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
2018 Civic Prayer Breakfast
10th January 2018, we were delighted to have been able to host our very first Civic (now renamed City) Prayer Breakfast, at Hylands House, Chelmsford.
Amongst the forty who attended were many of the civic leaders from the City. These included our mayor and his wife, our MP, representatives from the City and Essex County Council and also Essex Police. Leaders of Churches and local Christian organisations made up the remainder of the thirty or so who attended.
We built relationships and prayers were then said over police, healthcare, political leaders, commerce and education in our City.
Local Evangelist, Nigel Bolitho, spoke passionately that Church and State in our City are not separate, but ‘part of the ‘same house’, although so often confined to different floors – that we should and must be in relationship, working together to see our City blessed and prosper.
The day was one where we each took new steps, both up or down the staircase. May these journeys between us continue.
Here are some more photos from the 2018 Breakfast: