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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.

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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, 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.



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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Could you be a Rail Pastor?

Rail Pastors is an Ascension Trust project of volunteers helping the most vulnerable people from Society on our National Rail Network

Rail Pastors are looking to Help, Care and Listen to anyone who wants time. If you see them, why not come and say Hi.

From a local Rail Pastor

‘Great to be part of this project across Essex. We need more people to volunteer for this at Brentwood, Chelmsford, Witham, Braintree, Colchester and Clacton.

Very rewarding to Help people on Rail Network.

Photos from my last Rail Pastor patrol:’

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Fairtrade Fortnight 25 Feb -10 Mar & tasting event Quadrant – 6 Mar

CTiC supports Fairtrade

A number of Christians and their Churches in our City support Fairtrade and even sell fairly traded goods at their churches and elsewhere..

For instance, we previously let you know of a weekly Fairtrade stall at Central Baptist Church, Tuesday’s during term time, 10.30am to 2pm -details, click here.

Could you and your church become involved in Fairtrade?

FAIRTRADE FORTNIGHT 25 February – 10 March 2019

Fairtrade say:

Calling all chocolate fans! Join the Fairtrade campaign to ensure that cocoa farmers are paid fairly for their work and are able to live a dignified life. It’s easy to join in.

For two weeks each year, thousands of individuals, companies and groups across the UK come together to celebrate the people who grow our food, people who live in some of the poorest countries in the world and who are often exploited and badly paid. This year we are focusing on the people – in particular the women – who grow the cocoa in the chocolate we love so much.

More details at:

Fairtrade tasting event, Quadrant Store, Chelmsford -6 March

The event will will showcase a range of food from Coop food stores, Fairtrade and local foods.

Tickets are available soon from customer services in the Chelmsford Quadrant department store. (£2 each for members/£3 for non-members)

TICKETS ALSO ONLINE CLICK HERE to purchase your ticket through Eventbrite. (please note an admin charge is made to purchase via this method.)

More information:

Worship Creative – Beaulieu Community Centre – Sunday 24 Feb

From the Blog of St. Francis Community Church, Beaulieu, dated 4th February:

For the last two Sundays we’ve had a little experiment.

We set up various interactive installations in the community centre hall to help inspire prayer with a working title of “worship Creative” (needs work but it’ll do for now!)

A couple of us sat and sang in one corner to create a certain ambiance. People wandered the space, finding their own way, engaging with a bit of this and a bit of that…

Read more:

Come along this Sunday, 24th February and experience Church, but not as you may know it!

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

Bradwell Gathering and Pilgrimage – 6th July

Bradwell Pilgrimage has been running in one way, shape or form for nearly 100 years and gathers people from across Essex (and beyond) for a day of pilgrimage, worship and activities at the historic St Peter’s Chapel in Bradwell-on-Sea. (You can read more about the chapel here)

The 2019 Bradwell Pilgrimage and Gathering will take place on Saturday 6th July and will run from 10:30am until 3:45pm.

The details of the day are currently being finalised but you can expect:

  • A Pilgrimage walk, starting at St Thomas’ Church in Bradwell and arriving at St Peter’s Chapel for worship
  • Activities for the whole family (including children and young people)
  • Inspiring talks
  • A chance to experience the ‘thin place’ where St Cedd sailed down from Lindisfarne to share the message of Jesus with the East Saxons 1300 years ago 

Check out their website:

View and download the flyer/poster as a pdf document – click on the picture

National Call to Prayer – 28th March – by Christians in Government

Next month there is the latest in a number of recent National Prayer Initiatives, this time by Christians in Government. 

Will you join this latest Call? The Call to Prayer across our Nation is becoming a SHOUT!

National Call to Prayer- Christians in Government
National Call to Prayer is a vision, inspired by Christians in Government, to call God’s church across the UK to pray for the nation at this key moment of transition.

The vision is that all Christians, regardless of their denomination, political views and location in the UK come together to pray for the Nation – asking for God’s will to be done and for Him, as the good shepherd to guide and comfort our nation.

They are planning a National Day of Prayer on Thursday 28th March and to have a week of prayer surrounding it with four flagship events, with one 7-8pm in Parliament Square, London, and similar events in Edinburgh, Cardiff, and Belfast.

Events can be hosted in villages, towns and cities across the UK on 28 March.

More details:

SYM – February News and Prayer Letter

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 below to view or download their monthly newsletter for February 2019, as a PDF

Also, do check out their website: 

Prayer for Our City – this Thursday – you need to be there!

Everyone is welcome to join us this Thursday, 7.45pm for 8pm, at the Church of The Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford, CM1 2TS, to pray over our City.

Since the beginning of the year, there have been some exciting developments, that will be shared!…

… read more on the Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer Website – click here.


Strike the Ground – Day of Prayer for Britain – 26th Jan 2019

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Let’s all Strike the Ground!

It is sometimes too easy to simply take a local view of what God wants to do, but through prayer, we are equally able to influence our Nation.

The following is a Message just received today, 18th January, from Adele Richards, Senior Leader, Catch the Fire Bournemouth, who promoted a Day of Prayer on 9th December 2108. A number of Chelmsford Christians took part in this. How about this time too?

‘Yesterday morning I received some strategy from the Lord during my prayer time.

Dr Sharon Stone prophesied in her word for the year that in 2019 there would be more National Days of Prayer and I was happy to see that David Hathaway had organised one for Saturday 26 January, as an event in Wembley with Lou Engle, Betty King, James Aladiran and others leading the prayer. But yesterday I realised that we (as NDOP) were supposed to be adding our voice to this and calling the whole nation to pray again on the date set by David Hathaway.

david hathaway's day of prayer 260119
Click on the picture above for more details and to book to pray at Wembley

The strategy is simply to encourage people to get along to Wembley Arena to pray together if they can, but if they can’t to pray and fast where they are…in homes, churches, prayer rooms…whatever they can organise at late notice.

So here I am again, sounding the trumpet to echo David Hathaway’s call to prayer. The verse I got was 2 Kings 13.18 where Elisha tells the King to strike the ground with the arrows. Had the king struck the ground enough times, Israel’s enemies would have been completely defeated.

I believe we need to unite again across the country in another national day of prayer on the 26th and in this way we strike the ground again and prepare the land for what God wants to do in Britain.

I appreciate this doesn’t leave you as a leader much time to communicate to your people or organise a prayer meeting…but perhaps you have prayer warriors in your church that could gather people in their home, or open up your church on that day.

Perhaps you have time to email the Facebook page to your people, here’s the link:

Thank you so much!