About us & our Vision

Loosely affiliated to 24-7 Prayer UK, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer is an initiative to bring together, ‘As One’, the Christians of our City through prayer. 

Unity, or ‘being as one’, and true love for each other only truly comes through the gospel of Jesus Christ and the bond of His Holy Spirit.

Together, we purposefully pray. that the Good News of Jesus Christ will be taken out into our communities, to see transformation, blessing and revival over our City and District and to the lives of all who live, work or visit here.

We are a ‘Catalyst’, seeking to work in ever greater partnership with local Churches and Christian organisations and in particular we work closely with the City-wide Christians Together in Chelmsford.

We are clear to all we work with, as in the Great Commission of Jesus, (Matthew 28: 16-20), that our primary motivation is to work to see the people of our City come into a radical life-changing relationship with Jesus Christ, and to become His Disciples. 

Where did the vision come from?


David Gilbey has lived in Chelmsford all his life, and since 1980, been a committed Christian. In 2011, he ‘retired’ after 30 years service with Essex Police. For several years before this, he believed that God had something significant for him to be involved with in his City.
In August 2014 David attended a Christian summer camp where he clearly heard God call him to start a city-wide Christian prayer movement in Chelmsford.
With the blessing and commissioning of his own Church, he immediately left his employment with a local social housing provider to pursue this vision. Early in 2015, a Steering Group and a supporting prayer team was formed.
What happened next?
March 2015, Chelmsford 24-7 was launched with a City and District wide Week of 24-7 Prayer. An estimated 300 people, from over 40 local churches, local Christian groups and organisations signed up online to pray in 1 hour slots. All 168 hours of the week were filled.
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Prayer Space at North Avenue URC in 2016

Looking beyond, David then heard God speak about creating ‘portable Prayer Spaces’, transporting and setting up resources to guide prayers, for a few hours at a time at different churches on various days.

These have now ‘ebbed and flowed’ around many of the City’s Churches. Prayer Spaces are where people can encounter God, pray for the City, Nation, World, or anything else on their hearts.

Stepping out

Prayer Walk in ‘The Bunny Walks’ Chelmsford January 2017

Prayer Walking makes us a visible presence in our City Centre and Communities, seeking to bless and pray for the The Kingdom of God to come to our streets.

At the Retreat House open day, Pleshey, May 2017

We also have a gazebo, for use as a Prayer Tent, at community events during the Spring and summer months. Do get in touch if you would like us to consider coming along to your event

Other initiatives

Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer has also initiated and been involved with other prayer and outreach initiatives around Chelmsford. Details can be found here.