgrims outside St Thomas’ Church (with the Bishop of Brentwood and the Bishop of Bradwell)

11:00 – Pilgrimage Walk to Bradwell Chapel

On arrival at the field there will be opening worship in the chapel field with a guest speaker

Lunchbreak** – Bring a picnic or grab some food on site

1:45 – A series of optional sessions to choose from

Eucharist followed by a talk on the history of the chapel (in the chapel)
Messy Church Activities
Guided walk and wildlife talks
Forest Schools Session

3:00 – Closing worship in the chapel field with a guest speaker

3:45 – Finish

**Prayer ministry will be available in the chapel during the lunch break

The Speakers will be

The Rt Revd Alan Williams (Bishop of Brentwood)
The Venerable Ruth Patten (Archdeacon of Colchester)
The Rt Revd Peter Hill (Bishop of Barking)

For further information, visit:

Click on the below poster to view or download as a PDF

City Prayer – the new name for Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer

Since 2015, many will be familiar with the name of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer (Read how this started – click here).

It has now been decided to rename the Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer as City Prayer, which will continue to work closely with CTiC, providing prayer support and encouraging prayer for our City.

City Prayer currently organises two regular prayer activities:

City Prayer meetings -4th Thursday, monthly, 7.45pm

Held at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, this monthly gathering provides prayer support for the vision of CTiC, to see the name and the Good News of Jesus Christ made famous throughout our City.

We invite all who have a heart to see The Kingdom of God come in greater power in our City, to join us.

More details, click here.

City Prayer Spaces – usually 2nd and 4th Wednesday 11 am to 3 pm

Held in St. Peter’s Chapel within Chelmsford Cathedral, Prayer Spaces are places for encountering God and prayer for our City, Nation and World or whatever is on your heart  You are welcome to come along for whatever time you are able.

More details, click here.

Have you considered praying for our Countryside?

‘Hope for the Countryside’ is a partnership between Agricultural Christian Fellowship, Village Hope, the World Prayer Centre and Top Barn Trust.

Their aim is to mobilise and resource prayer for rural Britain, to see beacons of prayer lighting up the countryside and for a fresh move of the Holy Spirit across the countryside of our nation.

Here is their latest newsletter. If you would like to contact them, maybe to receive it regularly, email:

Village Hope:

Agricultural Christian Fellowship

Click on the newsletter to read as a pdf document

Hope for the Countryside - June 2019

A great morning – our City Prayer Breakfast on 6th June

The 2019 City Prayer Breakfast was in the Crystal Ballroom of The County Hotel, Chelmsford. It was really encouraging to see around seventy people from civic, business, education and charity sectors and those from our Christian community gather together to build relationships and pray for the life of our City.

We had two speakers, Tony Hodges from national organisation, City Vision* and Stu Alleway, Community Pastor of our City’s Skylark Church and who is also a chaplain to Southend United. Both brought compelling accounts of how prayer and love for others will change our City.

Sue Gibson, who oversees the monthly gathering, Prayer for our City, introduced prayers covering the themes of Communities, Education, Local Government and Business & Workplace.

To read the prayers – click here.

We also hoped much of the morning would be about about birthing and building relationships. There was a real buzz of conversation before, during and after. We believe that much ‘good fruit’ will emerge through people working together to see City and citizens prosper. We will be considering if City Breakfast’s could be a more regular event?

*Find out more about City Vision, by reading our write up of a gathering the same evening at Life Church, where Tony spoke about his vision to see The Kingdom of God come to cities up and down our nation – click here.

More photos from the 2019 Breakfast

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