Week of Prayer – bookings are open!

Week of Prayer 22 - 28 March 2015 A4 PosterWeek of Prayer – bookings are open! – David Gilbey

After much preparation, we are pleased to announce that all the details for our Week of Prayer 22 – 28 March, are now LIVE! You and your church can now sign up on-line, to take part in this exciting initiative.

CLICK HERE, to go to the Week of Prayer introductory page, and go from there.

Apart from full details being on the website, there are a also number of downloadable and printable resources and publicity materials available, so you can pass all the information on to those who do not have access to a computer. (Although someone will still need to sign them up on-line).

There is still much to do by way of publicity and alerting the 100 plus churches in the Chelmsford District and all of this this will be gradually rolled out, hopefully over the next couple of weeks.

YOU CAN HELP! – Start spreading the word now – you can download leaflets and posters and speaking to your church leaders, prayer co-ordinators… or why don’t you become your church 24-7 prayer organiser and enlist people in your church to take part? 

It doesn’t matter if there is duplication in the publicity and a personal approach is by far the best anyway.

We are delighted to have had an endorsement and requests for prayer from the Mayor of Chelmsford:

“We are always delighted when people of faith pray for Chelmsford, and are glad to hear of the 24-7 prayer week for the city in March. We would be very grateful if you could pray:

  • For all those whose lives have been shattered by war in the past and present conflicts (the Mayor’s charity for the year is the Royal British Legion)
  • For all those who are homeless
  • For all those suffering with illness and disability in the city, especially young children

With our warmest greetings,
Cllr Mr Bob Villa, Mayor of Chelmsford
Mrs Val Villa, Mayoress”

Bishop John Wraw has also written:

“I love it when we are able locally to gather people for prayer during Lent and although I cannot offer my physical presence due to ongoing cancer treatment I would be very happy to support you more virtually in this.  The verse that had come to mind for me in thinking about this is 2 Corinthians 3: 18
And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit
With much love and prayers
+ John”

All of this is a very great step into the unknown, I do not know of any other attempt to run a City and District wide week of 24-7 Prayer, but I am certain that God is right behind it, whatever actually happens and will use it for his glory.

The Chelmsford 24-7 steering group, or Team had it’s first get together this week. The sense of God’s presence was tangible as we prayed and talked. As we chatted, several “words” and pictures about what God was doing in our City emerged. Amongst them:

 A golden coat was being slowly woven of threads of all colours that were being pulled into the centre of Chelmsford, emanating from Christians and churches across all parts of the City and surrounding area.

A large boulder, which for a long time has been immovable, was now starting to roll, after a time of “gathering”. God was saying, the time is now.

Each church could be seen as a single tree, some had deep, others shallow roots, but God wants to “make us all a forest”

There was also a very great sense that what is happening is unstoppable, that the Church will rise up in the City. The Chelmsford motto is “Many Minds – One Heart”. God is bringing Unity, through Love.