News & Views

Introduction to City Vision on 6th June – what happened!

We asked the question – how can a City truly be transformed for The Kingdom of God? Cities have great prominence in The Bible. Does Chelmsford have a God ordained destiny? Since 2012, we have been England’s newest City. Good questions!

At the beginning of 2019, Christians Together in Chelmsford were introduced to City Vision – https://cityvision.life. Its founder Tony Hodges and his team have since started a dialogue with some of the CTiC Committee and other leaders and influencers within our City.

Tony Hodges, is also the founder and now Chairman of AHC, a successful consultancy company of over one hundred staff,  with offices in the UK, USA and Australia. They help large,companies and corporations, many of whom are household names, to communicate pension and benefits choices to their employees.

Tony freely admits that his personal understanding of Pensions is limited, but as a gifted communicator the foundational principle upon which he has led and guided AHC to success is as, ‘a People Business, friendly and informal, dedicated to making a real difference to the lives people lead’.

Tony, is a committed Christian and is passionate about seeing Great Britain return to its Christian roots and to see revival for the good news of Jesus Christ to come to our nation. He firmly believes that Cities, which contain an ever greater percentage of the nation’s population and the Christians who live and work in them, both at a ‘grassroots’ and civic level, have a crucial role in seeing this happen.

From the profits of AHC, about 5 years ago Tony established City Vision, to explore through Holy Spirit guided process, how cities and their people can be transformed and become living demonstrations of The Kingdom of God on earth.

City Vision Intro from City Vision on Vimeo.

City Vision is continuing to develop their processes, to connect leaders and influencers from Civic, Business Education, Charity and Christian Community, so all might work alongside and serve each other better. It is about bringing the marketplace and The Church in a City together and removing that barrier between ‘secular ‘and ‘spiritual’ that is so often created. It is about loving and ascribing to all throughout our society equal value, even if we might disagree with their views or lifestyle – just as Jesus loves each of us, Christian or not.

City Vision is also about seeing all Christians, whatever walk of life they are in, realise that they are an influencing ‘leaven in the dough’ of City life and an affecting aroma of Christ wherever they work, play or find themselves.

Our meeting – Thursday 6th June at Life Church

On the evening of 6th June, we had an opportunity to discover more about City Vision, at Life Church and be part of an ongoing conversation about what it could mean for Chelmsford. Seventy-eight people, including leaders and influencers from our Christian Community, attended to hear a most passionate Tony Hodges unpack his vision! There is now much to consider and pray through.

However, amongst the graphs, the charts, the processes and strategies to be explored, Tony spoke of one most simple. He always carries with him small wooden crosses, about 2 inches high and when The Holy Spirit prompts, he gives them to people in places he visits, such as businesses, shops, restaurants, hotels and in the street.

The cross is an enduring symbol of Jesus’ love and sacrifice to us all, a real conversation starter and they have touched many who have received them. Surely we could all engage with this? Wouldn’t it be amazing if our City was known as the place where you can receive the message of Jesus love by the giving of a cross?

City Vision is able to supply these crosses in quantity and we will be looking at obtaining a quantity for Christians in our City to carry and give away.

The Rooftop

We also welcomed an old friend to the Christian Community of Chelmsford, Dennis Pethers, who formally led Viz-a Viz, a well known ministry to young people. Dennis now heads up an international ministry, The Rooftop  – https://therooftop.org/.  Dennis spoke for a few minutes about The Rooftop, the vision of which which has some striking parallels to that of City Vision.

Dennis lives in South Woodham Ferrers, a few miles from Chelmsford and there is a growing thought that he has a new and significant role to play, as God unfolds His plan for the transformation of Chelmsford.

Next steps, including a Conference in Chelmsford -1st November

This an unfolding journey. Initially CTiC intends to facilitate further introductions to the work of City Vision meetings within the Christian Community of our City and leaders and influencers who wish to engage directly are most welcome to do so.

We are also really pleased to announce that on Saturday 2nd November 2019, City Vision will be arranging a Conference here in Chelmsford to further explore what God has for us and the other cities of the United Kingdom. This will be held at Life Church. Please put the date in your diary and further details will be released soon.

 

Pray at St. John’s during Thy Kingdom Come

From St. John’s in Moulsham Street – do join them!

Have you heard of Thy Kingdom Come? It’s an prayer initiative launched in 2016 within the Church of England which has exploded into an international ecumenical movement!

We will be hosting a week of prayer events from Sunday 2nd to Sunday 9th June.

We are really looking forward to playing our part!

Schools Youth Ministries – June 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 a PDF of their newsletter for June

Also, do check out their website: symchelmsford.org 

Thy Kingdom Come – 24 hours of Prayer at Meadgate, 31 May – 1 June

As part of Thy Kingdom Come Global Prayer Initiative, which runs the ten days from Ascension Day to Pentecost each year, you are invited to participate 24 hours of Prayer at The Orchards, part of Meadgate Church.

From 7pm Friday 31st May to 7pm Saturday 1st June, Christians from all around the City are encouraged to come and pray for five people to become followers of Jesus Christ and to pray for our City, Nation and World.

Simply turn up at any time at all during the 24 hours and stay for as long or short a time as you are able.

Also during Thy Kingdom Come at Great Baddow Churches:

See what happened in Chelmsford last year: https://chelmsford24-7.org/about/previous-events/thy-kingdom-come-may-2018/

Could you sponsor SYM Team members – Baddow Races 19 May?

SYM rely on the prayers, financial giving and practical support of the Christian Community in our City, to enable them to be a committed and significant presence in the lives of young people across Chelmsford.

CTiC have just become aware of this great opportunity to support them. SYM Team member, Abigail Sheldrake writes:

Sponsorship opportunity

Abigail Sheldrake and Karen Tullet are going to be running the 10 mile route at the ‘Baddow Races’ on Sunday 19th May 2019. All sponsorship raised will go directly to support the work of SYM.

Our two main financial needs at present are; covering extra staffing hours to provide mentoring in Sandon School and secondly, for some computer tablets to use in our lunchtime groups.

We would love to use interactive resources such as games, videos and pictures via tablets in these Christian-faith based sessions.
 
If you would like to sponsor us it is really easy you just click here: www.give.net/symchelmsford

[Note that the give.net page refers to CADEF, which is the underpinning Charity  of SYM)].

Thank you!

Can we reach a City for Christ?

Could The Church in Chelmsford reach the whole of our city for Christ? A radical question and one that CTiC are presently exploring.

Evangelist Dr Ed Silvoso from Argentina offers an answer from his personal experience. Here’s are the opening paragraphs of Ed’s story from his website: www.edsilvoso.com

PRINCIPLE: CITIES ARE CENTRAL TO GOD’S REDEMPTIVE STRATEGY. THE GREAT COMMISSION BEGINS WITH A CITY‚ JERUSALEM‚ AND CULMINATES WHEN ANOTHER CITY‚ THE NEW JERUSALEM‚ BECOMES GOD’S ETERNAL DWELLING WITH HIS PEOPLE. IN ORDER TO FULFILL THE GREAT COMMISSION, WE MUST REACH EVERY CITY ON EARTH WITH THE GOSPEL.HELLO

IS IT POSSIBLE TO REACH AN ENTIRE CITY FOR CHRIST? This was one of the first and most persistent questions I asked myself as a new believer. Acknowledging that God wishes that none should perish and that Christ gave Himself in ransom for all (see 1 Tim. 2:4,5; 2 Pet. 3:9), I constantly wondered what it would take for the Church in a given city to take the good news to everyone there.

I received the Lord when I was 13 and living in my native Argentina. The best decision I made as a new Christian was to have a weekly appointment with God. Every Thursday, at 7:00 P.M. sharp, I rode my bicycle to the western shore of the Parana River in my hometown of San Nicolas. During that precious hour, I poured out my heart to God, trying to understand the loneliness I felt as a born-again Christian high schooler in a spiritually skeptical town of almost 100,000 souls. If Jesus was indeed the only way, why was it that no one else wanted to find Him?…

Continue to read the story on his website – click here

Schools Youth Ministries – May 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 a PDF of their newsletter for May

Also, do check out their website: symchelmsford.org 

Join the Healing Bus Team – High St. Sat 4th May

This Saturday, you are invited to join the Healing Bus Mobile Prayer Ministry Team to speak to people in Chelmsford City Centre, offering where appropriate prayer and Christian literature.

They meet at the city sign in the High Street, junction with Springfield Road, at 10:30 for initial prayer, or join them anytime for an hour or longer to experience one of the facets of ministry the Lord has called them to.

Last month some folk received healing and one man made a commitment to become a Christian.

Simply turn up on the day and make yourself known, or contact Marina Price as below.

An Introduction to City Vision – evening 6th June 2019

How can a City truly be transformed for The Kingdom of God?

Christians Together in Chelmsford have recently been introduced to City Vision – (https://cityvision.life). Its founder Tony Hodges, one of our speakers at our City Prayer Breakfast – click here for Breakfast details – has agreed to stay and be part of an informal evening gathering.

There will be an opportunity to discover more about City Vision and be part of an ongoing conversation about what it could mean for Chelmsford.

At Life Church, Hall Street, Chelmsford, CM2 oHG

Pizza and drinks from 7pm, starting about 7.45pm.

Please advise us if you would like pizza, so we can order in enough. There will be no charge for the evening – email chair@ctic.org.uk

Take a look at this introductory video from City Vision

City Vision Intro from City Vision on Vimeo.