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IMPORTANT NEWS – Behold I am doing a new thing!

IMPORTANT NEWS
Behold I am doing a new thing!
Chelmsford 24-7 and Christians Together in Chelmsford
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Isaiah 43: 18-19 are those well known verses about perceiving that The Lord is doing something new, and for a while now we have strongly sensed that God has new and greater things ahead for Chelmsford! Both our Steering Group and Prayer Support Team have been praying and listening out for God’s direction.

Over the last three or so years, Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer has formed strong relationships with many Churches and Christian organisations within the City, promoting what they are doing and not least has encouraged and catalysed much prayer over Chelmsford. We have also formed ever closer links with Christians Together in Chelmsford (CTiC).

It is interesting to note that when Chelmsford 24-7 started, there were two bodies representing the Christians in our City: Churches Together in Chelmsford and Chelmsford & District Evangelical Fellowship (CADEF). However, as The Lord seemed to very much be talking to us about unity between Believers, that didn’t seem to be an ideal situation.

Christians Together in Chelmsford

We found that CADEF was considering it’s future and within a short while, it ceased in its church representing function (*see footnote). Then, in 2016, Churches Together, renamed, as a statement of unity and intent, Christians Together in Chelmsford. Chelmsford 24-7 has worked closely with the new CTiC and has had able representation on their Committee, by Chelmsford 24-7 Steering Group member, Sue Gibson.

As the CTiC AGM in May 2018 approached, Chelmsford 24-7 leader, David Gilbey had already agreed to be put forward for a place on the CTiC Committee. Sue Gibson was to switch roles to represent her church, Skylark. Both CTiC Chair and Vice-Chair were stepping down to take on other roles and no natural replacements had come forward.

Love Chelmsford

Around this time, our Steering Team met and strongly felt that Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer should be working in even closer relationship with CTiC. We believed that it was time for the question to be asked, should our two organisations actually consider becoming one representational body for the Body of Christ our City? – but in a ‘melding’, not simply one ceasing or being ‘taken over’.

We sensed The Lord talking about a possible ‘working title’ for what was ahead, ‘Love Chelmsford’?

Whilst not originally his intention, and indeed he had previously decided not to, one morning, two weeks before the CTiC AGM, David Gilbey awoke and all day felt that The Lord was telling him to stand for CTiC Chair. This was to be on the basis that there would be exploration of how the two organisations could proceed together. Discussions with the existing CTiC Committee took place and at the AGM, on Sunday 20th June, David was indeed elected as Chair.

Read the message from David, as Chair, on the front page of the CTiC website, http://chelmsfordchurches.net

The Chelmsford 24-7 Steering Group has just met and know that there is no rush! Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer will continue for the present much as before, with monthly Prayer Spaces and Walks  – click here for details.

This will be a careful process, which will of course fully take into account the views of the CTiC committee and involve consultations with many others involved in the Christian life of our City. We will proceed relationally, building friendships and not least listening attentively for The Lord’s direction. We have no intention of running off ahead!

Praying in the new season – will you join us?

Prayer must be at the heart and foundation of everything! We particularly ask each who are associated with Chelmsford 24-7 to pray for wisdom. In particular, our Prayer Support Team will be involved in praying this new season in.

We would welcome new members of the Prayer Support Team, which normally meets on the fourth Thursday evening each month in Chelmsford. Contact us – click here –  and Sue Gibson, who heads up the Team, will be able to discuss the details.

Thank you all for your continuing support. The words of a Chris Tomlin song come to mind, ‘For greater things have yet to come. And greater things are still to be done in this city.’ Listen on You Tube  -click here

 

*Note re CADEF – The original charitable trust is still in operation, but it operates only through  SYM the Schools and Youth Ministries, which fulfils some of the original objectives of CADEF.

Thy Kingdom Come is Coming!

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Now in it’s third year, Thy Kingdom Come is a global wave of prayer, taking place over eleven days, Ascension to Pentecost  -10th to 20th May 2018.

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Thy Kingdom Come invites Christians around the world to pray for more people to come to know Jesus.  What started in 2016 as an invitation from the Archbishops of Canterbury and York to the Church of England has grown into an international and ecumenical call to prayer.

We encourage you to take part as an individual, family or church.

Visit the Thy Kingdom Come website for more details:   https://www.thykingdomcome.global/

How Justin Welby’s journey to faith in Jesus Christ affected by prayer…

Good Friday in the City

Good Friday in the City

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Christians Together in Chelmsford, welcomed a large crowd to their annual Good Friday Procession and Service of Witness in our High Street.

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Christians of many traditions, from all around our City and District, stood together as a joyful witness to the fact that Jesus Christ not only died – but IS RISEN!

Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer provided stewarding and were available to talk and to pray for those who wanted to find out more about knowing Jesus as Saviour and Lord.

More photos here – click one to view as a slide show

Civic Prayer Breakfast – a great morning!

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Civic Prayer Breakfast – a great morning!

The first Civic Prayer Breakfast of City leaders and local Christians, about 40 people, took place 8th January at Hylands House, Chelmsford. We ate, chatted, built relationships and prayers were then said over police, healthcare, political leaders, commerce and education in our City.

Local Evangelist, Nigel Bolitho, spoke passionately that Church and State in our City are not seperate, but ‘part of the ‘same house’, although so often confined to different floors – that we should and must be in relationship, working together to see our City blessed and prosper.

All present each took new steps, both up or down the staircase. May these journeys between us continue.

More photos  – click here

Christmas – a time of wondering?

NativityChristmas is a time of Wonder! Christians wonder at our Saviour, Jesus Christ, who stepped down from His Throne in Heaven, to lay as a baby in a straw filled manger. But most in our City and elsewhere, simply wonder what Christmas, with it’s stress, expense and excess, is even all about!

As Christians in a post-Christian society, we do not underestimate the task given us, to be witnesses to our world of the ‘Wonder’ that is Jesus. But neither must we underestimate the enduring truth that this same Jesus, crucified, raised again to life, now ascended and once again seated next to His Father on that very same Throne, promised us a lasting endument of that ‘wonder’ too – the Holy Spirit – the very power of the Godhead!

Our commission is carry and convey the truth, the life and the glory of the Kingdom of Heaven, to all on earth – ‘the Good News’ – whether through simple proclaimation, healing of the sick, raising the dead or casting out a few demons!

Our authority is sealed in the Word of God and understood through Prayer – a 24-7 two way relationship of communion and communication, our ‘walk in the garden in the cool of the day’, with our Abba Father. God’s power is released in us and through us as we exercise Hebrews 11 Faith, stepping into the impossible, but knowing that all was made possible by the finished work of Jesus on the Cross.

Chelmsford, Essex, East Anglia, Great Britain, our World, it is time to see and receive illumination of all this – true revelation of the Light of Life! May all wonder no longer, but truly wonder at Him.

We pray and declare over all, this Christmas time and into 2018, the words of Isaiah the prophet:

The people walking in darkness have seen a great light;
on those living in the land of deep darkness a light has dawned.

For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders.
And he will be called Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
Of the greatness of his government and peace there will be no end.

20171219_191138Thank you all too, so much, for your support during 2017, in ways large and small, in the ministry of Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer.

The Saviour of The World has Come and is coming again soon. Pray without ceasing.

Blessings this Christmas time.

David Gilbey
Leader Chelmsford 24-7 Prayer

 

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 Piano AmsterdamRailway 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.

sound wavesThe 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.

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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