News & Views

Schools and Youth Ministries (SYM) – Latest Newsletter

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 

Greatest Showman fan? – a different kind of Lent Course

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/

 

The Orchards Cafe Meadgate and Journey Through Easter

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:

www.meadgatechurch.org.uk/people-news/the-orchards

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.

 

Next FGB Dinner 26 Mar – come hear a story of a life changed

You are warmly invited to the Chelmsford Full Gospel Businessmen (FGB) dinner on Tuesday 26th March with speaker, Bruce Wick.
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Bruce is a businessman who made a fortune by manufacturing logging equipment sold in 63 nations.  He had a house with 17 bedrooms and a dozen household staff.  He had airplanes.  Money was his God and king.  Then came a big turnaround, and he gave millions away (… what!).  Come along and hear Bruce’s story…
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Both men and women are welcome to attend.
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We will be meeting at the Saracen’s Head Hotel, High Street, Chelmsford at 7pm for 7.30pm start.  
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The price of the dinner is £15.
Menu to be announced.
(please let us know if you have any food allergies)
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At the end of the evening there will be an opportunity to receive prayer for healing. One guest was almost completely healed from debilitating tinnitus at our February dinner, when our speaker prayed for him.
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Please note that all bookings must be received before Saturday 23rd March (if you book in and then can’t join us for any reason, please let us know in good time so that we can adjust the booking accordingly).
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We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday 26th.
To make a booking (pay with cash on the night) – please email Andy Parker – click here.
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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.

Snip of Prayer Support meetings decal - no date

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 ctic.org.uk, 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.

Blessings

David

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:’

Phil Norton

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To find out more, contact: Billericay@streetpastors.org.uk

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: www.fairtrade.org.uk/get%20involved//Current-campaigns/Fairtrade-Fortnight

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: www.chelmsfordstar.coop/food/news/fairtrade-local-food-tasting-event-wednesday-6th-march-2019

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: stfrancisstory.wordpress.com/2019/02/04/worship-creative

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: bradwellpilgrimage.co.uk

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