A reminder – come and Pray for our City this Thursday – full details: click here
A reminder – come and Pray for our City this Thursday – full details: click here
In 2012, Chelmsford, once a sleepy market town, suddenly found itself a City! We are England’s newest City, and were granted this most rare honour by Queen Elizabeth II, in the year of her Diamond Jubilee.
The Bible speaks much about Cities. They are important places both not only in the natural realm but spiritually too. The New Testament speaks of the early Church being in Cities – ‘The Church in…’ – not individual churches, but one body consisting of all Believers – men and women to be reckoned with, full of the Holy Spirit, spreading the ‘leaven’ of The Gospel all around their communities and advancing The Kingdom of God right where they lived and worked.
Imagine being part of the early church in the City of Jerusalem, as described in Acts, Chapter 2, entitled in the NIV translation, The fellowship of the believers:
42 They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. 43 Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. 44 All the believers were together and had everything in common. 45 They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. 46 Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, 47 praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
It is of course no surprise to God we have become a City, but has the Church in Chelmsford truly woken up to the fact? What if The Lord has a really amazing plan lined up, for the Church here to become just like that in the book of Acts?… and The Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved – wouldn’t that be wonderful!
It’s too long a story to relate right now, but CTiC has recently been introduced to a ministry called City Vision and have started a journey of exploration, a conversation with them to see what Kingdom Transformation might really look like here in Chelmsford.
Sound Interesting? We will release more soon.
Meanwhile, check out their video and take a look at the website https://cityvision.life
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:
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
County Ecumenical Officer
Churches Together in Essex & East London (CTEEL)
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!
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?
Check out all our events – click here – why not let CTiC promote and advertise your Christian event too?
Keep The Banner Flying High
A worship night with Graham Kendrick at St. Mary’s, Great Baddow -Friday 26 April.
Tickets £10 available from St Mary’s Church Office. Tel: 01245 477501
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
Church @ 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), 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
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/
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:
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.