News & Views

Introducing Transforming Essex and a meeting on Wed 18th Sept.

Transforming Essex

Essex is in God’s heart and He has great plans for our county. For some months a growing group of Christian leaders and influencers have been meeting, praying together and mulling over prophetic promises that Essex will have its reputation transformed by the power of Gods love.

God has called and appointed each of us to be ambassadors of His love and to extend His kingdom everywhere we place our feet. There is an invitation for you to become involved with this exciting journey of faith and to discover  what doors The Lord is opening for us all in Essex.

.An invitation to an evening meeting Wed 18th Sept.

We’re really looking forward to seeing you on the evening of September 18th. It will be the first of a series of regular evening meetings for people involved or interested in Transforming Essex to be together.

The aim is for these meetings to have a bit less structure than the  [previous] daytime meetings, allowing more space for the Holy Spirit to lead us and for us to connect with one another. As a taste of what to expect we’ll be sharing vision, celebrating stories, worshipping, praying, prophesying and following the Holy Spirit’s lead.

We have deliberately scheduled these evening meetings to enable people unable to make the daytime meetings to connected with the vision and activities of Transforming Essex.

If you know people who would be interested in the seeing the reputation of this county changed by the love of God, across all sections of society, then please let them know about this event and promote it in your churches.

Doors open at 7.30pm, for 8pm start, at Miracle House, 2 Silva Island Way, Wickford SS12 9NR

YumYums [cafe] will be open for refreshments.

We can’t wait to see you all there!

Blessings to you all,
Transforming Essex Team

Introducing Churches Together in England and their Sept Newsletter

What do you know about Churches Together in England?

‘One in Christ Jesus, engaged in God’s mission, empowered by the Spirit’.

Check out the below video introduction and their website can be found here:

Download and read the September CTe newsletter as a pdf  – click here

Communicating a Vision for our City – CTiC AGM 13th October

Chelmsford – a City of Communication of the Gospel? Here’s Marconi’s very first radio workshop in Mildmay Road/Hall Street – you can see the spire of Life Church, our AGM venue, further along the road.

communicating a vision for our city

The 2019 CTiC AGM will be held, 3pm, Sunday 13th October, at Life Church, Hall Street, CM2 0HG.

Our time together will very much be  a time to explore and communicate vision of what we see The Lord doing and wanting to do in our City.

We invite all the Christians of our City, leaders and ‘grassroots’ alike to find out more. There will be envisioning and motivating talks from local Christian leaders and opportunity for praise and worship and prayer.

This years Speakers

We will have several speakers who will impart short and insightful thoughts and vision.

Apart from members of the CTiC Team, we are presently pleased to confirm Rev. Dennis Pethers, of international ministry, The Rooftop. For many years, Dennis ran youth ministry Viz-a -Viz, which at one time had a great impact in Chelmsford. He will speak on ‘Joining Jesus in His Mission’.

Other speakers will be announced as they are confirmed.


Some thoughts about the journey of CTiC

For the last two years or so, CTiC has become much more relational in the way we partner with the Christians of our City – the churches, para-church organisations and individually. We do not so much represent them, but aspire to champion, promote and be a catalyst to all The Lord is doing through each.

We want to see The Church, God’s Ekklesia in Chelmsford, together ‘As One’, friends, in partnership joining with Jesus in His mission here!

During 2019, we have started a more intentional journey to engage with the City itself, which included in June, our City Prayer Breakfast. Following this, opportunities to engage with the City Council are opening up.

We would like to see CTiC become a real ‘doorway’ between the Christian community and community at large in Chelmsford, signposting and bringing understanding between the two, so we can all serve our City better and at the same time see more of the light of the gospel message shine out to our streets and communities.

David Gilbey
Chair CTiC

Invite to AGM – Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL) – 24th Oct 2019

AN INVITATION from Major Norman Ord, Chair of CTEEL and Divisional commander Herts & Essex Division, The Salvation Army

Churches Together in Essex and East London (CTEEL) would be delighted if you could join us at this year’s Annual Meeting to build relationships and understand how we might serve you better in the year ahead.

Central Baptist Church, Victoria Rd South, Chelmsford, CM1 1LN
Thursday, 24 October 2019
9:30am to 11.30am

Refreshments Available from 9am and throughout the morning

Speaker Ben Aldous, Evangelism and Mission Coordinator, Churches Together in England

RSVP Stuart Sadler, Administrative Officer:

I very much look forward to welcoming you to this event to encourage us all in our witness, service and partnerships as we serve God’s mission across our region.

Essex Healing Trust Conference 26th Oct 2019

You are invited to the annual Conference and AGM of Essex Christian Healing Trust to be held:

9.00 am to 2.30 pm, Saturday 26th October 2019
Meadgate Church Centre, 162a Meadgate Avenue
Great Baddow, Chelmsford CM2 7LJ

(Note that the Church is built into the local shopping parade and it’s entrance is by the Coop – you will not see a church building!)

Speaker is Rev Lucyann Ashdown, currently a Spiritual Care Coordinator in Dorset, but formerly at Farleigh Hospice in Chelmsford. She has spent most of her career in health care.

Lucyann is particularly interested in the way we experience God in times of struggle and absence, encountered as we traverse the terrains of birth, death, ill health and childlessness.

A donation of £8- £10 would be appreciated to cover costs, which can be paid in advance or on the day – Bookings and for payment details, email Geoff Clarke – by 12th October. 


Angel Tree – Christmas Presents for prisoners children – can you help?

Chelmsford Prison Fellowship is a prayer and support group whose mission is to to show Christ’s love to prisoners by coming alongside them and supporting them.

Everything they do is rooted in prayer and they also go into HMP Chelmsford, visiting and supporting prisoners and leading evangelistic meetings.

New volunteers are always welcome.

email Andy Parker: 

Angel Tree Project

Christmas is especially difficult for prisoners and their children. Angel Tree lessens the devastation experienced as a result of parental absence by not only helping families connect and build relationships, but by providing children with much-needed joy.

Prison Fellowship volunteers work with prison chaplains and local churches to buy, wrap and deliver the presents.

Contact Rosemary Hayhoe of Chelmsford Prison Fellowship if you or your church might be interested in supporting the project in Chelmsford this Christmas. email: or phone 01245 473781

Further information can also be found here:


Donate to the work of CTiC

July 2019, the CTiC committee unanimously decided that we would move from annual membership subscriptions to purely voluntary donation based giving.

This is a bold move, as in 2018 we received subscriptions totalling £2412, (not all our members contributed), but expenditure on our annual Good Friday service and City Prayer Breakfast, amounted to just short of £3500! We made up the shortfall from funds already held.

However, based on the Bible passage found in, 2 Corinthians 8:1-7, concerning joyful and generous giving, we feel it is good for the Christians of our City to prayerfully make up their own mind about their contribution to the costs of what God may be calling us to do in the future.

Could you contribute to our work?

Our member Churches and Christian organisations have received a letter concerning the above, but individuals may also feel led to make a contribution, which can currently be made in one of two ways:

Send a cheque, payable to:

‘Christians Together in Chelmsford’, addressed to Christians Together in Chelmsford, c/o Life Church, Hall Street, Chelmsford, CM2 0HG


Make a bank transfer using the following details:

Christians Together in Chelmsford
Sort code: 20-19-95
Account number: 00269077

Thank you so much.



City Vision Conference – Chelmsford Sat 2nd November 2019

Come and enjoy a stimulating day of learning, fellowship, worship, and practical wisdom about cities. Organised by City Vision in partnership with Global Advance and Christians Together in Chelmsford. You’ll get unique insights on what God is doing elsewhere.
Here is a quick intro to City Vision and the conference
Full ticket price £35, early bird tickets until August 30th: £25. Lunch and refreshments included.
Book now on eventbrite using promo code: ‘earlybird’

What are the signs of the Kingdom coming to a city? Does God have a blueprint for cities?  Is it just ‘larger churches’ or does it include social transformation? Can the experience of other cities bless yours? Can a wider view inspire new possibilities?
Besides hearing leaders from UK cities and abroad, we’re delighted to have Lord Wei of Shoreditch and Ken Janke from Dallas, a director of Global Advance (78 international missions this year.)
The full programme will be announced nearer the time.


The Recovery Course – bringing Freedom from any addiction

Recovery Course January 2020

Held at Chelmsford’s Skylark Church, at Widford, the course is for any type of addiction, and there is no need to disclose what it is. It is based on the world renowned 12 Step Programme. See:

This course is FREE and it starts on the 15th January 2020, and runs every Wednesday for 16 weeks until 29th April.

Start time is 7:15pm and the meal is served at 7:30pm. The evening ends at 9:30pm.

For more information and how to book a place on this course go to:

We look forward to meeting you.

Skylark Church Recovery Team

Behold Mime Ministry – Seeing is Believing – Sat 21st Sept 2019

Well known Chelmsford Christian and mime artist Steve Murray of Behold ministry, is very excited to announce that the production of a brand new DVD commences this September. Part of this production is to film a live concert at the Cramphorn theatre in Chelmsford, on Saturday 21st September 2019..

All the proceeds of the concert will go towards the production of the DVD and hire of the theatre so please spread the word and tell your friends. It’s going to be a great night where Steve will perform favourite oldies and newer mimes alike, including the very popular and hilarious Exodus drama!

Tickets are available at the theatre box office price £13 standard and £10 concessions.