News & Views

Could you help run a CAP Money course at HMP Chelmsford?

The Christians Against Poverty (CAP) Money team at Chelmsford Prison are looking for more people to join us in running of Money Management Courses for the prisoners.

The courses run once a month for two consecutive Tuesdays and Wednesdays either morning then afternoon or vice-versa.

You will need a reference from one of your church leaders (who has known you for at least a year), to be vetted by the prison and undertake an induction programme.

Ideally you will be a CAP trained money coach but you can join anyway and be trained by CAP later.

More details of the Money course can be found on the CAP website:

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If you are interested please initially contact David Parker of Central Baptist Church who will answer any queries you may have on either 07915524396 or 01245344250 or email davidparker81@sky.com

Made for More – Update and Prayer Points November 2019

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 November  newsletter

Also, do check out their website: symchelmsford.org 

 

The Wall of Answered Prayer – Can you be one of their 2019 Heroes?

The Wall is such an amazing God inspired project! One of their team spoke at our recent God’s Vision for Cities Conference in Chelmsford. We urge you to consider supporting them financially and here are their latest Prayer Points too.

The Wall’s most critical 6 weeks so far

We are now weeks away from submitting our planning application. To make this happen, we need to find £145,000 in the next 6 weeks, and we want you to help us hit this target.

We are looking for 2019 heroes to donate £72 each to hit this ambitious target – could you be one of them?

On Saturday 14th December we will celebrate hitting our target with a party, and we will invite all of our 2019 Heroes. We hope to see you there!

FOLLOW THIS LINK TO GIVE: https://www.totalgiving.co.uk/appeal/2019heroes

Prayer Points

• Please pray that God would provide abundantly for our 2019 fundraiser, and that as people sow into the project we will all reap a rich harvest in the years to come.

• We are so thankful for your support, no matter how small. Please pray and see if God is asking you to donate to The Wall of Answered Prayer.

• Praise God that our public consultations have gone smoothly. Please pray that there will be no feedback that hinders our planning application.

If you would like to pray for The Wall more regularly, please consider joining our team of intercessors. Contact us for more info.

How can we pray for the General Election?

Some great advice from World Prayer Centre, Birmingham: 

Prayer is the first way we can engage in the election.  The Evangelical Alliance has also launched a prayer series entitled ‘Praying ahead of the General Election’ to aid the church in its intercession in the run-up to the General Election.

CARE has also recently gone live on their new bespoke election website EngaGE19.

Let us make this the election that is most covered in prayer.

  • WPC’s role is to watch and pray during the week and issue prayer we believe is on God’s heart. We will also signpost other agencies who will give practical and detailed prayer points.
  • Let us be clear God is shaking the nation. Some shaking will happen during the elections and obviously afterwards as a new Government takes shape. The politics will be important but we want to look beyond for His kingdom to come and His will to be done.
  • Let us stand together – there is so much division and the enemy will stoke up more. We come in an opposite spirit – we are God’s people – united, generous, holding different views but wanting to bless.
  • We can keep it simple – Hallowed be Your name, Your Kingdom come, Your will be done and we can do practical things like praying for each candidate in our constituency, praying for peace in our streets, praying for truth in the media.
  • “Create in us a clean heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within us. Do not cast this nation from your presence, or take your Holy Spirit from us. Restore this United Kingdom to the joy of your salvation.” Sovereign Lord change our nation, soften our heart, and prepare us for revival.

CTEEL AGM and update about Chelmsford

Major Norman Ord, outgoing Chair of CTEEL starting the mornings proceedings

Some of the CTiC Team were able to be at the Churches Together in Essex and East London AGM today, held at Central Baptist Church, Chelmsford.

It was wonderful to hear so much talk around unity, prayer and mission – joining together As One, to see the Kingdom of God come to our region.

Check out the new CTEEL website here: http://www.cteel.org.uk

Amongst a number of speakers CTiC Chair, David Gilbey, was invited to give a five minute update about what The Lord is doing in Chelmsford. Here is what he said:

Autumn 1967, age 5, I received a book token, a Grade 1 with honours award for 49/49 weeks attendance at Chelmsford Elim Church Sunday School. My mother and I went and purchased, The Big Wheel and The Little Wheel.

A fairground came to town, a small cog wheel fell from a truck and was found by a little boy, Philip.   With his elderly neighbour, Mr Jackson, they went to the fairground site, where a number of men stood by a stationary Ferris wheel, scratching their heads.

With the little wheel fitted into the mechanism, Philip and Mr Jackson got an exciting complimentary ride! The story ends:

They went up, and up, and up. They went higher than the trees They went higher than the birds. They went up so high that the town looked like a drawing and the red buses on the road looked like little models….

…”There you are,” said the man “If you hadn’t found our little wheel Big Wheel wouldn’t have worked… I’ve been flying,” said Philip. “Flying. I was flying, Mr Jackson.” I was flying with you,” said Mr Jackson. “What a day. The little wheel and the Big Wheel.”

Christians Together in Chelmsford exists to see The Kingdom of God come to our City. Everyone here, grassroots to leadership is a significant cog in God‘s Big ‘Kingdom wheel’. Young and old or in-between, we each have an equal and crucial God ordained part to play.

Our foundation is unity in The Spirit, love both for God and one another that will, as in John 13, attract and cause people here to know that we are followers of Jesus. CTiC is increasingly relational, as The Lord leads, in particular developing and facilitating friendships with and between leaders and influencers.

We aspire to see ‘The Church’ in our City, not individual churches and that instead of simply inviting people to come to us and our meetings and events, that we increasingly leave our buildings and be the leaven, the salt, bringing light into every dark corner here.

Chelmsford is the birthplace of radio, when, in 1899 Marconi opened his first radio works. In 1920 – 100 years next year – the first commercial broadcast from Chelmsford was heard across the Atlantic, We strongly believe that The Lord has purposed Chelmsford, England’s newest City to be a place of broadcast of the Good News of Jesus out to our nation and world.

To that end and only this year, we were introduced to and are currently journeying with two organisations:

National organisation – City Vision, whose Christian businessman founder carries a vision to Disciple our Nation by Discipling its Cities. Part of their strategy is to facilitate connections between people of peace in a City – those in The Church with those in Business, Civic life, Third sector and Education.

We have a Conference Sat 2nd Nov. God’s Vision for Cities at Life Church – leaflets available – and the day before as an example of how this is already happening, a group from City Vision, two from the USA involved in City transformation globally and some of our Christian leaders and influencers will be meeting with several City Councillors, our Council Chief Executive and others in positions of influence here.

Global Ministry – The Rooftop, headed up by local man Rev. Dennis Pethers – who formally ran Viz-a Viz  -a youth ministry operating both in Chelmsford and nationally.

The Rooftop facilitates Rooftop Encounters, taking groups of Christian leaders to high places – buildings, even mountains if you have one! – to overlook their cities for a paradigm changing  encounter with God…

…rather like in my book, Philip and Mr Jackson high up on the Big Wheel – seeing  their City from a different perspective, looking down and upon and across their town, seeing it differently, globally, just as God does, across and through parish, estate and the other artificial boundaries we apply.

This is so together church leaders may join Jesus in His Citywide mission – not as so often, asking Him to join our individual ones, worthy though many will be!

The Rooftop, together with CTiC  have just started the planning for a Chelmsford Rooftop encounter, and indeed several throughout Mid to South Essex.  The date is 30 May 2020 – Saturday before Pentecost – Watch this Space – some of you might well find yourselves involved!

This will lead to a Global Rooftop 10 October 2020, in faith to involve 100 nations, which will be launched from Chelmsford

Chelmsford, will be broadcasting again across the nations – exactly 100 years after Marconi – and this time the message will be of Jesus Mission – the Great Commission – rippling across the nation and across the world!

Highlights from our recent AGM & Vision afternoon

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

A big thank you to everyone who came along to our 2019 AGM. Our time together was very much a time to explore and communicate vision of what we see The Lord doing and wanting to do in our City.

We invited all the Christians of our City, leaders and ‘grassroots’ alike to find out more. There were envisioning and motivating talks from local Christian leaders and influencers, opportunity for praise and worship and not least for prayer. Below are some highlights:

AGM Highlights

Nearly 50 people were present, representing a number of our City’s Churches and ministries. CTiC Chair, David Gilbey, started the afternoon by reflecting on the legacy to our City of Marconi and the pioneer work with the development of wireless. This initially took place at the end of the same road, Hall Street, where the AGM was taking place. He expressed the belief that Chelmsford is positioned to be a City of communication of the Good News of the gospel of Jesus Christ to the nation and nations.

‘Admin’ was kept to a minimum, but those present were called to endorse our Committee, to which we welcomed two new  members. The Committee now looks like this:

David Gilbey, Life Church, Chair
Pete Bardwell, Oasis Church, Vice Chair
Robin Stevens, All Saints’, Springfield, Treasurer
Richard Cecil, St Andrew’s, Sandon, Secretary
Sue Gibson, Skylark Church
Ben Gardner, Life Church
Roy Brackley, Foodbank
Rachel Hewings, Cathedral
Rev. Gemma Fraser, St John’s and St Luke’s, Moulsham -newly elected
Rev. Dan Pierce, St. Francis, Beaulieu -newly elected

It was great to hear from our Treasurer, Robin Stevens, that following a change from requiring subscriptions to requesting donations from our members, so far this year we have received more money than the last, with fewer (so far) having given! We already have enough in the bank to cover the Procession of Witness next year!

We heard from three leaders of Christian organisations who imparted short but insightful thoughts and vision:

Dave PYE, Chair of Made for More, (the new name of SYM, Chelmsford’s Schools Youth Ministries) reflected the conviction that so many secondary school children are not experiencing life as God intends. We are made for joy, for laughter and so Made for More have sixteen mentors to support particular students in secondary schools in Chelmsford. Dave then shared a vision for a chaplain in each secondary school in 3 years.

Diane Regan,  spoke of co-founding Kintsugi Hope, a Chelmsford based UK wide charity that comes alongside those with mental and emotional health problems. The name Kintsugi is based on the Japanese method of repairing earthenware with gold powder in the glue enhancing and beautifying the look of the repair. This is a parable for finding treasure in life’s scars. She then put the need to find Hope in Jesus at the centre and advised how Kintsugi Hope are providing a 12-week courses to help people find Him. It is not therapy nor counselling but it is facilitated peer mentoring.

Rev. Dennis Pethers, leader of international ministry, The Rooftop, spoke of the vision he has to help Christians, particularly leaders, to see a city like God does. In Acts 10 we see Peter going on the rooftop to pray and there he began to understand that the gospel is for all. Dennis said that the church needs to wake up to make disciples beyond the walls of the churches. He then spoke of how on 10th October 2020 The Rooftop ministry is organising what is being called The Global Encounter in which Christians from over 100 countries go to a high place in or near their town and ask Jesus, “What do you see and how can we join with you?”

Our Secretary Richard has kindly produced a more complete summary of the afternoon, in the form of Minutes. You can view or download these by clicking here.

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The journey of CTiC

Published before the AGM, some further reflections by CTiC Chair David Gilbey:

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.

City Vision Conference – 2nd November – have you purchased your ticket yet?

Saturday 2nd November at Life Church, Hall Street, Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 0HG, arranged by our friends, City Vision and Christians Together in Chelmsford.

Come and enjoy a stimulating day of learning, fellowship, worship, and practical wisdom about cities. Organised by City Vision in partnership with Global Advance and Christians Together in Chelmsford. You’ll get unique insights on what God is doing elsewhere.

Click here to download the flyer as a pdf

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Here is a quick introduction to City Vision and the conference, by City Vision Leader, Tony Hodges.

Ticket price £35. Lunch and refreshments included.


What are the signs of the Kingdom coming to a city? Does God have a blueprint for cities?  Is it just ‘larger churches’ or does it include social transformation? Can the experience of other cities bless yours? Can a wider view inspire new possibilities?
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Significant Leaders from the UK and USA will be speaking – including Debra Green OBE, National Director of Redeeming Our Communities, (ROC), Peer, Lord Nat Wei of Shoreditch, Ken Janke from Dallas, a director of Global Advance (78 international missions this year.) and Jon Peterson, founder of City Force and a father to the 24-7 Prayer movement.
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The full programme will be confirmed nearer the time, but will run from 9.30am to 4.30pm, with an evening session, 6.30 to 9 pm.

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Also, check out this video from the previous City Vision Conference, which took place in Coventry in May.
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A reminder about our AGM this Sunday… and find out about The Rooftop?

Everyone is most welcome to our AGM and Vision afternoon, 3pm, this Sunday 13th October, Life Church, Hall Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0HG.

Refreshments from 2.40pm and again afterwards, when you are encouraged to stay on for networking!

Click here for full details and to view/download the Program for the afternoon.


The Rooftop

One of our speakers on Sunday will be an old friend to the Christian Community of Chelmsford, Rev. Dennis Pethers, who formally led Viz-a Viz, a well known local and national ministry to young people – which at one time facilitated the Christian Schools work in Chelmsford. Dennis lives in South Woodham Ferrers, only a few miles from Chelmsford

Dennis then felt to lay Viz-a Viz down and for the last five years, he has headed up an international ministry, The Rooftop. At the AGM he will give a ten minute outline of the ministry and how he believes it can help bring The Kingdom of God to a City… and in particular the City of Chelmsford!

This Sunday, 13th, Dennis is also speaking at the regular Sunday services at Life Church – 9.30 am, 11 am and 6.30 pm and you are welcome to any of these meetings hear him amplify on what The Rooftop is all about.

Accommodation Required for a Christian Couple called to our City

ACCOMMODATION REQUIRED – PLEASE SHARE

FROM Pete Bardwell, Team Leader, Oasis Church:

A couple who are friends of mine, in faith, are moving to Chelmsford believing God has called them here for such a time as this.

They are seeking some affordable accommodation, so we are asking Christians across Chelmsford if anyone may have a room/ or property to let asap. They would consider any opportunities which might present themselves from shorter term to longer term options.

If you are able to help please get in touch at office@theoasischurch.org.uk or 020 3286 9174. Thank you for prayerfully considering this.