Introducing St Vincent de Paul society -could you be a volunteer?

CTiC are very pleased to have been introduced to the work of the St Vincent de Paul society, (SVP), which now has two branches in the City, one working predominantly in Springfield and the other covering the rest of Chelmsford.

CTiC Chair, David Gilbey recently met with their Springfield representative. Jenny Clayton, who has produced the below information about the work of SVP locally. Jenny and the wider Chelmsford team are always very happy to welcome new volunteers. Contact details are at the foot of this page.

The aim of the SVP is very simply to help those in need.

The concept of need is broader than financial hardship. Thus a fundamental element of our local work is to visit and where necessary support people of any faith and background who are sick, lonely, housebound or simply overwhelmed by any form of need.

We aim to help anyone in need locally – doing anything from visiting the elderly to providing practical assistance to those on a low income from food to furniture. The essence of this work is person-to-person contact and spending time with people is our greatest gift and our greatest reward.

Our Springfield group (covering Boreham, Chelmer Village, Springfield and surrounding areas) is made up of about 10 Members with additional helpers joining us to support some of our events. We warmly welcome new members of any faith or none.

Statistics

The Springfield group visited those in need 894 times during 2019!

We sent 17 children to Summer camp or on Holiday (and the younger ones on a day out),

We held 3 Tea Parties for over 70 Elderly guests

We provided Christmas presents to 46 children who might otherwise have gone without.

Alongside hampers and outings in school holidays and support in times of crisis with furniture, white goods, school uniforms and shoes, gas and electric.

We also raised about £500 to support the SVP in Sudan through our Quiz night.

We have recently setup a new much larger group of about 30 new members in Chelmsford who will cover other areas of the City.

For help or to join SVP, in the first instance please contact Jenny on 07796 393131 or email PresidentSpringfield@svp.org.uk

For more information please follow us on Facebook facebook.com/SVPSpringfield or facebook.com/ChelmsfordSVP

National SVP website: www.svp.org.uk

A call to support the YMCA campaign to restore Youth Services

We have received the following request from the YMCA. Can you help by signing their petition?

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Greetings,

YMCA President, the Archbishop of York, is calling on church congregations to sign a petition in support of YMCA’s campaign for the restoration of Youth Services. Please would you publicise this call to action to your church congregations.

Will you speak out for our young people?

Youth services, like youth clubs and youth workers, exist to provide a sense of belonging, a safe space, and the opportunity for some of the most vulnerable young people, to enjoy being young.

But sadly, young people have suffered as a direct result of funding cuts across England and Wales. Since 2010/2011, youth services have been cut by 70% – resulting in the loss of hundreds of youth clubs and youth worker jobs.

“It is of great concern to me that young people are reporting that they feel increasingly isolated, that their mental wellbeing is worsening and that they feel more vulnerable to violence and crime. This is against a background of dramatic year on year cuts in spending on Youth Services. In this campaign YMCA is calling for these cuts to be reversed so that we can reinvest in the wellbeing of our young people.

I commend the campaign to you and encourage you to add your voice to this call for change.”

The Archbishop of York, Dr John Sentamu

 

Sign our petition online at ymca.org.uk/churchesforyouth

To order printed petition sheets and for further information and materials, please contact: campaigns@ymca.org.uk or 020 7186 9542

Thank you so much for your help, which is very much appreciated.

With every blessing,
Reverend Tim Harford

CTiC goes to Brantford, Canada – Kindness Transforming a City

November 2019, CTiC co-hosted a conference, God’s Vision for Cities. Click here to read more about the day.

Brantford Expositor newspaper headline

During the conference we learned about Brantford, Ontario, Canada, where for over a decade, Christians there have helped to bring transformation and renewal to a once run-down and failing City. Such has been the favour they have received, they have even been able to hold annual public Baptisms in the main Square!

Check out this three minute video:

Just as Chelmsford is through Guglielmo Marconi, considered to be the birthplace of radio, Brantford is, ‘The Telephone City’, through the pioneering work of Alexander Graham Bell. The legacy of communication connected our two Cities and we were led to explore that connection further, for a long weekend!

Friday 14th to Monday 17th February 2020, CTiC Chair, David Gilbey, Vice-Chair & Oasis Church leader, Pete Bardwell, and Life Church senior pastor, Phil Hannam, together with twelve other leaders and influencers from around the UK, all connected to City Vision, flew out to meet members of Freedom House Church, and to investigate!

David Gilbey (CTiC), Naz Masih (of City Vision) and Phil Hannam Life Church), help with Frosty Fest – photo by the local newspaper

It was the weekend of the Brantford Frosty Fest, an annual community event organised by local Christians. After spending Saturday hearing all about the background story to the amazing changes the City had experienced, on Sunday our team joined in, going out on the streets to serve the people of Brantford.

The public ice-rink in Harmony Square -a once run-down area, now re-built, where a Hollywood Horror Movie was made on an adjacent deserted street!
Brantford’s Superhero, Captain Kindness, aka Dave Carrol!

A major part of the vision to see Brantford transformed for the Kingdom of God, is that, ‘Kindness Changes Cities – building a culture that shows the love of God’. For a many years now, Superhero Captain Kindness has firmly been part of City Life! This is no frivolous gimmick – in 2012, the original Captain Kindness, Dave Carrol, received a Commonwealth medal from The Queen for his services to the community!

There is much more that could be told and much more to process and unpack from our brief but most thought provoking visit to a City where Christians – ordinary people – believe that Kindness can Transform a City.

Could our own City of Chelmsford be transformed by a people, who as Freedom Church’s Values state:

Love God, Love Each Other, Love The City, Love Extravagantly

We believe we know the answer!

Some of the UK Team, including the Chelmsford Contingent, with Dr Brian Beattie, bottom left, pastor at Freedom House

Oh, and it was not all hard work… we did drive back to the airport on Monday via a small local landmark…

 

CTe Newsletter – Feb 2020

We are umbrellaed by Churches Together in England – click here for a previous News Post in which introduced them.

View and download their February newsletter – click here

Here an the articles from the newsletter by Lucy Olofinjana, CTE Senior Communications and Media Officer, who shares the Reflection of the Month, where she talks about the crucial subject of Christian unity:

Reflection of the Month: We are family

‘How pleasant it is when God’s people dwell together in unity’. These words from Psalm 133 sum up my experience of building friendships and collaborating with Christians from across the diversity of the church family.

I’ve had the privilege of seeing God’s church at work in so many ways – being dedicated as a child in the Ichthus charismatic church, growing up and coming to a faith of my own in a local Baptist church, being part of a local ecumenical planning group for Soul in the City in my teens, being married to a Baptist minister (from a Pentecostal and African-Initiated-Church background), and working for the Salvation Army, the Evangelical Alliance and now Churches Together in England.

At the heart of the church unity I’ve experienced has always been a love for God and a sense of family – as well as a true desire to see our world impacted for good and people find peace, freedom and joy from the one true source, Jesus.

But for me, what sums up the true unity of God’s family is a simple bowl of bolognese.

It happened one summer’s day, when I travelled up to Chester to explore with local church leaders how they can work together to make Jesus known in their place. Using the Talking Jesus research as a springboard, we had some fascinating, honest and practical conversations, thinking about how the people around us respond to hearing about Jesus, and how churches in the area might collaborate further in making Jesus known.

Afterwards we were welcomed back to the home of a family from one of the churches. There we had the opportunity of filming their story – hearing how, together with the family next-door, they opened their homes to local people, giving them the chance to build friendships and also to build a relationship with Jesus Christ. The story of how they helped one lady find peace and hope in Jesus, after the tragic loss of her young daughter, brought us to tears.

And then we shared a bowl of bolognese.

Simple enough. But also so profound.

It was in that kitchen, sharing food and fellowship with complete ‘strangers’, that I really understood what being part of God’s family was all about.

Because the thing was, we didn’t feel like strangers.

We felt like family.

No, we were family.

What united us wasn’t location or blood, our football team or hobbies. We were united in our shared identity as God’s children. And it felt so natural to spend time together – like we’d known each other for years.

Being involved in local ministry in south-east London, I’ve seen the power and potential of God’s people coming together in unity. After all, we can achieve so much more together than we can apart – as Ecclesiastes 4 tells us, ‘a three-fold cord is not easily broken’.

And so often that unity is rooted in prayer – joining with other Christians to pray together for the places where we live, work and worship. Kneeling together before our father in heaven, we see the foolishness of focusing on those details which divide us, and the joy and power which comes when we focus on seeing God’s ‘kingdom come, (His) will be done, on earth as it is in heaven’.

Of course, unity isn’t always an easy journey. I’ve seen fellow Christians saddened and wounded by the pain of not being heard as they seek to share their heart’s-cry about the reality which their part of the body is experiencing.

Through all this I’ve learnt the importance of living out Paul’s words from 1 Corinthians 12, ‘If one part of the body suffers, all the other parts suffer with it; if one part is praised, all the other parts share its happiness’.

Let’s seek to make this a reality as we go about life as part of God’s family. Let’s ‘rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn’ (Romans 12:15) – being real and honest with one another, and truly being there for each other, in the good times and the bad.

Because, after all, we are family.

The Rooftop ESSEX ENCOUNTER Chelmsford – 30th May 2020

A call to Christians in Essex to gather on one day and together ask Jesus to help us see our County as He sees it.

In Acts chapter 10, Peter went to a rooftop to pray. On the rooftop he received a fresh vision of God’s heart for lost people ‘beyond the walls’. Peter’s encounter on The Rooftop led to a global disciple making movement.

On Saturday 30th May, across Essex, Christians are being asked to gather on rooftops, hilltops and other high places, ask Jesus to help them to see their community as He sees it and then JOIN JESUS IN HIS MISSION and make disciples beyond the walls of the church.

The Rooftop ESSEX ENCOUNTER will be launched live from Life Church, Hall Street, Chelmsford – a stones throw from the site of Marconi’s original 1899 factory – the birthplace of radio.

We believe that The Lord is showing us that the legacy that Marconi left to the City is the basis for Chelmsford once again emerging as a centre of communication, this time for the Good News of Jesus Christ to be broadcast to Essex, the Nation and around The Globe. Chelmsford will therefore be the Hub for a number of Rooftop ENCOUNTERS, that we want to happen across the County on the same day.

Here is an introductory video to both ENCOUNTERS by Rev. Dennis Pethers, founder of The Rooftop.

Your invitation to The Rooftop ESSEX ENCOUNTER in Chelmsford

Whether you are involved in leadership or ministry at any level or capacity within your church, Christian organisation, or simply a ‘grassroots’ Christian with a passion for Jesus in our City, you are warmly invited and encouraged to join us on 30th May.

Representing The Church in Chelmsford, let us gather together and listen for God’s strategy to see His Kingdom truly come to our City.

Details of the day are still being finalised, but our time spent together will include an introduction to The Rooftop ESSEX ENCOUNTER, the Encounter itself (which, depending on numbers attending, may take place at a high point nearby in the City), followed by a time of sharing as to what you have experienced… and what next?

Please spread the word! We would ask that Registrations for THE ESSEX ENCOUNTER in Chelmsford are made individually so we have a clear idea who is attending and have sufficient materials available.

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There is no charge, but on the day there will be a freewill offering to cover costs/donation to The Rooftop.

Looking for Coordinators for The Rooftop ESSEX ENCOUNTER elsewhere in the County

The Rooftop would also like to hear from Leaders in towns and districts of Essex who would be willing to hold an ESSEX ENCOUNTER in their own part of the County on 30th May.

Check out The Rooftop website for more information and insights: therooftop.org/essexencounter/ or email admin@therooftop.org

The Rooftop GLOBAL ENCOUNTER

The Rooftop ESSEX ENCOUNTER is a prelude to The Rooftop GLOBAL ENCOUNTER, 10th October 2020, which will also be launched from Chelmsford.

2020 Good Friday Service & Procession – details are out!

2020 Event – Good Friday – Great News

Since the 1980’s, CTiC has organised a Good Friday Procession and Service of Witness in the City Centre, involving hundreds of Christians from many of the Churches of Chelmsford.

This year, Friday 10th April, is no exception and we look forward to welcoming Christians from all around our City to join us.

For full details and route timing/information – click here

Download the  below poster to advertise the event  – click here

 

Made for More – Newsletter February 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 February  newsletter

Also, do check out their website: symchelmsford.org 

 

Your invitation to Spring Harvest Local in Chelmsford on 5th February

For anyone who has experienced a week at Spring Harvest, and particularly for those who have not, this one evening event promises to be an amazing time!

Please advertise it to your congregation or members

SPRING HARVEST LOCAL

7.30pm Wednesday th February at Skylark Church, Chelmsford

Gather together for an evening of heartfelt worship, inspiring teaching and an opportunity to pray for the empowering of the Holy Spirit. The book of Acts tells the story of a small group of apprehensive disciples who found themselves UNLEASHED by the Spirit to go global and lead the new church of Jesus followers. We are the diverse and glorious Acts church today – if we grasp that and unleash its potential, life will never be the same.

Book now – go to springharvest.org/local

 

Connect – Exploring The Teenage Brain – 29th January

Happy New Year from all at Made for More!

You are warmly invited to our second ‘Connect’ resource evening on Wednesday 29th January 7pm – 9pm, at Meadgate Church.

This event is for anyone who works with young people, in any capacity. This includes church leaders, volunteers and parents.

Understanding the biological, emotional and psychological effects of the growing teenage brain can be hugely beneficial in informing how we relate to, communicate with and love our young people.

Karen Tullett has carried out wide-ranging research on this and her previous presentation to our team was so excellent that we wanted to open up the opportunity to others.

Please find attached a letter with more information, a poster for use in church (and other) notices and a link to an evite which will help us have an idea of numbers attending. Please also see evite link below.

http://bit.ly/connect-january

This event is FREE to attend!

We begin the evening with pizza and a chance to chat and get to know one another.

There will also be opportunity for group discussion, questions and prayer.

Please sign-up, invite your friends and don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Warmly,

Abigail Sheldrake