Call to Prayer regards Brexit – 27 to 31 March

We are pleased to circulate this Call to Prayer, just received via Churches Together in Essex and East London.

In particular, you will see an opportunity to gather and pray at Chelmsford Cathedral on 9am 30 March:

As we approach the date when the United Kingdom may potentially leave the European Union there is a collective ‘Call to Prayer’ from churches between the 27th-31st March 2019.

Regardless of your denomination or political views we are united around this national prayer initiative, to offer opportunities for people to talk and pray together. We are encouraging local churches and groups to gather in homes, at work and in church buildings (whether the United Kingdom leaves the European Union at the end of March or there is an extension) to pray with each other during these dates.

Our presidents of Churches Together in England are praying together in London on the morning of the 30th March.

The Church Leaders in Essex & East London (CTEEL) are praying together on the morning of the 28th March in Grays.

Bishop Stephen Cottrell is hosting prayers at 9am on the 30th March at Chelmsford Cathedral which all are welcome to join –details here.

May we unite our communities and willingly join together in this important national time of prayer.

These are downloadable resource and links that may be useful.

Churches Together in England news feed:
www.cte.org.uk/Articles/542972/Home/News/Latest_news/Call_to_Prayer.aspx

Church of England resources and some suggested conversation starters, as well as locally printable publicity materials and graphics that can be shared on social media churchofengland.org/together

Call for National Day of Prayer on 28th March inspired by Christians working in government nationalcall2prayer.com

God bless

Jacqui

Jacqui King
County Ecumenical Officer
Churches Together in Essex & East London (CTEEL)

When Churches become ‘The Church’ in a City

In the Bible, after Jesus ascended to Heaven and The Holy Spirit came at Pentecost the early Church is very much spoken of as, The Church in… a particular City, not the churches of…

Why then have we ended up with so many denominations, each with different traditions and doctrines!? A very good question… and one there will be no attempt to answer here!

Increasingly, across the UK you can see individual churches, inter-denominational para-church organisations working together, and Chelmsford is no exception. But is there something more?

What if the whole Christian community in our City, together ‘as one’, putting some of their own stuff aside, made a real focus on seeing The Kingdom of God come here, making Chelmsford so full of the expression of God’s love, joy and peace, that it would ripple from our City and out to our County and even to the Nation.

It’s happening in Teesside!

www.transformingteessidetogether.com

The website of Transforming Teesside Together  proclaims:

One church for Teesside
Transforming Teesside Together is a relational network of churches and christian organisations based here in Teesside. We are ONE Church, we have the same King, the same mission and we are placed here in the same land.

A recently announced project is called Serve Teesside, a partnership of local churches to bless their community:

It’s an opportunity for the church to be the church through practical acts of kindness and a massive display of unity. We are aiming to mobilise the Church of Teesside into completing 1000’s of hours of community action projects over June and July 2019!

Jesus loves Teesside and we want to show that love through a massive visible act of united serving.

Check out these promotional videos – imagine this is Chelmsford?

Church @ Car Boot Sale – AGM Wed 13 March – all invited

AGM -Wednesday 13 March 2019

at The Orchards, Mascall’s Way, off of Meadgate Avenue, Great Baddow, CM2 7NS

Everyone is welcome to attend particularly those who may be interested in joining the team for the coming season.


Church @ Car Boot sale will  restart around April 2019

2017-08-06 07.32.38Church @ Car Boot Sale are Christians from a group of Chelmsford churches that have set up camp there on a Sunday morning.

Forget your image of traditional church; this is all about church being relevant for the 21st century. They provide top quality freshly ground coffee, cups of tea or hot chocolate, and a chance to relax. 50% of the takings are given to a nominated charity each year.

They don’t push church onto anyone, but there are always people on hand if anyone wants to chat or to pray.

 

Visit their website at www.churchatcarbootsale.org.uk

Details of the venue can be found here.

Schools and Youth Ministries (SYM) – Latest 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.

Read their news and prayer letter for March and April. SYM hope it brings you up to date with all they are doing. Please join them to pray for the work they are privileged to do amongst the young people of Chelmsford.

Click on the below picture to view or download the newsletter as a PDF

Also, do check out their website: symchelmsford.org 

Greatest Showman fan? – a different kind of Lent Course

St John’s Moulsham Street, Chelmsford are running away to join the circus! This year’s Lent Course, From Now On, is based on the film

Monday 11th March is film night! They’ve got popcorn and snacks and will be snuggling down to watch The Greatest Showman starting at 7.30pm in the Church lounge.

Then for 4 weeks after they will be using the film to help us reflect on your journey through Lent, again Monday evenings from 7.30pm.

Alternatively if daytime works much better than you, our brothers and sisters at Christ Church URC, New London Road, Chelmsford, are running the same course at 2.30pm on a Wednesday afternoon starting this coming Wednesday 6th March, with the film showing.

Never seen the film? Hate musicals? Don’t worry, the course will make still make sense and is worth doing!

See St. John’s Facebook page: www.facebook.com/StJohnsMoulsham/

 

The Orchards Cafe Meadgate and Journey Through Easter

There aren’t too many churches around with two buildings, within a few hundred yards of each other! But in 2014, Meadgate Church, which had been bursting at the seams for years at their building, built into the local shopping parade, rented nearby, an old Infants School at ‘The Orchards’, Mascalls Way. Great Baddow, CM2 7NS. This enabled them to expand and serve Meadgate community in ways they had never been able to do before. They are now in the process of purchasing the building.

Read more on their website:

www.meadgatechurch.org.uk/people-news/the-orchards

The Orchards Cafe

Monday to Friday, 8.30 am to 2 pm (Term time, holiday openings different). there is the very reasonably priced, Orchards Cafe. A great place to meet – with a pay per play Soft Play area for preschool children. Why not drop in for a look and a coffee.

 

Journey through Easter  -4 March to 5 April

During Lent, come and experience the Easter Journey at The Orchards.

Put together by Church member, Sheela Burrell, you will find a different display each week. Easter reflection for adults – crafts and activities for children.

 

Next FGB Dinner 26 Mar – come hear a story of a life changed

You are warmly invited to the Chelmsford Full Gospel Businessmen (FGB) dinner on Tuesday 26th March with speaker, Bruce Wick.
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Bruce is a businessman who made a fortune by manufacturing logging equipment sold in 63 nations.  He had a house with 17 bedrooms and a dozen household staff.  He had airplanes.  Money was his God and king.  Then came a big turnaround, and he gave millions away (… what!).  Come along and hear Bruce’s story…
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Both men and women are welcome to attend.
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We will be meeting at the Saracen’s Head Hotel, High Street, Chelmsford at 7pm for 7.30pm start.  
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The price of the dinner is £15.
Menu to be announced.
(please let us know if you have any food allergies)
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At the end of the evening there will be an opportunity to receive prayer for healing. One guest was almost completely healed from debilitating tinnitus at our February dinner, when our speaker prayed for him.
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Please note that all bookings must be received before Saturday 23rd March (if you book in and then can’t join us for any reason, please let us know in good time so that we can adjust the booking accordingly).
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We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 26th.
To make a booking (pay with cash on the night) – please email Andy Parker – click here.
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Melding CTiC and Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer

2019-02-26 11.33.17-2A Melding is taking place

Leader of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer and Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford, David Gilbey writes:

Ever since Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer began, I have had a clear sense that it was all about the Christians of our City coming together. The Church, not simply The Churches in Chelmsford. 

In 2015, I believed one of my first tasks was to connect with the then Churches Together in Chelmsford group, and immediately a positive relationship was birthed, that has continued to grow and develop. 

When, in May 2018, I felt led to stand to be Chair of Christians Together in Chelmsford, (name changed in 2016), I knew without a doubt that part of the journey would be in some way, to see a ‘melding’ of the two organisations. That journey is underway.

I am certain that the regular Prayer Spaces and Prayer Walks that I felt God tell us to facilitate over the last three or so years, around the churches of the City, have played a crucial role to sow and nurture the seeds of unity and love, for what God is now putting into place. But over recent months, these seem to have naturally diminished and by next month, we will be left with just two regular Prayer Spaces in the Cathedral, on the 1st  and 3rd Wednesdays.

Behold I do a new thing!

In the last few months, we have opened up what was a prayer meeting specifically for Chelmsford 24-7 supporters, to the whole City – in firm partnership with CTiC.

Snip of Prayer Support meetings decal - no date

Prayer for our City is a monthly meeting on the 4th Thursday each month, at The Church of the Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford. Everyone is now welcome – all who want to see The Kingdom of God come to our City and Nation.

Chelmsford  – a Kingdom City

Town signChelmsford is no longer, as in its history, a provincial market town, but since 2012, a City – one that has a God given purpose and destiny.

Since the beginning of 2019, I believe that The Lord has started to reveal vision and strategy for our City as a place where The things of the Kingdom of God can be known and found, by all in our region and nation.

This is a bold assertion and those leading both Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer and CTiC are taking careful steps, one at a time, to listen to God further and in conjunction with other Christian leaders here, to see what this might mean.

We are in exciting times and we must, similar as in the Bible book of Revelation, listen to what The Spirit is saying to to The Church in Chelmsford  – and act accordingly!

More will gradually be revealed!

So, the organisation, and name of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer will gradually decrease and give way to CTiC.

More about the vision for our City and information relating to Christian activity here, including prayer, will henceforth appear here at ctic.org.uk, rather than on the Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer website.

A tremendous thank you to all who have been on the journey with Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer. We pray you will continue it with us. alongside, literally as Christians together in Chelmsford.

Blessings

David

Photos of Worship Creative last Sunday at St. Francis Community Church

Last week, we advertised an innovative idea for ‘doing church’! Worship Creative – at Chelmsford’s newest church, St. Francis Community Church:

Beaulieu Community Centre, Beaulieu Square, Centenary Way, Chelmsford CM1 6AU

 –click here for that article.

Well, CTiC Chair, David Gilbey went along to find out more. He’s what he discovered:

‘for an hour or so, there was a gazebo to sit under to explore God’s peace, tables with people chatting and getting to know each other, tea and coffee, snacks continually served. Children running about having fun, people standing at one end of the hall worshipping God, many other interactive resources around the place to engage with our Heavenly Father – including one I was told was very popular – a ‘man drawer’!  – Take out an everyday object and use it as the basis for prayer.

What an amazing space… an emerging, organic expression of Church, a space to be and to discover God. Other’s take note!’

The next Worship Creative is Sunday 31 March, 5.45 pm for an hour or so… or when it finishes!

Put it in your diary now!

 

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