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Your Street Pastors need you!

Everybody just have a good time…

…but what happens when a great night out goes bad! Who is there to care?

 


Established in 2008, Chelmsford Street Pastors are now a familiar sight on the Chelmsford weekend nightlife scene. They are acknowledged as a force for good, not only by pubbers and clubbers, but also by the police, CCTV authorities and pub/club owners. Local authorities have commented that since the scheme started there has been a significant drop in the level of anti-social behaviour on Friday and Saturday evenings in Chelmsford – source www.chelmsfordstreetpastors.org

And not least, Street Pastors are the eyes, the ears, the hands of feet of Jesus Christ on our City’s streets, there to represent Him to those who work in and frequent our very different night time economy.

“Street Pastors is about Christians rolling up their sleeves and getting involved in practically responding to the problems of crime and safety. They are like beacons on our streets and I want to see them shining brightly in every constituency.” – David Burrowes, Patron of Ascension Trust, who are behind Street Pastors nationally.

Your Street Pastors need you!

Talking about Street Pastors at Life Church, Chelmsford… in both street and home pray-er uniforms!

As with many initiatives, lots of people initially become involved, but over time, they leave and ‘the few’ are left to soldier on.

Chelmsford Street Pastors are looking for new team members from the Christian Community in our City.

On the Street – Why not join them for for any period between 10pm and 4am one Friday or Saturday as an observer? No obligation, just see them in action! We think you will have your eyes opened to their amazing work!

In the Prayer Room – At their base, just off of the City Centre, they have other members of the team who stay and pray. Yet others remain at home, but all on the end of a telephone, to received up to the minute requests for prayer from the Pastors on the street. They would not go out without prayer back-up.

Get in touch now!

You do not need to make a weekly commitment – many of the Street Pastors volunteer just once a month. Age need not be a barrier – the oldest recruit in Chelmsford is in his 80’s AND goes out on the street! Full training will of course be given.

Simply email info@chelmsfordstreetpastors.org

As part of the Chelmsford Street Pastor Team, you WILL have a good time, and ensure that other’s remember their night out in Chelmsford for really good reasons!

 

 

Fairtrade – Buy locally at Central Baptist Church each Tuesday

What is Fairtrade?

Fairtrade is about better prices, decent working conditions, local sustainability, and fair terms of trade for farmers and workers in the developing world.

With Fairtrade you have the power to change the world every day.

Buying Fairtrade is easy. There are over 4,500 Fairtrade products from coffee and tea to flowers and gold, so when you shop, look for the FAIRTRADE Mark.

Locally, several churches support Fairtrade and each Tuesday, 10.30 am to 2 pm, (except School Holidays), you can find a selection of fairly traded goods for sale at:

Central Baptist Church, Victoria Road South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN 

Do drop-in!

Further information about Fair Trade at www.fairtrade.org.uk

The Healing Bus – spreading the love of Jesus

Healing BusThere are many Christians spreading the light and love of Jesus Christ out in our communities. A great example of this is The Healing Bus, a ministry headed up by Chelmsford Christian’s Marina and Nick Price.

The Healing Bus is not about a bus but all about the love of Jesus. It’s about the church leaving the building and loving people. Sharing the good and unconditional love of Jesus, without condemnation.

They are a mobile prayer ministry that uses a minibus to travel mainly throughout Essex, offering to pray with anyone and everyone for God’s healing touch. They also hand out Christian literature, (free of charge) about Jesus for people to get to know and love Him.

If you would like your church or Christian group to invite a team member to speak, they would love to hear from you.

In His Presence Meetings

They also run a monthly meeting of praise and worship called, In His Presence, which usually take place on the last Friday each month, 7.30 pm, at North Springfield Baptist Church, Havengore, Chelmsford, CM1 6JP. All are welcome

Find out more by visiting their website: www.thehealingbus.org

At the Gate of the Year

At the Gate of the Year – New Year message from CTiC Chair, David Gilbey

KIng George VI Christmas speechSo we stand here again, the tipping point between all that has been in 2018 and all that the New Year will bring. Looking back, how much of what took place during the twelve months could you have honestly predicted? Not very much I suspect… who knows what 2019 will hold!

In 1939, with Great Britain at war, and with a very unknown future ahead for the United Kingdom, King George VI spoke the following words at the end of his Christmas message to the Nation:

I feel that we may all find a message of encouragement in the lines which, in my closing words, I would like to say to you:

I said to the man who stood at the Gate of the Year,

“Give me a light that I may tread safely into the unknown.”

And he replied, “Go out into the darkness, and put your hand into the hand of God.

That shall be to you better than light, and safer than a known way.”

May that Almighty Hand guide and uphold us all.

The King had taken the words from a poem called, ‘God Knows’, published in 1908 by a Christian lady, Minnie Haskins – to read the entire poem – click here.

Prayer and Miracles delivered the Nation

dunkirk-news-articleDuring the World Wars, national prayer and miraculous intervention from God is said to have won us battles and saved countless lives.  (You can find links with evidence for this below). If so, it would not be unreasonable to conject, that for both Wars, this resulted in ultimate victory for the Allied forces.

The most well known miracle occurred just a few months after King George’s Christmas speech, when on 26 May 1940, he called a national day of prayer. Following this, against all odds well over 300,000 British troops were rescued at Dunkirk.

To read more – click here -to go an article on the website of, Call the Nation to Prayer – ctntp.uk. Read too, these articles on the CTNTP site, about Angels and Miracles and other calls to prayer during both World Wars – click here.

The Battle for Britain

Armour of GodIt seems to me that at the end of this year, the UK is once again at war; at war with itself, a civil war of strife and division and disunity. Brexit seems to have brought the whole thing boiling to the surface!

Even The Church in our nation has, in part at least, become embroiled in the battle – opinion against opinion – brother against brother!

Believers in Jesus, we need to open our eyes! Not just our physical ones, as we will simply continue to stumble into the unknown, but to open wide our spiritual eyes! 

The conflict we face is orchestrated by our spiritual enemy – Satan – he wants the ‘soul’ of Great Britain, but we must battle him for it AND AGAIN WE HAVE THE MEANS TO VICTORY!

For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. – Ephesians 6:12

We must do what it says in verse 13:

Therefore put on the full armour of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.

Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal Leaflet

Earlier in 2018, a church minister who is known to me, and who uses the name, Pastor John, was led by The Lord to produce and distribute nationwide, 25,000 copies, of a leaflet he wrote, by email and post called, Wartime Miracles and a National Scandal. 

John said:

The Wartime Miracles Leaflet has a dual purpose. Firstly, it teaches how the Lord dramatically delivered the UK during the Second World War in direct response to those who prayed in humility and repentance. Secondly, it calls upon the people of today to equally approach Him in humility and repentance, pleading for His deliverance from the National dangers we are increasingly facing.

It shows clearly “this is what the Lord did for the previous generation and He can do it again for this generation, if approached in a spirit of humility and repentance.” The Wartime Miracles Leaflet is therefore a clarion call for nationwide intercessory prayer.

Will you take up that Call?

For a downloadable/printable copy of the Leaflet and accompanying write up, on the CTNTP website – click here.

2019 – Take God’s Hand and step forward in faith

It is surely time to stand up and move out! Remind yourself of your ‘battle orders’ by reading the full passage regarding the Armour of God, in Ephesians 6: 10-20 – particularly verse 18:

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people. 

And, Pray without ceasing – 1 Thessalonians 5:17.

Let us turn from division and disunity, come together ‘As One’, and each putting our hand in the Hand of God, step with Him, in faith and confidence, into the unknown of 2019.

May God Bless and keep you throughout the year – the Battle belongs to The Lord!

David

Prayer Breakfast – 19 Jan 2019

9.30 am to 12.30 pm, Saturday 19th January 2019.
Church of the The Holy Spirit, Forest Drive, Chelmsford, CM1 2TS

Both Men & Women welcome. Cost £3.

Speaker Rev. Jennifer Wallace of Quiver Prayer
www.quiverprayermovement.org

Contact jengaskin1@yahoo.com to reserve your place

Prayer Breakfast Quiver 190119

From 2016, QUIVER began to hold Prayer Breakfasts around the United Kingdom. These prayer breakfasts are hosted by individuals, churches, groups of friends or people who want to know more about QUIVER or learn more about prayer.

These prayer breakfasts are an opportunity to not only pray, but also learn more about prayer and living an effective Christian life. Teachings include, The Fundamentals of Prayer, Keys to Effective Prayer, Understanding The Kingdom of God, Living The Kingdom Life In Our Communities, Principles Governing Warfare, Practising Spiritual Warfare, and many more.

Help required – Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL)

Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL), regional representatives of Churches Together in England, are looking for two people to support their ongoing work:

 

New Post – Administrator (self-employed 3 hours/week)

Could you provide a home-based administration service to the County Ecumenical Officer? The hours are flexible and involve gathering a range of information about churches, ecumenical groups, venues for monthly meetings, plus general communication and sharing via social media.

This might suit if you are self-employed (subject to hourly rate), or currently work for a partner church of Churches Together in England, and are interested in additional hours, (subject to agreement).

New Post – Treasurer

The new Treasurer will be supported by one of the Trustees who has been the Acting Treasurer for some months. An annual fee is payable for the work involved.

If you are interested in either of these roles, please contact County Ecumenical Officer, Jacqui King  – jacqui.kingcteel@gmail.com

Volunteer Ward Chaplains at Broomfield Hospital sought

During a recent visit to the Chaplaincy department at Broomfield Hospital, CTiC Chair, David Gilbey, chatted with Lead Chaplain, Tim Blake, about the brilliant work they do and how the Christians of Chelmsford might have closer relations with the work of our Hospital.

Tim requested that CTiC bring two exciting opportunities for volunteering and contributing to the life of the Hospital; its patients, their relatives and staff:

Volunteer Ward Chaplains

New volunteers are being sought to join the Ward Chaplain Team, with training commencing in February 2019. Could that be you? 

For a Recruitment Pack, which contains full details and an advert that could go into your newsletter, an email circulation to your members, or your website – click here to view and download.

Hospital Foundation Trust Membership

We are also encouraged to shape the future of hospital care in our City and beyond with a Christian perspective and voice.

How hospitals in mid Essex are managed is changing and it is likely that in the near future, Broomfield (also the Hospitals at Braintree and Maldon), will join together with Basildon and Southend Hospitals in a new Foundation Trust.

Read about Foundation Trusts here:  www.wwl.nhs.uk/Library/Foundation_Trust/Foundation_Trust_Guide.pdf

Basildon and Southend Hospitals, which are both Foundation Trusts, currently each have more than 10,000 members. If the merger of the three hospitals goes ahead, a new Foundation Trust covering all three hospitals will be formed.

As the Hospitals of mid Essex have not previously been represented in this way, It will be important for mid Essex residents to be fully represented and so you are being encouraged to join now as a ‘Member’ of Mid Essex Hospital Trust (MEHT).

Hospital Governors are also elected from Trust members – might you envisage being a Christian voice in this important strategic role?

More information and a link to an online application for membership is here: www.meht.nhs.uk/foundation-trust

If you need any further information about either opportunity, do contact Lead Chaplain at Broomfield Hospital, Tim Blake: email: MEHT.Chaplain@meht.nhs.uk , 01245 515244

Could you be a Rail Pastor?

An initiative of Ascension Trust, (www.ascensiontrust.org.uk/rail-pastors), Rail Pastors is a prototype initiative within the Street Pastors family that came about at the request of the British Transport Police who offered their support if a patrol “like Street Pastors” could be established on a stretch of the network where there had been a high number of suicide attempts and fatalities.

Rail Pastors in Essex

There will be recruitment in January and February 2019, for any new volunteers. You need to be over eighteen, involved in a local Christian Church for at least one year, be able to obtain a reference from your Minister, be DBS checked and available for training.

If you are interested, email billericay@streetpastors.org.uk

Introducing Kintsugi Hope

Kintsugi Hope exists to create safe and supportive spaces for those experiencing mental and emotional health challenges.

“Kintsugi”, meaning “golden joinery”, is a Japanese technique for repairing pottery with seams of gold. This repairs the brokenness in a way that makes the object more beautiful, and even more unique than it was before.  Instead of hiding the scars it makes a feature of them.

Kintsugi Hope was founded in 2017 by Chelmsford Christians Diane and Patrick Regan OBE after a series of events that took them to the brink physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually.

They realised how many people have felt alone in theirs and the great need for each of us to be vulnerable, open and honest when life is hard.  Only when this happens can healing start to take place.

To discover more about Kintsugi Hope and its ministry, go to their website:

www.kintsugihope.com

Patrick Regan OBE speaking at Chelmsfords Life Church about Kintsugi Hope

Praying for our Nation in Chelmsford last Sunday

2018-12-09 18.41.07Last Sunday, 9th December, there was a Day of Prayer for Government and Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer, in partnership with CTiC, were delighted to make an opportunity for those locally to take part.

From 7pm to 10pm, at Cables House, next to Life Church, around 25 people for a number of different churches came along to what was a remarkable evening of open prayer, petition, declaration, prophetic insight and worship, which unfolded as The Holy Spirit led.

It was great to know we were just one group out of many across the country who were meeting that day. I think all of us who were there believed that we had ‘done real business’ with Heaven and our prayers for the Government of the UK were heard and acted upon.

Do keep praying for God’s will to be done and for His Kingdom to come upon our country and it’s leaders, particularly as the Brexit debate still rumbles on!

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Some of those who gathered during the evening in prayer
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We had a whiteboard for prophetic words and scriptures to be written

Written on the Board:

Pray without ceasing

For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given and the government will be upon his shoulders

Lord forgive, hear and Act!  -Daniel 9:19

Deliver this nation from its destructions Lord. ‘And he will turn the hearts of fathers to their children and the hearts of children to their fathers’… Mal. 4:6

Now all glory to God, who is able, through His MIGHTY POWER at work in us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask of think. Eph. 3:20 GOD WILL DO MORE

We lift You up with our praise. Build Your Throne O Lord over our Nation

ORDER! ORDER! Thou whose almighty word chaos and darkness heard – progressive order, starting with the basics