A Sound over Chelmsford

Watts, George Frederic, 1817-1904; The Wandering MinstrelWhilst away recently with my friend Peter Hill, seeing what God has for Call the Nation to Prayer, a man we stayed with overnight conveyed to me over breakfast something that he felt God had told him. He said that I was a ‘wandering minstrel’ for God’s Kingdom, that In essence, I carry and convey a ‘sound’, so as I connect with different people, ‘choirs’ form as they join and blend in, with their own ‘sound’!

This was particularly interesting, because over the previous couple of days whilst in Coventry, there was another mention of sound. We had being drawn to visit the City because of it’s geographical centrality in the Nation. There had been musing of the significance of the letter ‘C‘ –  Coventry, Centre and musically, middle C.

Someone had mentioned that on one occasion they were in Amsterdam Central Railway Station and that they had sounded middle C loudly on the piano there, listening to its resonance echoing out into the vast space of the building.

I believe God is creating a new sound, a ‘resonance’ over our City and across the UK. It could be singing or the playing of musical instruments, but it’s not traditional or even contemporary church music, or what you would hear at a ‘praise and worship event’ or on the latest You Tube clip from that well known band. Mostly it probably isn’t a sound based on musical notes at all.

Piano Amsterdam

The sound is actually the sound of Bible believing Christians – true followers of Jesus Christ. It is of those who had had enough of what our society has become, had enough of sin, those who care enough to lay it all down, repent, then rise up, ‘As One’, taking their place to do something about it.

It’s of those who will step outside the box, break religious tradition and cross and even demolish denominational boundaries. Those who desire again an Acts 2 Church. Those who are unselfish, give all they have to all in need, that heal the sick, raise the dead, weep with those who mourn. Those who restore hope and sanity where there seems none.

It’s those who reject division, hate and dis-unity of any kind, with an unconditional love that says, you are accepted, you are forgiven, because Jesus died not just for me… but you.

It is a sound of Heaven, heaven touching earth, of The Kingdom of God about to invade. An earthly army about to rub shoulders with the armies of heaven to take this planet back for Him. To take it back to His first design.

The sound is one of prayer. 24-7 prayer. This prayer comes out of a radical encounter with Jesus. It’s an abandoned, naked walk in the cool of the day with our loving Heavenly Father in the Garden, a restoration of relationship lost. The sound is one of arms thrown around necks and tear drops hitting the ground as forgiveness flows and relationships are restored – made totally new.

It’s the sound of the Wind of the Holy Spirit as we allow Him to blow us, take us wherever He will and whatever the cost.

It’s a sound that is surely gathering over Chelmsford, over the villages, towns and other cities of our Nation.

It’s a sound of a trumpet, ‘the last trump’, the sound that says He is coming again. Jesus is on the way.

It’s time to make your sound heard and get ready to greet Him.

Blessings

David

David Gilbey
Leader, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer

A Prophetic Word

2017-10-26 20.53.47

On Thursday 26th October, during our regular Prayer Support Team Meeting, a Prophetic Word was presented by one of the members.

We feel that it is a very relevent and up to the moment word for us and the Christian Believers in our Nation.

Please weigh it carefully:

Prophecy 13th October 2017

I woke in the middle of the night and felt called by God to write the following;

‘I am the alpha and the omega, the first and the last. I reign in heaven but I see and know everything that happens on the earth, even those things that are done in secret, behind locked doors, out of sight.

I have seen and registered all these things and I tell you that retribution is coming for those who deal in deeds of darkness.

Do not fear for there is already a glimmer of light showing through the dark clouds.’

(At this point I had a time of confessing my sins.)

‘I am even now releasing the wind of my Spirit to blow through the world to bring healing and cleansing. This is not the second coming of my Son but it will block the plans of the enemy at this time and enable my plans to come together and be accomplished.

Keep praying, for this is a critical time; the enemy is deluded and would think that he is gaining the upper hand but he is falling into a trap.

Be on your guard, be alert and ready to move when I prompt you. Believe your eyes and ears, all that I will show you and say to you and above all be obedient to all I ask of you. Do not fear, put your hand in my hand and I will lead you forward into battle.

Always remember that Jesus has already won the victory; this will be just a skirmish and you will have my Heavenly Army fighting with you. Remember too that the enemy is very devious so be very attentive to all that I say to you.’

Colossians ch2 v15 (NEB)

On that cross he discarded all the cosmic powers and authorities like a garment. He made a public spectacle of them and led them captive in his triumphal procession.

Pat Brown

Dream for a Prayer Centre in Chelmsford

Read our full Summer Newsletter –click here

Dream for a Prayer Centre in Chelmsford – by Leader David Gilbey
.

Prayer Room 2In a central and visible location, rent and rate free, or vastly reduced, in a good state of repair, needs some parking, a large room for prayer with independent access 24-7. Tea & coffee facilities – maybe a cafe, offices – a place where absolutely anyone would be comfortable to walk into… and have a life changing encounter with God!

Just a few of things I, along with our Team, have been starting to dream for, to create Prayer Centre in the middle of our City. God seemed to say, right when He gave me the vision to start Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer in August 2014, that we would have one and recently, that vision has come back into focus.

A few weeks ago, I was at a Leaders Prayer Breakfast in Ipswich and after, was invited back to the town’s Elim Church to talk to their leadership about what we are doing with 24-7 Prayer. Whilst talking with the senior pastor, his assistant felt God had a Word for me. Part of this was that we would have a Prayer Centre, ‘sooner than we think’ and that it would be in a prominent position… and he was not sure about this, but felt it could be opposite a bank!

I then felt to contact a man in Chelmsford, that I have met periodically over many months and who, along with his church, has had a real vision for acquiring use of a building in the City Centre, that could be used by local Christians for community use. That had not come to fruition and the idea had been dropped. However, when I met him some three weeks after the visit to Ipswich, it turned out he had been having increasing thoughts about all of this and had just in the previous week I believe, made a fresh enquiry with the City Authorities to see what might be available.

A certain building was mentioned, which does happen to be opposite a bank! … but certainly this is nothing definite and am not sure this particular building is suitable. However, as a result, I am starting to push some further doors in expressing the intention that Chelmsford 24-7 is ready to go from Portable to Permanent!

Our Team has been asked to Dream. We still need a clearer Vision of what God has for this. If we start to put together in our minds what we see and desire for our City, I believe God will start to reveal what He has already prepared. Our thoughts need to align with His preparations.

If you have any insights into this… or maybe a spare building somewhere in the City Centre! do let us know. And please join us in dreaming.

It’s time to Pray for our Nation

It is Time to Pray for our Nation

Grenfell Tower rainbowThere is little doubt that with the recent terrorist attacks, the Grenfell Tower fire, the General Election result, Brexit, all mixed with fear, uncertainty and every other possible emotion that goes alongside, people everywhere are starting to cry out for direction, stability, help and hope for the future.

Jesus Christ, through the Commission and Compassion He has given His Church – Christian Believers everywhere – is the Hope and only lasting and true answer to the cry.

Prayer is the key that will see a release of The Holy Spirit to make that answer a reality in the hearts and lives of individuals in every community up and down our Nation.

Praying at Grenfell towerSee here how Christians in the area of the Tower responded with prayer and the truly staggering impact that it has had.

.

It is time - WPCThe World Prayer Centre, Birmingham has published more about this Call to Prayer, together with some specific Prayer Points – read it here – and pray!

Breathe

Read the below together with our full Spring 2017 Newsletter here

2017-03-14 10.08.49
On Saturday 25th March, Chelmsford 24-7 will once again be taking part in sanctuary, a youth prayer event at Chelmsford Cathedral. It is a place to discover stillness, to create, listen, watch and breathe.

I think I am as guilty as most in failing to stop enough. Life is ‘busy, busy’ and everything conspires to keep us busy and thinking that if not, we are not achieving anything. But the Kingdom of God works differently!

‘But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.’ Luke 5:16

13th – 15th March, I had the privilege of spending three days at the annual conference of theWorld Prayer Centre in Swanwick, Derbyshire. Admittedly the programme a full one, but it still provided welcome space to stop, listen and to breathe.

God is presently doing something incredibly significant. Up and down our nation, men and women are hearing the call to unite in prayer, in relationship one with another, all mixed with the empowering breath of Holy Spirit blowing into and through them. Age is no barrier. One of the most enthusiastic Spirit filled people I met whilst away was an 83 year old Anglican man!

We are all being called back to New Testament Christianity. Immediately after Pentecost, when Holy Spirit so dramatically fell and after 3000 were added to the number of Believers in Jesus, we read in Acts 2:42-47:

42 They joined with the other believers in regular attendance at the apostles’ teaching sessions and at the Communion services and prayer meetings.

43 A deep sense of awe was on them all, and the apostles did many miracles.

44 And all the believers met together constantly and shared everything with each other, 45 selling their possessions and dividing with those in need. 46 They worshiped together regularly at the Temple each day, met in small groups in homes for Communion, and shared their meals with great joy and thankfulness, 47 praising God. The whole city was favorable to them, and each day God added to them all who were being saved.

There is no mention here, or later in the New Testament of ‘denominations’, different ‘practices’ or ‘traditions’ legitimately emerging. All the Believers were ‘one’ and this was how Jesus intended it. (Where we see subsequent evidence of Believers falling into error and dis-unity, it was spoken against and often severely dealt with!).

The early church was drenched in true agape love and real authentic relationships, based only around the truth of Jesus Christ Crucified and all he had taught. These same truths which are now represented within the Bible, the Living Word of God and only true authority and guide for Christians to live out their lives.

Do you want to see a powerful Revival in Great Britain and beyond? It is coming, maybe sooner than you think? But will you be too busy with life and all your church stuff?

It’s time to stop, breathe in Holy Spirit, love others, read and know your Bible and pray like never before.

Bless you all.

David

David Gilbey
Leader, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer

Church @ Car Boot Sale Van Stolen

2016-07-03 07.31.25

Many of you will be aware of Chelmsford’s Church @ Car Boot Sale whose volunteers, from several local churches, serve hot drinks and chat and pray with people at the Car Boot Sale at Boreham. Fifty percent of their takings each year, also go to a local Charity.

The new season was due to start Sunday 2nd April, but last week it was discovered that the Coffee Van had been stolen.

The day after, it was recovered by police after a ‘chase’, however, it was badly damaged and beyond economic repair. Every bit of equipment had been stolen from the vehicle. The two coffee machines were in winter storage, but the two gazebo’s – one the new Prayer Space – generator, water tank, urn, tables, chairs, swing sign, even boxes of literature and Bibles and all the storage racking were gone.

The Team of CACBS met yesterday and really want to continue with this ministry which has blessed so many over some 6 years now.

However, the van was only insured for it’s market value and the contents not specifically at all. To get things up and running will likely require several thousands pounds to be raised, and much work.

Even before the theft, the Team were also in need of further Christian volunteers for this new season.

2016-07-31 08.41.59We want you to pray

The Team are setting aside the next 4 weeks to pray, to put out publicity, to see what might be offered in the way of help and not least to hear God is saying.

We ask you to pray too in unity with our Christian brothers and sisters, and if you believe you can offer any practical or pledge financial help, please let us know.

Keep up to date on their Twitter @churchbootsale or Facebook 

Blessings to you all.

David Gilbey

(Leader Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer & Committee member of CACBS).

Go Chelmsford Churches, Go!

2017-02-09-10-46-09We had a brilliant morning Prayer Walking on the Melbourne Estate in the City.

Meeting at Chelmsford Community Church, (where they have a wonderful and well attended drop-in cafe for local mums, dad’s and older folk), 4 of us, from 4 different churches spent an hour or so walking part of the Estate, praying for the community in many different ways as we went.

As we set out, and after treading on some wet grass, I felt God telling me that we were ‘softening the ground’ for the Gospel as we went.

We met another Christian lady and were able to pray2017-02-09-11-21-50 for her daughter who was at that moment on the maternity ward in the middle of a difficult labour.

Later, as we returned, we bumped into Marina & Nick Price and Team who were out with The Healing Bus Prayer Ministry, who are much more ‘hands-on’ and who were speaking with and offering prayer to passers-by.

2017-02-09-11-44-44They were very near the spot where I had trodden on the wet grass and I felt in part we had been softening the ground in prayer for what they were now doing there.

It is so wonderful to see The Church in our City working in diverse ways, but at the same time together in the Unity of Jesus Christ, to see real blessing come upon all who live in or visit Chelmsford

Christians in our City praying in unity for renewal and revival and supporting all those taking the Good News of Jesus Christ into our communities