Worshipping God in our City Council Chamber

On Friday 23rd August 2019, an event never before seen took place within the Chelmsford City Council Chamber in Duke Street.

Worship and Word, (See our advert for the event – click here), came about after a small group, some part of the city’s North Springfield Baptist Church, believed that God was asking them to hold a Christian Praise, Worship and Prayer event, right in the heart of Chelmsford.

Initially disappointed at being being turned down to use the area by the John Lewis store, discussions turned to the possibility of using the Cramphorn Theatre. However, being under refurbishment during August, the group were then offered none less than the Council Chamber itself. It is believed to be the very first time that a Christian event like this has taken place in the Chamber.

Rawlings Osagie, who spearheaded the event reported,

A night of worship and word! – around 50 people attended

There were declarations of the word of God and a call to worship!

It was a reminder of the authority and sovereignty of God in creation; His purpose, passion and zeal for the redemption of man; His effort and the work He has done through Christ that gives every man the opportunity to experience eternal life!

We were reminded that Jesus still deploys resources and still employs men today, in the business of the gospel. We were encouraged to arm ourselves with the weapons of war- the Holy Spirit and His word, for we have been redeemed and reassigned to the chief call- carrying His gospel to the nation! 

At a time when CTiC is seeking closer ties between the Christian and Civic Communities of Chelmsford, is working to see our City prosper and for the Light of the Gospel to shine out here ever more brightly, we believe this event and its timing, held in the very heart of our local government was very significant!

We are believing this will not the last event we shall see at our Council Offices.

City Prayer Spaces re-commence at The Cathedral this Wednesday

Prayer Spaces re-commence after the summer break, this Wednesday 11th September. Do come along!

Since 2015, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer – now called City Prayer – has operated ‘portable Prayer Spaces’. These have periodically been set up at a number of the City’s Churches.

Currently, there are normally two per month at Chelmsford Cathedral in St. Peter’s Chapel, on 2nd and 4th Wednesdays, 11 am to 3 pm.

(Do however check our Events Directory to confirm before attending –  note there will not be one on Wed. 9th October).

Resources are set out to guide your prayers. All are very welcome to drop-in to pray for our City, Nation and World, or whatever is on your heart and to stay for as long as you are able.

More information about Prayer Spaces can be found on the City Prayer website – click  here

A Prayer from a Tired Church

Image result for asleep in churchSaturday just gone I was at a mens breakfast at North Springfield Baptist Church – not my home church – and we had a stimulating time of conversation about how often we fall short of the final words of Jesus before He ascended to heaven. (We looked at the last verses of Mark 16).

We were then presented with a powerful prayer entitled, ‘A Prayer from a Tired Church’, that the leader of our discussion had been strongly led to write for our morning together. He had never written a prayer like it before.

The Prayer reflects how as Christians, we must repent of living powerless and mediocre lives, reach out to The Holy Spirit and live under His power and anointing, using every opportunity to spread the Gospel message, not only in words but in demonstration!

We all felt that the Prayer was a most powerful and challenging reminder of our call to represent The Church, the Body of Christ in Chelmsford well. Together we read it aloud.

I have permission to reproduce the Prayer below and encourage you to use it to pray and declare over our City and Nation.

David Gilbey
Chair CTiC

A Prayer from a Tired Church

Lord, we represent our Country.
Which for so long has held You and Your precious Name as Head over every aspect of National life.
Yet now rejects You, foolishly believing it can succeed without You.
We are therefore destined for failure and Your righteous judgement.
Have mercy on us Lord!
May the people see the futility of their own ways and turn the hearts of many back to You.

Lord, we represent Your Church in the western world, especially the UK.
Slowed down to near-sleep.
Ever celebrating our own secure position.
Whilst “the fields are white unto harvest” and we should be urgently working with Your Holy Spirit to bring in the lost souls for whom You gave your life.
Finishing the task You gave us to do.

Lord, we represent your redeemed people in our locality.
In many ways not functioning well as Your Body in Chelmsford.
Have mercy Lord. Revive us Lord!
By Your Spirit open our spiritual eyes to see, as You see, both needs and
opportunities.
Empower us to speak and to live by Your anointing.
That Your Name May again be honoured, and many lives turned to You.

Be glorified in our midst Lord.
Amen.

Introducing Transforming Essex and a meeting on Wed 18th Sept.

Transforming Essex

Essex is in God’s heart and He has great plans for our county. For some months a growing group of Christian leaders and influencers have been meeting, praying together and mulling over prophetic promises that Essex will have its reputation transformed by the power of Gods love.

God has called and appointed each of us to be ambassadors of His love and to extend His kingdom everywhere we place our feet. There is an invitation for you to become involved with this exciting journey of faith and to discover  what doors The Lord is opening for us all in Essex.

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We’re really looking forward to seeing you on the evening of September 18th. It will be the first of a series of regular evening meetings for people involved or interested in Transforming Essex to be together.

The aim is for these meetings to have a bit less structure than the  [previous] daytime meetings, allowing more space for the Holy Spirit to lead us and for us to connect with one another. As a taste of what to expect we’ll be sharing vision, celebrating stories, worshipping, praying, prophesying and following the Holy Spirit’s lead.

We have deliberately scheduled these evening meetings to enable people unable to make the daytime meetings to connected with the vision and activities of Transforming Essex.

If you know people who would be interested in the seeing the reputation of this county changed by the love of God, across all sections of society, then please let them know about this event and promote it in your churches.

Doors open at 7.30pm, for 8pm start, at Miracle House, 2 Silva Island Way, Wickford SS12 9NR

YumYums [cafe] will be open for refreshments.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Blessings to you all,
Transforming Essex Team

Introducing Christians Together in England and their Sept Newsletter

What do you know about 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

Download and read the September CTe newsletter as a pdf  – click here

Communicating a Vision for our City – CTiC AGM 13th October

Chelmsford – a City of Communication of the Gospel? Here’s Marconi’s very first radio workshop in Mildmay Road/Hall Street – you can see the spire of Life Church, our AGM venue, further along the road.

communicating a vision for our city

The 2019 CTiC AGM will be held, 3pm, Sunday 13th October, at Life Church, Hall Street, CM2 0HG.

Our time together will very much be  a time to explore and communicate vision of what we see The Lord doing and wanting to do in our City.

We invite all the Christians of our City, leaders and ‘grassroots’ alike to find out more. There will be envisioning and motivating talks from local Christian leaders and opportunity for praise and worship and prayer.

This years Speakers

We will have several speakers who will impart short and insightful thoughts and vision.

Apart from members of the CTiC Team, we are presently pleased to confirm Rev. Dennis Pethers, of international ministry, The Rooftop. For many years, Dennis ran youth ministry Viz-a -Viz, which at one time had a great impact in Chelmsford. He will speak on ‘Joining Jesus in His Mission’.

Other speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.

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Some thoughts about the journey of CTiC

For the last two years or so, CTiC has become much more relational in the way we partner with the Christians of our City – the churches, para-church organisations and individually. We do not so much represent them, but aspire to champion, promote and be a catalyst to all The Lord is doing through each.

We want to see The Church, God’s Ekklesia in Chelmsford, together ‘As One’, friends, in partnership joining with Jesus in His mission here!

During 2019, we have started a more intentional journey to engage with the City itself, which included in June, our City Prayer Breakfast. Following this, opportunities to engage with the City Council are opening up.

We would like to see CTiC become a real ‘doorway’ between the Christian community and community at large in Chelmsford, signposting and bringing understanding between the two, so we can all serve our City better and at the same time see more of the light of the gospel message shine out to our streets and communities.

David Gilbey
Chair CTiC

Invite to AGM – Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL) – 24th Oct 2019

AN INVITATION from Major Norman Ord, Chair of CTEEL and Divisional commander Herts & Essex Division, The Salvation Army

Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL) would be delighted if you could join us at this year’s Annual Meeting to build relationships and understand how we might serve you better in the year ahead.

Central Baptist Church, Victoria Rd South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN
Thursday, 24 October 2019
9:30am to 11.30am

Refreshments Available from 9am and throughout the morning

Speaker Ben Aldous, Evangelism and Mission Coordinator, Churches Together in England

RSVP Stuart Sadler, Administrative Officer: stuart.sadler@cteel.org.uk

I very much look forward to welcoming you to this event to encourage us all in our witness, service and partnerships as we serve God’s mission across our region.

Essex Healing Trust Conference 26th Oct 2019

You are invited to the annual Conference and AGM of Essex Christian Healing Trust to be held:

9.00 am to 2.30 pm, Saturday 26th October 2019
Meadgate Church Centre, 162a Meadgate Avenue
Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7LJ

(Note that the Church is built into the local shopping parade and it’s entrance is by the Coop – you will not see a church building!)

Speaker is Rev Lucyann Ashdown, currently a Spiritual Care Coordinator in Dorset, but formerly at Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford. She has spent most of her career in health care.

Lucyann is particularly interested in the way we experience God in times of struggle and absence, encountered as we traverse the terrains of birth, death, ill health and childlessness.

A donation of £8- £10 would be appreciated to cover costs, which can be paid in advance or on the day – Bookings and for payment details, email Geoff Clarke –geoffecht@hotmail.com by 12th October. 

 

Angel Tree – Christmas Presents for prisoners children – can you help?

Chelmsford Prison Fellowship is a prayer and support group whose mission is to to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.

Everything they do is rooted in prayer and they also go into HMP Chelmsford, visiting and supporting prisoners and leading evangelistic meetings.

New volunteers are always welcome.

email Andy Parker:  andy21sandals@gmail.com 

Angel Tree Project

Christmas is especially difficult for prisoners and their children. Angel Tree lessens the devastation experienced as a result of parental absence by not only helping families connect and build relationships, but by providing children with much-needed joy.

Prison Fellowship volunteers work with prison chaplains and local churches to buy, wrap and deliver the presents.

Contact Rosemary Hayhoe of Chelmsford Prison Fellowship if you or your church might be interested in supporting the project in Chelmsford this Christmas. email: rosemaryhayhoe@aol.com or phone 01245 473781

Further information can also be found here: prisonfellowship.org.uk/our-work/angel-tree/

 

Donate to the work of CTiC

July 2019, the CTiC committee unanimously decided that we would move from annual membership subscriptions to purely voluntary donation based giving.

This is a bold move, as in 2018 we received subscriptions totalling £2412, (not all our members contributed), but expenditure on our annual Good Friday service and City Prayer Breakfast, amounted to just short of £3500! We made up the shortfall from funds already held.

However, based on the Bible passage found in, 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, concerning joyful and generous giving, we feel it is good for the Christians of our City to prayerfully make up their own mind about their contribution to the costs of what God may be calling us to do in the future.

Could you contribute to our work?

Our member Churches and Christian organisations have received a letter concerning the above, but individuals may also feel led to make a contribution, which can currently be made in one of two ways:

Send a cheque, payable to:

‘Christians Together in Chelmsford’, addressed to Christians Together in Chelmsford, c/o Life Church, Hall Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0HG

or

Make a bank transfer using the following details:

Christians Together in Chelmsford
Sort code: 20-19-95
Account number: 00269077

Thank you so much.