Events Directory

CTiC are pleased to be able to advertise Christian Events and other opportunities to serve, in and around the City and district.

If you would like us to consider advertising your event here, please contact us – click here.

Do also check out our News & Views, which is regularly updated with information about what is happening among the City’s Churches and Christian organisations – click here.

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Your Street Pastors need you!
Thu 10 Jan 13:00 - Thu 24 Jan 00:00
City Centre Friday & Saturday nights
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Chelmsford Street Pastors are looking for new team members.

On the Street – Why not join them for any period between 10pm and 4am one Friday or Saturday as an observer? See them in action! You will have your eyes opened to their amazing work!

In the Prayer Room – At base, near the City Centre, other members of the team stay and pray. Yet others remain at home, on the end of a phone, to receive up to the minute requests for prayer from the Pastors on the street. They would not go out without prayer back-up.

Can you help? email info@chelmsfordstreetpastors.org

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Individual Guided Retreat - led by Rosemary Alonso
Fri 18 Jan 18:00 - Sun 20 Jan 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A weekend for those with a desire to deepen their relationship with God; - if you are in need of some silence and looking for an opportunity to pray, or; - have thought about an IGR but never been too sure what is involved - this could be for you. Rosemary Alonso has worked on a personal level with people for many years as a spiritual director and is experienced in retreat work.

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Prayer Breakfast
Sat 19 Jan 09:30 - 12:30
Church of the Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford, CM1 2TS
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The Shepherd Loves His Sheep (John 10)
Men & Women welcome. An opportunity to not only pray, but also learn more about prayer and living an effective Christian life. Speaker Rev. Jennifer Wallace of Quiver Prayer http://www.quiverprayermovement.org
Cost £3. Contact jengaskin1@yahoo.com to reserve your place

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Biblical Teaching
Sun 20 Jan 14:30
North Avenue Church, North Avenue, Boarded Barns, CM1 2AL
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Can cooking be an act of prayer?
Can eating a meal be worship?
Are there limits on where we can share the love of Jesus?
Walking the Way is a focus on discipleship which encourages us to think about questions like this as we figure out, together, what it means to be a follower of Jesus in everyday life.

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FGB Dinner
Tue 22 Jan 19:00 - 22:00
Saracen's Head Hotel, High Street, Chelmsford, CM1 1BE
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You are warmly invited to this month's Full Gospel Businessmen's dinner with Trevor Wilson.
As a plasterer and carpenter Trevor couldn’t find work in England and went to Germany, building a power station on the Rhine. He enjoyed drink and drug binges in Amsterdam, struggling to overcome a ghost from the past. His first marriage failed, and his second wife was pregnant with twins. Maybe his life was finally coming together? Come along and hear Trevor’s story. Both men and women are welcome to attend. Cost £15.
Email Andy Parker: fgb.chelmsford@yahoo.com or ring 07817 873562. Book by 19 Jan.

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Prayer Space
Wed 23 Jan 11:00 - 15:00
Chelmsford Cathedral, CM1 1TY.
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All welcome, drop-in anytime during the opening hours. Prayer Spaces are places to meet God and for prayer over our City, Nation and World and for anything that is on your heart. They are quiet and relaxed. Worship music gently plays and various interactive resources are laid out around the room to stimulate your prayers

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Praying for our City
Thu 24 Jan 19:45
The Church of the Holy Spirit Forest Drive Chelmsford, CM1 2TS
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A monthly gathering, 4th Thursday
All are encouraged to gather and pray over our City.

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In His Presence
Fri 25 Jan 19:30 - 21:30
North Springfield Baptist Church, Havengore, Chelmsford, CM1 6JP
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A monthly meeting of praise and worship from The Healing Bus Team. All are welcome

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Prayer Space
Mon 4 Feb 10:00 - 13:00
The Orchards, (part of Meadgate Church), Mascalls Way, Great Baddow, CM2 7NS
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All welcome, drop-in anytime during the opening hours. Prayer Spaces are places to meet God and for prayer over our City, Nation and World and for anything that is on your heart. They are quiet and relaxed. Worship music gently plays and various interactive resources are laid out around the room to stimulate your prayers

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CTiC Breakfast
Wed 6 Feb 08:30 - 10:00
Toby Carvery, Dukes Lane, CM2 6AD
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The Kingdom of God is Advancing in Chelmsford! We warmly welcome leaders and all with a heart for Christian service locally for breakfast. Let’s build relationships and together discover what God is doing in our City
1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday each month.

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Alpha Course
Wed 6 Feb 19:00
Life Church, Hall Street, CM2 0HG
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Starting Wednesday 6th February until 10th April
Alpha allows you to explore the Christian faith over ten weeks in a relaxed and friendly environment with lots of opportunities to ask questions over a specially prepared two course meal. The Alpha Course is free of charge. Sign-up on line now via the church website

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Jesus in the Gospels - led by Dave Hopwood Friends Retreat
Fri 8 Feb 18:00 - Sun 10 Feb 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Dave will take a fresh look at Jesus in the gospels, drawing on stories and visuals, inspiring us to keep moving on with the Creator God who understands us. Dave Hopwood is a writer, speaker and Bible communicator. He loves communicating the Bible and the Christian faith using contemporary media, humour and stories. He is author of a series of books retelling the Bible including The Shed, The Bloke's Bible and Film & Faith. He speaks at various places here, there and everywhere and regularly publishes ideas and material via his website, davehopwood.com

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Messy Church
Sun 10 Feb 11:30 - 13:30
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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A different kind of Church for family
FREE fun and food for all the family
Contact Ramona for more detail 01245 690330 or ramona.samuel@methodist.org.uk

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Prayer Space
Wed 13 Feb 11:00 - 15:00
Chelmsford Cathedral, CM1 1TY
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All welcome, drop-in anytime during the opening hours. Prayer Spaces are places to meet God and for prayer over our City, Nation and World and for anything that is on your heart. They are quiet and relaxed. Worship music gently plays and various interactive resources are laid out around the room to stimulate your prayers

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Praise and Worship
Wed 13 Feb 20:00
Blessed Sacrament, 116 Melbourne Avenue, CM1 2DU
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A monthly ecumenical gathering for praise and worship, led by Jane Parker and Team. All are welcome

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Let All Creation Sing - led by Dr Ruth Valerio
Wed 20 Feb 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A quiet day reflecting on Psalm 148, who God is and our place within the wider community of creation. Dr Ruth Valerio is Tearfund's Global Advocacy and Influencing Director. Her group mobilises churches around the world to tackle poverty and injustice by pushing for change at a governmental and institutional level. The Media Team and Global Volunteering Team also sit within the group, as does the vital theological work that underpins everything Tearfund does. She was previously Churches and Theology Director at A Rocha UK and she launched the Eco Church scheme. An in-demand speaker and author, Ruth lives in Chichester with her family, where she is a member of Revelation Church.

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CTiC Breakfast
Thu 21 Feb 08:30 - 10:00
Toby Carvery, Dukes Lane, CM2 6AD
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The Kingdom of God is Advancing in Chelmsford! We warmly welcome leaders and all with a heart for Christian service locally for breakfast. Let’s build relationships and together discover what God is doing in our City
1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday each month.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 21 Feb 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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In His Presence
Fri 22 Feb 19:30 - 21:30
North Springfield Baptist Church, Havengore, Chelmsford, CM1 6JP
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A monthly meeting of praise and worship from The Healing Bus Team. All are welcome

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Praying for Our City
Thu 28 Feb 19:45
The Church of the Holy Spirit Forest Drive Chelmsford, CM1 2TS
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A monthly gathering, 4th Thursday
All are encouraged to gather and pray over our City.

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Living with... Life Limiting Illness - led by Revd Gill Moore & Barry Morgan
Sat 2 Mar 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Reflections on living with a life-limiting illness; physically, emotionally and spiritually interspersed with personal reflective activities. The day will include: opening and closing prayer; recollections and experiences of people living with illness; how memories and stories provide emotional support; the spiritual aspects of dying and facing death such as faith, hope, peace and forgiveness; quiet time for personal reflection, prayer and response. Whether you are a minister, pastoral worker, someone living with a life-limiting illness or the family of someone who is, this day will provide opportunity for contemplation and give you space to sit and rest with God while considering your faith in the midst of the mysteries of life and death. Revd Gill Moore, Lead Chaplain, St Helena Hospice, Colchester Mr Barry Morgan, Clinical Nurse Specialist, St Joseph's Hospice, Hackney

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Joining the Song of Creation - led by Brother Samuel. Lent Quiet Day
Tue 5 Mar 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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"Joining the Song of Creation - exploring St Francis' Canticle of the Creatures" Towards the end of his life, Francis of Assisi composed his great song of praise, which encompasses not just the beauty but also the brokenness of the world. In this Quiet Day in the first week of Lent we'll be reflecting on how even the more difficult experiences of our lives and of the world can be integrated and transformed. The day will involve three led sessions surrounded by silence, with the opportunity for individual conversation with the retreat leader. Br Samuel is a member of the Society of St Francis, an Anglican Franciscan religious order. For many years based in rural West Dorset where he was involved with the Hilfield Friary Community in living simply and sustainably, he now lives in another Friary in East London, which is engaged with the local community and provides hospitality for those on the margins of our society.

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CTiC Breakfast
Wed 6 Mar 08:30 - 10:00
Toby Carvery, Dukes Lane, CM2 6AD
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The Kingdom of God is Advancing in Chelmsford! We warmly welcome leaders and all with a heart for Christian service locally for breakfast. Let’s build relationships and together discover what God is doing in our City
1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday each month

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To be a Pilgrim - led by Revd Dr Sally Welch. Lent Retreat
Fri 8 Mar 18:00 - Sun 10 Mar 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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The word 'pilgrim' is full of adventure - it conjures up images of roads and paths, new places and companions, challenges and surprises. In this retreat we explore what it means to be a Christian pilgrim and how a pilgrim spirit can transform our lives. We will reflect on the way in which pilgrimage spirituality helps us to understand better our landscape, our selves and God, using periods of stillness and silence as well as activity and discussion. Revd Sally Welch is an experienced pilgrim who has undertaken many journeys in the UK and Europe. She has written books on pilgrimage and its companion the labyrinth, and leads workshops and retreats throughout the country. She is the Editor of brf New Daylight Bible Reading Notes, and the Vicar of a Cotswold parish.

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Messy Church
Sun 10 Mar 11:30 - 13:30
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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A different kind of Church for family
FREE fun and food for all the family
Contact Ramona for more detail 01245 690330 or ramona.samuel@methodist.org.uk

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Praise and Worship
Wed 13 Mar 20:00
Blessed Sacrament, 116 Melbourne Avenue, CM1 2DU
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A monthly ecumenical gathering for praise and worship, led by Jane Parker and Team. All are welcome

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Essex Christian Healing Trust Conference
Sat 16 Mar 09:30 - 14:30
St Cedd's Hall, Chapter House, Chelmsford CM1 1NS
 

Speaker is Rev Lucyann Ashdown, Spiritual Care Coordinator at Farleigh Hospice,and also Chair of trustees of The Guild of Health and St Raphael, who will deal with a range of topics in regard to healing ministry, with opportunities for discussion along the way. More detail and booking forms available from essexhealing@aol.com You will need to bring a packed lunch.

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CTiC Breakfast
Thu 21 Mar 08:30 - 10:00
Toby Carvery, Dukes Lane, CM2 6AD
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The Kingdom of God is Advancing in Chelmsford! We warmly welcome leaders and all with a heart for Christian service locally for breakfast. Let’s build relationships and together discover what God is doing in our City
1st Wednesday and 3rd Thursday each month

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 21 Mar 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Peace and Good - led by Revd Canon Pat Mossop
Thu 28 Mar 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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St Francis is complicated. A Christian of his time, influenced by its courtly and military ideals, but also prophetic, a bringer of peace in mediaeval Assisi, and an inspiration today. 800 years ago he set off on crusade and met the Sultan of Egypt. What was his motivation and what were the consequences of this meeting for him and for us today?. Canon Pat Mossop, 20 years a solicitor, 25 years a priest in Chelmsford Diocese serving in Essex University and East London, currently in Interim Ministry, his faith deepened by being an Anglican Franciscan Tertiary.

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Praying for our City
Thu 28 Mar 19:45
The Church of the Holy Spirit Forest Drive Chelmsford, CM1 2TS
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A monthly gathering, 4th Thursday
All are encouraged to gather and pray over our City.

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In His Presence
Fri 29 Mar 19:30 - 21:30
North Springfield Baptist Church, Havengore, Chelmsford, CM1 6JP
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A monthly meeting of praise and worship from The Healing Bus Team. All are welcome

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Messy Church
Sun 14 Apr 11:30 - 13:30
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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A different kind of Church for family
FREE fun and food for all the family
Contact Ramona for more detail 01245 690330 or ramona.samuel@methodist.org.uk

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Holy Week Retreat
Mon 15 Apr 00:00 - Wed 17 Apr 00:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A few days in this special week to focus on Easter. There are three Quiet Days, listed below, that can form part of your time here - or you can just enjoy your own space. Stay for one or two nights.

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What Do We Bring - led by Revd Elizabeth Clark
Mon 15 Apr 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Together we will explore two stories; Palm Sunday and the anointing at Bethany. Using silence and other mediums we will look at our response to the overwhelming love of God seen in Jesus. Revd Elizabeth Clark is a Methodist Minister who has spent 15 years in rural North Yorkshire before becoming the National Rural Officer for the Methodist and United Reformed Churches. I enjoy reading, music art and baking although not necessarily all together!

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I am the resurrection and the life - led by AD Elizabeth Snowden
Tue 16 Apr 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A series of reflections, drawing on art and poetry of the significance of the death and raising of Lazarus in John's Gospel. The Venerable Elizabeth Snowden was collated as Archdeacon of Chelmsford within the Diocese of Chelmsford in 2016 and amongst other responsibilities is Chair of the Retreat House Advisory Board.

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Praying in the Light of our Frontlines - led by Revd Dr Neil Hudson
Wed 17 Apr 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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We will be looking at the prayer that Jesus taught us and trying to approach it in fresh ways with fresh eyes. For most of us, this prayer, the Lord's Prayer, feels too familiar, so we skate through it not stopping to think too much about what we are praying, and even less about what it means for us in the places we spend most of our time. In doing so, we may miss the most radical way of thinking about our lives that we have ever come across. Come ready to reflect, be provoked and be encouraged: Ready to pray, ready to listen, ready to live. Revd Dr Neil Hudson leads the Church Team at the London Institute for Contemporary Christianity. The team have worked with churches over the past 10 years or so learning what it takes for churches to become communities where whole life disciples develop and flourish. His book, 'Imagine Church: releasing whole-life disciples'.(IVP 2012), reflects on this process. Alongside working with LICC, Neil is an Elim church minister in Salford. He's been part of that church community for the last 30 years. During that time he was the Vice-Principal of Regents Theological College for 12 years.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 18 Apr 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Living with... Unemployment - led by Revd Lara Dose
Sat 4 May 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A reflective and exploratory day for anyone who is out of work or facing the prospect of being so. There is also the opportunity for family, friends and others to better understand some of the pressures that unemployment can bring. A day for ministers, pastoral workers and anyone affected by unemployment. (Bursaries are available to make the day affordable to all.) Revd Lara Dose has been the priest-in-charge at St. Andrew's Romford since July 2012. She is also Lead Chaplain for the Romford Town Centre Chaplaincy Team.

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OPEN DAY
Mon 6 May 10:00 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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You are invited to come and visit the Retreat House and gardens, have lunch outside (weather permitting) and enjoy the numerous stalls (some new for this year) that have been invited for the day. This is the major fundraising day of the year for the House and the Friends and is always a wonderful day of fellowship for new and old visitors. . Entry is free, although a donation to the funds is always appreciated.

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Making Melody - led by Dave & Pat Bilbrough. Music Weekend Retreat
Fri 10 May 18:00 - Sun 12 May 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Music is a very powerful medium through which we can release our worship to God. This enabling and teaching weekend with Dave and Pat Bilbrough is designed to help us 'raise the bar' creatively as we do that. Appropriate for delegates of all levels of musical ability. Topics will include.... The heart of worship, leading worship, songwriting, Singing,Percussion. Dave & Pat Bilbrough - As one of the fathers of the modern day worship movement Dave songs such as Abba Father,All Hail the Lamb,Let there be love,I am a new creation and others have been sung around the globe. Still touring and recording continues to encourage and facilitate others to worship God in fresh and expressive ways. From leading choirs in auditoriums around the world through to interactive percussion workshops Pat has shared her skills in many diverse situations. She is recognised as a leading vocal coach and skilled percussionist. A natural and experienced teacher, you will find yourself motivated and equipped to reach new musical heights through a sessions.

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Messy Church
Sun 12 May 11:30 - 13:30
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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A different kind of Church for family
FREE fun and food for all the family
Contact Ramona for more detail 01245 690330 or ramona.samuel@methodist.org.uk

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Rhythms of the Soul - led by Brian Draper
Wed 15 May 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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"Rhythms of the Soul: Finding deeper communion within everyday life". In this evocative Quiet Day, Brian will lead us into a rich and soulful space through times of guided reflection, stillness, and gentle teaching on contemplative Christian spirituality. We'll take time to breathe, to pause and to find deeper communion with God, and we'll draw upon the seasonal themes of Spring to connect with the natural rhythms, seasons and cycles of which we are part. We'll ask how to find a more natural and sustainable 'rhythm of life', the rhythm of the soul. Brian Draper is an experienced retreat leader, writer and speaker. He is author (most recently) of Soulfulness: Deepening the Mindful Life, and a regular contributor to Radio 4's Thought for the Day. He runs seasonal walking retreats and is currently working on a book about nature and Christian spirituality. Brian also contributes to U2.com.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 16 May 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Messy Church
Sun 9 Jun 11:30 - 13:30
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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A different kind of Church for family
FREE fun and food for all the family
Contact Ramona for more detail 01245 690330 or ramona.samuel@methodist.org.uk

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Evelyn Underhill Weekend led by Dr Micha Jazz
Thu 13 Jun 00:00 - Sun 16 Jun 00:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A weekend exploring the writings of Evelyn Underhill. Dr Micha Jazz will dig a little deeper into some of Evelyn's writings and prayers reflecting on the relevance today of her work from around 100 years ago. The weekend is split into three events, which can be booked individually or as a 2 or 3 night retreat; Dr Micha Jazz'is a regular presenter on Premier Christian Radio and is the author of the 'Be Still & Know' devotionals in Voice of Hope. A self-styled contemplative Franciscan Friar who, when away from the microphone, enjoys running, along with his wife Jayne, St Cuthbert's Oratory on the South Coast of England. A home of prayer where we explore walking in the Way of God, journeying deeper into the heart of God and serving the mission of God. He also helped birth Spring Harvest, worked as an evangelist with Youth For Christ and was a leader at Revelation Church, Chichester. As an experienced retreat facilitator, Micha brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise.

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Evelyn Underhill Talk - by Dr Micha Jazz
Thu 13 Jun 19:00 - 21:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A Retreat with Evelyn Underhill - led by Dr Micha Jazz
Fri 14 Jun 18:00 - Sun 16 Jun 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Evelyn Underhill Quiet Day - led by Dr Micha Jazz
Sat 15 Jun 18:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 20 Jun 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Gospelling in the Garden - led by Revd Hilary Le Seve. Garden Quiet Day
Thu 11 Jul 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Capture the transformative process of God in our lives as we consider death, life and resurrection through encounters in the Pleshey garden. Revd Hilary Le Seve serves as the parish priest for Wickham Bishops with Little Braxted and as the Assistant Diocesan Director of Ordinands for the Diocese of Chelmsford. She values Pleshey as a space to connect with God and especially its gardens where order and chaos play out their drama and give us glimpses of heaven.

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Messy Church
Sun 14 Jul 11:30 - 13:30
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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A different kind of Church for family
FREE fun and food for all the family
Contact Ramona for more detail 01245 690330 or ramona.samuel@methodist.org.uk

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Individual Guided Retreat - led by Rosemary Alonso
Mon 15 Jul 18:00 - Wed 24 Jul 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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If you are in need of some silence and looking for an opportunity to pray, this is for you. A time for those with a desire to deepen their relationship with God (Minimum stay should be 3 days). Rosemary Alonso leads a team of experienced spiritual directors

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Walking Week
Mon 15 Jul 18:00 - Fri 2 Aug 10:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A mixed bag of walks. For the ambler as well as the rambler.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 18 Jul 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Living with... Mental Illness led by Rachael Newham
Sat 27 Jul 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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"Learning to Breathe" Rachel will follow the chapters of her book; "First Breaths" looks at what mental health is, what the Bible has to say about it. "Struggling for Air" looks at the reality of mental illness and exploring a theology of Holy Saturday. "Resuscitation" looks at the role of family, friends and carers. Ending the day on "Learning to Breathe" where we will pull together all we have shared through the day. Rachael Newham (@RachaelNewham is the Founder of ThinkTwice, a Christian mental health awareness charity and the author of "Learning to Breathe". She lives in Hertfordshire with her family and can be found indulging in her love of coffee, books and photography on Instagram!

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Journeys - Creative Arts Painting & Prayer Retreat - Led by Christine Phillips (Tutor) & Margaret Stein (Chaplain)
Fri 2 Aug 18:00 - Fri 9 Aug 10:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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You can expect a warm welcome, space to reflect, to pray and to worship, as well as plenty time to be creative. We shall explore some journeys mentioned in the Bible, and their relevance for our own faith journeys, and enjoy painting as we meander through Pleshey's gardens and surrounding countryside, relating our work to the Biblical journeys or our own if relevant. Christine Phillips (Tutor) trained at Hornsey College of Art and Design and the London Institute of Education. She taught in schools until retiring. Christine tutors a U3A painting groupand has been a practising printmaker for over 30 years.Christine sees her role as an art leader as someone who helps to enable participants to fulfil and enjoy their creativity during the retreat by offering ideas, guidance, suggestions and/or support if required. She will bring numerous art books and different art materials for people to use and for evening activities. Margaret Stein (Chaplain) has been a CARM chaplain and art tutor for a good number of years since working at Carberry Tower, where she ran courses, offered spiritual direction and facilitated worship. She trained at the Edinburgh College of Art before studying theology. With her husband Jock, she is involved with the East Lothian Lantern Group which promotes Ignatian prayer.

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Worship Works - led by Roger Jones Music Week
Mon 12 Aug 18:00 - Fri 16 Aug 10:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A Week for worshippers, worship leaders, musicians and members of the congregation. Themes based around our book "Worship Works". "Understanding Worship", "Praise and Sunday Morning", "Creative & Prophetic Worship" and "Leading and Planning Worship". This will include teaching sessions, worship times and practical activities suitable for singers and instrumentalists of all abilities. Roger Jones is a Composer, Speaker, Writer, Broadcaster, Anglican Lay Reader. http://www.cmm.org.uk/people/jones.php

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 15 Aug 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Creative Arts Embroidery & Prayer Retreat - Led by Janet Knox (Tutor) & Margaret Stein (Chaplain)
Fri 16 Aug 18:00 - Fri 23 Aug 10:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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You can expect a warm welcome, space to reflect, to pray and to worship, as well as plenty time to be creative. We shall explore some of the colours mentioned in the Bible and their significance. Think of the rainbow and the Light of the world! Different colours can be particularly meaningful and influence us in our daily lives. Lots of ideas to make it a colourful week! For the textile aspect of this retreat the theme offers a wide field of inspiration from both the natural world and the man-made one. From sunsets to peacocks or hot air balloons and kaleidoscopes there is plenty to excite you. Bring your sewing machine if you wish and Janet will bring her box of sewing goodies, and we will share the laughter, the stitching and the quiet chapel - all that goes to make Prayer and Embroidery so special. A general requirements list will be sent out nearer the dates. Janet Knox (Tutor) is a long-standing textile leader for CARM, enjoying the creativity and the camaraderie of the retreats. She is an ecclesiastical embroiderer and an enthusiastic hand and machine stitcher welcoming all levels of expertise. Margaret Stein (Chaplain) hails from Scotland; she studied both art and theology and is a retired Church of Scotland minister. She has been involved in CARM retreats for some time, and enjoys the marrying of worship and creativity, with the sharing that happens in a group.

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Three views, Priestly, Prophetic & Wise - One Creator God - led by Revd Dr Janet Tollington
Tue 3 Sep 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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A focus on God as Creator drawing on 3 distinct Old Testament traditions, Priestly (Genesis 1), Prophetic (Isaiah 40-48) and Wisdom (Job 28, 38-41). Revd Dr Janet Tollington - after a career in the police service and a short period in retailing Janet trained for the Baptist Ministry and was ordained in 1989. In 1994 she moved to Westminster College, Cambridge (United Reformed Church) to teach Old Testament and Biblical Hebrew in the Cambridge Theological Federation until she retired in July 2016. She has taught adults at every level from interested lay Christians to doctoral students and remains active leading worship and learning events for the church. She delights in working with mixed groups of people, exploring the meaning of the Old Testament for Christians in today's world.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 19 Sep 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Angel Voices - led by Patrick Craig
Wed 25 Sep 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Join us for a day exploring the world of angels - what they do, their role in the bible and the music they've inspired. Patrick Craig is a Countertenor Vicar Choral at St Paul's Cathedral, who also directs choirs, leads courses and lectures on theology and music.

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Missionary to the Arts - led by Andy Kind
Tue 8 Oct 18:00 - Thu 10 Oct 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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We were created to be creative. The gifts we have are there to be used, but so many of us see our creative and artistic dreams crushed or even cursed by faulty messages from within and without the church. This retreat is for anyone who wants to meet the creator through the creative, but it's particularly for people who have felt their creative or artistic callings and dreams got lost somewhere along the way. Andy Kind is a comedian, preacher and writer, who has made people laugh around the world for the last 15 years. He loves seeing people's minds change about who they were born to be, by using the creative to point to the Creator. He also loves seeing people bring him whiskey and meat.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 17 Oct 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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The Romantic God - led by Bishop Trevor Mwamba
Tue 22 Oct 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Embracing God's love in prayer. It's a reflection on prayer. Bishop Trevor Mwamba is Vicar of Barking, St Margaret's, and Assistant Bishop in the Diocese of Chelmsford, he was formerly Bishop of Botswana.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 21 Nov 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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The Grace of Waiting - led by Margaret Whipp Advent Retreat
Sun 24 Nov 18:00 - Tue 26 Nov 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Waiting is never easy. This weekend points the way for anyone who finds themselves in a time of waiting, chosen or unchosen, inviting them to learn and embrace the gifts of patience. Margaret Whipp is a former consultant oncologist, a priest and pastoral theologian, who works in hospital chaplaincy and spiritual direction in Oxford.

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Being the Church in Three Dimensions - led by Dr Ian Paul Advent Quiet Day
Thu 28 Nov 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Although we live in a particular social context, theologically we have (since Pentecost) lived 'between the ages', living in the light of Jesus' ascension and awaiting his return. The Book of Revelation challenges us to live in this time with discipline, facing suffering, but shape by the worship of God as we anticipate that the best is yet to be. Dr Ian Paul studied maths and worked in business before training for ordination in Nottingham and completing a PhD on the metaphorical language of the Book of Revelation. After ten years in parish ministry, and another ten in theological education, he now works freelance teaching, writing and speaking. He is a member of the General Synod and the Archbishops' Council, and is Adjunct Professor in New Testament at Fuller Theological Seminary.

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Sing for Joy - led by the House Team Christmas Sing Day
Sat 7 Dec 09:30 - 16:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Open to all who enjoy celebrating Christmas in song. If you play a musical instrument, please bring it with you. The day also includes a festive lunch.

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Christian Aid Lunch
Thu 19 Dec 12:00
Trinity Methodist, Rainsford Road, CM1 2XB
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The lunch is held in the Link, and consists of a mug of soup, bread, butter & cheese, plus an apple and coffee or tea.
Donations of more than £1.00 are gratefully received.
Contact Roger and Carole Fairclough for details: 01245 257983

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Christmas Retreat - led by the House Team
Tue 24 Dec 14:00 - Thu 26 Dec 14:00
Diocesan House of Retreat, The Street, CM3 1HA
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Over recent years we have had 3 wonderful Retreats at Christmas. This is open to all but is particularly there for those who might normally spend Christmas on their own. This is not a silent retreat, but nor is it a 'party'. There will be opportunity for those who wish to, to have quiet space but it is also time for people to have a comfortable, relaxed time together. Arriving any time after 1:00pm on Christmas Eve through to leaving by 2:00pm on Boxing Day, the time together offers the opportunity for fellowship, fun, quiet, relaxation and good food!